Former Delaware Congressman Mike Castle: Life Out of Office

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
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Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Join the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens in welcoming Jenny Rose Carey, Director of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm, as she talks about the delights and benefits of...

Cost: The lecture is free to UDBG Friends and $15 for nonmembers.

Where:
Townsend Hall Commons, University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716


Sponsor: University of Delaware Botanic Gardens
Telephone: 302-831-4188
Contact Name: Valann Budischak
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The Department of Music and Faculty Jazz proudly introduce new bass instructor Miles Brown. Bassist, composer, performer, and teacher, Brown is a versatile musician who has earned bachelor and...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Gore Recital Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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Cost: Free

Where:
Millcroft Senior Living
255 Possum Park rd
Newark , DE  19711
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Oxidation and The Dance: Two Photographic Essays, an exhibition of photographs by Ray Magnani, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 6-27. An opening reception to meet the artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Rhoda Kahler & Mitch Lyons   "TWOGETHER" Ceramics and Clay Monoprints Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artists - Friday, October 6, 5 – 8 PM.  ...

Cost: free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Drop in on Nature is an emergent program based all outdoor/all weather and is child led. We encourage children to explore, play and create a child led flow in a natural environment. This process...

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

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Stacey Gummey
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Every Tuesday, March–November, 10:30–11:30 am Meet in Galleries Reception Atrium. Wee Ones is now offered every week! This early childhood series intended for children ages 3-5 incorporates...

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

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

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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
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Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
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Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

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

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Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
Website »

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Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today Readers. Live entertainment from various local and talented musicians, such as Three Sheets Acoustic, Bella Von, Melissa & Jim,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Telephone: 302-631-1551
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Social anxiety, general anxiety… depression. Our teens live in a challenging and complex world. And, some teen angst is normal. But, how and when should parents intervene?   Parents, get the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Back to Basics Learning Dynamics
6 Stone Hill Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: James & Brick Associates
Telephone: 302-655-8101
Contact Name: Ken Brick
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The Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times) and “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) has won them...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Gore Recital Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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Oxidation and The Dance: Two Photographic Essays, an exhibition of photographs by Ray Magnani, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 6-27. An opening reception to meet the artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Cost: Free

Where:
Millcroft Senior Living
255 Possum Park rd
Newark , DE  19711
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While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Rhoda Kahler & Mitch Lyons   "TWOGETHER" Ceramics and Clay Monoprints Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artists - Friday, October 6, 5 – 8 PM.  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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The 2017 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market at Rodney Square will begin May 3rd and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 25th from 10:00 AM. until 2:00 PM, except...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Downtown Visions
Telephone: 302-425-0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

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

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Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On our trips to Mt. Cuba, you'll enjoy a ½-hour layover at our secluded picnic grove along the...

Cost: Adults: $15; Seniors (60+): $14; Children (2-12): $13; 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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Have you ever wanted to see what was behind the stone wall? NOW is your chance! For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, the Tilton Mansion, home to University and Whist Club, will be opening its doors to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125 x107
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The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
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Join Stephen Petersen, curator of the "Faces in Black and White: Photography and Identity" exhibition, for a gallery talk. Bringing together black and white photographs from across the University...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
Website »

More information

Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »

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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today Readers. Live entertainment from various local and talented musicians, such as Three Sheets Acoustic, Bella Von, Melissa & Jim,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Telephone: 302-631-1551
Website »

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  Why, especially in times of great social upheaval, should we turn to the ancient past? Because if we fail to understand the experiences of earlier societies, we limit our ability to imagine...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rainey Auditorium
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Sponsor: Wolf Humanities Center
Telephone: (215) 573- 8280
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Join us for a fun run/walk through the University of Delaware athletic and agricultural fields! The race is open to everyone and runners/ walkers of all abilities are invited to participate....

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Delaware Stadium
625 Marvin Dr
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Oxidation and The Dance: Two Photographic Essays, an exhibition of photographs by Ray Magnani, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 6-27. An opening reception to meet the artist...

