How Three Local Couples Found Love After 50

These duos were happily navigating their golden years as solo acts until someone came along and knocked their socks off.


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(CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP): Irene and Gene Stecca, photo by Leslie Barbaro; Jim Brown and Cheryl Wheeler, photo by Leslie Barbaro; Karen and Stan Bowen, provided by Karen Bowen

 

There are few things we can embrace as universal truths of the human condition: birth, death, and, that thing in between—aging. While many of us don’t look forward to it, there are cultural shifts afoot that hint that maybe it’s kind of hip: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nancy Pelosi are among the rock stars of a certain age; one of the hottest hair trends for millennial women is the cool, bluish gray you’ve seen on your grandmother.

It can’t be all that bad—and certainly not when it comes to love.

“I have noticed a trend in people who are finding each other at an older age,” says relationship therapist La’Shawn Waters of Rising Hope Therapy in Newark. “A lot of factors come into play; for example, technology, careers and also wisdom that we do not need to have life figured out at 25. Society is allowing us to take our time. These factors are showing a trend in the direction on clarifying one’s life goals and not necessarily following what our parents did.”

Of course, there are certain things to navigate, like the weight of emotional baggage one may have amassed.

“Individuals who are older have lived a lot of life, obviously,” she says. “Many have experienced trials that have them afraid to be vulnerable yet again, and risk repeated pain. The biggest struggle can be the willingness to let their guard down, be patient and not cut a relationship off due to minor setbacks … Divorce, separation and endings of long-term relationships can all leave a bad taste in the mouth.”

Her best advice? “Approach the situation with childlike curiosity,” she says.

You don’t have to tell these couples twice.

Irene and Gene

 

Irene and Gene Stecca met at a party for the recently widowed.//photo by Leslie Barbaro

 

Irene Busse Wells Stecca and Gene Stecca met in 1991 at an exclusive party, but not the kind anyone wants to be invited to.

The entry ticket? Your spouse’s death certificate. “You had to show it to prove you were actually a widow,” Irene says.

The event, sponsored by the Catholic organization Post Cana, was a Friday night staple at the Talleyville Fire Company. Irene and a girlfriend liked to get dolled up and go dancing. “They had a disc jockey and a bar and you could bring your own snacks and do the line dances all night,” Irene remembers.

Irene had lost her husband in November of 1989. Little did she know that the man she had her eyes on—“Oh, he was a very good dancer,” she says of now-husband Gene Stecca—had lost his wife the exact same month and year.

“The women outnumbered men at these things, but that’s just a fact of life,” Irene, 87, says with well-earned wisdom. “Gene and I hit it off. He danced with me the whole night.”

The fancy-footing was fun, but Irene wasn’t looking for anything. “I wasn’t lonely; I was busy. I had some family that lived with me,” she says. “I was content.”

They met again at what is now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the crux of the University of Delaware’s programming for adults 50 and older, where they both sang in the chorus.

“He’s a much better singer than I ever was,” says Irene.

They began dating, and within two years, were engaged. “It was St. Patrick’s Day, and we were at Bennigan’s,” Irene says. “Gene proposed with a five-and-dime-store ring. I still have it. I wore it until we had a real engagement ring.”

 

"The thought of being sad that we didn't spend our whole lives together … it never crossed my mind, and I don’t think it crossed Gene’s, either. I was happy. He was happy. We eventually were able to be happy together, but we don’t regret that we couldn’t do it sooner." —Irene Stecca

 

On their wedding day in 1995, Irene was 63 and Gene was 61. “Oh, I was a cougar,” Irene says, winking.

Irene and Gene don't talk about what it would have been like had they met each other earlier. Neither one chose to leave their first marriages. There is a sort of nuanced intimacy there, Irene says, when both can acknowledge that the other was not the plan.

“The thought of being sad that we didn’t spend our whole lives together … it never crossed my mind, and I don’t think it crossed Gene’s, either,” Irene says. “I was happy. He was happy. We eventually were able to be happy together, but we don’t regret that we couldn’t do it sooner.”

