1898 Murderess Nearly Escaped Justice

Cordelia Botkin almost got away with two murders she committed from across the country, thanks to the Constitution.





IMAGES COURTESY OF THE DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY (WWW.DEHISTORY.ORG)
 

These newspaper clippings appear in the book, “With Love to Yourself and Baby,” by John R. Alstadt Jr.

The Founders didn’t know everything. Specifically, they didn’t know Cordelia Botkin. And because they didn’t account for Botkin—who, in 1898, murdered two women in Delaware without setting foot in the state—the framers of the U.S. Constitution came up with some inadequate jargon called Article IV.  Article IV requires the extradition of anyone “who shall flee from justice, and be found in another state.” No flight, argued Botkin’s lawyers, meant no foul, and no extradition. Botkin died in prison. But getting her there took some public investment (read: spending) and determined prosecuting by high-level officials in two states. And the fact that the victims’ father was Delaware’s former attorney general certainly didn’t hurt. (Whether less prominent victims would have produced similar effort is a fair question.)

Born Cordelia Brown in Nebraska, the future murderer married Welcome A. Botkin in 1872 and bore a son, Beverly, the same year. Botkin, a bank teller who went on to become a prosperous grain broker, moved the family to Kansas City and, in the 1880s, to Stockton, Calif. By then, Cordelia seems to have grown tired of marriage. “She was not one to sit tamely at home and allow herself to collect moss,” wrote John R. Alstadt Jr., a retired Delaware State Police detective in his 2001 book on the crime, “With Love to Yourself and Baby.” Sometimes, she lived with relatives, sometimes with Beverly, sometimes alone—always in San Francisco. Her husband gave her an allowance, apparently adequate for her needs, and divorce was never an issue. “It appears,” observed Alstadt, “that Mr. Botkin was not unduly unhappy by Cordelia’s departures.” In 1895, Cordelia met John Dunning while sitting on a bench in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Dunning, chief of the local Associated Press bureau, had made his name as a reporter in 1889 with a sensational account of a cyclone that devastated Samoa. A Delaware native, he had been married for four years to Mary Elizabeth Penington of Dover. Her father, John B. Penington, had served as state attorney general from 1874-79 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1887-91.

The Dunnings had a young daughter, but the marriage was not happy. It might have been Mary Elizabeth; Dunning later described his wife as “extremely religious and could not get accustomed to conditions in San Francisco.” Or it might have been him; about this time, Dunning lost his AP job amid rumors of embezzlement and gambling. In any case, Dunning’s wife and child soon fled to her parents in Dover. He moved in with Botkin. Neither the affair nor Dunning’s unemployment lasted long. In April 1898, the United States declared war on Spain, and the AP hired Dunning back to cover the conflict in Puerto Rico and Cuba. By then, Dunning had decided that he missed his wife and daughter. He told Botkin that he would not be back. In August, Mary Elizabeth Dunning’s nephew, Harry, came home from the Dover post office with a box from San Francisco addressed to his aunt. Inside was candy, the perfect gift for a woman whose only known vice was sweets. An unsigned note read, “With love to yourself and baby. Mrs. C.” Probably a friend, decided Mary Elizabeth Dunning. She passed around the box, but only she and her sister, Ida, ate deeply. Ida died first, on Aug. 11, and Mary Elizabeth the following day. Food poisoning was suspected; everyone who sampled the candy had also spent a night vomiting and purging. John Penington, however, shared his suspicions with the attending physician. The doctor personally took the remaining candy to Delaware College in Newark, where a chemistry professor found it laced with arsenic. Penington—“even in his grief, a force with which to be reckoned,” wrote Alstadt—also noticed a similarity between the handwriting on the box and some nasty, anonymous letters his daughter had received.

