GO! See: Calendar of Events
Everything to do, from the arts to sports to festivals and family activities.
Thru Dec 3: Lewes Christmas Weekend includes Hospitality Night on Nov 30, the Childrens Beach House Art Show Dec 1-3, and Lewes Historical Society House Tour, Christmas Parade and Caroling in Zwaanendael Park on Dec 2. For more, call 645-8073, or visit www.leweschamber.com.
Dec 1: The Selbyville Christmas Parade starts at Church and Main streets in Selbyville. For more, call (800) 962-SURF, or visit www.selbyvillede.com.
Dec 1-3: Find great holiday decorating ideas at the Sussex County Festival of Trees at Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown. For more, call 856-7717, or visit www.delawarehospice.org.
Dec 1-3: The 17th Annual Childrens Beach House Holiday Art Show & Silent Auction features renowned artist Nick Serratore among 80 other artists. For more, call 645-9184, or visit www.cbhinc.org.
Dec 2: Santa comes to Seaford during the festive Seaford Christmas Parade. For more, call 628-2828 or 629-9173, or visit www.seafordchamber.com or www.seafordde.com.
Dec 2: Middletown Christmas Parade
The Middletown Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Middletown Christmas Parade to kick off the holidays. The rain date is Dec 9. For more, call 378-7545 or email email@example.com.
Dec 2: Find the Millsboro Christmas Parade and Santa Shop at Main Street and the Civic Center. For more, call 934-6777, or visit www.millsboro.org.
Dec 2: Tour historic homes, take a horse and carriage ride, check out the craft fair and listen to Christmas Carols during Christmas in Odessa. For more, call 378-4900, or visit www.christmas-inodessa.com.
Dec 2: Candlelight Christmas in Chadds Ford takes visitors through beautifully decorated homes. For more, call (610) 388-7376, or visit www.chadsfordhistory.org.
Dec 2: The 53rd Annual Christ Church Green Show offers an array of holiday gifts and foods and a special workshop for children. For more, call 655-3379, or visit www.christchurchde.org.
Dec 3: Join your friends and neighbors for all-you-can-eat spaghetti at the Community Unity Dinner in Rehoboth Beach. For more, call 227-2772, or visit www.rehomain.com.
Dec 4: Visit Rehoboth Beach to enjoy its Hometown Christmas Parade. For more, call 227-2772, or visit www.rehomain.com.
Dec 5: The holidays march through Milton during the Milton Christmas Parade. For more, call 684-8500 or 684-1101.
Dec 8-10: The town of Milton plays host to the 8th Annual John Milton Celebration of Poets and Poetry. For more, call 684-3541 or email JohnMiltonandCo@aol.com.
Dec 8-10: Experience an old-fashioned holiday celebration at the Victorian Christmas at Ross Mansion in Seaford. For more, call 628-9500.
Dec 9: Ramp up your shopping and check out holiday decor at Miltons annual Holly Festival and Holiday House Tour. For more, call 684-1101 or visit www.historicmilton.com.
Dec 9: Celebrate the holidays throughout historic New Castle, including a tree lighting on the Green and caroling around town, during the Spirit of Christmas celebration. For more, call 328-3279.
Dec 9: The Governors Mansion welcomes the public to the Christmas Open House at Woodburn in Dover. For more, call 739-5656, or visit
Dec 9: Visit area homes and galleries boasting holiday décor, art collections, historic treasures and modern renovations. The Holiday House Tour begins at the Delaware Art Museum. For more, call 571-9590, or visit www.delart.org.
Dec 10: A Holiday Candlelight Walking Tour of Smyrna allows you to see the town from a different perspective. For more, call 659-5081.
Dec 10: Enjoy a Swedish Christmas tradition at Old Swedes Church, then tour the decorated Hendrickson House Museum as part of the Sankta Lucia Celebration. For more, call 652-5629, or visit www.oldswedes.org.
