African American Festival Saturday in Dover

DOVER — Reuben Salters had no idea that the “Positively Dover” African American Festival would become an annual event that people would look forward to every year. “I never imagined that it would be around this long,” Mr. Salters said. “People really look forward to the event each year.” Organized and sponsored by the Dover-based […]

BEST BETS: Tommy Conwell to rock June Jam

Tommy Conwell has fond memories of June Jam and is ready to make some new ones on Saturday. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the charity music festival is bringing back old favorites, which include the reunion of local bands such as Hyde Park and Furious George along with Johnny Neel. For Mr. Conwell, who gained fame […]

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 […]

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 […]

Delaware Goes to War brings military history to life

  LEWES — Historic Fort Miles at scenic Cape Henlopen State Park will be bustling with activity this Saturday, April 28. Cannon-fire will echo along the coast and weaponry, vehicles, re-enactors and numerous demonstrations and displays will team to turn the clock back to World War II during Delaware Goes to War. The event, staged […]

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 […]

Bug & Bud Festival Saturday in Milford

MILFORD — The 15th annual Bug & Bud Festival takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Downtown Milford, Inc. and the City of Milford Parks and Recreation Department, the event takes place along Walnut Street and the Mispillion Riverwalk in historic downtown Milford. This year’s festival will not disappoint. The […]

Tulips, Dover Days, race will put spring in your step

DOVER — The tulips across the capital city lead us to believe spring is trying to settle in. And they also signal another Dover Days weekend is almost here. The big day is Saturday, May 5. This editor enjoyed the piece on Mabel Lloyd Ridgely that accompanied festival advertisements in Friday’s Delaware State News. She […]

BEST BETS: Sporadic Static to play R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival

As a veteran local musician, Dave Nickolson of Hartly meets a lot of folks. Many of them say they can play music too. But they come and go. Only this time it was different. “A couple of years back, I was doing a solo set, just me and my acoustic guitar at the Grey Fox […]

Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys among Firefly headliners

DOVER — Hip-hop superstar Eminem, Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, rockers Arctic Monkeys and The Killers were announced Thursday morning as the headliners for this year’s Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover. The lineup also features electronic dance music artists ODESZA and Martin Garrix, rappers Lil Wayne and Logic, R&B singer SZA, rock bands […]