Climate Change Debate Reaches Every Corner of the First State

Not a single Delaware resident lives more than 12 miles from a tidal body of water.



Sarah Cooksey (left), administrator of DNREC’s Coastal Programs, and Susan Love, a coastal planner, examine horseshoe crabs  along the Delaware Bay east of Dover.

Four years ago, when Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee met for the first time, it had all the makings of an ideological steel cage match.

The committee’s task: assess Delaware’s vulnerability to rising sea levels and recommend ways to prepare for resulting problems. As with almost every environmental issue, the politically-charged terms “global warming” and “climate change” hung heavy in the air. Therein lay the potential for fireworks: the committee’s 24 members represented a broad range of  “stakeholders,” and included several who took opposing sides on global warming and whose goals and beliefs are often at cross-purposes. 

On the left you had the “warmers”—the Delaware League of Women Voters, The Nature Conservancy, and the Delaware Nature Society—who believe global warming is real and that man probably is a contributor to the problem. On the right were the “deniers”—the Delaware Association of Realtors, the Home Builders Association of Delaware, and the Positive Growth Alliance—who generally dismiss global warming and reject the idea that human behavior contributes to it. Also, they generally view government and its environmental regulations as impediments to the free enterprise system. 

Says the man who convened the committee, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara: “I wanted robust debate.”

Mission accomplished, Mr. Secretary. 

There were plenty of disagreements, according to Committee Chair Sarah Cooksey, “especially when it came to voting on recommendations.” Thankfully, though, no parliamentary throw-downs occurred during three years of committee meetings. That was thanks in large part to the leadership of Cooksey, administrator of DNREC’s Coastal Programs, and some of her staff—most of whom, it should be noted, have been trained in negotiation and conflict resolution.

After a few ground rules were set, Cooksey says, “everyone was polite.” And every committee member embraced the seriousness of the business at hand, eventually satisfying O’Mara’s other wish—findings that represented “rock-solid science.” 

Impetus for the committee came from a 2007 study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international organization with ties to the United Nations. That study found that as the Earth gets warmer, so too do ocean temperatures. Ocean water then expands and causes the average level of the ocean to increase, and as land-based glaciers and ice caps melt, the melt water empties into the oceans and adds to the average level. 

Delaware is especially susceptible to this phenomenon. Calling it “the most coastal of the coastal states,” Cooksey points out that it borders the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake Bay. That’s 381 miles of shoreline. At only 60 feet above sea level, Delaware has the lowest average elevation of any state. What’s more, its economy and quality of life are linked to its shores, expanses of tidal wetlands and its farm fields. 

Rising seas can have a severe effect on all that, causing loss of low-lying land and structures, saltwater intrusion into groundwater and surface water, and increased coastal flooding during significant storm events, which are becoming more frequent. Downward vertical movement of the Earth’s crust is another contributor to sea level rise.

According to the committee’s report, a combination of these factors is occurring in Delaware, resulting in a rate of sea level rise that is about twice the global average of 0.07 inches per year, or about 7 inches over 100 years. 

And rising seas are not just a concern for the state’s coastal areas. Already, towns like New Castle and Delaware City and the Southbridge section of Wilmington are regularly flooded by far less than Sandy-sized storms. In fact, no resident of Delaware lives more than 12 miles from a tidal body of water. As a result, says O’Mara, “Every Delawarean should be aware of and preparing for climate impacts, from extreme storms to sea level rise.”

The committee took its guidance from the report of a technical workgroup established by DNREC in 2009. That workgroup found that by the end of this century, acceleration of sea level rise could cause the level of Delaware’s oceans, bays and tidal rivers to rise between 1.6 feet (0.5 meters) and 4.9 feet (l.5 meters) above present levels. 

Cooksey’s committee thus considered three scenarios in its study: sea level rises of 0.5 meter, 1 meter, and 1.5 meters. Not surprisingly, some committee members considered these numbers unrealistically high. More on those objections later.

Despite the members’ differences, the committee, led largely by Cooksey and Susan Love, a coastal planner on her staff, dedicated countless hours to the task. Their work, which was almost totally federally grant-funded, produced three documents comprising an imposing amount of information, data and recommendations.

The first two reports—a 200-page vulnerability study, accompanied by a 105-page mapping index—were presented in July 2012. Based on the three scenarios, the report concluded that between 8 and 11 percent of land statewide is within an area that could be inundated with water at high tide by 2100. Those areas include:

• Between 61,000 and 74,000 acres of permanently preserved lands, including wildlife areas, parks, and conservation easements—37 to 44 percent of the state’s total.

• Between 3,000 and 17,000 single-family homes, apartments and manufactured homes—1 to 5 percent of the state’s total.

• Between 116 and 484 miles of roads and bridges—1 to 5 percent of the state’s total.

The committee also identified saltwater intrusion into groundwater and surface water as a significant issue, as well as rising water tables and the risk of damage from coastal storms. The report noted that with each of these potential problems come “secondary effects, including reduction of employment opportunities, and releases of contaminated material from industrial sites,” among others. 

