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Milford’s is a vibrant place, accented by its attractions and the people who make them go. If you’ve got outsiders coming to town, here are five places you’ll want to make sure they have a chance to experience while here:
Located in the heart of Milford is Gallery 37, one of Delaware’s best-kept secrets. This quaint gallery (located at 8 S. Walnut St.) is filled to the brim with a treasure trove of artwork to home furnishings that would look wonderful in anyone’s humble abode. At Gallery 37 customers will find sculptures, fine art paintings, high-end artisan ceramics, handmade lamps, original home accessories and marquetry furniture. In addition, the gallery hosts a new art exhibit every six weeks, displaying mostly unique contemporary works that you don’t see every day. For instance, in a previous exhibit, Gallery 37 displayed a series of robotic clocks that each featured a whimsical design. One clock resembled an owl with forks for feet, another depicted a monkey with bottle caps for ears, and one clock was of a crab with wrenches for arms. With intriguing items showcased from wall to wall, there’s a reason why Gallery 37 owner Marcia Reed describes her shop as “a destination for artful living.”
Whether it’s a production of "Alice in Wonderland" or a whodunit, the Second Street Players spoil its patrons at the Riverfront Theatre with unconventional drama that never disappoints. Neighboring Gallery 37 (2 S. Walnut St.), the Riverfront Theatre is home to the Second Street Players, a year-round community theater company that entertains with its strong cast of performers and diverse selection of shows. The only community theater company in Milford, Second Street offers a mix of traditional, obscure and original plays and musicals that cover practically every genre. And since the theater company is big on family, it hosts multiple children’s productions. Second Street has been using a pay-what-you-can system for the opening nights of its previous children’s shows, which is designed to help all families afford and experience a night of excitement at the Riverfront Theatre.
Mispillion Art League
The Mispillion Art League is a valuable cultural arts center in the community. It’s a venue (located on 5 N. Walnut St.) that allows tourists and locals to escape the monotony of everyday life and enjoy colorful works showcased through a potpourri of styles, mediums and themes by talented artists in the area. Roughly half a dozen exhibits are held in MAL’s gallery throughout the year, including one juried show. MAL also hosts adult art classes and workshops, as well as children’s art classes. As an additional treat for the public, MAL hosts a free monthly lecture program called Third Thursday. The program allows the community to learn about the arts in areas that it might not be familiar with. For instance, graphic designer Tim Parrott, who works for the popular Milton-based Dogfish Head brewery, was the guest speaker for Third Thursday in September when he explained the creativity that goes into designing Dogfish’s beer labels and its promotional art.
The Mispillion Riverwalk is a staple of downtown Milford. The Riverwalk is a greenway space designed to preserve the town’s waterfront. Along the river were once seven shipyards that produced more than 600 wooden sailing ships between 1680 and 1927. Considering Milford’s rich history as a major shipbuilding town, it was fitting that the Riverwalk received new decorative sculptures of Milford’s classic yacht Augusta, which were erected along the Riverwalk last summer. Several of the businesses and organizations downtown including city hall, Milford Public Library, the Milford Museum and Milford Senior Center are located along or just a short distance from the Riverwalk. Overlooking the Mispillion River, the Riverwalk is a lovely sight and, of course, a fine location for walking.
If you get the urge for live music and scrumptious food, Abbott’s Grill is where you’ll want to unwind and dine. Keeping the menu fun and exciting, Abbott’s (249 NE Front St.) has been known to push the envelope with offerings of Cajun meatloaf, bison liver and onions and veal kidneys. Of course, the restaurant sells typical pub fare, too, like burgers and fries, salads and desserts. Breakfast is also served. Another really nice feature about Abbott’s is it was created with the customer in mind as its dining room is closed off from the bar area, which offers patrons the convenience of eating in a quiet section if they’re not in the mood for listening to the bands and DJs that perform on the weekend.