Schedule of Events

Events with an "*" are part of this year's "Delaware Dresses Downton" (Abbey) Theme, which is partially supported by the Delaware Humanities Forum. Check back often as this list is updated daily!

 

Thursday, May 1 2014 |

Time Description and Location
7-8pm

*An Evening with Frank Lloyd Wright — Portrayed by Bob Gleason, an historical re-enactor from the American Historical Theatre, Frank Lloyd Wright was born June 8, 1867 in rural Richland Center, Wisconsin. He was the greatest American architect. Just ask him! Wright’s life was a grand soap opera on a roller coaster and it went on for 91 years. Wright promoted organic architecture and is known for his Usonian house concept and his Prairie School movement. Wright’s buildings speak for themselves, but a viewing of Ken Burn’s documentary is a big help.  Thursday, Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza

   

Friday, May 2, 2014 |

 

Time

Event Description

Dawn to Dusk Self-guided tours of the historic Christ Church Cemetery, corner of Water and S. State Streets
9am-9pm First State Heritage Park Welcome Center open; free brochures, visitor information; restrooms; and the exhibit: “An Illegal Activity:  The Underground Railroad in Delaware,” which explores the First State’s role in the Underground Railroad by showcasing Thomas Garrett and Samuel D. Burris, and the actions they took in following the consciences rather than the law. 121 MLK Blvd. North
9am-4:30pm *Dress for Success:  The Edwardian Gentlemen's Wardrobe and Accessories — Explore Legislative Hall and take a close look at the paintings of the Delaware Governors to see what they are wearing. Compare examples of real Delaware artifacts of men’s fashion accessories and accoutrements for male grooming during the Edwardian era and Roaring 20s.  411 Legislative Avenue
9am-4:30pm *A Taste of Jazz: From the Beginning — Come celebrate the sounds of the Jazz Age and discover how Delaware’s native son, E.R. Johnson, played such a crucial role in jazz music history.  Hear early 78 rpm jazz recordings played on authentic talking machines. The lively music will whisk you back to the era of Downton Abbey seasons two and three at the Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street
9am-4:30pm

*History of Costume and Fashion Tour —  The portraits contained within the Biggs Museum’s permanent collection were commissioned by wealthy individuals to depict both their social status and their wealth.  The clothing and accessories that they wore provide us with invaluable insight into the culture and styles of the time. A self-guided tour will enable visitors to learn about the history of costume and fashion from the 18th century through the period portrayed in the popular PBS television program, Downton Abbey, the Gilded Age of the early 20th century.   Biggs Museum 406 Federal Street

9am-7pm Biggs Museum of American Art, open for tours, 406 Federal Street
9am-8pm *Downton Abbey Book Exhibit, Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza
9am-9pm

*Simple Pleasures: Picnic, Play and Dance — Spring and summer recreational activities and their original Edwardian and Roaring ‘20s fashions are on display. With freedom from physical constraints in mind, these fashions show the liberated “modern” woman and reflect the spirit of these decades of the Downton Abbey series.  The Old State House, 25 The Green

10am-1pm Guided Tours of Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Avenue
5-7pm *Self-guided tour of the Biggs Museum that will enable visitors to learn about the history of costume and fashion from the 18th century through the period portrayed in the popular TV program, Downton Abbey, the Gilded Age of the early 20th Century.  406 Federal Street
5-8pm First Friday!  Downtown Dover merchants invite you to shop for specials!  Musicians, artisans and more, free of charge
6-7pm

*Madam C.J. Walker, Millionairess, Dr. Daisy Century, historical re-enactor from the American Historical Theatre, portrays the 19th century American entrepreneur and philanthropist, born in 1867.  Walker revolutionized the hair care and cosmetic industry, becoming America’s first self-made millionairess, at the Old State House, 25 The Green

6-9pm "The British Invasion Experience," The Beatles Tribute Band and other legendary British Bands from the 1960s-70s; and Emcee Sky Brady; contests and giveaways;  free collectible Beatles buttons to the first 250 guests starting at 6:30 p.m.
6-9pm The Fun Patrol will keep the party rolling on Legislative Mall, with contests and cool prizes such as Beatles memorabilia.  1960s costume contest, so war your bellbottoms and peace signs!
6-9pm Festive moonbounce village for kids by BK Rentals and carnival rides for kids by Stine Amusements
6-9pm Food Faire, MLK Blvd. South
7-8pm

