Cutting Class?

The state’s budget is shrinking. So how do you slash spending for public education and simultaneously establish world-class schools?



Marvin “Skip” Schoenhals, chair of the LEAD committee, says examining the state’s education budget was easy compared to the challenge of actually implementing changes. Photograph by Phil FlynnThe Earth, according to most astrophysicists, is doomed. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but at some point in the future, an asteroid is going to collide head-on with our dear planet—and it won’t be pretty.

Indian River superintendent Susan Bunting knows the feeling, only her Earth is a Delaware school district, and her asteroid is a budget cut she knows is on its way but cannot yet see. “What would help us most at this point would be some kind of concrete figure, a worst-case scenario so we could start planning,” she says. “But right now we’re in no-man’s land. We just don’t know.”

Bunting has been here before. Less than a year ago, Indian River was anticipating a devastating financial blow. With a $600 million state budget deficit hanging over Delaware’s head, Bunting’s school district braced for a $4 million cut to its overall funding for fiscal year 2009. In the end, the General Assembly found a way to limit statewide education cuts to $30 million instead of the projected $80 million, and Indian River was spared the worst.

Instead of the expected $4 million loss, the district wound up with about $820,000 in cuts, saving nearly 1,000 jobs and dozens of programs. And while this monetary slash certainly left its share of scars, a collective sigh of relief went up through the ranks. The asteroid hit—but at least it was a small asteroid.

Even without dire economic forecasts, the state’s public school system—which ranks eighth in the nation for overall spending, but only 27th in overall performance—has been struggling to revise its approach to teaching Delaware’s youth. With the state economy trying to keep its head above water, the quandaries administration and legislative officials face have only become more complex.

“In education, we like to say there are some things that are interesting to know, some that are important to know and some that are absolutely essential to know,” says Bunting. “That’s kind of how we have to start thinking about the budget now as well. What’s interesting, what’s important and what’s essential?”
 

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Fiscal efficiency in education is an obvious priority for every state, but when 34.4 cents of every dollar in your budget goes to funding public education, that priority takes center stage.

Last February, at the request of then-Governor Ruth Ann Minner, the Leadership for Educational Achievement in Delaware committee presented an extensive study titled “Cost Efficiency in Delaware Education.” In its report, the committee identified between $86 million and $158 million it said could be redirected from the state’s $1.6 billion education budget to more efficiently improve teaching and learning through public education. It wasn’t a silver-bullet solution to the problem of better education for less money, but it was a start.

LEAD made 16 “efficiency recommendations” to the state in seven different categories—including transportation, salary and benefits, and construction—identifying savings that would be captured at the state, district and school levels. But folks like LEAD committee chair Marvin “Skip” Schoenhals say reexamining the state’s education budget was the relatively easy part. The difficulty comes with implementing change.
 

“The LEAD report has good recommendations in it,” says Markell. “My plan includes changing the way we fund public education and the way we measure student achievement. We need to intensify our effort to make our schools world class.”


“Frankly, Delaware supports public education pretty well,” says Schoenhals, who heads Vision 2015, the 28-person educational reform coalition from which LEAD sprung. “Right out of the box you can see that our spending is on a good level, but that we’re not getting our money’s worth in terms of student performance.”

The good news, it seems, is that this problem is somewhat obvious to everyone concerned. The bad news is that even with such detailed reports as the one filed last year by LEAD, no singular, simple solution has emerged. Opinions on the matter are as varied and diverse as the state’s 21 public school districts.

Some point to a need for more nuanced teacher accountability. Others say early childhood education is the key—such as statewide full-day kindergarten. And more still decry the state’s outdated and cumbersome funding distribution formula, which they claim is the source of most monetary problems. If there is a unifying theme here, it’s that each of these matters will be examined closely as the state prepares to finalize its financial plan for 2010.

But why is public education funding such a perpetually prickly animal to tame? The answer may have to do with some of the abstraction inherent in the system. Unlike the building of roads or the collection of trash, measuring the success of public education is fraught with philosophical differences of opinion and takes a lot of time to measure. (Consider that today’s first graders won’t enter the workforce until at least 2020.)

“It’s no wonder public education funding is so complicated,” says Michael Jackson, of the Office of Management and Budget. “The entire business of public education is complicated.”
 

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John Taylor knows this all too well. In addition to his role as executive director of the Delaware Public Policy Institute, Taylor is senior vice president of the State Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Vision 2015 implementation committee. “We’re talking about a sea change here in the way our schools are run,” he says. “These are not the types of things that can easily come about. But then again, if I thought it couldn’t be done at all, I’d pack it up and go do something else.”

