Kent County’s heart. But there’s also something new to be gained.

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Twilight of an Icon

Many a memory was made at the old Blue Coat Inn. With its razing goes a little piece of Kent County’s heart. But there’s also something new to be gained.



Illustration by Jacqui Oakley
www.jaquioakley.com

 

A horse-drawn carriage clatters past Dover’s 1728 Ridgely House on its way to the Old State House in Dover. Students in colonial dress circle a Maypole, weaving patterns with pink and blue ribbons as a harpsichord, recorder and strings resonate in the background.

On this sunny Saturday, thousands are turning back time during an annual celebration of the state capital’s history. The event is known as Old Dover Days.

In sharp contrast, a sequel is about to open on North State Street as, the very next day, a trackhoe takes a massive bite of the former Blue Coat Inn, making the roof buckle and cave.

Call this event Old Dozer Days.

At the controls is Mike Zimmerman, owner and developer of the property. Dressed in a red windbreaker, plus his signature shorts, sandals and shades, Zimmerman and his machine quickly turn the old restaurant on Silver Lake—a place where nearly everyone in Kent County has dined at one time or another—to rubble.

About 20 spectators pay homage to the place. Among them are commercial Realtor Phil McGinnis, past Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce chair John Friedman, Dover City Councilman Reuben Salters, Torbert Funeral Chapels director Gary Wallick and Bill Shaffer, a former owner of another past icon, the Dinner Bill Inn.

Some spectators take photos or record video. Most reminisce about the restaurant—the scene of family celebrations, post-legislative camaraderie and fine dining for special occasions. Known across Delmarva, the inn once hosted astronauts, David Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon’s daughters.

This scene repeats across the state as the often-controversial choice of razing or restoring iconic, yet not always historic buildings—Newark’s old Stone Balloon, Wilmington’s historic Columbus Inn—recurs. While some applaud the changes as progress, others lament the loss of each place’s unique significance, places where memories were made.

Revered restaurants, schools, churches, businesses and homes are all facing a change of menu. Condos will replace the Columbus Inn. Other buildings have gotten new uses, like Rehoboth’s old Seahorse Restaurant, which was converted to an office building some years ago.

Zimmerman is replacing the former Blue Coat Inn with a new structure. “I am going to do a first-class building. This will be one of my signature projects,” says Zimmerman.

And why not? Even Zimmerman’s family has its attachments to The Blue Coat: Among other things, his brother Robert and Robert’s bride, Jean, held their wedding reception there.

Everyone, it seems, has a memory of some such special place. So when they disappear, they take a bit of the community with them.

 

Tradition and setting are still synonymous with the Blue Coat, which was a family affair. Judge Ernest V. Keith’s daughter, Marlene Koutoufaris, her husband, John, and their sons ran the inn. Keith’s wife, plus son Roger and family, handled Delaware commemoratives, giftware and year-round Christmas villages at the Stable Shoppes.

The family purchased the former home and stable in 1966. They painstakingly decorated and transformed both structures with the help of architect George Fletcher Bennett. They scoured the county to find the materials that gave the inn its rustic charm.

As people watched the demolition, they shared memories of the Blue Coat in its prime. Cathy McCall Lord of Dover recalled April 12, 1996, when she wed Steve Lord in the lakeside gazebo as 200 guests watched and a bald eagle circled overhead. “It must have been a good omen,” she says. “We’ve been happily married over 10 years.”

That gazebo had once been the cupola of the Old State House, which was salvaged when the structure was restored.

“Getting married in the gazebo had been my dream since I was a little girl,” Lord says. “Of course, Steve and I were sad to see the Blue Coat come down, but we wouldn’t have missed watching. I went to all my homecoming and pre-prom dinners there.”

Lord also celebrated her parents’ 30th anniversary, her mother’s 50th birthday and her own anniversaries there. “We loved every room in the inn,  as long as you could see the water,” she says. She rescued a blue shutter from the wreckage so she could convert it to a coffee table.

One woman reminisced about her collection of 20 blue china Delaware commemorative plates from the Stable Shoppes, which she had received as annual gifts from her husband. Another explained how her daughter began making yearly treks to the Stable Shoppes in first grade to buy a pewter necklace for the mother’s Christmas stocking. The tradition continued through her college years, and the mother’s collection now numbers 15 pendants.

