The State: Made in Delaware No More

Many factors conspire to paint a murky future for local manufacturing. One might ask if there's a future at all.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photograph by Tom Nutter

 

Phillip Bannowsky is 62. His knees are shot and so are his shoulders, the result, he says, of working 23 years on the assembly line at DaimlerChrysler’s Newark plant, mostly in the body shop, assembling shells.

Bannowsky retired in 2001 after a total of 31 years with the automaker, serving in management and as a union rep his last seven years. He got his college degree while working there, and he may be the only Chrysler pensioner ever to move into a position as adjunct instructor of English at the University of Delaware. He remembers his time on the line as one of opportunity mitigated by ever-present pressure and stress, and occasional threats of shutdown.

“The wages and benefits are good,” he says. “But you’re working in a place where the pace of work is controlled by somebody else entirely. All they have to do is speed up the line or come up to you and say, ‘You have to do this much more on your job,’ and you just have to do it. It’s a chronic issue of speedup that can be really rough on a person. It’s grueling, difficult work. They did improve some of the design of the jobs, so there are fewer jobs that are total killers. There’s a few. But the pace of work is just so intense.

“And yet you’re there thinking, ‘Here’s my chance to have a decent middle-class, working-class job. I can have a vacation. I can send my kids to college. I can afford a decent car. I can live the American dream. Or I could lose it all.”

Manufacturing in the United States has been declining since World War II. In 1946 one of every three workers had a job in manufacturing. In October 2005 a mere 10 percent of the U. S. workforce was employed in the manufacturing sector. As is so often the case, Delaware reflects the national trend.

“During the war, nearly 50 percent of the jobs in Delaware were manufacturing,” says Ed Simon, director of labor market information for the state Department of Labor. “We had ship building, steel, leather tanning and chemicals, of course. Then in the ’60s and ’70s we lost jobs to the South, especially apparel and textiles. Now the jobs are going to China and Asia.”

In 1990, Simon reports, Delaware manufacturing firms employed 45,800 workers. In 2001, there were 39,400 employees at 665 companies. As of June 2006 those numbers had dwindled to 33,100 and 647, respectively.

Manufacturing jobs are especially valuable because, traditionally, they pay well—about $10,000 a year more than non-manufacturing blue collar positions. According to Simon, the average Delaware manufacturing job paid $54,386 last year. The 15,200 Delawareans engaged in making durable goods—automobiles, steel, plastics, furniture, etc.—were at the top of the scale, with average income of $61,358. Bringing down the average was the poultry industry, with 7,800 people making $27,639 per capita.

Then came DaimlerChrysler. With a profit of just $144 per vehicle in North America last year, Chrysler was under pressure to cut costs. Its Newark plant was a good target. Both of its products, the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen—SUVs with less-than-stellar fuel economy—have experienced sagging sales.

The ripple effect of a Chrysler shutdown, scheduled for 2009, will reach far beyond the 2,400 plant employees. “The multiplier is about 3 to 1,” says Jim Wolfe, president of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Manufacturers Association. “For every $1,000 that’s earned at the Chrysler plant, there’s another $3,000 going out into the community, whether it be jobs, suppliers, taxes, grocery stores or purchases in other areas.”

Wolfe speaks with special authority about Chrysler. He was the plant manager in Newark from 1992 to 2004. “When I was there, we continually did studies,” Wolfe says. “Where can they cut? What makes sense? That’s normal business, though. We used to do that four and five times a year.”

The Chrysler plant represents an almost classic case study in why manufacturing jobs are declining in Delaware and elsewhere. The primary villain is technology, according to Judy McKinney-Cherry, director of the state Economic Development Office. “In Delaware, while we have seen some decrease due to competition from offshore manufacturers, the vast majority of changes are technology-based,” she says.

Better technology—usually in the form of computerization—delivers greater productivity with fewer employees. That’s a one-two punch that has knocked many workers from high-paying manufacturing jobs into low-paying sectors of the economy. 

