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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Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a diabetes support group on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This support group is free and open to the...

Cost: FREE

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

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a diabetes support group on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This support group is free and open to the...

Cost: FREE

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

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We're talking about what matters to YOU! Join us for an inspiring and provocative conversation with smart, interesting women (and men) while enjoying wine, hors d'oeuvres and soft...

Cost: $50/event or $99/series of 3 tickets

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Great Dames & Harry's Savoy Grill
Contact Name: Sharon Kelly Hake
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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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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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“Supporting Engaged and Prospering Adolescents in a Challenging World” is a 90-minute seminar targeted to parents and caretakers. The workshop will present a simple, straightforward,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Back to Basics Learning Dynamics Inc.
6 Stone Hill Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Back to Basics Learning Dynamics Inc.
Telephone: 302-594-0754
Contact Name: Beverly Stewart
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
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MALCOLM BRUCE As the son of musician Jack Bruce (Cream), Malcolm has always been immersed in a musical environment. He grew up hearing and experiencing firsthand some of the finest musicians...

Cost: $12 + FEES

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
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Ud's Faculty Jazz is Todd Groves, saxohpone; Harvey Price, percussion; Craig Thomas, bass; and Tom Palmer, drums/piano.

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Center for the Arts (Gore Recital Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

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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Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

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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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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
Website »

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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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Tuesday October 11, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Strapless by Deborah Davis Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:00 am...

Cost: $20 per member / $30 per nonmember for the entire three-month series.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
W, DE  19807
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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
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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
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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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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmer's Marke 25 vendors

Cost: Free

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Telephone: 302-945-3489
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmers Market Nov 8, 2016 - April 11, 2017  11 am- 2 pm 25 vendors Location:  East Coast Garden Center 30366 Cordrey Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 302-945-3489

Cost: frr

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Sponsor: East Coast Garden Center
Telephone: 302-945-3489
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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at The Academy of Vocal Arts 5:30 pm for refreshments, 6 pm music After sifting through hundreds of letters to Santa to find the perfect one for Lyric Fest’s 2016...

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

Where:
Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

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Do you want to learn how to make BEER soap? This is your chance! Join me for a fun and informative class @ Bellefonte Brewing Company. I will teach you how to create your own recipe and the...

Cost: 45

Where:
Bellefonte Brewing CO.
3605 Old Capitol Trail
C8
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Rocker Soaps + Herbals
Telephone: 302-544-0391
Contact Name: Rachel Binkley
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UD's early music ensemble performs music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Center for the Arts (Gore Recital Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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STREET CORNER SYMPHONY Celebrate Street Corner Symphony is a contemporary a cappella group based out of Nashville, Tennessee, founded on in 2010 to compete in NBC's all-vocal competition, The...

Cost: $18 ADV- $20 DOS + FEES

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Website »

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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

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

Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

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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Wednesdays through September 28, 2016, October 12 & 29, November 9 & 26, December 7 &31 8:00 am – 7:30 pm   Itinerary: 8:00 am Customer Check In 8:45 am Boat departs Lewes 10:15am Bus...

Cost: $35

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes , DE  19958
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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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

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

Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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 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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

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

Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

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 »

More information

Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

More information

Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

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


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
Website »

More information

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

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


Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

More information

The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

More information

Cost: Advanced tickets are available through the REP Box Office, 302-831-2204. $5-$15

Where:
Center for the Arts (Puglisi Orchestra Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
Website »

More information

The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

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

Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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
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 »

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

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

Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

More information

Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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 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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

More information

Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
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Join us for our bi-monthly open mic night, held the second Thursday of each month in October, December, February, April, June and August.  Pro-quality equipment provided: drum set, grand piano,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: The Music School of Delaware
Telephone: 302-762-1132
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
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"The Secret Sisters echo & promise better days. They are a breath of fresh air." - T Bone BurnettAbout a 20¬ minute drive is all that separated The Secret Sisters from being born in historic...

