Governor Carney, First Lady to Host Holiday Open House at Woodburn

DOVER, Del. – On Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Governor John Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney will host a holiday open house at Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Governor and First Lady, tour Woodburn and Hall House, view holiday decorations, and enjoy holiday treats. The event is free and open to the public.

 

WHAT:       Holiday open house and tours at Woodburn.

 

WHO:         Governor John Carney

First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney

 

WHEN:       Saturday, December 7, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. *Governor Carney will arrive around 12:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:     Woodburn

151 Kings Highway Southwest
Dover, DE 19901

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The Woodburn Holiday Open House is one of several events taking place in Dover on Saturday, December 7:

 

Saturday, December 7, 2019
“The First State”

9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Guided tours explore Delaware’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution and its legacy as the first state to enter the union. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover.

 

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Delaware Day Awards Ceremony

10:00 a.m.

Event honors participants in the Delaware Department of State’s 18th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition which challenges students to create displays that help illustrate and explain the U.S. Constitution and the role played by Delawareans in the writing and ratification of the nation’s founding document. Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dover.

 

Saturday, December 7, 2019
“Holidays With Victor.”

9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Guided tours examine holiday music recorded by Victor Records accompanied by 78-rpm records played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. First Saturday in the First State program. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover.

 

 

View more events from the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.


Governor Carney Hosts Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Woodburn

DOVER, Del. — Governor John Carney hosted 30 guests Tuesday night at a Ramadan Iftar dinner at Woodburn, including members of Delaware’s Muslim community and statewide elected officials.

The Iftar is the evening meal after sunset that concludes the daily fasting during the month of Ramadan, which ends the evening of June 3 this year. For observers, the Iftar dinner and Ramadan are a time to reflect on humanity and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate.

“Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection when compassion and commitment to care for the most vulnerable among us is highlighted,” said Governor Carney. “I am proud and pleased to stand as a friend to the Muslim community of Delaware, which has strengthened our state in innumerable ways and given so much to others.”

Tuesday’s event was the fifth Iftar dinner hosted by a Governor of Delaware since 2015. In attendance were representatives from six Delaware mosques as well as Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall Long, Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, Attorney General Kathleen Jennings, Department of Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Robert Coupe, and Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi.

“Delaware’s Muslim community is appreciative that Governor Carney has continued with this tradition, and we are honored that he once again extended an invitation for us to join him at Woodburn for this celebration of faith,” said Dr. Muqtedar Khan, a professor at the University of Delaware and president of the Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs. “This event celebrates our state’s diverse population and sends a message that Delaware is welcoming to all people.”

“Ramadan is the most important month for Muslims in terms of their spiritual being. It’s a time to take a step back from our daily lives and focus on nourishing our souls,” said Imam Arqum Rashid, of the Islamic Society of Central Delaware. “This Iftar dinner gives us all an opportunity to start a conversation with one another to learn more about different cultures and religions and to get to know our neighbors. It reaffirms the fact that Delaware is an inclusive state and every resident who lives here is valued equally.”

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DNREC’s First State Heritage Park First Saturday will host ‘First People of the First State: the Lenape Tribe of Delaware’ on Sept. 1

(Photo: Join the Lenape Tribe of Delaware on The Green on Sept. 1, for a celebration of the tribe’s heritage.)

DOVER – DNREC’s First State Heritage Park will celebrate the “First People of the First State: The Lenape Tribe of Delaware,” for the First State Heritage Park’s monthly “First Saturday in the First State” on Sept. 1. The program will feature a variety of free events and activities.

The First Saturday programs will center on sharing aspects of the Lenape culture. “September is a time for Native-American people to gather in their homelands,” said Nena Todd, site supervisor for the state’s downtown Dover museums. “Traditionally, the coming of cooler weather provided a signal for native peoples to transition from a summer of hunting and fishing to more secure winter lodgings.”

This tradition of seasonal gathering continues in today’s Native-American communities with September serving as a time when families come together to honor their heritage with events such as the “The First People of the First State: A Lenape Celebration of Heritage” that will be held on the Dover Green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here is a list of programs and activities for First Saturday in the First State:

First Saturday – September 1

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Biggs Kids: Birds and Lenape
    Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street
    Celebrate our visiting flock of John James Audubon bird prints and our state’s Native peoples with a special Lenape-inspired bird craft. Feathers will fly! For ages 5-10.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • The First People of the First State: A Celebration of Heritage
    At The Old State House – 25 The Green
    Join the Lenape Tribe of Delaware as they celebrate their culture and Mother Earth with dancing and demonstrations.