 

Such memories bring thoughts of other changes. George H. Jones, a retired attorney whose office was once on The Green, grew up on State Street. He recalls watching westerns at the old Temple Theater, now the Army-Navy Store, 50 years ago. He also ushered at the Capitol Theater, now the Schwartz Center for the Arts.

“About 1955, Dover was a quiet little town, except on Friday or Saturday nights, Jones says. “Everybody and his brother was downtown, and you knew everyone.”

With exceptions of such stores as Forney’s Jewelers and Simon’s Bridal Shoppe, the businesses of 50 years ago—Fishman’s, Grants, Sears, Woolworth’s, JCPenney, McCrory’s and others—have closed or moved to the Dover Mall. Structures that housed Dover Hardware and Dover Newsstand have recently departed Loockerman Street. Long gone are Candyland, Jim and Olga Nicholas’ State Restaurant, Maag’s Sporting Goods, and pharmacies such as Pierce’s, Bryan-Hopkins and SunRay, where the popular Corner Eatery at 33 West now prospers. The World Famous Loockerman Exchange restaurant and nightspot sits on the site that was once an A&P and a Braunstein’s.

Newark could tell the same tale. So, too, Rehoboth Beach, Wilmington’s Market Street and others.

Susan Masten, now of Milford, recalls dining at all the recently departed inns—the Columbus Inn, the Blue Coat, the Seahorse, and the Dinner Bells in Dover and Rehoboth. Each left a mark on her. Each closing left a little hole.

“When I see [places] from my childhood disappear, I have an empty feeling,” Masten says. “There is not the same gentle, genteel or tranquil setting anymore. I think of some of the things my granddaughters will never see. So much of my growing up had nothing to do with things but with the quality of living and relationships. Even being close to your grandparents is not common, so as you start to have grandchildren, you think, ‘What would I like for them to experience? What things are important?’”

In search of tranquility, Masten always gravitated to waterfront spots. “We’d go to the Seahorse or the Dinner Bell and afterwards watch the ocean and the sunset,” she says. “When I was a child, we’d head for the Rehoboth bandstand for Sunday concerts and a stroll on the boardwalk. It was a social event. You always ran into people you knew.”

The original bandstand has been replaced, though it remains a bandstand. Yet the sea may be changing, says Carol Everhart, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. As iconic places fade away, she says, iconic events become more important in uniting communities and making memories.

The Carey family, for example, holds an annual reunion that includes a luncheon and visit to historic Carey’s Church in Sussex County. Carey’s Camp near Gumboro, on the National Register of Historic Places, also figures largely in the family legacy and visits. Helen Carey of Ellicott City, Maryland, a genealogy buff, edits the family newsletter and website, like many who unite and preserve the heritage of dispersed families in this digital age.

The area’s numerous parks, meeting sites and other attractions are ideal for the growing number of family reunions, says Kent County Tourism director Cindy Small. Museum revivals are providing another way to capture the past. Fay Jacobs, director of Rehoboth Beach Main Street, cites as an example Rehoboth’s new museum. “Rehoboth is a living, breathing thing,” Jacobs says, “and evolution provides brand new icons.” She predicts that Rehoboth’s new 10½-foot bronze dolphin created by Edmund Silver will become one of them.

Similarly, Dover’s First State Heritage Park, comprised of several historic sites, is thriving. And people are preparing for another of those iconic events: the 75th Old Dover Days, when the late leader of a charge to save the Old State House on The Green in 1910 will be honored.

More recently, the Friends of Old Dover and Dover natives such as Joe Maybee, a past president of the friends, have lobbied successfully to preserve structures such as the Rose Cottage, W.T. Smithers and various Colonial homes on The Green.

So you win some and you lose some. Or do you lose?

Judy Diogo, president of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, acknowledges that as landmarks go, mourning the Blue Coat is like mourning the death of a friend. Yet there are financial factors to consider in preservation and restoration, so she advocates balanced judgment.

“I think we’re creating a fusion of the old and new,” Diogo says. “We all have to be cognizant that in order for us to maintain the lifestyles we enjoy here and the quality of life, we have to be receptive to some change. I think we have to take things on their merits.”

“When a place goes, it takes a little something away from Old Dover,” says Councilman Salters. “But younger folks are coming in with new ideas and new construction. They are not going to be satisfied with throwing [the past] away. They remember these things and will blend some of the old and new. It’s important to know your past and where you’ve been.”