Irene remembers being aflutter and excited on her wedding day; she had spent weeks fretting about what to wear before deciding on a short dress and Gene a natty suit. The St. Mary Magdalen’s nuptials spilled over into a reception with 100 guests, many of whom were members of their newly combined families.

“That was something that we talked a lot about—the children,” Irene says. “Both of us had kids, and it could have been very bad if they weren’t supportive. But when we were dating, we’d throw these combined family picnics at Bellevue Manor.”

While Irene always said she’d never remarry, she did tell her children one thing: if she ever did, it was for one reason only: someone knocked her socks off.

“I went to the kids and said, ‘I met someone. And he knocked my socks off.’”

Not that marriage was an easy decision—she had been a free spirit for so long. Now she found herself worrying about taking care of someone again, cleaning, doing laundry and fixing dinner. But in the end, “We were just in love,” Irene says with a shrug. “So why not?”

Now 87 and 84, they credit their happy marriage with doing things together—they play board games, share a love of musicals and movies and enjoy all the grandchildren.

“Right now, we are both members of the ‘Cane Brigade,’” Irene says, lamenting that they can’t drive to Manhattan to see a musical anymore like they used to. But look around their Cokesbury Village home in Hockessin, and it’s clear to see they’ve spent their second chapter pushing against the boundaries of age.

From their wedding day until almost into their 80s, they put more stamps on their passports than most do in a lifetime. They’ve bungee-jumped in New Zealand (“We were the stars of our tour group,” Irene says with pride), ziplined through Costa Rica, gaped at the sphinx in Egypt, rode elephants in Thailand, walked the Great Wall of China, posed before the Taj Majal and trekked through the misty Irish fog together. Their world adventures fill album after album—Irene admits she is just learning to use her new iPhone.

Their best advice to young couples is to approach their marriage the way she and Gene do theirs—like time is running out. “Make the most of everything,” Irene says. “What else is the point?”

Cheryl and Big Jim

 

Jim Brown and Cheryl Wheeler  married in Las Vegas, with a live stream for absent guests.//photo by Leslie Barbaro

 

Anyone who lives in Bellefonte knows the social event of the year is the Edwards’ family Christmas party. Cheryl Wheeler never misses it. But in 2003, her father had just died, and all the Christmas huzzahs weren’t really on her holiday to-do list. She told her son, Jimmy, she wasn’t going. It was just too much. He cajoled her into going anyway.

“I walked in, and I just started crying,” Wheeler remembers. “You know how grief works—you see people you love, and you burst into tears.”

One guest there, Jim Brown, oversaw libations, but he didn’t want to serve Wheeler’s son because he didn’t know how old he was. “I told him it was OK, and we started talking,” she says. “I didn’t put too much stock into it.”

Wheeler, who’d been divorced five years prior and was “perfectly content being single,” left the party but couldn’t stop thinking about the affable guy, who folks called “Big Jim.”

A longtime volunteer at the Brandywine Hundred Fire Company, another Bellefonte social hub, Wheeler wondered if Big Jim would be at the fire house’s annual New Year’s Eve party.

“He showed up and sat at our table,” Cheryl says. “He had this fancy new blue shirt on. A friend at a table behind me called me over and said, ‘What’s the deal with this guy? He still has the tag hanging under his shirt arm.’ So, I went to him and said, ‘Jim. Your tag is showing.’”

Without missing a beat, Brown snapped the tag off and stuck it in his front pocket without even spilling his drink. And then, for Wheeler, the best part: “He just cracked up at himself,” she says. “That was it for me.”

 

"When I think about who I was then—working full time, with young children, worried about finances, stressed out all the time … Jim and I don't have that." —Cheryl Wheeler

 

Wheeler took stock of the situation—here’s this nice guy, she thought, who can laugh at himself, who danced with me all night, who politely walked me home, who is completely unpretentious. And yet …

“The reality is, I was 52. My kids were older. I owned my home. I didn’t really want the addition of a new person to care for,” she says.

