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Big Draw makes changes due to ongoing pandemic

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Create your own King Neptune hat – or any other sea creature you want – for the Big Draw festival planned for the entire month of October

For the second year in a row, Milford’s Big Draw event, an art-focused world-wide celebration, will be scaled back due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Due to rising cases in the area, the committee, led by Rosemary Connelly, elected not to offer free family friendly art activities that would require people to be in close proximity at an in-person event. Instead, the event, which runs the entire month of October, will include a costume parade as well as the conversion of the Mispillion Art League into an undersea world.

“This will still emphasize our theme of “Make the Change,” but in a different way,” Connelly said. “We are asking everyone to put on their “imagination hat”, gather up cardboard or other things that are headed to the recycling bin and create sea creatures. These can be any type of sea creature you want, whether it is whales, dolphin, octopus, a horseshoe crab or even one you dream up in your own imagination. You could make King Neptune’s crown or a mermaid tale, whatever you can create using things around your house. Bring your creation to the Mispillion Art League between October 1 and October 31 so that we can hang them in our “undersea world” in the gallery.”

In addition to the art display at the gallery, Connelly explained that they are asking people to create a themed costume, also out of recycled and found materials, and wear that costume in a parade planned for October 30.

Ideas for “Under the Sea” creations, all made from recyclable materials. Drop off your creation at the Mispillion Art Gallery from Oct 1 through 31!

“We will gather at Bicentennial Park at 9:00 AM on Northeast Front Street next to Arena’s parking lot,” Connelly said. “The parade will walk over the bridge and along the Riverwalk to the Farmer’s Market where there will be some “Spooktacular” Halloween trick or treat fun. We will follow all State of Delaware/CDC COVID-19 guidelines and will adhere to any restrictions imposed by the Farmer’s Market.”

Free art kits will be available at the Farmer’s Market or Mispillion Art League starting October 2. These kits are available as long as supplies last.

The Big Draw Festival is part of an international event celebrated in over 25 countries during the month of October. Mispillion Art League offers classes all year and they plan to continue offering them through the month of October. Classes are available, some in virtual formats, for beginners through advanced artists. Anyone interested can register at www.mispillionarts.org/big-draw-de/ or visit https://facebook.com/thebigdrawde.

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