African sounds and dance feature of Oct. 9 festival

The Freeman Stage at Bayside will be celebrating the arrival of autumn with their Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival will feature crafts, singers and dancers, as well as fire equipment demonstrations from the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company.

“It’s a good way to wrap the season up at the Freeman Stage,” said Doug Phillips of the Freeman Foundation.

Phillips said representatives from the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and local Boy Scouts will be there for fundraising, as well.

Phillips added that it won’t be the typical pumpkins-and-hayrides festival, but rather a more casual celebration. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be music from Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, a multi-cultural South African band, and there will be dance from 1 to 2 p.m. by the African dance company Sankofa.

The festival will also feature a painting workshop for kids, with local artist John Donato. Also planned are wine tastings from Fenwick Wine, and rootbeer tastings from Good Earth Market.

The festival is free and open to the public.

While this marks the end of the Freeman Stage for this season, there are two more performances this year that are open to the public. A performance of “Runt of the Litter” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Indian River High School, and the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program will perform at Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown on Friday, Dec. 3, in an event rescheduled from earlier this year, due to weather. Both are public performances and cost $10 per person.

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