That blend is apparent at the former Blue Coat site today. The venerable gazebo, scene of countless celebrations, still stands at the edge of Silver Lake. Despite nearly 75 offers to buy the structure, Zimmerman elected to refurbish it so that lakeside weddings may soon resume.

 

 

 

 

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Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

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

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Most young artists dream of seeing their work displayed on a museum wall. This spring, the Delaware Art Museum is turning that dream into a reality by hosting 12 x 12, a group exhibition featuring...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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During his lifetime W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s, Robinson developed a linear...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. Famous painters and Sunday painters were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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March 18, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pmApril 29, 2017; 9:30 am-12:30 pmApril 29, 2017; 1:30 pm-3:30 pmMay 6, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Winterthur offers an exciting array of programs just for Girl Scouts! ...

Cost: The cost for each program varies.

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

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Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!   By appointment only (call 302.888.4786).  Free admission. Note: Limit no more than three objects per...

Cost: Free

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Cost: Financial Aid Available

Where:
Elwyn
321 East 11th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-657-5609
Contact Name: Jennifer Moccia
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Try some unique selections of fine bourbons, one of today’s hottest spirits, along with a variety of chef-driven dishes, all hosted by Harry’s resident bourbon connoisseur, Dave Champion....

Cost: $80 per person, $125 VIP

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Judy Champion
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be holding a 6-month seminar on "Self-Deliverance." The seminar will start on Wednesday March 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. The seminar will be held every...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-632-4679
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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Trees & Observations in the Natural World, a show of photographs by Eric Zippe, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from March 3-31, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Every Thursday, 9:00 am in the Brown Learning Center   March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017 April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017 May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017   Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden...

Cost: Drop-in rate of $10 for members and non-members.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations

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Terry Anderson's new landscape paintings from the Brandywine Watershed to the Canadian Near North, take on an abstract quality reflecting her interest in the relationships between shape, space and...

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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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

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

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

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Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. Famous painters and Sunday painters were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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Most young artists dream of seeing their work displayed on a museum wall. This spring, the Delaware Art Museum is turning that dream into a reality by hosting 12 x 12, a group exhibition featuring...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

During his lifetime W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s, Robinson developed a linear...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!   By appointment only (call 302.888.4786).  Free admission. Note: Limit no more than three objects per...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

March 18, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pmApril 29, 2017; 9:30 am-12:30 pmApril 29, 2017; 1:30 pm-3:30 pmMay 6, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Winterthur offers an exciting array of programs just for Girl Scouts! ...

Cost: The cost for each program varies.

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

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Cost: Financial Aid Available

Where:
Elwyn
321 East 11th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-657-5609
Contact Name: Jennifer Moccia
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Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts January 19th, every other Thursday until March 30th This program is based entirely outdoors and is...

Cost: Cost: $30 for TLC members / $40 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Cost: FREE

Where:
Elwyn
321 East 11th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-657-5609
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a 5-week childbirth class on March 30, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. 4 weeks will be related to childbirth...

Cost: $50 for childbirth course; $25 for refresher course

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540

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Visit Paint Nite's website to see Tutto Fresco's events, held the first Thursday of every month (through 2017) starting at 6:30 p.m.

Where:
, DE

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Add color and beauty to your home with blooming Gesneriads, such as African violets, kohleria, sinningias, episcias, streptocarpus, and gloxinia, etc. Join members of the Delaware African Violet...

Cost: $15 members/$20 non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 North Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Mackenzie Fochs
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First Responders and their family and friends are invited to paint Amber Waves at a special discounted rate. Event includes free wine, beer and light snacks.

Cost: $35

Where:
Painting with a Twist
17723 Coastal Hwy
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Painting with a Twist
Telephone: 302-313-5769
Contact Name: John Peterson
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Trees & Observations in the Natural World, a show of photographs by Eric Zippe, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from March 3-31, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held...

Cost: Free!

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


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

More information

Terry Anderson's new landscape paintings from the Brandywine Watershed to the Canadian Near North, take on an abstract quality reflecting her interest in the relationships between shape, space and...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

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

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


Website »

More information

Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

During his lifetime W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s, Robinson developed a linear...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Most young artists dream of seeing their work displayed on a museum wall. This spring, the Delaware Art Museum is turning that dream into a reality by hosting 12 x 12, a group exhibition featuring...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. Famous painters and Sunday painters were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »

More information

First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »

More information

Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!   By appointment only (call 302.888.4786).  Free admission. Note: Limit no more than three objects per...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

March 18, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pmApril 29, 2017; 9:30 am-12:30 pmApril 29, 2017; 1:30 pm-3:30 pmMay 6, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Winterthur offers an exciting array of programs just for Girl Scouts! ...

