Kazoo, cake, concerts and dancing.
1. Dover Days will celebrate the Capital City’s 300th birthday, and what better way than with cake and a kazoo orchestra?
Even if there wasn’t cake involved, just seeing the kazoo orchestra in action alone is worth checking out. After all, how many times can you say you’ve witnessed this?
The cake and kazoo jamboree will be 8:20 to 8:30 p.m. Friday on Legislative Mall.
2. One of the staples of the festival is maypole dancing.
There’s nothing cuter than 300 school children in colonial attire gleefully skipping around a maypole on Dover’s historic Green, named a national monument in 2013 by President Barack Obama.
While maypole dancing is a bit dated, the ritual is performed in many communities during May Day. That May 1st holiday is celebrated in a number of cultures and usually includes singing and cake.
Maypole dancing will be performed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday on The Green.
3. The Capital City’s largest parade is at Dover Days, with close to 4,500 marchers along with 9,000 spectators.
The parade is known for featuring Revolutionary War, World War II and Civil War reenactors in period attire.
Lineup for the parade is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday at Central Middle School and adjacent streets. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Central Middle School and ends on The Green at the reviewing stand.
4. You and the kids can check out the Dover English Country Dancers showing some smooth moves.
English country dancing is based on simplicity, not flashy footwork like the jitterbug. This style was brought by the colonists from England, where it was known as “country dance.” Now it’s called English country dance.
The Dover English Country Dancers is a group for all ages, couples and singles, who enjoy music and dance in a spirit of fun and friendship. Newcomers are always welcome, and each dance is taught with a walk-through beforehand.
English country dancing offers vintage fun and doubles as a great way to burn calories. See the dancers in action at 1:30 p.m., Sunday outside the State House.
5. Steely Dan lovers will get a kick out of Technicolor Motor Home.
Named “Best Tribute Band in Baltimore” by Baltimore Magazine, this 10-piece outfit pays homage to the recent touring versions of Steely Dan. Their show includes material from every Dan album and some gems from Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s solo projects.
Technicolor Motor Home: A Tribute to Steely Dan launches at 7 p.m., Sunday at the Schwartz Center for the Arts.