Concerns Many Face When Caring for Elderly Parents

As mom and dad age, the children caring for them may need help dealing with health, money and emotional issues.


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Ellie and Ed Searl with Ed's father, Clint.

 As a Unitarian minister for 30 years, Ed Searl has seen firsthand the challenges those under his pastoral care faced with aging parents. So when his own mother and father were experiencing problems, he and his wife, Ellie, came up with an unusual strategy. In January 2013, they moved from their home in the Chicago suburbs into his family’s Delaware home. “I really don’t like nursing homes under the best of circumstances, and I didn’t want my parents to have to endure the indignities that come with those changes,” he says. His father and mother were 97 and 96, respectively, but not in ill health. They were simply showing their ages and requiring a little more care. But Ed’s mother died in June from complications from a C. diff infection she acquired while on post-operative antibiotics. His dad carries on—slower and not as mentally sharp as he once was, but essentially healthy. Serving as on-site, 24-7 caregivers isn’t easy for the Searls, both in their 60s. “There’s a sense of putting about 80 percent of your life on hold,” says Ellie, who works as a freelance book designer. “The commitment has to be really, really strong. It’s kind of a mini-limbo, because you don’t know at what point your life isn’t going to be on hold anymore.”

A Rising Tide

The baby boom generation—that explosion of births in the wake of the Allied victory in World War II and spurred by the national economic prosperity that followed—has long been a significant indicator for economists, politicians and advertisers. From the counter-culture movement of the 1960s to the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s, this massive demographic bulge has moved through the late 20th and early 21st century, affecting everything in its path. One of the biggest concerns, particularly on the economic and political front, was what would happen when boomers hit retirement age. Would the nation’s system of social and financial safety nets withstand the sudden demands of millions of retirees? But what many of those business and political decision makers didn’t realize was that many of the baby boomers’ parents, benefiting from improved living conditions and better health care, would still be around to draw on social welfare and health-care resources.

This combination of factors has created what a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called “The State of Aging and Health in America 2013” says is “an urgent need” for more services for the oldest in our society. According to the study, current trends will result in the number of Americans over the age of 65 doubling to 72 million over the next 25 years. By 2030, the report suggests, those over the age of 65 will make up approximately 20 percent of the nation’s population. With age comes an increased potential for sickness. Since the 1920s, heart disease and cancer have been the leading causes of death in older adults across all ethnic groups. Today, those illnesses are trailed (in descending order) by chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and a combined category that includes influenza and pneumonia. While many people are living significantly longer than previous generations, this has meant that “long-term care” for chronic health problems has come to mean a much longer term. As a result, many boomers are spending time they expected to be enjoying retirement providing ongoing care for their parents.

A Tale of Two Families

Heather and Richard, a married Middletown couple who requested that their last name not be used, have seen both sides of the coin. Heather and her brother helped their mother through her struggle with cancer nearly a decade ago, and now, she and her husband are dealing with multiple issues with Richard’s parents. In many ways, that is where the similarity ends. Heather’s mother was open-minded, prepared and accommodating to her children during her cancer diagnosis and making final arrangements. In contrast, Richard’s parents, who are facing myriad health problems, including cancer, declining mobility and early-stage Parkinson’s disease, are avoiding help from their six children. “The families are very different in that respect,” Heather says. “My husband’s family is all spread out, and some don’t talk. There’s a lot of threatening to take people out of the will.” 

In addition, her husband, as the youngest of the siblings, doesn’t want to overstep bounds that might offend his brothers and sisters—or possibly obligate them to more care than they’re willing to handle. “His father’s driving is terrifying, but no one has the nerve to speak up and say, ‘You really shouldn’t be driving anymore,’ because that means they’d have to drive him,” Heather says. Her mother-in-law’s bone cancer, meanwhile, has left her unable to walk. “And she’s too proud to be that woman in the scooter, but she can’t drive anymore either because the leg that’s the worst is the driving leg.” When family members attempt to broach the subject of estate planning or extended-care arrangements, they are rebuffed. “If you question Richard’s family about their finances, you’re after their money,” Heather says. Though her journey with her own mother’s illness was more manageable, it had its challenges, too. “I had young kids while taking care of an elderly, sick mother. My kids had to be on the bus at 8 a.m., and sometimes, I had an 8:15 appointment with mom at the [Helen F.] Graham Cancer Center,” she says. “They were in the first and fourth grade, and it was tough trying to balance that. Richard had to turn into super dad.”

