Wilmington's Prince of Piedmont Lodge Celebrates Centennial

Officers of the Little Italy haunt acknowledge they have come to an important crossroads.


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Members of Prince of Piedmont Lodge #475 socialize.

All photos by Joe del Tufo

On a brisk winter afternoon, Mike Malatesta and Bill Mackey sit at the end of a long table at the Prince of Piedmont Lodge #475, smack in the middle of Wilmington’s Little Italy. The men sip beers—Malatesta a Peroni and Mackey a Heineken—and chat about the day’s events, something they’ve done many times within these brick walls. Mackey joined the lodge in the early ’90s, and Malatesta became a member about 12 years ago.

“It’s a place to go and relax,” Mackey says as Fox News hums in the background. “You can talk about anything you want—sports, politics, whatever.”

A special camaraderie also draws them to the lodge, something they may not experience when they step out onto North Lincoln Street.

“You come in here and everyone knows your name,” Malatesta says.

“It’s very egalitarian,” quickly adds Mackey of the membership. “You have your Ph.D.s, your millionaires, your people living paycheck to paycheck.”

Sure, the Prince of Piedmont is a social club, but as these two will attest, it’s much more than that. The lodge, steeped in a long, proud history, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and while the focus today has changed since its founding, the members still look to unite the Italian-American community of Wilmington.

Such a milestone is a reason to rejoice, but it’s also a time to reflect. Officers of the lodge acknowledge they have come to an important crossroads, and its path will determine the group’s future.

A purposeful beginning

The roots of the lodge date to before its establishment. During the great Italian migration between 1880 and 1923, millions of people flocked to the United States for a better life.

Established by Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro and five other Italian immigrants in 1905, the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) sought to build a support system for Italians arriving in New York City. Members helped newcomers with becoming U.S. citizens, provided health and death benefits and educational opportunities, and offered assistance with assimilation into American life.

Local networks with similar goals sprouted up all over the country. Wilmington’s Prince of Piedmont Lodge was among them. It became chartered on Feb. 7, 1916, making it an early lodge to join OSIA and the first in Delaware. (The state has three other OSIA-affiliated lodges: Giuseppe Verdi, also in Wilmington, St. Gabriel in New Castle and Caesar Rodney in Dover.)

Members assembled in the old West End Neighborhood House on Lincoln Street, a hub of community activity at the time, especially for the city’s rapidly growly—but ill-prepared—Italian population. 

“When they got here, they didn’t have what we have today,” says 77-year-old Phil Modesto Jr., lodge orator. “There was no relief for them, so we formed to help one another.”

Lawyers in the lodge provided legal assistance, and the organization’s members would point them to Italian doctors who could best understand and treat them, he says.

“Everyone spoke English, so it was hard for them to communicate,” says lodge recording secretary Anthony Gentile, 65. “They needed a place to meet and talk to other Italians. They asked each other, ‘What are we going to do now? How are we going to progress? How are we going to find jobs?’ The lodge helped to establish their livelihood and keep people here.”

Jim Lemmon has served as lodge president since 1991. During his tenure, the lodge has regained past
glory. It now boasts 800 members.

Community outreach

Wilmington’s Little Italy differs from decades ago. The many neighborhood staples have faded away, as places like DiFonzo’s Bakery, Katie’s Italian Restaurant, Pete’s 5 & 10, Marconi’s Clothing Store and Andrisani’s Market now are just warm memories.

A smile curls on Gentile’s face when he thinks back to growing up in this tight-knit community in the ’50s and ’60s.

“You couldn’t get away with doing one thing wrong,” he says. “The news made its way home before you did.”

Times changed, too, at the lodge. Bolstered by high membership numbers, it moved to a location at 1909 W. Sixth St. The lodge became a local fixture, working to preserve and disseminate Italy’s cultural heritage in the area.

The boom didn’t last, though. The lodge’s numbers dwindled in the 1980s, and with only about 100 members, it almost shuttered several times.

