Your Best Bets guide to Downstate summer entertainment

As we come to the unofficial start of the summer season, it’s time to look ahead to the music, festivals and fun that await downstate from now until Labor Day. •Leading off the music festival scene is June Jam, which will celebrate its 40th year June 9 at the G&R Campground in Houston. To mark […]

Children’s Theatre sets sail with ‘Lady Pirates of the Caribbean’

DOVER — Follow the cast of the Children’s Theatre on their quest for stolen treasure in this weekend’s show, “Lady Pirates of the Caribbean.” The play, which includes cases of mistaken identity, deception and of course drama on the high seas, is directed by Martia McGinnis in her first time at the helm. She originally […]

BEST BETS: First Rider Fest tunes up for charity

Last summer, Caesar Rodney High School senior David Haynes was urged to make a difference in his community. During a leadership seminar at the school, CR’s wrestling coach Dan Rigby talked about the impact students could have by creating a charity fundraiser. That got David’s wheels turning. “I definitely wanted to do something for an […]

Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival to stir up Sussex swamp

FRANKFORD — For the third year, the Delaware Wild Lands-hosted Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival will introduce music and nature lovers to local bluegrass artists and Delaware’s massive 10,600-acre Great Cypress Swamp. “A lot of people on Delmarva don’t even realize that we have a Great Cypress Swamp because that’s something usually associated with states farther south […]

BEST BETS: Susquehanna Floods to help Blue Earl celebrate anniversary

For the Perryville, Maryland-based Susquehanna Floods, the First State has been first rate. “Delaware has been super kind to us,” said lead singer and guitarist Trevor Biggers. “It’s like having a friendly neighbor.” In Delaware just last week at the History, Heritage and Hops festival in Dover, the Cecil County Americana roots band has played […]

Blue Oyster Cult to play Dover Downs Sept. 7

DOVER – The classic rock band Blue Oyster Cult will perform at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s Rollins Center on Friday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at noon on Tuesday and can be purchased by visiting www.doverdowns.com. Ticket prices range from $30-$50. Blue Oyster Cult formed on Long Island in […]

New-look Dover Days puts more emphasis on The Green

DOVER — An expanded Dover Days awaits festivalgoers this year as the 85th edition of the downstate favorite is set for Saturday. This year’s event brings a new footprint to put a bigger emphasis on downtown Dover businesses and to open more parking. The new layout will move most of the festival’s vendors and entertainers […]

BEST BETS: Dover NASCAR weekend includes free concert by Bret Michaels

It will be “nothin’ but a good time” around here this weekend as NASCAR comes roaring into Dover International Speedway during a busy few days that already sees Dover Days on Saturday. Highlighting action around the track is a free concert by Bret Michaels Sunday on the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza. The singer/songwriter has […]

Bay Country Figure Skating Club uses ‘Pure Imagination’

HARRINGTON — See the stories of some of Disney’s fantastical favorites come to life this weekend at the Centre Ice Rink with the Bay Country Figure Skating Club’s ”Pure Imagination on Ice” performance. The show encapsulates tales from “Moana,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan” and “Aladdin.” “If you’re young or old, you’ll love the show […]

BEST BETS: Bloodsworth carrying a tune for local music

Already busy with his own musical pursuits, Scott Bloodsworth is making sure other area artists get their time in the spotlight as well. Mr. Bloodsworth, whose Big Dipper band will play for this year’s History, Heritage and Hops festival along Loockerman Street in Dover following Dover Days on May 5, has also hosted and produced […]