Brandon Tomasello

Brandon Tomasello

The first Ducktown Summer Fest, a monthlong celebration of food and the arts in that Atlantic City neighborhood, will kick off on Friday, July 5, with events at both Dante Hall Theater and the Noyes Arts Garage. The festival will feature celebrity entertainment, exhibits by local artists and culinary specials from Ducktown area restaurants. Many of the events are free and family-friendly.

“The Summer Fest is building on the success of our annual summer music series,” said Stephanie Clineman, manager of Dante Hall Theater. “We want to involve the entire neighborhood in sharing the talents and tastes of Ducktown.”

The Ducktown area of Atlantic City is a historically Italian-American district that stretches from Missouri Avenue to Texas Avenue. It got its name from the duck houses built along the bay where residents raised poultry and waterfowl.

The neighborhood includes Dante Hall Theater, the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University and well-known food establishments including Ducktown Tavern, Barbera Seafood Market, Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern, Angeloni’s II, Dock’s Oyster House, White House Sub Shop, Formica Bros. Bakery, Pancho’s Mexican Taqueria, and El Charro Restaurant & Bar. During the festival, participating Ducktown area restaurants will offer discounts.

“The Noyes Arts Garage is happy to partner with Dante Hall on the Ducktown Summer Fest,” said Emily R. Sramaty, program coordinator for the Arts Garage. “We are proud to have the opportunity to give back to the Ducktown community and provide its members with opportunities to get involved with the arts.”

Events planned for the festival include:

DANTE HALL THEATER

(14 N. Mississippi Ave.) Tickets available at DanteHallStockton.org or call 609 626-3890.

• July 5 (8 p.m.): Frank Sinatra-esque stylings by singers Ben Marsella and Brandon Tomasello

• July 11 and 12 (8 p.m.): Jazz concert by America’s Got Talent season 11 winner Landau Murphy Jr

• July 18 and 19 (8 p.m.): Performance by Kate Flannery, “Meredith” on “The Office”

• July 20 (7:30 p.m).: “A Night at the Improv” with Unity’s Theatre Troupe

• July 25 and 26 (8 p.m.): Entertainment by Renee Olstead, recording artist, actress, and Instagram star

KENNEDY PLAZA

(In front of Boardwalk Hall at 2301 Boardwalk)

• July 17 and 24 at noon: “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged” with the Atlantic City Theatre Company (Free)

NOYES ARTS GARAGE

(2200 Fairmount Ave.) Go to ArtsGarageAC.com.

• July 5 from 4-6 p.m.: Open house with craft vendors, life-size games, face painting, an ice cream bar, free tours and more.

• July 11 from 4-7 p.m.: Mandala Making & Tea Tasting class with artists Julie Kiss, Kat Tobin and Linda Baran. ($125 per person, free parking, supplies included)

• July 12 from 6-8 p.m.: “Second Friday” celebration, free opening reception with live music, refreshments and craft vendors

• July 18 from 4-6 p.m.: Community Art Project: The public is invited to help create a mosaic that will be installed in Ducktown

• July 19 from 5-8 p.m.: Outdoor Game Night in the Arts Alley located behind the Arts Garage. Life-size jenga, Connect Four and more. Free. All ages.

• July 25 from 5-8 p.m.: Wine & Paint Night with artist Julie Kiss. ($45/person, free parking, supplies included)

• July 26 from 5-6 p.m.: Free “Meet the Artist & Gallery Tour” featuring Lavett Ballard who will provide guests with a tour of her solo exhibition, “Souls of Black Folk.”

For more information and updates visit the 2019 Ducktown Summer Fest Facebook page.

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