How Christmas Seals Caught On In Delaware

In 1907, Wilmington activist Emily Bissell turned to a Philadelphia newspaper to raise money for tuberculosis treatment.


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Don’t let anyone kid you. Fake news is an old tradition—and everyone loves it.

Take, for instance, Emily Bissell’s idea to raise money for tuberculosis treatment in 1907. Her Christmas Seals sold modestly, but needed a large burst of publicity to bring in needed cash. So Bissell found a newspaper editor who recognized the promotional potential of a feel-good cause that all of his readers could participate in.

“Tell Miss Bissell the North American is hers for the holidays,” E. A. Van Valkenburg, editor-in-chief of the influential Philadelphia newspaper, told one of his columnists. “Drop what you’re doing and give this your whole time. Take all the space you need. Ask her to send us 50,000 (Christmas Seals) by tomorrow.”

At that moment, Bissell’s entire inventory consisted of only 4,000 Christmas Seals, which she hoped to sell for a penny each. To supply 50,000, she had to scramble. But she got it done and, in the end, raised $3,000—10 times the original goal.

A lifelong Wilmingtonian, Emily Perkins Bissell (1861-1948) was the daughter of a prominent family who believed in volunteerism. As a young woman, she founded the city’s first public kindergarten and joined a group lobbying for child-labor laws. In 1883, she founded the Italian Neighborhood House to assist new immigrants with Americanization, literacy, housing and employment. It survives as the West End Neighborhood House.


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In 1907, knowing of Bissell’s connections, her cousin John Wales, M.D., came to her for help. Wales operated a small TB “shack”—a sort of open-air hospital—but was almost out of money.

Now rare, TB—or consumption—is an infectious disease of the lungs that was once a major killer. Before development of an effective vaccine in the 1920s, the primary treatment was fresh air and sunshine. In Delaware, in 1904, the fledgling Delaware Anti-Tuberculosis Society raised $4,000 to open such a facility near what is now Bellevue State Park. When NIMBY neighbors objected, Alfred I. du Pont, creator of the splendid Nemours estate, offered the use of his property near the Brandywine.

“We struggled along those first years, always fighting against public apathy and financial stringency,” Wales recalled in 1932. “I well remember one cold morning the patron calling me up on the phone to tell me there was not enough food for the patients and no money to buy any.”

Challenged to “see what you can do,” Bissell recalled reading of a Danish program that sold small lick-and-stick stamps—Christmas Seals—that people put on their holiday mail. Two friends contributed $20 each to underwrite the effort, and a printer did the job on credit.

The DuPont Co. handled publicity and advertising. Women’s clubs, shopkeepers and local newspapers showed interest. The Wilmington post office allowed Bissell to sell her stamps in its corridor. On Dec. 7, 1907, the first day of sales produced $25.

Bissell, however, worried that sales in little Wilmington would be insufficient to reach her goal of $300. She got on the train to Philadelphia, where the Sunday editor at the North American threw her out of his office. TB, he said, was a terrible disease, so why should he spoil everyone’s fun by tying it to a beloved holiday?

Next, Bissell poked her head into the office of columnist Leigh Hodges to say she “liked his writing.” The writer absorbed the compliment and asked if there was anything he could do for her. Bissell had some ideas.

Remember that TB was an ancient disease. Signs of it are recognizable in Egyptian mummies. It was generally considered incurable, a likely death sentence. Physicians such as Wales who said otherwise were mocked. Its treatment was not seen as urgent. TB was not news.

Still, Hodges was intrigued, then excited. It was the holidays, and newspapers needed human-interest stories to bring readers. Sob stories—stricken children! dying mothers!—were irresistible.

Hodges took a sheet of Bissell’s stamps and slammed them on his editor’s desk.

“Here’s a way to wipe out tuberculosis!” he exclaimed.

“What the hell do you mean?” replied Van Valkenburg.

“Just that! Look at them: a penny apiece; within everyone’s reach,” replied Hodges. “Think how they’ll carry the news of what people can do for themselves. What a headline: Stamp out tuberculosis!”

Van Valkenburg thought for a moment of the weepy stories waiting to be written and of the touched masses waiting to push forward their pennies. Soon, Bissell had all the fake news she wanted.

Not fake to all, of course. On the first day of sales in Philadelphia, Hodges wrote of a small boy who approached a counter he couldn’t see over and handed up a penny: “Gimme one,” he said. “Me sister’s got it.”

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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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The Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre brings The Wizard of Oz to the stage in this sparkling, imaginative one hour production. Dorothy and Toto meet witches, good & wicked in the Land of...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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June 26, July 31, and August 28, 8:00–10:00 am   Explore some of the hotspots for birds at Winterthur. Naturalist and birder Jessica Shahan will guide you through wetlands, meadows, the...

Cost: $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
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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Create one of a kind treasure from ordinary materials! Campers will reconfigure everyday objects with creative twists to make unique works of art. Register: Ages 6 - 8 | Ages 9 - 12...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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

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"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 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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Teens will explore ceramic hand building techniques and use the potter's wheel to make personalized bowls, mugs, plates, and more! Pieces will be finished with creative glazing....

Cost: $170 Members, $200 Non-Members

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

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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The Nothing Series and Pooka up close University of Delaware MFA Solo Exhibition by Benjamin Lee Sperry June 7 - 30, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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

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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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At Bike & Hike & Brews, Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, visitors can stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley's property normally closed to foot traffic from 5:00-8:00pm....

