Tech Check: The Cons of “Staying Connected”

What texting, emailing and social media are doing to your health—and how to prevent it.



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Charged and ready to face the world. That may not sound like you in the morning. However, if you are like most Delawareans, it describes perfectly the smartphone you have in your pocket as you head out the door. For you, going anywhere without your smartphone or a tablet may be a thought too foreign to comprehend.

Here in is the dilemma. Staying connected to friends, family and work is so simple these days thanks to social media, texting, emailing and devices that travel with us anywhere. Loved ones, coworkers and business associates are accessible when wanted and needed. And that, of course, makes us accessible to them. This accessibility comes at a price.

The questions you should ask yourself are: Just how high of a price am I paying for that accessibility, and is it worth it to me?

Those personal and quite subjective questions are ones only you can answer. While uncovering those answers, know that you are not alone in your attachment to technology. According to a 2012 study conducted by Leslie Perlow, Ph.D., the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership at the Harvard Business School, 51 percent of managers and professionals use their wireless devices to continually check in with work while on vacation. Does that mean that the vacation we are taking to rest and recharge can’t effectively fulfill its duties? Absolutely.

The constant ding, bell or chime from an email, text or voicemail distracts us from the task at hand. It doesn’t matter if we are relaxing with a book on the beach or drafting a presentation for work. When technology interferes, it doesn’t discriminate.

Furthermore, even without making a sound, technology can influence a quiet moment. A nearby smartphone or tablet has us always at the ready for the next email from our boss, text from our teenager, or call from our spouse, doctor or contractor. Along with our devices, we are always “on.”

The constant use and presence of technology prevents us from settling our minds, reflecting, thinking and being creative, says Michael Peterson, Ed.D., a professor at the University of Delaware and chairman of the university’s department of behavioral health and nutrition. Peterson, who also leads a health promotion campaign, getupanddosomething.org, adds that people can’t get away from work today. “As work is coming home with us, the line between our private time and our work time is blending,” he says.

Consider the gentleman at his son’s soccer game who responds to an email from his boss, or the wife who checks her Facebook page while riding in the car with her spouse. Although they are likely doing these things simply out of habit, these people are failing to engage in the moment. They are failing to completely enjoy nature, failing to communicate, and failing to take care of their own health and well-being.

Minutes spent outside (perhaps at that soccer game) speaking on a cell phone would be better spent simply breathing in the fresh air, says Mike Considine, Psy.D., a therapist at Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health in Newark. “No matter what the conversation, that time on the phone likely carries some sort of underlying tension. Ending that call allows the body to release tension and stress.”

Wendy Danner types a message while hitting full stride at the Central YMCA in Wilmington.

Furthermore, he adds, it means giving nature the opportunity to calm us. As some of nature’s critical roles are to reduce stress and boost our outlook on life, experiencing it has been shown to reduce heart rate and blood pressure. Long-term and often-cited research by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, authors of “The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective,” indicates that nature improves interest and concentration while reducing fatigue and the stress of daily life.

As many are well aware, chronic stress can lead to long-term health issues. And, says Dr. Stephen Kushner, D.O., president of the Medical Society of Delaware, chronic stress carries with it the potential for depression. A family physician at Hockessin Family Medicine and preceptor to the department of family and community medicine at Christiana Care Health System, Kushner finds that an overabundance of technology in a person’s life can lead to chronic stress, mental health issues and even sleep disorders.

In fact, Kushner points to recent research by the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that indicates that the use of backlit devices, such as tablets, smartphones and computers, for the two hours prior to bedtime can dramatically reduce quality of sleep. According to the study, melatonin, a natural hormone required for sleep, is reduced by 22 percent if a person’s nighttime routine includes online pastimes such as surfing the Internet or updating a Twitter account.

Furthermore, when your night extends into the wee hours thanks to your tablet or other devices, your morning is sure to be dreary. “If you don’t get as much sleep as your body needs,” Kushner notes, “you can find yourself fatigued, stressed and irritable the following day.”