Navigating the Family Dynamic

Heather and her brother were fortunate when it came to finances, too. Their mother’s own experiences with estate battles—particularly between her second husband’s children from a previous marriage—made her realize the importance of financial planning. When she became ill, she presented her children with a checkbook and bank account in both their names. After she died, her assets went into a trust that was divided evenly between them. There is also an emotional toll in addition to money and health worries. Just ask Todd Holtz. The Wilmington resident spends most of his time in Downingtown, Pa., looking after his 78-year-old father and managing the care of his 77-year-old mother, who lives in a nursing home because of her Alzheimer’s disease. 

Holtz describes his father as a classic Midwest-born, Korean War veteran descended from German stock—stoic, determined and stubborn. Even when his mother began to lose her memory and became verbally and physically abusive, his father circled the wagons. “His attitude was, ‘We’ll deal with this,’” Holtz says. “He really didn’t want to talk about it too much. He wanted to try to handle stuff. My dad put up a good fight for years, trying to help her even though she was getting violent with him.” Holtz, who is single, tries to find ways to handle the stress. “I don’t know if I’ve really found a process,” he says. “Sometimes, just work, just wrapping your head around something normal. Sometimes, you really have to get out and do stuff, but you still feel like you have to check in and make sure the house isn’t on fire or that he hasn’t fallen down on the floor. I am my father’s son in certain ways, and some therapy and support groups probably wouldn’t be bad for me. I haven’t really gotten there, but maybe I will soon.”

Finding Solutions

But when do you talk to aging parents about their futures? “It’s not a nice thing to think about what’s going to happen to your parents when they get older,” says Joanna Shea, administrator of CARE (Caregiver Assistance, Respite, Education) Delaware. “People just need to sit down and have that family meeting. ‘Say you have a stroke, who do want to make decisions for you, the doctors that are there or us?’ The more proactive we encourage folks to be, believe me, when it happens, it’s much easier to deal with.” Having that initial discussion with parents can be difficult. Outside help can pave the way. “Counselors can’t tell people what to do, but they are good at starting the conversation,” says Lisa Bond, deputy director of the Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). Consulting a financial adviser can also be beneficial. “There are a number of issues that need to be addressed on the legal and the financial side,” says Bill Denney, a partner at Newton One LLC in Newark. “We’ll ask that question, ‘What do you know about your parents’ planning as it relates to elder care or retirement?’ And that’s the first entrée into whether these adult children have had any dialogue with their parents.” 

Shea of CARE Delaware recommends a simple checklist:

  • Learn about the disease or condition.

  • Explore your options; write down your needs.

  • Research community resources.

  • Plan for the future.

  • Get support.

  • Take care of yourself as a caregiver.

Community groups, like the Delaware Aging and Disability Resource Center (www.delawareadrc.com), can aid in the process, she says. “Delaware has a wealth of resources,” Shea says. “We just need to tap into them.” She also suggests that caregivers take advantage of the opportunities for home and respite care in order to take care of themselves. “People have to find balance,” Shea says, especially those caring for parents and kids. “I tell those people to get into support groups and get as much community support as they can, because if the person in the middle doesn’t maintain their sanity, things fall apart.”

 

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The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

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Available Tuesday nights only - Certified Angus cut of prime rib, asparagus, cauliflower mashed potatoes for $30!

Cost: $30

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Instructor: Danny Schweers  

Cost: $10 Members, $25 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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The Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece, an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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November 13, 1:00–3:00 pm Vintage styles adorning royals in The Crown inspire beaded jewelry with a contemporary twist. Representatives from The Bead Garden will teach you how to...

Cost: $45 per Member. $50 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

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Every Wednesday from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in 1/2 price bottles of wine! Valid for bottles under $80.

Cost: Prices vary

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Join Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 pm as they celebrate receiving the Eco-Schools Green Flag with a Fall Harvest Dinner.  Enjoy a six-course meal...

Cost: $35

Where:
Odyssey Charter School Building 23 Cafeteria
4319 Lancaster Pike
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: Odyssey Charter School Green Team
Telephone: 302-516-8000
Contact Name: Melissa Tracy
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“Why William Wore Red and Harry Wore Dark Blue: Decoding British Military Uniforms” November 13, 6:00–7:00 pm Patrick Baty, color consultant and military and art historian, will help us...

Cost: $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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If you are a Blues musician, or a fun loving person and you want to have a great time enjoying great food (Best Of... 2019) adult beverages and if you want to meet awesome people, come and join The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: 4w5 Blues Jam
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Please see attached flyer for information about this year's speakers series. We also have graphics for individual speaker events if needed. Events are held on various Wednesday evenings.

