Q&A with the Late Father Roberto Balducelli, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Wilmington

The Rev. Roberto Balducelli passed away on Friday, Aug. 9. Last December, DT interviewed the pastor at the site of one of his beloved projects: St. Anthony in the Hills in Avondale, Pa.



photograph by Anne Scorsone

The Rev. Roberto Balducelli, longtime pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Wilmington, passed away Friday, just hours before his 100th birthday.

Last December, we visited with Father Roberto at his beloved St. Anthony in the Hills, just over the state line in Avondale, Pa. Even at the age of 99, Father Roberto ventured to the camp almost daily to oversee the completion of the longtime project.

During our conversation, the retired priest described in great detail everything from the arrival of Italians in Wilmington to construction of the church, a grade school, Padua Academy and many other structures and programs.

Father Roberto stressed that the interview not be about him, but that it focus on the parish, its people and all of their accomplishments. He was most excited about the future use of St. Anthony in the Hills as a means to keep families of all races and religions as a strong unit.

—Drew Ostroski


DT: How did St. Anthony in the Hills come about?
RB: In 1959 I was named pastor at St. Anthony of Padua. And one day, about a year later, there were many kids playing inside and outside the church. It was summer. I said to one of my assistants, “We need a place for the kids to play.” He said, “You need a camp.” I said, “I know.” Before the war I was in Paris for three years. They had a camp there. So, in the evening, I met with one of our parishioners who was building new houses. I asked him if he could find a place to build a camp for kids. He said, “Tomorrow I will take you to see the place.” He picked me up and we traveled, traveled, traveled. I said, “Where are you going?” He said, “Pennsylvania.” I said, “Pennsylvania? I don’t want a camp in Pennsylvania.” He said, “It’s a nice place.” He said the only problem was, “I thought it was only 10 acres. I was going to buy it and give it to you because you have no money. But it’s 140 acres. They want $100,000.” I said, “Frank, let’s go home.” He said, “I want you to see it.” I went there and I see the place, all the trees. My god, I fell in love with it. But we had no money. So we didn’t talk about it for a year. I thought that if I talked to the bishop, he would say no. A year later I went to see the bishop. I said, “Bishop, we need a camp for kids.” He said, “What a great idea.” I said, “We have a place but it’s a forest.” He said, “Well, can you cut it down? The kids don’t want to play under the same tree for three months. Go ahead.” I expected to have difficulty. But he was pushing me. I said, “Bishop, it’s in Pennsylvania.” He said, “No problem.” So eventually we bought the place.

DT: I understand you were also involved with building a school around the same time.
RB: In the meantime we announced that we were opening Padua Academy, a high school for girls. We only had 12 girls. But when we made the announcement, we had demand from every parish. We had 70 girls right away. The grade school became too small. So we got permission to build Padua Academy.
One important point: When we built the church, then the grade school and the rectory, I realized that our men came from small villages in south Italy. They have a need of beauty. So we wanted to build a big, beautiful building. We had that in the grade school and we had that in the high school, too. It took seven years to build Padua Academy. We went to such a degree to build it beautifully, that at the end we wanted to have a really good decoration above the main entrance. We had bronze statues depicting the great women of Christianity. That thing cost $74,000. It was given by Ernie Delle Donne. We have a great interest in beauty. At Padua Academy in the floor, we have decorated the floors with all this.

DT: What was your vision for St. Anthony in the Hills?
RB: In 1974 we finished building Padua Academy. My question was now, “What are we going to do with the camp?” We hadn’t done anything at the camp because we were building Padua Academy. I remember during the presidential election that year that candidates from both parties said that if they were elected they would make a tremendous effort to strengthen the family unit because there was a sense of disintegration of the family at that time. The election was held and nothing happened. They did nothing at all. What is needed in society is more church. And family is the center of everything. So we wanted to build a camp and youth and family center—a place where the family can develop itself. We want facilities for everything. For instance, to have a playground for children from 1 to 5. The family can come there and have everything needed for small children. We would also have a place for older children: mini-golf, soccer fields, a swimming pool, etcetera. And at the end, we build a building for teenagers. That was the idea of what we wanted at the camp. We had no money, of course. No money whatsoever. So we could not even think that the church could pay for it.

DT: How did it become reality?
RB: Two people came up with the idea of having a fundraiser every year. Phil DiFebo of Feby’s came up with a crab feast. We did it and it made about $20,000 every time. Then another man, Harry Simeone, had the idea of having a golf tournament. We’ve had that for about 18 years now. So that raised about $60,000. It costs $40,000 a year just for insurance. All the construction of the camp was done with volunteer labor, machinery. The volunteer labor was done by companies like DiSabatino, John Julian building roads and things like that.

