The Grand Plan

Steve Bailey sees his Grand Opera House as more than a performance venue. To him, it’s a cornerstone of urban revitalization. And if it takes a little rock ’n’ roll to make it happen, well then, rock on. 



Stephen Bailey is the man responsible for attracting top acts
such as The White Stripes to Wilmington in recent years.
Photograph by Thom Thompson
www.thomthompson.com

 

You have no idea how much I’m not coming to Wilmington,” Stephen Bailey told Ken Wesler in 2000. Bailey was a well-connected music promoter. Wesler, then executive director of The Grand Opera House, needed him to lure national acts to the city.

Bailey was flattered, but the idea of chucking his comfortable, self-employed lifestyle in sunny Florida turned him off. Like many Floridians, Bailey conducted business poolside, after tennis, a nap and a nice seafood lunch.

Wesler persisted. He knew exactly which buttons to push. “Ken told me there was a renaissance going on in Wilmington,” Bailey says. “And he knew that revitalization and community engagement totally floated my boat.” Wesler’s offer of a six-figure salary didn’t hurt, either.

Bailey took the job as associate director of the Grand, Wesler’s second in command, on a yearly contractual basis. He never imagined that six years later, he’d replace Wesler.

Now executive director, Bailey has no time to swat tennis balls, but his schedule does guarantee one thing: Wilmington will rock. For the ’08 season, he’s booked k.d. Lang, Natalie Cole, George Winston and Savion Glover. And the city still hasn’t recovered from the Grand’s sold-out performance by The White Stripes in July.

There’s one problem: Bailey is now the No. 1 guy who says his strength is being “the No. 2 guy.” For the past several years, he happily booked big acts—Lyle Lovett, Cindi Lauper, Peter Frampton—while Wesler got the credit. Now Bailey is forced to do the two things he swore he’d never do: make presentations to the board and represent the Grand publicly. He fears that “no one is there anymore to take the backslaps.”

Bailey will endure for one compelling reason: Convinced that Wilmington is embarking on its next frontier, he believes the Grand will play a major role. When the city finally pops, he thinks, people of every economic bracket will be served by his theater.

But in order to get a standing ovation, he has to escape the shelter of Wesler’s shadow and embrace the place he’s spent his entire career avoiding: the limelight.

 

Bailey is paying the price for taking a long weekend in Montana with his wife, Maryann. In two days he’s accumulated about 900 emails, and more keep popping up on two of his three computers. Today he’ll book Wilmington resident and blues-folk legend David Bromberg for next year and start building his 2009 line-up. He’s talking to B.B. King’s people. Steve Winwood, Smokey Robinson and Al Green are also possible acts.

Bailey is hyping a new Grand, “one that promises to be the most diverse and entertaining line-up in years.” The big names add marquee value, but he also wants to introduce new artists to new audiences. That’s why proven sellers like comic David Sedaris and jazz guitarist Pat Metheny are booked, yet unproven commodities such as Irish singer Mary Black and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti have a shot, too.

Booking the Grand is as complicated as a Bromberg guitar lick. There are many generations of audience members to please, and survival for performing arts nonprofits means pleasing all audiences almost all the time. That explains why “Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew” plays one night and Queen Latifah plays the next.

Then there’s the MBNA-Bank of America situation. MBNA and its former CEO, Charles Cawley, were the blood flowing through the Grand’s veins. When Wesler saw the Bank of America buyout coming, he reconfigured internal systems, dumped a few positions and ended bonuses for remaining staff. When Bailey took over, the Grand was basically stable, but he hadn’t anticipated the after effect of the sale. “What happened later was the reduction of funding became way more precipitous than we imagined,” he says.

At its height, 60 percent of revenue came from ticket sales. Donations from MBNA, DuPont, AstraZeneca, Wilmington Trust and other corporations made up the rest. MBNA contributed the most. Few people understood that Cawley’s largesse kept the extras running, like the Grand’s music and dance schools and free children’s summer programming. It wasn’t unusual, then, for 17,000 kids to pop into the Grand over a seven-week span.

“Losing that [revenue] was the one-two punch,” Bailey says. So he hired respected arts marketer Mark Fields as his managing director. The pair implemented two substantial changes: a better subscription plan and a new community engagement department.

