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Music in the Park Returns Downtown

22By Terry Rogers

Kay Hudson, Director of the Milford Public Library says that the community has always been extremely supportive of the many projects necessary to keep the library functioning each year. Several years ago in an effort to give back to the community that has supported them over the years, the staff and trustees decided that the best way was to offer free music over the summer at the library’s amphitheater.

“With such a beautiful setting by the Mispillion River, we felt there was no better place to hold Music in the Park,” Ms. Hudson said. “We began having live music during the summer months over the past few years, concentrating on Wednesday nights in July. The musicians are paid for by the library and their ‘Famous Hot Dogs’ are available for sale along with ice cream, sodas and water. This is the tenth year we have offered Music in the Park.” The series will be held on Wednesday nights at 7pm, along with Thursday, July 14 this year, at the Milford Library and will be open to the public.

This year, the event kicks off on July 6 with local favorite The Funsters, a three-piece horn section, four lead vocalists and a guitarist that has toured the world with Joe Cocker, Scandal and Paul Young.The fun continues on July 13 with Sean Reilly, who performs Sinatra-era music across the region and is known for his smooth voice around the state of Delaware and surrounding area.

On Thursday, July 14 the Army Band “Downrange.” will perform on a special night this summer. The band began in 2002 when Sergeant Major of the Army, Jack L. Tilley asked the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” for volunteers to join a contingent of USO performers. The goal was to travel with the USO “Hope and Freedom Tour,” entertaining deployed troops throughout Southwest Asia during the holiday season. Downrange embraces one of the United States Army’s most important missions as a strategic public relations asset and now entertains audiences around the world. The men and women are constantly setting the popular music standard for the United States Army Band and the United States Army.

“Downrange is coming to Milford for a special performance,” said Ms. Hudson. “They are always hugely popular and they are a welcome way to kick of the summer season in downtown Milford.” On Wednesday, July 20 Oh Boy! will perform on the Riverfront and Diamond Grove will play on Wednesday July 27.

As an added bonus, downtown Milford stores will be open until 7pm for shopping prior to each concert. The concert series is being partnered with Third Thursday, an event created as part of the Rivertown Revitalization plan created by Muldrow & Associates. On Third Thursday, downtown businesses offer extended hours to encourage more visitors and residents to visit downtown Milford. Ms. Hudson suggested that anyone who wants to attend the concert bring lawn chairs, set them up in their chosen location near the amphitheater and enjoy the extended hours offered by the business throughout town.

The Milford Library is located at 11 S.E. Front Street and hopes to serve as the anchor to help with the revitalization effort downtown. With a Milford library card a patron also has access to all materials in all libraries throughout the State of Delaware, including universities, online databases and downloadable e-books and audio books. For more information on the Milford Public Library, families can visit or contact the library at 302-422-8996.


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