First State Heritage park will host a variety of holiday activities Dec. 1-2.
The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, will host the Friends of Folk Free Concert Series featuring The Honey Badgers at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 as a part of the First Friday activities this winter.
The Honey Badgers’ folk/Americana sound has been likened to that of The Civil Wars and The Swell Season.
Join the First State Heritage Park from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 to explore “What Happens in the Tavern.” Ongoing at the John Bell House will be “Good Cheer: 18th Century Tavern Life”, from tavern songs to popular games, visitors will be immersed in the comings and goings at a Dover tavern when Delaware was becoming the First State. Guided tours of The Old State House, taking place throughout the day, will focus on how Delaware changed from the Delaware State to the State of Delaware.
In a partnership with the First State Club of Campus Community School, the Heritage Park will present traditional Mummer’s plays at 10 a.m. and 1:30, 2 and 3 p.m. Middle school students will perform the plays. Visitors will learn the history of mumming.
The Biggs Museum of American Art will host “Happy Holidays, Dover!” featuring local choirs and bands along with an expanded gift shop from the Delaware By Hand Artisans and live demonstrations from local craftsmen throughout the day. “A Country Tale” at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. will be presented at the Johnson Victrola Museum as a part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration and will discuss the early roots of country music.
Other activities will be taking place throughout the day. Leaving from the John Bell House, 43 The Green, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the “Stories of The Green Walking Tour” will reveal to visitors the tales from Dover’s more than 300 years of history. Guided tours of the following sites will be available at select times: Legislative Hall, Johnson Victrola Museum, and Woodburn – The Governor’s House.
Each month during First Saturdays in the First State, the First State Heritage Park offers free programs at each of the park’s partner sites, including tours of the two capitol buildings in Delaware’s capital city, The Old State House and Legislative Hall, hourly walking tours leaving from the John Bell House and the monthly “Biggs Kids” program at the Biggs Museum of American Art. Exhibits are on display at the Delaware Public Archives, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries and the Biggs Museum.
Admission to park sites and programs is free.
For more, call 739-9194 or visit destateparks.com/heritagepark.