Bailey is hoping the community engagement department will turn things around. Fields considers it the most pragmatic way to build audiences. “People support an organization they can believe in,” Fields says. “And our deep commitment to the community obviously goes beyond what you see on stage.”

The effects have trickled down. The Grand School of Music is now called The Arts Academy to reflect a holistic approach and other subject matter. Outreach programs are expanding. Collaborations with local arts groups are underway. Whether all of that will make up for funding losses, no one can say yet. But if subscription numbers are any indication, it’s possible. As of September, subscriber renewal numbers hit 92 percent, beating the total for the previous season. And with the new plan, people can subscribe as late as April.

Like Bailey and Wesler, Bailey and Fields are as stylistically different as two people can be. Bailey is forthright, direct and, he says, “cowboyish.” Fields calls himself “deliberative and buttoned-down.” But philosophically, they’re agreed.

“The Grand belongs to the community,” Fields says. “Our job is to be caretakers of that public trust—highfalutin’ sounding, I know, but if people have a personal stake in the Grand, it just strengthens our viability in the community.”

 

For Bailey to be struck with the desire to serve the community, he first had to serve himself. He was born in Maine in 1955 to a family that hunted, farmed and loved music. He remembers his dad spinning Tex Ritter records and his mother sobbing the morning after Patsy Cline died in a plane crash.

Bailey loved music with every fiber of his being, but he couldn’t play for beans. After failing on the glockenspiel in his high school marching band, he lugged gear for garage bands, mixed sound and designed lights. “I loved music so much and it was so painful not to play,” he says, “but I had to be around it—kind of like I couldn’t get heroin so I settled for methadone.”

He skipped college and traveled the world. By age 26, he had already seen India, Africa, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran and Nepal. He returned to Maine, tired, at age 27. He quit music.

In 1985 he accepted a gig overseeing production at Raoul’s Nightclub in Portland, Maine, but ended up cultivating a national music scene, instead. He met artists like Warren Zevon and David Bromberg, who then hired Bailey as his tour manager. When Bromberg retired from the road, Bailey became program director at the State Theatre, also in Portland, which he ran until it closed in 1996. Armed with formidable contacts, he founded the Eastern Performing Arts Center Coalition in 1996. The coalition booked acts at East Coast venues that couldn’t otherwise draw big acts. One of Bailey’s clients was the Grand.

As business picked up, Bailey and his first wife grew apart. He blamed their divorce on the industry, so he quit music again.

He moved to Florida and drove a tour bus, mainly for elderly women en route to Disney World. “My biggest problem was how to avoid them kissing me as they were leaving,” Bailey says. “It was the happiest I’d ever been.”

Maryann Kukucka, a periodontal surgeon, lived across the street. She and Bailey fell in love and married. She convinced him to restart Eastern Performing Arts Center Coalition, which he did. Then Wesler called with a job offer. A year later, the Baileys moved to Delaware.

Bailey had reservations. Maryann had to sell her practice, and he wasn’t sure he had the stamina for the Grand. “Then (ex-board member and former UD president) David Roselle said to me, ‘You know, Steve, sometimes you’re just called to serve,’” Bailey says. “That was the real turning point for me.”

 

The reason Bailey chose Wilmington over Florida is still about music, but not the business of music. It’s how the music enriches the community, how important music is to Wilmington’s revitalization, how music feeds our souls.

Wesler didn’t reel Bailey in by letting him loose on stage to wail on an imaginary guitar. He took Bailey to the Riverfront, then a skeleton of what it is now. He introduced him to then-Mayor Jim Sills. They met developers and investors. “[Wesler] dragged me around for seven hours, and everybody seemed locked and loaded,” Bailey says. “They were taking this town by the bootstraps.”

Bailey is doing the same thing now, says Joseph DiPinto, director of the city’s Office of Economic Development.

“Steve understands that a lot more attention needs to be paid to every neighborhood, and people in the Highlands and Southbridge have got to be participants,” DiPinto says. “What he is doing with community engagement is reacquainting them not just to culture, but also to a city that belongs to them, too.”

Bailey says the Grand is an economic engine, an elevator of the quality of life, and an avenue for people who might otherwise feel exclusion or despair.

“I’m finding out, now that I’m sitting here,” he says, “that you can actually manipulate quite easily the level to which any organization like this elevates the community and serves as an education tool for our most important resource: children.”