Also divorced, Jim felt much the same—he wasn’t looking. But their pull on each other’s hearts was too much to ignore. “We were just so compatible,” Wheeler says. “And we had so much fun together. And there was this instant sense of trust.”

Then there were the things that they didn’t have in common, like that fact that only Wheeler had children.

“The truth of relationships like this, where you’ve both lived full lives already, is that there are certain things you have to be smart and realistic about,” she says. “It was not a conversation I looked forward to having, but he moved into my house, which I’ve owned for 34 years; I have grown children and now grandchildren, and I want them to be taken care of first. So, we did a prenup. Jim was so easy going about this conversation, but it was very tough for me.”

The two married in a glitzy little chapel in Las Vegas and had a live stream for guests who couldn’t attend.

Wheeler, now 64, and Jim, 63, say they’re not the same people they were in their previous marriages.

“When I think about who I was then—working full time, with young children, worried about finances, stressed out all the time … Jim and I don’t have that.”

The two find joy in the little things, like transitioning the home office into a play room for the grandkids or walking the Wilmington Riverfront on balmy summer evenings.

“We’re in our jammies by 7 p.m. on most nights, and it’s a good thing,” says Wheeler.

Karen and Stan

 

Stan and Karen Bowen share a love of history and NASCAR.//Photo provided by Karen Bowen

 

There is something to be said for taking things slow. Then there’s Karen and Stan Bowen.

Karen White Bowen of Dover, who spent almost 30 years working as a journalist at The Delaware State News and The Wilmington News Journal, found herself at 56 years old not only never married, but also, never really interested.

“By the time I was 50, my go-to line became, ‘All the good men are taken. And if they’re not, there’s a good reason,’” says Karen, who notes she was constantly asked, “Why aren’t you married?”

“Sure, I was attracted to men, but I just began to think, ‘God wants me to be single.’ And I was OK with it,” she says.

She filled her days with the minutia of being a homeowner. She taught herself how to quilt, attended NASCAR, and hit antique-style tea rooms with her girlfriends. With no children and no family in Delaware—where she moved from West Virginia for work—she happily did what she wanted and enjoyed her own company.

She did have another deep interest—the Civil War; specifically, a penchant for Stonewall Jackson. That interest sent her to Lexington, Virginia, in 1996 to attend a symposium on the war. It was there she met Stan Bowen.

“I thought he was just an interesting, attractive guy,” she says. “He was quiet, but there was something about him.”

The two made small talk; Karen was into Stan, but not bold enough to say anything. Plus, she barely knew him. “That first night of the symposium, he asked me if I wanted to ride with him and two of his friends to the dinner banquet that night. But I was a reporter—I’d read the police blotters,” she says. “I knew better to get in a car with three strange men.”

She drove herself, and when she got there, she noticed there was one empty chair, and it happened to be next to Stan. He had saved it for her. But she didn’t know that until 20 years later.

 

"We think about that often—how much time do we really have together? Why did it take us so long to know we were right for each other? But there’s also a joy in it, because I don’t think we’d have appreciated each other this way 20 years ago." —Karen Bowen

 

Karen continued to attend the same symposium, which was held every two years, with a twinge in her heart—as soon as she got to the registration table, the first thing she did was look to see if Stan was there.

Everything changed in 2016. “I walked into the first morning lecture, and I saw him there by the window, and my face lit up, and I’d say his did, too,” Karen says. The two spent the day together, and Stan invited her to ice cream later that night.

“I was in my hotel room giving myself a pep talk in the mirror: He may not know this is a date, but this is a date,” she says with a laugh. It was the first time in the two decades since they’d met that they did something together. Still, neither one said anything about how they felt.

“He went back to North Carolina, where he was from; and I came home to Dover,” she says.

