The Children’s Concert on June 19 features live auctions, music, food and wine


The children’s concert, scheduled for Sunday 19th June at the Milton Theatre, will feature numerous performers, cooks and libations as well as a bevy of live auction items. Proceeds from the event benefit the Paul Kares charity. Tickets are $95 each. To buy, visit

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

“A lot of the items have a distinct Delaware feel to them,” Cullen said. “For example, we’re auctioning a low-digit Delaware license plate,” a coveted item in the First State.

“We also offer a rare pilot boat ride to a large ship in the Delaware Bay,” Cullen said. Local pilots always board a ship to navigate the Delaware River and Bay, and the winner gets to watch as the pilot climbs aboard the multi-story vessel. The adventure includes dinner for two at a top-notch restaurant in Lewes, Cullen said.

Paul Kares Executive Director Michael Whitehouse said the Father’s Day concert event also serves as the official launch of Paul Kares. He is delighted with the generosity of donors and the caliber of auction items donated – particularly two overseas trips that include a week’s stay in an apartment in London and a tall ship sailing cruise to the Windward Islands.

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

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

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

“Paul is known across town for leading some amazing cruises and we are excited to offer the January 2024 Sailing Cruise with Paul for two,” said Whitehouse.

The auction will also feature several items to delight sea and beach lovers including a 4-hour Freedom Boat Club pontoon cruise for 12 people with a captain and drinks from Dogfish Head Brewery and Beach Time Distilling; a Month of Freedom Boat Club membership, including training for new boaters; and a Beachfront bonfire party for 10 hosted by Quest Adventures, catered by Paul’s Kitchen.

Other items on offer include a weekend break for two at the Inn at Canal Square in Lewes with dinner at the Harbor Restaurant and Lewes Cycle Bike Hire; and a foursome at two of Delaware’s premier golf courses: Peninsula Golf and Country Club in Millsboro and Rehoboth Beach Country Club.

Two other fun evening events are A spirited raffle for a guitar case full of Dogfish brews, cocktails and whiskey along with Beach Time Distilling rum and other spirits; and An Alluring Wine Train, a hidden-label raffle giving you a chance to win one of several commemorative bottles for a $20 donation, including a 2017 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet and a 2020 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet.

The musical line-up includes Cullen, guitarists Jamie McLean and Robbie LaBlanc, the Fitzkee Brothers and 5th Avenue Jazz. The featured chefs are James Beard’s semi-finalist, Hari Cameron, Brian Goldfarb, Brian Gussert and Cullen, owner of Paul’s Kitchen, an Italian specialty shop and brunch joint in Lewes.

“We are so grateful for the community support for Concert for the Kids,” said Whitehouse. “People really went out of their way to help make this a night to remember.”

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


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