Last year Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, DE celebrated their 35th year with a new concert series Music at the Mill. The summer series was such a hit with both visitors and residents that the organization decided to continue the new tradition into 2018. On June 14, the regional band Blackwater kicked off the series as families enjoyed at the outdoor venue, ice-cream trucks and local libation from Dogfish Head Brewery.
“The concerts seemed like a great way to connect our community with our preserved lands, and keep families and adults engaged throughout the year,” said Abbott’s Site Manager Matt Babbitt.
Abbott’s Mill encompasses 483 acres of towering upland forests, restored native meadows, pristine ponds fed by sinuous streams, mystic Atlantic white cedar swamps and bogs, saltmarsh and wetland preserves, and Delaware’s only preserved, working grist mill.
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The concerts begin at 6pm as to let event goers have some daylight afterwards to enjoy the nature preserve on their own. “We tried to time the concerts so that there was daylight afterwards in hopes of prompting a sunset hike on our free, pet-friendly trails,” said Babbitt. “The concerts also build a sense of community connection at Abbott’s, with our hope that Abbott’s can grow to be a true gathering place for our growing community.”
Milford resident Lisa Peel joined the more than 200 attendees to take advantage of the beautiful scenery on a cool summer night. “It felt great to have great friends all in one spot with live music on a beautiful night…minutes from home,” said Peel. “I loved seeing the community come together. Folks of all ages gathered, dancing and catching up.”
On the second Thursday of each summer month Abbott’s Mill with host the concert series from 6 to 7:30pm. On July 12, Brad Allen and his Escape Hatch with perform as families enjoy Vittles and 2 Dips Ice Cream food trucks. On August 9, Hoochi Coochi will play and on September 13 The High & Wides will perform as Po’Boys Creole and 2 Dips Ice Cream trucks will provide food.
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