The executive summary cautions: “Although the direct impacts from sea level rise inundation will be felt primarily in areas near tidal water, every Delawarean is likely to be affected by sea level rise, whether through increased costs of maintaining infrastructure, decreased tax base, loss of recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat, or loss of community character.”

A little more than a year later, in September 2013, the committee issued its final report, containing 55 recommendations, many of which did not get a unanimous vote from the committee. They were winnowed down from an original list of more than 100 and were presented at well-attended public meetings for review and comment. The 100-page document is available online at de.gov/slradaptplan.

The recommendations avoid making suggestions for specific locations or municipalities. Instead, they focus on statewide data gathering, analysis of the data, and technical assistance to local governments and other entities.

The report lists four basic adaptation strategies: avoid, accommodate, protect and retreat. 

Avoidance limits new development or infrastructure in vulnerable areas. This strategy also allows for protected wetlands to naturally migrate landward in response to rising tides.

Accommodation strategies include elevating structures, drainage modifications, and floodgates.

Protection includes construction of structures such as jetties, living shorelines, and beach nourishment. 

Retreat involves natural shoreline migration through land conservation and acquisition and removing structures that prevent shoreline movement, such as dikes, berms, and bulkheads. 

Developing a dike safety program was one recommendation in the report, and already there has been action there, according to O’Mara. “We have moved some capital budget into strengthening infrastructure. Between New Castle and Delaware City, we’re doing five dikes as well as some work on the impoundments in some of the wildlife areas.”

He also cites stormwater and drainage projects in Wilmington’s Southbridge section. “We freed up $4 million to kick-start that project. We’ll take stormwater and redirect it to the wetlands to the west, and it will eventually be discharged into the Christina River,” he says.

Soon after the recommendations were released, Gov. Jack Markell issued an executive order requiring all state agencies to take sea level rise into account when designing and locating state projects. The order also requires agencies to develop strategies to make state facilities and agency operations better prepared to deal with climate change and sea level rise.

O’Mara was delighted with the committee’s work. “When you look at the level of detail [in the three reports], I challenge you to find another state in the country that has gone to that level,” he says. 

As with most environmental studies, however, not everyone was pleased. Three committee members submitted dissenting opinions. Somewhat surprisingly, one came from the liberal League of Women Voters. Committee member Chad Tolman, who is Climate Change chair for the league, backed a recommendation requiring that all homebuyers be fully informed of the risks of sea level rise and storm surge, as well as the cost and availability of federal flood insurance.

The committee stepped back from this approach, citing the individual homeowner’s responsibility, and instead developed a website that illustrates current flooding and future sea level rise inundation risks.

Dissenting opinions were submitted by two conservative organizations—the Positive Growth Alliance and the Home Builders Association of Delaware. In his letter, the PGA’s Richard Collins said his group had “many deep concerns about both the recommendations … and the sea level rise predictions we were forced to accept as fact.” He called into question the computer models used to formulate the predictions, and alluded to politics and “powerful special interests with an agenda of stopping development.”

“Part of this Sea Level Rise report,” he wrote, “could be utilized by these groups to prevent others from using their private properties.”

He also found fault with more than a dozen recommendations, while praising those aimed at improving monitoring and predicting sea level rise and human response to it.   

The HBADE’s objection focused on the report’s possible negative impact on the state’s economy. The letter refers to “unscientific and faulty models of measurements” that “stigmatize our Delaware coastal areas and cost citizens of Delaware greatly for an event that may not happen over the course of 87 years.”

Another objection came from a member of the public, John Nichols, a financial adviser and “citizen activist” who attended and spoke at many committee meetings. He calls sea level rise “a tempest in a teapot” based on computer models “that have been proven to be pretty wrong.” He claims it’s “a hard thing to measure” and “it has stabilized lately.” The committee’s work, he says, was not aimed at the danger of sea level rise but at “reducing the consumption of energy that we use in the United States. The people in DNREC are trying to reduce energy consumption, and this is one way to do it.” 

In a follow-up email, Nichols writes: “The recommendations from the … committee will put vast swaths of land off limits to development, deprive landowners of their development rights, place more land in the public domain and thereby curtail the use of fossil fuels. This will further dependency on government, not individual self-reliance and prosperity.”

“It’s 100 percent politics,” says Nichols, “not science.”

Cooksey respectfully disagrees. “We tried to take a science-based approach,” she says.

Susan Love cautions that it’s important to understand that “the results of the vulnerability assessment are not meant to be ‘predictive’; rather they are meant to help us understand the extent of potential vulnerability so that we can begin working to reduce the vulnerability of those resources most likely at risk.” She also notes that no one can predict human response to issues like sea level rise.

Both Love and Cooksey refuse to get entangled in the global warming controversy. Ever the diplomat, Cooksey says, “Everyone is entitled to their opinion.” Then, despite herself, she adds, “It would help [the environment] if less carbon was released into the air.” 