Dec 10: The Arts Marketplace at the Academy Art Museum in Easton hosts the Eastern Shores largest juried fine craft show, showcasing the finest in American craftfurniture, clothing, baskets, toys, jewelry and sculpture. For more, call (410) 822-8121, or visit www.art-academy.org.
Dec 31: Ring in the new year with family-friendly fun during First Night Wilmington in Rodney Square. For more, call 576-2100, or visit
Historical Sites and Museums
Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village 866 N DuPont Hwy, Dover, 734-1618. Thousands of artifacts and restored buildings of Loockerman Landing Village explore 200 years of farming history.
Thru 2006: The Dirt on Dirt: Secrets of the Soil
Thru Jan 30: Preserving the Landscape
Dec 8-9: A Farmers Christmas
Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N Dupont St, Wilm, 658-6262. Every month the gallery features artists whose work represents the centers focus of cultivating a greener community. www.dehort.org
Dec 1: Artist Reception
Delaware History Center 504 Market St, Wilm, 656-0637. Delaware History Museum, permanent exhibit Distinctively Delaware and Grandmas Attic Kids Museum plus special exhibits.
Thru Jan 6: Complex Relations: Delaware at the Time of First Contact. On display in conjunction with the Lewes 375th anniversary, this exhibition explores the interaction between arriving European settlers and those living in what we now call Delaware. www.hsd.org
Thru Jan 6: The Dansey Flag, an exhibition featuring the only known Delaware regimental flag from the Revolutionary War.
Delaware State Museums 739-4266. Eight sites throughout the state open to the public free of charge: Delaware Archaeology Museum, Museum of Small Town Life, Delaware State Visitor Center, New Castle Court House Museum, John Dickinson Plantation, The State House, Johnson Victrola Museum, Zwaanendael Museum.
Thru July 31: Fighting the Dragon: Firefighting in the State of Delaware showcases the work of volunteer firefighters. At the Delaware Visitors Center and Galleries.
Dec 5-Jan 6: The Decorative Dessert Table at John Dickinson Plantation
The Franklin Institute Science Museum 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, (215) 448-1200, www.fi.edu
Thru Dec 31: Animal Grossology. Visitors explore the more extreme aspects of zoology and natural science in this high-energy exhibit.
Thru Dec 31: Darwin, the most in-depth exhibition ever mounted on Charles Darwin.
Hagley Museum and Library Rt 141, Wilm., 658-2400. Hosts special events on Blacksmith Hill, the Powder Yard and tours of Eleutherian Mills. www.hagley.org
Thru Jan 1: Christmas at Hagley
Thru Jan 1: A Most Useful Endeavor: School Girl Samplers
Historic Houses of Odessa Main St, Odessa, 378-4119. Dating back to the 18th century, the five Historic Houses of Odessa each have a unique history and purpose. www.historicodessa.org
Thru Dec 31: Twelve Days of Christmas tour
Longwood Gardens U.S. Rt 1 near Kennett Square, Pa, (610) 388-1000, (800) 737-5500. 1,050 acres of outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens, seasonal exhibits. www.longwoodgardens.org
Thru Jan 7: Christmas blooms at Longwood Gardens with thousands of poinsettias accented with amaryllis, narcissus, begonias, cyclamen, tulips, and many other flowers inside the 4.5-acre heated Conservatory. Outside more than 420,000 lights lit up the night sky in a colorful display.
