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Corn Hole at Dogfish Head

Last year, when my son had not yet started school we used to wander around looking for “adventures, or at least new things to see and do.”

I am almost ashamed to admit this, but I took him to Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton. Yup, I am a bad mommy. I took my son to a brewery. Ah, but wait. This is not just any brewery. This is Dogfish Head, and this place is cool. Believe it or not, it is even kid friendly, just don’t take them inside.

We did not go on the tour of the brewery for obvious reasons, but we did not need to. There was plenty to do outside. Dogfish is tucked away off Chestnut Street in Milton in Cannery Village Center. It is hidden off the main street that runs through Milton and it is tucked back near trees.

When you pull up, don’t expect some big old ugly factory. This is Dogfish. They do things a bit differently. You first notice the Dogfish shark made out of rusted metal. It looks like a cutout. Then you see the big huge green silos, and this treehouse made of twisted metal. My son really, really wanted to go up there. Sorry, that is not allowed. It is still pretty neat to look at.

A  food truck called Bunyan’s Lunchbox is parked on the side of the building.  It serves up food that pairs well with beer. Go figure. You get can a bag of peanuts for $1, Joe’s chips for $2, Vegetarian Chili for $4. They offer pulled pork sandwiches, a Ruben and grilled cheese. All of the sandwiches are less than $10. It is actually a pretty good deal. The lunch truck is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In the courtyard, next to the food truck, are picnic tables, corn hole, and a bocce ball court. My son and I played some rounds of corn hole. It actually was our first introduction to this very fun game. (We are now the owners of a corn hole set.)

We also played some bocce ball, too. We didn’t really follow the rules, but it was a lot of fun.

If you have kids, sitting outside playing a round of corn hole and eating grilled cheese sandwiches is actually quite pleasant and not a bad way to spend the afternoon.

If you go Dogfish Head after 3 p.m., but before 6 p.m. on a Friday during the summer season, you can also hit the Milton Farmers’ Market. The Farmers’ Market is held at Dogfish’s parking lot. The market features live music. Live music is pretty big on Delmarva. Want to know who is playing? Click here. The farmers market also has a lot of good food, and of course, fresh fruits and vegetables. Want to see who has a stand? Click here

 

 

Firefly Festival: Music and Camping in Dover

One of the many things to love about Delmarva is that for a rural area, it sure does have a lot of music.

One of the biggest and most anticipated concerts is the Firefly Festival, which is in Dover at The Woodlands. For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with Delaware, and let’s face it, that is a lot of you. Dover is in the middle of the state. Delaware only has three counties.

The music/camping festival begins June 15th and runs until June 18th.  I have to admit, I had not really heard about it until we moved to Delmarva. But, Firefly is a pretty big deal.

It sounds kind of neat, too. The festival lasts four days and features more than more than 140 bands. Regional and up and coming acts are a part of the lineup, and fans get to help pick the bands.

Although I am intrigued by camping, if we go, kiddos and all, it would likely be for a day pass. I can’t decide whether to go Friday or Saturday. Friday, Twenty One Pilots are playing. But, Saturday Bob Dylan takes the stage. Day passes are $119. It is a tough call. It may be one or the other, but it is not going to be both. If you are going to see Bob Dylan, this would certainly be the year to do it.  The Firefly Festival is probably the perfect place for that. It is out in the woods at Dover International Speedway. You are in the woods in the middle of the Delaware’s state capital. That is pretty neat in and of itself.

If we did go, it will be the first concert the kiddos have been to. How cool would it be to say that the first show that they saw included Bob Dylan?  We are big music fans in our house. Some of the best memories I have growing up are of the concerts I attended as a kid. So, I am thinking Firefly just might be on our bucket list this summer.

Do you want to see who else is playing? Click here. If Bob Dylan is your thing, but camping isn’t you can always find a place at the beach. Dover is only about 45 miles from Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. You could also stay in Dover. Check out Dover’s tourism office’s website for ideas on hotels.

But if you love to camp and you love music, this is an event tailor-made for you. Need more information on the festival? Click here.

 

 

 

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are dropin’ in on OC

I am debating whether to drop some serious money, at least for me, on some Joan Jett tickets.

You see my youngest seriously loves Joan Jett. I have to admit, I do, too. Hey, she made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and she owns her own record label.

I would absolutely love to take him. I have been checking the internets throughout the year to see if she is playing anywhere close to us. Much to my chagrin, she never was.

Then, bam. She is playing in Ocean City, MD, on May 6th. HOW DID I MISS THIS? I clicked on the Ticketmaster button to buy tickets and they were gone. Sigh.

Then, I checked StubHub. They have tickets, but they are going to cost you. $119 was the cheapest ticket. I have a family of five. That is quite a bit to shell out, even for Joan Jett.

Sorry, Joan, we will have to settle for dancing by the record machine. But, if you want to go, let us know all about the show. It is all a part of Springfest. I cannot give you the low down on Springfest because we have not been yet. But, if you would like to go click here.

Next year we will go. Who knows maybe Joan Jett will come back and play again.  If you want to get tickets for bigger-named acts, look for the lineup in the wintertime and buy tickets then. I wished I had. But, I have learned my lesson.

All may not be lost, though, Joan Jett is playing several other locations this summer. If you are a fan, click here to get her tour schedule.