How the SPCA was Won


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When Philip Episcopo heard last summer that the Stanton SPCA was going to be sold, he retrieved the stone of his
deceased Retriever, Teddy.

Philip Episcopo recalls the day in April 1958 when he took his little sister to the Delaware SPCA to find her a puppy. Then-director Charles McGowan led them to the first cage, where a litter of five Spitz-Golden Retriever mixes romped around their mother. 

“Four of them were beating up on this one, biting his ears, beating him up. So Charlie said, ‘Which one do you want?’ And I said, ‘I want the one that they’re picking on.’”

They named him Teddy, and he quickly won the hearts of the Episcopo family, so much so that his older sister headed to the SPCA the following day to adopt one of his sibling assailants, whom she named Rusty.

In September 1971, after Teddy became paralyzed and had to be euthanized, Episcopo returned with him to the SPCA, where he was laid to rest in the pet cemetery. When Episcopo heard last summer that the land was to be sold, he retrieved Teddy’s stone and placed it in his landscaped yard.

“These dogs become family members,” he said. “They’re not just dogs. They’re just like your children.” 

Episcopo’s emotional connection to the state’s oldest animal welfare agency is shared by countless Delawareans who have adopted from the organization’s Stanton and Georgetown shelters, relied on their low-cost spay, neuter and wellness services, or interred their loved ones in the cemetery. So in May, when the nonprofit abruptly announced on its Facebook page that it would be shuttering the Stanton Shelter and selling the land, the community demanded answers.

SPCA volunteer Kathie Herel, my sister, turned to Change.org to draft a petition on behalf of a newly formed group, Citizens United to Save the DE SPCA Stanton Shelter. It quickly gained momentum, gathering more than 2,500 signatures, mostly from local residents. 

Among those pledging support were two Massachusetts residents, Emily and Everett Bramhall, names unfamiliar to many in the community. But it was their grandmother, Emily duPont, who had donated the land in 1970 to make the Stanton Shelter a reality. I had tracked them down after an exhaustive search, hoping they could influence the board.

In signing the petition, Emily Bramhall wrote of her grandmother: “She was dedicated to the SPCA. She was very proud of this facility, and I remember her visiting it regularly. She was also an ardent conservationist and was dedicated to open land as well as city parks and gardens. I believe the selling of this land she gave for development purposes would be strictly against her wishes and intent.”

The Stanton Shelter was closed on June 17. Its adoptable animals were transported to the Georgetown Shelter, and virtually all of its staff lost their jobs.

Today’s SPCA, dedicated to the welfare of Delaware’s pets, traces its roots to 1870, when chemist Ferris Bringhurst began discussions with friends about combating the cruelty against livestock commonly witnessed on the streets of Wilmington. The precursor to the SPCA, the Wilmington Fountain Society, was formed on Feb. 19, 1871, and went on to erect drinking fountains for the animals throughout the city. 

Bringhurst’s involvement, however, would be short-lived. He died in an explosion on March 16, but his concerns lived on. The Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated on Feb. 20, 1873; his father was installed as president.

For much of the past century, the SPCA has provided the state’s animal control.

Throughout the years, animal control officers wrangled ponies escaped onto U.S. 40, intercepted inhumane shipments of tropical birds, busted cock-fighting rings and responded to calls of errant or injured exotic snakes, snapping turtles, alligators and Pelly, a directionally challenged pelican who showed up on the grounds of a Sussex County poultry plant. 

The group also set about teaching children to treat animals with kindness, sending copies of “Black Beauty” to be read by public school teachers to their primary grades. And, it launched the annual Children’s Dog Show.

In 1956, it held its first rabies vaccination clinic. In 1973, it opened a mini zoo and nature walk at the Stanton Shelter to accommodate some of its more unusual charges: “Ponies, goats, an unsheared ewe, ducks, squirrels, guinea pigs, rabbits, monkeys and a deodorized skunk.”

The following year, it established Delaware’s first large-volume, low-cost spay and neuter program. 

The predecessor of today’s shelter in Stanton was located on land annexed to expand the New Castle Airport. The grounds housed the SPCA’s first pet cemetery, which by 1969 counted 351 dogs, including Captain, an SPCA rescue who went on to become “the first state police patrol dog in the country,” according to his marker. In addition, there were 34 cats, one monkey, a guinea pig, a raccoon and a parakeet.

The following year saw the cemetery’s largest burial, of a grizzly bear who came to the Wilmington Zoo from Yellowstone National Park in 1937 at the age of 7 months. The SPCA employed its large animal sling to lower Old Yellowstone, weighing nearly 800 pounds, to his resting place.

After Emily duPont donated the 11 acres where the Stanton Shelter would be built, the SPCA began exhuming the graves and monuments and reinterring them in the new cemetery at the back of the property at 455 Stanton-Christiana Road. Old Yellowstone did not make the trip.

With exacting precision worthy of a military cemetery, unofficial funeral director Frank “Chuck” Russell and assistant shelter manager Robert Murphy placed the graves in perfectly spaced rows. Burials continued into the early 1990s and included such notables as Igloo, a black bear from the Wilmington Zoo, along with his “friend,” a 250-pound tortoise. 

