Spotlighting Lyme Disease in Delaware

Hoops superstar Elena Delle Donne aims to raise awareness of the prominent affliction.


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Before she was diagnosed, Kerri Santos, a graphic designer from  Wilmington, “felt as though my  legs weighed 800 pounds.” Photo by Ron Dubick

In fall 2010 Elena Delle Donne was preparing for the upcoming basketball season at the University of Delaware when she experienced overwhelming fatigue.

“I couldn’t go to class. I couldn’t raise my arms for more than 10 seconds without dropping them to my sides,” recalls Delle Donne. She slept up to 18 hours a day. She wore a heart monitor and underwent an MRI. Doctors told her she might have multiple sclerosis. 

Spotting the newspaper stories about Delle Donne’s flu-like symptoms, a family friend asked if Delle Donne had been tested for Lyme disease. She had—but that was in 2008, and she’d tested positive. A course of antibiotics took care of the fatigue and migraines.

The 2010 re-occurrence of her symptoms would pull her out of the lineup for 12 games that season, and although she would recover and go on to play professionally for the Chicago Sky, she had another bout of symptoms in 2012.

Delle Donne is not alone. About 300,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with Lyme disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2012, 55 out of every 100,000 Delaware residents were affected, giving the state the fourth-highest incidence rate in the United States, reports the CDC.

Yet Lyme disease can be difficult to detect and, in later stages, challenging to treat. It can also cause debilitating conditions, from seizures to heart palpitations to problems speaking and reading.

The disease is also causing some controversy. Many in the medical community maintain that “chronic Lyme” does not exist. Meanwhile, patients with persistent symptoms are frustrated.

“They’re not being treated, or they’re being treated for something they don’t have and they’re not getting better,” says Douglas Fearn, president of the Kennett Square-based Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

 

A Small Source to a Big Problem

Lyme disease is named for the Connecticut town of Lyme, where healthcare providers in 1975 noticed a number of new cases involving arthritis-like conditions during tick season. 

The culprit is the blacklegged tick, or deer tick, which carries the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme. Tinier than a sesame seed, the ticks are prevalent where there are high populations of whitetail deer. But the teeny vampires also feed on mice, birds, raccoons and other wildlife that live in our parks, marshes—even our backyards.

The tick must be attached for more than 24 hours to transmit the disease. A bull’s eye rash is the telltale sign of infection. Yet about 30 percent of people with Lyme disease don’t get the rash, or the rash appears on the scalp or in the groin area, so it’s not spotted.

Other possible symptoms:

Fatigue
Joint and muscle pain and stiffness
Headache
Chills and fever
Stiff neck
Jaw discomfort
Bell’s palsy: the loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face

Prompt treatment is key. Days to weeks after the bite, the bacteria infect different parts of the body at different times, then go dormant.

Testing typically includes an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, a blood test that looks for certain antibodies (immune proteins) that represent the immune system’s response to the infection. 

A false negative might occur during the early weeks because the body hasn’t had enough time to develop antibodies, explains Dr. Abigail Freedman, attending physician in infectious disease at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.

If there are clear symptoms, such as the rash or Bell’s palsy, the doctor may prescribe medication, usually doxycycline.

“The prognosis is good once it’s been diagnosed, and the treatment is usually very effective. People can quite easily be cured of Lyme disease,” Freedman says. 

Many insurance companies restrict coverage to 21 days of antibiotics, says Fearn, who was diagnosed in 1994 and again in 1999, and whose family has had bouts with the disease.

“For a lot of people, that works—but not for everyone. After eight years of treatments, I felt as good as I was going to get. I have some residual issues, but it’s not a real problem.”

left to right: After years of antibiotics, Abby Webb’s system rebelled against the drugs. Webb, shown with her dog, Hope, is bedridden most days. Photo by Ron Dubick • Elena Delle Donne. Photo by Dorothy Hong for Nike Inc • Sarah Davenport, shown with dog Sparky, pays $5,000 a month out of pocket for supplements and treatments not covered by her insurance company. Photo by Ron Dubick


Living with Lyme Disease’s Lingering Effects

That’s not the case for Abby Webb of Rehoboth, who doesn’t remember a day without pain. Initial blood tests for Lyme disease were negative. She was diagnosed at various times with MS, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. 

When she was 20, a Western blot test confirmed Lyme disease. Another blood test, Western blot produces a bar code that the lab compares to the Lyme disease pattern. Webb was also diagnosed with other tick-borne diseases. 

After eight years of either IV or oral antibiotics, her system rebelled against the drugs. And the insurance companies rebelled against paying for more. To date, the family has spent $600,000 on treatments, including doctor visits, supplements and other medications.

“I was in a wheelchair until the end of September,” says Webb, who is bedridden most days and has developed a stutter. “I’m scared that I’m going back downhill again.”