Prior to leave Lexington, she gave her email address to Stan, requesting he send her photos from the event. She remembers settling in to watch NASCAR on TV when her email pinged with a message from him: “I’ve liked you since that first time in 1996, but I was too shy to say anything.”

She was floored. She wrote back, telling him she felt the same way. That led to their first-ever phone conversation: May 31, 2016.

“It was a seven-hour conversation,” Stan says. “I was surprised because I don’t particularly like to talk on the phone. I remember that the more we talked the more I didn’t want to hang up.” He laughs. “But then my phone died.”

That conversation led to a visit in June, a proposal in July, and a wedding on Jan. 1, 2017.

“We’re both big NASCAR fans, and when he’d come to Delaware, that’s something we’d do, so we kind of equated that with how we were feeling each other out during that short period of time,” Bowen says. “We were looking hard for red flags. We didn’t even get a caution flag. It was go, green, go.”

Karen, who relocated to North Carolina in late 2016, says the whole thing was very unlike her. “I’m someone practical; I avoid drama,” she says. “But there was no question that we were absolutely meant for each other.”

Do they lament the 20 years of wasted time? “Oh, we do,” she says. “We think about that often—how much time do we really have together? Why did it take us so long to know we were right for each other? But there’s also a joy in it, because I don’t think we’d have appreciated each other this way 20 years ago.”

Practical Karen did have a moment when she wondered, “Is this real?” She was in her car, and a cold panic gripped her. “I thought, ‘Is this really love?’” she remembers.

Then she found herself thinking about death. “This is going to sound morbid. I always thought, when I died in Delaware, I wanted my body to be sent home, to be buried on a mountain with my family,” she says. “And in that moment, I thought, ‘No. I think I’d like to be buried next to Stan.’ And I never debated what we had again.”

Karen misses her life in Delaware. ‘I can’t find a decent tea room anywhere down here,” she says. “But as much as I miss friends and my job, this was something meant to be. I don’t even know how else to describe it.”

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“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

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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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271

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RECONSTITUTE Draper Experiment by Jacintha Clark December 6, 2019 – February 23, 2020  Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Jacintha...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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DESSERT AND COFFEE Rick Hidalgo and Richard Remenick December 6 - 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop “When I was a kid, I always...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

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November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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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Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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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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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LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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All the excitement of Kids' Night at Kid Shelleen's, now with Santa! Our regular Monday nights at Kid's just got better:  children aged 10 and younger eat free with a paying adult, plus we have...

Cost: Kids 10 and under eat free w/adult purchase

Where:
Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
1801 West 14th Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
Telephone: 302-658-4600
Contact Name: Jamie Paski
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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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During the Monday night football game, indulge in happy hour priced appetizers ($6 each), beer ($2 off), wine ($7), and cocktails ($3 off). *Happy hour is also available 4PM - 6:30PM.

Cost: Prices vary

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Curiosity and Flux, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Shawn Faust, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 6, 2019 – January 10, 2020. The artist will host a free opening...

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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“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

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DESSERT AND COFFEE Rick Hidalgo and Richard Remenick December 6 - 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop “When I was a kid, I always...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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RECONSTITUTE Draper Experiment by Jacintha Clark December 6, 2019 – February 23, 2020  Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Jacintha...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

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“Eclectic Artist of the South” offers vibrant paintings and reflections of Jewish Heritage'' Nationally known artist and writer, Susan (Shoshannah) Adler George brings her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Siegel JCC,
101 Garden of Eden Road,
Wilmington , DE  19803
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Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271

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November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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

LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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

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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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

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

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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

Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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
Website »

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Available Tuesday nights only - Certified Angus cut of prime rib, asparagus, cauliflower mashed potatoes for $30!

Cost: $30

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Join First State Ringers as they present Christmas Favorites of 2019!  Enjoy an hour of holiday music.  FSR is part of Newark United Methodist Church, and directed by Ruthie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cecil County Library
301 Newark Avenue
Elkton, MD  21921
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Sponsor: Newark United Methodist Church
Telephone: 302-388-9135
Contact Name: Ruthie Toole
Website »

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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
View map »


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

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Show More...
Show Less...