Cost: Admission is $3 per person, and free for members and children five and under. P

Where:
Hagley
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Kelsey Sedlacek
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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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Music Along the Bank is back by popular demand! Come delight in the sounds of music along the bank of Clenny Run Stream. Bring picnics, family, friends, and lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy some...

Cost: $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Rt 52)
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Press Room
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Kid Shelleen's is turning 35 and we want to celebrate! Join us on the patio for a good, old-fashioned cookout, complete with sliders, dogs, pork & chicken, drinks and more!  Help us...

Cost: 35.00 per person, inclusive

Where:
Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
1801 West 14th Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
Telephone: 302-658-4600
Contact Name: Jamie Paski
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Always wanted to know more about wine?  The best way to detect flavors, pair with meals, choose your favorites and expand your palate?  Look no further – Harry’s Sommelier...

Cost: $25 per person, per class

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: John Narvaez
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
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

Teens will explore ceramic hand building techniques and use the potter's wheel to make personalized bowls, mugs, plates, and more! Pieces will be finished with creative glazing....

Cost: $170 Members, $200 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

Create one of a kind treasure from ordinary materials! Campers will reconfigure everyday objects with creative twists to make unique works of art. Register: Ages 6 - 8 | Ages 9 - 12...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The Nothing Series and Pooka up close University of Delaware MFA Solo Exhibition by Benjamin Lee Sperry June 7 - 30, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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Thursdays  Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo, 10:30 am. - 11:15 am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time may include a craft, activity, or live animal...

Cost: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Start your Sunday on the water with our delicious brunch cruise. Enjoy a mouth-watering brunch buffet, then begin a two-hour cruise along the beautiful Christina River out to the Delaware, complete...

Cost: $45 for Adults, $22,50 for Children 15 and Under

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890
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At this free community event, learn about promising collaborative projects underway in the Dover area and how to become part of their exciting work! This event is designed for nonprofit leaders and...

Cost: 0

Where:
Dover Public Library
35 Loockerman Plz
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Community Foundation
Telephone: 302-571-8004
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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights...

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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5:00 p.m. Happy Hour  6:30 p.m. Conversation  Join us for drinks on the terrace and then join Contemporary Art Curator Margaret Winslow, scholar Dr. Leslie Wingard, and supporters...

Cost: Free; drinks and food available to purchase.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Start your weekend early on the Queen! Enjoy all the sights of our River Cruise from the ship’s deck with a summer cocktail! Our Happy Hour Cruises take you down the Christina and provide weekly...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


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

More information

Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

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


Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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PAR-take in a fun day "fore" a GREAT cause! Got game? Bring it at The Trauma Survivors Foundation's Annual Golf Outing June 28th (rescheduled from April 25th). Spectacular event...

Cost: $200 per golfer, $780 per foursome

Where:
Odessa National Golf Course
1131 Fieldsboro Road
Townsend, DE  19734
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Sponsor: The Trauma Survivors Foundation
Telephone: 302-333-7529
Contact Name: Dennis Carradin
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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
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

Create one of a kind treasure from ordinary materials! Campers will reconfigure everyday objects with creative twists to make unique works of art. Register: Ages 6 - 8 | Ages 9 - 12...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Teens will explore ceramic hand building techniques and use the potter's wheel to make personalized bowls, mugs, plates, and more! Pieces will be finished with creative glazing....

Cost: $170 Members, $200 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

The Nothing Series and Pooka up close University of Delaware MFA Solo Exhibition by Benjamin Lee Sperry June 7 - 30, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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The Milton Farmers’ Market is held each Friday from April 19th until October 4th  (except September 27th) from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 6 Village Center Boulevard, Milton, DE  19968.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grounds of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Village Center Boulevard
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Farmers' Market
Contact Name: KA Jordan
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Sticks and stones may break your bones, and it turns out plants can hurt you! Share food, wine, and conversation with Amy Stewart, bestselling author of Girl Waits with Gun and The Drunken...

Cost: $3-$24.95

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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Please join SL24: UnLocke the Light and New Castle County Board of Realtors for the Light On Your Feet 5K Run / Walk. All proceeds will benefit SL24: UnLocke the Light, an organization dedicated to...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Glasgow Park
Glasgow Park Trail
Glasgow, DE  19702
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Sponsor: New Castle County Board of Realtors
Telephone: 302-762-4800
Contact Name: Heather Conrad
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Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (30 minute lunch break)  Instructor: Caryn L. Hetherston Visit delart.org for more information.

Cost: $115 Members, $135 Non Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 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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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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The Nothing Series and Pooka up close University of Delaware MFA Solo Exhibition by Benjamin Lee Sperry June 7 - 30, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us to celebrate the diversity of cultures in Delaware during Immigrant Heritage Month with family friendly activities and performances. We will be featuring The Twin Poets, Indian traditional...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Telephone: 302-444-4541
Contact Name: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, DE

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

More information

Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Every Sat. & Sun.: Creature Features, Noon- 12:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled,...

Cost: Adults $ 5, Seniors $4, Kids $3; free for under 3yrs and for members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in English.  Free with admission.   English Tours Saturday, June 22 | 2:00...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Music Festival hosted by DE Pacem in Terris    

Cost: $20 pp in advance; $25 at the door

Where:
Christina Cultural Arts Center
705 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: DE Pacem in Terris
Telephone: 302-656-2721
Contact Name: Margaret Pfaff
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Wilmington Water Lantern Festival is coming up on June 29, 2019! Voted #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY! Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about...

Cost: 1-40

Where:
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE  19809
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

More information

Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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