Delaware Financial Experts Offer Advice on Charitable Giving

Local wealth management advisors weigh in on how philanthropy benefits the world at large, and the bottom line.


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Mike Sicuranza, president and senior financial advisor at Wilmington’s Affinity Wealth

Mike Sicuranza, president and senior financial advisor at Affinity Wealth, encourages clients to think like Warren Buffet when it comes to giving./Photo by Leslie Barbaro

When Mike Sicuranza, president and senior financial advisor at Wilmington’s Affinity Wealth Management, brings up the idea of his clients giving back, he doesn’t have to conjure a fairy tale. He just has to tell everyone to be like Warren Buffet—famous for pledging to give away a significant chunk of his wealth—once he convinces them they will be able to pay for their prescription drugs in 30 years.

“You have to ask the right questions and then turn the talk to philanthropy and charitable interests,” Sicuranza says. “But I don’t agree with the idea that advisors should force clients into it. If they are inclined, our job is to show them the path forward.”

“Also, it’s important to learn what clients are passionate about and help them uncover possibilities to take advantage of that,” he adds. “A lot of people who are successful are hard drivers who don’t feel they have the time or bandwidth to think about those things. Our job as advisors is to show them what’s possible.”

But before Sicuranza can discuss charitable contributions or the establishment of foundations with his clients, he must do a little reassuring. Even the wealthiest people are looking for someone capable of looking into the future. They need to know if everything’s going to be fine.

Of course, that’s impossible to predict, but it’s easier when the client in question is a high-net worth individual. Even the most uncertain healthcare climate or volatile economic forecasts can’t thwart the hopes of people with considerable cash in the bank.

“Clients want to be assured they will be okay,” he says. “Then, we can look at the bigger picture.”

A tradition of giving

Part of that broader view includes philanthropy. Although Americans have a fairly good understanding that their expenses are going to keep growing and that they will need more money than ever to handle what will almost certainly be on average longer retirement stretches—not that they are all saving that way—there is still a significantly healthy culture of giving throughout the United States. And it continues to grow.

According to Giving USA, Americans gave $410.02 billion to charity in 2017, the first time the nation surpassed $400 billion and a 5.2% increase from 2016. Those impressive figures are part of a long-term trend that has seen numbers swell over the past 62 years to seven times their 1957 levels. Corporate giving is up. Foundation giving is up. And so are individual contributions. That includes wealthy individuals. According to Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy, 90 percent of them contributed to charities, at an average of $29,269 per household.

It’s not as if the wealthy don’t have some impressive role models in philanthropy. Nearly 200 of the ultra-rich, including the likes of Bill and Melinda Gates, Buffett, Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg and Elon Musk, have pledged to donate at least half of their net worth to charity. And they aren’t just doing it for a big tax break. There’s the knowledge among these top-earners that with great wealth comes great responsibility.

Along with providing counsel on investment options, retirement programs, estate planning and succession strategies, wealth advisors encourage and guide their clients toward philanthropic initiatives that allow them to support causes that are important to them, while cultivating a culture of giving in their families. Oh, and there are those tax benefits, too.

Fred Dawson, Financial Advisor at Basset, Dawson and Foy in Wilmington

Fred Dawson, a financial advisor at Bassett, Dawson and Foy, says it's often advisors who initiate conversations about charitable giving./Photo by Leslie Barbaro

As the statistics show, this is certainly not a fad. People are sharing their success with a variety of charitable organizations and foundations in attempts to provide assistance to those in need. But providing that help isn’t as easy as writing a check, although that old-fashioned approach still brings favor by those looking for donations. Today, there’s a variety of options available, and advisors are willing to explore them in order to find the right fit for clients. But like all good wealth management, it begins with a conversation designed to discover goals and preferences.

“It must begin at a high level with a conversation surrounding their aspirations and wishes as they relate to charitable contributions,” says Michael Paregian, who has spent 22 years as a financial advisor, the last two at Lau Associates in Wilmington. “What kind of legacy are they interested in leaving? What are they passionate about?”

Those are key questions, because folks who merely write big checks to charities are doing good, but they aren’t creating a plan for sustained giving that will benefit them and their families for many years. Therefore, it makes good sense to have a plan that benefits those in need but also allows the investor to gain, both from an altruistic standpoint but also in terms of the financial advantages that are available.

“[The advisor] is the one who is the initiator of this often,” says Fred Dawson of Bassett, Dawson and Foy in Wilmington. “I try to learn as much as I can about goals and objectives and try to get to know the clients as people. If they have charities that they favor, we dig into how they can help them easily and cost effectively through highly appreciated stock, real estate or another form of gift.”

Tempering the tax man

Susan Lehnerd doesn’t want people thinking her approach to charity is purely based on financial benefits reaped by those who contribute to worthy causes, but she doesn’t hide that clients are looking for an advantage come April 15.

