Can Exercise Really Ease Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression?

Here's what studies—and local testimonies—reveal.


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Cancer Support Community Delaware offers fitness classes, like tai chi, to people currently undergoing treatment for cancer.//Photo by Maria DeForrest

 

When Kristen Miller leaves her exercise class, she is physically worn out, but mentally and emotionally invigorated.

“It really clears your mind,” says Miller, 58, a retired engineer from Wilmington with four children who takes part in the “Balanced Athlete” and yoga programs at Empowered Yoga in Greenville. Since she started exercising 10 years ago, Miller says she has become a new person. She feels happier, more centered and more compassionate to other people. Her exercise regimen includes focusing on her body and thoughts during physical activity.

“I come out of classes full of gratitude for my body, mind and spirit,” says Miller. “It grounds me. It’s really an amazing feeling.”

Many people can relate. There are plenty of stories of people taking a walk after a stressful day and feeling better afterward, but studies are showing there might be more to exercise than a temporary mood enhancer. Studies performed at Duke University found evidence that physical activity can also help ease long-term depression. In the study, subjects initially diagnosed with clinical depression, who reported regularly exercising over the course of year, had lower depression scores at their exit interviews than their counterparts who lived more sedentary lives. (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2010).

Activity and diet are constant therapy companions for Oya Alatur, a licensed clinical social worker who works with children at Delaware Guidance Services and adults at Serene Minds in Wilmington. She sees a lot of anxiety, depression and attention issues, she says. One of her first questions is: “How much do you get outside?”

“Across the board, more often than not, they are not eating so great or not eating regularly, and not moving around much,” says Alatur. “We’re not going to know what is really wrong unless we look into all areas.”

Along with traditional counseling therapies, Alatur prescribes exercise. She asks her patients to be realistic and honest in how much activity they are willing to commit to. But she can always tell the difference when her patients start exercising, she says.

The staff at the Cancer Support Community in Delaware sees it in their programs as well. The community is “dedicated exclusively to helping people cope with and manage the emotional aspect of cancer.” They serve clients in all stages of cancer as well as their families. Along with support groups and counseling, exercise is a big part of their programs.

Offerings include things like chair fitness, Zumba, strength training and even one called stiff men’s yoga. People who are able to continue exercising, even mildly, often find incredible benefits, says Jo Allegro-Smith, director of the Sussex County program.

“It absolutely makes you feel better,” says Allegro-Smith. Exercise releases endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones in the body, but it’s more than that. Many of the community clients suffer from depression, anxiety, stress and even a lowered self-image, she says. The exercise helps them reconnect with their bodies and build self-confidence, the feeling of, ‘I can do this,’” says Allegro-Smith.

“It’s never too late to start.”

The effects of exercise on the brain are good for everyday challenges and just general living as well. Becoming the stereotype of the cranky old man or woman doesn’t have to be a part of the aging process, for instance.

“We were not created to be sedentary—our bodies crave movement but it can get more difficult once we become sedentary for too long,” says Kathryn Cieniewicz, founder of Aging in Place Specialists in Lewes. “Our mood can be affected because we are just sitting around getting weaker.”

Aging in Place Specialists offers in-home physical therapy as well as evaluation and renovation of housing to allow people to stay in their homes longer as they age. “It’s never too late to start exercising,” says Cieniewicz.

She’s seen clients in their 90s come out of depressions once they start working on strength and flexibility. She also sees clients with anxiety appear more relaxed after their sessions.

“It’s like their bodies have dispensed all of that nervous energy and their mind is able to settle a bit,” she says.

Studies support Cieniewicz’s observations of anxiety and emotions and exercise. Correlations have even been made between exercise and helping children and adults with ADHD and ADD. A study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology in 2015 reported that children with ADHD who exercised 31 minutes before school were able to reduce inattention and moodiness in school for the day.

Using that study, members of the University of Delaware Mind and Body Laboratory started exercise and mindfulness programs for preschoolers and professors.

In the mindfulness summer camp for children between the ages of 4 and 7, children participate in yoga and dance exercises as part of their regular activities. During the weeks of the camp the children show improvement in focus, compassion and the ability to identify and regulate emotions, according to the laboratory website.

“People tend to respond fairly quickly,” says Michael Mackenzie, director of the Applied Health Behavior Science Laboratory at the University of Delaware.