DT: Do you still have peacocks here?
RB: I do. Before I let them loose. I cannot anymore because the cars go by and the peacocks stand in the middle of the road and they don’t want to move. (He laughs.) But I built a place for them. We also have 40 rabbits. But they were disappearing. I said, “My god, who is taking my rabbits?” One day I was there and a big bird came down, grabbed a rabbit and flew away. So I said, “You cannot have them.” I built an immense cage. And I mean immense. It’s 100 feet long and 18 feet high. Inside I have goats and chickens and that’s where we have the peacocks. They are protected. The foxes cannot get in.

DT: How did you get the materials to build all of these buildings?
RB: Every building is done with recycled material. For instance, even the roads. The bottom of the road was dirt. At that time, they were rebuilding Route 7 and breaking the old concrete. I got all that concrete, mountains of it, and built the bottom of the roads. At that time, when they were paving Route 7, they didn’t know what to do with the leftover blacktop. I was getting them. People were saying, “You’re crazy.” People were saying, “Father Robert is getting all this junk. He’s ruining the camp.” But now you can’t get the concrete anymore. The state wants it. Same with the blacktop. They want it. I was doing it before them. And I was condemned for it. (He laughs.)

DT: How close are you to finishing the project?
RB: At this moment, the construction is more or less over. We have to finish the children’s playground and maybe one building. The idea is now to take care of the families. My idea that we’ve not done yet is to create an association of families—a membership. Because now people think they are a stranger. Can we come in? We use the camp now from Monday to Friday for children. Saturday and Sunday, nothing. We do have some people come to swim. So during that time we could have a family festival. This is important to me. To me, the family is the greatest necessity for the future both for the church and the states. We want a place with something that goes for father, mother and children. A place where they can go and be together and share with one another. A place to celebrate the family. That would be the interest in the future. That is the idea. And if we do that, then building the camp will have been worthwhile.

 

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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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
Website »

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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 »

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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
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

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Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this beautiful...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Telephone: 1-800-643-3779
Contact Name: Cape May Lewes Ferry
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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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present LITTLE MEN, a drama that portrays how a rapidly changing neighborhood can have a dissimilar impact on two families. Jake (Theo...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-644-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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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
Website »

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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

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

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This literature discussion of "Between Riverside and Crazy" by Stephen Adly Guirgis, led by author and educator Dr. Myrna Nurse, is part of a nationwide and statewide celebration of the Pulitzer...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware Memorial Hall
170 The Green
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Delaware Humanities Forum
Telephone: 302-657-0650
Contact Name: Ciera Fisher
Website »

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How our next Lieutenant Governor feels about environmental policy can shape so many aspects of our lives -- transportation, water quality, safety, social justice, and land use just to name a few....

Cost: Free

Where:
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mil Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Delaware Nature Society
Telephone: (302) 239-2334
Contact Name: Brenna Goggin
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Belly Dance Classes with Zahra (Newark) Open to teens and adults. Open to beginner and intermediate students. Five-week series: Tuesdays 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Advanced payment: $52 via PayPal to...

Cost: $15-$52

Where:
George Wilson Center
303 New London Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Website »

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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
, DE

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Wednesdays through September 28, 2016, October 12 & 29, November 9 & 26, December 7 & 31 8:00 am – 7:30 pm Itinerary: 8:00 am Customer Check In 8:45 am Boat departs...

Cost: $35

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes , DE  19958
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Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular series Thomas & Friends® returns to the Strasburg Rail Road beginning August 27 for the Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour. This...

Cost: $21+

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Fairfax Flea Market on 9/17/16 from 8:00-2:00 free outdoor event @ Aldersgate Church on Concord Pike, Over 50 Vendors / Vendors $25.00 per space   Rain Date 9/24/16

Cost: free

Where:
Aldersgate Church
2313 Concrod Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Aldersgate
Telephone: 302-388-4514
Contact Name: Sandy Poplos

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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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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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Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

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


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

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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 »

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

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

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 »

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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
Website »

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Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this beautiful...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Telephone: 1-800-643-3779
Contact Name: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Website »

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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
Website »

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present LITTLE MEN, a drama that portrays how a rapidly changing neighborhood can have a dissimilar impact on two families. Jake (Theo...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-644-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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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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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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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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

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

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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
, DE

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Show Less...

Fairfax Flea Market on 9/17/16 from 8:00-2:00 free outdoor event @ Aldersgate Church on Concord Pike, Over 50 Vendors / Vendors $25.00 per space   Rain Date 9/24/16

Cost: free

Where:
Aldersgate Church
2313 Concrod Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Sponsor: Aldersgate
Telephone: 302-388-4514
Contact Name: Sandy Poplos

More information

Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular series Thomas & Friends® returns to the Strasburg Rail Road beginning August 27 for the Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour. This...