Cost: Free

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


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

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Cost: Free

Where:
Millcroft Senior Living
255 Possum Park rd
Newark , DE  19711
View map »

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Rhoda Kahler & Mitch Lyons   "TWOGETHER" Ceramics and Clay Monoprints Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artists - Friday, October 6, 5 – 8 PM.  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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

Cost: Drop-in rate of $10.

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

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

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With a studio in Philadelphia and a house in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Jon Redmond’s current show offers a fresh view of his popular subject matters of choice, urban architecture and still...

Cost: free

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

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Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: $175.00

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


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

More information

The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


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

More information

Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
Website »

More information

Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today Readers. Live entertainment from various local and talented musicians, such as Three Sheets Acoustic, Bella Von, Melissa & Jim,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »


Telephone: 302-631-1551
Website »

More information

Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »

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Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit and look at wonderful pieces of hand-crafted...

Cost: $0 to $10

Where:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 N. Creek Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA  19720
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Sponsor: Chadds Ford Historical Society
Telephone: 610-388-7376
Contact Name: Michael Connolly
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An interactive dining experience in the outdoor Courtyard Garden, presented & prepared by Executive Chef Robert and Food & Beverage Director, Keith Davis. This six course dinner...

Cost: $75

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
Telephone: 302.631.1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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Hilton Wilmington/Christiana presents the Harvest Dinner Chef's Table. An interactive dining experience in the outdoor Courtyard Garden, presented & prepared by Executive Chef Robert and Food &...

Cost: $75

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Telephone: 302.631.1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
Website »

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Drop-in to the Museum galleries and explore a topic or idea through writing inspired by prompts—visual or written. These informal gatherings allow participants of all experience levels to write...

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Cost: Free

Where:
Millcroft Senior Living
255 Possum Park rd
Newark , DE  19711
View map »

More information

Oxidation and The Dance: Two Photographic Essays, an exhibition of photographs by Ray Magnani, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 6-27. An opening reception to meet the artist...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Rhoda Kahler & Mitch Lyons   "TWOGETHER" Ceramics and Clay Monoprints Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artists - Friday, October 6, 5 – 8 PM.  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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The mysterious story of Dracula takes place in an old, stone castle set in old Europe. Prince Dracula and his bride Elisabeta are madly in love when the Prince is called to lead his nation into...

Cost: $18

Where:
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
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Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-696-2711
Contact Name: Box Office
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With a studio in Philadelphia and a house in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Jon Redmond’s current show offers a fresh view of his popular subject matters of choice, urban architecture and still...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: 302-652-0271
Contact Name: Maddie Fye
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

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

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Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
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Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
Website »

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Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit and look at wonderful pieces of hand-crafted...

Cost: $0 to $10

Where:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 N. Creek Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA  19720
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Sponsor: Chadds Ford Historical Society
Telephone: 610-388-7376
Contact Name: Michael Connolly
Website »

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Boo at the Zoo Trick-or-Treat at the Brandywine Zoo! Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Kids can trick-or-treat through the zoo as it gets dark in their...

Cost: $5/person, DZS Members Free

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
Telephone: 302-571-7850
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Deerfield Wines and Diamond State Curling Club present wine tasting and silent auction.  Wine, Beer and Bourbon Tasting. Silent Auction hosted by Diamond State Curling Club.

Cost: -

Where:
Deerfield Fine Wines
205 Louviers Dr. (Paper Mill Rd.)
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Diamond State Curling Club
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New York Times Best Selling Author Jeff Hobbs grew up in Kennett Square, PA and graduated from Yale in 2002 with a BA in English Language and Literature. “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rt. 9 Library & Innovation Center
3022 New Castle Avenue
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Christina Cultural Arts Center
Telephone: 302-652-0101
Contact Name: Raye Jones Avery
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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be holding a weekend revival themed "Come to the Well". The weekend revival will start on Friday October 20, 2017 at 7 pm and will run through Wednesday...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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Venture into “Dark Dover” October 20 and 27 with the First State Heritage Park This October, one of First State Heritage Park’s most popular events returns to The Green. During the park’s...