Your mind is not the only thing that needs a break from the constant use of technology. Hands, backs, necks, shoulders and eyes are also victims of constant texting, emailing and Googling. “If we don’t take a break from these things,” Kushner says, “they can lead to inflammation of the tendons in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, as well as stress tension in the muscles. Vision problems can also arise, which can lead to migraine headaches.”

Is that third game of Words with Friends really worth it?

Even if you don’t answer no, your friends and family members might. The reason is simple: interpersonal relationships often suffer when technology becomes too involved. Considine refers to it as emotional disconnect. When he is helping couples bridge the gap between them, the issue of technology usage often arises. “Typically, the use of technology has become an unconscious habit. And it is a symptom of an overall disconnect within the relationship,” Considine says.

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Establishing guidelines for technology use can help rebuild interpersonal relationships and restore our overall well-being. If one or both people involved in a relationship are uncomfortable with how much a mobile device or computer enters into it, the couple may want to agree upon some parameters. “These rules can include things such as not bringing cell phones to restaurants or only bringing one phone for use in an emergency,” Considine says. “Some couples agree to shut off their phones during dinner time or to take a day off periodically from technology.”

Although it may prove challenging initially, taking such a sabbatical from technology is a key way to balance your life, especially if you find that the constant use of technology and its associated accessibility isn’t worth the price you are paying for it. Peterson recommends turning off smartphones, tablets and all other devices for 24 hours one day each week. “You’ll find that time goes by more slowly and that you are the one in control of your day.”

Making a pact with someone to take a break from technology is a great way to get started, Peterson says. “That social support can be extremely helpful.”

As Kushner notes, technology is not going away. People simply need to find a way to make it fit within their lives and not allow it to take over their lives. So take that quest of self discovery and ask yourself if you are losing sleep, if you are spending less quality time with your family, and if exercise has taken a backseat to your tablet.

“Proactively analyze these things,” Peterson suggests. “If you are aware, you can change.”


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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Hello all, My name is Rashida and I'm a barber. On Easter Sunday I will be giving back to the community.  Please join me at 3125 New Castle Ave New Castle, DE 19720 in the star shopping center. I...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Hair D'tailers Barbershop
3125 New Castle Ave
Star Shopping Center
New Castle , DE  19720
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Sponsor: Rashida (The Barber)
Telephone: 302-543-2050
Contact Name: Rashida Booker

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This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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NY Times Bestselling author is coming through the Tri-state Area and spending some time at the Amazing Grace Bookstore and Resource Center in Mullica Hill, NJ!  Join your fellow Beverly Lewis fans...

Cost: $0

Where:
Amazing Grace Resource and Discovery Center
33 S. Main St.
Mullica Hill, NJ  08062
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Christiana Care Smoking Cessation Classes 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark More info and to register: 693-2273 or...

Where:
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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As part of Terri’s Day 2015, an “International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters," Archbishop Charles Chaput of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter & Paul
18th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
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Glenn Beck will be the honored speaker at the 3rd Annual Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Award Gala and dinner on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street. The...

Cost: $150/person

Where:
Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Sponsor: Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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This ground-breaking musical examines the pros and cons of marriage as seen through the eyes of Robert, a bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday, who is not encouraged to “take the...

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Monday, March 30th, April 1st and April 3rd from 10:00AM-2:00PM  On our first of three days of Spring Break in Nature we will be learning about the creatures that live in the water, day two...

Cost: TLC members $5; non-members $10.

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: TLC for SCC
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext 104
Contact Name: Danielle Burley
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On our first of three days of Spring Break in Nature we will be learning about the creatures that live in the water, day two will explore terrain trekkers and on our final day we will turn our eyes...

Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Hello all, My name is Rashida and I'm a barber. On Easter Sunday I will be giving back to the community.  Please join me at 3125 New Castle Ave New Castle, DE 19720 in the star shopping center. I...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Hair D'tailers Barbershop
3125 New Castle Ave
Star Shopping Center
New Castle , DE  19720
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Sponsor: Rashida (The Barber)
Telephone: 302-543-2050
Contact Name: Rashida Booker

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Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery announces a solo exhibition of works by Michael Doyle. This exhibition explores life's richness in intimate portrayals of figures, interiors, and landscapes. Doyle’s...

