With summer kicking into gear, weekend fun for June 11 and 12 offers the start of Serafin Summer Music 2022, a return of the West Street Art Festival in Wilmington and June Jam in Houston.
In addition, the Greek Festival ends Saturday and St. Anthony’s Italian Festival starts Sunday.
Here are more details.
Serafin Summer Music
The Serafin Summer Music festival, sponsored by Delaware’s superb chamber music organization, will gather 15 ensemble players to Wilmington and Lewes for six concerts over the next three weekends.
This weekend will feature French Connection on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Music School of Delaware, Wilmington branch, 4101 Washington St. Music will include works by composers Debussy and Ravel, Faure and Poulenc. Performers include Eric Pritchard and Kate Ransom, violin; Luke Fleming, viola; Jacques-Pierre Malan, cello; Augustine Mercante, countertenor; and Read Gainsford, piano.
On Saturday, June 11, Serafins at the Beach starts at 5 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. 4th Street, Lewes. Works will include Debussy and Ravel and the performers will be the same as Friday night.
The concerts return to Wilmington on Sunday, June 12, with Marvelous Masters featuring pieces by Beethoven and Brahms at the Music School’s Wilmington branch. Performers will be Eric Pritchard and Kate Ransom, violin; Luke Fleming, viola; Jacques-Pierre Malan, cello; and Read Gainsford, piano.
Tickets for both live and livestreamed performances are $25. Discounts available for 3- and 6-ticket packages. They are on sale at www.musicschoolofdelaware.org.
West Street Art Festival
The third annual West Street Art Festival will take place Sunday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Delaware Contemporary and CityFest.
The festival, held around the Contemporary at 200 S. Madison St. on the Wilmington Riverfront, will feature indoor and outdoor art-based activities, performances, vendors, food trucks and refreshments.
Part of the point of the event is to shine a line on local and emerging artists, both visual and performing. It also allows community organizations to extend outreach and awareness through activities and giveaways.
The Brandywine School District Youth Art Show will be on display and activities will include making your own tiara with First State Ballet Theatre, basketball shooting with the Delaware Blue Coats, giant bubbles with the Delaware Children’s Museum, and water stamping at Riverfront businesses with artist Julia Vogl.
Food will include Chanda’s Food Bumps Food Truck, Moobile, cotton candy and popcorn.
For more information, go here.
The 44th Annual June Jam, which bills itself as Delaware’s longest continuing music festival, kicks off Saturday, June 11, at noon at the G&R Campground, 4075 Gun & Rod Club Road, Houston.
Set to perform are Fuzzbox Piranha, Triple Rail Turn, Joey Fulkerson Band, Storm Over Seattle, 440 Band and more. The event also includes vendors and raffles.
Admission is $35. For tickets, go here.
Annual food festival shift
The Greek Festival ends Saturday, June 11, and the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival starts the afternoon of Sunday, June 12.
The Greek festival is open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and really gets lively in the late afternoon and evening at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Admission is free. For more details, go here.
The Italian Festival at St. Anthony’s begins Sunday, running from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. that day and then runs through the week and the next Sunday. Admission is $5.
The festival this year is going cashless. It’s selling cards for use on the grounds, but credit cards are still accepted. For more details, go here.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience.
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