Summer Fun Kicks Off with Festival Season in Wilmington
By Christine E. Serio
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Wilmington Renaissance Corporation
No matter what the temperatures are this June, the City of Wilmington will be on fire with festivals and special events.
The fun kicks off with the Holy Trinity Greek Festival from Tuesday, June 5 to Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. The grounds surrounding the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 9th and Broom Sts. quickly become a feast for the senses. Traditional Greek music, dancing and food are the main attractions with some children’s activities and Greek vendors thrown into the mix.
For lunch, a free shuttle service will be available from 9th and Market Sts. Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those who cannot dine-in for lunch, the festival offers a new service of curbside pick-up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, even on Saturday.
For more information, visit www.holytrinitywilmington.org/greekfestival/greekfestde.htm
The cultural celebrations continue with the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival from Sunday, June 10 to Sunday, June 17. The St. Anthony of Padua Church surroundings become a taste of Italy with authentic food, music and experiences straight from the native land of many in the community known as Little Italy.
For 2012, the Festival’s cultural focus is Sicily—Italy’s island paradise and some of the food cafes will get makeovers to offer new specialties designed to tempt the tastebuds. Of course there is plenty of fun for the kiddies with amusement rides and games on the Midway.
For more details, visit www.stanthonysfestival.com
A new event will be part of Wilmington’s scene this year—the Wilmington Family Fun Kickoff will take place in Tubman-Garrett Park on the Riverfront on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will include live entertainment, a Passport to the Outdoors Prize Packet giveaway, children’s activities, a sports zone and more.
The event is part of Cabot Cheese’s 2012 Community Tour which celebrates communities from Miami, Florida, up the East Coast, closely following the route of the East Coast Greenway and culminating in Portland, Maine.
For more information, visit www.cabotcommunitytour.com
The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) is growing more than just plants and flowers. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the City Gardens Contest and, to celebrate, they will combine the contest with a tour of some of the most interesting, creative and stunning gardens throughout the city. Gardeners from all over Wilmington will share flower gardens, water features, potted gardens, vegetables, outdoor artwork and more.
There is no cost to have a garden on the tour, but the tour-goers must purchase $10 tickets. The tour dates are Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit www.thedch.org
The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival will return to Rodney Square this year from June 18 to June 23. The multi-day event celebrating live jazz music typically draws a total of 40,000 people to the downtown. The live entertainment is free and people are welcome to bring chairs or blankets to relax and enjoy the smooth jazz sounds on the square. Food and drink vendors are also on hand for refreshment.
For more information, visit www.wilmingtonde.gov
Another return event this summer is Wilmington Beer Week. On the heels of its inaugural year success and the success of City Restaurant Week, the restaurants of Wilmington shine a spotlight on the favorite summer beverage—beer. This year’s shenanigans will be held July 14 to 21.
The week will feature special dinner pairings with chef creations and craft beers, a city-wide happy hour, dinners and receptions with brewers and more.
For more information and details, visit www.wilmingtonbeerweek.com
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