Interview with Liane Hansen, Former NPR Host and Current Theatre Actress

In May 2011 Liane Hansen, 61, retired from National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” after 22 years as host, then moved to Bethany Beach. Now involved with the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre, she also performs with Clear Space Theatre Company. See



Liane Hansen rests between rehearsals at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville.

Photo by Maria DeForrest

DT: Why Bethany Beach?
LH: In 1989, when I was working for Performance Today, a good friend of mine whose parents came to Bethany in the ’50s. And they had always recommended it as a place for vacation. And I kind of knew about it because I had lived in Wilmington for a brief period in the mid-’70s, but never really had visited here. So that year I rented a house for the summer—we co-rented it with a guy that we worked with. And I just fell in love with the place and started coming down every summer for a week or two, renting various places in Bethany Beach. I loved it because it reminded me of the beaches I would go to on Cape Cod as a kid. Only warmer. When my kids were in college and out of the house—I’ll just say my husband and I have been divorced for a little over a year now, so when I say “we,” I mean my ex-husband—we decided to sell our place in Bethesda and put a 50 percent down payment on a place down here because I knew this is where I wanted to live in my old age. I took an early retirement from NPR. I had been doing the same job for more than 20 years. Getting up early in the morning. My husband and I were going through a divorce. We worked together. I just decided it was time for me to reinvent myself. So I moved down here not having a clue what I was going to be doing. I was able to access my retirement account, which sort of made the decision for me that it was time. I wanted to be able to enjoy myself here before I was too old to do so.

DT: Do Bethany and Fenwick still live up to the name “Quiet Resorts?”
LH: Absolutely. It’s really a family oriented resort. When we first got here, the only place you could have a drink with dinner was what was then the Holiday House and you had to bring your own. Of course, now there are a lot of nice, new restaurants and so forth. So the town has really come of age a little bit, but it is still a family town. I used to say that parents come down here with their kids up until the time they turn 18. So you have these 11, 12-year-olds, as a matter of fact, you could smell the hormones in the air. But I like it because it is quiet. Like in the winter, when it’s quiet. Of course, there’s a lot more to do now. And of course with Rehoboth so close by, and Lewes, I don’t feel like I’m being deprived of a social life or anything. I just love the quiet. I love the beach. I love the fact that the town is small. And I wanted to move to Delaware because of the tax situation and, well, it’s Slower Lower Delaware, right?

DT: Not a bad thing.
LH: Not a bad thing, except, how do you know when you live in a rural area? Your mailbox gets decapitated. Which is what happened to me last night, actually. Rowdies with baseball bats decided to take it out on my mailbox and my two neighbors’ mailboxes. So it’s kinda strange. But that still doesn’t deter me from living here. I’ve been meeting a lot of people. People here are very welcoming and very kind. It’s just been a lot of fun to meet everybody and also to fulfill my lifelong dream, which was to act again.

DT: You say ‘again.” Can you tell me where you started?
LH: Sure. The last show that I had done was close to 40 years ago. I did a few productions in Binghamton, N.Y. Did some dinner theater before I got the job in radio. And that was what I always wanted to do, was to act. But I ended up getting a job as an administrative assistant at a public television station in Binghamton. And it happened to be the year that they were putting their radio station on the air and I was asked, because I had a good voice, would I like to be part of the team on the radio station. And I thought, well, what, I’m going to give up typing? I don’t think so. And I took the job and I didn’t look back. I’ve been doing radio ever since. But it was always in the back of my mind. And I couldn’t do it when I was doing “Weekend Edition Sunday” because you couldn’t do Sunday matinees. I couldn’t do a Saturday night show. I had to get up at 2:30 in the morning.

