Delaware Pet Therapy: How Our Pets Can Help Us Be Happier and More Healthy

See Spot heal: Pets can improve our health and help us live longer, happier lives.



While many pet owners are sure their companions help them lead healthier lives, few have as compelling a story as Alexis Strauss. The Newark woman credits “Cammie,” her golden retriever, with saving her life.

Last year, Strauss, who has a history of mental health issues, was in the throes of a depression so deep that suicide seemed like the only answer. But her golden retriever, Cammie, would have nothing of it. Sensing that her owner was in trouble, the animal got into bed with her, draping herself over her and giving her the strength to pull through.

It was because of her that I didn’t hurt myself and ended up having complete healing,” says the 24-year-old. “It wasn’t just the fact of having the responsibility to take care of her, she was like medicine really. She knew how to show affection and how to calm me down so I could function.”

And Cammie continues to have a positive impact on Strauss’ health. “She helps me establish healthy routines,” Strauss says. “I know she’s going to wake up at 7 o’clock in the morning so I make sure I get my 8 hours of sleep and exercise because I care about her well-being.”

We all know that having a pet can bring joy to our lives. But a pet can do more than just fetch slippers or curl up in your lap. Numerous scientific studies show that pets can improve human health, helping us live longer and happier lives.

“This isn’t a one-size-fits all magic bullet but for those who do like pets, it can be highly beneficial,” says Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine at Columbia.

One of those benefits is exercise. We all know that we should exercise more but finding the motivation can be a real challenge. A dog provides a powerful incentive to get out and walk. Indeed, people who have dogs are more likely to meet the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Having a furry friend can also improve your mood and happier people are often healthier people. It’s hard to stay down-in-the-dumps when an adorable puppy licks your face or a purring kitty brushes up against your leg. The reason? “Neuroendocrine hormones are released when we interact with our pets,” says Johnson. “They automatically signal our brain to help us feel happier and nurtured.”

Scott Siegel, a psychologist at Christiana Care, says he is more social because of his dog. Photo by Ron DubickPets have also proven to be better than drugs at controlling spikes in blood pressure due to tension and stressful events. Research at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that the companionship of a cherished pet helped keep participants’ blood pressures and heart rates in check even while they performed stressful tasks.

Pets are also a great “social lubricant,” providing many opportunities for their owners to meet and interact with other people. And people with adequate or high social relationships were found to have a 50 percent higher survival rate than their friendless counterparts, according to a recent study at Brigham Young University.

“Because I have my dog I’ve gotten into more conversations with my neighbors or people at the park,” says Scott D. Siegel, Ph.D., a psychologist at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. “They’re sort of, ‘If this dog says he’s OK, he must be trustworthy.’”

Pets are especially helpful in increasing the health and happiness of seniors. In addition to providing companionship, having a pet can help seniors concentrate on something other than the challenges they may be facing in their daily lives. This respite can have a major impact on their general health and well-being. A 1990 UCLA study, for example, reported that elderly people who owned a pet required fewer doctor visits.

“I used to take medicine for being a ‘Nervous Nellie,’ but not any longer,” says Mary McCrary, 67 of Wilmington, who adopted Sonny last year through the Delaware Humane Association’s Pets for the Elderly Program. “I don’t need to take blood pressure medicine. I couldn’t live without this pet. For the 7 ½ pounds that he is, he’s amazing.”

There have also been instances when the family canine knew about a pregnancy long before the mother-to-be found out. Barbara Bernard Murray recalls the time her husband’s great dane—who usually ignored her—suddenly started following her around for no apparent reason. “It was like he was glued to the back of my legs,” says the 68-year-old from Pike Creek. “A month later, I find out I’m pregnant.”

Dogs have also been known to sniff out cancer cells, sense changes in the blood-sugar levels of diabetics, and react to and warn others when their epileptic owners were having or about to have a seizure.

