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.
Seen a show that deserves some ink? Spill.
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?
Page 2: The Best Gig Upstate
I’ve talked about this before, but it bears repeating. There’s no better deal anywhere in Delaware than what The Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance has cooked up.
A single-rate admission fee of $35 for individuals or $75 for a family of five gets you into the Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Delaware Historical Society & Read House, Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens, Rockwood Museum, and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.
Do the math. That’s a savings of $48 for individuals and at least $197 for a family—and that’s off single admission rates for each institution.
Grab tickets at any of the nine locations, but the deal ends August 31. Tickets can also be purchased at the Hotel du Pont, the Christiana Hilton, the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Brandywine Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Chester County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Independence Visitors Center in Philadelphia.
Has anyone taken advantage of this?