But in the intervening years, monuments sank, grass and brush overgrew the stones, and even those who remembered the old cemetery couldn’t know the scale of its inhabitants on what simply looked to be some rolling hills. However, it was those graves that would nudge one of the first stumbling blocks in the way of dismantling the facility.

Herel didn’t know what to do when she learned of the pending closure, but she knew she had to do something. She spent her birthday buying hundreds of orange surveyor flags from Home Depot and marking as many stones as she could. She suspected that some who had buried their pets would want to remove their monuments, and she wanted to make the painful process as easy as possible. She expected there would be several hundred graves, but as she continued to methodically walk the grounds, banging a shovel into the grass to detect the clinking sound of metal striking granite, the cemetery grew larger and larger. It stretched clear to the back fence, where many stones were too covered by brush to access.

Those with pets interred in the cemetery began showing up each day. Some had in-hand contracts in which the SPCA promised from 25 years to perpetual care of the graves. A number filed complaints with the state Attorney General’s office, which launched an investigation.

Several of the bereaved wanted more than to retrieve their stones. They hired professionals to dig up remains, or exhumed them themselves. The animals had been carefully placed in heavy plastic bags, which in several cases also held their favorite toys or blanket.

As visitors wandered the cemetery trying to find stones, many remembered the story of a woman whose ashes had been interred with her dog. If that were the case, the SPCA would be compelled by law to register the land as a human cemetery, committing to its perpetual care. While many had heard the tale, no one could recall the details, or where the human’s marker was.

Then a clue appeared. In the Cemetery Report from the minutes of the Dec. 16, 1980, Board of Managers meeting, it was recorded: “Miss Ligon’s ashes will be interred in our cemetery.” Indeed, a Miss Maurine Ligon of Old New Castle had contracted to bury her collie, Lady, in the cemetery in 1973. The stone she ordered specified two names: Lady (1957-1973) and M. Ligon.

As the cemetery was left untended for years, so, too, had its map gone missing. But as Herel helped people find their monuments, a pattern denoted on the contracts in sections, rows and lots began to emerge. Ligon’s stone most likely would be back toward the fence, in the area overtaken by brush.

Herel contacted Gebhart Funeral Home, the most likely to make the arrangements for a long-time Old New Castle resident, and verified that Ligon had been cremated. Her ashes had been remanded to her power of attorney, a local couple named John and Lillian Flannigan. They have since passed away, but their son, Paul, still lives in his childhood home.

He had been about 10 when Ligon died on Nov. 29, 1980, from injuries sustained in a car accident the previous summer. But when contacted, he vividly remembered the day his parents took her ashes to the cemetery, where they were buried at her request with her beloved collie. He also recalled a series of written correspondence with the SPCA to receive permission for the burial.

“For her, it was all about the animals. Her partner was her loyal dog,” he said of Ligon, a sculptor, nurse and writer who never married. 

Determined to find the stone that might help save at least part of the land, Herel asked Kerns Brothers Tree Service if they would be willing to volunteer to clear the brush. They obliged.

And there it was, nestled into the ground in the second spot from the fence: Ligon’s stone.

With the attorney general investigating the complaints against the SPCA, and the SPCA registering the remains of Miss Ligon, shelter supporters were beginning to feel a glimmer of hope. Also helping the cause were about two dozen stray cats who live on the land, fed daily by a volunteer. They weren’t tame enough to be adopted out, but they also couldn’t survive on their own. They would have to be trapped and moved.

Then a search for the deed of the property, undertaken to look for any language restricting a land sale, turned up an unexpected document: The SPCA was being sued for breach of contract by Bariglio Corp., a company that had helped them find prospective tenants who would develop a portion of the property, providing $2 million in lease payments to finance the shelter.

The suit maintained that Bariglio held first right of refusal if the land were ever to be sold, and that former SPCA executive director Andrea Perlak had started shopping the deal around.

A quick land sale was beginning to look unlikely. Meanwhile, the SPCA board was shrinking as negative publicity mounted. The board finally announced that the land was not for sale, the feral cat colonies would not yet be moved and the pet cemetery would remain.

Then president Diane Ferry offered to facilitate an Aug. 22 meeting with a small group representing Citizens United. There, she agreed to present a new vote on the land sale and greenlighted a “pet cemetery cleanup day.” 

The cleanup, held Sept. 10, drew about 50 people armed with rakes, shovels, shears, weed-whackers and all manner of landscaping equipment. Among them were New County Councilman Ken Woods, state Sen. Jack Walsh and state Rep. Kim Williams.

A second meeting with the board was held on Sept. 19. The second cemetery cleanup day, on Oct. 8, welcomed an important visitor: Ferry arrived to read the statement everyone had been hoping for—the Stanton Shelter would reopen.

That day, Citizens United to Save the DE SPCA Stanton Shelter disbanded and reorganized under a new name and Facebook page: Friends of the DE SPCA Stanton Shelter. Together, we are rejuvenating the facility that holds such an important piece of Delaware’s heart and history.    