Cost: Free admission

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
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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

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


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

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This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery announces a solo exhibition of works by Francis Di Fronzo. This exhibition continues Di Fronzo’s exploration of people venturing west on Route 66 to make their fortune...

Cost: Free admission

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 »

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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

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

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The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

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


Telephone: 571-9590
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 »

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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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 Members, $14 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Beebe Healthcare offers free glucose screenings every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the following lab locations: Beebe Healthcare Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes,...

Cost: free

Where:
, DE

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STEPS to Healthy Aging - Health Education Lecture Topic: Swallowing Disorders Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Pavilion 2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5–6 p.m. More...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library, and Movies at Midway present, “If You Don’t, I Will” as April’s film for the Around the World film series on Wednesday, April 1, at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
Website »

More information

This ground-breaking musical examines the pros and cons of marriage as seen through the eyes of Robert, a bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday, who is not encouraged to “take the...

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Website »

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  Michael Quattrociocchi is an award-winning wood craft artisan. He started working with wood when he was nine years old. Quattrociocchi’s goal is to design pieces that bridge fine craft and...

Cost: Free

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


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

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Somerville Manning Gallery announces a solo exhibition of works by Francis Di Fronzo. This exhibition continues Di Fronzo’s exploration of people venturing west on Route 66 to make their fortune...

Cost: Free admission

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

The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

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


Website »

More information

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery announces a solo exhibition of works by Michael Doyle. This exhibition explores life's richness in intimate portrayals of figures, interiors, and landscapes. Doyle’s...

Cost: Free admission

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

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Monday, March 30th, April 1st and April 3rd from 10:00AM-2:00PM  On our first of three days of Spring Break in Nature we will be learning about the creatures that live in the water, day two...

Cost: TLC members $5; non-members $10.

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
View map »


Sponsor: TLC for SCC
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext 104
Contact Name: Danielle Burley
Website »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Hello all, My name is Rashida and I'm a barber. On Easter Sunday I will be giving back to the community.  Please join me at 3125 New Castle Ave New Castle, DE 19720 in the star shopping center. I...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Hair D'tailers Barbershop
3125 New Castle Ave
Star Shopping Center
New Castle , DE  19720
View map »


Sponsor: Rashida (The Barber)
Telephone: 302-543-2050
Contact Name: Rashida Booker

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

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


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Tobacco Cessation Program Location: Bayhealth Milford Memorial, Rehabilitation Conference Room, 21 W. Clarke Ave., Milford Time: 5–6:30 p.m. Free to all Delaware residents 18 and...

Where:
Bayhealth Milford Memorial
21 W. Clarke Ave.
Milford, DE
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Mini-Medical School Topic: Understanding Aging from a Functional Standpoint Location: John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Main Auditorium, Christiana Hospital Campus, 4755...

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Mini-Medical School Topic: Eating Disorders in Teenagers Location: John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Main Auditorium, Christiana Hospital Campus, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark...

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
Website »

More information

This ground-breaking musical examines the pros and cons of marriage as seen through the eyes of Robert, a bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday, who is not encouraged to “take the...

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

  Michael Quattrociocchi is an award-winning wood craft artisan. He started working with wood when he was nine years old. Quattrociocchi’s goal is to design pieces that bridge fine craft and...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Hello all, My name is Rashida and I'm a barber. On Easter Sunday I will be giving back to the community.  Please join me at 3125 New Castle Ave New Castle, DE 19720 in the star shopping center. I...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Hair D'tailers Barbershop
3125 New Castle Ave
Star Shopping Center
New Castle , DE  19720
View map »


Sponsor: Rashida (The Barber)
Telephone: 302-543-2050
Contact Name: Rashida Booker

More information

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

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


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Monday, March 30th, April 1st and April 3rd from 10:00AM-2:00PM  On our first of three days of Spring Break in Nature we will be learning about the creatures that live in the water, day two...

