The Milton Historical Society kicks off a new program, Second Saturdays – Melodies at the Museum - Saturday, March 9. Working in conjunction with the Milton Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, MHS is planning to expand activities during the town’s Second Saturdays, an event that takes place on the second Saturday of each month, and promotes shopping local. Melodies at the Museum will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Lydia B. Cannon Museum, 210 Union St. in Milton.
Chamber board member and Lavender Fields co-owner Marie Mayor says, "Second Saturdays in Milton - Find local merchants, artists, entertainers and great cuisine. Downtown, uptown and all around town, visit Milton Saturday, March 9.” She goes on to say, “Milton is historic, hip, and open for business!”
Each month the museum will feature a different genre of performances, including artists from MAG (Milton Arts Guild), local crafters, and other artisans who will be demonstrating their techniques. A cash bar will be available at the events for those 21 and over with valid ID. Beer will be donated by Dogfish Head and wines donated by Oak Creek Wines & Spirits. All proceeds will go to support MHS programs.
Admission to the museum is free, however, attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of canned goods (no boxed/dry goods) toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. to all Second Saturday events. MHS is collecting these supplies for Milton Community Food Pantry, another community group that assists those in need in Milton.
The March kick-off features Milton’s own Al Frantic who will perform a wide range of classic rock music. MAG artist Liz Micelli will be there with some of her paintings, and local crafter Theresa Dattilo will be demonstrating the art of quilling. Each month there will be different music and different artisans. “We are very excited to open up our beautiful venue to the community. With unique events such as this, we hope to see some new faces at the museum as well as some we recognize,” said MHS Director Mary Knight.
Plans by the museum are underway for future Second Saturdays to include children’s activities, local community groups, and The Ice Cream Lady. Upcoming artists include local favorites Jeff Evans, Vince Verassi, Acme Anvil Company, and more. “We are truly grateful to the performers who have all graciously offered to donate their time and talent to support our museum. We are also very lucky to have such generous sponsors including Dogfish Head, Oak Creek, Lavender Fields and the Carey Family.” Knight continues, “Events like Melodies at the Museum would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, donors, members and trustees.”
Guests will have the opportunity to become an MHS member at all Second Saturday events. Membership includes free admission to select lectures, annual open house invitation and advance notice of upcoming events. Membership may also be purchased online at www.historicmilton.org.
The Lydia B. Cannon Museum is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and by appointment. For more information on programs or to become a member or sponsor, go to www.historicmilton.org, or call 302-684-1010.