Blown Away by Bayside

Chat about Delaware’s arts and entertainment scene.


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Welcome to Delaware Today’s arts blog, the spot to dish on the many cultural opportunities available to Delaware audiences. We’ll cover as many genres as possible, and note cool events offered by organizations large and small, in all three counties.

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The Freeman Stage Takes It Outside


Hitting Fenwick? Check out The Freeman Stage at Bayside

 I spoke to Ashley Lewis, the communications manager of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, the group that owns and operates The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an outdoor venue just west of Fenwick Island. I was blown away by Ashley’s dedication and great attitude, and often in the arts, people with dedication and great attitudes tend to work very hard to mount great shows. They have soul.

Freeman offers free and low-cost “arts experiences” to the Mid-Atlantic community. The season kicked off in June with the excellent albeit underappreciated Mid-Atlantic Symphony, but the lineup looks great through Labor Day. Translation: Most stages are dark now, but Freeman is pumping with music, dance, theatre, children’s workshops—all kinds of great entertainment.

A good bet will be the Arts & Jazz Festival at Freeman on July 25-26. Headlining is the Joe Baione Sextet and Delmarva All Stars, plus a number of local artists. Joe Baione is a vibraphonist, influenced by the iconic Lionel Hampton. We don’t hear much about solo vibraphonists these days, but the instrument produces intensely rich and velvety sounds, and the sextet is right in the pocket. Call the Freeman folks at (302) 436-3015.

 Did anyone happen to catch the inaugural performance by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony at Bayside in June?

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