The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Will Ride Once Again at Frawley Stadium

Nothing entertains Blue Rocks fans quite like these dog-riding wranglers, thanks to a former rodeo clown.


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Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard hangs with his Cowboy Monkey Rodeo crew.//photo by Joe del tufo

 

The smell of popcorn and hot dogs hangs in the air as a crowd gathers within the crowd between third base and the left-field corner of Frawley Stadium. Kids lean over the bleachers and point as bemused parents try to contain them. The chatter increases until, suddenly, it is happening—a pair of dog-riding, hat-wearing Capuchin monkeys bursts onto the field, chasing sheep toward the infield.

Is there anything else like it?

At several home games every year the Wilmington Blue Rocks host Cowboy Monkey Rodeo between innings, a spectacle that consistently draws the largest crowds of each season. Faces of uninitiated watchers morph from wide-eyed disbelief to full-body laughter as the monkeys circle the sheep, then guide them back into order like thoroughly seasoned human cowpokes.

After a few minutes of riding and wrangling, the animals move off the field, and as they do, a monkey jumps onto a man who stands along the baseline and hugs him like a loving son.

That man is Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard, creator of Cowboy Monkey Rodeo. Lepard, 55, has won fame across the country thanks to the Blue Rocks—and a bit of infamy, thanks to his show.

Lepard and one of his Capuchin cowpokes share a
post-show hug.//Photo by Joe del Tufo

Once a small part of Lepard's work in real rodeo, the cowboy monkeys have performed over the past nine years at minor league ballparks such as Frawley, during NFL, NBA and college football games, and before more than 110,000 NASCAR fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"It was Joe Valenti and Mark VanderHaar of the Blue Rocks," Lepard says. “They handed me a microphone and said, 'I know you've never done a baseball game, but go out there and act like you have.'" WindowSo Lepard, a 39-year veteran of the rodeo, took his monkeys to the next level.

Valenti, a past director of marketing for the Blue Rocks, had been watching YouTube videos of Lepard and his Team Ghost Riders (because you can’t believe what you’re seeing) when he saw an opportunity. "I showed them to then-marketing director Mark VanderHaar and explained how I thought it would be a great addition to our between-inning entertainment," Valenti says. "I thought it was really interesting and fun when I saw it online, but seeing it up close takes it to another level. Seeing the show in person is truly surreal."

Lepard, born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, got into rodeo when a hearing problem prevented him from joining the military. His father opposed it, saying he couldn’t support a decision that might kill his son. Indeed, Lepard's first few bull rides were less than perfect, but he went on to win 13 gold buckles before a career full of broken bones forced him to make a change.

So Lepard became a rodeo clown. He was soon dubbed Wild Thang for the many attacks he endured. Then a world champion bull rider gave him what would become life-changing advice: "Jumping in with these bulls, you ain't gonna last long. You better get you an act, and it had better be funny."

Lepard had always been entertained by toy monkeys, so he bought a pair of real monkeys that he hoped he could train into his act. He tried to teach them to ride horses, but the big animals easily shook them off. "Man, I've got a mess," Lepard thought—until he realized the monkeys liked to ride the family dog, Daisy. "It was a cool relationship, because she was not high-strung." The act was born.

Since perfecting the show, Cowboy Monkey Rodeo has introduced Lepard to people across the country. "When you see an 80- or 70-year-old gentleman get up laughing, with tears rolling down his cheek—when they tell me they appreciate what I am doing out there and to keep doing it—that means more to me than anything," Lepard says. "I have experienced a lifetime, more than anyone could ever imagine, but when things like that happen, it's tough to beat. I think people recognize that I am following my dreams."

In his time with the animals, Lepard has been a keen observer of their behavior. One monkey, Little E, liked to give high-fives, so Lepard built it into the show. "What happened was at the games, I would give kids high-fives, and he noticed this and jumped from the ground up to give me one."

The monkeys often surprise Lepard and his wife, Rhonda, with their appetites and food preferences. "They love cherries, cauliflower, all kinds of fruits and vegetables. When NFL films came to us they said, 'We hear they like Pop Tarts.' They asked us to put the monkeys in a shopping cart and move down the aisle with them. The monkeys put 12 boxes into the cart. That's how much they love Pop Tarts."

Valenti not only helped introduce Cowboy Monkey Rodeo to the masses, he ended up adopting one of the act’s border collies when it was retired.

"Tim likes to retire the dogs when they reach five so they can live a dog’s life," Valenti says. "I mentioned to him that my wife and I would be interested in adopting one. Then, without further discussion, he presented Shot to me on the field after a game, in front of the crowd. Shot has been living with my family for almost two years now. He is the perfect dog for our family and is amazing with my 2-year-old daughter. He is enjoying a happy retirement."

 

The cowboy Monkey rodeo performs for blue rocks fans every year//Photos by Joe del Tufo

 

Love for Cowboy Monkey Rodeo is not universal, and there has been controversy around the treatment of the animals. PETA, which claims it receives complaints after every rodeo, has been most outspoken.

