2nd Annual Friends of the Arts Festival – June 5, 2016

St. Peter's Cathedral

St. Peter’s Cathedral

Join the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. for the 2nd Annual Friends of the Arts Festival, sponsored by PNC Bank. Graciously hosted by St. Peter’s Cathedral at 500 N West St. in Wilmington in the heart of historic Quaker Hill, this year’s event features works from local artists, including Eunice LaFate, Riva Brown, Wynn Breslin, Patrica Dawson, Madeline Porter, and Kaitlyn Altieri.

Participate in our silent auction to win Eunice LaFate’s limited edition print of “Tubman & Garrett…Road to Freedom.” Courtesy of the DE Humanities Forum, children can join the artist herself for a collaborative art project. Full details of the 2016 Friends of the Arts Festival are available here. For more information, contact Ashley Cloud at 302-388-7176.

Work by Artist Eunice LaFate

Work by Artist Eunice LaFate

Friends of the Arts Exhibit & Creative Festival May 1-2, 2015

To kick off Quaker Hill’s role in Wilmington’s new Creative Arts District, the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation, with the help of several partner organizations, is holding Friends of the Arts: A Festival of Creativity on Quaker Hill on May 1 and 2, 2015.

The first part of the event on Friday, May 1 (Friday’s schedule), an art auction on the Wilmington Art on the Town Loop, featuring more than a dozen local artists, will be held at 521 N. West Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. on May 1, continuing Saturday the 2nd from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Most of the art works on display will be available for bid in a silent auction.   Come bid on your favorite artists’ work or discover new ones!

On Saturday, May 2nd an Arts/Crafts Market & Creative Festival will be held from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.  on the grounds of the Wilmington Friends Meeting at 401 N. West Street in Wilmington, a block south of the exhibit/auction (Saturday’s schedule).  The festival will feature live music (list of musical artists, children’s activities, an arts & crafts market; a presentation on “The African-American Experience in Music” by former Mayor James Baker, with musical accompaniment by Raye Jones Avery, Dennis Fortune & Gerald Chavis, a bagpipe performance by Sgt. Walter Ferris, Wilmington Police Dept.; architectural tour by Dr. David Ames; and a host of children’s activities, including face-painting, henna tattoos, make-and-take-home arts and crafts, and wild animals from the DuPont Environmental Education Center; not to mention tasty food from Fat Rick’s Barbecue!

Click these links for the event flyer and a flyer addendum with supplemental information that wouldn’t fit or was confirmed too late to make it into the flyer.

Wilmington Art on the Town Loop & Silent Auction
Friday, May 1, 2015 – 6 – 9 PM
Creative Festival & Arts/Crafts Market
Wilmington Friends Meeting House
4th & West Streets, Wilmington, Delaware 19801
(Exhibit & Auction continue Sat., May 2, 2015 – 10 AM – 3 PM)
• Larry Anderson
• Paul Andreas
• Carl Bailey
• Riva Brown
• Ken Carley
• Gerald Collins
• Patricia Edwards Dawson
• Geraldo Gonzalez
• Whitey Johnson
• Eunice LaFate
• W. James McGlynn
• James McGlone
• Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond
• Jason Rice
• Ken Segal
• William Slowik
• Roldan West

Each work will have a sheet for writing down your bid on that item. See any staff and volunteer with name tag for questions.

Saturday, May 2, 2015    –    10 AM  –   4 PM
Creative Festival & Arts/Crafts Market
Wilmington Friends Meeting House
 4th & West Streets, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

10:00 Festival Begins, Arts/Crafts Market Open (until 4)
11:00 Architectural Tour of Quaker Hill – Dr. David Ames (‘til 12)
11:00 Kids’ Activity – Painting with Yarn (until 1)
11:00 Music (Stage) Fishcastle, original folk (until 12)
12:00 Music (Social Room, Meeting House) Bagpipes, Sgt. Walter Ferris, Wilmington Police Dept.
12:45 Music (Stage) Kristin Rebecca, original vocal/guitar/harp
1:00  Kids’ Activities

  • Book ‘Em – Wilmington Police Dept. (‘til 3)
  • Make-&-Take-Home Crafts (‘til 3)
  • – Henna Tattoos
  • – Face Painting (‘til 3)

1:30  “The African-American Experience in Music” (Social Room, Meeting House presentation by Hon. James M. Baker w/ musical accompaniment by Raye Jones Avery, Dennis Fortune & Gerald Chavis (‘til 2:30)
2:30   Architectural Tour of Quaker Hill – Dr. David Ames (‘til 3:30)
3:00   Music (Stage) Rick Sabatini
4:00   Festival Ends – Good night, have a safe trip home!

ALSO:  Art Exhibit/Silent Auction continues at
521 N. West St. (See Friday Art Loop for artists & info)

Music on Main Stage
11:00 Fishcastle original acoustic folk duo
12:45 Kristin Rebecca original singer/songwriter guitar/harp
3:00 Rick Sabatini original singer/songwriter

2-21-2015 QH John Dickinson Wreath Ceremony covered by News-Journal

Blizzard conditions did not stop representatives of QHHPF and Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion from paying tribute to Delaware founding father John Dickinson on February 21, 2015, the 207th anniversary of his death, with the reading of a eulogy and laying of a wreath upon his grave. Prior to the laying of the wreath, inside the Wilmington Friends Meeting House QHHPF President Bayard Marin read a eulogy composed by leading Dickinson scholar Jane Calvert of the University of Kentucky.  A driving snow and strong winds did not stop the assembled from proceeding to Dickinson’s resting place in the Friends graveyard. Afterward, the group warmed with hot coffee and tea and delicious baked goods prepared by Sonia Marin. The event was covered by the Wilmington News Journal in the article, a link to which is directly below. See photos of the event further below. (Photos by Jim Bierbaum)


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