Health care providers are starting to realize the importance of the animal-human bond in their daily work. Horseback riding is helping amputees get “back in the saddle.” Counselors have introduced dogs into therapy sessions and doctors have observed improvements in stroke patients who have played catch with golden retrievers.

Many hospitals have pet therapy programs in place and a growing number are allowing pets to visit owners in the hospital.

“These animal therapies are as good as—or in some cases—better than conventional medical therapies,” says James Serpell, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cancer patients can receive substantial benefits from the complementary treatment of animal-assisted therapy during chemotherapy. Emotions and feelings are an important part of dealing with cancer.

“A lot of time they’re pretty much told what therapy they’re going to get,” says Cindy Waddington, clinical nurse specialist at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. “We like to give them choices in the way they learn how to cope and manage this experience.”

Bernard Murray agrees. “When you’re in the system like that and you’re going from doctor to doctor, you feel like you ought to have a number on your chest, so you can get kind of numb to things,” says the retired marketing professional who underwent treatment for breast cancer five years ago. “So to have those dogs come in and light up your life all of a sudden was just amazing.”

And it’s not just patients who benefit from the visits. It’s a stress-buster for the staff as well and that can translate into better patient care.

“It lightens the mood when they’re here,” says Meghan Holland, nurse manager of the cardiac and vascular services intensive-care unit at Kent General Hospital in Dover. “They take everybody’s mind off the critical care part of it.” 

Psychologists have achieved breakthroughs with traumatized patients by incorporating dogs into the sessions. Siegel remembers a breast cancer patient he once had at the Graham Center who was reluctant to talk about a sexual assault—until she met his therapy dog, Buddy.

“I joked that he was going to put me out of business,” Siegel says. “He earned that trust in one minute. I had to take several months to get to that level.”

Lynne Robinson, executive director and founder of PAWS for People, observed a similar phenomenon with a patient undergoing drug rehabilitation.

“This was a big guy with the chains and the black leather,” she recalls, “and he held this puppy like a baby, talked to it like a baby and said, ‘It’s the only time I can show my true feelings.’”

Indeed, pets can be there for us in ways that people often can’t. They can enjoy comfortable silences and keep confidences.

“The problem with people is to some extent we’re in competition or in conflict with them,” says Serpell. “I’m in conflict with my children even though I love them dearly, but I don’t have that issue with my dog.”

Alan Burkhard knows well how the unconditional love and support of a pet can ease the loneliness and isolation brought on by a chronic disorder. Burkhard had been suffering with spinal stenosis when his wife decided to give him a golden retriever puppy 12 years ago.

Sadie, he says, devoted her life to him. “When you have chronic pain, it raises a lot of emotions: anger, fear, abandonment,” says the 68-year-old entrepreneur from Chesapeake City, Md., who also underwent treatment for thyroid cancer in 2005.

“Space is a significant issue. With a human, it’s like an elephant coming into a room. Dogs don’t take up space, they don’t have expectations.”
Much of the research done on animal-assisted therapy has focused on dogs but cat owners can benefit as well.

“We definitely need to be looking at ways to encourage people to engage in vigorous play with their cats,” says Johnson, co-author of “Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound.” “Many cats walk on leashes and they can certainly learn to do this.”

Experts are not recommending that everyone rush out and get a pet in the hope of adding a few extra years to their lives.

“If your living circumstances are not suitable a pet is going to be miserable and a miserable pet is going to have behavioral problems,” says Serpell. “Those behavioral problems are going to cause you stress and what you might finish up with is an animal that kills you quicker than one that helps protect you.” 


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Telephone: 888-4600
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Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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More than 30 vendors sell vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meats, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers and all kinds of goodies at Grove Park every Tuesday, noon-4 p.m.

Where:
Grove Park
, DE


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Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
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Website »

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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
Website »

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Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
Website »

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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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

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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Where:
Bayhealth Outpatient Center
Conference Room
209. E. Main St.
Middletown, DE
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Telephone: 744-6227
Contact Name: Trisha Bentley

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Shows participants how to avoid falls and increase physical activity.

