By Terry Rogers
On Friday, March 17, 2017, Downtown Milford Inc (DMI) will hold its 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, an event that has become a tradition for the Milford area. The event lasts from 5 to 9 PM and includes downtown businesses and restaurants as well as visiting wineries and distilleries.
“It’s great to see so many people come out, wearing their official shirts and enjoying downtown Milford,” Mark Dissinger, Co-chairman of the event said. “It is a great way for us to kick off the year, get people into downtown so they can learn more about everything we have to offer in Milford. We are excited to have new merchants joining us, giving people the chance to see and taste something new.”
This year’s t-shirt is black with a slightly different Pub Crawl shamrock logo from years past. The new logo was designed by Ben Muldrow. T-shirts sales begin February 21 at the DMI office, located at 207 South Walnut Street from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. Since the first Pub Crawl event, the shirts have sold out, so it is important to get shirts early as supplies are limited.
Participating sponsors offer specials to those wearing shirts on the night of the event. The specials may include discounted drinks or food as well as tastings from local breweries, wineries and distilleries. In addition, each business features a sampling of a unique drink or food that celebrates the holiday.
At the Riverfront Theater, participants can have a photo taken at the Arena’s Shamrock Shutterbug photo booth. Arena’s is sponsoring the photo booth, allowing guests to have a commemorative photo the night taken by CM Baker of Shasta Shutterbug Photography. In addition, participants can enjoy tastings from Mispillion Brewing Company and Sposato Family Vineyards.
The Music School of Delaware will have live Irish and fiddle music featuring faculty members from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Nathan Ames will be on guitar, Michelle Peters will play bass and Kate Inie-Richards will play the fiddle. The Music School is also offering tastings from Beach Time Distilling as well as heavy appetizers provided by WSFS.
Petite Sweets will offer tastings provided by Crooked Hammock Brewing and It’s About Time, located at 131 N.W. Front Street, will offer samplings provided by Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales. Specials are available for participants at Arena’s Abbott’s Grill, Milford Billiards and Park Place.
Volunteers are needed for the event, especially those who hold a valid ABCC servers license. To volunteer, contact DMI at 839-1180 or visit the event on the DMI Facebook page.
“The money raised from the Pub Crawl helps us fund DMI’s economic development activities in support of downtown,” Mr. Dissinger said. “This includes beautification efforts with such projects as Milford in Bloom, historic preservation through the Milford Historic Preservation Committee, which recently awarded a grant to a historic homeowner in Milford for façade repairs, along with many other activities designed to grow downtown Milford.”
Aubrey Edwards, co-chair of the event, said that the Pub Crawl provides a strong sense of community to all those who participate.
“It brings so many to downtown Milford each year, with the opportunity to see our beautiful and historic merchant district,” Ms. Edwards said. “Even if they don’t shop the night of the crawl, they get a sense of how great the community is and will come back to visit again.”
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