Curiosity and Flux, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Shawn Faust, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 6, 2019 – January 10, 2020. The artist will host a free opening...

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

“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

DESSERT AND COFFEE Rick Hidalgo and Richard Remenick December 6 - 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop “When I was a kid, I always...

Cost: FREE

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

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

Hosted by our Pastry Chef, you provide a little imagination and we’ll take care of the fully assembled gingerbread house, tons of frosting, and all the candy you’ll need for the sweet house of...

Cost: $75 per house including a light brunch for up to 4 guests

Where:
HOTEL DU PONT
42 West 11th St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-594-3154
Contact Name: Jocelyn Wolff

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

RECONSTITUTE Draper Experiment by Jacintha Clark December 6, 2019 – February 23, 2020  Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Jacintha...

Cost: FREE

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

More information

Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

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Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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

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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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

LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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

Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271

More information

Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
View map »

More information

Every Wednesday from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in 1/2 price bottles of wine! Valid for bottles under $80.

Cost: Prices vary

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Enjoy a glass of wine, bask in the warmth and beauty of the holiday season, and listen to the melodic sounds of live jazz December 4, 11, and 18 in the Visitor Center. The Pavilion Restaurant will...

Cost: Members free. Jazz & Wine is included with Yuletide Tour general admission

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

Hosted by our Pastry Chef, you provide a little imagination and we’ll take care of the fully assembled gingerbread house, tons of frosting, and all the candy you’ll need for the sweet house of...

Cost: $75 per house including a light hors d'oeuvres for up to 4 guests

Where:
HOTEL DU PONT
42 West 11th St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-594-3154
Contact Name: Jocelyn Wolff

More information

Eric is like gravity, drawing people to him. When he speaks it's electric. His audience is excited by his words regardless of how many times they've heard him. With over 92.8K followers on...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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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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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

Show More...
Show Less...

Curiosity and Flux, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Shawn Faust, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 6, 2019 – January 10, 2020. The artist will host a free opening...

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

“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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

RECONSTITUTE Draper Experiment by Jacintha Clark December 6, 2019 – February 23, 2020  Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Jacintha...

Cost: FREE

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

More information

November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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

DESSERT AND COFFEE Rick Hidalgo and Richard Remenick December 6 - 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop “When I was a kid, I always...

Cost: FREE

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

More information

Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
View map »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271

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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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
Website »

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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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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Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

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Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at the 2019 V&M Bistro Ugly Sweater Holiday Party!!!! ❤️🎁Pictures with Santa, Special Guests, Prizes, Holiday Music and make sure you show up in...

Cost: Regular Menu

Where:
Vincenza & Margherita Italian-American Bistro
1717 Marsh Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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For $20 on Thursdays from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in our crab cake sandwich & a local beer on tap. Signature crab cake topped w/ lettuce, tomato, power veggie slaw, served on a toasted brioche...

Cost: $20

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Mingle with area writers and celebrate the end of the year with an open mic at the Museum. Free.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us as Chandra Pitts of One Village Alliance leads the discussion about this month's pick, Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson. Free.   

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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“The most influential lobbyist in the First State,” says U.S. Senator Chris Coons, “has written a book.”    Robert Lee Byrd has been hearing for years he...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 NORTH MARKET STREET
Delaware History Museum
WILMINGTON, DE  19801
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Sponsor: DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Telephone: 302-655-7161
Contact Name: KAREN KEGELMAN
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Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. The Milton Theatre presents Serafin Winter Music Carols and Selections for the Season and works by Mozart, Vivaldi and Dvořák Kate Ransom and Amos...

Cost: $18-$23

Where:
The Milton Theatre
110 Union Street
Milton, DE
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Sponsor: The Milton Theatre
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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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Curiosity and Flux, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Shawn Faust, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 6, 2019 – January 10, 2020. The artist will host a free opening...