At Chrysler and other auto plants, robotics replaced people in such areas as the paint finishing lines. The impact of technology is apparent on a smaller scale at places like Associates Graphic Services. The 75-person Wilmington firm has two six-color presses, each worth $2 million. “Ten years ago it took three guys to run these presses,” says owner Charlie Copeland. “Now it takes one. That means the salary component of doing business becomes less, but also the jobs go away.” (The tractor-trailer-size presses themselves are also vulnerable. “With the rate of technological change, they have about a seven-year life expectancy,” Copeland says.)

Again, like the rest of the country, Delaware manufacturing jobs suffer from outsourcing or offshoring. Says Wolfe, “When you look at the cost of labor in China and in Taiwan and even in Mexico, where you’re paying 50 cents or a dollar an hour, and here you have to pay from $15 to $30 an hour, it’s very difficult to hold manufacturing jobs.”

Then there are the problems unique to Delaware. The first one simply can’t be changed: its location. It’s a disadvantage, especially for automakers. “Twenty years ago there were 10 auto manufacturers on the East Coast,” says Wolfe. “Now there are only three, and one of them, Ford, says they’re going to close their Virginia plant. The others are in Delaware.”

The problem with the East Coast is that it’s too far from suppliers and most customers. “When you look at what it takes to run an auto plant, it’s so expensive to haul material,” Wolfe says. “Eighty to 90 percent of the parts come from the Midwest for the Durango or the Solstice (built at the General Motors plant in Newport), and then the completed vehicle has to be shipped some place. If you’re all the way out on the East Coast, some of your sales are here, but not all. And I know from my time at Chrysler as plant manager, the penalty for building vehicles on the East Coast was between $400 and $500.”

Other factors that make Delaware an especially challenging site for any business—manufacturing and otherwise—are worker’s compensation insurance premiums and the gross receipts tax. Local employers pay the third highest worker’s comp rates in the country. Overhauling worker’s compensation laws that, aside from a few administrative tweaks, hadn’t been touched in 70 years was the first order of business for the General Assembly that convened in January.

The state gross receipts tax, meanwhile, has long been a target of state Republicans. Most states don’t have such a tax. The taxes were tweaked in 2005, but with looming competition from slot casinos in Pennsylvania and Maryland, Delaware may need the revenue. In 2005 the state’s general fund collected $179.3 million from gross receipts taxes.

In a speech to the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce last November, Lieutenant Governor John Carney stated that automakers already pay lower gross receipts taxes in Delaware than they did in past years and expressed doubt that eliminating the tax would add significantly to their bottom lines.

Conversely, there are some factors that work in Delaware’s favor. “Delaware’s business climate in general is very positive,” Wolfe says. “We can fix the things legislatively that need to be fixed, and we’re already pretty good versus competition when it comes to taxes.”

While noting that the state’s permitting process for new industries is too slow and “needs to be fixed,” Wolfe also praises John Hughes, Delaware’s secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, who has been instrumental in streamlining the process. Hughes and other state officials, including those from DEDO,  received the Speed Demon award from GM last September for reducing the turnaround time for air quality permits by 50 percent through value stream mapping. An element of lean manufacturing, value-stream mapping identifies inefficiencies by creating a diagram of the physical and information flow of a process.

Among Speed Demon honorees were officials from the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Created in 1994 and backed by federal and state funds, DEMEP helps manufacturers improve their bottom lines by reducing lead time, decreasing defects and increasing productivity. Its services are used by more than 100 local manufacturers.

McKinney-Cherry says DEMEP is a valuable ally in sustaining and growing Delaware’s economy. She points out that executive director Steve Quindlen and others at DEMEP are shifting some of their focus from lean manufacturing principles to new product development and innovation. “That’s really the future for our state—innovation, using research and development and the intellectual capital that exists here to help our existing companies change, modify, improve and bring new products to market,” McKinney-Cherry says.