Love is equally circumspect, but she does offer insight into perhaps the most important result of the committee’s work: “Five years ago, no one was talking about sea level rise. Now it’s part of every conversation.”    


Local Sea Level Rise

For a look at the threat of sea level rise in your area, visit dnrec.delaware.gov/Pages/SLRMaps.aspx. Type in your address.

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February 2015

First Saturdays in the First State Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for details. Free admission. Something new every...

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First State Heritage Park
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Delaware Art Museum
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Wilmington Drama League
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Cost: Free

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Cost: $45/members; $55/non-members

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Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
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Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

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1 Riverside Drive
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Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
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Cost: Free

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Somerville Manning Gallery
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Christiana Care Smoking Cessation Classes 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark More info and to register: 693-2273 or...

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Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
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Cost: Free

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The Cordrey Center
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Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
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John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
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Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
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200 S. Madison St.
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Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
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View map »


Website »

More information

Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
View map »

More information

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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Lynn discovered photography through working in wild bird rehabilitation. Her images  explore Delaware’s wonderful variety of life and landscapes. She is a regular contributor to Delaware State...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks 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

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Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Beebe Healthcare offers free glucose screenings every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the following lab locations: Beebe Healthcare Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes,...

Cost: free

Where:
, DE

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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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STEPS to Healthy Aging Health Education Lecture: Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 3, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library, and Movies at Midway present, “The Auction” as February’s film for the Around the World series on Wednesday, February 4, at 6:30 pm in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Horticulturist and garden-writer Peggy Anne Montgomery leads a virtual tour of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal native plants, and considers the role of beneficial insects and...

Cost: $10/members; $15/non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Gateway Garden Center & Delaware Grounds Management Association
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
Contact Name: Bonnie Swan
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

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Horticulturist and garden-writer Peggy Anne Montgomery leads a virtual tour of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal native plants, and considers the role of beneficial insects and...

Cost: $10/members; $15/non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Gateway Garden Center & Delaware Grounds Management Association
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
Contact Name: Bonnie Swan
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  Of the many hats worn by veteran entertainer John C. Reilly—actor, producer, comedian, screenwriter—American Roots music brings him to the stage. Tonight in collaboration with an...

Cost: $29

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
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Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
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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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Lynn discovered photography through working in wild bird rehabilitation. Her images  explore Delaware’s wonderful variety of life and landscapes. She is a regular contributor to Delaware State...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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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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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

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

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

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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

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Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
View map »

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
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Telephone: 571-9590
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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Lynn discovered photography through working in wild bird rehabilitation. Her images  explore Delaware’s wonderful variety of life and landscapes. She is a regular contributor to Delaware State...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

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

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

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

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

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


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

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Killens Pond Nature Center presents... Pondside Artisans: Gary Knox, Photographer February 6th, 2015 6-8 p.m. Join Gary Knox for a meet-and-greet and enjoy his breathtaking portfolio....

Cost: Free

Where:
Killens Pond Nature Center
5025 Killens Pond Road
Use Special Events Gate Across from Scrap Tavern Rd
Felton, DE  19943
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Sponsor: Killens Pond Nature Center
Telephone: (302)284-4299
Contact Name: Kara Okonewski
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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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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

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Guitarist Bruce Anthony plays timeless jazz standards from the American songbook, with an impeccable style that incorporates swing, ragtime and his own personal interpretation. Friends of Folk is...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
The Old State House
25 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
Website »

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“Leaves,” a drama by Lucy Caldwell, follows the Murdoch family. After the oldest daughter goes off to college and attempts suicide, the family must make sense of the tragedy. A story of blame,...

Cost: $12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Website »

More information

Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
View map »

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

Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

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

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks 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

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

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

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


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

More information

Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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

More information

Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

A highlight of Coastal Concerts' current season will be a recital by virtuoso pianist Ingrid Fliter who has received high acclaim throughout the world for her masterful interpretations of Chopin,...

Cost: $30. Ages 10-18 years free. Students 19 years and older $10.

Where:
Bethel United Methodist Church Hall
Fourth and Market Streets
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Coastal Concerts, Inc.
Telephone: 888-212-6458
Contact Name: Edna Ellett
Website »

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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
View map »

More information

Explore Alapocas Woods to find the animals that only come out after the sun goes down.  Worried you won’t see anything?  Use our night vision tools to help your search.  This hike will be on a...

Cost: $4 per person, $10 per family of four

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

  Imago Theatre’s original production have toured internationally for over three decades. Imago’s signature works FROGZ have appeared three times on Broadway in 2000, 2002 and 2010 at the...

Cost: $24

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Website »

More information

“Leaves,” a drama by Lucy Caldwell, follows the Murdoch family. After the oldest daughter goes off to college and attempts suicide, the family must make sense of the tragedy. A story of blame,...

Cost: $12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Website »

More information

Grammy nominated pianist David Lanz enthralls music lovers around the world with his engaging playing style and original compositions. The well-known top instrumental recording and concert artist...

Cost: $35

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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

Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
View map »

More information

Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

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