*"The Way We Wore," by Karen Jessee from the Delaware Humanities Forum Speakers Bureau, this visual media presentation of vintage/historic clothing from a personal collection and fashion study in England uses history and humor to reveal the many influences that changed women's silhouettes from 1780-1980. This lively show explains how women went from bustles to bell bottoms and why the flapper in between was the modern women. As there is no fashion without foundation, we also peek underneath to see the many ways women are padded, pinched, “poufed” and cinched into the latest style. Expect a small display and a bit of audience participation.  Biggs Museum, 406 Federal Street

7pm *The First State Harmonizers will present a "Barbershop" concert at the Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza
8-9pm

*Madam C.J. Walker, Millionairess, Dr. Daisy Century, historical re-enactor from the American Historical Theatre, portrays the 19th century American entrepreneur and philanthropist, born in 1861.  Walker revolutionized the hair care and cosmetic industry, becoming America’s first self-made millionairess, at the Old State House, 25 The Green

 

8pm Lantern Tour of the Old Methodist Cemetery, meet at the Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street.  Call 302-739-9194 for reservations and fees
Dusk Fireworks Extravaganza
   

Saturday, May 3, 2014 | Legislative Mall & The Green

Time

Event Description

Dawn to Dusk Self-guided tours of historic Christ Church Cemetery, corner of Water and S. State Streets
7am-1pm Dover Days Pancake Breakfast, Wesley United Methodist Church Men's Group and Bake Sale at Grace Fellowship Hall, The Plaza, fee
8-9am DockDogs Registration and Open Dock practice, corner of Federal and Water Streets
8am-3pm Historic Christ Church will host "Junk from your Trunk" flea market and yard sale in the church parking lot.  White elephant, plant sale, bake sale and refreshments, corner of Water and S. State Streets
8am-4:30pm First State Heritage Park Welcome Center open; free brochures, visitor information; restrooms; and the exhibit: “An Illegal Activity:  The Underground Railroad in Delaware,” which explores the First State’s role in the Underground Railroad by showcasing Thomas Garrett and Samuel D. Burris, and the actions they took in following the consciences rather than the law. 121 MLK Blvd. North
8:30am-9:30am Jazzercise Class with Marianne Magee!  Join in the fun or watch and learn.  Legislative Mall stage.
8:30-9:30am Line Up for the Dover Days Parade and Kritter Sitter Dover Days Pet Parade; Central Middle School and adjacent streets
9-11am Breakfast on The Green, American Association of Univeristy Women, fee
9-11am "The Wizard of Ahhhhs!" and "Who's On First" presented by The Children's Theatre, Inc., at Reith Hall, 304 S. Governor's Avenue
9am-4pm Colonial Musician Robert Mouland will perform and educate in the History Village.
9am-4:30pm  
9am-4:30pm *Dress for Success:  The Edwardian Gentlemen's Wardrobe and Accessories — Explore Legislative Hall and take a close look at the paintings of the Delaware Governors to see what they are wearing. Compare examples of real Delaware artifacts of men’s fashion accessories and accoutrements for male grooming during the Edwardian era and Roaring 20s.  411 Legislative Avenue
9am-4:30pm

*History of Costume and Fashion Tour —  The portraits contained within the Biggs Museum’s permanent collection were commissioned by wealthy individuals to depict both their social status and their wealth.  The clothing and accessories that they wore provide us with invaluable insight into the culture and styles of the time. A self-guided tour will enable visitors to learn about the history of costume and fashion from the 18th century through the period portrayed in the popular PBS television program, Downton Abbey, the Gilded Age of the early 20th century. Biggs Museum 406 Federal Street

9am-4:30pm

*The War of the Roses: Delaware’s Suffragist Movement -- This program explores Delaware’s Suffragists and Anti-Suffragists Movements and how they affected the daily lives of men and women and influenced women’s attire. Included in this program is the famous speech by Governor John G. Townsend Jr. which sums up his feelings on Suffrage.  The Old State House, 25 The Green 