Cost: free

Where:
Mitchell Hall
The Green
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Center for Political Communication
Telephone: 302-831-7771
Contact Name: Nancy Karibjanian
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The Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece, an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

Are you struggling with frustrating peri- or post-menopausal challenges? You’re not alone! Join Dr. Joanne Kakaty-Monzo for a frank, open conversation about a painless alternative to hormone...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Integrative Health Center
910 N Union Street
Ste 2
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: First State Health & Wellness
Telephone: 302-454-1010
Contact Name: Stacy Kelly
Website »

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The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

More information

For $20 on Thursdays from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in our crab cake sandwich & a local beer on tap. Signature crab cake topped w/ lettuce, tomato, power veggie slaw, served on a toasted brioche...

Cost: $20

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece, an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to the Museum through a story, interactive tour, and art making. Ages 2+. Family friendly.

Cost: Free to Members; $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

More information

(Kennett Square, Pa) - Unionville High School Art Gala celebrates its 44th year.  This annual art show and sale showcases local working artists, UHS Alumni, and current Unionville High School...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Unionville High School, Auditorium Entr
750 Unionville Road
Kennett Sq, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Unionville PTO
Contact Name: Carol Aruffo
Website »

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown  

Cost: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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Christmas Gift Market - The best part of Christmas is the Gift – Saturday, November 16, 2019.  SHOP! 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM SHOP! - Hilton Garden Inn - Delaware Ballroom - 1706 N. DuPont...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn (Delaware Ballroom)
1706 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: John-Barre Enterprises LLc/Divine Messaging
Telephone: 302-270-0147
Contact Name: Paula K B Johnson
Website »

More information

New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Cape Henlopen Senior Center is making plans for its 4th annual holiday fair set for Saturday, November 16th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian Street, Rehoboth...

Cost: $30 per table - $25 if you bring your own table.

Where:
Cape Henlopen Senior Center
11 Christian Street
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Cape Henlopen Senior Center
Telephone: 302-528-2265
Contact Name: Diaz Bonville
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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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“Eclectic Artist of the South” offers vibrant paintings and reflections of Jewish Heritage'' Nationally known artist and writer, Susan (Shoshannah) Adler George brings her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Siegel JCC,
101 Garden of Eden Road,
Wilmington , DE  19803
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Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown

Cost: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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(Kennett Square, Pa) - Unionville High School Art Gala celebrates its 44th year.  This annual art show and sale showcases local working artists, UHS Alumni, and current Unionville High School...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Unionville High School, Auditorium Entr
750 Unionville Road
Kennett Sq, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Unionville PTO
Contact Name: Carol Aruffo
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The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
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Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
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.Enjoy a Guide-led tour of the special exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture.  Image: Susan Taylor, as Model,c. 1970s. Ken Ramsay (1935–2008). Gelatin...

Cost: Free for Members, Free with admission for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Find your inner secret agent and help fight Parkinson's disease at the casino, Bond-themed Gala.  This fun-raiser includes dinner, drinks, dancing, games and silent auction items. ...

Cost: 125.00

Where:
Mendenhall Inn
Route 52
Chadds Ford, PA  19317-____
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Sponsor: Shake It Off, Inc.
Telephone: 610-399-9904
Contact Name: Chris Cianci
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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2019 BLACK TIE & SNEAKER GALA WITH $30K+ GIVEAWAY The Trauma Survivors Foundation's annual Black Tie & Sneaker Gala is back! Dust off your best tuxedo and slip on your favorite pair...

Cost: VIP and GA tickets Available

Where:
The Queen - Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Trauma Survivors Foundation
Telephone: 302-377-7451
Contact Name: Dennis Carradin
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SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 16, 2019  GRAND OPERA HOUSE - WILMINGTON DE Legends Promotions presents   THE DUPREES CHARLIE THOMAS' DRIFTERS SHIRLEY ALSTON REEVES EDDIE...

Cost: 49.00- 99.00

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Legends Promotions
Telephone: 302-652-5577
Contact Name: Legends Promotions
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If anyone is in the Delaware on Saturday Nov 16, you should not miss seeing this show. Legends Promotions would like to announce Jerry Blavat's Rock'n Doo Wop Dance Party in Wilmington,...

Cost: $49-$99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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ROCK'N DOO-WOP DANCE PARTY   LEGENDS PROMOTIONS INC present JERRY BLAVAT'S ROCK'N DOO-WOP DANCE PARTY   STARRING: The Duprees Charlie Thomas'...

Cost: 49-69

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Legends Promotions
Telephone: 302-559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement. The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be featuring a new youtube presentation by Sis. Ijeoma Mbonu, titled,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc, Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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