Through collaboration, Delaware SPCA in Georgetown continues to Thrive

While turmoil became a focal point at Stanton last year, the Delaware SPCA’s second location in Georgetown continued to hum along relatively unscathed, save for some phone calls from concerned animal lovers.

The only brick-and-mortar animal shelter in Sussex County currently employs one full-time and two part-time veterinarians and two full-time veterinarian technicians, says Bob Harrison, a Delaware SPCA board member since 2014. It offers a free pet food pantry, low-cost spay and neuter services, wellness clinics five days a week, and end-of-life care and cremations. Plus, adoptions continue to increase.

Applying the theory of supply and demand to animal rescue has helped Georgetown to form collaborative relationships with other facilities on the East Coast, Harrison says.

“For instance, Delaware has more than its share of cats, and although we adopt many of them out, we also can send many adoptable cats to rescuers in states who don’t have our overpopulation problem,” says Harrison. He has served on the animal issues committee of his hometown of Rehoboth Beach for the past 17 years. “On the other hand, dogs move very quickly in Sussex County. We reach out to states with high dog kill rates and take many of their surplus dogs here for adoption. We also assist the Brandywine Valley SPCA—which has the animal control contract for the state—by taking dogs off of their hands.”

Now with Stanton reopen, Georgetown only will continue to improve, says Tiffany Briddell, interim executive director of the Delaware SPCA. “Both locations together make us a stronger organization.”

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cusp The University of Delaware 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition May 3 - May 30 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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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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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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LYNN HERRICK SHARP AWARD EXHIBITION A Group Exhibition May 3 – May 26, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a...

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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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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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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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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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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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
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Please Join us as we welcome to the Hockessin Book Shelf Popular Science Author Dr. Oné R. Pagán - Professor, Scientist, Author in support of his latest book Strange Survivors: How...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hockessin BookShelf
7179 Lancaster Pike
hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: hockessin bookshelf
Telephone: 302-235-7665
Contact Name: rebecca dowling
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Join Harry's Savoy Grill for another in our fabulous lineup of dinners.  We're once again featuring today's hottest spirit, bourbon, in this fantastic evening. We'll be...

Cost: 120.00 per person, inclusive

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom
2020 NAAMANS RD
WILMINGTON, DE  198102655
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Harry's Savoy Ballroom
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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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Plein Air, an exhibition of local landscape paintings by Jim Rehak, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 3-31, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, May 3 from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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cusp The University of Delaware 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition May 3 - May 30 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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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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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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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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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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LYNN HERRICK SHARP AWARD EXHIBITION A Group Exhibition May 3 – May 26, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a...

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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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
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Start your Sunday on the water with our delicious brunch cruise. Enjoy a mouth-watering brunch buffet, then begin a two-hour cruise along the beautiful Christina River out to the Delaware, complete...

Cost: $45 for Adults, $22,50 for Children 15 and Under

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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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
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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
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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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
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Laura Story is a GRAMMY award-winning singer/ songwriter and bestselling author who has received Billboard Music Awards, multiple GMA Dove Awards, and an RIAA Gold Certification for her massive No....

Cost: $26-$38

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: MARKINC.org
Telephone: 302-584-6461
Contact Name: Melissa Weisenfels
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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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Plein Air, an exhibition of local landscape paintings by Jim Rehak, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 3-31, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, May 3 from...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
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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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

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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cusp The University of Delaware 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition May 3 - May 30 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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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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
Website »

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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LYNN HERRICK SHARP AWARD EXHIBITION A Group Exhibition May 3 – May 26, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a...

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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Every Friday | 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Read a story fromFairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes, explore art, and create. Ages 2+. Family Friendly.  

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentemere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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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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The Overfalls Foundation Benefit and Auctions will be held on Friday, May 24, 6-9PM, at the Virden Center in Lewes. There will be great food and drink and also live music by local band 33-1/3...

Cost: $50-$55

Where:
Virden Center
1155 College Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: The Overfalls Foundation
Telephone: 412-384-0600
Contact Name: Victoria Kosko
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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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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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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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The 12th annual Artisans Fair will feature unique handcrafted art objects. Artisans will exhibit both inside and outside, showing textiles, fine art, glass, jewelry, photography, woodworking,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lord Baltimore Elementary School
120 Atlantic Ave.
Route 26
Ocean View, DE  19970
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Sponsor: South Coastal DE AARP
Telephone: 302-732-6336
Contact Name: Ida Crist
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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LYNN HERRICK SHARP AWARD EXHIBITION A Group Exhibition May 3 – May 26, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a...

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 »

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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
View map »


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 »

More information

cusp The University of Delaware 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition May 3 - May 30 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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
View map »

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

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

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

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Every Sat. & Sun.: Creature Features, Noon- 12:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled,...

Cost: Adults $ 5, Seniors $4, Kids $3; free for under 3yrs and for members.

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


Website »

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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

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

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

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