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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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Contact Name: Martin Lassman
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Departures: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, & 9:00 PM. Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad...

Cost: Adults: $13; Seniors (60+): $12; Children (2-12): $11

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
Website »

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Ride the Ferry to the Lewes Terminal for Winter Wonderfest! The Christmas Village returns to the Lewes Terminal this holiday season bigger and brighter! Packed with indoor & outdoor fun...

Cost: Multiple Packages available

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


Sponsor: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Telephone: 800-643-3779
Website »

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Kids always eat free on Mondays at Kid Shelleen's with an adult purchase, but we also have Jungle John and his balloon animals from 5:30-7:30PM. Once a year, Santa joins in the fun with Jungle...

Cost: free

Where:
Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
1801 W 14th St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 302-658-4600
Contact Name: Carla Pope
Website »

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​All 37 plays in 97 minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

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People You Won’t Recognize, an exhibition of photographs by Beth Trepper, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 1-29. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

The Milton Arts Guild’s winter exhibition opening is a grand event held in conjunction with the Town of Milton’s Holiday House Tour and the Milton Garden Club Holly Festival on December 9th....

Cost: Free

Where:
Milton Arts Guild Gallery
310 Walnut Street
Milton, DE
View map »

More information

While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

 “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, ornamental boxes, art glass and jewelry. We also...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Drop in on Nature is an emergent program based all outdoor/all weather and is child led. We encourage children to explore, play and create a child led flow in a natural environment. This process...

Cost: TLC members  $10 with adult TLC members $20 Drop-off Non-members $20 with adult

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


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

More information

Welcome Santa as he returns to the Concord Mall! Come say "hi" and pose for your holiday photos this season. For full details visit our website at www.concordmall.com. 

Cost: Prices may vary.

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


Sponsor: Concord Mall
Telephone: 302-478-9271
Website »

More information

To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Take delight in the little things! Discover cupboards, cabinets, and entire rooms filled with treasures in miniature on this special tour. Floors 3, 7 & 8, Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please...

Cost: Please visit: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=1048

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

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
View map »


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

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

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

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Discover one of the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcases! Tour Henry Francis du Pont's dazzling former home decorated in holiday style. Enjoy visions of holidays past and...

Cost: Check the Winterthur website for updates, winterthur.org.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

DONATION AMOUNT Over the last nine years, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $94 million to help those in need. By the end of this year, Subaru and its...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

More information

Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

More information

Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

More information

Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
Website »

More information

Individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia are invted to participate in this interactive program. There is a different theme each month: March—A Pet’s...

Cost: call 800.272.3900

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


Sponsor: Alzeimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter
Telephone: 800.272.3900

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Individuals with memory loss are invited to this interactive program on holiday traditions.  Call Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 800.272.3900.

Cost: Please call: 800.272.3900.

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


Telephone: 800.272.3900
Contact Name: Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter

More information

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America, dressed for the holidays and illuminated with softly glowing lights. Lace, fresh greenery,...

Cost: $10

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Departures: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, & 9:00 PM. Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad...

Cost: Adults: $13; Seniors (60+): $12; Children (2-12): $11

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
Website »

More information

Ride the Ferry to the Lewes Terminal for Winter Wonderfest! The Christmas Village returns to the Lewes Terminal this holiday season bigger and brighter! Packed with indoor & outdoor fun...

Cost: Multiple Packages available

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


Sponsor: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Telephone: 800-643-3779
Website »

More information

Dean Martin: Singer. Actor. Comedian. Film Producer. In celebration of his 100th birthday! Speaker for the evening will be UWC Member, Mr. Mike Walsh. Please call to reserve your seat:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125 x107
Website »

More information

​All 37 plays in 97 minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

People You Won’t Recognize, an exhibition of photographs by Beth Trepper, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 1-29. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

The Milton Arts Guild’s winter exhibition opening is a grand event held in conjunction with the Town of Milton’s Holiday House Tour and the Milton Garden Club Holly Festival on December 9th....

