Former Delaware Congressman Mike Castle: Life Out of Office

Rebuilding the Castle: Two years after losing his first—and likely his last—election, Mike Castle has settled into a new life. And for the first time in 45 years, it’s a life largely outside of politics.



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Mike Castle and Carl Schnee are a study in contrasts. At 6-4, Castle is about a foot taller than Schnee. Castle is Roman Catholic, Schnee is Jewish. A lifelong Democrat and retired lawyer, Schnee was appointed U.S. attorney for Delaware by Bill Clinton and ran for attorney general in 2002. Castle, meanwhile, established his Republican bona fides early: he dated Pete du Pont’s younger sister (!), organized Young Republican teams in New Castle County softball, basketball and touch football leagues, and won election to the Delaware General Assembly in 1966, kicking off a political career spanning 45 years, during which he carried the GOP banner in successful bids for the statehouse, the state senate, lieutenant governor, governor and Congress.

Despite these differences, Schnee and Castle have been friends for nearly half a century. They partnered in a law firm from 1975 to 1981, and were part owners of the Bottle & Cork through the 1970s, when the Dewey Beach bar was the hottest spot at the beach. (“We had no idea what we were doing,” says Schnee, “but we had a lot of fun.”)

So it was only natural that, two years ago, Schnee would ask his old friend to speak to his current events class at the Academy of Lifelong Learning in Wilmington. Castle accepted the invitation just prior to the primary election of Sept. 14, 2010, which turned into the only defeat in his political career—a stunning upset at the hands of Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell. O’Donnell, in turn, was drubbed by Democrat Chris Coons in the Nov. 2 special election for the U. S. Senate seat held by Ted Kaufman, who did not run for re-election.

Now, here it was, late November, and as his class of 250 or so mostly senior citizens settled into their seats, Schnee wondered if they were still interested in hearing from the former congressman. He got his answer a few moments later when Castle arrived through a side door, triggering a wipe-your-eyes emotional moment. “When they saw him,” says Schnee, “every one in that class got up and gave him a standing ovation. It was really touching.”

It’s possible that 73-year-old Michael Newbold Castle has received more love and respect in his post-political life than in all his decades in elected office. He has been feted at numerous public and private functions since leaving office in January, 2011. That same month the Delaware Chamber of Commerce presented him with the prestigious Josiah Marvel Cup Award; he was the commencement speaker at UD graduation ceremonies last May (“Life is going to throw you curveballs,” he told the graduates, “like a one-point defeat in a national championship game or a loss in a U.S. Senate race.”); a 16-mile greenway along the C&D Canal was named after him, and in a tribute at the Grand Gala last December, he was lauded by many of the state’s leaders, including Democrats Coons, Congressman John Carney, Gov. Jack Markell, and Vice President Joe Biden. The latter called Castle “one of the finest, most decent men I’ve known in my career.”

More significant, perhaps, is this observation from Priscilla Rakestraw, former Republican National Committeewoman for Delaware: “Candidates—even from Southern Delaware—still stand in line to talk to him.”

How then did this “decent man,” a man Dale Wolf, his former lieutenant governor, calls “the best statesman Delaware has ever produced,” a man who had never lost an election and became Delaware’s longest-serving Congressman—how did this stalwart of the Republican party lose to a woman who had never held political office; who, in fact, had held few if any jobs?

More poignantly, as if speaking of a death in the family, Wolf asks, “How did we lose him?”

There are several answers to that question, but perhaps the most succinct and accurate comes from Rakestraw, a no-nonsense veteran of the political wars whose Toyota Rav 4 still has an “I Like Mike” sticker next to her “VoteGOP” license plate. “He was defeated by the passion of the supporters of Christine O’Donnell,” she says.

“Passion will always trump knowledge,” adds Rakestraw, suggesting that those supporters—mostly from Southern Delaware—weren’t exactly versed in the issues. “They didn’t really know what cap and trade was,” she says.

O’Donnell’s media appeal—“the entertainment factor”—also played a big role in the campaign. Rakestraw says O’Donnell’s supporters “were fed by Rush Limbaugh and Tucker Carlson because she was great for ratings. She became the darling of the media. She had charisma.”

Financial aid came from The Tea Party Express, a California-based group which, after helping to defeat Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, quickly moved to Delaware and spent $216,000 on O’Donnell’s campaign. And former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin added her endorsement.

