T.S. Smith & Sons Farm in Bridgeville, Delaware

Branching Out: T.S. Smith & Sons has enjoyed the fruits of its labor for 105 years—and it continues to grow.



Charlie Smith leads a tour of the packing house. The Smiths still use the packing line, built in the late 1930s, to wash, sort and pack their apples

Photo by Carlos Alejandro

“Man, this rain is beautiful.”

A drizzle falls as Charlie Smith, arm out the window, hand upturned to feel the drops, drives his Chevy Silverado crew cab pickup through his orchards. Looking in from outside the world of agriculture, a comment about rain seems cliche, but there is nothing more important than water, preferably the kind that falls from the sky, preferably smack in the middle of barely-worth-mentioning to not-so-much-that-it-floods-the-fields. In any conversation with a farmer, the subject of rain is going to come up.

So today is a good day. After the “whackiest weather year” Smith can recall, one that was not only warm when it should have been cold and cool when it should have been warm, but light on precipitation, the drizzle is most welcome. It will not only nourish his crops, it will help recharge groundwater supplies. That’s important because Smith and his brothers, Tom and Matt, just dropped a boatload of money on new wells and new irrigation systems.

Which leads to another cliche about agriculture: Financially, a farmer is always one harvest away from ruin. But here’s a reason for cliches—they’re often true.

The farmers market. Photo by Carlos Alejandro“We live, I wouldn’t say hand to mouth, but year to year,” Smith says, “which is exactly why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

After 105 years in business, T.S. Smith & Sons in Bridgeville, the oldest commercial apple orchard on Delmarva, is branching out. More accurately, it continues to branch out. Thirty years ago, Smith started growing peaches. He then started raising new varieties of apple and nectarines. For the past five years he’s been planting sweet corn. And this year brings new fruits.

Along with new products comes a new marketing strategy: fewer sales to processors, more direct sales, a new store, increased participation at farmers markets, you-pick operations and more—all calculated to ensure T.S. Smith & Sons’ continued success. After all, you don’t get to be one of the most celebrated farms in the state if you don’t keep up with the times.

Yet the new investments and strategy may be a bit risky, because farming the T.S. Smith way is riskier than the norm. But the reward is greater for the grower and for you, the consumer, because T.S. Smith has something savvy eaters want more than ever: fresh, local food that will blow your doors off.

And few farmers are as good at growing it.

The Smiths recently purchased a new irrigation system. Photo by Carlos AlejandroMany of us enjoy the fruits of large-scale monoculture, the practice of growing thousands and thousands of acres of the same crop year after year under strictly controlled conditions. Picture 20,000 acres of corn grown from modified seed in organically rich topsoil that goes 12 feet deep in South Dakota. The crop is fertilized chemically. Pests are controlled chemically. Water is managed to the drop via mechanized irrigation. Every aspect of growing is geared toward raising a product of consistent quality that will survive shipping over long distances and last through long periods in cold storage, or it’s geared toward raising foods for processing.

In Delaware, the typical farm model is different, says Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. Most farmers grow corn or soy beans, and though they often use some of the same techniques as large industrial farms, their farms are much smaller—3,000 to 5,000 acres is humongous here. Their product is grown not for human consumption but for poultry feed. Most farmers downstate also raise chickens, and they might have a side line, like a small specialty crop, a roadside market or a you-pick field.

At harvest, peaches and other fruit are picked by hand. Photo by Carlos AlejandroT.S. Smith, typical of neither model, is unique. It doesn’t grow dry field corn for chicken feed, though it’s better suited to the organically poor soils of the coastal plain. It grows a limited amount of sweet corn to be eaten off the cob, the kind with plump, juicy kernels that you look forward to buttering all summer long. A more important distinction: it grows fruit, a laborious process that requires constant vigilance, industry and care.

Not only does it grow fruit, but it grows the kind of fruit that you just can seldom find in the grocery store. A Red Delicious apple from T.S. Smith’s may not be as red as that shiny Red Delicious from the supermarket, but it was picked at its peak, so it’s got a crisp snap and full flavor that a grocery store apple doesn’t always have.

It’s the same with peaches. Those from the grocery store, grown down South and picked long before they’ve ripened and long before the local season peaks, can be green, hard, bland. A peach from Smith’s was picked the day it reached sweet perfection. When you bite in, you’re reminded all over again what summer tastes like.

It’s a point of pride for Smith, because as much as he loves farming, he loves turning people on to real food.