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 733-4250
Contact Name: Kathleen Boyer

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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Dr. David Silverman, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum, Egyptian Section, presents the opening lecture in the Great Wonders Lecture Series. The most recognized of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient...

Cost: Individual lecture with advance registration: $5, general public; $2, Museum mem

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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Cards Against Humanity Night at Cafe Ole, Main Street Newark, 7PM-Close. $5 Infusion Drinks, $3 Fireball Shots, $2 Drafts!

Cost: Free

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Time  Silent auction and bake sale 4 p.m. Refreshments and registration 5 p.m. Walk start 6 p.m. Fee  Free. Donations appreciated. Benefits  Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

Where:
Heritage Shores
White Pelican Court
Bridgeville, DE
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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

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 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
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 Autumn, with nature’s most vibrant colors, is an optimum time for painting outdoors “en plein air,” yet the full array of hues can be challenging. Plein air painting expert Donna Cusano...

Cost: Members $95; non-members $105 (4-class series)

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N DuPont St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-658-6262 x100
Contact Name: Sarah Casalvera
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
Website »

More information

Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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

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Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
Website »

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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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Darlington is the perfect place to expose your little one to the arts! In a creative and nurturing environment, spend time together with other families while laying a musical foundation for...

Cost: $21 per pair

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Telephone: 610-358-3632
Contact Name: Darlington Arts Center
Website »

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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Illuminated by tea lights, this labyrinth program is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day. Donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum’s labyrinth.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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Bruce Tychinski, soloist; James Allen Anderson, director; Hyoin Kim, graduate conducting assistant. Featuring Robert Moran's Points of Departure, Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess,...

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults, $10 UD faculty/staff & seniors; $5 students. Advanced ti

Where:
Mitchell Hall
134 The Green
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
View map »


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

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Delaware Arts Alliance will hold its first-ever arts advocacy conference, DEArts Lab: Standing Room Only: Face to Face with the Digital Divide, in collaboration with the University of Delaware...

Cost: $20 general public; students free with valid ID.

Where:
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
Website »

More information

Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
Website »

More information

Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: 302 652 0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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Join us for this noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month. Art is Tasty pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson...

Cost: $12.00 for Museum members, $14.00 for non-members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Join us for fine wine and great music at Penns Woods Winery's FREE Lawn Concerts all summer long!June6/6/2014: Matt Santry 5:00pm - 8:00pm6/7/2014: Tim Williams 1:00pm - 4:00pm6/14/2014: Matt...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
Website »

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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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Do you love fashion? Learn from a professional artist how to transfer your ideas to paper through fashion illustration. Using simple shapes, students will learn how to draw the human form by...

Cost: $155

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Telephone: 610-358-3632
Contact Name: Darlington Arts Center
Website »

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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Joe Trainor and City Theater Company present   COME TOGETHER   A career-spanning live concert event featuring The Beatles recorded works on Friday, October 3, 2014   Tickets are...

Cost: $20 GA, $40 VIP

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: City Theater Company
Telephone: 302-377-3156
Contact Name: Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
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After more than three decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of southern rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members...

Cost: $42-$51

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The story of a boy and his cyborg protector completed entirely in lines and phrases taken from the plays of William Shakespeare. Each line and phrase is taken from original folios, with only...

Cost: $15 General Admission (Online), $18 General Admission (At the Door)

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Bootless Stageworks
Telephone: 302-887-9300
Website »

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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

When this play premiered, The New York Times wrote that it was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” The American classic holds up. SEP 26-27, OCT 3-4-5, 10-11, 2014

Where:
Patchwork Playhouse
140 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-3568
Website »

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The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
View map »


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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The annual Giant Yard Sale for the Birds by Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research  Saturday, October 4th   Join us to bargain shop for the birds! Hundreds of gently used items including...

Cost: free

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Telephone: 302-737-9543
Contact Name: Rebecca Stansell
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Join us in bargain hunting for the birds! Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research's annual Giant Yard Sale for the Birds is Saturday, October 4th.  All proceeds benefit Tri-State Bird Rescue and help...