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  • “Native American Melodies”
    Johnson Victrola Museum, 275 S. New Street
    In the early 20th century, artists incorporated music found within Native American communities, and recorded it as “The Unique American Sound” for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Listen to these compositions on original talking machines.

Other programs:

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Digging for Old Delaware
    John Bell House on The Green, 43 The Green
    Roll up your sleeves as you learn the skills of an archaeologist to uncover Delaware’s past.
  • A Capitol Experience
    Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Avenue
    Tour Delaware’s state capital building and experience Delaware history. Photo ID is required for all adults entering the building.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Tours of the Governor’s House
    At Woodburn – The Governor’s House, 151 King’s Highway
    Enjoy guided tours of the official residence of Delaware’s Governor since 1965, and Hall House, the Governor’s guest house.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Trades of The Green Walking Tour
    Meet at the John Bell House on The Green, 43 The Green
    In honor of Labor Day, explore the many skilled and unskilled trades once practiced on The Green in the past.
  • Hands-On Archaeology
    John Bell House on The Green, 43 The Green
    Get down and dirty with state park archeologists and take part in an actual archaeological dig. Experience the thrill of discovery as you uncover small pieces of Dover’s past. For ages 10 and older. Weather dependent.

10:30 a.m.

  • Trench Art
    Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
    Former director of the Air Mobility Command Museum Michael Leister will talk about the popular art, created out of used military equipment from the trenches during World War I.

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

  • The Once and Future Courthouse
    Kent County Courthouse, 38 The Green, Courtroom #1
    From the 1690s to the present, learn how this site went from a courthouse to a hotel and back again.

Admission to all park sites and programs is free. Centrally-located free parking is available at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North. For more information about “First Saturday” events and all First State Heritage Park programs, please call 302-739-9194 or visit www.destateparks.com/heritagepark.

The First State Heritage Park is Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries,” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777. The park is a partnership of state agencies under the leadership of DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation, working in collaboration with city and county government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector.

Contact: Sarah Zimmerman, DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation, First State Heritage Park, 302-739-9194 or sarah.zimmerman@delaware.gov.

Vol. 48, No. 231


Governor Carney Hosts Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Woodburn

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney hosted 30 guests on Wednesday night at a Ramadan Iftar dinner at Woodburn, including members of Delaware’s Muslim community and statewide elected officials.

The Iftar is the evening meal after sunset that concludes the daily fasting during the month of Ramadan, which ends the evening of June 14 this year. For observers, the Iftar dinner and Ramadan are a time to reflect on humanity and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate.

Iftar at Woodburn

“Ramadan heightens our compassion and commitment to care for the most vulnerable among us, in addition to the spiritual practice of fasting that underlies the holy month,” said Governor Carney. “I will always stand as a friend of Delaware’s strong and vibrant Muslim community, which has given so much to our state and strengthened it in many ways.”

Wednesday’s event was the second Iftar dinner hosted by Governor Carney, and the fourth Iftar dinner hosted by a governor of Delaware. In attendance were representatives from six Delaware mosques, as well as First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall Long, and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen.

“We welcome Governor Carney’s celebration of friendship by hosting his second Iftar dinner and welcoming us to Woodburn,” said Muhammed A. Niaz, chairman of the Islamic Academy of Delaware. “This historic home to Delaware’s governors is a fitting setting for reflection, conversation, and recommitting ourselves to helping others.”

“The Governor’s support for Delaware’s Muslim community during Ramadan is greatly appreciated,” said Usman Sandhu, president of the Islamic Society of Central Delaware. “We are pleased by our elected officials’ devotion to equality and diversity in our great state.”

Click here for photos from the dinner.

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SATURDAY: Governor Carney, First Lady to Host Dover Days Open House

DOVER, Del. – The Governor will participate in the 85th Annual Dover Days Parade on Saturday, May 5, and will host an open house at Woodburn, the Governor’s residence, shortly following the parade. Dover Days is a festival promoting Delaware’s heritage and culture.

WHAT: The Governor will participate in the 85th Annual Dover Days Parade on Saturday, May 5, starting at 9:30 a.m. Following the parade, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Governor and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney will host an open house at Woodburn, the Governor’s residence. The Governor will throw out the first pitch at the vintage baseball game located in the field behind Woodburn at 12:30 p.m.

WHO: Governor John Carney
First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney

WHEN: Parade begins at 9:30 a.m.
Open House will run 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Governor will throw first pitch at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Woodburn
151 Kings Hwy SW, Dover, DE 19901

 

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