Cost: The cost for each program varies.

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations
Website »

More information

Cost: Financial Aid Available

Where:
Elwyn
321 East 11th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-657-5609
Contact Name: Jennifer Moccia
Website »

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Winterthur After Hours on select Friday evenings presents families and adults with an evening opportunity to explore the Galleries and grounds. Enjoy a variety of offerings that enhance our local...

Cost: Admission is Pay What You Wish.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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The Charter School of Wilmington's Parent Association is throwing Charter a 20th Birthday party! The Nerds, New Jersey's favorite cover band, help the school celebrate twenty years of Nerds! The...

Cost: $35 FLOOR - $85 BALC + FEES

Where:
World Cafe Live- Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3 pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St. An eclectic program of songs about the natural...

Cost: Tickets are $25 online, and $30 at the door. Student tickets $10 at the door.

Where:
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19118
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
Website »

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Come see New York Theatre in West Chester! Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The original 2005 Broadway production received...

Cost: $25-$51

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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Telephone: 610-356-2787
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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James McMurtry’s extensive “Back At It” summer tour kicks off during St. Louis’ Twangfest (June 8) and zigzags across North America before wrapping up in Maryville, Tenn. (July 23). Major...

Cost: $20 + FEES

Where:
World Cafe Live- Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Join walkers statewide for the 11th anniversary of Autism Delaware’s Walk for Autism, which will take place in Sussex County on Saturday, April 1, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes; and again...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cape Henlopen State Park
42 Cape Henlopen Dr.
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Autism Delaware
Telephone: 302-224-6020
Contact Name: Deanna Principe
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  On Saturday, April, 1st, 2017. The Delaware Train  & Slotcar Show, will take place from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Nur Shrine Center, Route. 13 / 198 South DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.19720....

Cost: Admission is $5.00, children under the age of 12 are free, $10.00 Early Buyers

Where:
Nur Shrine Center
198 South DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: ToyShows.org
Telephone: 856-302-3606
Contact Name: Richard DAmico
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
Website »

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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

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

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


Website »

More information

Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

Cost:

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Website »

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Most young artists dream of seeing their work displayed on a museum wall. This spring, the Delaware Art Museum is turning that dream into a reality by hosting 12 x 12, a group exhibition featuring...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

During his lifetime W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s, Robinson developed a linear...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. Famous painters and Sunday painters were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »

More information

First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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This walking tour tells remarkable stories of black powder explosions that occurred when Hagley was a gunpowder manufactory and the men and women whose lives were changed as a result. Tour involves...

Cost: Free with admission; Adults: $14, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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April 1 – Saturday – 11 a.m. Explosions Walking Tour at Hagley Museum This walking tour tells remarkable stories of black powder explosions that occurred when Hagley was a gunpowder...

Cost: Adults $14, Senior and students $10, Children 6-14 $5, children under 5 free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

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Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!   By appointment only (call 302.888.4786).  Free admission. Note: Limit no more than three objects per...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

March 18, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pmApril 29, 2017; 9:30 am-12:30 pmApril 29, 2017; 1:30 pm-3:30 pmMay 6, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Winterthur offers an exciting array of programs just for Girl Scouts! ...

Cost: The cost for each program varies.

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations
Website »

More information

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3 pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St. An eclectic program of songs about the natural...

Cost: Tickets are $25 online, and $30 at the door. Student tickets $10 at the door.

Where:
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19118
View map »


Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
Website »

More information

Come see New York Theatre in West Chester! Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The original 2005 Broadway production received...

Cost: $25-$51

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
View map »


Telephone: 610-356-2787
Website »

More information

  On Saturday, April, 1st, 2017. The Delaware Train  & Slotcar Show, will take place from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Nur Shrine Center, Route. 13 / 198 South DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.19720....

Cost: $5.00, children under the age of 12 are free, $10.00 Early Buyers

Where:
Nur Shrine Center
198 South DuPont Highway,
New Castle,, DE  19720
View map »


Sponsor: ToyShows.org
Telephone: 856-302-3606
Contact Name: Richard
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