National Constitution Center 535 Arch St, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, (215) 409-6600, www.constitutioncenter.org
Thru Jan 1: 9-11: A Nation Remembers, an exhibition of original photographs by Jonathan Hyman
Read House and Garden 42 The Strand, New Castle, 322-8411. The 22-room Federal style home was built in 1801 by George Read, Jr. www.hsd.org
Thru Dec 31: Holiday Exhibition at the Read House & Gardens. Tour the house decorated for the holidays
Dec 9: Open for tours during Spirit of New Castle
Rockwood Park and Mansion South of Shipley Road on the Washington Street Extension, Wilm, 761-4340. www.rockwood.org
Thru Dec: Festival of Lights
Seaford Historical Society 203 High St, Seaford, 628-9828 or 628-9500. Owns and operates the historic Governor Ross Mansion and plantation and the Seaford Museum. Events include Victorian Teas, Riverfest, Towne and Country Fair, Victorian Christmas and Civil War encampments. www.seafordhistoricalsociety.com
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 33rd and Spruce sts, Philadelphia, (215) 898-4000. Advances our understanding of world cultures through research and exhibitions. www.museum.upenn.edu
Thru Dec 31: Trouble in Paradise: The Art of Polynesian Warfare
Thru Feb 26: Under European Eyes: Conquistadors and Arts of the New World
Thru October 2007: Amarna, Ancient Egypts Place in the Sun, an exhibition about Tutankhamuns boyhood home.
Wheaton Village 1501 Glasstown Road (Rt 55, Exit 26), Millville, NJ, (800) 998-4552. Galleries at Wheaton explore the art of glassblowing. www.wheatonvillage.org
Thru Dec 31: Aartigianato Popolare: Italian folk Arts and Crafts features traditional Italian arts and crafts including woodcarving, ceramics and porcelain, weaving, embroidery, dolls and more.
Winterthur, an American Country Estate Rt 52, (800) 448-3883 or 888-4600. A former du Pont family home with period rooms furnished with antiques and American decorative arts, special exhibits and manicured gardens, including the Enchanted Woods childrens garden.
Jan 1: Yuletide at Winterthur
Thru Jan 7: Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen
Art Museums and Galleries
Biggs Museum of American Art 406 Federal St, Dover, 674-2111. Fourteen galleries house a collection of American fine and decorative arts including Frank E. Schoonover, the Peale family and the Janvier family, plus special exhibits. www.biggsmuseum.org
Thru Feb 25: Delaware Tall Case Clocks
Brandywine River Museum Rt 1, Chadds Ford, Pa, (610) 388-2700. Civil War-era grist mill houses works by the Wyeth family and American illustrators Howard Pyle and Maxfield Parrish. www.brandywinemuseum.org
Weekends thru Nov 5: Fall Harvest Market
Thru Jan 7: A Brandywine Christmas, featuring The Imaginary Beasts of Royal Lacey Scoville, 38 watercolors
Dec 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 26-30: Holiday Shops
Dec 2-3: Annual Critter Sale
Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilm, 571-9590. The museums recent redesign and expansion includes Delawares first sculpture park and two floors of new galleries housing distinguished collections of 19th- and 20th- century and contemporary American art and illustration. The museums collection of English Pre-Raphaelite art is currently on tour until spring 2007. www.delart.org
Thru Jan 7: Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay.
Thru Jan 7: Precious Spaces: The Artists Studio in Miniature, a display of miniatures that recreate the studios of famous artists.
Thru Feb 11: From Raku to Ray Guns: Ceramics since 1960. Contemporary ceramic artists use diverse techniques to create exquisite vessels and playful objects
Dec 6: Art After Hours: Jenifer Jackson
Dec 7: History of Architecture: Renaissance and Baroque: Spatial Construction of Experience with curator Joyce K. Schiller
Dec 13: Art After Hours: Cartoon Christmas Trio
Dec 14: History of Architecture: Modern World: Skyscrapers to the Funky Forms of Frank Gehry with curator Joyce K. Schiller
Dec 20: Art After Hours: Michael Hunter
Dec 27: Art After Hours: BDG All-Stars
Delaware College of Art and Design Toni and Stuart B. Young Gallery, 600 N Market St, Wilm, 622-8867. www.dcad.edu.
Thru Dec 18: DCAD Collects: works from faculty and staff.