“The officers took it upon ourselves, and we would take turns tending bar at night,” says Modesto, a lodge member since 1968. “I brought in a bottle of VO just to keep the place open. It had reached that point.”

He then motions to the gray-haired man sitting across the table. “I give all the credit to Mr. Lemmon,” Modesto says.

Jim Lemmon has served as lodge president since 1991. (“No one else wants the job,” he jokes.) During his tenure, the lodge has regained past glory. It now boasts 800 members.

On Sixth Street, major renovations were made. A bocce court was installed in the backyard, and the membership stopped all the fighting and swearing that gave the lodge a negative reputation.

“We tried to make it a better place,” says Gentile, a member for 26 years. “We made it a place where you could come and meet your friends in the neighborhood, sit down and have a beer.” 

The lodge outgrew its old location and had to stop accepting new members. As a result, in 2001 it moved to its current two-story spot on Lincoln Street, which stays open year-round, including holidays.

Much of this success comes from the executive board taking a more active role in the lodge, Lemmon believes. He spends roughly 80 hours a week here, and the other leaders often come by four or five days a week.

Yet Lemmon points to something else as the biggest difference-maker: the strength in membership. Like a century ago, the men and women of the lodge create similar job networking opportunities for one another. They also pour their hearts into a flurry of volunteer efforts.

“Any time we need anything—whether it’s maintenance, construction, a donation, help with affairs or cooking food—they come forward,” the 63-year-old says proudly.

Lodge vice president Joe Dellose, 61, notes people might be surprised by the lodge’s involvement in the community and the amount of money members raise. They’ve donated to places like St. Anthony’s Senior Center, Delaware Special Olympics, Emmanuel Dining Room for the Homeless, Little Sisters of the Poor and the American Cancer Society. They’ve also collected more than $75,000 in school scholarships for members’ families.

The lodge’s future seems to be a frequent source of worry and leads to many impromptu brainstorming sessions. However, the leadership believes that once more middle-aged men and women see the good they can do by celebrating their heritage, helping each other and performing community outreach, they will keep the heart of this Little Italy neighborhood beating for another century.


A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

With a party open to the public, the Prince of Piedmont Lodge #475 will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the Chase Center on the Riverfront April 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event also will honor Jack P. Varsalona, Wilmington University president and a longtime lodge member, for his many contributions to the Italian community and the state. Another lodge member, Steve Silicato, and the City Rhythm Orchestra will provide the evening’s entertainment. Tickets cost $100 per person and include a cocktail reception, dinner and open bar. To purchase tickets or for more info, email the lodge at pop475@comcast.net.

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Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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A Kansas storm whisks Dorothy and Toto away to the fanciful Land of Oz where they encounter witches, wizards and more! As the two friends seek a way home, they meet a scarecrow with no brains, a...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
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The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Middletown artist Katie Lillard. The exhibition, called “One,” will be on view from July 5-26, 2019. The...

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
Website »

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Possum Point Players Summer Camps Theatre Academy for students in grades 6 - 10 will take place July 22 - July 26, 2019. Drama Camp for students in grades 2 - 5 will take place July 29 -...

Cost: 195.00

Where:
Possum Point Players
441 Old Laurel Road
P O Box 96
Georgetown, DE  19947
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Sponsor: Possum Point Players
Telephone: 302-856-4560
Contact Name: Dawn Conaway
Website »

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Fill your artist tool box with the elements of art! Campers will look at and create artwork exploring the process of art-making. Shape, form, pattern, color, and line will be discovered while using...

Cost: $500 Members, $560 Non-Members

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

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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

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

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The Friends of the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, Delaware will present the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on Wednesday, July 24 & Thursday, July...