Webb believes she was infected in the womb or from her mother’s breast milk. Those who support that possibility note that Borelli burgdorferi and syphilis are both spirochetes, a corkscrew bacteria. A woman can transmit syphilis to an unborn child. The CDC, however, does not support the theory that breast milk can transmit the bacteria, and the debate is still on about infection in the womb.

Sarah Davenport and Kerri Santos of Wilmington also went undiagnosed for a long time. As early as age 10, Davenport experienced joint pain. (Within a few weeks to two years after being infected, about 60 percent of people with Lyme disease develop arthritis.) “Something was not quite right,” says Davenport, who as a teen was a ward of the state and was rarely taken to the doctor. 

As an adult, Davenport pushed through her fatigue, working 80-hour weeks and skating for the Diamond State Roller Girls. “Then I crashed,” she says. She suffered such crippling migraines that she writhed in pain. Then she started having seizures.

Santos, a graphic designer, became worried when she couldn’t concentrate on a layout. One day, she couldn’t get out of bed. “It felt as though my legs weighed 800 pounds,” she says. “I couldn’t even text my boss to say I couldn’t come in.” Her symptoms grew worse, prompting numerous visits to the emergency room.

Santos considered Lyme disease after talking to friend Judy Setting of Wilmington. Setting, who’d sought help at major metropolitan hospitals for neurological issues before finally being diagnosed, was prescribed cocktails of intravenous and oral antibiotics. The treatment has “proven incredibly, undeniably effective,” says Setting, who at one point was quadriplegic. Santos, who also had IV drugs over a year, is also feeling better.

Davenport in the fall had a PICC line put in for IV antibiotics, and her insurer paid for it. But since it won’t cover the antibiotics, she’s in limbo. She already pays up to $5,000 a month out of pocket for supplements and treatments. 

Doctors who prescribe long-term antibiotics risk taking it on the chin. “The insurer reports them to the medical board because they’re not following the standard of care,” says nurse practitioner Rita Rhoads, owner of Integrative Health Consultants near Lancaster, Pa., who treats tick-borne illnesses. To avoid getting into a melee with insurers, her office has patients handle their own reimbursement matters; patients pay the office at the time of their appointment.

Rhoads says the Infectious Diseases Society of America influences the current standard of care and the guidelines are outdated. The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and its advocates want the IDSA to broaden Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment guidelines and address requirements for positive diagnoses. According to Rhoads, patients should be treated as long as they test positive and have symptoms. 

Rhoads treats both Davenport and Delle Donne. Santos sees a specialist in Washington, D.C. Webb goes to a clinic in Wichita. The women said they couldn’t find satisfactory treatment in their home state, and that driving to appointments is exhausting. 

Longtime sufferers might say they have “chronic Lyme disease,” but the CDC does not use that term, says Paula Eggers, the state infectious disease epidemiologist. Symptoms that extend past treatment are called “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome,” which might stem from a compromised immune system or damaged tissues. It’s not a re-occurrence of the infection, she says.

While the debate continues, Webb and Davenport use Facebook and YouTube to raise awareness about Lyme disease.

In February Delle Done partnered with the Delaware 87ers—the NBA Development League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers—to host a Lyme disease awareness night at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark. Davenport, who attended the event in a wheelchair and dressed in lime green, posted a photo on her Facebook page.

Today Delle Donne’s symptoms flair when she feels stressed. “I try to stay calm and get through it.”

She encourages people with Lyme disease or post-treatment symptoms to keep fighting.

“There are a lot of days when you probably will get some bad news. You have to stay on the path,” she says. “I got back on the court, and I won’t give up in an effort to raise awareness and money for treatment.”  

To avoid getting bitten by a blacklegged tick, which can transmit Lyme disease:

Wear light clothing so you can easily spot ticks.
Avoid the woods and grassy areas.
Wear protective clothing that covers your skin.
Use an insect repellent. Reapply after perspiring or swimming.
Regularly check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks.

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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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The University and Whist Club have partnered with Sew Classy Princess Parties to bring you PRINCESS CAMP! Meet a new princess every day of the week! There will be crafts, books, dancing, movies and...

Cost: $250

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: Sew Classy Princess Parties
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Wither: Exploration of the Forgotten, a photography exhibit by Shelley Koon, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from August 3-31, 2018. The artist will host a free opening reception on...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 130-257-78278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

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


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

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

More information

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

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

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
View map »


Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you see how we have repurposed historic work areas....

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

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


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

More information

Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Enjoy a 1 hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
Website »

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The University and Whist Club have partnered with Sew Classy Princess Parties to bring you PRINCESS CAMP! Meet a new princess every day of the week! There will be crafts, books, dancing, movies and...

Cost: $250

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: Sew Classy Princess Parties
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Wither: Exploration of the Forgotten, a photography exhibit by Shelley Koon, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from August 3-31, 2018. The artist will host a free opening reception on...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 130-257-78278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

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


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

More information

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature....