The Smith’s operation is the oldest commercial apple orchard on Delmarva. Photo by Carlos Alejandro“When you hand someone a peach and they’ve got juice running all down their face and through their fingers, they say, ‘Man, I’ve never had anything like that.’” He laughs. “There’s just nothing better than that.”

T.S. Smith was established in 1907 by Smith’s great-grandfather, a butcher who traded a bill and some cash for 35 acres, then went into the business of growing apples. Over the years T.S. acquired neighboring fields and expanded his enterprise. The apples he grew—300 acres of them eventually—were sold mostly to canneries and juicers or pressed for cider on the premises. In 1938 there were 92 apple growers in Delaware. Now only T.S. Smith and Fifer Orchards in Wyoming remain.

In 1935 Smith’s started raising chickens for the young Delmarva poultry industry. When Hurricane Hazel blew all the apples off the trees in 1954, they were put in baskets on the loading dock of the packing house for sale at 50 cents a bushel, starting a retail business that thrives today. By the time Smith’s uncle and father, C.W. Smith Jr,, started working, the farm had begun growing corn and soy beans.

As the farm evolved, so did the business. When U.S. 13 was built in the 1950s, it bifurcated the property, but it also brought thousands of cars to and from the beaches at the height of the season—perfect for the produce market.

Matt Smith checks progress in the melon patch. Photo by Carlos AlejandroTom, 65, left the farm for the University of Delaware in 1965. He earned a master’s degree in plant science before going to work for the next 28 years in research and development for agricultural chemical companies. When he retired in 1993, he returned to the farm, where he manages the market and outside sales. He lives in a house near Smith’s beloved cherry trees. Matt, 46, served full-time in the Delaware Air National Guard from 1984 to 1987, part time from 1987 to 2008, then exclusively at Smith’s ever since. He works as the farm manager, and lives with his family in a house across town.

Smith, actually C.W. Smith III, 59, “grew up on the business end of a crescent fork,
before skid loaders, cleaning chicken houses.” He chuckles, as he does at the end of most sentences. “Man, I don’t miss those days.” He lives on “the home farm,” the same white clapboard house, surrounded by magnolias and Eastern white cedar, that he grew up in. A talented guitarist, he attended UD on a 4-H scholarship, then left to play music professionally for a few years. After realizing he “wasn’t going to get rich and famous” (there’s the laugh again), he returned to the farm.

Another cliche: Ask a farmer if there’s some other way he’d like to make a living, and the answer is invariably, Nope. Smith is no exception.

Secretary Kee has known two generations of Smiths now. Theirs is a history and heritage he admires.

Tom Smith enjoys a homegrown peach. Photo by Carlos Alejandro“You’ve got four generations going back in the same place, so they connect to when apple and peach production was the major industry in the state, 100 years ago. I really appreciate that fact,” Kee says. “But they’ve adapted to the times, changed their production and marketing scheme to meet new and emerging trends. They’re not just growing and shipping to local stores and roadside markets, so I admire their willingness to change and adapt.”

Kee has written extensively about the past 150 years of agriculture in Delaware, so he understands the big picture like few others. At the turn of the 20th century, he says, Delaware was king of the peach industry, until a disease called the yellows destroyed the trees. Yet other fruit and vegetable farmers did well; until World War II, there was a cannery in almost every town. By the end of the war, however, competition had increased from the Western states, including California, where favorable growing conditions, government subsidies and new technologies boosted production to levels farmers elsewhere couldn’t easily meet. A new interstate highway system that made shipping fast, easy and inexpensive put additional pressure on local farmers, and local families lost interest in running their aging canneries.

Delaware farming began to change. As the poultry industry grew, so did grain production. Of the 500,000 acres planted in Delaware today, 220,000 acres are soy, 180,000 acres are corn and 60,000 are fresh vegetables, like lima beans.

A walk around the family farm reveals a chicken house built by German POWs and old farm equipment like a tiller, a gas pump and a tractor. T.S. Smith & Sons is a state-designated century farm, meaning it has been operated by the same family for at least 100 years. Photo by Carlos Alejandro

Yet through the evolution to a poultry- and grain-producing state, T.S. Smith continued to do what it had always done. That may have put it in a risky place—fruit is far more vulnerable to environmental factors and disease than grain is, so a bad season could spell doom—but it can also be a real boon: When the apple harvest is down, as it was from New York to North Carolina this year, Smith’s fruit fetches top dollar.