Cost: $35

Where:
Bethany Beach, DE


Sponsor: The Friends of the South Coastal Library
Website »

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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

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

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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


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

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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

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

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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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


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

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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

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

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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

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

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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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While reading a book of stories, young Alice falls asleep. Her dream carries her into the pages of her storybook where she meets a chessboard knight, a cool cat, a running rabbit and an egg with an...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
Website »

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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Wednesdays at The Whist Every Wednesday in July and August beginning July 3 Now is your chance to experience exceptional cuisine at The University and Whist Club, located at the historic...

Cost: $8-$42

Where:
The University & Whist Club
805 N. Broom St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 658-5125
Website »

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At Bike & Hike & Brews, Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, visitors can stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley's property normally closed to foot traffic from 5:00-8:00pm....

Cost: Admission is $3 per person, and free for members and children five and under. P

Where:
Hagley
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Kelsey Sedlacek
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Music Along the Bank is back by popular demand! Come delight in the sounds of music along the bank of Clenny Run Stream. Bring picnics, family, friends, and lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy some...

Cost: $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

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

More information

Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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If you are a Blues musician, or a fun loving person and you want to have a great time enjoying great food (Best Of... 2019) adult beverages and if you want to meet awesome people, come and join The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: 4w5 Blues Jam
Website »

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On our Summer Festival stage, outdoors and under the stars, Delaware Shakespeare presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Shakespeare’s ridiculously bold comedy of wooing and trickery, July...

Cost: $22 Gen Adm, $20 Seniors/Military, $18 Students, Kids 5 & under free

Where:
Rockwood Park
4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Delaware Shakespeare
Telephone: 302-468-4890
Contact Name: JulieAnne Cross
Website »

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On the heels of a record-breaking year, the gifted Singer/Ventriloquist Darci Lynne is sharing her passion for performance and bringing her captivating show which is backed by a live band to fans...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Delaware State Fair
18500 S. Dupont Hwy
Harrington, DE  19952
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Sponsor: Personal Publicity
Contact Name: Zara Bettis
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The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Middletown artist Katie Lillard. The exhibition, called “One,” will be on view from July 5-26, 2019. The...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Possum Point Players Summer Camps Theatre Academy for students in grades 6 - 10 will take place July 22 - July 26, 2019. Drama Camp for students in grades 2 - 5 will take place July 29 -...

Cost: 195.00

Where:
Possum Point Players
441 Old Laurel Road
P O Box 96
Georgetown, DE  19947
View map »


Sponsor: Possum Point Players
Telephone: 302-856-4560
Contact Name: Dawn Conaway
Website »

More information

Fill your artist tool box with the elements of art! Campers will look at and create artwork exploring the process of art-making. Shape, form, pattern, color, and line will be discovered while using...

Cost: $500 Members, $560 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Friends of the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, Delaware will present the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on Wednesday, July 24 & Thursday, July...

Cost: $35

Where:
Bethany Beach, DE


Sponsor: The Friends of the South Coastal Library
Website »

More information

  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


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

More information

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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


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

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Thursdays  Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo, 10:30 am. - 11:15 am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time may include a craft, activity, or live animal...

Cost: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo members.

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

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


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

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


Website »

More information

Start your weekend early on the Queen! Enjoy all the sights of our River Cruise from the ship’s deck with a summer cocktail! Our Happy Hour Cruises take you down the Christina and provide weekly...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

More information

Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

TourRelational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in Haitian Creole.   https://www.delart.org/programs-events/talks_tours/  

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

More information

On our Summer Festival stage, outdoors and under the stars, Delaware Shakespeare presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Shakespeare’s ridiculously bold comedy of wooing and trickery, July...

Cost: $22 Gen Adm, $20 Seniors/Military, $18 Students, Kids 5 & under free

Where:
Rockwood Park
4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Shakespeare
Telephone: 302-468-4890
Contact Name: JulieAnne Cross
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Middletown artist Katie Lillard. The exhibition, called “One,” will be on view from July 5-26, 2019. The...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Fill your artist tool box with the elements of art! Campers will look at and create artwork exploring the process of art-making. Shape, form, pattern, color, and line will be discovered while using...

