Happiness Project Planned at Avenue Church

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Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 10.53.33 AMBy Terry Rogers

On Saturday, July 9, from 11 am until 9 pm, the Happiness Project Music Festival will be held at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford. The event will be a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware as well as to provide support for mental health awareness.

“The event will feature 32 performers from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina on three stages,” Jason Burlew, one of the event founders, said. “Two stages will be inside and one outside. This is the third Happiness Project Music Festival with the first one being held in Georgetown in March 2015 and the second held in Smyrna in September that same year. The festival was founded and Candy Fortney as a way to bring local music together with local non-profit organizations and vendors with a specific emphasis on mental health awareness organizations.”

Mr. Burlew said that they chose Avenue because they knew it was a great central location, easily visible to attendees and had everything they required for the concert. He said the church offered plenty of parking, two indoor stages and a large outdoor space for the outdoor stage as well as vendors. He said that Pastor Cliff McCall and Pastor Tom Pasmore had been great to work with throughout the process of putting the event together.

The goal of the Happiness Project Music Festival is to spotlight performers, non-profit organizations and vendors. The event hopes to introduce attendees to music they may never have heard before and to connect with an organization that they may never have known existed or were too nervous to approach. Mr. Burlew said that since this was the third event in the area, he hoped to continue with Happiness Project Music Festivals.

The event will be held both inside and outside the church with food vendors, non-profit organizations and plenty of music. Tula Yoga from Dover will offer free yoga at the event. The Roaming Raven and Vittles are the two main food trucks, but Jamz Kitchen Takeout will also be offering food. Kimo’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, A Latte Soul and Petite Sweets will offer sweet treats to those in attendance. No alcohol will be available at the event.

Some of the band scheduled for the event are Jaocelyn Aro & The Ragazzi, Boy Wonder, Kevin McCove, Eyes Eat Suns, Alicia Rae, Hoochi Coochi, Cecilia Grace, Janelle, Joe Brellahan, Route Seven, Here for the Night and Green Means Go.

“We’ve been very happy to create a partnership with Avenue rather than just be a random group using the space as a venue,” Mr. Burlew said. “We’ve changed locations and cities three times now, but we would love to keep it in Milford if possible.”

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