Cost: Free

Where:
Milton Arts Guild Gallery
310 Walnut Street
Milton, DE
View map »

More information

While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

 “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, ornamental boxes, art glass and jewelry. We also...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

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
View map »


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

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

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

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Welcome Santa as he returns to the Concord Mall! Come say "hi" and pose for your holiday photos this season. For full details visit our website at www.concordmall.com. 

Cost: Prices may vary.

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


Sponsor: Concord Mall
Telephone: 302-478-9271
Website »

More information

Take delight in the little things! Discover cupboards, cabinets, and entire rooms filled with treasures in miniature on this special tour. Floors 3, 7 & 8, Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please...

Cost: Please visit: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=1048

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

Discover one of the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcases! Tour Henry Francis du Pont's dazzling former home decorated in holiday style. Enjoy visions of holidays past and...

Cost: Check the Winterthur website for updates, winterthur.org.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
View map »


Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
Website »

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Have you ever wanted to see what was behind the stone wall? NOW is your chance! For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, the Tilton Mansion, home to University and Whist Club, will be opening its doors to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125 x107
Website »

More information

DONATION AMOUNT Over the last nine years, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $94 million to help those in need. By the end of this year, Subaru and its...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

More information

Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

More information

Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
Website »

More information

Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

More information

Join us for this film series, featuring intriguing stories surrounding real-life tales of forgery and counterfeiting, hosted by scholars, curators, film buffs, and critics who will lead discussions...

Cost: $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America, dressed for the holidays and illuminated with softly glowing lights. Lace, fresh greenery,...

Cost: $10

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Departures: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, & 9:00 PM. Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad...

Cost: Adults: $13; Seniors (60+): $12; Children (2-12): $11

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
Website »

More information

Ride the Ferry to the Lewes Terminal for Winter Wonderfest! The Christmas Village returns to the Lewes Terminal this holiday season bigger and brighter! Packed with indoor & outdoor fun...

Cost: Multiple Packages available

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


Sponsor: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Telephone: 800-643-3779
Website »

More information

Celebrate the season with live jazz and a glass of wine in the festive atmosphere of Winterthur’s Galleries Reception Atrium. Cash wine and beer bar; fruit and cheese for purchase....

Cost: Please visit: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=1305

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


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

More information

Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
Website »

More information

Learn how the shape of the glass influences your perception and enjoyment of the wine. Enjoy three red wines in three different shaped crystal Riedel glasses, which you’ll then take home ($103.50...

Cost: $70 per Member. $80.00 per nonmember.

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


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

More information

Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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Inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, collaborators Troy Richards and Knut Hybinette will develop a pop-up virtual reality (VR)...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

​All 37 plays in 97 minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

People You Won’t Recognize, an exhibition of photographs by Beth Trepper, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 1-29. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

 “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, ornamental boxes, art glass and jewelry. We also...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Milton Arts Guild’s winter exhibition opening is a grand event held in conjunction with the Town of Milton’s Holiday House Tour and the Milton Garden Club Holly Festival on December 9th....

Cost: Free

Where:
Milton Arts Guild Gallery
310 Walnut Street
Milton, DE
View map »

More information

While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Every Thursday, 9:00 am, Brown Learning Center Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow,...

Cost: Drop-in rate of $10.

Where:
Brown Center, 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

Drop in on Nature is an emergent program based all outdoor/all weather and is child led. We encourage children to explore, play and create a child led flow in a natural environment. This process...

Cost: TLC members  $10 with adult TLC members $20 Drop-off Non-members $20 with adult

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


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

More information

To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

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

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Welcome Santa as he returns to the Concord Mall! Come say "hi" and pose for your holiday photos this season. For full details visit our website at www.concordmall.com. 

Cost: Prices may vary.

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


Sponsor: Concord Mall
Telephone: 302-478-9271
Website »

More information

Discover one of the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcases! Tour Henry Francis du Pont's dazzling former home decorated in holiday style. Enjoy visions of holidays past and...

Cost: Check the Winterthur website for updates, winterthur.org.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

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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The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

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Take delight in the little things! Discover cupboards, cabinets, and entire rooms filled with treasures in miniature on this special tour. Floors 3, 7 & 8, Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please...