She cites DuPont’s five-year capital investment commitment to creating a state-of-the-art Innovation Center at the Wilmington Experimental Station. The partnership between the state and DuPont includes an $80 million capital investment by the company in the Experimental Station laboratories, a donation of intellectual property to Delaware’s Emerging Technology Center and a new biotechnology program for high school students. DuPont is collaborating with the state to conduct biotechnology seminars for high school students, providing six programs a year at the center.

“So we are using the intellectual capital of a legacy business to seed new business creation in the state,” says McKinney-Cherry. “And in most cases that will be manufacturing.”

Many observers agree that smokestack-less biosciences offer the best opportunity for Delaware’s manufacturing future. Copeland, a leader in the state GOP, blames environmental regulations for limiting the options.

“You could not put a chemical manufacturing facility, even a ‘clean’ one, in Delaware because the regulatory environment wouldn’t have it,” Copeland says. “There are clean technologies within the chemical industry, but as soon as the term ‘chemical’ is used, public opinion would stop the project. No project, then no manufacturing jobs.”

Environmentalists would point out recent approval of new chemical-related sites, such as a DuPont acid plant near Motiva’s Delaware City refinery and a biodiesel plant in Clayton. “Manufacturing has historically paid well compared to service industries and agriculture,” says Alan Muller of Green Delaware. “But a high price has been extracted. Delaware is one of the most polluted and unhealthy places in the developed world.

“Our challenge is to obtain the benefits of manufacturing while minimizing the downside. Clean manufacturing is technically possible but politically difficult to require due to the chokehold industrial and union interests have on Delaware politics. Delaware recognized this many years ago in the Coastal Zone Act, banning new heavy industry in the ecologically sensitive Coastal Zone. But this law is the exception. Overall, regulation is weak and pollution is legal.”

As 2006 came to a close, state agencies were scrambling to save the Chrysler business. Among them was the Delaware Automotive Cluster Alliance, created in 2003 by the governor and the Delaware Economic Development Office. The alliance and Governor Minner had spoken directly with Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda in an effort to save the plant.

Wolfe says communication is key. In that, Delawareans excel.

“Because the state is small, people sit down and talk. They don’t close their doors,” Wolfe says. “And when we have a problem, we take on that problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re a D or an R, you’ve gotta fix it, so you work on fixing whatever issues you have, like worker’s compensation.” 

In the face of all this optimism, Ed Simon offers a sobering reality. “We project that employment in manufacturing will continue to decline, but at a slower pace. Our latest projection, which runs to the year 2014, has a forecast of 31,400 manufacturing jobs.”

The number drops precipitously with DaimlerChrysler’s closing. Then what? How will the economy, the state’s very psyche, be impacted by the loss of 2,400 jobs—fully 7 percent of the current manufacturing workforce? Perhaps the more important question is: What will it mean to each of those 2,400 individuals?

Roswell Stone is a friend of Bannowsky. Stone hopes to achieve what Bannowsky has: retirement on a full pension from DaimlerChrysler. The 60-year-old Bear resident has worked at the Newark plant for 18 years.

The plant closure will not be a disaster for Stone. He hopes to be offered one of several packages that combine unemployment and supplements. “That would see me through until I reach 62, and then they would just retire me out.”

He does side jobs seal-coating driveways and parking lots. When the plant shuts down, “I would just pick up on that some,” he says.

Many of his fellow employees can’t expect such a smooth transition to retirement. “A lot of them are going to have problems because there are a lot of young guys there with 10, 12, 14 years,” Stone says, “and they still have a long way to go to retirement. Some of them, that’s all they know, is Chrysler. I think it would hurt the economy in Delaware a lot.”

Unlike Bannowsky, Stone has come through his automaking career relatively unscathed. He had an operation for carpal tunnel and another to replace a tendon in his thumb after a lift gate slammed down on it. And, “like every 60-year-old,” he has some lower back pain. “Of course,” he adds, “I don’t lift anything heavier than a spray gun. If I had to lift drive shafts all day long, I might be telling a different story.”