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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“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
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RECONSTITUTE Draper Experiment by Jacintha Clark December 6, 2019 – February 23, 2020  Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Jacintha...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271

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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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
Website »

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DESSERT AND COFFEE Rick Hidalgo and Richard Remenick December 6 - 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop “When I was a kid, I always...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

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Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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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November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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
Website »

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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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

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Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s timeless score accompanies the classic story of Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer as they battle the Mouse King, travel to a magical land of dancing Snowflakes, and finally to...

Cost: Tickets: $20 - $45

Where:
West Chester University
Emilie K Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S. High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
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Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-696-2711
Contact Name: Michelle Marquette
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LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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 »

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


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 »

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Browse a variety of unique handmade gifts and enjoy live seasonal music by local student choirs. Free.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us as we come together to celebrate the annual Holiday Celebration and Market at Glasgow Park. There will be music, gift and specialty food vendors, live performances, refreshments, and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Glasgow Park, Bank Barn and Frazer House
2275 Pulaski Highway, Hermitage
OFFICE_COMMERCIAL
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: New Castle County Department of Community Services
Telephone: 302-395-5600
Contact Name: Glasgow Park, Hermitage
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Join First State Ringers as they present Christmas Favorites of 2019!  Enjoy an hour of holiday music.  FSR is part of Newark United Methodist Church, and directed by Ruthie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Newark Free Library
750 Library Avenue
Newark, MD  19711
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Sponsor: Newark United Methodist Church
Telephone: 302-388-9135
Contact Name: Ruthie Toole
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Mix, mingle, and get a little messy in the Museum’s ceramics studio! Participants will experiment with clay and complete a functional piece of pottery that the Museum will glaze. No...

Cost: $35 Members, $40 Non-Members (per person, per session)

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Ketnmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Unwind on a Friday night sipping an adult beverage and getting in touch with your creative side. In this laid-back workshop students will complete a work of art inspired by Museum exhibitions. Must...

Cost: $35 Members, $40 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Ketnmere 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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On Friday, December 13th from 7:30 - 9:00 pm, at Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm, gather around the hearth with us, and be transported back in time through stories and song of festive folklore and...

Cost: Free, RSVP required

Where:
Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm
500 Greenbank Road
Newport, DE  19808
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Telephone: 302-999-9001
Contact Name: Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm
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A wandering enchantress transforms a cruel and vain prince into a hideous Beast, leaving him only one way to reverse the curse – fall in love with another and earn her love in return. Belle,...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd
Wilmington , DE  19802
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JIMI HENDRIX – The GREATEST GUITARIST of ALL-TIME deserves the “World’s Greatest Tribute to Jimi” and that’s what KISS THE SKY is!!! KTS has played top venues all over...

Cost: 26-90

Where:
The Queen
500 Market Street
Willmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Re-Creation Concerts
Telephone: 609-284-7263
Contact Name: Kelly McLaughlin
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Photographer's Swap Meet Sat, December 14, 2019 Open to the Public - FREE Admission Pre-Register for FREE Table Space Call (302) 836-2862 for more info

Cost: S0.00

Where:
Christ the Cornerstone
3135 Summit Bridge Rd
Bear, DE  19701
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Sponsor: Christ the Cornerstone Camera Club
Telephone: 302-836-2862
Contact Name: Larry Wilder
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“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Our annual tradition of Brunch with Santa continues! Join us for a family-fun event filled with crafts, food and the holidays.  Catch Santa's arrival by fire truck at 9:30, then join us for our...

Cost: $25/adults; $15/children 4-12 inclusive

Where:
Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
1801 West 14th Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
Telephone: 302-658-4600
Contact Name: Jamie Paski
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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
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Join us for the 19th Annual Spirit of Christmas in Old New Castle, on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9:30am-5:30pm. This event is sponsored by the New Castle Presbyterian Church (362 years in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
New Castle Presbyterian Church
25 E. 2nd Street
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: New Castle Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 302-328-3279
Contact Name: Kris Krawczyk
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RECONSTITUTE Draper Experiment by Jacintha Clark December 6, 2019 – February 23, 2020  Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Jacintha...

