MILFORD — On Friday, March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day! — Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) will host the 7th annual St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl. A “toasting the town” tradition for the Milford community, this year’s Pub Crawl will feature six local businesses, two local restaurants, and five visiting breweries and distilleries from 5–9 p.m. as DMI continues their commitment to highlighting downtown Milford. Each business will feature a sampling of a unique drink or food and celebrate the holiday with a twist that reflects their specific business.
The event encourages participants to walk through downtown Milford wearing official Pub Crawl shirts. The T- shirts will have the participating vendors names printed on the back as attendees will receive a check mark on the back of the shirt for each host site and pouring vendor they visit.
This year’s Crawl features a black shirt with a slight twist on the traditional Pub Crawl shamrock logo (thanks to Ben Muldrow). T- shirts go on sale starting Feb. 21 at the DMI office located at 207 S. Walnut Street. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now in its seventh year, the Pub Crawl shirts have sold out every year.
“It’s great to see so many people come out, wearing their official shirts, and enjoying downtown Milford,” said event co- chair Mark Dissinger. “The Pub Crawl is a great way for DMI to kick off the year, get people downtown, and showcase many of our merchants and craft breweries, distilleries and wineries. We have some new merchants and vendors participating this year, so it will give people an opportunity to go somewhere new and taste something new.”
“The money raised through our generous Pub Crawl sponsors, hosts, and vendors also helps us fund DMI’s economic development activities in support of downtown,” Mr. Dissinger said.
Participating merchants will have specials for event shirt wearers established in their place of business. These may include discounted drinks and food specials as well as beer, wine and liquor tastings from local breweries, wineries and distilleries.
At Riverfront Theater, 2 S Walnut St., Pub Crawlers can have their photo taken, absolutely free, at the Arena’s Shamrock Shutterbug photo booth. Through Arenas’ generous sponsorship, Shasta Shutterbug Photography by CM Baker will take keepsake photos of all the good luck, good fun, and good memories of St. Patrick’s Day.
Host sponsors for the crawl include Second Street Players. Mispillion Brewing Company will be serving tastings of their craft brews along with Sposato Family Vineyards serving their variety of wine. Petite Sweets will host Crooked Hammock Brewery, and the Music School of Delaware will host Beach Time Distilling. At 131 NW Front Street, it’s About Time will host samplings from Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales.
Along with tastings, the Music School of Delaware will have live Irish and fiddle music, featuring the school’s faculty members, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nathan Ames will be on guitar, Michelle Peters will be playing bass and Kate Inie-Richards will play the fiddle. Also, at the Music School, the Milford branch of WSFS Bank will again be providing some heavy appetizers — meatballs and Irish cheese dip — free to the Pub Crawl attendees.
Participating restaurants and bars at the Pub Crawl include Arena’s, Abbott’s Grill, Milford Billiards and Park Place.
“The Pub Crawl brings so many to downtown Milford each year, with the opportunity to see our beautiful and historic merchant district,” co- chair Aubrey Edwards said. “Even if they don’t shop the night of the Crawl, people get a great sense of the community and hopefully will come back and visit again.”
Volunteers are still needed, and if you have your ABCC servers license that’s a plus! To volunteer or for more information on the event, contact DMI at 839-1180 or visit the event on DMI’s Facebook page.
DMI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization continually promoting quality civic, commercial, and cultural development of the historic central business district, which is the heart of community life in Milford, Delaware. Funds raised from the Pub Crawl, and DMI events throughout the year, support its mission of promoting economic development in Downtown Milford.
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