All in all, he’s been happy at Chrysler. Sounding a bit like Phillip Bannowsky, he adds, “I don’t have an education, and I think it’s pretty good money for somebody without a college education.”

 At least while it lasts. 

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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
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Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Website »

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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the third play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Join us every Tuesday for this fun and educational enrichment activity. Students will learn to draw pictures from a variety of themes, including woodland animals, creatures by the sea, creepy...

Cost: $10

Where:
Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church
500 McKennans Church Rd
Room 206
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Join us every Tuesday for this fun and educational enrichment activity. Students will learn to draw pictures from a variety of themes, including woodland animals, creatures by the sea, creepy...

Cost: $10

Where:
Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church
500 McKennans Church Rd
Room 206
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Enjoy a taste of Hagley’s walking tour, “A Tale of Two Gardens,” and a special how-to demonstration by Chef Roy of Hagley’s Belin House Organic Cafe. Admission is $15 for members and $20...

Cost: $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
Hagley Barn
298 Buck Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: (302) 658-2400 x 235
Contact Name: Kim Kelleher
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Celebrated Irish harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaig partners with master guitarist Chris Newman to perform a blend of traditional Irish music, jazz, bluegrass and baroque.  Seating is limited and...

Cost: $22 Reserved/ $25 Door

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Green Willow Folk Club
Telephone: (302) 456-3242
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Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark Time: 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. For more information: 623-4661 To register: Call (800)...

Where:
, DE

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The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Yaprak Soysal during the month of May. “My Human and I” is an exhibition of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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These closed-door sessions will allow Executive Directors to learn best practices on topics unique to their role, as well as discuss challenges and opportunities they face in their leadership....

Cost: $10

Where:
Community Service Building
100 W 10th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement
Telephone: 302-777-5500
Contact Name: John Baker
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New paintings and drawings by Philadelphia artist Ed Bronstein are featured in a solo show. Ed’s new work includes still life paintings, landscapes and city scenes from Delaware and the...

Cost: free

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

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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Asteroids and comets are messengers from space with a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Website »

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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The 2016 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers' Market at Rodney Square will begin May 4 and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Downtown Visions and facilitated by the City of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.425.0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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Stretch into a five-point star, roll down into a pumpkin pose, take your “dogs” for a walk, and reach those arms way out to fly like a bird in this exciting new series for a fitness and...

Cost: $10/$15/Adults Free

Where:
Coverdale Farm Preserve
543 Way Road
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware Nature Society
Telephone: 302-239-2334
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the third play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be holding a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on May 11, 18, 25, and June 1 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program may...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.
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Zumba sessions every Wednesday in Lewes Canalfront Park, overlooking the banks of the beautiful Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes. Free.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Zumba by Kelly, Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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Location: Bayhealth Milford Memorial, 21 W. Clarke Ave., Milford, Conference Room A & B Time: 6–7 p.m. Register via Bayhealth

Where:
, DE

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*** Media alert/photo opportunity*** The world’s largest potato on wheels will spend Wednesday, May 25 with Delawareans at the Brandywine Springs Elementary...

Where:
, DE

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Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 Time: 5:30–7:45 p.m. Bilingual staff...

Where:
, DE

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The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Yaprak Soysal during the month of May. “My Human and I” is an exhibition of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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New paintings and drawings by Philadelphia artist Ed Bronstein are featured in a solo show. Ed’s new work includes still life paintings, landscapes and city scenes from Delaware and the...

Cost: free

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

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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Asteroids and comets are messengers from space with a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Spring Session: Thursdays from 9:30-12; first day is April 7 Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311) Join TLC for our Drop-In on...

Cost: TLC members Free, Non-members free for first session, $5 for pre-registration

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

More information

Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the third play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the award winning documentary, SHAKEY’S HILL at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 26. The screening will take...