DCCA 200 S Madison St, Wilm, 656-6466. Seven galleries house more than 30 exhibits each year, plus the 26 artists who have studios at the DCCA exhibit their works on a rotating monthly schedule. www.thedcca.org
Thru Dec 10: Seth Adelsberger, Domino Overflo, paintings, drawings, wall collages
Thru Jan 7, Morris Sato Studio, Light Showers, light-video installation
Thru Jan 7: The Modern Seat: Selections from the Rymer Stakgold Collection, chairs
Thru Feb 4: The Painted Interior, painted interior environments
Thru Feb 18: Claire Sherwood, sculptural installation
Dec 1-March 4: Julia Stratton, enameled cast-iron sculpture
Dec 15-Feb 4: Peter Williams
Dover Art League 21 W Loockerman St, Dover, 674-0402. Classes and monthly exhibits. www.doverart.org
Thru Dec. 23: Holiday Gift Show
Hardcastle Gallery Fredericks County Center, 5714 Kennett Pike, Centreville, 655-5230.
Dec 1-31: The ART of Gift Giving
Philadelphia Museum of Art Benjamin Franklin Pkwy at 26th St, Philadelphia, (215) 763-8100. The museum houses a large permanent collection, plus premiere exhibitions throughout the year. www.philamuseum.org
Thru Dec 31: Tesoros/Treasures/Tesouros: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820, works from throughout the Americas
Thru Jan 14: Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 192050
Thru Spring: Celebrate Korea: A Decade of Collecting
Thru April 30: Crouching Spider by Louise Bourgeois, a gigantic sculpture in bronze and stainless steel.
Thru June: Pop Art and Its Affinities, features artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg
Thru Summer: The Bizarre and the Beautiful: Silks of the 18th Century
Rehoboth Art League 12 Dodds Lane, Rehoboth Beach, 227-8408. www.rehobothartleague.org
Thru March: Members Gallery exhibit
Somerville Manning Gallery Brecks Mill,
101 Stone Block Row, Greenville, 652-0271.
Thru Dec 20: Peter Sculthorpe: Recent Paintings
The Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-8638. www.stationgallery.net
Dec 1-23: Art Works for the Holidays group show
University Gallery Main St and N College Ave, Newark, 831-822. www.museums.udel.edu
Thru Dec 15: One on One: Image and Response featuring selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection with responses of 20 writers
Thru Dec 10: Visionary Anatomies
Arden Theatre Company 40 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, (215) 922-1122. A professional regional theater company dedicated to presenting the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all time. www.ardentheatre.org
Thru Dec 3: Crime and Punishment, Dostoevskys famous tale of motive and murder.
The Ballet Theatre of Dover Schwartz Center for the Arts, Dover, 6785152, 7349717. The annual summer performance features dances from Le Corsaire, Requiem and Swing Suite. www.dancebtd.com
Dec 1-3: The Nutcracker
Brandywine Ballet Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University, (610) 696-2711. www.brandywineballet.com
Dec 8-17: The Nutcracker, staged by Donna Muzio
Chapel Street Players 27 N Chapel St, Newark, 368-2248. Newarks official community theater.
Dec 7-10: Dear Santa
Clear Space Productions Cape Henlopen High School Little Theatre, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, Schwartz Center for the Arts, 644-3810. Presents theater and music events throughout the year, plus workshops and summer camps.
Dec 5-10: Scrooge!
Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water St, Wilm, 594-1100. Delawares only professional resident company presents five plays each season. www.delawaretheatre.com
Dec 6-24: Forever, Mr. Soul. The world premiere of Kevin Ramseys tribute to Sam Cooke includes You Send Me, Chain Gang, Cupid and Twisting the Night Away.
DuPont Theatre Hotel du Pont, Wilm, 656-4401, (800) 338-0881. Broadway and national touring company productions come to Wilmington. www.duponttheatre.com
Dec 5-10: Aida
The New Candlelight Dinner Theatre 2208 Millers Road, Ardentown, 475-2313.
Thru Dec 23: Beauty and the Beast, the Disney stage spectacular, comes to Ardentown.
Pennsylvania Ballet Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts, Merriam Theater, Avenue of the Arts and Broad St, Philadelphia, (215) 551-7000. Presents a season of innovative contemporary works and major productions of classical ballet like Swan Lake and The Firebird. www.paballet.org
Dec 9-31: The Nutcracker
The Peoples Light & Theatre Company 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, Pa, (610) 644-3500. Presents a season of diverse classics and new works.