Then there was “the Markell factor.” Observers such as Allan Loudell, news anchor for WDEL AM and WXDE FM, posit that as many as 3,000 Republicans re-registered as Democrats in order to vote for Markell against John Carney in the 2008 gubernatorial primary. “Many of those party-switchers—mostly Chateau Country/Brandywine Hundred/Newark-area Republicans—didn’t bother to switch back to the GOP,” Loudell wrote in his blog, “partly because many failed to anticipate bitterly fought primaries in their party,” and partly because they knew “the real ‘action’ in New Castle County is with the Democrats because their primaries end up becoming general elections by default.”

The Castle campaign, meanwhile, focused on the anticipated November battle with Coons, arguing that their candidate was the one who could beat any Democrat. They simply didn’t view O’Donnell as a serious threat to unseat a Delaware political icon—until it was too late.

They weren’t alone. Says Dr. Joe Pika, the James R. Soles Professor and professor of political science and international relations at UD: “Most observers felt she wasn’t formidable. She had run before and was not especially effective, and she turned off traditional Republicans. Then suddenly this outside money poured in, and her supporters caught fire in kind of a grass-roots, Southern Delaware uprising against the Republican establishment.”

Toward the end, Castle’s people realized something was amiss, but they couldn’t put their fingers on it. Says Dale Wolf: “I was on his campaign committee, and at the last two meetings there was a sense that something was going on here that we weren’t on top of.”

On Election Day, Rakestraw worked the phones from morning till night. “There was some apprehension,” she says. “We realized it would be close, but we believed Mike Castle would win. But we misread and underestimated the passion.” Then, she says, when Sussex County numbers came in before the other two counties—unusual in itself—and O’Donnell took a big early lead, “I knew we were in trouble. This wasn’t my first rodeo.”

Noting the low turnout, particularly in New Castle County, she shakes her head. “I will never understand why people don’t vote.” In the two years since that election, Rakestraw says, “Hundreds of people have told me, ‘I wish I had switched back.’”

At Castle campaign headquarters, when the results became final, “I was devastated,” she says. “Mike seemed stoic. But you could tell it was a body blow.”

 

“I don’t know if ‘stoic’ is the word,” says the most famous victim of the Tea Party.

Mike Castle is settled into his new job now, not to mention his new life. He joined DLA Piper, the largest law firm in the world, in May of last year—four months after his congressional term ended. As a partner in the firm’s government affairs practice, he splits his time among Piper’s Wilmington, Washington, D.C., and, sometimes, its New York offices. According to a Piper press release, his job is to “leverage his extensive legislative and legal experience to advise clients on financial services, international trade, energy, corporate, tax, labor, legislative, political and health care matters.”

His Wilmington office is on the 15th floor of the old Citizens Bank building on the 900 block of North Market Street. It is small, with one window, and as of August its walls and cabinets were still bare—no pictures, plaques, awards or diplomas. On his desk were lined yellow legal pads covered with his handwriting.

Castle is slightly stooped now, and walks with a bit of a limp due to a knee that he says should be replaced. He is far removed from the fiery competitor who in his 20s and early 30s did battle on local softball and football fields and basketball courts. Stories of his hate-to-lose attitude in those days are plentiful. Ruly Carpenter, owner and president of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1972 to 1981, relates one such story, prefacing it with, “Mike will kill me for telling you this.”

Carpenter and Castle are lifelong friends. Carpenter graduated from Tower Hill School a year behind Castle and played with and against him in baseball and touch football. Back in the late 1960s, Carpenter’s football team was playing Castle’s team on a field behind the DuPont Experimental Station. “The ref threw Mike out of the game for arguing,” says Carpenter, “but Mike continued the ‘dialogue’ on the sidelines, so the ref told him to get out of sight, over a hill next to the field. Well, Mike walks up and over the hill, and play resumes, but a few minutes later these trash cans come flying over the top of the hill and roll down to the field. Everybody just started laughing. That was Mike: hot-tempered.”

The Mike Castle of today seems anything but volatile. This direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin is open, affable, and appears to be devoid of ego, a rare quality in a successful politician.

Of his election night reaction, he says, “I was obviously dismayed. I didn’t expect it, although I knew it was a possibility.”

Castle had received a phone call earlier from his friend Murkowski, who had been savaged by the Tea Party in her primary. (She opted to run as a write-in candidate in the Alaska general election and won.) “She told me, ‘These people are dangerous.’ But I assured her that we had it under control.”