Cost: Please visit: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=1048

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

DONATION AMOUNT Over the last nine years, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $94 million to help those in need. By the end of this year, Subaru and its...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

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Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

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Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

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Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
Website »

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Ride the Ferry to the Lewes Terminal for Winter Wonderfest! The Christmas Village returns to the Lewes Terminal this holiday season bigger and brighter! Packed with indoor & outdoor fun...

Cost: Multiple Packages available

Where:
Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Telephone: 800-643-3779
Website »

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Departures: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, & 9:00 PM. Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad...

Cost: Adults: $13; Seniors (60+): $12; Children (2-12): $11

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
Website »

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Inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, collaborators Troy Richards and Knut Hybinette will develop a pop-up virtual reality (VR)...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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​All 37 plays in 97 minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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People You Won’t Recognize, an exhibition of photographs by Beth Trepper, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 1-29. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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 “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, ornamental boxes, art glass and jewelry. We also...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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The Milton Arts Guild’s winter exhibition opening is a grand event held in conjunction with the Town of Milton’s Holiday House Tour and the Milton Garden Club Holly Festival on December 9th....

Cost: Free

Where:
Milton Arts Guild Gallery
310 Walnut Street
Milton, DE
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To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Discover one of the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcases! Tour Henry Francis du Pont's dazzling former home decorated in holiday style. Enjoy visions of holidays past and...

Cost: Check the Winterthur website for updates, winterthur.org.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

Take delight in the little things! Discover cupboards, cabinets, and entire rooms filled with treasures in miniature on this special tour. Floors 3, 7 & 8, Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please...

Cost: Please visit: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=1048

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

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
View map »


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

More information

Welcome Santa as he returns to the Concord Mall! Come say "hi" and pose for your holiday photos this season. For full details visit our website at www.concordmall.com. 

Cost: Prices may vary.

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Concord Mall
Telephone: 302-478-9271
Website »

More information

The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

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

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

DONATION AMOUNT Over the last nine years, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $94 million to help those in need. By the end of this year, Subaru and its...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

More information

Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

More information

Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
Website »

More information

Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

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Join us for this film series, featuring intriguing stories surrounding real-life tales of forgery and counterfeiting, hosted by scholars, curators, film buffs, and critics who will lead discussions...

Cost: $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

Departures: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, & 9:00 PM. Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad...

Cost: Adults: $13; Seniors (60+): $12; Children (2-12): $11

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
Website »

More information

Ride the Ferry to the Lewes Terminal for Winter Wonderfest! The Christmas Village returns to the Lewes Terminal this holiday season bigger and brighter! Packed with indoor & outdoor fun...

Cost: Multiple Packages available

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


Sponsor: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Telephone: 800-643-3779
Website »

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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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Enjoy the sounds of the season with Delaware’s only 35-piece all-brass British-style concert band. Bring friends and family for a joyous performance of Christmas classics and seasonal...

Cost: free

Where:
First Presbyterian Church
292 West Main Street
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Chesapeake Brass Band
Telephone: 302-539-2915
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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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Our holiday show is  "A Christmas Carol, The Musical", a perennially favorite family tradition.   Shows are at 8pm on December 15, 16, 22, 28, 29 and 30.  There are 2pm matinees on Sunday,...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
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The Chesco Pops Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Gehring, will perform their Holiday series, featuring familiar carols and sparkling new arrangements, as well as Downingtown area elementary...

Cost: Adults $20, Seniors (60+) $15, Children and Students FREE

Where:
Unionville High School
750 Unionville Road
3600 Goshen Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Chesco Pops
Telephone: 610-594-9178
Contact Name: Pam Lounsbury
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Pop-rock legend and Grammy® award-winning artist Michael Bolton will deliver holiday cheer this December when he performs for fans at the SugarHouse Casino Event Center on Friday, Dec. 15, at 9...