Cost: $5

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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The Delaware Humanities Forum is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize with a literature discussion and creative writing workshop.  Participants are welcome to join any and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dover Public Library
35 E Loockerman St
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Humanities Forum
Telephone: 302-567-0650
Contact Name: Ciera Fisher
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  Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for a total of five weeks –...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2540
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Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 Time: 5:30–7:45 p.m. Bilingual staff...

Where:
, DE

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The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Yaprak Soysal during the month of May. “My Human and I” is an exhibition of...

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: 302-577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

New paintings and drawings by Philadelphia artist Ed Bronstein are featured in a solo show. Ed’s new work includes still life paintings, landscapes and city scenes from Delaware and the...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
View map »

More information

Asteroids and comets are messengers from space with a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids,...

Cost: Free with admission

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

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Ocean Galleries Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ/609-368-7777) welcomes world-renowned 3-D artist, Charles Fazzino, for a spectacular Memorial Day weekend exhibition....

Cost: Free & open to the public with ALL artwork available for acquisition

Where:
Ocean Galleries
9618 Third Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ  08247
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Sponsor: Ocean Galleries
Telephone: 609.368.7777
Contact Name: Kim Miller
Website »

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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
View map »


Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the third play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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Cinema Art Theater This Week presents LOUDER THAN BOMBS The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present LOUDER THAN BOMBS, a drama directed by Joachim Trier and starring Jesse...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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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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Join our guides though historic Dover and its cemeteries by lantern light this spring. Space is limited; call (302) 739-9194 for reservations. Lantern tours canceled due to inclement weather will...

Cost: $10 per person

Where:
First State Heritage Park
Christ Episcopal Church
State and Water Streets
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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Fourth annual St. Catherine of Siena Community Garage Sale held in Church parking lot. One-stop shopping! Approximately 30 homes gather in one location to make your garage sale shopping...

Cost: $25/consignor fee only

Where:
St. Catherine of Siena Church
2503 Centerville Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: St. Catherine of Siena
Telephone: 302-239-1699
Contact Name: Mary Gispert
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The ninth annual Artisans Fair offers unique handcrafted art objects. The work of 50 exhibitors includes fabric art, fine art, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, metal work, wood sculpture...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lord Baltimore Elementary School
Route 26
Ocean View, DE  19970
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Sponsor: South Coastal DE Chapter AARP
Telephone: 302-732-6336
Contact Name: Ida Crist
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Join local birding expert and environmental educator, Kelley Nunn, as we look and listen for the common (and uncommon!) birds of Bucktoe. We will be taking short hikes through the preserve to spot...

Cost: FREE for TLC members, $15 for non-members.

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Asteroids and comets are messengers from space with a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Ocean Galleries Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ/609-368-7777) welcomes world-renowned 3-D artist, Charles Fazzino, for a spectacular Memorial Day weekend exhibition....

Cost: Free & open to the public with ALL artwork available for acquisition

Where:
Ocean Galleries
9618 Third Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ  08247
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Sponsor: Ocean Galleries
Telephone: 609.368.7777
Contact Name: Kim Miller
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Learn about DuPont Company’s development of water power from the waterwheel to the steam engine and how its innovation contributed to the success of the company. This hands-on tour includes...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Whole Foods Market invites the community to savor, celebrate, and connect this May. What: Every Whole Foods Market location in the Philadelphia area and its suburbs will be hosting a free...

Where:
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Ages 8 and up After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers.  Children...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mills Road
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: (302) 577-7020
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We are celebrating ten years of the Winterthur Invitational this May. Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Families work together to solve science mysteries and engineering challenges. This week’s program challenges families to design a car that goes fast or slow based on various aerodynamic...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the third play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Cinema Art Theater This Week presents LOUDER THAN BOMBS The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present LOUDER THAN BOMBS, a drama directed by Joachim Trier and starring Jesse...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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If you grew up in the Wilmington area in the late 70's and early 80's you know all about the legendary Shytown. Fun live performances and a great combination of cover and original songs. A regular...

Cost: $13-15

Where:
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Sponsor: World Cafe Live at The Queen
Telephone: 302-994-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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