The first strategic mistake Castle and his advisers made was to husband their resources. “We didn’t spend a great deal of money in the primary,” he says. “We were basically keeping everything in check for the general election. Then the problem became turnout.”

What’s more, Castle says, anti-O’Donnell fodder like her dabbling in witchcraft didn’t surface until after the primary, so the campaign couldn’t capitalize on any of those revelations.

Another major miscalculation was not debating his opponent, who later proved no match for the articulate Coons. “I didn’t engage with her, and in retrospect, that was probably a mistake,” Castle admits. 

He refuses to blame his staff, all of whom are friends. “Hey, whatever the problems are, they start at the top. So if you want to blame somebody, you’d better look in the mirror. I don’t blame anybody other than myself.”

And he grants his opponent her due. “I give them credit, particularly the Tea Party Express people. They had a lot of passion and energy and turned out their voters. And we didn’t. We became concerned too late.”

Castle considered running as a write-in candidate, but decided against the idea. “The Republican Party turned out and elected Christine O’Donnell, and I respected that,” he says.

Also, the primary battle had been, in Loudell’s words, “full of vitriol and animus,” and Castle didn’t want to drag his wife through another nasty fight. It was a decision the former Jane DiSabatino apparently favored. After the primary, she told Rakestraw, “I have my husband back.”

Castle endorsed the Republican ticket, but not O’Donnell. He calls her “ideologically inflexible, and I don’t think that’s a way to run a country. I had no interest in supporting her. I thought she was totally unqualified to serve in the United States Senate, and I didn’t think she had a chance to win the general election.”

He calls the 2010 primary “a wound to the Republican Party” in the state, “in terms of both fundraising and recruiting candidates for office.” Castle was the party’s major “rainmaker.” The other was Michele Rollins, the party’s candidate for Castle’s congressional seat, who lost to Glen Urquhart, another Tea Party favorite, in the primary. (Urquhart then lost to John Carney in the general election.)

In fact, says Castle, “The Tea Party has ripped the Republican Party asunder” across the country, citing Colorado, Nevada and Delaware as states where Republicans might have won if establishment candidates had been nominated. As an aside, he calls the choice of Tea Party standard-bearer Sarah Palin for vice president “just awful.”

But he blames both parties for their inflexibility, resulting in little being accomplished in Washington over the past two years.

Such rigidity is anathema to a politician known for his willingness to reach across the aisle, who never denied the “moderate Republican” appellation. “I always felt my mission was to help Delawareans,” Castle says. “My staff understood this. I don’t think we ever asked anybody [who contacted us] what their political affiliation was. We just tried to help people.”

“He was very independent-minded, willing to buck the party leadership,” says Pika. “But he was dedicated to solutions, and carried the baton for moderate decision-making—which may have come back to haunt him.”

Often accused of being a RINO
(Republican in Name Only)—especially by the O’Donnell camp—Castle actually hued pretty closely to the GOP agenda. He voted against the stimulus, against ObamaCare, co-sponsored repeal of that legislation, and favored extending all the Bush tax cuts. His major breaks from the party included support for environmental legislation and stem cell research.

Jason Scott of Delaware Liberal says Castle morphed from his early RINO position into a true Republican toward the latter part of his career, and some Democrats who once backed him felt betrayed by his support of George W. Bush’s economic and war policies. Scott faults Castle for “trying to make everybody happy. He would vote for the Bush agenda, then in his press releases claim he regretted having to vote that way.”

In the end, he says, “Castle’s history of being a centrist worked against him for both Democrats and Republicans when the Republicans went off the deep end” with O’Donnell.


Castle says he has “mixed feelings” about being out of office. He doesn’t miss spending so much time in Washington, where congressional duties often extended what he expected to be a three-day week through the weekend. That left him little time for his wife and functions back here in Delaware.

“What I do miss are the people, including my staff, and a lot of members of Congress. I miss Delawareans, I miss helping people.” He pauses. “We got a lot done.”

He stays informed on politics in the state and nation, but says he will never run for elective office again.

Still, the polls showed he would have defeated Coons somewhat easily, and that knowledge—knowledge that might make an ordinary man bitter—elicits from Mike Castle an almost wistful nod to what might have been: “The Republicans who voted against me would’ve been better served having a Republican there [in the Senate seat] —even if it was a moderate Republican.”

He says he has given little thought to what his legacy will be. “I still, even today, even though I’m out of politics directly, I look to the future—what’s next. I don’t think in terms of being remembered, being honored.”