But he isn’t moving on to something else, because Taylor knows how important a well-educated population is to the success of his state. “Businesses can’t survive without good people, and if students are coming out of school unprepared for the workforce, that’s just not very good for business,” Taylor says. “If there’s lousy education in Delaware, it affects the quality of life, and that makes it more difficult to attract good people to come here and work.”

So right now it’s a one-step-at-a-time march across a very foggy landscape. Practically speaking, school districts across the state are devising action plans that will allow them to make financial decisions as soon as specific cuts are announced. At Indian River, for example, Bunting says her team is looking at future budget scenarios in large chunks.

“First we decide how we’ll respond if we lose $500,000. Then we move on to the next tier. What about $1 million?” she says. “We’re doing this now because when the decision comes, we’re going to have to move fast. And I’m the kind of person who likes to plan ahead.”

These plans involve reducing spending wherever possible, like working toward totally paperless documentation and diminishing the size of events like Teacher of the Year receptions—anything that can be reduced without cutting faculty and thus increasing class size.

“You only have so much fat you can trim off,” says Bunting. “And we don’t have a lot of fat.”

Everyone has his or her magic wand change initiative, that one element of public education policy deemed most crucial in moving through tough transitional times. For Taylor, it’s bolstering early childhood education. For Schoenhals, it’s changing the way Delaware distributes its public education dollars. For Bunting, it’s keeping as many teachers in the classroom as possible. And for Governor Jack Markell, it’s restoring parents’ overall faith in the system.

“I talk to a lot of young parents who say they’re faced with a dilemma,” says Markell. “They say, ‘Do I stay in Delaware and send my child to a private school, or do I move to Pennsylvania to send my child to a public school up there?’ One of the ways I’m going to measure the success of my administration is how many fewer of those conversations I’m having when I leave office compared to when I got here.”

Markell is keenly aware of the difficulties Delaware’s public education system faces, and he knows the looming 2010 budget is going to force administrators to make some very difficult and unprecedented decisions. Moreover, during his 2008 gubernatorial campaign, Markell stressed his desire to avoid faculty layoffs as a solution to a state budget shortfall. “Let me be clear,” he said in April, “as governor, I will not cut the education budget in ways that force teacher layoffs or take necessary resources out of the classroom.”
 

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To that end Markell says he has taken many of the LEAD recommendations into account—especially those pertaining to the consolidation of district services and leveraging school construction—but that he has a detailed plan of his own he hopes to implement during his first term.

“I think we ought to be doing what we can to make sure education dollars are focused on the classroom. The LEAD report talked about the fact that money could be saved if we were to have shared purchasing across school districts. That makes sense,” Markell says. “And the report has other good recommendations in it, but it’s not my plan. I accept the premise of Vision 2015 that unless our schools are great, we’re not really doing everything we can for the people of Delaware, but I have a detailed plan that I’ve already laid out myself. This includes changing the way we fund public education and the way we measure student achievement. In the end, we need to intensify our effort to make our schools world class.”

To be sure, silver linings are hard to come by these days. Delaware may be facing a budget deficit in 2010 that’s three times the size of 2009’s. Jobs may be lost. Programs may be cut. And many of the educational reform initiatives proposed by the governor and groups like Vision 2015 may be slow to materialize (if not indefinitely put on hold). But Appoquinimink School District superintendent Tony Marchio says there is a positive side to all of this, even if it’s hard to see.

“I think if there’s a silver lining in this whole thing it’s that we’re back to the basics of good classroom instruction,” says Marchio. “It’s what you have to do in your own family. If you have hard economic times or you lose your job, you think of the basics: shelter, food, staying warm. You may have to think about what is really important and the things that sustain life, and I think that’s what we’re doing now. We’re looking at life-sustaining issues here that are absolutely critical. Sometimes, everything else is secondary.”

October 2014

Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
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Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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Celebrate silly, spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place, September 20th through October 26th. Come in costume and play in our not-too-spooky Halloween haven...

Cost: Check Sesameplace.com for ticket prices

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Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Telephone: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO
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Cost: $10

Where:
Paradise Day Spa & Salon
523 Halltown Road
Marydel, DE  19964
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Telephone: 302-492-1850
Contact Name: Katharine Tarr

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Meet local farmers and choose from fresh-picked vegetables and fruits, feast on local artisan foods, listen to live music, buy locally-crafted goods and get to know folks in your community! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Newark Natural Foods Co-op Grocery Store
280 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Newark Natural Foods Co-op
Telephone: 302-368-5894
Contact Name: Alison
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 1½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove.  Bring your camera...

