Adventure Local on 3rd Thursdays

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By Jenn Rowan

Greetings fellow adventurers. There is a weeknight phenomenon growing in the streets of Downtown Milford. Shop windows are lit, sidewalks are bustling, park benches are full, and the atmosphere holds a feeling of festive community togetherness. The event that is drawing people downtown is 3rd Thursday which happens from 5p-8p on the 3rd Thursday of nearly every month. Downtown businesses are latching onto the concept, developed by Downtown Milford Inc, as a framework to feature their unique individuality while coming together under a common monthly theme. 3rd Thursday, is a great opportunity to build you own downtown adventure out of one or all of its 3 common elements: shopping, food, and entertainment/activities. Focus on one element or combine all three to make a personalized night of fun for your family.

Should your 3rd Thursday adventure involve shopping, there are downtown shops that regularly participate in the festivities.

Coolspring Cottage: women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, home décor, and children’s items.

Gallery 37: A Destination For Artful Living – Voted Best Gallery downstate 2017 Readers Choice by DE Today Magazine. Engaging art featuring Marcia Reed, and a variety of artists as well as regular schedule of new artists. The best window eye-candy in downtown.

Irish Rose: Celtic themed handcrafted gifts and Gaelic language classes.

Josephine Kier Ltd: Oriental, contemporary, and tribal rugs. Fine art. Design services for home furnishings.
Lifecycle: bicycle sales/service/gear, vehicle racks, fun accessories, 302 Horseshoe Crab apparel by Kam Productions.
Milford Antiques & Friends: Antique furniture, décor, ephemera as well as highly quality Steampunk hats & accessories.

Novel Tea Nook: vintage upcycled furniture, hand crafted soaps, oils, make and take classes.

Food provisions are a necessity for any adventure and there are five eateries within two blocks of the heart of Downtown Milford. Each of these restaurants contributes greatly to the local culture and events in our town. There isn’t a race run, pub crawled, festival celebrated, or gathering made more fun by one of these supportive restaurants. Spending dollars at these establishments makes our lives better here in Milford.

Abbott’s Grill: Chef Kevin Reading. New American cuisine, bar & grill. Outdoor patio.

Arena’s: Sport bar and pub: Outdoor deck, fire pit, and games overlooking the Mispillion River.

Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop: award-winning (from scratch) pastries, coffee, smoothies, deluxe milkshakes, and Frozen Farmer ice cream. Outdoor seating. 

Georgia House: American/Southern/Delmarva cuisine. Outdoor courtyard.

Park Place: American cuisine. Milford’s only dance floor. Pool, shuffleboard, and events every night of the week. Overlooking the Mispillion River.

Food trucks from our surrounding communities can also be found at 3rd Thursday events, and including them in your night can make for a palate adventure. Food trucks that have been featured this summer include Blotto Gelato, Carl’s Gourmet Hot’s, The Cheese Board, Dixie’s Down Home Cooking, Ice Cream Lady of Delaware, Mr. Bar B Que, Nothing Better, The Penalty Box,  Po’ Boys Creole Food Truck, Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli, Sarah’s Italian Ice , Vanderwende Farm Creamery, and White & Associates funnel cakes.

Entertainment and activities take place at varying locations in downtown on 3rd Thursday. The entertainment featured is provided by our local arts and nature offerings in an effort to encourage attention to the arts and natural areas in our town.

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center: Abbotts Mill Nature Center, found outside the city limits, participates each month with a booth set up at Lifecycle featuring natural entertainment available at the Mill. Matt Babbitt, visionary of the hit summer music series, Music at the Mill, provides a wealth of information regarding the outdoor adventures to be had in Milford and Slaughter Beach. Recently Abbotts Mill and Matt brought their expertise to the 3rd Thursday smash hit, Light Up The River.

Milford Public Library: Is always open until 8pm on Thursdays to bring our community access to books and information. Light Up The River benefitted from the space they provided for the crafting of origami boats.
Music/Dance: Performances during 3rd Thursday’s this summer have included shows from: Milford High School Buccaneers Jazz Band, The Music School of Delaware, Lincoln City band, Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy, and the Dixie Land Band.  

Lifecycle: Activities are always happening on 3rd Thursday at Lifecycle, where they rope off their parking lot for a paved area to play and socialize. Outdoor games, bicycles, a food truck, along with tables and chairs for eating are always available. Each month specialty activities take place to highlight the 3rd Thursday monthly theme. Local craft beer is sold with the proceeds benefitting Abbotts Mill Nature Center.
Second Street Players: Milford’s own performing arts theatre, hosts Mispillion River Brewing on their comfortable front lawn overlooking the Mispillion River.

Light Up the River was the recent 3rd Thursday event that brought a diverse crowd of participants to craft lighted origami boats and luminaries to highlight the Mispillion River. 3rd Thursday holds the unique flavor of our river town culture as well as the creativity of our small businesses, galleries, shops, and eateries. Come out and hang with us on our next 3rd Thursday, September 21 as we celebrate Milford’s 230th birthday. Rediscover or learn anew why Milford is an excellent choice for adventuring local.

See you outside.

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