“Typically, it starts with the tax return,” says Lehnerd, director of financial planning for Newark-based Mallard Financial. “Clients are always looking for tax benefits, and charitable donations are one way to [maximize those].”

Susan Lehnerd at Newark's Mallard Financial

Susan Lehnerd, director of financial planning at Mallard Financial, says
tax benefits are a major consideration in charitable giving.
Photo by Leslie Barbaro

The tax reforms of 2017 changed some of the deductions people can take on charitable contributions. In 2019, standard deductions for single and joint filers rose to $12,000 and $24,000, respectively, which includes a flat $10,000 deduction for state and local taxes and mortgage interest. A couple that gives $10,000 annually to charity will end up with $20,000 in deductions on their tax return (the charity total, plus the flat tax/interest deduction) and would likely just take the $24,000 standard option. However, by “bunching” two years of charitable deductions into one, the couple could exceed that threshold and get extra tax savings.

In other words, by giving $20,000 to charity and adding it to the $10,000 tax/interest deduction, a couple could realize $6,000 in savings over one year while still getting the full $24,000 benefit the following year, even without giving any extra money to charity.

“If you double and triple up, you can get a bigger tax break in one year and still benefit moving forward without doing much,” Lehnerd says.

Another way to create a benefit for charities and clients is for advisors to help them find ways to donate their mandatory IRA distributions that begin when people hit 70-and-a-half years old. Since contributions to IRAs and 401(k) plans are not taxed when they are made, but are when funds are withdrawn, it makes sense for some to take their monthly checks and donate them to charity. That way, they can do some good and keep some money away from the federal treasury.     

“A lot of the clients we work with have the means to support themselves without the income from their retirement funds,” Paregian says. “They can make a decision to help fund some charities.”

Investing with good in mind

There are many people who have clear, specific charitable goals, and for them, providing money in either of the previous two ways makes perfect sense. However, for those who are trying to decide which worthy causes are most important to them, donor-advised funds are a way to go. Established in the 1930s, these vehicles allow investors to contribute lump sums to a fund under the direction of a custodian (Fidelity, Schwab, etc.) and reap immediate tax benefits. Then, over time, they can direct all or portions of the total fund—which grows under an advisor’s direction—to causes they feel are worthy. They can continue to add to the fund over time, gaining the benefits come April 15 and continuing to support charities.

“This works if someone is looking to start small and build over time,” Sicuranza says.

Another opportunity for those interested in contributing but not sure exactly about the best targets for their largesse is a community foundation, such as the Delaware Community Foundation. It has already developed relationships with a collection of organizations that are worthy recipients of donations.

“They do a lot of hand-holding for donors,” Paregian says. “They will take you to a charity, walk you through and make introductions. If you have an idea of helping in the education sector, they have already vetted the charities and can tell you if your money will be put to good use.”

Paregian also says a good advisor is capable of doing some of the investigating, too. He or she can look at tax returns and other information of potential giving targets, and determine how much money they are raising and how they are putting it to use.

“A lot of the clients we work with have the means to support themselves without the income from their retirement funds. They can make a decision to help fund some charities.” —Michael Paregian, Lau Associates

If people have purchased stock that has appreciated over the years, a sale will trigger the need to pay capital gains taxes on the increase above the cost basis even if someone wants to donate the proceeds to a charity. If, instead, the stock is donated before the sale, the beneficiary receives the full value of the stock, and the person making the contribution pays no tax and can take the entire value of the equities as a charitable donation. It’s a win-win-win. The organization gets a substantial gift. The person making the donation pays no taxes. And he or she can claim the entire amount of the stock as a deduction, rather than the value less the amount of tax paid.

It’s also important to know that all charitable activity doesn’t have to involve direct gifts or other vehicles designed to benefit organizations through specific contributions. Investors interested in helping companies that have corporate missions aligned with them can engage in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing, which was once an outlier but is now common on Wall Street. ESG funds and companies allow investors to choose options that fit their beliefs. However, it is important to be vigilant when choosing a fund, because there is no universal standard for determining what kind of corporation belongs in the ESG category. Therefore, some companies whose approaches don’t align can be included. Investors who dig deeply into funds’ makeups to find out who is included are able to make an educated decision.

For those families interested in creating a way to bring everyone together around a common cause, the establishment of a private foundation is one way to go. The concept allows families to work together to be actively involved in the raising and distribution of assets over time. It’s a more complicated concept that often involves the establishment of a board, gaining 503c status and sometimes the hiring of employees to handle the day-to-day operations and responsibilities. Despite the extra work, it can help create a shared mission for a family and can promote greater togetherness, if only because of the need for regular meetings to handle foundation business and to discuss potential beneficiaries of accumulated assets.

“You can run it like a nonprofit,” Paregian says.

The alternative beneficiary option

Kimberlee Orth had a client who just liked to make money. He lived modestly and did not splurge on many luxuries, so he was able to accumulate a large portfolio. As time moved on, the client started to face some questions about what he was going to do with all of the assets he had acquired.

