The Green Concert Series

The Helena Springer Green Raskob Concert Series, known as "The Green Concert Series," is a series of events sponsored by The Friends of The Patio each year, to bring new audiences into this historic space and to raise funds for restoration projects in The Patio.

The concerts are presented in a style reminiscent of entertaining done by the series' namesake, Mrs. Helena Springer Green Raskob, when she lived at Archmere (1910-1931.) Often she would host afternoon parties that featured musical artists appearing on the stage in Wilmington. The Archmere Mothers’ Guild committees of the early 1930s continued these concert occasions as a means to raise funds for the newly founded Academy. Eighty years later, we revived the tradition to honor the legacy of Mrs. Raskob and the Mothers’ Guild of Archmere, as well as to feature artistic talent and raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of The Patio. Once again, music leads us through generational connections and gives expression to the beauty, elegance, and ambiance of Archmere.

Green Concert Series: Sara Michaels Jazz Ensemble

Enjoy the sounds of the Sara Michaels Jazz Ensemble on October 15, 2017 within the walls (and under the stained glass) of the Neo-classical Patio at Archmere Academy in the first of this year’s Green Concert Series

Philadelphia native Sara Phelan, known by her stage name Sara Michaels, has been singing Blues, musical theater, and contemporary Christian music for most of her life until she focused her passion on Jazz. Sara’s degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia is in illustration, not music, but music has always been part of her life. First and foremost, Sara considers herself a storyteller in images and song.

With a love of history, she is fascinated with the origin of each song, the creative process of its roots, and how it connects to her own life story. Whether Sara is singing jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, her original tunes, or taking you back to the Blues, Sara will bring you on a personal, intimate journey always finding humor along the way. Her rich, sultry voice always delivers with “Class and a bit of Sass.”

Her major influences are the “great” ladies of Jazz: Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Ertha Kitt, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, and Dinah Washington.

For further information about Sara Michaels, please visit her website at

Friends of the Patio Chairman

Dr. Anthony A. Vasile 1974 with Mrs. Lori A. Vasile

Green Concert Sponsors

List of 6 items.

  • Norbertine Sponsors

    • Mr. Frank J. Behm 1974 & Mrs. Andrea M. Behm
    • Mr. William D. Church & Mr. John Washburn
    • Mr. and Mrs. K. Mark Dresden, Jr.
    • Mr. and Mrs. John Ferguson
    • The Raskob Foundation
    • Dr. Robert A. Rosenbaum & Ms. Jean R. Rosenbaum
  • Raskob Sponsors

    • Mr. Donn Devine 1946 & Mrs. Betty Devine
  • Archmere Sponsors

    • Mr. Thomas H. Anderson, III 1960 & Mrs. Carol J. Anderson
    • Mrs. Katherine Ball-Weir & Dr. Carl Weir
    • Delaware Preservation Fund Inc
    • Dr. Stanley T. Praiss 1957 & Mrs. Ursula L. Praiss
  • Green Sponsors

    • Mr. & Mrs. Eldon Homsey
    • Ms. Mary Ellen Schauber & Mr. Edward Stegemeier, Jr.
    • Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Shields 1960
    • Wilmington Friends of Italian Culture
  • Gold Sponsors

    • Mrs. Peggy W. Brown
    • Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Kubacki
    • Dr. Gerard Kuhn & Dr. Katherine King
    • Mr. Eric Robbins
    • Mr. & Mrs. Henry Rossi
    • Mr. & Mrs. John F. Sarro
    • Dr. James A. Stockman, III 1961 & Mrs. Lee Stockman
  • White Sponsors

    • Mr. Barry Allen
    • Mr. & Mrs. Dwayne Caldwell
    • Mr. Jim & Mrs. Mary Jo Chandler
    • Mr. & Mrs. Frank A. Cuoco
    • Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin H. Deeble, Jr.
    • Mr. & Mrs. John Diamanty
    • Dr. B. Christopher 1985 & Mrs. Joanne Dougherty
    • Ms. Mary Goodrick
    • Mrs. Joanne K. 1999 & Mr. David B. Govatos
    • Mr. Matthew Kennedy 1997
    • Mr. David J. Kubacki 1992 & Dr. Grace Kwon
    • Mr. & Mrs. John R. Malloy
    • Dr. Anthony J. Martino & Mrs. Mabel C. Yu
    • Mr. Joseph P. Melloy, Sr. 1952
    • Mr. James T. Prendergast 1977 & Ms. Eleanor Wu
    • Mr. Paul Pringle
    • Questers
    • Mr. & Mrs. Michael F. Quinn
    • Mr. Michael F. & Mrs. Elaine C. Reilly 1983
    • Mrs. Mary Ann E. Slowik 1979 & Mr. Jeffrey J. Slowik
    • Ms. Janice R. Tigani
    • Mr. Anthony S. Voell 1989 & Mrs. Amanda Voell
    • Dr. Kenneth & Mrs. Barbara Witterholt