OperaDelaware to hold free event at Causey Mansion

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OperaDelaware will bring a pop-up concert to Causey Mansion on October 14

In an exciting first, OperaDelaware will be partnering with the City of Milford and the historic Causey Mansion for a free Pop-Up Opera performance on Saturday, October 14 at 1 PM. The event is designed to highlight Milford’s rich cultural and artistic presence in Delaware. The raindate for the event is October 15.

“It is a hub for arts-lovers,” said Kerriann Otaño, OperaDelaware’s Vice President of Engagement, “I knew that the very first time I visited Milford, and we’re delighted to bring opera to this community.”

The historic Causey Mansion, located at 2 Causey Avenue in Milford, will serve as the idyllic backdrop for a free Pop-Up Opera performance on Saturday, October 14 at 1 PM. With live landscape painters in the gardens and a cash bar raising money for Milford’s Santa House, a downtown holiday tradition, audiences are invited to bring a picnic blanket or a lawn chair and settle in for an afternoon of art and opera. This event is free to attend with a cash bar on site.  Free parking is available off-site in all city lots.

“We are excited to bring Opera Delaware to Milford and provide our beautiful location for the event,” Joe Phillips, co-owner of Causey Mansion, said. “We are also thrilled that proceeds from this event will help support the Santa House in our downtown.”

OperaDelaware has been a Wilmington staple for over 75 years. Thanks to the addition of the Mobile Opera Stage and Pop-Up Opera, a necessity of the pandemic that turned into a vital tool for community engagement, OperaDelaware has been living up to its name by bringing opera to every county in Delaware. OperaDelaware partners with community organizations, restaurants, schools and more to make opera accessible, affordable, and approachable statewide.

Causey Mansion is one of the most well known historic homes in Milford and is currently operated by Phillips and Jan Broulik. The Santa House is operated by Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI). The Santa House is volunteer run and operates from Small Business Saturday, which is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, until Christmas Eve. Santa and his elves welcome children of all ages to visit, have their photo taken and enjoy a holiday treat. Visits are free, but donations are encouraged. Known throughout the state as River Town, Art Town, Home Town, Milford celebrates the beauty of its natural resources, the ingenuity of its people and its commitment to quality of life.

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