Governor’s inauguration events start tonight

DOVER — John Carney will officially be inaugurated as the 74th governor of Delaware on Tuesday, but the ceremonies start tonight.

An official “celebration of the arts” will be held at the Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach tonight with performances from many Delawareans. Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7.

Both Gov.-elect Carney and Lt. Gov.-elect Bethany Hall-Long will be present.

Admission is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP and bring a non-perishable food item to feed the hungry in Sussex.

On Sunday performances in Gov.-elect Carney’s honor will take place at P.S. duPont Middle School auditorium in Wilmington. The events begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30.

Miguel Perez, right, and Lady Davila place whipped cream on pudding at Polytech. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Admission is free, but attendees are requested to RSVP and bring a children’s book to be donated to the United Way of Delaware’s library program. Food and refreshments will be provided by the Food Bank of Delaware.

Gov.-elect Carney and Lt. Gov.-elect Hall-Long will both be in attendance.

On Tuesday the inaugural events will begin with an interfaith prayer service at Whatcoat United Methodist Church in Dover at 9 a.m.

The swearing-in will occur at 11 in front of Legislative Hall. It will be moved to Central Middle School auditorium in the event of bad weather. Any location change will be announced by 7 a.m. that day.

Gov. Carney and Lt. Gov. Hall-Long will greet the public at Legislative Hall following the inauguration ceremony.

Janelle Magee, right, and Dayuna Harmon prepare food at Polytech’s culinary class. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

The area around Legislative Hall will be shut down for the formal ceremony. Starting Monday evening no vehicles will be allowed to park on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Legislative Avenue and Water Street from Federal Street to Legislative Avenue in Dover.

Beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Capitol Drive to Federal Street and Legislative Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be closed.

Federal Street will remain open to northbound and southbound traffic from Water Street to Loockerman Street.

A shuttle bus service will run from the Blue Hen Corporate Center from 10 to 2. Roads are expected to re-open after 2.

The Department of Transportation encourages drivers to monitor traffic with its app, available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

On Tuesday night a celebration will be held at Dover Downs. Registration is now closed, and anyone hoping to attend should contact whitembd@comcast.net to be added to wait lists.

Delaware schools will help provide food for the event. Among the schools participating is Polytech High School.

“Having the opportunity to showcase our students’ work and to get the Polytech Culinary name out there in the public is invaluable to the learning experience of these young culinarians and to the future of our program.

“For me, personally, it is very rewarding to see students’ hard work be recognized at such a high level event,” Peter Buoncristiano, the culinary arts teacher/executive chef for Looking Glass Conference Center, said in an email.

Various Delawareans, including bands from local schools, the Lenni-Lenape Tribe of Delaware and the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, will perform Saturday and Sunday.

The events are at least partially funded by corporate donors, which include Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase & Co. and DuPont.

The inaugural committee consists of a host of influential Delawareans, including several prominent lobbyists and lawyers.

See https://johncarney.org/inauguration/ for more information.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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