9am-4:30pm Dover Area Heroes of World War II exhibit, Legislative Mall
9am-5pm Christiana Care Health Systems Mini-Health Fair, Screenings, health & wellness information, Legislative Avenue
9am-5pm Lenni Lenape & Nanticoke display, music, dancing and program in front of the Biggs Museum, Federal Street
9am-5pm D.J. Brian Cahall playing music and games with kids
9am-5pm Dover Days History Village, two dozen Colonial and Victorian Craftsmen, Tradesmen and more demonstrating tatting and lace-making, wool-spinning and more
9am-5pm Sandcastle Building Demonstration and Exhibition by award-winning castle builders, Legislative Mall
9am-5pm Moonbounce Village for Kids by BK Rentals, Legislative Mall grass
9am-5pm Carnival Rides for Kids by Stine Amusements, Legislative Avenue and Water Street
9am-5pm 350+ Crafts and Food Vendors; Exhibitors, Home & Trade Show Exhibitors, Legislative Mall
9am-5pm P&G and Pampers Diaper Changing Station, located in the Kids Zone on Legislative Avenue
9am-4:30pm Guided Tours of Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Avenue
9am-4:30pm Tours of the Old State House on The Green
9am-4:30pm "How Does Your Garden Grow," inspired by the plant lists from Ann Ridgely's 18th century plantation at Eden Hill; learn about the important role of gardens in this era, John Bell House, The Green
9am-4:30pm The inquisitive little dog in "His Master's Voice" paved the way for other famous dogs of the 20th century, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street
9:30-11:30am DockDogs Big Air Wave 1 Competition, corner of Federal and Water Streets
9:30am-11:30am Dover Days Parade sponsored by Delaware Lottery and Dover Days-Kritter Sitter Pet Parade, State Street and The Green; Reviewing Stand on The Green
9:45-10:45am Zumba Fitness Party with Monique Enrique, Legislative Mall stage, Legislative Avenue
10am-3pm Guided Tours of historic Christ Church, corner of Water and S. State Streets
10am-3pm Guided walking tours of The Green, meet at the John Bell House
10am-3:30pm

Dover Days at the John Dickinson Plantation, activities include tours, colonial games and hearth cooking utilizing 18th-century recipes. 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, free admission; 302-739-3277

10am-4pm "Life at Sea" program with interactive challenges for children and adults, History Village next to the Old State House
10am-4pm Biggs Kids:  Lovely Lavender, in celebration of our colonial heritage, the many uses of lavender will be explored.  It was used for medicinal purposes, its soothing fragrance and to keep moths away.  Create a beautiful painting of lavender, Biggs Museum, 406 Federal Street
10am-5pm *Downton Abbey Book Display, Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza
10am-1pm Tours of the Governor's House, Woodburn, enjoy guided tours of the official residence of Delaware's Governor since 1965, and Hall House, the Governor's guest house
10am-11am Guided Tours of "An Illegal Activity:  The Underground Railroad in Delaware," First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries; guided tours will focus on Delaware's crucial role in the Underground Railroad and two Delaware Heroes
11am-11:30am Karate/Ti Chi Demonstration by Rigby's Karate.  Join the fun or watch and learn!  Legislative Mall stage.
11am-12 noon

*Dry as a Martini: Prohibition in Delaware, Neither Shaken nor Stirred -– This Program examines how Delaware and its governments dealt with National Prohibition. Hear stories of bootleggers, speakeasies, gangsters, politicians and federal prohibition agents of this era. Please note: no alcohol will be served during this program!  The Old State House, 25 The Green

11am-4pm First State Model Railroad Club's Dover Days display.  Club headquarters is located at 1781 McKee Rod in Dover; free parking, handicapped accessible
11:30am-12:30pm Maypole Dancing on The Green by Delaware school children
11:30am-1:30pm DogDocks Big Air Wave 2 Competition, corner of Federal and Water Streets
12noon-12:30pm Maypole Dancing by The Little School at Kids Cottage at the Skull Mansion
12noon-1pm

*Close to the Vest and Under the Skirt Tour, by Karen Jessee from the Delaware Humanities Forum Speakers Bureau, will focus on the dresses and dressing of the Mid-Victorian lady and gentleman, this program reveals the many layers and accessories that created their fashionable looks. As our presenter explains the historical context of each piece of her underpinnings; the audience will assist in dressing her in the many layers it took to create the silhouette of the times at the Century Club on The Green