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
World Cafe Live At The Queen
500 N Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Stanford, Charles Villiers Stanford's Irish Rhapsody No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 78; Ralph Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto in F Minor, with Brian Brown, soloist; and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3...

Cost: Advanced tickets are available through the REP Box Office, 302-831-2204. $5-$15

Where:
Center for the Arts (Puglisi Orchestra Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

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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Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

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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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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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 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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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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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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Join us for our timeless holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies the classic story of an adventure to the magical Land of Sweets as the audience joins Clara on...

Cost: $18-$45

Where:
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
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Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-692-6402
Contact Name: Heather Conboy
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Cost: Free

Where:
Bayard Sharp Hall
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; 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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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
Website »

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

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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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Cost: Free

Where:
Old State House
25 The Green
Dover , DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: First State Heritage Park

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TERRETTA STORM Terretta Storm is a powerful singer, songwriter to be reckoned with. Born in Chester, Pa, now residing in Wilmington, De, Terretta always knew that her purpose in life was to singer...

Cost: $10

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

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
Website »

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Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

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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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Join the New Castle Historical Society and New Castle Presbyterian Church as they present the third annual Spirit of Christmas & A Dickens Experience!  Spend your Saturday,...

Cost: $0

Where:
Historic New Castle
25 E. 2nd Street
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: New Castle Historical Society, New Castle Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 302-322-2794
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Seatings: 9am and 10:30am Before loading his sleigh and starting his fast jaunt around the world, Santa has graciously agreed to stop at the Ferry terminal for a special breakfast with some of his...

Cost: $11-15

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

More information

Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

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 »

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

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

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

Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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 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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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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: $18; Seniors (60+): $17; Children (2-12): $16; 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
Website »

More information

Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

More information

Join us for our timeless holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies the classic story of an adventure to the magical Land of Sweets as the audience joins Clara on...

Cost: $18-$45

Where:
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-692-6402
Contact Name: Heather Conboy
Website »

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Science Saturday – Tune into Science December 10 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Families work together to solve science mysteries and engineering challenges. Learn all about sound with some noisy...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Delaware Children's Theatre "Willy Wonka" Recommended for all ages, 4+ Roald Dahl’s classic story of a magic candy man’s exciting quest to find an...

Cost: $14

Where:
Delaware Children's Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302.655.1014
Contact Name: Jennifer Lunger
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Two exciting events rolled into one are planned to kick of the Holiday Season in Historic Mullica Hill Antique County this December 10 from 2 p.m. till 7 p.m. Our Annual Christmas House...

Cost: $8.00 Advance $10.00 Day Of

Where:
Mullica Hill Village New Jersey
Main Street Historic Mullica Hill
Mullica Hill, NJ  08062
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Sponsor: Mullica Hill Merchants Association
Telephone: 856-769-8125
Contact Name: Judith Salvino
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Milton Holiday House Tour - Saturday, December 10, 2016; 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm (rain, shine or snow) The Women’s Club of Milton (formerly the Milton Century Club) presents a tour of several of...

Cost: Tickets: $20 in Advance; $25 Day of the Tour.

Where:
Milton, Delaware
Milton, DE  19968


Sponsor: Women's Club of Milton
Telephone: 302-354-8470
Contact Name: Linda King
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Milton Holiday House Tour Saturday, December 10, 2016 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm (rain, shine or snow) The Women’s Club of Milton Presents: A tour of several of Milton’s most...

Cost: $20 in Advance; $25 Day of Tour

Where:
Milton, DE
Milton, DE  19968


Sponsor: Women's Club of Milton
Telephone: 302-354-8470
Contact Name: Linda King
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

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


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
Website »

More information

Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; 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 »

More information

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

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


Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

More information

The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

More information

Runnin’ Late, a six piece Wilmington band that has dazzled music fans at Delaware’s top music venues since 2007, will bring a mix of favorite holiday tunes and original songs to World Cafe Live...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
World Cafe Live At The Queen
500 N Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

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

Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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