Skeptics would say that’s easier said than done.

“Well, it isn’t easy,” Bailey says. “But somewhere along the line, there will be and should be a replacement for the level of commitment that Charlie and MBNA had. That’s our job as nonprofits, not to whine about it. To go out, re-create and reinvigorate the level of commitment in other people.”

The Grand’s development team will work hard to turn Bailey’s words into sponsorships. He isn’t suggesting that corporate Delaware stop funding shelters and halfway houses. “But I argue that we sometimes give, in just as dramatic a sense, salvation.”

Paul Weagraff, director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, says that without more benefactors, the Grand would have to restructure to seek alternative resources. “But I don’t think that’s where the Grand is headed,” Weagraff says. “Clearly, it is the premier arts center on Market Street and will add greatly to the revitalization.”

And it’s all in the hands of an ex-rocker who’s part anti-establishment, part company man. A guy who dines by candlelight with his wife every night, yet drag races in his spare time. It’s a metaphor for life. Bailey drives fast, but he’s never seriously wiped out.

While Bailey has the vision, Fields will make the marketing pitches. That means Bailey has devised a way to share the spotlight with his No. 2 guy. But even he accepts that when the music starts, he’ll have to come out tapping, alone.

“My worries continue to be, is Wilmington really ready for me? Are people in Delaware ready for me?” Bailey says. “Over and over again, much to my delight, it appears they are. So far.”

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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Beebe Healthcare offers free glucose screenings every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the following lab locations: Beebe Healthcare Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes,...

Cost: free

Where:
, DE

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Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Bariatric Information Seminar Location: Bayhealth Kent General, General Foods Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 6–7 p.m. Please bring insurance information to...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Dispelling Hospice Myths: Learn the truth about Medicare's hospice benefit Join us as Registered Nurse, Lisa Wheeler, discusses common myths associated with hospice and answers questions about end...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Ivy Gables
2210 Swiss Lane
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Ivy Gables
Telephone: 302-475-9400
Contact Name: Laurie Seidle
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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Pleasant Run Nursery owner Heidi Hesselein and Production Manager Daryl Kobesky believe that every garden should form a diverse ecosystem and have something to offer year round. Hear about this...

Cost: $10/members; $15/non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Garden Club of Wilmington & Delaware Grounds Management Association
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
Contact Name: Bonnie Swan
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


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

More information

The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

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The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »


Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

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Osteoporosis Screening Location: Bayhealth Outpatient Center, 1020 Mattlind Way, Milford Time: 1–3 p.m. More info: Trisha Bentley 744-6227 or 744-7135 or www.bayhealth.org

Where:
Bayhealth Outpatient Center
1020 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE
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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
Website »

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Trail Creek Outfitters Wild & Scenic Film Festival Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 Chester County Historical Society: 225 North High Street; West Chester PA 19380 Doors open at...

Cost: $25 for One Night; $45 for Two Nights

Where:
Chester County Historical Society
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
Website »

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For February’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society proudly presents a showcase of this year's Academy® Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. The screenings will be held...

Cost: $4 members and $6 for future members

Where:
The Den at Bear Trap Dunes
7 Clubhouse Dr
Coastal Highway
Ocean View and Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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NANTICOKE TO HOLD ANNUAL CHOLESTEROL & GLUCOSE SCREENINGS Nanticoke Health Services will be offering cholesterol and glucose screenings at four locations during the month of February. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
EZ Labs - Georgetown, Laurel, Bridgeville
, DE


Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services
Telephone: 302-536-5386
Contact Name: Rachel Ostroski
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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


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

More information

The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

More information

The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Indoor Flea Market Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

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​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

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


Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for vendors and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »


Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

More information

Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
Website »

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Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N. Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
Website »

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We invite all area brides and guests to browse through hundreds of new and lovingly worn designer and couture wedding gowns, all at an incredible savings. Gowns range from $99 to $1,800, are...

Cost: varies - please visit website for more information

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
Website »

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Trail Creek Outfitters Wild & Scenic Film Festival Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 Chester County Historical Society: 225 North High Street; West Chester PA 19380 Doors open at...

Cost: $25 for One Night; $45 for Two Nights

Where:
Chester County Historical Society
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
Website »

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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
Website »

More information

For February’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society proudly presents a showcase of this year's Academy® Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. The screenings will be held...