12 noon-12:30pm Diamond Dance Company performance, Loockerman Way, Loockerman Street Downtown Dover
12noon-1pm Guided Tours of "An Illegal Activity:  The Underground Railroad in Delaware," First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries; guided tours will focus on Delaware's crucial role in the Underground Railroad and two Delaware Heroes  
12 noon-1:45pm Musical Theatre by Premier Center for the Arts of Middletown
12 noon-4pm Kids:  Get a free certificate from the Kritter Sitter and Greyhound Rescue organizations, "signed" (paw print) by Bumblebee, the famous Greyhound.  Near the corner of Federal Street and MLK Boulevard N.
12 noon-4pm *Play Croquet on Dover’s Historic Green — Croquet was first introduced to Dover in the summer of 1865 and for a time it was the most popular game in the city. According to the diary of J. Alexander Fulton “ladies and gentlemen enjoyed it with a zest that seemed to know no abatement.” Join historical interpreters on The Green, part of the First State National Monument, to be part of the fun 
12 noon-4pm *Take a Ride in a 1910-era Stanley Steamer — First State Heritage Park will offer free rides around Dover’s Historic Green in an original Stanley Steam Car from the 1910s.  No, not carpet cleaners, these are beautiful, early-20th century automobiles that are powered by steam. From the largest single collection of Stanley Steamers anywhere, these cars are maintained and cared for by The Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve located in Yorklyn, Delaware 
12 noon-4pm Stick It! Gymnastics Exhibition on Legislative Mall grass
12:30-1pm A Celebration of Songs by Wesley Preschoolers, The Green
12:30-1:30pm

*Meet Me at the Eagle by John Wanamaker — portrayed by Bob Gleason, an historical re-enactor from the American Historical Theatre.  “Meet me at the Eagle” was a frequent suggestion for Philadelphians over the years. The statue was impressive and so was the store named for its founder, John Wanamaker, with a location in Wilmington, Delaware for many years.  Wanamaker was a businessman who provided variety and fun for his customers, and who was rewarded for his efforts. Here was a man who was civic-minded and charitable. Wanamaker fostered a progressive relationship with his employees, making it possible for them to go to school, building a vacation amusement place for employees to use on the weekends, housing the biggest organ in the world (built for the St. Louis Centennial Exposition) and arranging for the organ to be played in his store. Legislative Hall, 411, Legislative Avenue

12:45-1:15pm Rising Stars Dance Team performance, Loockerman Way, Loockerman Street, Downtown Dover
1-1:30pm Mother Goose!  Read Aloud Delaware's Mother Goose will read stories to toddlers and pre-schoolers in the Dover Public Library's Children's Room.
1-2pm

*No Ordinary Speakeasy: The Johnson Club — In 1920, the best thing that could have happened for jazz was the passage of the 18th amendment prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. As a result, speakeasies popped up across the country to satisfy America’s thirst for alcohol. In this musical adventure, the museum will be transformed into a speakeasy (minus the alcohol) featuring 1920s smooth blues. Guests are invited to come dressed in their best Downton Abbey (Season three) attire.   Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street

1:30-2pm Dover/Kent Metropolitian Planning Organization introduces its new Mascot and reads a proclamation, Loockerman Way, Loockerman Street, Downtown Dover
1:30-2:30pm

Southern Delaware Roller Derby Girls “Meet & Greet” and autograph session at the Eagle 97.7 Radio Broadcast Booth

1:30-3:30pm DockDogs Big Air Wave 3 Competition, corner of Federal and Water Streets
1:30pm-4pm Guided tours of Courtroom One; Kent County Courthouse, meet at the John Bell House on The Green; enjoy a guided tour of the newly-restored Courtroom 1 and learn about the importance of the courts to Dover's history
1:30pm-2:30pm "The Wooden World Revealed: The Archaeology and History of the DeBraak"; The history of the DeBraak and its nearly 20,000 artifacts reveals the story of life aboard a Royal Navy warship in its historical context, Delaware Public Archives, 121 MLK Blvd., North
1:55-2pm Introducing...DockDogs!  Linda Parkowski, Director of the Delaware Tourism Office, who will also introduce the endless possibilities to discover in the new Delaware Outdoor Trail
2:15-2:45pm Kaizan Karate of Dover will perform traditional martial arts, Loockerman Way, Loockerman Street, Downtown Dover
2-2:30pm Pie Eating Championship!  Watch a dozen Kent County "celebrities" compete for bragging rights in the Fifer Orchards Strawberry Pie Eating Championship.  Legislative Mall Stage.
2-3pm

Dry as a Martini: Prohibition in Delaware, Neither Shaken nor Stirred – This Program examines how Delaware and its governments dealt with National Prohibition. Hear stories of bootleggers, speakeasies, gangsters, politicians and federal prohibition agents of this era. Please note: no alcohol will be served during this program!  The Old State House, 25 The Green