DT: So you’re starting a second career in community theater?
LH: As soon as I got down here, I saw a small notice in the local paper that a new theater company was starting up that would perform at the Dickens Parlour Theatre. I auditioned and they cast me. And it was like, Whoa. And then I saw an audition for Clear Space. So I went up and did—I called it a hot mess of an audition because I had to sing—and I was cast in “A Christmas Carol.” And I was doing both shows, because the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) shows were on Wednesdays and “a Christmas Carol” was on the weekends and there was some overlap in rehearsals. But I ended up doing two shows, and the first show at Dickens and that first night that I was back on stage and doing a part in front of an audience, I could not sleep that night. I was so excited. Now I’m working backstage as an assistant director of the new show at Dickens, which will be running Wednesdays through April. It’s a BART production called “Rudy or Ruby” and it was written by a local playwright, Bob Davis. And I’ve been cast in “A Little Night Music” at Clear Space (runs through April 14), playing Madame Armfeldt. If you had asked me in 1972, when I was performing in a dinner theater production of “Company,” which is a Sondheim show, what my dream in life would be, it would be to perform in a Sondheim musical. And now I’m going to get to do it. I am over the moon at the opportunity to be able to do this.

It was interesting when I moved down here that I had heard about the startup of a new public radio station in Dover. And I thought, Wow, this is why I am supposed to be here—to help that along, as well. I’ve sort of been dividing my time between my acting duties and helping WDDE with its outreach. It’s great. I’m not getting paid for any of it, but I’m not doing it for the money. I’m doing it for love. The BART Repertory Company and Rich Block, who runs the Dickens Parlour Theatre, he’s a magician, he loves the idea of having a permanent repertory company in his theater because it means he can do something mid-week. It’s a gorgeous little theater. When I first moved down here, I said, I don’t know what this is, but I know I want to be part of it. Luckily enough, they thought I was talented enough to be cast.

DT: So it all came together just as you had planned it.
LH: There’s an old saying: Leap and the net will appear. Yeah, well that seems to be what happened. I had no idea what was going to happen coming down here and now all of a sudden, all of my dreams are coming true.

DT: It’s really inspirational.
LH: That’s what a lot of my friends tell me. They say, I can’t believe you’re doing this. Why are you doing this? And I try to explain, Look, I turned 61 in September. I think living down here at the beach, a lot of people come here and reinvent themselves. That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to reinvent myself. My hairdresser asked why I’m letting my hair turn gray and I said I’m doing it for a role, meaning Madame Armfeldt, even though I’ll probably have to wear a wig anyway. And he said, Oh, are you going to be famous? And I said, No, I already am famous. I’m doing this for love.

DT: Do people stop you on the street or in restaurants there? Are you recognized?
LH: Not physically. But I am when I open my mouth. I open my mouth and it’s like Whac-A-Mole in a restaurant sometimes. You know, like prairie dogs peeping up over the booth. You can hear people turning around. That would happen too in Washington, but not to the extend that it does here. I’ve made a couple of appearances. I did the Women in Business for Delaware Today, but I’ve also spoken at Rotary clubs and League of Women Voters—a lot to talk about WDDE—and I gave a lecture with Osher on insider’s guide to public radio. People are coming up and saying I listened to you all the time and I miss you. And there are others who say, I honestly don’t know anything about you. And that’s kinda nice, too. So my voice gets recognized. The first time it happened, I was at the UPS store and a woman said, Are you Liane Hansen? And I said, Yes, how do you know that? She said, I know your voice. And later I was at Harris Teeter. And a checker looked up and said, It’s you. I know you. It’s kinda strange. Usually I’ll sort of make light of it and say, Wow, that’s what you look like. (she laughs) People always say, Oh, that’s what you look like. And I never know whether they’re disappointed or they had this whole other idea. That’s what radio does. And I had developed a really intimate relationship with three million people I didn’t know. But you know what? You don’t get applause when you’re on the radio. It goes out. You get maybe a letter or two telling you what you did wrong. Although every show and interview in many ways is a performance of sorts, when you go out on that stage and people laugh at a line that you’ve been given, or they applaud, it’s so wonderful to get that immediate human feedback.

