Stay local for the weekend: Free or low-cost activities for the family

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Wood shavings to hot sparks: A history of shipbuilding in Milford

Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. This free, family oriented program is open to anyone as a part of First Presbyterian Church’s 2nd Friday Program. Joan Lofland, the current owner of the last Milford shipyard, will be the presenter. Light refreshments will be available. The church is located at 101 S. Walnut St. For more information, call 571-296-0430.

Riverwalk Farmers Market

Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m. Welcome to our 21st season! This year you will be treated to Milford’s Dixieland Band and 37 vendors offering a wide variety of foods and crafts. The Market has expanded and will completely fill the park on Walnut Street, also known as “Liberty Square Park” this year. Check out for a story and photos from opening day!

5th Annual Band Bash

Saturday, May 14 from noon to 10 p.m. The American Legion C.K.R.T. Post 7 at 17448 S. Dupont Highway in Harrington will feature 10 live bands at this outdoor event. Bring your own chairs! Admission is $5 per person and $10 for an all-you-can-drink draft cup with proceeds benefitting local veteran projects. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, call 302-398-3566. Featured bands will include: Red Bullett, At Risk, Weekday Warrios, Judy Sings The Blues, Sweetwater, Parental Guidance, Chainbreak, Perception and Kick Back.

Riverwalk Gospel Concert

Saturday, May 14 from 1-3 p.m. This free event will be held at the Milford Public Library Amphitheater. Come sit and enjoy live gospel music from local choirs after you finish shopping at the farmers market.

2nd Annual Spring Concert: Mispillion Children’s Chorus

Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. “Why We Sing” will include songs of imagination, wishes, hopes and dreams. Admission is free for the concert held in the Fellowship Hall of Avenue United Methodist Church. Free-will contributions will be accepted. For more information, e-mail the or call 302-422-2785.

Help Milford Bloom

Sunday, May 15 at 9 a.m. “Milford in Bloom” was developed by Downtown Milford, Inc. to help enhance the beauty of downtown for visitors, residents and merchants to enjoy. Volunteers will gather downtown at Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop to prepare plants for the season.

Sunday Critter Corner at Abbott’s Mill

Sunday, May 15 from 1:30-2 p.m. This free event is open to all ages. Join our Weekend Naturalist every Sunday afternoon in our Wet Lab to learn about the amazing native wild animals we have on display at Abbott’s. Visitors will get to interact with and learn about snakes (non-venomous), turtles, frogs, toads, fish, and salamanders. Afterwards, enjoy a hike or bike on our trails or find a grassy patch for a meadow picnic.

Other free or low-cost activities:

  • Go for a scavenger hunt along the Riverwalk (on your way to the Farmers Market?)! Bring some cracked corn to gjve the regulars… the ducks of course!
  • Visit Abbott’s Mill for a hike to the swamp or bring the kids for a storybook hike! On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole will be posted at several stations along a trail, allowing families and friends to enjoy a story as they walk the path and take in the scenery. #Take5Outside for a walk and read!

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