Thru Dec 1: Robin Hood, annual panto musical production
Possum Point Players At Possum Hall, Georgetown, info 856-3460, tickets 856-4560. Five annual productions plus childrens workshops.
Dec 1-10: Possums Christmas Show
Premier Centre for the Arts 27 Anderson St, Middletown, 378-1384. PCA offers a host of classes in the performing arts, plus concerts, recitals and full-scale musical theater productions. www.pca-de.com
Dec 1-17: Beauty and the Beast. The Disney tale comes to life on stage.
Second Street Players Riverfront Theatre, 2 S Walnut St, Milford, 422-0220. Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, plus Sunday matinees.
Thru Dec. 3: An O. Henry Christmas
Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre 3540 Three Little Bakers Blvd, Wilm, 368-1616, (800) 368-3303. Presents the Broadway Series of musicals and headline entertainment. www.tlbinc.com
Thru Dec 30: Christmas Celebration 2006. TLBs singers and dancers perform your favorite Christmas songs.
UD PTTP Hartshorn Hall, E Park Place and Academy St, Newark, 831-2204. University of Delawares Professional Theater Training Program. www.udel.edu/theatre
Thru Dec 15: George Bernard Shaws Misalliance, a comedy about uninvited guests, the superiority of the female sex and the madness of love.
Thru Dec 10: A Flea in Her Ear. The French bedroom farce of passion and misunderstandings.
Thru Dec 16: Mary Stuart tells the story of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots.
Walnut Street Theatre 825 Walnut St, Philadelphia, (215) 574-3550. www.wstonline.org Americas oldest theater has a long tradition of producing classic plays and American musicals.
Thru Jan 7: 42nd Street, the musical comedy tale of a Broadway hopeful who lands her first job
Wilma Theater 265 S Broad St, Philadelphia, (215) 546-STAGE. Productions explore the complexities of modern life with challenging stories and themes.
Dec 6-Jan 7: My Children! My Africa! Athol Fugards poetic work about a humble teacher who inspires students in 1984 South Africa.
Wilmington Drama League 10 W Lea Blvd, Wilm, 764-1172. The all-volunteer league presents quality productions of musicals, plays and special events. www.wdl.org
Dec 8-29: A Christmas Story. Will Ralphie get his air rifle for Christmas?
Arden Gild Hall 2126 The Highway, Arden, 475-3126. Hosts a variety of Arden events and brings in an eclectic blend of world music. www.ardenclub.com
Dec 1 Contra Dance
Dec 6: Lura, Cape Verde Afropop - Afro-Latin rhythms and glorious vocals
Dec 13: Square Dancing
Dec 20: Israeli Dancing
Belle Voix Grace Methodist Church, 9th and West sts, Wilm, 478-3432. Formerly the Madrigal Singers of Wilmington
Dec 3: Christmas Echoes II winter concert
Bellevue State Park 800 Carr Rd, Wilm, 761-6965. Music in the Mansion concert series.
Dec 10: Variations on A Christmas Carol Christmas With Opus One Vocal Jazz
Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 420 Willa Road, Newark, 475-3454. www.brandywinefriends.org
Dec 8: Shenandoah Blue
Chaddsford Winery 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6221. Combines wine tasting, gourmet picnics and live music for their Summer Nights Under the Stars concert series and special events.
Dec 2-3: Holiday Open House
Cooldog Concert Series Clayton A house concert series bringing independent musicians to Kent County.
Dec 31: New Years Eve with The Dreamsicles
Curtis Institute of Music 1726 Locust St, Philadelphia, (215) 893-7902. Watch tomorrows star musicians and celebrated alumni in concert. www.curtis.edu
Dec 6: The Curtis Chamber Orchestra: Beethovens Leonore Overture, No. 1, Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 8; Otto-Werner Mueller, conductor, Timothy Fain, violin.