Regular exercise can actually make subtle changes in the brain physiology. Exercise causes an increase in the good neural transmitters in the brain as well as circulation to the brain. The healthier you are physically, often, the healthier you are cognitively, says Mackenzie. To test the theory, Mackenzie helped develop a mindfulness exercise program for members of the University of Delaware staff. The program, Mindful Employee and Occupational Wellness (MEOW) taught staff mini mindfulness exercises, like simple breathing, meditation and stretching that they could do almost anywhere.

The result? Staff members showed a significant decrease in stress and an increase in productivity after the six-week course. The staff members were so pleased with the results, they asked for more.

“More mindful, less stress, more work,” says Mackenzie.

A walk is often enough

Nancy Hawkins Rigg, owner of Forever Fit Foundation in Dover, Lewes and Mendenhall, Pa., finds that many highly successful people incorporate physical exercise as a regular part of their lives. “It’s not another job,” she says. “It gives them [mental] relief.”

A simple walk is often enough. The real definition of well-being is making the connection between your mind and what you are doing physically. “So many people think that if you’re not doing yoga, you’re not doing mind-body,” says Rigg.

Rigg’s client, Rebecca Woodzel, 41, of Dover says she’s living proof of how the mind benefits from physical exercise. A physical therapist and former college athlete, Woodzel exercised regularly until she hurt her back. She felt the recovery period as intensely mentally as she did physically.

“I become evil if I don’t exercise,” she jokes. Her routine some days is just stretching, some days it’s strength training, some days it’s playing field hockey. Exercise helps her mellow her emotions, she says. “Emotionally, I’m much more stressed, and not a happy person, if I don’t get to do my thing.”

Johnny Gillespie, founder of Empowered Yoga in Greenville, Newark and Glen Mills, Pa., has been working on the mind-body connection in his studios for more than 20 years. “If you look at any basic diagram of the body, you see the brain and the brain has branches—nerves. The nerve endings continually tell the brain what condition the body is in,” says Gillespie.

Johnny Gillespie, founder of Empowered Yoga in Greenville, Newark and Glen Mills, Pa., has been working on the mind-body connection in his studios for more than 20 years.//Photo by Brandon Aufiero

The first thing he always asks a new client to do when they arrive is to remove their shoes. By removing their shoes they are removing any artificial support. Gillespie then shows them how their feet are related to their cores and how their cores are related to all the other parts of the body.

Learning to pay attention to the body through physical activity helps keep the brain and body healthy. Gillespie recommends people pay attention to their movements, bodies and minds while exercising rather than watching TV or being distracted in other ways. Part of his exercise program focuses on concentration.

Focusing builds and strengthens the mind-body connection. Focusing while exercising is pretty simple once one gets used to it, says Gillespie.

He recommends:

1. Steady your eyes. (Your mind will start wandering if you look around.)

2. Learn to control your breathing (Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.)

3. Pay attention to sensations arising in your body (How are your hands related to your upper body and your feet to your core?)

“When you go to the gym, just focus,” he says. “It’s a great day to practice.”  


GET SOBER

Here are some quick guidelines to help build a better mind-body relationship at home.

“People tend to make better choices if they have time to reflect,” according to Dr. Michael Mackenzie, director of the Applied Health Behavior Science Laboratory at the University of Delaware. A quick way to help adults manage stress through exercise is for them to get SOBER.

S – Stop and do this exercise (You have choices in what you attend to).
O – Observe the sensations happening in your body (What are you feeling? How are you responding?)
B – Breathe and focus on your breathing (How are you breathing? Is it slow and deep or fast and shallow?
E – Expand your awareness to include the environment (What are you going to do with the information you are collecting? It could be as simple as have you eaten lunch? Did you get enough sleep?)
R – Respond mindfully (Make a shift in your mind-body behavior. Do you need to take a break and come back strong after some food, or perhaps a quick walk?)

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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
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
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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While reading a book of stories, young Alice falls asleep. Her dream carries her into the pages of her storybook where she meets a chessboard knight, a cool cat, a running rabbit and an egg with an...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
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On Aug. 7, two High 5 Hospitality Rehoboth Buffalo Wild Wings Team Members suffered a tragedy to their families. They lost 3 children to a tragic fire. There are no words to take away their pain,...