DT: So you’re a ham.
LH: Uh, yeah. I always have been. Since the time I was five years old I wanted to be an actress. My parents wanted me to have something to fall back on. So I took typing.

DT: Can you compare having three million fans on radio and being on a stage in a community theater? Do you get nervous?
LH: I do with both. It has always been my feeling that if you’re not nervous, something is wrong. Because that just leads to hubris—you know, I can do this in my sleep. You’re going to screw up. My palms would get sweaty before every broadcast. I’d be nervous before every interview. And it was because I wanted the broadcast to be good. You do get a little bit of stage fright. You run through your lines. You hope you’re not going to screw up. But I have always found that if I’m nervous, then I know I’m doing something right.

DT: Were you nervous before our interview today? (laugh)
LH: A little. I just never know what people want to know. I’m a private person in many respects. I live alone. That’s just who I am. Although I can get up in front of a room full of people and speak extemporaneously as if it’s no problem at all. But I gear myself up for that. Because whatever I’m doing, I want the people I’m doing it for to have a good time, no matter what. I get more nervous when I get my picture taken because that’s 22 years in radio, you know. I don’t know how to put on makeup. (she laughs) Now that I’m back in the theater, I’m learning how to wear makeup again.

DT: Do you miss being on-air?
LH: I still keep in touch with the news. I still listen to the news. But there are times when I’m awfully glad that I don’t have to cover it. But I look forward to working with the reporters at WDDE. Particularly the young generation. There’s a new political reporter there, Jimmy Dawson, who moved here from Idaho. He’s 22. I just love being able to mentor him a little bit. I mean he’s good on his own, but I just love interacting with him and being part of the newsroom up there sometimes, and being on the air up there. In the future, if there’s growth enough, there may be more radio in my future, but I’m taking it a day at a time.

DT: What are some of those times when you’re glad you don’t have to cover the news?
LH: Well, the Newtown shooting. When the hostages were held at the power plant in Algeria, or that poor little boy in Alabama. Obviously for someone to go and shoot up a room full of first-graders is devastating. I had to cover when Gabrielle Giffords was shot, because that happened on a Saturday. And so that would be our main story the next day. And it’s awful because there are people who are involved. And I’m not that dispassionate. I hear about a missile strike in Syria. I watch what’s going on in Syria and the Middle East. And I didn’t have to cover a Presidential election, which is very difficult during those times because everything gets so heated and you never know what’s true and what’s not. And news has never really been my beat, even though I was doing a news program. It’s a news magazine. I got my happiness, I guess you could call it, from interviewing real people, people who had done something in theater, art, music, movies, history. All of those things that are not breaking news or politics. People ask me if I miss Washington and I say, No. They say, Why, it’s such a nice city. I say, it’s a company town and the company just happens to be the government. Like Hollywood is a movie town. And the populations change. And people blow whatever way the wind is blowing. I describe Washington as the kind of town where people put the bumper sticker of the winning candidate on their car the day after the election. If I was to say what town was mine, I love New York. I lived there for a while. And I lived in London for a while and I loved it there, too.

DT: It seems like you’ve been famous in radio and now you’re going to turn around and do it again in theater.
LH: (laughs) I don’t know. I have to audition. I don’t get cast unless somebody thinks I can do the show. I’m hedging my bets. I’m taking a class up at Clear Space called “Legends,” which is for people over the age of 55. And we do a concert version of a musical and this time it will be “Anything Goes.” I feel like I’m learning how to sing. It’s like I’m learning something new. I have a voice. I don’t know how to read music because I don’t know really what the note sounds like although I can tell where I’m supposed to go by reading it. But I feel like I’m gaining all of this new information. In fact, David Button, the company manager at Clear Space said, “It’s really great to meet somebody who wants to learn something new.” I said, Oh, yeah, I really want to learn how to sing well. I adore it. It’s a way for me to meet people. And my daughter is in Philly and she’s involved in theater, too, so I got to see some of the productions that she’s stage managed. And my son’s in L.A. working at a casting studio, so he’s kinda in the business too. What can I say? I guess I’ve always been theatrical.