The state of Delaware offered a $2,000 reward. “This is the most horrible crime that has ever occurred in our state,” declared Delaware Gov. Ebe W. Tunnell. “The person who sent the box of poison candy is as bad, yes, is worse, than the miserable anarchist who throws a bomb into a crowd of innocent and unsuspecting people.” Despite the distance, the case was cracked with remarkable speed. The box was traced to Philadelphia, where the maker confirmed that its only San Francisco client was a certain candy company. A pharmacy clerk produced a record of selling arsenic to “Mrs. Bothin” at Botkin’s address. Still, there was the matter of a trial. Delaware wanted Botkin. But, as her lawyers pointed out, she had never been to Delaware, and, therefore, could not be a fugitive from Delaware. Legal scholars agreed. The governor of California agreed. So did the California Superior Court. But the crime was so sensational, and so many people of Penington’s social standing so outraged, that Botkin couldn’t simply be let off. So, California tried her itself, and Delaware paid to send all its witnesses cross-country to testify.  (Somewhere, the defense found a Delaware citizen willing to sue against this waste of taxpayer money, but that case was dismissed.) In December, Botkin was convicted and sentenced to life at San Quentin State Prison. It took years, but most states eventually amended their laws to permit extradition in such cases. Because, after all, the Founders didn’t know everything.

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


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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $175.00

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

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

Cost: $18-$20

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

More information

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

Cost: $10

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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Multiple Packages available

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


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

More information

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

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

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

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Prices may vary.

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $175.00

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
Website »

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125 x107
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $10

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

More information

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

Cost: Multiple Packages available

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

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

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

On December 21st and 22nd Seaford Audiology in Seaford, DE will be providing FREE HEARING SCREENINGS and will have a visiting specialist explaining the LATEST in DIGITAL HEARING TECHNOLOGY!  While...

Cost: free

Where:
Seaford Audiology
24488 Sussex Highway, Suite 4
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Drop-in rate of $10.

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Prices may vary.

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $175.00

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Celebrate the beginning of winter and take a break from your holiday shopping with a peaceful afternoon labyrinth walk in the Museum’s Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir.  There is no fee for this...

Cost: Free; donations accepted

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Multiple Packages available

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

Before Christmas and Hanukka and Diwali and Kwanzaa, there was the solstice. For ages, our ancestors celebrated the return of the sun. Come and bring your friends and family to enjoy a quiet,...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302-416-0553
Contact Name: Anne Green
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

On December 21st and 22nd Seaford Audiology in Seaford, DE will be providing FREE HEARING SCREENINGS and will have a visiting specialist explaining the LATEST in DIGITAL HEARING TECHNOLOGY!  While...

Cost: free

Where:
Seaford Audiology
24488 Sussex Highway, Suite 4
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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

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

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

More information

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 »

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

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

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

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

Cost: Prices may vary.

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

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

Cost: Adults $14, 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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To commemorate three decades of recreating scenes from classic literature through interpretive vignettes and displays, the Historic Houses of Odessa has recreated its very first 1987 exhibit A...

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $175.00

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

More information

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

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

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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
View map »


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Multiple Packages available

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

More information

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

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

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
Website »

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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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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
Website »

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Our holiday show is  "A Christmas Carol, The Musical", a perennially favorite family tradition.   Shows are at 8pm on December 15, 16, 22, 28, 29 and 30.  There are 2pm matinees on Sunday,...

Cost: $12-$20

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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 “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, ornamental boxes, art glass and jewelry. We also...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Milton Arts Guild Gallery
310 Walnut Street
Milton, DE
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Discover one of the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcases! Tour Henry Francis du Pont's dazzling former home decorated in holiday style. Enjoy visions of holidays past and...

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Prices may vary.

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


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

More information

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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Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $175.00

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Donation

Where:
Your Local Subaru Dealership
, DE


Sponsor: Meals On Wheels

More information

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

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

Cost: Multiple Packages available

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

Our holiday show is  "A Christmas Carol, The Musical", a perennially favorite family tradition.   Shows are at 8pm on December 15, 16, 22, 28, 29 and 30.  There are 2pm matinees on Sunday,...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

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

More information

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

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 »

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