Cost: TLC members $5; non-members $10.

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
View map »


Sponsor: TLC for SCC
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext 104
Contact Name: Danielle Burley
Website »

More information

On our first of three days of Spring Break in Nature we will be learning about the creatures that live in the water, day two will explore terrain trekkers and on our final day we will turn our eyes...

Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
View map »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery announces a solo exhibition of works by Michael Doyle. This exhibition explores life's richness in intimate portrayals of figures, interiors, and landscapes. Doyle’s...

Cost: Free admission

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

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery announces a solo exhibition of works by Francis Di Fronzo. This exhibition continues Di Fronzo’s exploration of people venturing west on Route 66 to make their fortune...

Cost: Free admission

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

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
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The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitorsto art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $3 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

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 Easter Bunny hops aboard our train for a 1½-hour round-trip ride to Ashland, and all kids will get a special treat. Bring your camera and have the Easter Bunny pose for a picture with your...

Cost: Adults: $18; Seniors (60+): $17; Children (2-12): $16; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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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 Members, $14 Non-Members

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 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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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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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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When the sun dips below the horizon and night descends, feel the suspense build within as you join our guides through historic Dover and its cemeteries by lantern light.  Hear tales of the most...

Cost: $5

Where:
First State Heritage Park
John Bell House
43 The Gree
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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This ground-breaking musical examines the pros and cons of marriage as seen through the eyes of Robert, a bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday, who is not encouraged to “take the...

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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10th annual Art Connolly Race Judicata Location: Joe’s Crab Shack, 600 S. Justison St., Wilmington Riverfront Time: Registration: 8 a.m. Race: 9 a.m. Fee: $25 (until the Thursday...

Where:
Joe’s Crab Shack
600 S. Justison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Bunny Palooza 10K/5K Location: Parkwood Street and Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Bethany Beach Time: 10K: 8:30 a.m. 5K: 9:30 a.m. Fee: $25 (5K) and $35 (10K) prior to March 4 Benefits:...

Where:
Parkwood Street and Atlantic Avenue
Downtown Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach, DE
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
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Celebrate spring with poetry and flowers! Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., except Woodburn and Hall House, which are open 10 a.m. –...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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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
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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Somerville Manning Gallery announces a solo exhibition of works by Francis Di Fronzo. This exhibition continues Di Fronzo’s exploration of people venturing west on Route 66 to make their fortune...

Cost: Free admission

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
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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Somerville Manning Gallery announces a solo exhibition of works by Michael Doyle. This exhibition explores life's richness in intimate portrayals of figures, interiors, and landscapes. Doyle’s...

Cost: Free admission

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
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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
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This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
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3rd ANNUAL EGG HUNT AT LEWES CANALFRONT PARK Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park invite your family to “hop” on over to the park for the third annual Egg Hunt in the park on Saturday, April 4th...

Cost: $5/single child, $10/two or more children in family

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
Contact Name: Georgia Tugend
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Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park invite your family to “hop” on over to the park for the third annual Egg Hunt in the park on Saturday, April 4th from 10:30 am-noon. As past years, thousands of...

Cost: $5/single child, $10/two or more children

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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Visitors experience an in-depth, hands-on tour focused on gunpowder production in the Hagley Powder Yard and visit production areas rarely seen by guests. This tour ends with an explosive finish....

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
298 Buck Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The Easter Bunny hops aboard our train for a 1½-hour round-trip ride to Ashland, and all kids will get a special treat. Bring your camera and have the Easter Bunny pose for a picture with your...

Cost: Adults: $18; Seniors (60+): $17; Children (2-12): $16; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Visitors experience an in-depth, hands-on tour focused on gunpowder production in the Hagley Powder Yard and visit production areas rarely seen by guests. This tour ends with an explosive finish....

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400243
Contact Name: meg marcozzi
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First Saturdays in the First State Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for details. Free admission. Something new every...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
43 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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This ground-breaking musical examines the pros and cons of marriage as seen through the eyes of Robert, a bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday, who is not encouraged to “take the...

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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