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  • The Funsters to anchor 'Spring into Spring Festival'

  • After a week of working hard, unwind with your friends and family at the second Spring into Spring Festival on The Circle this Saturday.
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  • After a week of working hard, unwind with your friends and family at the second Spring into Spring Festival on The Circle this Saturday.
    Overview of events
    The festival's live entertainment will ignite at 1 p.m. with the First State Force band, followed by The Cruzers from 3 to 5 p.m. Next is 33 and 1/3 from 5 to 7 p.m. with The Funsters closing out the party from 7 to 9 p.m.
    During the afternoon, the fourth annual Spicer Memorial Car Show will be held in the courthouse parking lot. Registration is from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with trophy presentations at 2:30 p.m. What's more, vendors will showcase crafts, antiques and other goodies around The Circle.
    For the tykes, there will be face painting at 3 p.m., Lil' Toot train rides from 1 to 4 p.m., kids fingerprinting from 1 to 3 p.m., and magic shows by Brian Boyd will held at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
    In conjunction with the festival, the Sussex County Council will host the grand opening of the new Arena's at the Airport restaurant at the Sussex County Airport. Free shuttle service will be provided from The Circle to Arena's.
    Funning around
    Having performed at the inaugural Spring into Spring Festival last year, The Funsters are back to give the event more love with a bevy of classic covers, mostly from the early '60s to late '70s. The repertoire will include tunes like Elvis' "Suspicious Minds," Nat King Cole's "Love," Sly & the Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime," Mack Rice's "Mustang Sally" and Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl."
    While Grier White (sax and vocals) points out "we're baby boomers," when describing he and his bandmates, who celebrated their 19th anniversary as an outfit a few weeks ago; together, he says it's been his experience that crowds of all ages have enjoyed their covers, since it's timeless, feel-good music.
    "In general, we find that we're a crowd-pleasing band and we can reach all musical tastes," said White, 60, of Lewes, who grew up in Georgetown. "The songs we play are sounds we grew up with that we might have actually played when they were first out. So we're having fun."
    Grooving to the tunes they love is how White and his bandmates live up to their name, because they're not necessarily pranksters or clowns on stage. With that said, it hurt Grier that he was sidelined from the fun at last year's festival, thanks to a severe allergy attack.
    "It broke my heart not to be there to travel 16 miles to my hometown," White lamented.
    Page 2 of 2 - The pain White felt from missing last year's festival will be replaced with goodwill he'll bestow on the crowd, especially with The Funsters' final two songs — Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" and Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." White says he's confident those tunes will warm some hearts and help revelers spring into summertime.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Spring into Spring Festival 2013
    WHEN 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday
    WHERE The Circle, Georgetown
    INFO georgetowndel.com or 856-7391
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