DT: Do you rub elbows with anybody who is well-known? We hear there are some Hollywood types who have places at the beach.
LH: I’ve heard that. I went down to Rhodes Five and Dime a couple years ago and the woman who works there was saying so and so was just here. But when I was still in Washington, I went to the White House correspondents dinner and managed to get my picture taken with George Clooney. And when I brought the film down here to be developed, I thought the ladies at Happy Harry’s were going to have a heart attack. But I haven’t seen any celebs here. I met Linda Hamilton’s uncle. That’s as close as I’ve gotten to meeting a celebrity. Or having Beau Biden tell me, Oh my god, I can’t believe I’m meeting Liane Hansen. And I’m looking at him going, you’re Beau Biden. We talked about his father’s appearance on “Parks and Recreation” because of Aubrey Plaza being on the cast.

DT: What else are you up to at WDDE?
LH: I’m a member of the board. Mainly I do appearances to try and create awareness for them. For example, I’ll be giving a speech to the American Association of University Women in March. I’ve got dinner at Cadbury Lewes in April. And I’m going to be the host of Poetry Out Loud at the Smyrna Opera House. It lets people know that WDDE is there. And then it allows people to ask whatever they want to know about public radio, it’s history and so forth. I am a member of Delmarva Public Radio, but I don’t know what’s going to be happening with that. I think if public radio goes away, it’s just sad for everybody. So, I’m arm candy for (WDDE). They know I say that. I say that all the time. And rightly so. Why not use the reputation that I have. We hope to bring Will Shorts here to do some events. He and I are still good friends. I had to break it to him, though, that I couldn’t do the crossword puzzle tournament with him this year in March because I’ll be opening in “A Little Night Music,” but as we’re both fans of Stephen Sondheim, he said that’s a good enough reason.

DT: How far does WDDE’s signal reach these days?
LH: Not far enough yet. We’ve only been on the air since August. There’s a sweet spot, for some reason, in my bedroom if I angle my portable radio a certain way, I can pull in 91.1. But it really only comes down between Lewes and Rehoboth, depending on the weather. I know it gets to Georgetown. And it probably gets as far north as Odessa. We’re hoping to eventually get further into Sussex County, as well as further into New Castle County. But our transmitter is in Felton and our offices are on the campus of Delaware State University because we’re in partnership with DSU as well as the University of Delaware.

DT: How are things going?
LH: We have people saying they didn’t know there was a new station. People in Kent County catch it as they’re driving. But what has happened since we went on the air. We had a hurricane. And you had not only our news crew doing the news for the folks in Delaware to tell people what’s going on, but the BBC interviewed one of our news people to find out about the hurricane and one of our news people, James, as a matter of fact, was doing news spots for NPR. Ideally, not only do we want to tell Delaware’s stories to people that live here in Delaware, but get some of those stories on the network, as well. To make Delaware seem more than just what Stephen Colbert calls the “drive-through” state. I love Delaware. It’s a very well-kept secret, frankly.

 

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Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ are...

Cost: Free

Where:
2nd and 3rd Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne and Stephanie Dumpson
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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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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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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be holding a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on June 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. The cost of the program may be...

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 Department

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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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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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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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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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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 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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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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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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This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM during thesummer at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children aged 5-12. Each day will...

Cost: $10 for TLC members: $20 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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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Our summer Lobster Special is back, now on Tuesdays! Join us every Tuesday for dinner starting at 4:30PM and enjoy a whole 1.5 lb lobster, shipped directly to us from Maine, for just $29.95....