Cost: $10

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


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

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

More information

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Story Time Thursdays 10:30 - 11 a.m. Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft,...

Cost: $7 - $0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Get lost in a book during Mt. Cuba’s Story Time in the Gardens. Children are invited to visit the gardens on Thursday mornings for a story from a nature-themed children’s book. Intended for...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
View map »


Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302-239-8883
Contact Name: Sara Stevenson
Website »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

More information

The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

See the gardens in a new light. Our gardens are open until 8 pm on Thursdays through August.  Stop by after work or spend the entire day and evening.

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
View map »


Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302-239-8883
Contact Name: Sara Stevenson
Website »

More information

Your story matters. Your personal experiences add to our collective understanding of Wilmington’s history. Were you living, working, or attending school in the city during the occupation?Are...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Museum galleries are open with free admission every Thursday from 4–8 pm

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

More information

Enjoy light appetizers and drinks as you browse the galleries and learn about upcoming events and exhibits that can enhance your classroom. For an eye-opening look at the real Dr. Martin Luther...

Cost: Free for educators and administrators

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


Website »

More information

June 14, 21, & 28 July 12, 19, 26 August 9, 16, 23 & 30 5:00–9:30 pm On all other Thursdays, June–August, join us to stroll through the Follies exhibition or to take a twilight tram tour of...

Cost: members free, $10 per nonmember

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


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

More information

Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

We know “I Have a Dream,” but how well do we really know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s story? As we mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination, learn more about his political views,...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Presented by YWCA Delaware
Website »

More information

Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

Come join Truly Spiked & Sparkling as they bring free yoga to Constitution Yards Beer Garden this spring and summer! Participate in an hour long class on the third Thursday of every month thru...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Constitution Yards
308 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Presented by Culture Restoration Project, Inc.  Enjoy performances by the staff of Beyond Those Bars headlined by RICHARD RAW and the Word Warrior Band, and the premier of TWO “Beyond Those...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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The University and Whist Club have partnered with Sew Classy Princess Parties to bring you PRINCESS CAMP! Meet a new princess every day of the week! There will be crafts, books, dancing, movies and...

Cost: $250

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: Sew Classy Princess Parties
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Wither: Exploration of the Forgotten, a photography exhibit by Shelley Koon, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from August 3-31, 2018. The artist will host a free opening reception on...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 130-257-78278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

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


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

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

More information

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to 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, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Departures are at 12:30 & 2:30 PM. Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; 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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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

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Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Indoor and outdoor activities for kids 

Cost: $5

Where:
Delaware Children's Museum
550 Justison st.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The event will feature live music performed by "Sweet Steele" and "Cocktails @ 3," delicious food catered by Benvenuto, LLC, and raffles throughout the evening....

Cost: $60 per person

Where:
Sunset Cove
3 Haven Lake
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: The Auxiliary of Milford Memorial Hospital
Telephone: 302-422-5009
Contact Name: Gerry Morris

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Coming together to form the Rock The Yacht tour, Ambrosia; Stephen Bishop; Peter Beckett, lead singer of Player; John Ford Coley; and Robbie Dupree have set sail to perform their hits at The Event...

Cost: $40-$50

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, DE  19125
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Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
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MOT Jean Birch Senior Center 300 S. Scott Street, Middletown, DE 19709 9 am - 4 pm All Years, Makes, Models Welcome! Show cars must be on show field by 8:30 am People's Choice...

Cost: $10

Where:
MOT Jean Birch Senior Center
300 S. Scott Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: MOT Jean Birch Senior Center
Telephone: 302-983-6966
Contact Name: LaBarre Everette
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Join us again this spring and summer for yoga in the beautiful Copeland Sculpture Garden. Beginners, casual attendees, and families are welcome. Bring your own mat or borrow one of ours!...

Cost: Free, $10 suggested donation

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19350
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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Departures are at 12:30 & 2:30 PM. Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; 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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Escape Brandywine is a new, historically-immersive Escape Room presented by the Chadds Ford Historical Society! Designed like other popular escape room games, Escape...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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August 18th 6pm-10pm, Tango PLUS for Tamarins This annual conservation event has a new twist this year!  We are bringing back the Tango but mixing in some other styles of dance and will be at a...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Figure Eight Barn at Bellvue State Park
800 Carr Rd
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo AAZK Chapter
Contact Name: Katlyn Muse
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Join us for art making at twilight, moonlit sculpture tours, and camping out under the stars during the Museum’s first campout. Register at delart.org. Family Friendly.

Cost: $25 Members, $35 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Make-A-Wish SAVOR THE WISH An evening featuring Delawares finest cuisines and beverages.  Participants will enjoy food and drink tastings from a variety of fantastic restaurants, as...

Cost: Advance tickets are $60; safe driver tickets are $30

Where:
Nassau Valley Vineyards
32165 Winery Way
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Make-A-Wish Delaware
Telephone: 917-862-5050
Contact Name: Valerie Alia
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