“The reality of life in farming,” Smith says, “is supply and demand.” He’s learned there’s an even bigger demand for his products than he once realized, especially with new interest in eating fresh and eating local. Smith started to see a whole bunch of new opportunities—most of them right in the backyard.

College, Smith says, taught him how to learn. His father, who passed away last year at age 89—still working—taught him how to farm. Kee is a great admirer of the Smiths’ ability to grow.

Photo by Carlos AlejandroAs local agriculture changed, so did the farm, but in a different way. After 75 years of apples, Smith planted his first peach trees. He took a stab at high-density production in 1993 by planting Fuji apples at 450 trees per acre in an effort to increase yields and profits. New varieties of apples followed, with more acres of peaches, then some nectarines. This year Smith added new fruit trees.

Growing fruit is far different than growing grain. Grain, Kee points out, requires an investment in capital—seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, sometimes rent on fields, irrigation systems and heavy machinery. Most of the work is done by machine. Fruit requires an investment in labor, because other than tilling and planting corn, almost all the work at T.S. Smith is done by hand.

In spring, that means, among other things, planting corn. Matt got the first seed in on March 7, under protective plastic, for harvest by mid-June—the first local corn of the year. He will plant 12 acres every week until the season’s end. At the peak of the season, workers will harvest 1,000 ears a day. At 10,000 ears per 100 acres, that’s 1 million ears per season—all picked by hand.

Photo by Carlos AlejandroCantaloupes also are planted by hand, then covered by high tunnels to retain moisture and stifle weed growth. No machine can do that. Old apple and peach trees must be replaced when they reach the end of their productive lives. They are removed by hand, then replaced with saplings that are planted by hand. Old trees are pruned by hand. When the apples, peaches and nectarines start to come on, the fruits are thinned by hand so the remaining ones can grow to a marketable size. Some trees need to be sprayed for pests or weeds 15 times a season. At harvest, fruit and vegetables are picked by hand. Each stalk of asparagus on 10 acres is cut with a knife during the six weeks of its harvest. Pests and weeds are controlled by hand—all of it in effort to coax as much food as possible from each acre.

As if that weren’t enough, Smith wanted to plant new fruits last spring, including a few persimmons, figs and beach plums. All those saplings were planted by hand. The 300 cherries had to be covered with plastic sleeves to protect them from browsing deer, then the branches had to be trained by weighting them with clothespins. When the deer found them anyway, Smith and his crew hung individual bags of Milorganite, a slow-release organic nitrogen fertilizer that the animals find offensive. At times they’ve tried to manage animals by hanging sheets of Febreze or sprinkling with aftershave from the Dollar General.

And on top of all that, the trickle irrigation system that waters the new trees has to be checked constantly. The big hard-hose irrigation system has to be moved manually through the fields. The dry winter and spring made more irrigation necessary. The mild weather meant more pests survived into spring, increasing the amount of time and effort needed to control them.

One other thing: Last spring Smith reclaimed the tin roof and timbers of an old chicken house to build a pavilion out in the fields, a place people can rent for you-pick parties and other events.

Photo by Carlos AlejandroWhich leads to yet another cliche about farmers: They work constantly.

“We say that we only work half days,” Matt laughs. “Just pick the 12 hours you want to work.”

And that’s just the farming. With his girlfriend, Greer Stangl, a farm employee, Smith has been working on new marketing schemes. One is to get more T.S. Smith produce into local outlets, and to do it directly. The farm, in fact, has downsized in order to increase direct sales.

Smith has stopped selling to processors who make applesauce and pie filling. Instead, they’re selling fruit to 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton for specialty beers. Peaches go to the fire department in Felton for its annual ice cream fundraiser. T.S. Smith participates in a national farm-to-school program for lunches. It sells to local specialty producers like Back Yard jellies and Jams, as well as Willey Farms in Townsend, local ShopRite stores, the Walmart Supercenter in Milford, and produce stands on U.S. 50 and U.S. 404. Smith and Stangl participate in the Milton Farmers Market every Friday, and they do two farm-to-table dinners a month at local restaurants like Abbott’s Grill in Milford. Last spring, Smith and a winemaker from the Eastern Shore collaborated on a limited quantity of hard cider for sale in local liquor stores.

