By Terry Rogers
On Saturday, December 2, the 18th Annual People’s Place Choral Breakfast kicked off People’s Day in Downtown Milford. The breakfast, which is also a fundraiser for People’s Place, is designed to promote community unity and spread holiday cheer.
“This event is designed to bring the community together,” said Kim Rigby of People’s Place. “People love the all-you can-eat breakfast as they enjoy local musicians performing Christmas music.” Throughout Milford, events were held to bring more people into the downtown area. The Milford Library was open from 9:00am to 3:00pm, offering a holiday book sale and visitors were able to see the beautiful decorations throughout the building. They could also donate toward their favorite tree with all money going to the JR Griffith family. Mr. Griffith, a volunteer for Carlisle Fire Company, is undergoing treatment for leukemia.
The Nutcracker Express was performed at Milford High School at 6:00pm and The Farndale Avenue Production of A Christmas Carol was presented at 8:00pm at the Riverfront Theater. The Milford Museum was also open on Saturday where visitors could purchase the first annual Museum Christmas ornament as well as see the new “Snowman’s Christmas” exhibit.
Various vendors were on hand at the Choral Breakfast so those who attended could do some Christmas shopping as they walked around. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also on hand to talk to children about their Christmas wishes. Vendors included LulaRoe, Pampered Chef and others.
Musical performers at the event included the Milford Central Academy Monday Morning Men and Select Women’s Ensemble as well as the Milford High School Chorus. The Music School of Delaware Milford String Ensemble as well as their Cantabile Women’s Chorus performed. The Mispillion Children’s Chorus finished the event.
People’s Place was founded in 1972 with the goal to provide activities for youth. The organization expanded quickly and now helps thousands of children and adults throughout Delaware. They offer counseling centers, a SAFE Program, the Abriendeo Puertas Program and the Turning Point Program.
Family visitation centers offered by People’s Place assisted thousands over the past year while the Center for Community Justice served hundreds more. People’s Place is also responsible for Residential Alternatives to Detention, adolescent group homes and independent living programs. The goal of People’s Place is to become the agency of choice to help people find their path to growth and independence.
“People’s Day help bring the community together to celebrate the holiday season,” Ms. Rigby said. “Although it is a fundraiser for our agency, it also allows people to learn more about the services we offer.”
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