The children’s concert on June 19 includes live auctions, music, food and wine


The Children’s Concert scheduled for Sunday, June 19 at the Milton Theater will feature numerous artists, chefs and libations, as well as a host of live auction items. Proceeds from the event will support the Paul Kares charity. Tickets are $95 each. To buy, visit paulkaresde.org.

“We have some amazing auction items that should pique the interest of our guests,” said Paul Cullen, who with Jim Rivette founded Paul Kares to support budding chefs and musicians. Cullen, the former bassist for rock band Bad Company, fits both categories in addition to being a sommelier and culinary entrepreneur.

“A lot of the items have a distinct Delaware flair,” Cullen said. “For example, we auction off a low-digit Delaware license plate,” a coveted item in the first state.

“We also offer a rare pilot boat ride to a big ship in Delaware Bay,” Cullen said. Local pilots always board a ship to cruise the Delaware River and Bay, and the winner can watch the pilot board the multi-story vessel. The adventure will then include dinner for two at a premier Lewes restaurant, Cullen said.

Michael Whitehouse, executive director of Paul Kares, said the Father’s Day concert also served as Paul Kares’ official launch. He is thrilled with the generosity of donors and the caliber of auction items they have donated – in particular two overseas trips including a week-long stay in an apartment in London and a sailing cruise to the islands of Wind.

“The trip to London is for a week’s stay at the Royal Arsenal Riverside,” Whitehouse said. “This getaway was courtesy of local Lewes couple, Andrea Spuck and Tim Southerst, owners of Puzzles and Lewes Gourmet.”

“It really is a special place in a very historic building now on London’s new Elizabeth Underground line,” Spuck said.

The other overseas trip is a cruise on the world’s largest sailing ship, the Royal Clipper, which will sail around the Windward Islands in the Caribbean.

“Paul is known across town for leading some incredible cruises, and we’re thrilled to offer the Sailboat Cruise with Paul for two in January 2024,” Whitehouse said.

The auction will also offer several items to excite marine and beach enthusiasts, including a a four-hour Freedom Boat Club pontoon boat ride for 12 with a captain and drinks from Dogfish Head Brewery and Beach Time Distillery; a months of Freedom Boat Club membership, including training for new boaters; and one Bonfire hosted by Quest Adventures for 10 people on the beach, hosted by Paul’s Kitchen.

Other items up for auction include a weekend getaway for two to the Canal Square Inn in Lewes, with dinner at Harbor Restaurant and bike hire from Lewes Cycle; and a foursome at two of Delaware’s finest golf courses: Peninsula Golf and Country Club in Millsboro and Rehoboth Beach Country Club.

Two other fun nights are A Spirited Raffle for a guitar case filled with Dogfish beers, cocktails and whiskey, plus Beach Time Distilling rum and other spirits; and An Enticing Wine Pull, a hidden label design offering a chance to win one of many special bottles for a $20 donation, including a 2017 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet and a 2020 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet.

The musical lineup will include Cullen, guitarists Jamie McLean and Robbie LaBlanc, the Fitzkee Brothers and 5th Avenue Jazz. The star chefs will be James Beard semi-finalist Hari Cameron, Brian Goldfarb, Brian Gussert and Cullen, owner of Paul’s Kitchen, an Italian specialty store and brunch spot in Lewes.

“We are so grateful for the community support for Concert for the Kids,” said Whitehouse. “People really stepped up to help make this night a night to remember.”

Sponsors include Schell Brothers, Accent on Travel, Milton Theatre, Freedom Boat Club, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Quest Adventures, Pilots’ Delaware Bay and River Association, Puzzles, Lewes Gourmet, Cape Gazette, Paul Cullen Wines, Delmarva Power and Beach Time Distilling.

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