Friday, May 18, 2007

Bug & Bud Festival Offers Big Thank You!

Bug & Bud Festival 2007 was by all accounts the best year yet! The festival organizers, Downtown Milford, Inc. and City of Milford Parks & Recreation department wish to acknowledge the numerous volunteers and capital givers whose contributions helped make this festival an event for the entire Milford community to enjoy.

Capital givers who made this year possible are:

Capital Fund Patrons
Mispillion Development Corp.
Richard Y. Johnson & Son General Contractors
Artisans’ Bank
Country Life Homes, Inc.
Discover Bank
Mobious Investments, LLC
County Bank
Kent County Delaware CVB
LaCrosse Homes of Delaware
Lank, Johnson & Tull
Pepsi of Delmarva
Perdue Farms, Inc.
PNC Bank
Sea Watch International
Smith & Co. Restaurant
The Ladybug Shop

In addition to financial contributions, many community members volunteered their special talents to provide both organization and activities. These include:
Abbott’s Mill Nature Center led by Jason Beale for their hands-on snakes and turtles show as well as their Mispillion River canoe rides, Applebee’s for their children's coupon giveaways, Ben Franklin Plumbing for providing over 400 free kites to children, Bonanza for their raffle contribution, Delmarva Pigeon Club for their pigeon display and roller pigeon demonstrations, Milford Garden Club led by Verna Walls for their information booth coverage, Milford New Century Club with Gesine Abrutyn and Jan D'Agastino for their work with the local school art projects, Milford Public Library and Friends coordinated by Pat Palmer who graciously oversaw the children's art area as well as offering a variety of other activities, Milford Senior Center for donating their time and shuttle bus for festival participants use, Rhoda Friedman for her wonderful photograhy coverage of the event, Wilmington Trust, Co. for their generous raffle donation, and vendor ushers Al Lauckner, Pete Peterson, Scott Adkisson , Steve Robbins, and Don Abrutyn .

We appreciate Michelle Parisi of Zwaanendael Dance Studio for organizing the entertainment which included:
Milford Community Band, Miss Milford Organization, Harmonettes, Zwaanendael Dance Academy, Diamond Dance Company, First State Harmonizers, and Itinerant Dance Theater. A special thank you to Mark Dissinger who entertained festival-goers with his MC talents, Scout Troop 911 for the posting of the colors, Alison Clendaniel for her rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner", and Mayor Ronnie Rogers for his Arbor Day Proclamation. We also wish to thank Mitch Crane for his presentation of the downtown achievement award to Gary Emory.

The list is long, but not yet complete. It is important to recognize the tireless hard work of the staff of Parks & Recreation led by Gary Emory with much hard work by Mary Betts, City Electric, City Ground, Milford Police and Senior Volunteer Police, Houston Fire Co., Sussex County EMT, Downtown Milford, Inc. board members, Patty Masten, and Milford High School Honor Society. We can't forget Susan Newark of the festival committee and downtown farmers' market for her work on media coverage, Don Abrutyn who worked on every detail of this year's festival after retiring as 2006 co-chair, Dan Bond who not only served with his wife Rhonda as parade grand master, but also assisted in the festival planning stages, and Vicki Hudson, Lulu Ross and Banneker elementary art teach for her work on the children's artwork display and hands-on activity held in the library.

I hope that you enjoyed your time at the festival and will continue to visit downtown Milford to enjoy the variety of retail shops, restaurants, and services offered. With the beautiful days starting to become more plentiful I also hope you take advantage of downtown's Riverwalk Trail and well maintained park areas. If you see any of our 100+ volunteers, please join me in thanking them for their hard work!

Gala a Big Success!

All those who attended the Gala on May 4th at the Shawnee Country Club seemed to have a great time. They enjoyed good food, lively dancing and a most entertaining auction. Perhaps the best news is that DMI and the Mispillion Art League will get a significant boost to their operating budgets. In addition, each of the artists who made such great contributions to this effort will receive 20% of the price paid for their ladybug to help cover their expenses. Of course this was all made possible by the DMI Merchants who paid the full cost of purchasing the ladybug forms and having them shipped to Milford. And it would not have been possible without the wonderful support of those who attended the Gala and bid on the ladybugs. We would like to recognize here the artists, sponsoring merchants and buyers:

List in order of Artist, Sponsor, and Buyer:

*Jackie Carmean, The Breakfast Club, Richard Carmean
*Diane Deeney & Terry Marsh, Triple M Farms, Barbara Steele
*William Paul Robbins, Wilmington Trust, Co., Barbara Steele
*Harry Humes, I.G. Burton of Milford, David Burton
*Diane Johnson, The Ladybug Shop, Dan & Rhonda Bond
*Kauriee Wood, Nancy's Fine Foods, Dan & Rhonda Bond
*Katja R. Lackey, Lou's Bootery, Heritage at Milford
*Franklin C. Deputy, Mispillion Art League, David Rutt
*Dee Sudimak & Cliff Clark, Milford Beacon, Peter Gosnell
*Herman S. “Ham” McNatt, Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Mollie Brown Rust
*H. Earl Abbott, Jr., Milford Parks & Rec, Harry Humes
*Deborah Young, Milford Chronicle, Dan & Rhonda Bond
*Sonja M. Frey, That Boutique!, Richard Carmean
*Michael A. Sollazzo, Milford Medical Associates, Barbara Rutt
*Linda Rehm, QUEST Fitness & Kayak, Ryan Durham

And we would like to give special recognition to Gwen Guerke and the Milford Chronicle for all the publicity they gave to this event through their series of articles on the artists and the wonderful full page color poster that they created of all the ladybug sculptures. The poster accompanies this post.