On Thursday, June 7 the Milford Public Library will kick off their annual summer tradition Music in The Park with the band Cocktails at 3. Creating a hometown atmosphere with live musicians performing on the banks of the Mispillion River, the Milford Library promotes the small town feel as neighbors and visitors join together on summer nights to enjoy beautiful scenery, music and the company of others.
Kay Hudson, Director of the Milford Public Library, says that the community has always been extremely supportive of the many projects necessary to keep the library functioning each year and that Music in the Park is one way that library staff and friends give back to the community.
“As a life-long resident of Milford I have always enjoyed seeing people come together in downtown Milford, when I look out at the crowd on those nights, it is truly something special,” said Hudson. “I love the atmosphere and seeing all the families, young and old, enjoying music on the Riverwalk.”
Throughout the year, the Milford Public Library offers programs for both children and adults for literacy and entertainment. Featuring their own special library on the first floor, children have an interactive space to enjoy books and programs that engage their inquisitive minds. Children programing includes the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Summer Reading initiatives as well as the weekly Bark for Books program that allows children to hang out with dogs as they read.
Just outside the doors of the Children’s library is the Richard Johnson Amphitheater where Music in the Park is held. The schedule for this year’s Music in the Park is Cocktails at 3 on June 7; The Cat’s Pajamas on June 20; Glass Onion on June 27; Kathie Martin & The Hot Roda on July 11; Cathy Gorman on July 18; Milford Community Smooth Sound Dance Band on July 25; The Delmarvalous Dolls, An Andrews Sisters Tribute on August 1; and Draco and the Malfoys Wizard Rock Concert on August 8. All shows will begin at 7pm.
“This year we have expanded the concert series to be held throughout the entire summer,” said Hudson. “We have a really good lineup the year, we are excited to share concerts for families of all ages.”
Entertainment at the Milford Public Library is provided for free by The Friends of the Milford Public Library. Families are welcome to bring a chair or blanket to relax on the Riverfront. Hamburgers, hotdogs, water and soda, can be purchased at the events from Milford Pop Warner at the library.
The Milford Library is located at 11 S.E. Front Street and hopes to serve as the anchor to help with the revitalization effort downtown. With a Milford library card a patron also has access to all materials in all libraries throughout the State of Delaware, including universities, online databases and downloadable e-books and audio books. For more information on the Milford Public Library, families can visit www.milfordpubliclibrary.org or contact the library at 302-422-8996.
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