"These and similar events are extremely stressful and dangerous for all animals involved," the animal welfare organization has reported. "Monkeys used for rodeos are vulnerable to neck injuries, such as whiplash, which can easily occur when they're subjected to repetitive high-speed accelerations on the backs of dogs, who run at speeds of up to 30 mph. The dogs may also inadvertently run the monkeys into hard objects, such as walls, fences and poles… There are a million and one ways to promote sports teams that don’t involve cruelty to animals."

Delaware Office of Animal Welfare officers attended a game last year to observe. It reported that "the operator is very organized, with documentation, and the conditions of the animals well exceeded Delaware requirements." Yet PETA notes that Major League Baseball does not condone monkey rodeos, and the organization is confident they will soon become a thing of the past.

"Ninety percent of the people who make comments like these people have never seen the show live," Lepard says. "They say things like I pull their teeth with wire pliers and chain the monkeys down, that I am cruel to them. Any monkey in the wild has a lifetime of 10 years or so, as they are hunted by lions, cougars, snakes. When I have a monkey that's been riding with me for 28 years and people say I am cruel to him, I just don't think they really understand. Some people will protest anything that has something to do with an animal without actually understanding. These folks have not seen me with the animals. I am their guardian, I am their everything. I don’t let these comments take away happiness from me. And the places that we play understand and stand up for us. In Wilmington the owner came down and said, 'I don’t care what anybody says. We are behind you 100 percent.' And we’ve been there nine years now."

As the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo exits the field and the Blue Rocks' players trot back on, you see the look on Lepard's face mirrors that of the kids. It is a mix of wonder and presence, a purity of purpose.

"As long as I feel good inside my heart knowing that God is happy with me, I am going to keep doing this," he says.

 

The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo is slated to perform at Frawley Stadium for the 2019 season on May 24 and Aug. 30.

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  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: $6-$20

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

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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

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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March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

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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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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TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

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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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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Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

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  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
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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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Painting with Wood, an exhibition of “wood veneer paintings” by Robert Bruce Weston, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from April 5-26, 2019. 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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PAR-take in a fun day "fore" a GREAT cause! Got game? Bring it at The Trauma Survivors Foundation's Annual Golf Outing April 25th. Spectacular event with PLENTY of chances to win...

Cost: $200 per golfer, $780 per foursome

Where:
Odessa National Golf Course
1131 Fieldsboro Road
Townsend, DE  19734
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Sponsor: The Trauma Survivors Foundation
Telephone: 302-377-7451
Contact Name: Dennis Carradin
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Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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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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March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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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  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

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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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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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

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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TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

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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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

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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NANTICOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HOLD HEART FAILURE SUPPORT GROUP Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a heart failure support group on Thursday, April 25 from noon to 2:00 pm in the Nursing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Rd
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
Telephone: 3026296611 ext 2428

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Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

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Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, the largest plumbing distributor in the U.S., is proud to sponsor the third annual Celebrity Cook-off to Fight Hunger on April 25, 2019 from 5:30...

Cost: Suggested $20 donation

Where:
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
302 Hansen Access Rd.
King Of Prussia , PA
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Sponsor: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting
Telephone: (610) 935-6675
Contact Name: ​RSVP by April 20th to Jennifer
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Join the DelArt Readers, a community-led book club passionate about art-inspired literature. RSVP encouraged, but not required. Email ejarvis@delart.org. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 KentemereParkway
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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  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
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By August Wilson  Directed by Walter Dallas  “…universal enough to touch a chord in every human heart.”  — The New York Times In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Stephen Pelinski A cunningly crafted comedic thriller about deceit, double-crosses…and stamps. A pair of half-sisters, mourning their recently deceased mother,...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Painting with Wood, an exhibition of “wood veneer paintings” by Robert Bruce Weston, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from April 5-26, 2019. 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 »

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Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

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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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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Ocean Waves Quilt Guild 2019 Quilt Show, “Birds, Blooms and Butterflies” - Sussex Academy, 21150 Airport Rd, Georgetown, DE - Over 300 quilts on display, Merchants’...

Cost: $10/one day $15/rwo day

Where:
Sussex Academy
21150 Airport Rd
Georgetown , DE  19947
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Telephone: 301-325-5795
Contact Name: Anne Rogerson
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March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 26 DCAD admissions representatives will host prospective students and parents and accept transcripts, conduct portfolio reviews, give campus tours and provide any...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Randle Reed

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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

  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
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
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

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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Over 300 quilts on display, including quilts by our featured artist, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, internationally awarded quilter, author, fabric and pattern designer who will have a vendor booth and...

Cost: $10/one day, $15/two day

Where:
Sussex Academy
21150 Airport Road
Georgetown, DE  19947
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Sponsor: Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Inc.
Telephone: 301-325-5795
Contact Name: Anne Marie Rogerson
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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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Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

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


Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

More information

  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
Website »

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

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By August Wilson  Directed by Walter Dallas  “…universal enough to touch a chord in every human heart.”  — The New York Times In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

More information

By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Stephen Pelinski A cunningly crafted comedic thriller about deceit, double-crosses…and stamps. A pair of half-sisters, mourning their recently deceased mother,...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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“Not taking your Doodle to Dewey is like not taking your kids to Disney,” said one participant of this annual event. The 14th Annual DoodlesinDewey for Food&Friends will be...

