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Cathy Carter

As torrential rain soaked the Woodlands, a noticeably thinner but enthusiastic crowd packed into the tented Wildwood Stage to hear country music star Loretta Lynn belt out the hits, including her signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter."

Meanwhile, across the ankle deep mud covered lawn, fans found shelter and line dancing inside the Harvest Moon Saloon.

Cathy Carter


Organized by the same groups that stage Firefly, Big Barrel’s marquee acts include married country music stars, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert and old school favorites Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard.


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They’re called Delaware’s Forgotten Folks.


In the second part of a two-part History Matters - produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society, we continue our in-depth look at the Nanticoke Tribe.

Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial comes to Dover

Jun 26, 2015



On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C, designed to travel throughout the U.S.

Beginning Thursday, July 2nd, ‘The Wall That Heals’ will be on display in the First State.

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Just days after hosting 90 thousand music fans in Dover, Firefly Festival organizers are already looking to next year.

Red Frog Events announced Tuesday that the dates for the 2016 edition of the four-day music fest have been locked in.  It will be held June 16th through 19th 2016.

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For the first time in its four-year existence, weather put a damper on the Firefly Festival.

Just before 10 pm Saturday night, event organizers asked the tens of thousands of fans on the grounds at the Woodlands in Dover to leave in advance of severe weather rolling into the state capital.   Fans were told to seek shelter in their vehicles.  Those camping on site were told to take down all pop-up tents, poles, and canopies at their campsite.

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As Firefly Music Festival continues to grow in its fourth year, so too, does The Brewery tent at The Woodlands, where Dogfish Head beers have been flowing all weekend long.

Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head, was there Friday. The craft beer pioneer praised Red Frog, the events organization behind Firefly, for what he called another successful festival.

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Before the five members of Fiancé took the Forest Stage Friday afternoon at Firefly Music Festival, there was a distinct New Castle County aura about the crowd. Where Cypher Clique had its own Dover contingent the night before, Fiancé definitely had a Newark following ready to cheer them on.

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Sunday is Father’s Day, and in honor of the holiday, we bring you the story of Wilmington resident Bruce Schweiger. Schweiger has struggled with a heart condition since the 1970s, and in 2011 he got a new heart through the Gift of Life donor program.


Delaware Public Media’s Anne Hoffman spoke with Schweiger about what will be his fourth Father’s Day post-transplant.

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Thursday marked the first time a band from the First State's capital city played the Firefly Music Festival. So naturally, Cypher Clique, Dover's own hip-hop trio, went on first, promptly taking the stage at 5:30 p.m., essentially kicking off the four-day music fest.