Cost: 29.95

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Judy Champion
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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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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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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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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
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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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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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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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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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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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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Hagley’s property will be open Wednesday evenings for curious guests and families to bicycle or walk. Visit areas normally closed to foot traffic. Bring a picnic or dine at the Belin House...

Cost: $2, free for members and children 5 and under

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 130-265-82400261
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Summertime means good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, where we celebrate our seventh annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum’s...

Cost: Admission is $10, $5 PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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5:30–8:00 pm (music begins at 6:00 pm) Enjoy the warm nights of spring and summer along the banks of Clenny Run to enjoy local bands. Music starts at 6:00 pm. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember....

Cost: $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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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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Delta Rae It's been a good few years for the relentlessly hard working six piece rock band from Durham, NC, whose sophomore album After It All will be coming out on April 7, 2015. Since the...

Cost: $20 SRO - $32 Seated + Fees

Where:
World Cafe Live - Wilmington
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: WXPN
Telephone: 302-504-9565
Contact Name: MP Intern
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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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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM during thesummer at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children aged 5-12. Each day will...

Cost: $10 for TLC members: $20 for non-members

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


Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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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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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 »

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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

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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 »

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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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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 »

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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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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month this June, the Delaware Historical Society will present a special program featuring a screening of the short documentary film Ellis. The film is based on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: 302-655-7161
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REHOBOTH BEACH FILM SOCIETY HOSTS ENCORE SCREENING OF GOOD OL’ FREDA WITH SPECIAL GUESTS FREDA KELLY AND KATHY MCCABE. For Beatles fans, this is a must attend event! The Rehoboth Beach Film...

Cost: $8 - $10

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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The Mellowells The Mellowells are an alternative indie rock band formed in Annville, Pennsylvania in 2013. The band consists of Jesse Barki (vocals, guitar), John DiCocco (vocals, guitar), Caden...

Cost: $8 + Fees

Where:
World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-504-9565
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Bring your entire family to see a first-run, family-friendly free movie on the banks of the beautiful Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Don't forget lawn chairs or blankets and maybe a picnic dinner to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Citizens Bank, Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park, Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302 645 2795
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Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings, drawings, ceramics,...

Cost: free

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

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

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STONE HARBOR, NJ – May 31, 2016 – In what has become a beloved Stone Harbor tradition, the one-and-only Peter Max returns to Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor/609.368.7777) over...

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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In what has become a beloved Stone Harbor tradition, the one-and-only Peter Max returns to Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor/609.368.7777) over the Fourth of July weekend, with his...

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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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 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
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Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural...

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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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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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  REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-empowerment-keynote-speaker-carla-markell-first-lady-of-delaware-free-seminar-tickets-21610056260 **MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cape Henlopen High School
1250 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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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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SELF EMPOWERMENT! (FREE SEMINAR) REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-empowerment-keynote-speaker-carla-markell-first-lady-of-delaware-free-seminar-tickets-21610056260 **MUST...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cape Henlopen High School
1250 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lewes will hold its 50th annual Art Show on Saturday, July 2, 9 am-3 pm, on the sidewalks around the church at 2nd & Market streets. Over 125 artists and artisans...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
2nd & Market Streets
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Telephone: 302-645-8479
Contact Name: Barbara Hames
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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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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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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In what has become a beloved Stone Harbor tradition, the one-and-only Peter Max returns to Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor/609.368.7777) over the Fourth of July weekend, with his...

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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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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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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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 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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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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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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STONE HARBOR, NJ – May 31, 2016 – In what has become a beloved Stone Harbor tradition, the one-and-only Peter Max returns to Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor/609.368.7777) over...

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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Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural...

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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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn, PA is thrilled to announce the return of Ronstadt Generations to Trinity's Spotlight Concert Series for an encore performance on Saturday, July 2nd at 7 PM. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trinity Presbyterian Church
640 Berwyn Ave
Berwyn, PA  19312
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Sponsor: Trinity Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 484-639-9273
Contact Name: John Ward
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