What’s next for now is his job at DLA Piper, a job he indicates may be the one he ultimately retires from. It enables him to stay in touch with friends and former colleagues in Washington, but more important, it allows him to live in Wilmington—one of the criteria he presented to law firms who approached him after he left office.

The former state-legislator-lieutenant governor-governor-congressman and his wife have already taken a couple of small vacations, and plan to do more traveling in the future. “Jane is quite happy that I’m home now,” he says. “And so am I.” 

 

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Where:
Bidermann Golf Course
601 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-598-0103
Contact Name: Becky Phillips
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Each of us strives for happiness and peace in life.  We would like to experience peace and happiness in response to every action we perform. We feel happiness is my birthright. The path we...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Apartments Community Room (near pool)
2702 Jacqueline Dr.
Wilmington, DE  19810


Sponsor: Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidhyalaya
Telephone: 706-691-4666
Contact Name: Krutiben Aghera
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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
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Wesley College Holds Football/Leadership Camp Wesley College will offer a week of football camps catering to students entering 1st grade through 9th grade. Wesley will host its overnight/day...

Cost: $325

Where:
Scott D. Miller Stadium
381 Clara Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
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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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the “4th Asia-Pacific Global Summit & Expo on Healthcare” which will be held during July, 18-20, 2016 Brisbane, Australia.  Healthcare...

Cost: 799

Where:
brisbane
, DE

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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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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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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $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
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This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM during thesummer at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children aged 5-12. Each day will...

Cost: $10 for TLC members: $20 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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Join park naturalists to explore the nature in your neighborhood. Learn more about familiar animals and discover animals you may not expect live nearby. Drop in each week to check out a series of...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Can-Do Playground, Alapocas Run State Park
4360 Weldin Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $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
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Every Tuesday in July and August; 10:00 am–3:00 pm (drop-in program) Kids ages 3–10 are invited to try fun activities related to the wide world of Winterthur.  In July we will investigate how...

Cost: Members free. $5 per child, one adult per child is free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the 5th play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that broadcast 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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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a stroke support group on Tuesday, July 19 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. The two-hour support group meetings consists of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Seaford Library & Cultural Center
600 N Market Street
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6224
Contact Name: Nanticoke Rehabilation Services

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital holds stroke support groups on the third Tuesday of each month at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. The two-hour support group meetings...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Seaford Library & Cultural Center
600 N. Market St Ext
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6224

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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Our summer Lobster Special is back, now on Tuesdays! Join us every Tuesday for dinner starting at 4:30PM and enjoy a whole 1.5 lb lobster, shipped directly to us from Maine, for just $29.95....

Cost: 29.95

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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Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery will be hosting bariatric support groups on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Nanticoke Memorial...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 8810
Contact Name: Shelly Geis

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The poor miller gives his son the family cat and sends him out in the world to make his own way. To the lad's surprise the cat is magic! Dressed in fine clothes and stylish boots, the fabulous...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Epworth United Methodist Church
19285 Rd 271
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
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Wesley College Holds Football/Leadership Camp Wesley College will offer a week of football camps catering to students entering 1st grade through 9th grade. Wesley will host its overnight/day...

Cost: $325

Where:
Scott D. Miller Stadium
381 Clara Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
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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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

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It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the “4th Asia-Pacific Global Summit & Expo on Healthcare” which will be held during July, 18-20, 2016 Brisbane, Australia.  Healthcare...

Cost: 799

Where:
brisbane
, DE

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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

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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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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Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

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The 2016 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers' Market at Rodney Square will begin May 4 and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Downtown Visions and facilitated by the City of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.425.0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $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
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July 20: Animal “Superpowers” on Stage (http://www.penn.museum/calendar/eventdetail/220/world-wonders-animal-superpowers-on-stage) July 27: An Ancient Egyptian Journey...

Cost: Free with general Museum admission

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Dorothy and Toto travel through the Land of Oz seeking the help of the Wizard. They meet a brainless scarecrow, a tin man who wants a heart, a cowardly lion and witches good and bad. Two actors...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Epworth United Methodist Church
19285 Rd 271
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Join us at Winterthur's Brown Horticulture Learning Center for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the 5th play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that broadcast the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
View map »


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

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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
Website »

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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Wednesdays, June through September, 4:30 pm Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you...

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Hagley’s property will be open Wednesday evenings for curious guests and families to bicycle or walk. Visit areas normally closed to foot traffic. Bring a picnic or dine at the Belin House...