2:30-3:30pm

*Meet Me at the Eagle by John Wanamaker — portrayed by Bob Gleason, an historical re-enactor from the American Historical Theatre.  “Meet me at the Eagle” was a frequent suggestion for Philadelphians over the years. The statue was impressive and so was the store named for its founder, John Wanamaker, with a location in Wilmington, Delaware for many years.  Wanamaker was a businessman who provided variety and fun for his customers, and who was rewarded for his efforts. Here was a man who was civic-minded and charitable. Wanamaker fostered a progressive relationship with his employees, making it possible for them to go to school, building a vacation amusement place for employees to use on the weekends, housing the biggest organ in the world (built for the St. Louis Centennial Exposition) and arranging for the organ to be played in his store. Legislative Hall, 411, Legislative Avenue.

 

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Close to the Vest and Under the Skirt Tour by Karen Jessee from the Delaware Humanities Forum Speakers Bureau, will focus on the dresses and dressing of the Mid-Victorian lady and gentleman, this program reveals the many layers and accessories that created their fashionable looks. As our presenter explains the historical context of each piece of her underpinnings; the audience will assist in dressing her in the many layers it took to create the silhouette of the times.  Century Club on The Green.

 

3-3:30pm Country Line Dancing by Jimmy and Felicia Baker and the Cowboy Up Saloon Dancers (adults and children), join in the fun and learn some boot scootin' boogie, Legislative Mall stage
3-3:30pm "Louder Than Words" performance on Loockerman Way, Loockerman Street
3-3:30pm Mother Goose!  Read Aloud Delaware's Mother Goose will read stories to toddlers and pre-schoolers at the Dover Public Library's Children's Room.
3:30-4pm "Imagine" duo will play hits from Sinatra to Top 40, Loockerman Way, Loockerman Street Downtown Dover
3:30-5pm DockDogs Big Air Wave 4 Competition, corner of Federal and Water Streets
3-4pm

*No Ordinary Speakeasy: The Johnson Club — In 1920, the best thing that could have happened for jazz was the passage of the 18th amendment prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. As a result, speakeasies popped up across the country to satisfy America’s thirst for alcohol. In this musical adventure, the museum will be transformed into a speakeasy (minus the alcohol) featuring 1920s smooth blues. Guests are invited to come dressed in their best Downton Abbey (Season three) attire.  Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street

5-6pm DockDogs, Extreme Vertical Competition, corner of Federal and Water Streets
   

Sunday, May 4, 2014 | Legislative Mall & The Green

Time

Event Description

Dawn to Dusk Self-guided tours of historic Christ Church Cemetery, corner of Water and S. State Streets
8-9am DockDogs Onsite Registration and Open Dock Practice, corner of Federal and Water Streets
9-10:30am DockDogs Speed Retrieve Competition, corner of Federal and Water Streets
10:30am-12:30pm DockDogs Big Air Wave 5 Competition, corner of Federal and Water Streets
11am-4pm "Life at Sea" program with interactive challenges for children and adults next to the Old State House
11am-4pm Moonbounce Village for Kids by BK Rentals, behind the Old State House
11 am-4pm Carnival Rides by Stine Amusements, Legislative Avenue and Water Street
11am-4pm 100+ Arts, Crafts & Food Vendors
11am-2pm Winner Automotive Group Dover Days Car Show onsite registration; 26 trophies, plus Best in Show, Best Mustang and Best Downton Abby-era (1900-1920)
11am-4pm Dover Days Cup: Vintage Baseball Tournament, Legislative Mall
11am-4pm First State Model Railroad Club's Dover Days display.  Club headquarters, 1281 MdKee Road, Dover; free parking, handicapped accessible
11am-4:30pm First State Heritage Park Welcome Center open; free brochures, visitor information; restrooms; and the exhibit: “An Illegal Activity:  The Underground Railroad in Delaware,” which explores the First State’s role in the Underground Railroad by showcasing Thomas Garrett and Samuel D. Burris, and the actions they took in following the consciences rather than the law. 121 MLK Blvd. North
11am-4:30pm The Old State House, 25 The Green, will be open for guided tours
12-3pm

*Downton Picnic on The Green — Come dressed (optional) for this Edwardian-era picnic.  Bring a picnic lunch or purchase one.  Croquet to play and live jazz music or barbershoppers.  Bring your tea set, tea sandwiches, your parasol and white gloves and raise your pinky as the Dowager or Mary may do in an episode of Downton Abbey!  Stop by anytime, The Green

