It’s time to kick off your shoes, grab a cold drink and find a grassy seat as Delaware City holds its “Music in the Park” series this month. With the Delaware River as their backdrop, bands from across the area will serenade audiences each week, beginning Saturday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.


    It’s time to kick off your shoes, grab a cold drink and find a grassy seat as Delaware City holds its “Music in the Park” series this month. With the Delaware River as their backdrop, bands from across the area will serenade audiences each week, beginning Saturday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
    Residents of Delaware City and the surrounding area will fill Battery Park off Clinton Street Saturday to hear the Americana tunes of the Newark Community Band as they kick off the event. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual event.
    Julia Morrill, coordinator of Music in the Park, said the quaint atmosphere of the park and waterfront lends itself well as a great spot to relax and enjoy some tunes. 
    “It’s a nice way to step back in time a little bit,” she said. “You can take in an evening outside and you don’t have to think about much more than the music.”
    Morrill said each year she tries to choose bands that people of all ages can enjoy, and although she switches it up a lot, a few bands make a common appearance.
    Such is the case for the Newark Community Band, which has played each year since the event’s inception.
    “It’s made up of volunteers who love to play,” she said. “They do a lot of different things, like theme songs, marches and show tunes. They’re always pretty popular.”
    Also performing this year are the Witch Doctors Blues Band Aug. 14, Joe Becton and the Cobalt Blues Band Aug. 21 and Al Santoro and the Hi-Liters Aug. 30.
    Morrill said audiences might want to get their favorite songs ready now, because many of the bands will interact with them and take requests on the spot.
    She said as many as 300 people have come out to the event in the past, and she hopes the same will be true this year.
    “It’s hard for some people to get out of town to spend money on concerts,” she said, “so if we offer that downtown, it shows we’re thinking about our residents and want to provide entertainment for them here.”
    Morrill said she also encourages visitors to check out the local shops and restaurants before or after the event.
    “People can eat an early dinner and come on over, or stop by the ice cream parlor and bring over a cone,” she said.
    The series is part of a community-based organization grant Delaware City receives from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Local sponsors this year include WSFS Bank and the Delaware City Lions Club.
    Morrill said she is excited to celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary, and hopes to see it continue in the future.
    “It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “As long as the interest is still there, that’s what’s encouraged me to keep doing it all these years.”