Dec 9, 10: The Curtis Opera Theatre: The Audition, a singing theater event loosely based on Mozarts Impresario.
Delaware Friends of Folk W.T. Smithers, 140 S State St, Dover and Wesley College Underground, 120 N State St, Dover, 465-0805. Hosts monthly Celtic Sessions, Coffee Houses and Pick-Ins.
Dec 16: Coffeehouse, open mic
First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 Market St, Wilm, 654-5371. Thursday Noontime Concerts, half-hour concerts for the downtown business crowd begin at 12:30. www.fandc.org
Dec 2: Chancel Choir of First & Central, David Schelat, conductor Christmas at First & Central
Dec 7: Cartoon Christmas Trio plays music from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec 14: Center City Chorale Christmas Memories
Grand Opera House 818 N Market St, Wilm,
652-5577, (800) 37-GRAND. A full season of music, dance and comedy by nationally renowned performers. www.grandopera.org
Dec 1: Ahmad Jamal
Dec 3: Go Tell It on the Mountain The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show
Dec 14: Christmas From Dublin
Dec 29: Stars of Doo Wop: Kenny Vance and the Plantones, Milton Love, Barbara Harris, Johnny Maestro
HildaMan Choral The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, 8th and Shipley sts, Wilm, 368-0407.
Dec 3: 27th Annual Holiday Concert
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater and The Academy of Music; Broad and Locust sts, Philadelphia, (215) 893-1999. Brings national musicians and performers to the area through a variety of programs and performance series. www.kimmelcenter.org
Dec 1: Sonny Rollins with Clifton Anderson, Stephen Scott, Bob Cranshaw, Perry Wilson and Kimati Dinizulu
Dec 2: Mellon Jazz Up Close: The Roots of Jazz: The Blues with Henry Butler and Corey Harris
Dec 3: Vienna Choir Boys
Dec 10: Sing-Along Messiah
Dec 17: Kimmel Center 5th Anniversary Celebration
Dec 29: Silent Films with Organ: Laurel & Hardy Favorites, Speedy, The Phantom of the Opera
Longwood Gardens Rt 1 near Kennett Square, Pa, (610) 388-1000, (800) 737-5500. Carillon concerts throughout the year plus special performances.
Dec 1-23: Organ Sing-Alongs
Dec 1-31: Ice Skating
Dec 1: Madrigal Singers of Wilmington
Dec 2: The Cherokee High School Girls Traveling Choir
Dec 3: The Chopped Liver River Band of Congregation Shaarai Shomayim
Dec 4: Unionville High School Chorale
Dec 5: Temple University Concert Choir
Dec 6: Reverberations Handbell Choir
Dec 7: Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Chorale
Dec 8: The Bel Canto Childrens Chorus
Dec 9: Dingman Delaware Childrens Choir
Dec 10: A Cappella Pops
Dec 11: ChildrenSong of New Jersey
Dec 12: The Madrigal Singers & Belles of Cherry Hill High School East
Dec 13: Abington Choral Club
Dec 14: Westminster Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
Dec 15: The Voices of Gwynedd
Dec 16: Wheatland Chorale
Dec 17: The Wilmington Handbell Ensemble
Dec 18: Great Valley Middle School Select Chorus
Dec 19: Cor Cymraeg Rehoboth
Dec 20: Haddonfield Memorial High School Madrigal Singers
Dec 21: First Presbyterian Church Carillon Ringers
Dec 22: Upper Darby High School Encore Singers
Dec 23: Nothing But Treble
New Ark Chorale United Methodist Church 69 E Main St, Newark. Michael Larkin conducts the 30th anniversary season. 368-4946.
Dec 16: A Ceremony of Carols featuring Brittens
Ceremony of Carols
Newark Symphony Orchestra The Independence School, Papermill Road, Newark, 369-3466. Presents a symphony series and concert series in Newark. www.newarksymphony.org
Dec 17: Holiday Concert
Penn Presents Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Zellerbach Theatre, Irvine Auditorium and Harold Prince Theatre; Philadelphia, (215