12 noon-4pm Dover Days Winner Ford Car Show, Legislative Mall, 26 trophies including special trophy for Best in Show, 1900-1920-era (Downton Abbey) vehicle and special trophy for Best Appearing Mustang celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang
12:20-1:30pm

Baseball Hall-of-Famer William “Judy” Johnson, portrayed by Ron Whittington, representing the Delaware Humanities Forum Speakers Bureau.  Through a first-person interpretation of Baseball-Hall-of-Famer William "Judy" Johnson, learn the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues prior to Jackie Robinson's participation in the major leagues of American baseball. Biggs Museum, 406 Federal Street

12:30-2:30pm DockDogs Big Air Wave 6 Competition, corner of Federal and Water Streets
1-2pm

Alice Roosevelt’s Maid!  In 1905 during the Gilded Age when fashions and fortunes reached fabulous heights, President Theodore Roosevelt authorized the largest diplomatic and imperialistic mission in the History of the United States.  The steamship USS Manchuria, would cross the Pacific Ocean to dock at Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China and Korea and along for the ride was the President's daughter Alice, a media darling known for her outgoing, free-spirited behavior.  Join Alice Roosevelt's maid Peggy, as she packs her mistress's trunk for the voyage home and be privy to the glamour, the politics and the gossip including an exclusive on the rumor of a budding courtship which may just end in the White house wedding of America's most eligible bachelorette. Portrayed by Kim Hanley, historical re-enactor from the American Historical Theatre.  The Old State House

1-3pm Joe Baione performs live jazz music on The Green
1-3pm

Dover Public Library will host Anthony F. Chiffolo and Rayner W. Hesse Jr. are the authors of Cooking with the Bible: Recipes for Biblical Meals (visit www.cookingwiththebible.com). They are also authors of We Thank You, God, for These: Blessings and Prayers for Family Pets. They reside in Bethany Beach, DE.  Anthony Chiffolo is Editorial Director, Print for ABC-CLIO. He is the author/editor/compiler of numerous books, including 100 Names of Mary: Stories and Prayers; Advent and Christmas with the Saints; Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Padre Pio; and At Prayer with the Saints. His website is www.anthonychiffolo.com . The Rev. Dr. Rayner W. Hesse, Jr., is a retired Episcopal priest, formerly pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church in New Rochelle, NY. He is also the author of Jewelrymaking through History: An Encyclopedia. Outside, weather permitting.

1:30-4:30pm

*History of Costume and Fashion Tour —  The portraits contained within the Biggs Museum’s permanent collection were commissioned by wealthy individuals to depict both their social status and their wealth.  The clothing and accessories that they wore provide us with invaluable insight into the culture and styles of the time. A self-guided tour will enable visitors to learn about the history of costume and fashion from the 18th century through the period portrayed in the popular PBS television program, Downton Abbey, the Gilded Age of the early 20th century.  Biggs Museum 406 Federal Street

 

1-5pm *Downton Abbey Book Display, Dover Public Library, 35 The Plaza
2pm

Simple Pleasures:  Picnic, Play & Dance by Anne Baker-Horsey, Museum Curator, Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, will showcase women’s clothing and accessories from 1910 through the roaring 1920s for leisure and evening dress.  Spring activities will be showcased by the soft colors and straight profiles which allowed freedom of movement for the independent and liberated “modern” woman.  The Old State House, 25 The Green

2:30-4:30pm DockDogs Finals Competition, corner of Federal and Water Streets
3-4pm

Alice Roosevelt’s Maid! In 1905 during the Gilded Age when fashions and fortunes reached fabulous heights, President Theodore Roosevelt authorized the largest diplomatic and imperialistic mission in the History of the United States.  The steamship USS Manchuria, would cross the Pacific Ocean to dock at Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China and Korea and along for the ride was the President's daughter Alice, a media darling known for her outgoing, free-spirited behavior.  Join Alice Roosevelt's maid Peggy, as she packs her mistress's trunk for the voyage home and be privy to the glamour, the politics and the gossip including an exclusive on the rumor of a budding courtship which may just end in the White house wedding of America's most eligible bachelorette. Portrayed by Kim Hanley, historical re-enactor from the American Historical Theatre.  The Old State House.

3pm Dover Days Pops Concert by the Dover Symphony Orchestra, Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino; a program of familiar patriotic and movie music, medleys of signature Beatles and Elvis songs to conclude the 2014 season.  For tickets, 302-270-1903
3:30-4pm Dover Days Car Show Awards