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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Taste Kennett Food Tours, creators of memorable, unique and fun food experiences, offer three-hour walking food tours of Kennett Square on Sundays at 1pm. Discover our town's diverse cuisine...

Cost: $45 per person

Where:
Historic Kennett Square
State Street
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Taste Kennett Food Tours
Telephone: 484-734-0740
Contact Name: Ann Vaughan
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If you are like us, just about every time you walk on the Delaware Bayshore, something catches your attention, but you don’t know what it is. Now is the time to get your answers, while spending a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Slaughter Beach Pavilion
359 Bay Ave
Slaughter Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Celebrate Delaware Bay
Contact Name: Laura Chamberlin
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On Saturdays & Sundays, we offer a 2½-hour round-trip to Hockessin. Bring your camera and...

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

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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Classically trained but steeped in Cuban culture, Habaneros will delight you with familiar works by Mozart and they will also introduce you to Latin repertoire that will surely call for much...

Cost: $25

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Bellydance is still in Delaware. New location this month:  the Newark Arts Alliance   Pot luck.  Bring a dish to share. $5 donation recommended.  Help keep bellydance shows in Delaware and...

Cost: 5

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Lorelei
Telephone: 302-464-0392
Contact Name: Lorleei
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A beloved romantic tale of love, deception and redemption performed by Delaware's professional ballet company staged by Kirov trained artistic director Pasha Kambalov.

Cost: Adults $28-48, Students $14-24

Where:
Grand Opera House
818 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: First State Ballet Theatre
Telephone: 1 800 37GRAND
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

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

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

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

Where:
Manheim, PA


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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

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

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


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

More information

Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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

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

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

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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BMI/Body fat analysis 6–6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Eugene du Pont
Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute
3506 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: (800) 693-2273
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​Entertaining, energetic jazz vocals

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults, $10 UD faculty/staff & seniors; $5 students and are avai

Where:
Gore Recital Hall
David Roselle Center for the Arts
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19717
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Telephone: 831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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Learn to love the dance floor! Open to beginners and experienced dancers alike, this class will get you moving and cover popular traditional and Latin styles. Come with a partner or by...

Cost: $84

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Telephone: 610-358-3632
Contact Name: Darlington Arts Center
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Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

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

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


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

More information

Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Cost: Free

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Main Auditorium, Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Telephone: (800) 693-2273
Website »

More information

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

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


Website »

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

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

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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More than 30 vendors sell vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meats, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers and all kinds of goodies at Grove Park every Tuesday, noon-4 p.m.

Where:
Grove Park
, DE


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

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

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


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

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Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

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

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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

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

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On select weekdays, we offer 1½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove. Bring your...

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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Shows participants how to avoid falls and increase physical activity.

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

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

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Emergency Planning: Come view the latest website and app that are designed to help people with disabilities and chronic health conditions better anticipate and withstand the next emergency. When:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Biotechnology Institute
15 Innovation Way
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Center for Disabilities Studies
Telephone: 302-831-2772
Contact Name: Ben Szmidt
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Cards Against Humanity Night at Cafe Ole, Main Street Newark, 7PM-Close. $5 Infusion Drinks, $3 Fireball Shots, $2 Drafts!

Cost: Free

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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

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

More information

Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

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

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

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

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

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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

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

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

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

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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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 Autumn, with nature’s most vibrant colors, is an optimum time for painting outdoors “en plein air,” yet the full array of hues can be challenging. Plein air painting expert Donna Cusano...

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

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

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


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

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Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

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

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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

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

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

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

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Sam Beard will receive the Wilmington Senior Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a reception on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Atrium of the Hercules Building...

Cost: $100.00

Where:
Hercules Building, Lower Atrium
1313 Market Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: Wilmington Senior Center
Telephone: 302-651-3460
Contact Name: Elizabeth Ray
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Dr. Eric M. Russell, Christiana Care Rheumatology discusses how to manage arthritis and shares the latest treatments available. Exercise tips will be given from 5:45–6: 30 p.m.

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Telephone: (800) 693-2273
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A truly unique event!  Join us for this dinner featuring Paul Cullen, former bass player for the rock band Bad Company. This "cooking concert" features 4 courses with wine pairings, prepared and...

Cost: $85.00

Where:
Harry's Savoy Ballroom
2020 Naamans Road
W, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group

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For October’s monthly screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the romantic Mumbai drama, “The Lunchbox.”  The screening will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 23 at...

Cost: Members $4; Non-Member $6

Where:
The Den at Bear Trap Dunes
7 Clubhouse Dr
Ocean View, DE  19970
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
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This exciting new series brings notable writers to the Museum from Delaware and beyond for enthralling readings of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. JEANNE MURRAY WALKER Thursday,...

Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Following their meeting at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids have pursued a collaboration with a depth and identity all its own. Their...

Cost: $29-$37

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

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


Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

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

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


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

More information

Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

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

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

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

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

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
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Learn about decorative arts in America from the 17th through the early 20th centuries through lectures, workshops, and tours. By application only. Please call 302.888.4786. Two-week session,...

Cost: Please call for more information

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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 Come out and support Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research while enjoying cocktails, dining, dancing, and a trick or tweet special - a complimentary candy buffet! Tri-State Bird members and...

Cost: General admission: $150, Benefactor admission: $225

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Please see webpage for sponsors
Telephone: (302) 737-9543
Contact Name: Duke Doblick
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Join us to raise money for fellow Delawareans who are fighting breast cancer. Wear your pink and come join the fun at the Breast Cancer Gala! This includes dancing, music, great food, beer and...

Cost: 40.00 per person

Where:
Executive Banquet and Conference Hall
Banquet Hall
205 Executive Dr
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: The Legend Foundation
Telephone: 302-383-0383
Contact Name: Lindsay Conway
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For October’s monthly screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the romantic Mumbai drama, “The Lunchbox.”  The screening will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, October 24, in...

Cost: $4 members and $6 for non-members

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
Website »

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Hauntings in History Walking Tours Fridays & Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:00, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m. If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join...

Cost: 12

Where:
New Castle Historical Society
2 East Fourth Street
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: New Castle Historical Society
Telephone: 302-322-2794
Contact Name: Society Office
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Unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery of the Egyptian tomb of Haro the Pharaoh.   Set in the 1920’s Judge Morris Estate, the newly discovered sarcophagus is unveiled while murder and...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
White Clay Creek State Park - Judge Morris Estate
76 Polly Drummond Hill Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: White Clay Creek State Park
Telephone: 302-368-6900
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Strangled Darlings brings a punk intensity to their live show. Taking a cello and making it a hip hop bass. Taking mandolin and slapping it like a stubborn mule. The Portland based duo has been...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Queen
500 Market St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Gable Music Ventures
Contact Name: Jeremy Hebbel
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Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are two of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. Frank Vignola’s stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for...

Cost: $20

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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  The powerful theatrical adaptation of one of the world’s favorite novels is the next production at the Wilmington Drama League. “To Kill a Mockingbird” runs Oct. 24-Nov. 2 for the...

Cost: $20 for adults, with discounts

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Website »

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

This world championship pumpkin-throwing event in Sussex County gives new meaning to the phrase “I’m gonna hurl.” Who will be Lord of the Gourd this year? 

Where:
Dover International Speedway
, DE

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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  Run or walk with your dog individually or as a team.  Bring the dog, the kids, friends and family for a fun-filled day packed with action and excitement.  Prizes for all ages and species....

Cost: $20 through 10/18; $25 after

Where:
Glasgow Park
2199 Pulaski Hwy.
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: PAWS for People & Hillside Heating & Cooling
Telephone: 302-351-5622
Contact Name: Clarice Ritchie, Coordinator, Community Engagement
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Historical Symposium to highlight the life and military career of Revolutionary war hero Allan McLane.  Sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution, Wesley College, and the Northern...

Where:
Wesley College
120 S. State St.,
Dover, DE
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Contact Name: Tom Welch

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Easter Seals Disability Services is having a free Resource and Information Fair for the community. The fair this year will showcase assistive technology. At this event, people will learn about...

Cost: Free

Where:
Easter Seals Disability Services
61 Corporate Circle
New Castle, DE  19720
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Telephone: 302-221-2087
Contact Name: Keara English

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

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
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Zeta Phi Beta Inc., Theta Zeta Zeta Chapter presents   "Is A Good Man/Woman Hard to Find?"   What is the definition of a good man or good woman?   Why are they so elusive?  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware State University - Bank of America Rm 309
1200 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Contact Name: Lisa Spellman

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Celebrate silly, spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place, September 20th through October 26th. Come in costume and play in our not-too-spooky Halloween haven...

Cost: Check Sesameplace.com for ticket prices

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO
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Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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The University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies will hold its annual Artfest celebration and workshop on Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Castle County Absalom Jones...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Castle County Absalom Jones Community Center
310 Kiamensi Rd
Newport, DE  19804
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Sponsor: Center for Disabilities Studies
Telephone: 302-831-3632
Contact Name: Audrey Rossi
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Funny, funky – and only a little bit frightening!  NYC’s family rockers Erin Lee and Philip Joseph from the Up Past Bedtime Band are bringing their Not-So-Spooky Halloween Hoot to the kids’...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Peanut Butter and Jams
Telephone: 302-994-1400
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 1½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove.  Bring your camera...

