Wilmington gears up for ‘Summer in the Parks’

June 21, 2017 by  

For the fifth year, Wilmington, in conjunction with The Grand Opera House, will offer its program ‘Summer in the Parks’. The program brings a number of events to various parks and other public spaces in Wilmington’s neighborhoods, with the idea of taking performances and artistic endeavors out of the theater and bringing them to the people.

The program combines cultural events with live performances and are free for residents to enjoy. More than 60 events will take place over the summer in 13 different venues. Weekday mornings, events for children will be held in eight of the city’s parks; the artists change constantly. For instance, on Mondays from 9:30 am until 10:30 am, there will be events in the Haynes Park, while on Monday afternoons, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm, the venue will be Barbara Hicks Park. The artists come from a huge list including Delaware Shakespeare, Minas, and the Wilmington Drama League, and details are on The Grand’s website.

In the evenings, more adult-themed activities, such as concerts, take place in the same parks, plus a few other venues. The Grand is bringing 191 artists to the evenings, which are designed to actively involve audience members, rather than having them simply sit and observe a performance. On the agenda are activities like crafts, dance, art, theater, music, and storytelling.

Summer in the Parks starts next Monday, June 26. Events like this can be enhanced when organizers use colorful banners, which work well outdoors.