Cost: FREE

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

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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

Browse a variety of unique handmade gifts and enjoy live seasonal music by local student choirs. Free.  

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
View map »

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November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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

Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271

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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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

Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

DESSERT AND COFFEE Rick Hidalgo and Richard Remenick December 6 - 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop “When I was a kid, I always...

Cost: FREE

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

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

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


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

LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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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'Tis the season for gathering! Grab your nearest and dearest and head out to Chaddsford for an afternoon of holiday merriment. Look forward to warm mulled wine, fresh-baked cookies,...

Cost: Admission is free. All wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go.

Where:
Chaddsford Winery
632 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Join First State Ringers as they present Christmas Favorites of 2019!  Enjoy an hour of holiday music.  FSR is part of Newark United Methodist Church, and directed by Ruthie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Newark Free Library
750 Library Avenue
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Newark United Methodist Church
Telephone: 302-388-9135
Contact Name: Ruthie Toole
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.Enjoy a Guide-led tour of the special exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture.  Image: Susan Taylor, as Model,c. 1970s. Ken Ramsay (1935–2008). Gelatin...

Cost: Free for Members, Free with admission for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Capital Ringers is a versatile community handbell ensemble known regionally for a vast repertoire including rock n’ roll, jazz, patriotic, sacred and current top 40 tunes,​ in addition to...

Cost: $10-$20.00

Where:
Milton Theater
110 Union St.
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Capital Ringers
Telephone: 302-632-1043
Contact Name: Heather Beauchamp
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Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s timeless score accompanies the classic story of Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer as they battle the Mouse King, travel to a magical land of dancing Snowflakes, and finally to...

Cost: Tickets: $25 - $45

Where:
West Chester University
Emilie K Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S. High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-696-2711
Contact Name: Michelle Marquette
Website »

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The Women's Club of Milton is hosting their annual Holiday House Tour:  Milton Holiday House Tour - Saturday, December 14, 2019; 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm (rain, snow or shine).  The...

Cost: Advance Tickets - $25, Day of Tickets - $30

Where:
Milton, DE
210 union Street
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Women's Club of Milton
Telephone: 302-329-9738
Contact Name: Linda King
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Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s timeless score accompanies the classic story of Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer as they battle the Mouse King, travel to a magical land of dancing Snowflakes, and finally to...

Cost: Tickets: $25 - $45

Where:
West Chester University
Emilie K Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S. High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-696-2711
Contact Name: Michelle Marquette
Website »

More information

Capital Ringers is a versatile community handbell ensemble known regionally for a vast repertoire including rock n’ roll, jazz, patriotic, sacred and current top 40 tunes,​ in addition to...

Cost: $15.00 for adults, Children 18 and under free

Where:
Conley's United Methodist Church
33106 Jolyns Way
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Capital Ringers
Telephone: 302-632-1043
Contact Name: Heather Beauchamp
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Calling all Delaware teen artists! Join The Delaware Contemporary’s Creative Arts Club to takeover our Hennessy Project Space gallery! Our Creative Arts Club students will design an...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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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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Presenting "A Colorful Christmas” featuring  a rainbow of seasonal classics including Elvis’ favorite, Blue Christmas,  Your a Mean One, Mr....

Cost: free will offering

Where:
St Paul's United Methodist Church
1314 Foulk Rd
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: St Paul's
Telephone: 302-764-0292
Contact Name: Lois Torgerson
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A wandering enchantress transforms a cruel and vain prince into a hideous Beast, leaving him only one way to reverse the curse – fall in love with another and earn her love in return. Belle,...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd
Wilmington , DE  19802
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Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church will be hosting their 6th Great Christmas Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 14th, 2019.   The Cookie Walk will begin at 9 am and ends when the...

Cost: $8-$25

Where:
The Great Hall at St Andrews Lutheran Church
425 N. DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-670-9599
Contact Name: Lori Speed
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