Cost: $500 Members, $560 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

Possum Point Players Summer Camps Theatre Academy for students in grades 6 - 10 will take place July 22 - July 26, 2019. Drama Camp for students in grades 2 - 5 will take place July 29 -...

Cost: 195.00

Where:
Possum Point Players
441 Old Laurel Road
P O Box 96
Georgetown, DE  19947
View map »


Sponsor: Possum Point Players
Telephone: 302-856-4560
Contact Name: Dawn Conaway
Website »

More information

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


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

More information

John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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


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

More information

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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The Milton Farmers’ Market is held each Friday from April 19th until October 4th  (except September 27th) from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 6 Village Center Boulevard, Milton, DE  19968.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grounds of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Village Center Boulevard
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Farmers' Market
Contact Name: KA Jordan
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Network and mingle with local writers. Open Mic begins at 6:30 p.m. with Emcee Maria Masington. Registration encouraged. Cash bar and light fare available for purchase. Free....

Cost: Free; drinks and food available to purchase.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH THE GRIFFIN THEATRE! Our Soak Up the Sun cabaret is the ultimate playlist for your summer time cruises to the beach or BBQ's in the back yard. Celebrate everything...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Griffin Theatre
1701 South Dupont Highway
Saint Georges,, DE  19733
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Contact Name: Griffin Theater
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On our Summer Festival stage, outdoors and under the stars, Delaware Shakespeare presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Shakespeare’s ridiculously bold comedy of wooing and trickery, July...

Cost: $22 Gen Adm, $20 Seniors/Military, $18 Students, Kids 5 & under free

Where:
Rockwood Park
4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Delaware Shakespeare
Telephone: 302-468-4890
Contact Name: JulieAnne Cross
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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Join us for a day of workshops, discussion, and writing centered on the 2019 theme of Place. All ages and experience levels. Registration required. ...

Cost: $25 Member; $30 Non-Member; $15 Student.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Possum Point Players Summer Camps Theatre Academy for students in grades 6 - 10 will take place July 22 - July 26, 2019. Drama Camp for students in grades 2 - 5 will take place July 29 -...

Cost: 195.00

Where:
Possum Point Players
441 Old Laurel Road
P O Box 96
Georgetown, DE  19947
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Sponsor: Possum Point Players
Telephone: 302-856-4560
Contact Name: Dawn Conaway
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Fill your artist tool box with the elements of art! Campers will look at and create artwork exploring the process of art-making. Shape, form, pattern, color, and line will be discovered while using...

Cost: $500 Members, $560 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Can’t make it to our two-part Precious Metals Clay workshop? Join us for this Saturday morning fold forming jewelry workshop, instructed by artist Hattie Weselyk. In this class, you will use...

Cost: $58/DMNH Members, $68/non-members. Pre-registration required.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Celebrate the wonder of wildlife in our gardens. Get to know the insects, birds and animals that call our gardens and yards home and discover the joy of sharing your garden with your natural...

Cost: $10

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

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


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in English.  Free with admission.   English Tours Saturday, June 22 | 2:00...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH THE GRIFFIN THEATRE! Our Soak Up the Sun cabaret is the ultimate playlist for your summer time cruises to the beach or BBQ's in the back yard. Celebrate everything...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Griffin Theatre
1701 South Dupont Highway
Saint Georges,, DE  19733
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Contact Name: Griffin Theater
Website »

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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

More information

On our Summer Festival stage, outdoors and under the stars, Delaware Shakespeare presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Shakespeare’s ridiculously bold comedy of wooing and trickery, July...

Cost: $22 Gen Adm, $20 Seniors/Military, $18 Students, Kids 5 & under free

Where:
Rockwood Park
4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Delaware Shakespeare
Telephone: 302-468-4890
Contact Name: JulieAnne Cross
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