Smith is also trying to attract more visitors to the farm. Beyond the established market on Redden Road and a fairly new satellite in Easton, Md., he opened Orchard Point Market on the northbound side of U.S. 13 this year, Sundays only late June through early November, to catch beach visitors on their way home to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Last year T.S. Smith hosted the Slow Foods Delmarva Festival, and this year it organized Smith’s first Celebration of Mothers in May. During the Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival each October, he personally leads tours of the farm.

Smith wants to sell produce and maximize profits sure enough. But he also wants to educate people, especially kids. The farm has a unique history that’s worth knowing about: There’s still a chicken house built by German POWs in the 1940s. And despite all the manual labor, it employs some thoroughly modern practices—soil analysis to determine what supplements the crops need most, controlling insect pests with careful use of predator insects—and state-of-the-art technologies such as high tunnels, trickle irrigation and a 178-panel solar array to power the cold storage area next to the market.

“That puts a positive spin on your farm,” he says. “To say I’m trying to reduce my carbon footprint, I like that. It’s important to know that we use sustainable practices. We wouldn’t be here 105 years if we didn’t.”

The effort has been noticed. T.S. Smith & Sons is a state-designated century farm, meaning it has been operated by the same family for at least 100 years. The farm is under federal review as a national historical site. The state recently launched its new agri-tourism trail there. And the Small Business Administration awarded T.S. Smith & Sons its Family Business of the Year Award, a state honor that Kee says is not only heartwarming, but more important, “telling about the interest the non-farm community has in the importance of agriculture. It’s  a recognition that the public is understanding the importance of open space and food sourcing.”

So in a time when fruit growing has become almost a novelty in Delaware, and farm owners everywhere are often under heavy pressure to sell to real estate developers, the Smith brothers have managed to create something special: a living link to the past that is always reaching toward the future.

“It’s our time. We’ve arrived,” Smith says. “I think we’re really going to see a difference. We have what people want.”

It seems that at T.S. Smith & Sons, success is as sweet as a perfect peach. 

 

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ are...

Cost: Free

Where:
2nd and 3rd Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne and Stephanie Dumpson
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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a two-session Diabetes Prevention Class on Monday, July 25 and Monday, August 29 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This two-session...

Cost: $20/person

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2288
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Each of us strives for happiness and peace in life.  We would like to experience peace and happiness in response to every action we perform. We feel happiness is my birthright. The path we...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Apartments Community Room (near pool)
2702 Jacqueline Dr.
Wilmington, DE  19810


Sponsor: Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidhyalaya
Telephone: 706-691-4666
Contact Name: Krutiben Aghera
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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
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Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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Who should attend: The camp is designed for experienced girl choristers in grades 5 through young adult (21 years) who are looking for a challenging choral music experience that will help develop...

Cost: $275

Where:
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Telephone: 302-656-6628
Contact Name: David Christopher
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM during thesummer at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children aged 5-12. Each day will...

Cost: $10 for TLC members: $20 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Every Tuesday in July and August; 10:00 am–3:00 pm (drop-in program) Kids ages 3–10 are invited to try fun activities related to the wide world of Winterthur.  In July we will investigate how...

Cost: Members free. $5 per child, one adult per child is free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Join park naturalists to explore the nature in your neighborhood. Learn more about familiar animals and discover animals you may not expect live nearby. Drop in each week to check out a series of...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Can-Do Playground, Alapocas Run State Park
4360 Weldin Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
Website »

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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
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Our summer Lobster Special is back, now on Tuesdays! Join us every Tuesday for dinner starting at 4:30PM and enjoy a whole 1.5 lb lobster, shipped directly to us from Maine, for just $29.95....

Cost: 29.95

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Judy Champion
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
Website »

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Dorothy and Toto travel through the Land of Oz seeking the help of the Wizard. They meet a brainless scarecrow, a tin man who wants a heart, a cowardly lion and witches good and bad. Two actors...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Epworth United Methodist Church
19285 Rd 271
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

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


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

More information

Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

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


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

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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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Who should attend: The camp is designed for experienced girl choristers in grades 5 through young adult (21 years) who are looking for a challenging choral music experience that will help develop...

Cost: $275

Where:
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Telephone: 302-656-6628
Contact Name: David Christopher
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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

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The 2016 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers' Market at Rodney Square will begin May 4 and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Downtown Visions and facilitated by the City of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.425.0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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A vain and goofy emperor vows to wear the most beautiful clothes every seen. A clever trickster convinces the ruler that he can make magic clothes that are fabulous, but they can't be seen by...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Epworth United Methodist Church
19285 Rd 271
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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July 20: Animal “Superpowers” on Stage (http://www.penn.museum/calendar/eventdetail/220/world-wonders-animal-superpowers-on-stage) July 27: An Ancient Egyptian Journey...

