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.” 

 

Mike Castle

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The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Second & Third streets
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: (302) 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne & Stephanie Dumpson
Website »

More information

If you are expecting a new addition to your family, you may have questions or concerns. Our board-certified and experienced pediatricians at Concord Health Center can put you at ease. Our new...

Where:
Christiana Care Concord Health Center
161 Wilmington-West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

Bring a picnic, relax and enjoy an evening of wonderful music.  The concerts take place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in front of the historic Rockford Tower.  The tower will be open during...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at South Coastal Public Library in Bethany.   The Festival Film Review sessions,...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Coastal Public Library in Bethany.
Bethany Beach, DE


Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Karen Mitchell
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at two locations, Movies at Midway in Rehoboth and South Coastal Public Library in...

Cost: Free at Bethany Location; $2 RBFS members/$4 future members at Rehoboth location

Where:
Upstairs, Movies at Midway & South Coastal Library
Rehoboth & Bethany
, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x1
Website »

More information

Movies are shown Monday's at dusk on the beach off Garfield Parkway.  For a list of movies visit www.townofbethanybeach.com  

Cost: Free

Where:
The Beach off Garfield Parkway
Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

More information

Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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


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

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

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

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Enjoy a 45 minute taxi ride up the Christina, and after, receive a coupon to receive 10% off at Molly's Ice Cream and Deli.  $15 per family of 4.  To reserve your seat, contact Yvette at...

Cost: $15

Where:
, DE

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at two locations, Movies at Midway in Rehoboth and South Coastal Public Library in...

Cost: Free at Bethany Location; $2 RBFS members/$4 future members at Rehoboth location

Where:
Upstairs, Movies at Midway & South Coastal Library
Rehoboth & Bethany
, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x1
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at Movies at Midway in Rehoboth.   The Festival Film Review sessions, open to the...

Cost: $2.00 members/$4.00 non-members

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Karen Mitchell
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

At the Lewes campus, study habitats from the coastal marshes to the deep ocean floors via satellites, ships and underwater vehicles.  (register the day before)

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

More information

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

This summer at Winterthur, Terrific Tuesdays focus on art conservation, with several hands-on activities for kids. 

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

More than 30 vendors sell vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meats, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers and all kinds of goodies at Grove Park every Tuesday, noon-4 p.m.

Where:
Grove Park
, DE


Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

From concert bands to rock bands, Tuesday nights at Stango Park in Lewes are for music-lovers.

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-8073
Website »

More information

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

More information

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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


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

More information

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Enjoy a wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August.  Board at the Dravo Dock near the Shipyard at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30pm, for a one hour cruise with hand selected...

Cost: $15

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison St
Wilmington , DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890
Contact Name: Yvette

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

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

More information

Every Wednesday in July features children's music on the bandstand or a performance by the Rehoboth Children's Theater at Town Hall.  All events are free, but theater shows require...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bethany Beach Town Hall
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

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 Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Enjoy free live music in Milton Memorial Park every Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 684-1101
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

More information

Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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


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

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

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

More information

Enjoy a 45 minute taxi ride up the Christina, and after, receive a coupon to receive 10% off at Molly's Ice Cream and Deli.  $15 per family of 4.  To reserve your seat, contact Yvette at...

Cost: $15

Where:
, DE

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Every Thursday (June 12 through August 28) beginning at dusk off Campbell Place.  Marshmallows and roasting sticks are provided, first come first serve.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Beach at Campbell Place
Campbell Place
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

  The 2014 Cinema by the Canal summer outdoor film series continues with “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (2012 restored 30th anniversary edition) on Thursday, July 31 at the Lewes Canalfront...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: This film series for all ages is sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park.
Telephone: 609-645-9095
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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Morning workshops for kids 3-10 include guided tours and projects inspired by the American flag, the museum’s unusual portraits and gardens. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the show is all about everyone’s favorite...

Where:
Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens
, PA


Website »

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Make your way to Bellevue State Park on Sunday and Thursday nights for blues, jazz, swing and big band music. Don’t forget the picnic basket.

Where:
Bellevue State Park
Wilmington, DE


Telephone: 761-6965
Website »

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Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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Thursday nights at Lewes Canalfront Park are sweet summer magic. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 644-0108

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Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
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Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

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L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Instructors
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FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

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This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Join us for this noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month. Art is Tasty pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson...

Cost: $12.00 for Museum members, $14.00 for non-members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us for fine wine and great music at Penns Woods Winery's FREE Lawn Concerts all summer long!June6/6/2014: Matt Santry 5:00pm - 8:00pm6/7/2014: Tim Williams 1:00pm - 4:00pm6/14/2014: Matt...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
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Start off your weekends right at Penns Woods Winery every First Friday of each month! Let us help you relax with friends while sampling our own wines, listening to live music, viewing the work of...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
Website »

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Live Comedy Performance featuring Ian Fidance with Setoyo, Max Gallo & Robert Han at 7:00 PM

Cost: $50

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE  19801


Sponsor: World Cafe

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Our lineup of bandstand shows offers some of your favorite regional acts along with new up and coming ones.  And you can still cheer on your friends during karaoke or the Talent Show and also...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bethany Beach Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-542-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

Bandstand entertainment begins at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. For a detailed list of performers, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com and click on the Activities page, Bandstand.  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: (302) 539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

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Folk/pop duo The Lovebirds will be performing at World Café Live in Wilmington on August 1st!

