When Rockford Tower in Wilmington was lit up for the holidays last year, it was the first time it ever had been and it delighted fans of the Wilmington park.
This year, the moment the lights go on will be celebrated at the end of a Happy Hour at the Tower kickoff Nov. 4 that wil include food trucks, drinks and artists showing off paintings of Wilmington scenes.
The point, said Wilmington City Councilman Nathan Field, is to help establish a dynamic new community tradition that is celebrated annually with a seasonal festival.
Tickets for those 13 and older are $10, with a $2.51 fee. Those 12 and under will be admitted free. Get tickets here.
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The party will last from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., ending with the lighting.
Last year, 14 of the tower’s 16 arched windows were lit with gold lights.
At the kickoff, the tower will be open for the Happy Hour, allowing people to climb up to the floor.
The iconic tower was built in 1903 during the Industrial Revolution to hold water and was designed to look old.
It sits on a hill in Rockford Park, near the Brandywine River.
Then, the park was meant to offer mill and quarry workers a break from the noise and grime of their jobs.
Today, it’s part of an upscale neighborhood that includes the Delaware Art Museum.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience.
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