Cost: $2, free for members and children 5 and under

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 130-265-82400261
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Summertime means good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, where we celebrate our seventh annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum’s...

Cost: Admission is $10, $5 PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Join the Museum’s OPEN for Interpretation artist-in-residence JJ Tiziou for an inside look at Faces of Migration, a photography installation featuring community portraits from Philadelphians...

Cost: Free

Where:
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Zumba sessions every Wednesday in Lewes Canalfront Park, overlooking the banks of the beautiful Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes. Free.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Zumba by Kelly, Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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Select Wednesdays in July, 6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall Join us for this new film series celebrating Chinese and South American cultures in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Made in the...

Cost: $5 per Member. $8 per nonmember.

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

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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
Website »

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Wesley College Holds Football/Leadership Camp Wesley College will offer a week of football camps catering to students entering 1st grade through 9th grade. Wesley will host its overnight/day...

Cost: $325

Where:
Scott D. Miller Stadium
381 Clara Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

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


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

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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

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Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and The Methodist Manor House, hosts the Nanticoke Parkinson’s Education and Support Group on the third Thursday of...

Cost: free

Where:
Methodist Manor House
1001 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 3838
Contact Name: Tara Trout

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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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Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House, will hold a Parkinson’s education and support group on Thursday, July 21 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Manor House
1001 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x3838
Contact Name: Tara Trout

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

Join park naturalists to explore the nature in your neighborhood. Learn more about familiar animals and discover animals you may not expect live nearby. Drop in each week to check out a series of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Park
18th and Van Buren St.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
Website »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $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
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM during thesummer at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children aged 5-12. Each day will...

Cost: $10 for TLC members: $20 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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First and Third Thursday of the month, March–November, 10:30–11:30 am Meet in Galleries Reception Atrium. Wee Ones is now offered twice a month! This early childhood series intended for...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Gene McClone, from Gentle Palm Karate Academy will lead you through the basic movements of Tai Chi.  Meet at the Josephine Fountain, 1080 North Park Drive, 19802.

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Park
1080 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a lymphedema support group on Thursday, July 21 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center. This free support group is open to anyone...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Seaford Library & Cultural Center
600 N Market Street
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6224
Contact Name: Robert Donati
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host Lymphedema support groups on the third Thursday of each month at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. This free support group is...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Seaford Library & Cultural Center
600 N Market St, Ext
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services
Telephone: 302-629-6224
Contact Name: Robert Donati
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The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the...

Cost: No ticket is required for the Farm Stand or the Museum Store.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, NYC singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage is one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year...

Cost: FREE

Where:
LOMA Coffee
239 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Gable Music Ventures
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The Best of Delaware® Party is a fun event that celebrates excellence and raises funds for worthy local causes. It continues to be one of the most popular events in the state. The people,...

Cost: VIP: $85 General Admission: $65 in advance, $75 at the door

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-656-1809
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Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery will be hosting bariatric support groups on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Nanticoke Memorial...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 8810
Contact Name: Shelly Geis

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The Delaware Humanities Forum is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize with a literature discussion and creative writing workshop.  Participants are welcome to join any and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dover Public Library
35 E Loockerman St
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Humanities Forum
Telephone: 302-567-0650
Contact Name: Ciera Fisher
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Back to Basics Private School Open House is scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The event provides parents and prospective students the opportunity to meet the...

Cost: free

Where:
Back to Basics K-12 Private School
6 Stone Hill Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Back to Basics K-12 Private School
Telephone: 302-594-0685
Contact Name: Tammy Ford
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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
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Though Colin Hay made an indelible mark on pop music back in the ‘80s, he’s been far from idle in the years since his unmistakable tenor and witty, ska-inflected songs sent Australian band Men...

Cost: $35 SRO - $50 Seated + Fees

Where:
World Cafe Live - Wilmington
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-504-9565
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Join us for the Young Friends' annual summer fete! Dress in all white and share a cocktail with us on our terrace overlooking Independence Mall. We'll have a DJ, sweet treats, and a great party....

Cost: $30 Young Friends Members, $40 Non-Members, $60 Ticket + New YF Membership

Where:
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
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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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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Wesley College Holds Football/Leadership Camp Wesley College will offer a week of football camps catering to students entering 1st grade through 9th grade. Wesley will host its overnight/day...