Cost: Free with general Museum admission

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Join us at Winterthur's Brown Horticulture Learning Center for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The University of Delaware Library, in association with the Delaware Museum of Art, invites the public to a free lecture by Heather Bozant Witcher, the 2016 Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies. Her...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Class of 1941 Lecture Room
Morris Library, University of Delaware
181 South College Avenue
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library and Marks Samuels Lasner Collection
Telephone: 302-831-3250
Contact Name: Mark Samuels Lasner

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

More information

Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
Website »

More information

About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
Website »

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Wednesdays, June through September, 4:30 pm Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you...

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Summertime means good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, where we celebrate our seventh annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum’s...

Cost: Admission is $10, $5 PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Hagley’s property will be open Wednesday evenings for curious guests and families to bicycle or walk. Visit areas normally closed to foot traffic. Bring a picnic or dine at the Belin House...

Cost: $2, free for members and children 5 and under

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 130-265-82400261
Website »

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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Select Wednesdays in July, 6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall Join us for this new film series celebrating Chinese and South American cultures in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Made in the...

Cost: $5 per Member. $8 per nonmember.

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

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Zumba sessions every Wednesday in Lewes Canalfront Park, overlooking the banks of the beautiful Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes. Free.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Zumba by Kelly, Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
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Join powerhouse singer Amy Black for a soulful celebration of the incredible music that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s and 70s. Together, with a full band, she performs classic...

Cost: $10 ADV - $12 DOS + Fees

Where:
World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-504-9565
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Who should attend: The camp is designed for experienced girl choristers in grades 5 through young adult (21 years) who are looking for a challenging choral music experience that will help develop...

Cost: $275

Where:
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Telephone: 302-656-6628
Contact Name: David Christopher
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Join park naturalists to explore the nature in your neighborhood. Learn more about familiar animals and discover animals you may not expect live nearby. Drop in each week to check out a series of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Park
18th and Van Buren St.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM during thesummer at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children aged 5-12. Each day will...

Cost: $10 for TLC members: $20 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Gene McClone, from Gentle Palm Karate Academy will lead you through the basic movements of Tai Chi.  Meet at the Josephine Fountain, 1080 North Park Drive, 19802.

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Park
1080 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the...

Cost: No ticket is required for the Farm Stand or the Museum Store.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
Website »

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This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

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


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

More information

Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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This Friday, July 29, TD Bank will host a community event supporting Kind to Kids, a local organization that works to provide victims of child abuse or neglect with educational programs, support...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
TD Bank
2035 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Who should attend: The camp is designed for experienced girl choristers in grades 5 through young adult (21 years) who are looking for a challenging choral music experience that will help develop...

Cost: $275

Where:
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Telephone: 302-656-6628
Contact Name: David Christopher
Website »

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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

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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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302 998 1930
Website »

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
Website »

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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
Website »

More information

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

More information

Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

More information

The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
Website »

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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Both children and adults enjoy the First State Heritage Park's candlelit walking tours – there’s history, humor, and sorrow in the stories of real people from Delaware’s past centuries. ...

Cost: $10

Where:
First State Heritage Park
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S. New Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
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This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

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


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

More information

Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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Join local birding expert and environmental educator, Kelley Nunn, as we look and listen for the common (and uncommon!) birds of Bucktoe. We will be taking short hikes through the preserve to spot...

Cost: FREE for TLC members, $15 for non-members.

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
Website »

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Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

 

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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Whether you sew, knit, hook, or knot, you will weave together a day of fun with this textile-focused family event. Guests will learn a new skill like weaving or felting and enjoy hands-on...

Cost: $0-14

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302 998 1930
Website »

More information

Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

More information

Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
Website »

More information

About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
Website »

More information

Please join us for this extraordinary event.  The annual Dancing With The Summer Stars Showcase at the BlueBallRoom Dance Club in Independence Mall.  It’s a date-night like none...

Cost: $15 per person

Where:
BlueBallRoom Dance Club
1601 Concord Pike
Suite 10, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-984-BLUE (2583)
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
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Movie Night at the Vineyard: Wizard of Oz Saturday July 30th - Movie begins at dusk (around 9pm) Enjoy an evening under the stars in the vineyard! There will be free popcorn available along with...

Cost: $16.50

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Penns Woods Winery
Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Andrea
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