Cost: $4 members and $6 for future members

Where:
The Den at Bear Trap Dunes
7 Clubhouse Dr
Coastal Highway
Ocean View and Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

More information

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

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
Website »

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Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter who...

Cost: $18 online / $20 at-the-door

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N Broom Street
Wilmington , DE  19806
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More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

It’s 1957 and Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift are in town to film “Raintree County,” a true Southern Epic to rival “Gone with the Wind.” There happens to be a...

Where:
Chapel Street Players
27 N. Chapel St.
Newark, DE
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"Pup-Purr-I", the 6th annual PAWS for People Conference offers "a little bit of everything" to pet lovers, owners and enthusiasts.  Fifteen interactive workshops address timely topics including...

Cost: $35/person through 2/14; $40/person after

Where:
St. Mark's UMC
1700 Limestone Rd
Wilmington, DE  19804
View map »


Sponsor: PAWS for People
Telephone: 302-351-5622
Contact Name: Clarice Ritchie
Website »

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The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

More information

Return to Bucktoe for part II of the nature walk series focused on camouflage and other methods of winter survival. What types of wildlife can you spot? $5 TLC members; $10 non-members. Register...

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
View map »


Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Danielle Burley
Website »

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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Indoor Flea Market Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

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


Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
Website »

More information

The Wilmington & Western Railroad's Hockessin Art Festival is a fundraising effort to benefit the railroad, now entering our 49th year of tourist service. Over 25 artists will be displaying and...

Cost: Art Show Admission: $3.00 Train Fare: $5.00 (Children under 2 are FREE)

Where:
Hockessin Memorial Hall
606 Yorklyn Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Contact Name: Carole
Website »

More information

Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for vendors and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Join us for an afternoon of wine tasting and learn about Delaware Tourism destinations.

Cost: 10 per person

Where:
Fenwick Wine Cellars
38016 Fenwick Shoals Blvd
Selbyville, DE  19975
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Sponsor: Fenwick Wine Cellars
Telephone: 302-436-1500
Contact Name: Katie Duke
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N. Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
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Southern Lights of Life Masquerade Ball: A Mysterious and Magical Evening of Living and Giving Benefiting Kent and Sussex Counties Join the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for the Southern...

Cost: $150

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-672-6435
Contact Name: Michelle Marshall
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We invite all area brides and guests to browse through hundreds of new and lovingly worn designer and couture wedding gowns, all at an incredible savings. Gowns range from $99 to $1,800, are...

Cost: varies - please visit website for more information

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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This popular Delaware duo has been winning fans for years...and now we have them on our stage!  Their performance will feature works including Concertante by Mauro Giuliani, Dances in the...

Cost: Free-will offering

Where:
Trinity Episcopal Church
1108 N. Adams Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Arts at Trinity
Telephone: (302) 652-8605
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How to Keep a Man is the stage play about 3 women who in their struggle to keep their man learn how they deserve to be kept.   Desiree is a strong minded, intelligent, and assertive...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
John Dickinson High School
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: The Wright Decision Entertainment Company
Telephone: 302-293-3559
Contact Name: Aaron L. Wright
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Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter who...

Cost: $18 online / $20 at-the-door

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N Broom Street
Wilmington , DE  19806
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The American Heart Association’s annual gala at the Chase Center on the Riverfront includes cocktails, appetizers, dinner, wine, silent and live auctions, and dancing to The Heartbeats. 

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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It’s 1957 and Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift are in town to film “Raintree County,” a true Southern Epic to rival “Gone with the Wind.” There happens to be a...

Where:
Chapel Street Players
27 N. Chapel St.
Newark, DE
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AIDS Delaware is putting on a twisted night of spectacle and entertainment, carnival style, at the Sheraton Wilmington South in New Castle

Where:
Sheraton Wilmington South
365 Airport Road
New Castle, DE  19720
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We can’t promise you an Oia sunset or a Italian seascape, but we are sure this delectable event, with yummies from Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Lebanon and Libya, will transport your taste...

Where:
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Historic Wilmington Courthouse
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Can you say, “Lights, Camera, Bloom?” You will this year, when the Philadelphia Flower Show pays tribute to the silver screen. All the marvels of the movies await, so sit down, be quiet...

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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