Cost: $59-$79

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

​All 37 plays in 97 minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

Inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, collaborators Troy Richards and Knut Hybinette will develop a pop-up virtual reality (VR)...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

 “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, ornamental boxes, art glass and jewelry. We also...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Milton Arts Guild’s winter exhibition opening is a grand event held in conjunction with the Town of Milton’s Holiday House Tour and the Milton Garden Club Holly Festival on December 9th....

Cost: Free

Where:
Milton Arts Guild Gallery
310 Walnut Street
Milton, DE
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Saturday, December 16th, 23rd, and Sunday, December 17th. 9:00am - 1:00pm $35.95 per person Children aged 2-12 are 50% off. Free for children under 2. Members receive a 10% discount. Reservations...

Cost: $35.95 per person Children aged 2-12 are 50% off. Free for children under 2.

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


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

More information

Discover one of the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcases! Tour Henry Francis du Pont's dazzling former home decorated in holiday style. Enjoy visions of holidays past and...

Cost: Check the Winterthur website for updates, winterthur.org.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

Hey #TesoroTribe, we have some very exciting news for you! Saturday, December 16th we will be hosting Llani and Damiano Collection for an epic trunk show. Both brands are run by...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Tesoro Design
230 W Market Street
West Chester, PA  19382
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The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & 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
View map »


Website »

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Take delight in the little things! Discover cupboards, cabinets, and entire rooms filled with treasures in miniature on this special tour. Floors 3, 7 & 8, Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please...

Cost: Please visit: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=1048

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

Welcome Santa as he returns to the Concord Mall! Come say "hi" and pose for your holiday photos this season. For full details visit our website at www.concordmall.com. 

Cost: Prices may vary.

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


Sponsor: Concord Mall
Telephone: 302-478-9271
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

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

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

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Create a one-of-a-kind tabletop Christmas tree. All materials will be provided, just bring a box for transporting your special creation home. No experience necessary. Join us for a fun-filled...

Cost: $45, which includes fresh greens and materials.

Where:
Inland Bays Garden Center
38320 Muddy Neck Rd
Frankford, DE  19945
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Sponsor: Inland Bays Garden Center
Telephone: 302-539-1839
Contact Name: Denise Hoeksema
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
View map »


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

More information

To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

Cost: $10; $8, groups, seniors, students; Free, members and children under 6

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

Bring your kids to our Kid's and enjoy a fun morning with Santa! Moms and Dads can enjoy our award-winning brunch while the little ones do a fun craft and visit with Santa.  Join us in the Ballou...

Cost: free for kids - just join us for brunch!

Where:
Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
1801 W 14th St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 302-658-4600
Contact Name: Carla Pope
Website »

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Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all...

Cost: Adults: $19; Seniors (60+): $18; Children (2-12): $17; Children Under 2: Free

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


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

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Take a guided walk through the Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes, every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

DONATION AMOUNT Over the last nine years, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $94 million to help those in need. By the end of this year, Subaru and its...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

More information

Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
Website »

More information

Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

More information

Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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New Ark Chorale concert for the Christmas season Michael Larkin, Music Director.  3:00 p.m., Saturday Dec 16, 2017 St Paul's Lutheran Church 701 S. College Ave, Newark, DE Tickets $15.00 (under...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
St Paul's Lutheran Church
701 S. College Ave
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: New Ark Chorale
Telephone: 302-368-4946
Contact Name: Jim Green
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Departures: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, & 9:00 PM. Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad...

Cost: Adults: $13; Seniors (60+): $12; Children (2-12): $11

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
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Ride the Ferry to the Lewes Terminal for Winter Wonderfest! The Christmas Village returns to the Lewes Terminal this holiday season bigger and brighter! Packed with indoor & outdoor fun...

Cost: Multiple Packages available

Where:
Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Telephone: 800-643-3779
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Our holiday show is  "A Christmas Carol, The Musical", a perennially favorite family tradition.   Shows are at 8pm on December 15, 16, 22, 28, 29 and 30.  There are 2pm matinees on Sunday,...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
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​All 37 plays in 97 minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, collaborators Troy Richards and Knut Hybinette will develop a pop-up virtual reality (VR)...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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