Cost: $325

Where:
Scott D. Miller Stadium
381 Clara Street
Dover, DE  19901
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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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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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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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 »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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
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Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

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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Yoga in the Vineyard: Wine, Body & Soul Select Fridays & Sundays May through October The aging of wine is a noble process that can serve as a metaphor for healthy aging of a human being. Join us...

Cost: $35

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Penns Woods Winery
Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Andrea
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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
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Join Chef Jeffrey Stoneberger of Charleston, S.C.-based 2 Nixons as he returns home to Delaware to collaborate with friend and...

Cost: $69/person

Where:
a(MUSE.)
44 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Telephone: 302.227.7107
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
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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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Richard Raw Productions Presents Hockaday (BKA - Kae Hock) The Bane Of Fear Album Release Concert featuring Special Performances by Dot Summers and Sebastian Graves and hosted by King Dom with...

Cost: $15 + Fees

Where:
World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Richard Raw Productions
Telephone: 302-504-9565
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Both children and adults enjoy the First State Heritage Park's candlelit walking tours – there’s history, humor, and sorrow in the stories of real people from Delaware’s past centuries. Join...

Cost: $10

Where:
First State Heritage Park
John Bell House
43 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a Safe Sitter class on Saturday, July 23 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for children 11 to 13 years of age who are interested in learning child care essentials and...

Cost: $35/student

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Maternal Child Health Educator
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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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ADOPT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE WITH DR. ORNISH'S PROGRAM! (FREE SEMINAR) REGISTER ONLINE...

Cost: Free

Where:
Del Tech College
21179 College Drive
Georgetown, DE
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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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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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing.  Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mills Road
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

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Join TLC Apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for an inside look at the busy, buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical...

Cost: $5 for TLC members, $10 for non members

Where:
New Leaf Eco Center
776 Rosedale Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

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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Blydyn Square Books, a Philadelphia publisher, will be hosting a one-day event to celebrate books, readers and writers. This is an opportunity for local...

Where:
Dover Public Library
35 Loockerman Street
Dover, DE
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Families work together to solve science mysteries and engineering challenges. Test the water of the Brandywine to determine the health of the river. Activities are included in admission and free to...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Food and Brew Fest is all about celebrating the unique relationship between the culinary arts and the brewing sciences! The event showcases craft and imported beers paired with creative food...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Main Street
Newark, DE  19711


Sponsor: Downtown Newark Partnership
Telephone: 302-366-7000
Contact Name: Megan McNerney
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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
Website »

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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
Website »

More information

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Travel back in time to 1934 for adventure on the rails! An A-list celebrity is planning to travel through Strasburg in style, complete with sparkling jewels and bountiful riches. Alleged nearby...

Cost: First-Class Parlor, First-Class Lounge $27; Coach $4 under 2, $11.50 ages 2-11

Where:
Strasburg Railroad
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Contact Name: Strasburg Rail Road
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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
Website »

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Al Turner ”The Bass Burner” is certainly no stranger to the industry nor to many other artists. A bassist since the age of 12, Turner has played with some of the brightest luminaries in the...

Cost: $25 + Fees

Where:
World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Blackwell 360 Entertainment
Telephone: 302-504-9565
Contact Name: MP Intern
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On Saturday, July 23rd Jeff Dunham, the wildly popular and internationally acclaimed comic/ventriloquist is loading up the bus along with his cast of characters and heading to...

Cost: $44 - $59

Where:
Delaware State Fair
18500 S Dupont Hwy
Harrington, DE  19952
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Sponsor: Personal Publicity
Telephone: 480-839-9474
Contact Name: Maegen

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The theatre will come alive with this powerful and exciting dance band. Comfort Zone is a seven-piece band that features members from throughout the region. They are consistently requested by...

Cost: $19-25

Where:
Schwartz Center for the Arts
226 S State St
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Schwartz Center for the Arts
Telephone: 302-678-5152
Contact Name: Greer
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Blue Hawaii Luau Dance Party A night of Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Hustle and Salsa with all the area's best dancers. Hawaiian Dress encouraged ... flowered shirts, grass skirts and more...

Cost: $15

Where:
BlueBallRoom Dance Studio & Club
Independence Mall
1601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: BlueBallRoom Dancers
Telephone: 302-984-2583
Contact Name: Ken Richards
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Join Chef Jeffrey Stoneberger of Charleston, S.C.-based 2 Nixons as he returns home to Delaware to collaborate with friend and...

Cost: A la carte

Where:
a(MUSE.)
44 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Telephone: 302.227.7107
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