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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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation are proud to present The Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcast of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” on Saturday,...

Cost: $15 - $25

Where:
Cape Henlopen High School Theater
Kings Highway
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
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Join us for fine wine and great music at Penns Woods Winery's FREE Lawn Concerts all summer long!June6/6/2014: Matt Santry 5:00pm - 8:00pm6/7/2014: Tim Williams 1:00pm - 4:00pm6/14/2014: Matt...

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

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
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Visitors discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine and ways the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine to make black powder for over...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: meg marcozzi
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On Saturdays & Sundays, we offer a 2½-hour round-trip to Hockessin. Bring your camera and...

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

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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Learn about decorative arts in America from the 17th through the early 20th centuries through lectures, workshops, and tours. By application only. Please call 302.888.4786. Two-week session,...

Cost: Please call for more information

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Trick or Treat in the Village and participate in a costume contest. $1 per person. Costume judging will be 5p-6p and the winners will be announced at 6:15p. Sponsored by the Kiwanis   

Cost: $1

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Kiwannis
Telephone: 302-734-1618
Contact Name: Tiffany Leonard
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Be among the first to enter the brand new Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Maritime Center, located at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard, at the 2014 King Neptune Gala. Enjoy a cocktail reception in the new...

Cost: Member $150, Non Member $175

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 East 7th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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Join us for a night of music and fun in the awesome Figure 8 Barn.  This event benefits the Bellevue Summer Concert Series.  $5 entry fee to benefit Bellevue.  The Friends of Bellevue are...

Cost: $5

Where:
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Friends of Bellevue State Park
Telephone: 302-761-6963
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Unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery of the Egyptian tomb of Haro the Pharaoh.   Set in the 1920’s Judge Morris Estate, the newly discovered sarcophagus is unveiled while murder and...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
White Clay Creek State Park - Judge Morris Estate
76 Polly Drummond Hill Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: White Clay Creek State Park
Telephone: 302-368-6900
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Wilmington University has established an annual fundraiser to help students realize their dreams for a degree in higher education. The Green and White Scholarship Ball is a Black Tie/Masquerade...

Cost: $100.00

Where:
Wilmington University - New Castle Campus
320 N. DuPont Hwy
New Castle, DE  19720
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Telephone: 302-295-1159

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Hauntings in History Walking Tours Fridays & Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:00, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m. If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join...

Cost: 12

Where:
New Castle Historical Society
2 East Fourth Street
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: New Castle Historical Society
Telephone: 302-322-2794
Contact Name: Society Office
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Experience Lon Chaney’s classic 1925 film with Wilmington’s own Paul Fleckenstein accompanying with original organ literature, opera arias, and popular songs. In a month of spooky, creepy...

Cost: Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at door

Where:
First & Central Presbyterian Church
1100 Market Street, Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Market Street Music
Telephone: 302.654.5371
Contact Name: Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
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Darlington's 2014-2015 Coffee House Series includes 8 concerts featuring a variety of local musicians. Bring your friends, a picnic and beverage of your choice; corkscrew, coffee, tea and...

Cost: $15 general admission, $10 members, or 4-concert pass for $40

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Telephone: 610-358-3632
Contact Name: Darlington Arts Center
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The Phantom of the Opera — Live Music & The Original Silent Film Experience Lon Chaney’s classic 1925 film with Wilmington’s own Paul Fleckenstein accompanying with original organ...

Cost: $15-20

Where:
First & Central Presbyterian Church
1100 Market Street, Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302.654.5371
Contact Name: David Schelat
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  The powerful theatrical adaptation of one of the world’s favorite novels is the next production at the Wilmington Drama League. “To Kill a Mockingbird” runs Oct. 24-Nov. 2 for the...

Cost: $20 for adults, with discounts

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Get a big taste of Elizabethan life on weekends and Labor Day Monday at Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim, Pa.

Where:
Manheim, PA


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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
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September 27, October 25, November 29 8 a.m. Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group,...

Cost: Free with paid entrance

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
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This world championship pumpkin-throwing event in Sussex County gives new meaning to the phrase “I’m gonna hurl.” Who will be Lord of the Gourd this year? 

Where:
Dover International Speedway
, DE

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

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Benefits: American Heart Association Time: Registration 8 a.m. Walk start 9 a.m. All ages and well-socialized dogs welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Technical Community College
Terry Campus
100 Campus Drive
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 286-5711
Contact Name: Jill Halverson

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