Where:
High 5 Hospitality Restaurants
, DE

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The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,”...

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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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August)...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Young artists will explore the places we call home and the world we live in through contemporary art in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.Projects will...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

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 Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

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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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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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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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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

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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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

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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Rudyard Kipling’s fantastic tale of the boy who is raised by friendly animals is set in the Indian jungle. With the help of Baloo, the dependable bear, and Bagheera, the loyal panther, the...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
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Wednesdays at The Whist Every Wednesday in July and August beginning July 3 Now is your chance to experience exceptional cuisine at The University and Whist Club, located at the historic...

Cost: $8-$42

Where:
The University & Whist Club
805 N. Broom St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 658-5125
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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At Bike & Hike & Brews, Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, visitors can stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley's property normally closed to foot traffic from 5:00-8:00pm....

Cost: Admission is $3 per person, and free for members and children five and under. P

Where:
Hagley
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Kelsey Sedlacek
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Join us for a free, comprehensive seminar to learn if weight-loss surgery is right for you. You will have the opportunity to meet a bariatric surgeon and our Coordinator to answer your questions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Medical Center
537 Stanton-Christiana Road, Suite 103
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Saint Francis Healthcare
Telephone: 302-421-4221
Contact Name: Maryellen Sparks

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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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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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On Aug. 7, two High 5 Hospitality Rehoboth Buffalo Wild Wings Team Members suffered a tragedy to their families. They lost 3 children to a tragic fire. There are no words to take away their pain,...

Where:
High 5 Hospitality Restaurants
, DE

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Colonel Carla Riner presently serves as the Commander of the 166th Airlift Wing in New Castle, Delaware. She previously served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Adjutant General for...

Cost: $35 DSCC Members / $45 Future Members

Where:
University & Whist Club
805 North Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 302-576-6564
Contact Name: Kelly Basile
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The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,”...

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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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August)...

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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Young artists will explore the places we call home and the world we live in through contemporary art in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.Projects will...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


Website »

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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

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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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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 Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

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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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

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

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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

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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Thursdays  Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo, 10:30 am. - 11:15 am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time may include a craft, activity, or live animal...

Cost: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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A Kansas storm whisks Dorothy and Toto away to the fanciful Land of Oz where they encounter witches, wizards and more! As the two friends seek a way home, they meet a scarecrow with no brains, a...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
Website »

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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights...

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Start your weekend early on the Queen! Enjoy all the sights of our River Cruise from the ship’s deck with a summer cocktail! Our Happy Hour Cruises take you down the Christina and provide weekly...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Join Delaware Historical Society Executive Director Dr. David Young and Museum of the American Revolution President and CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson for a Revolutionary reunion and be sure not to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 NORTH MARKET STREET, Delaware History Museum
WILMINGTON, DE  19801
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Sponsor: DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Telephone: 302-655-7161
Contact Name: Pati Nash
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago with a Museum Guide in Spanish. https://www.delart.org/programs-events/talks_tours/  

Cost: Free with admission.

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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On Aug. 7, two High 5 Hospitality Rehoboth Buffalo Wild Wings Team Members suffered a tragedy to their families. They lost 3 children to a tragic fire. There are no words to take away their pain,...

Where:
High 5 Hospitality Restaurants
, DE

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,”...

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

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August)...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Young artists will explore the places we call home and the world we live in through contemporary art in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.Projects will...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

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

University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

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

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

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

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

John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

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 Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

More information

MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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The Milton Farmers’ Market is held each Friday from April 19th until October 4th  (except September 27th) from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 6 Village Center Boulevard, Milton, DE  19968.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grounds of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Village Center Boulevard
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Farmers' Market
Contact Name: KA Jordan
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

More information

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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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Come out and support your community!  Registration is required to participate! https://runsignup.com/Race/DE/Harrington/HarringtonColorRun Harrington's Color Run is for absolutely...

Cost: 0.00 - 25.00

Where:
Harrington Fire Company
20 Clark Street
Harrington, DE  19952
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Sponsor: Harrington Fire Company
Telephone: 302-670-6072
Contact Name: Veronica Dickerson
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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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 Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

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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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

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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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

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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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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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

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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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in English. English Tours Saturday, June 22 | 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 29 | 2:00 p.m....

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2310 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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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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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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