Library Celebrates Summer With Music

The 15 String Band gave a great performance at last year's Music in the Park.
The 15 String Band gave a great performance at last year’s Music in the Park.

Grab a blanket and some lawn chairs, Music in the Park is back again. On Wednesdays during the month of July join the Milford Public Library for live entertainment in the outdoor Richard M. Johnson Amphitheater, located on the banks of the Mispillion River.

Last year during the first evening of Music in the Park Kay Hudson, Director of the Milford Public Library, dedicated the Library Portico and Library Square Amphitheater, on behalf of the Milford Trustees and the City of Milford, to the now late Richard Johnson for his lifelong dedicated service to the Milford community and “his love and support to the betterment of Milford.”

Hudson is looking forward to the third year of Music in the Park as new artists and returning performers are lined up to rock downtown Milford. A favorite event for many Milford families, the concerts are free and the Friends of the Library will have a snack bar to include sodas, chips, hot dogs and ice cream.  Families are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for outdoor seating.

“Music in the Park is a pleasant and relaxing way to spend an evening,” commented Kay Hudson. “Good music, family atmosphere, scenic view of the Riverwalk while enjoying diverse music experiences every Wednesday in July.”

Local favorite Honey Voshell and the Honeycombs will kickoff the month-long event on Wednesday, July 3, beginning at 7pm. During the “fabulous fifties” Honey “Vosh” Voshell toured with famous musicians including Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson. The band has been selected Delaware’s Favorite Local Band for the past several years.

Don Del Enterprises , a local group from Dover, will perform music from the Rosedale Beach, Delaware era on July 10. During the age of segregation, Rosedale Beach Hotel and Resort was one of the few places for people of color to go for entertainment and hotel accommodations. The sounds of music legends Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, who all played at the Rosedale Beach Hotel, will be performed.

The songs of legend Frank Sinatra can be heard on July 17 when Sean Reilly returns to interpret the “Sinatra Songbook”. Sean won the Frank Sinatra Idol Contest in Hoboken, New Jersey in 2009. This victory started him on a performing career at the age of 55 where he has had the opportunity to sing to crowds at Delaware Park, Hotel DuPont and the Smyrna Opera House. He is now one of the nation’s premiere Sinatra stylists.

Cathy Gorman will be rockin’ the oldies from1957-1969 on July 24. One of the most respected voices in the tri-state area, Cathy also enjoys performing jazz standards from the World War II era including songs made famous by Doris Day, Etta James, Lena Horn and Billie Holiday. In 2000, the Delaware State Legislature awarded her the title of “Sussex County’s Sweetheart of Song.”

Music in the Park will close with the band Insane Courage on July 31, a local group of young talented teens brave enough to overcome their adolescent angst to step out on stage. They will perform a mix of country and rock, including some original material. To find out more about Music in the PArk and to view a schedule, individuals are encouraged to visit http://www.milfordpubliclibrary.org or call 302-422-8996.

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