Cost: $10 per person

Where:
On the beach
Saulsbury St
Dewey Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 301.467.5523
Contact Name: Amy Scott
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(CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED)             SATURDAY APRIL 2 7, 2019             8:00AM – 2:30PM   ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Aldersgate UMC
2313 CONCORD PIKE/RT.202
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Aldersgate UMC

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Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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The Earth is what we all have in common. Rediscover the wonders of our world during this year’s City Nature Challenge. Explore what makes our planet unique through live animal presentations,...

Cost: Free with admission

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

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

Ocean Waves Quilt Guild 2019 Quilt Show, “Birds, Blooms and Butterflies” - Sussex Academy, 21150 Airport Rd, Georgetown, DE - Over 300 quilts on display, Merchants’...

Cost: $10/one day $15/rwo day

Where:
Sussex Academy
21150 Airport Rd
Georgetown , DE  19947
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Telephone: 301-325-5795
Contact Name: Anne Rogerson
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Hear internationally-acclaimed Adam Foss lay out a vision for criminal justice reform and the important role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. The 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of...

Cost: Free with registration

Where:
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1502 W. 13th St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Westminster Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 302-658-8419
Contact Name: Elizabeth Bacon
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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Newport, DE: Take a step on the wooly side Saturday, April 27th from 10am-4pm for Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm’s 15th annual Shearing Day & Herb Sale!   Witness living...

Cost: Free

Where:
Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm
500 Greenbank Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm
Telephone: 302-999-9001
Contact Name: Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Over 300 quilts on display, including quilts by our featured artist, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, internationally awarded quilter, author, fabric and pattern designer who will have a vendor booth and...

Cost: $10/one day, $15/two day

Where:
Sussex Academy
21150 Airport Road
Georgetown, DE  19947
View map »


Sponsor: Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Inc.
Telephone: 301-325-5795
Contact Name: Anne Marie Rogerson
Website »

More information

TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
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
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

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Plastic Cup Boyz brings its stand-up comedy to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show cost from $39 to $59.

Cost: $39-59

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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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
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Usher in warmer spring weather at WILMUSIC Fest at Wilmington University’s new Brandywine campus on Saturday, April 27th, from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. This outdoor music festival is FREE to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington University Brandywine campus
10 Beaver Valley Road
Wilmington , DE  19803
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Sponsor: Wilmington University
Telephone: 302-295-1164
Contact Name: Laurie Bick Jensen
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Mark your calendars and pick out your best black tie attire for the glamorous Miss DE for America and Mrs. DE America Pageant. This is an event where Hollywood meets pageantry as national and local...

Cost: $65

Where:
The Grand Opera Theater
818 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC
Telephone: 202-374-8488
Contact Name: R. Thomas
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  Grab your cowboy hat and boots for this Western Themed Gala that includes live music, dancing, food, drinks, and silent auction. Join Joseph Patrick Fabber Memorial Foundation for a night...

Cost: $80 per ticket, $150 for 2 tickets

Where:
True Grit Stables
22328 Blue Bayou Way
Georgetown , DE  19947
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Sponsor: JPFMF
Telephone: 302-682-7566
Contact Name: Margaret McClure
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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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  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
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Mr. Phil Kelsall from Blackpool, England,  is noted for his distinctive Dixon-inspired "Blackpool style" of playing, he has made numerous appearances on television and radio playing the Towers's...

Cost: $10 - $20

Where:
The Dickinson Theater at John Dickinson H.S.
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Telephone: 302-995-5630
Contact Name: Bob Dilworth
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By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Stephen Pelinski A cunningly crafted comedic thriller about deceit, double-crosses…and stamps. A pair of half-sisters, mourning their recently deceased mother,...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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By August Wilson  Directed by Walter Dallas  “…universal enough to touch a chord in every human heart.”  — The New York Times In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Dead Man Walking Saturday, April 27, 2019  | 7:30 pm Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 2 pm The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE A powerful tale of grief, mercy, and...

Cost: $29-99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: OperaDelaware
Telephone: 302-442-7807
Contact Name: Mary Wilcosky
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Plastic Cup Boyz brings its stand-up comedy to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show cost from $39 to $59.

Cost: $39-59

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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Featured concert of the 2019 Steel Band Festival

Cost: Free

Where:
Loudis Recital Hall
Amy E. du Pont Music Building
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2577
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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Plastic Cup Boyz brings its stand-up comedy to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show cost from $39 to $59.

Cost: $39-59

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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“Not taking your Doodle to Dewey is like not taking your kids to Disney,” said one participant of this annual event. The 14th Annual DoodlesinDewey for Food&Friends will be...

Cost: $10 per person

Where:
On the beach
Saulsbury St
Dewey Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 301.467.5523
Contact Name: Amy Scott
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