Cost: $14

Where:
World Café Live
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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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....

Cost: $5

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
Website »

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What really happens when the Museum closes at night?  Find out at this fun-filled overnight program that features an evening star party, camp fire complete with treats, and a campout in the...

Cost: $20 for members/$25 for non-members

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

At the Lewes campus, study habitats from the coastal marshes to the deep ocean floors via satellites, ships and underwater vehicles.  (register the day before)

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

When you hit the Riverfront Blues Festival you’ll see all your local faves—lower case blues, Mikey Junior and Jimmy Pritchard Big Band. You’ll also see homegrown harmonica...

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


Website »

More information

Check out creative art projects by area school students that are inspired by the Brandywine River Museum’s collection and landscape.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the show is all about everyone’s favorite...

Where:
Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens
, PA


Website »

More information

This rotating group show features works by The Station Gallery’s favorite and new artists. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Appreciate the view when Gallery One artists interpret this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

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Join us for the5th Annual Delaware KIDS Fund 5K in Newport, Delaware! Starting and ending at the lot directly accross the street from James Street Tavern in Newport (at James Street & Market...

Cost: $20

Where:
James Street Tavern
2 W. Market Street
Newport, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc.
Telephone: 302-323-9300
Contact Name: Ryan Kennedy
Website »

More information

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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


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

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

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

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

Join us for fine wine and great music at Penns Woods Winery's FREE Lawn Concerts all summer long!June6/6/2014: Matt Santry 5:00pm - 8:00pm6/7/2014: Tim Williams 1:00pm - 4:00pm6/14/2014: Matt...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
View map »


Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
Website »

More information

Explore the wonders of nature by engaging your child in different activities each month to awaken their natural senses. A light refreshment will be provided. This program runs the first weekend...

Cost: $5 TLC members; $10 non-members

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


Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347 x 104
Contact Name: Paige
Website »

More information

Visitors discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine and ways the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine to make black powder for over...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: meg marcozzi
Website »

More information

Our lineup of bandstand shows offers some of your favorite regional acts along with new up and coming ones.  And you can still cheer on your friends during karaoke or the Talent Show and also...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bethany Beach Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-542-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

Bandstand entertainment begins at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. For a detailed list of performers, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com and click on the Activities page, Bandstand.  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: (302) 539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

What really happens when the Museum closes at night?  Find out at this fun-filled overnight program that features an evening star party, camp fire complete with treats, and a campout in the...

Cost: $20 for members/$25 for non-members

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

The peach is queen for a day at Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming along with live music

Where:
Camden-Wyoming, DE


Website »

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Rehoboth celebrates 36 years of being a kid with a mega-sandcastle contest. More than 100 teams and 800-plus participants get creative at Fisherman’s Beach at the north end of the Rehoboth...

Where:
Rehoboth Beach, DE


Telephone: 227-2233
Website »

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Crafts, food, children’s rides and games, a parade and the Dover Drumline putting it down—did we mention the peach-dessert contest? That should have been first. 

Where:
Wyoming, DE


Website »

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See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

The Lewes Historical Society’s event features antique dealers from the Mid-Atlantic region at the Lewes Historic Complex. 

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 645-7670
Website »

More information

Now that the final stage of the Tour de France is over, nurse that cycling hangover with some local action. Amateurs and pros alike descend on nearby West Chester, Pa., for the event. 

Where:
West Chester, PA


Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Appreciate the view when Gallery One artists interpret this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

Longwood Gardens’ new Meadow Garden features a richly layered landscape, paths for lazy strolling, and enough bloom and pop to color your summer. On select Meadow Days, experts will be on...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-1000
Website »

More information

Check out creative art projects by area school students that are inspired by the Brandywine River Museum’s collection and landscape.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

And, no, we don’t mean take a selfie. We’re talking real portraiture here, inspired by the museum’s collection.

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
View map »


Telephone: 674-2111
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society’s annual gala includes dining, dancing and auctions at Kings Creek Country Club. This year’s theme is “Life’s Better in Flip...

Where:
Kings Creek Country Club
Rehoboth Beach, DE


Telephone: 227-7310
Website »

More information

This rotating group show features works by The Station Gallery’s favorite and new artists. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

When you hit the Riverfront Blues Festival you’ll see all your local faves—lower case blues, Mikey Junior and Jimmy Pritchard Big Band. You’ll also see homegrown harmonica...

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The Jeff Walker Youth One-Act Festival, a collaboration of kids and adults, closes the season at the Wilmington Drama League. 

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 764-1172
Website »

More information

A twist on the Dickens classic, this timeless musical about an orphan looking for his family is performed by downstate theater darlings Clear Space.

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
31570 Lakeview Drive
Selbyville, DE
View map »


Telephone: 436-3015
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

This producer-only farmers market provides fresh, local foods every Saturday morning at the Lewes Historical Society complex.

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 644-1436
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the show is all about everyone’s favorite...

Where:
Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens
, PA


Website »

More information

Show More...
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