Cost: $10

Where:
First State Heritage Park
John Bell House
43 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194

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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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The Drama League presents the hysterical madcap comedy "Moon Over Buffalo".  Shows are at 8pm on October 20, 21, 27 and 28th, with 2pm matinees on Sunday, Oct 22nd and Oct 29th.  Buy tickets...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
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A mysterious man arrives at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room the rent. Could he be “The Avenger”—a serial killer on the loose in London? This silent film by Alfred...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Puglisi Orchestra Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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Venture into “Dark Dover” October 20 and 27 with the First State Heritage Park This October, one of First State Heritage Park’s most popular events returns to The Green. During the park’s...

Cost: $10

Where:
First State Heritage Park
John Bell House
43 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Website »

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

Where:
Millcroft Senior Living
255 Possum Park rd
Newark , DE  19711
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Rhoda Kahler & Mitch Lyons   "TWOGETHER" Ceramics and Clay Monoprints Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artists - Friday, October 6, 5 – 8 PM.  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

Cost:

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

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

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Presented by A.T. Moffett and the Delaware Division of the Arts at the baby grand Re-Entry – A Performance Tribute to Veterans is a Delaware Division of the Arts supported project directed and...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $60 for Adults; $40 for 17 and under

Where:
Battery Park
New Castle, DE

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With a studio in Philadelphia and a house in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Jon Redmond’s current show offers a fresh view of his popular subject matters of choice, urban architecture and still...

Cost: free

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

More information

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

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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

More information

Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement.  Dover Aglow International will be meeting on Saturday October 21, 2017 starting at 11 a.m. ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-593-8711
Contact Name: Barbara Allsopp

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Departure is at 12:30 PM. Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On our trips to Mt. Cuba, you'll enjoy a ½-hour layover at our...

Cost: Adults: $15; Seniors (60+): $14; Children (2-12): $13; 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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Train departure is at 2:30 PM.  Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On our trips to Hockessin, you'll travel the entire length of...

Cost: Adults: $19; Seniors (60+): $18; Children (2-12): $17; 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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Lucas Clawson, historian and archivist at Hagley Museum and Library, will give a gallery talk on the material culture of World War I uniforms. This event is associated with the "Fashion on All...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Guests can create fall-themed crafts, and see a gunpowder explosion, roll mill in...

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

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Take a guided walk through the Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes, every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

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

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

More information

Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


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

More information

The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is proud to present the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Mozart’s sublime fairy tale, DIE ZAUBERFLӦTE, on Saturday, October 21 at 12:30 PM and Monday,...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
Website »

More information

Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »

More information

Boo at the Zoo Trick-or-Treat at the Brandywine Zoo! Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Kids can trick-or-treat through the zoo as it gets dark in their...

Cost: $5/person, DZS Members Free

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
Telephone: 302-571-7850
Website »

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Join Hagley After hours for a sunset Hayride. Warm up by the fire and roast a marshmallow while sipping on a beverage. This is a 21+ event.  Admission: Adults $14, Seniors and students $10,...

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

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit and look at wonderful pieces of hand-crafted...

Cost: $0 to $10

Where:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 N. Creek Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA  19720
View map »


Sponsor: Chadds Ford Historical Society
Telephone: 610-388-7376
Contact Name: Michael Connolly
Website »

More information

The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be holding a weekend revival themed "Come to the Well". The weekend revival will start on Friday October 20, 2017 at 7 pm and will run through Wednesday...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
Website »

More information

The mysterious story of Dracula takes place in an old, stone castle set in old Europe. Prince Dracula and his bride Elisabeta are madly in love when the Prince is called to lead his nation into...

Cost: $25-40

Where:
Emilie K Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
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Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-699-2711
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

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UD’s elite choral ensemble under the direction of Paul D. Head. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students. Advanced ticket sales are available through the REP...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Loudis Recital Hall
Amy E. du Pont Music Building
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
Website »

More information

The Drama League presents the hysterical madcap comedy "Moon Over Buffalo".  Shows are at 8pm on October 20, 21, 27 and 28th, with 2pm matinees on Sunday, Oct 22nd and Oct 29th.  Buy tickets...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
Website »

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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