Cost: Suggested donation of $1 at the door

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Telephone: 302-737-9543
Contact Name: Rebecca Stansell
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Breast health and wellness conference for all women, including breast cancer survivors.

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
, DE  Newark
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Telephone: 623-2273
Website »

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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
Website »

More information

Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: 302 652 0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
Website »

More information

The 7th Annual Wings & Wheels Fall Festival is set for Saturday October 4 at the Sussex County Airport from 10-4. A fly-in of vintage airplanes, huge car show, WWII re-enactors and encampments,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sussex County Airport
21553 Rudder Lane
Georgetown, DE  19947
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Sponsor: Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 302-856-1544
Contact Name: Joan Tyndall
Website »

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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Celebrate silly, spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place, September 20th through October 26th. Come in costume and play in our not-too-spooky Halloween haven...

Cost: Check Sesameplace.com for ticket prices

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO
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Calling on kids (big and small)! Come explore tractors and other farm equipment, take a hayride, do arts and crafts in the Brown Center, dress up with firefighter gear, and even milk a mechanical...

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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On Saturdays in October, families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Visitors also can create fall-themed crafts, see a gunpowder...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine. Experience how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine making black powder for more...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Celebrate the 9/23 release of Gustafer’s brand new DVD/CD set: “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wisdom Tooth Of Wisdom”   “The show is a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr....

Cost: $10

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Join us for fine wine and great music at Penns Woods Winery's FREE Lawn Concerts all summer long!June6/6/2014: Matt Santry 5:00pm - 8:00pm6/7/2014: Tim Williams 1:00pm - 4:00pm6/14/2014: Matt...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
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For more information, please contact: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, x 3 sue@rehobothfilm.com   The Rehoboth Beach...

Cost: $75.00 per person

Where:
Fort Miles Battery 519
Lewes, DE  19958


Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095, x 3
Contact Name: Sue Early
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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LEGENDARY BOBBY RYDELL , UNMISTAKABLE SOUND OF THE DUPREES, AND THE FIRST LADIES OF ROCK AND SOUL GIRL GROUP REVUE. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & VETERANS...

Cost: $65

Where:
MARPLE NEWTOWN HS
120 MEDIA LINE RD
NEWTOWN SQUARE, DE  19073
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Sponsor: BENEFITS: THE DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM AND VETERANS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Telephone: (610)359-0832
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The story of a boy and his cyborg protector completed entirely in lines and phrases taken from the plays of William Shakespeare. Each line and phrase is taken from original folios, with only...

Cost: $15 General Admission (Online), $18 General Admission (At the Door)

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Bootless Stageworks
Telephone: 302-887-9300
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Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing.  Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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The wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail fete the 2014 vintage with picnicking, music, hayrides, tastings and tours. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: (610) 444-3842
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 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
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The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
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When this play premiered, The New York Times wrote that it was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” The American classic holds up. SEP 26-27, OCT 3-4-5, 10-11, 2014

Where:
Patchwork Playhouse
140 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-3568
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Time  Registration 8:30 a.m. Race start 9:30 a.m. Fee: $20 (until the Thursday before the race at noon); $25 day of event Benefits  American Heart Association/American Stroke...

Where:
Rockford Park
19th St. & Tower Drive
Wilmington, DE
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Time  Registration 8 a.m. Race start 9 a.m. Fee  $20 (until the Thursday before the race at noon); $25 day of event Benefits  Residents of The Mary Campbell Center

Where:
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 762-6025 ext. 172

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Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Time  Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 3. Event is limited to 2K participants. Race start  Noon. Fee  $30 plus a $3 sign-up fee Benefits  Delaware Breast Cancer...

Where:
The Starboard
2009 Coastal Highway
Dewey Beach, DE
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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Get a big taste of Elizabethan life on weekends and Labor Day Monday at Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim, Pa.

Where:
Manheim, PA


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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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