“He didn’t have many family members, and he was struggling with how he was going to distribute his wealth when he died,” says Orth, who is a private wealth advisor for Wilmington’s Orth Financial Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services.

Since the client wasn’t interested in bequeathing his riches to friends, he had to find another avenue. Orth spoke with him about looking at charities that might interest him as a way of putting the money he had earned to the best use.

Kimbery Orth of Wilmington’s Orth Financial Group

Kimberlee Orth of Orth Financial Group says charitable giving is a way for
the wealthy to share their largesse after death without bequeathing it
to family./Photo courtesy of Orth Financial Group

“We talked about what he valued, and it turned out that he had a bunch of pets,” Orth says. “I asked him, ‘Have you ever given to the SPCA or Faithful Friends?’ I told him to go take a tour of one of those organizations and see it’s run and what kind of impact you can make. He started making gifts to one of them.”

In addition to providing investment advice, estate planning and other services, Orth tries to show her clients that supporting an organization by volunteering and donating can help provide a sense of satisfaction but also create comfort that assets will move on to causes clients believe are important. They can spread things out or just make a significant difference for one.

One couple that Orth advises has so much money, “they couldn’t spend it all in three lifetimes.” They have two children, but they don’t want to spoil the kids and drain their incentive to work by leaving a large portion of the money to them. So, they set up a plan that would provide $1 million for each child and direct the rest to charities.

“We talked about where their passions lay,” Orth says. “There are a lot of ways to do it. You can make a huge impact on a small organization, even without a whole lot of money. It’s a neat thing to talk about with clients.”

When it comes to how people decide to direct their estates, Dawson is a stone pragmatist. He understands that no matter how much people talk about the meaning of family and how important it is to develop strong relationships with children and grandchildren, nothing can be guaranteed.

“Sometimes, loved ones aren’t that loved,” Dawson says.

That’s why he encourages clients to spend a considerable amount of time thinking about what they want to happen with their assets after they die. He encourages “soul searching.” And he sets up annual reviews to make sure whatever is set in place remains the priority year after year. “Once it’s in place, it’s done,” he says.

One vehicle that has become popular in the estate planning world is planned giving. It used to be that strategy was designed to help mitigate estate taxes. But now that the threshold is so high ($11.4 million), that isn’t necessary in the vast majority of cases. It’s more a case of people wanting to help worthy causes with their assets after death. One of the methods is an insurance policy. By directing some money from a pension or IRA/401(k) toward a policy, people can pay premiums over a period of time with a specific charity listed as the beneficiary. Orth says it’s a way to “supersize” the gift.

“A policy like that can make a big difference for an organization,” Orth says. “You have to think about what you want to have happen. You want to take care of your spouse. You want to give something to your children, but you want them to be successful on their own. That’s when you think about a charitable organization.

“And you can think big.”

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Cost: FREE

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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All the excitement of Kids' Night at Kid Shelleen's, now with Santa! Our regular Monday nights at Kid's just got better:  children aged 10 and younger eat free with a paying adult, plus we have...

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

Where:
Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
1801 West 14th Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
Telephone: 302-658-4600
Contact Name: Jamie Paski
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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During the Monday night football game, indulge in happy hour priced appetizers ($6 each), beer ($2 off), wine ($7), and cocktails ($3 off). *Happy hour is also available 4PM - 6:30PM.

Cost: Prices vary

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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

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

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: free

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

Cost: free

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

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

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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

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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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


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

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

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


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

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

Cost: $30

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

Cost: Free

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

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

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

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

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

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Prices vary

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

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

Cost: $25

Where:
The Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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If you are a Blues musician, or a fun loving person and you want to have a great time enjoying great food (Best Of... 2019) adult beverages and if you want to meet awesome people, come and join The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: 4w5 Blues Jam
Website »

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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

More information

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

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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

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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at the 2019 V&M Bistro Ugly Sweater Holiday Party!!!! ❤️🎁Pictures with Santa, Special Guests, Prizes, Holiday Music and make sure you show up in...

Cost: Regular Menu

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

Cost: $20

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $18-$23

Where:
The Milton Theatre
110 Union Street
Milton, DE
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Sponsor: The Milton Theatre
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

Cost: free

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

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: free

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

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

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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

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

Cost: Tickets: $20 - $45

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Ketnmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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

Cost: Free, RSVP required

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

Cost: $12-$20

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

Cost: 26-90

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

Cost: S0.00

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

Cost: free

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: FREE

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

More information

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

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

Cost: $10-$20.00

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

Cost: Tickets: $25 - $45

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


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

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

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

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

Cost: Tickets: $25 - $45

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


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

More information

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

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

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


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

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Presenting "A Colorful Christmas” featuring  a rainbow of seasonal classics including Elvis’ favorite, Blue Christmas,  Your a Mean One, Mr....

Cost: free will offering

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

Cost: $12-$20

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

Cost: $8-$25

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