Cost: $21+

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »

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Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sept 1, 2016: Lewes Ferry Departure: 8:45 am Cape May Ferry Departure: 4:30 pm   Sundays through August 28, 2016 Lewes Ferry Departure: 9:15 am Cape May Ferry...

Cost: $28/$18/$6

Where:
Departs from Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
, DE

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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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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 »

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

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

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

Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

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


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

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 »

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First and Third Thursday of the month, March–November, 10:30–11:30 am Meet in Galleries Reception Atrium. Wee Ones is now offered twice a month! This early childhood series intended for...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this beautiful...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Telephone: 1-800-643-3779
Contact Name: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Website »

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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
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present LITTLE MEN, a drama that portrays how a rapidly changing neighborhood can have a dissimilar impact on two families. Jake (Theo...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-644-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

More information

Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery will be hosting bariatric support groups on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Nanticoke Memorial...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 8810
Contact Name: Shelly Geis

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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: $50 or $25 for refresher course

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in...

Cost: $26 SRO - $34 Seated + Fees

Where:
World Cafe Live - Wilmington
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-504-9565
Contact Name: MP Intern
Website »

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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
, DE

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular series Thomas & Friends® returns to the Strasburg Rail Road beginning August 27 for the Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour. This...

Cost: $21+

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »

More information

Patterned Space, paintings by Diane Lorio, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 2-30, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, September 9 from 5-7 p.m. Lorio received a...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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Fairfax Flea Market on 9/17/16 from 8:00-2:00 free outdoor event @ Aldersgate Church on Concord Pike, Over 50 Vendors / Vendors $25.00 per space   Rain Date 9/24/16

Cost: free

Where:
Aldersgate Church
2313 Concrod Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Sponsor: Aldersgate
Telephone: 302-388-4514
Contact Name: Sandy Poplos

More information

  Kalmar Nyckel Tours Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this...

Cost: $40-$60

Where:
Cape May Ferry
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »

More information

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 »

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 »

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
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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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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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The Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation (a non-profit organization) presents the 38th Annual Long’s Park Art Festival over Labor Day, September 2–4. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Long's Park
1441 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster , PA
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Sponsor: Long's Park Ampitheater
Telephone: 717-735-8883
Contact Name: Bill Wright
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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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Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Yoga in the Vineyard: Wine, Body & Soul Select Fridays & Sundays May through October The aging of wine is a noble process that can serve as a metaphor for healthy aging of a human being. Join us...

Cost: $35

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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Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this beautiful...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Telephone: 1-800-643-3779
Contact Name: Cape May Lewes Ferry
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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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Cost: Free (plus shopping)

Where:
The Pavilion in the Garden
510 Duncan Rd
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Bellevue Community Center
Telephone: 302-762-1391
Contact Name: Market Manager
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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Local artist Terry M. Isner is back with his “Comic Commerce” art exhibit opening in Rehoboth Beach on September 2 Local Rehoboth Beach artist Terry M. Isner will present new pieces of his...

Cost: Free

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

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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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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
, DE

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Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular series Thomas & Friends® returns to the Strasburg Rail Road beginning August 27 for the Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour. This...

Cost: $21+

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Fairfax Flea Market on 9/17/16 from 8:00-2:00 free outdoor event @ Aldersgate Church on Concord Pike, Over 50 Vendors / Vendors $25.00 per space   Rain Date 9/24/16

Cost: free

Where:
Aldersgate Church
2313 Concrod Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Aldersgate
Telephone: 302-388-4514
Contact Name: Sandy Poplos

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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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  Kalmar Nyckel Tours Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this...

Cost: $40-$60

Where:
Cape May Ferry
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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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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The Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation (a non-profit organization) presents the 38th Annual Long’s Park Art Festival over Labor Day, September 2–4. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Long's Park
1441 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster , PA
View map »


Sponsor: Long's Park Ampitheater
Telephone: 717-735-8883
Contact Name: Bill Wright
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
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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
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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

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

Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

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


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

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

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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Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-536-5395
Contact Name: Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery
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Weekends in September Explore Hagley Museum in a new way by joining us for one of our six walking tours.  One or more Themed tours are offered most weekend days, usually at 11:00 AM and repeated...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
P.O. Box 3630, 298 Buck rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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  Kalmar Nyckel Tours Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this...

Cost: Nominal

Where:
Cape May Ferry
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »

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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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Local artist Terry M. Isner is back with his “Comic Commerce” art exhibit opening in Rehoboth Beach on September 2 Local Rehoboth Beach artist Terry M. Isner will present new pieces of his...

Cost: Free

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

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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

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

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A thrilling night of great music and song. Experience Frank, Dean, and Sammy — the  Rat Pack will performed with a wonderful mix of song, comedy, sketches, and brilliant musical arrangement.  A...

Cost: 20-25

Where:
Milton Theatre
110 Union St.
Milton, DE  19968
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Telephone: (302) 684-3038
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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
, DE

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