A Longwood Christmas is a Year in the Making

Longwood Gardens' annual holiday spectacular draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. Here's a look behind the scenes.


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Over 400,000 guests are expected to admire this year's display.// Photo courtesy of Sue Hare

 

Last year, weeks before the decorations for the French-inspired holiday display were taken down, members of the Longwood Gardens team wandered among the crowds. Their mission: to identify the things they wanted to replicate and what they'd like to tweak for the following year.

Among the wanderers was Jim Sutton, who's certainly no stranger to the process. For the past 20 years, he's served as Longwood’s display designer. He's the one responsible for creating the theme for A Longwood Christmas and making sure it comes to fruition. This year’s display, "Trees Reimagined," runs from Nov. 22 to Jan. 6.

"I like to think of [myself] as an aesthetic gatekeeper," says Sutton. "We want to have this look of one hand designing everything. That's impossible because of the scale of Longwood, but we need to have one person that kind of keeps an eye on all of it."

 

A festive fountain in the Conservatory.// photo courtesy of Morgan Horell

 

For Sutton, theme concepts are always percolating. He knows what he'd like to do for the next two years, though you'd be hard-pressed to get him to share—for obvious reasons. Ideas come from everywhere, including a brainstorming session that's held annually with various project leaders (many from the horticulture department), gardeners and the perimeter crew. At the session, Sutton presents the year's theme, along with a barrage of photos with ideas to riff on. He always retains his notes from each meeting, in case they might be useful in the future.

While the themes at Longwood Gardens are always evocative, Sutton admits that they aren't always original. "There are very few totally new ideas in the world," he says. "You may not have a brand-new idea, but you have a twist on that idea—or the way you interpret it may be something new or creative or different."

 

The Fern Floor.// Photo courtesy of Larry Albee

 

A binder in Sutton's office contains themes from the past 30 years, so themes aren't repeated. A kernel of inspiration for this year's theme came from seeing intricate tree displays online. "We've done other themes focusing on trees, but not the way we're doing it this year," says Sutton. "I wanted the team to think of the traditional Christmas tree shape. But maybe the tree is made out of different material, or maybe there's not really a cut tree at all—or maybe there is, and the way we're decorating it is different."

Even with so many ideas floating around, Sutton is always conscious of Longwood's rich history and its dedication to tradition. Part of the 1,077 acres it now encompasses was once an arboretum created by Quaker farmer George Peirce.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the arboretum tradition continued. But as the 20th century approached, Peirce family interest waned. Not wanting to see the collection of trees disappear, a 36-year-old Pierre du Pont purchased the farm in 1906. Slowly, he began developing the footprint of a modern Longwood Gardens, starting with the Flower Garden Walk. Other early additions included a conservatory in the middle of the original Peirce house, now known as the Peirce-du Pont House. In 1921, du Pont debuted the modern four-acre conservatory, complete with a 3,650-pipe Aeolian organ.

 

The lookout loft.// photo courtesy of Carol Deguiseppe

 

Further additions—many with nods to French and Italian styles—included the Water Garden, Open Air Theatre, the Main Fountain Garden, the Chimes Tower and the Topiary Garden. Before his death in 1954, du Pont had made plans to open his Kennett Square oasis to the public. Classes, lectures and live performances were soon introduced.

A Longwood Christmas began on a much smaller scale in the 1960s, when guests experienced a comparatively modest Christmas Tree Lane and 1,000 poinsettias. Two decades later, the display had grown to a size and scope today's visitors would recognize.

A Longwood Christmas continues to pay homage to its founders, especially in the Music Room and the Peirce-du Pont House. "We want the house decorated like it would be for the season so people feel very comfortable walking around, imagining what it was like when [Pierre du Pont] was there," says Sutton. "We also have a Christmas book that goes all the way back to [du Pont's] time, showing the way the conservatories were decorated for the holiday season—and how important it was to Mr. and Mrs. du Pont."


 

A Longwood Christmas by the numbers

Photo courtesy of Hank Davis

400,000 guests expected.

500,000 lights used for the displays.

55,000 ornaments in the Longwood inventory.

125 cut trees on display.

50 cone trees on display.

50+ tree trunks wrapped with outdoor lights.

46 trees wrapped with outdoor lights.

 


The Longwood Gardens team does venture into modern realms when appropriate—especially when it comes to the lighting outdoors. "Some years, we set a color palette," says Sutton. "This year, because the theme was so open-ended, you'll see a wide variety of color."

Final decisions are made by March, and the lights arrive in July. Volunteers stretch out the strands and place them in numbered bins that correspond with the trees, preparing them for the team of six to seven arborists responsible for wrapping the trees. "Each tree is numbered, and that's how we track it—how many lights it takes to do it," says Troy Sellers, Longwood's outdoor landscape manager.

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROL DEGUISEPPE

 

Lights slowly start going up two weeks before Labor Day. A late-August visitor with a keen eye might even see a few strands hanging. "We don't want it to look like Christmas in the gardens too early, so [the arborists] do all the trees on the perimeter and slowly work their way in," says Sellers.

Befitting the more abstract theme this year, there will be "a series of balls hanging across [Flower Garden Drive] the whole way down toward the lakes," Sellers adds.

In recent years, cone trees floated on the large lake. This year, there will be a programmed light display reminiscent of the nightscape installation several years ago. "We're always shooting for understated elegance, but we're starting to push the limits," says Sellers, noting that movement in the light displays is one of the more modern aspects.

 

Left: photo courtesy of William Hill; Right: photo courtesy of Harold Davis

 

Another change involves the recently renovated Main Fountain Garden. "We're going to have cones in some of the basins and canals where the fountains are," Sellers says. "And there will be uplighting like last year."

While perimeter decorating starts early, certain parts of the display must wait until the week of Thanksgiving for setup, leaving the crew just three days to bring it all to life. Arborists and other team members will string some 500,000 lights in total. In the weeks leading up to A Longwood Christmas, they'll test the outdoor displays early in the morning, when it’s still dark enough for viewing.


Inside the Longwood conservatory, the holiday display team includes carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, masons—and even engineers if things get tricky. Sutton uses digital photo software to create a representation of the displays. "Sometimes we do a scaled-down version, or sometimes we do a full-scale version," says Sutton.

The latter was the case this year. "When you see the fern floor, you'll go, "'Wow. This took some planning,'" he adds.

Sutton shows his mockups to the carpenters, plumbers, etc., who help determine how many plants are needed. It also allows the team months to build whatever is necessary for each display.

 

Photos courtesy of Morgan Horell

 

No matter what the theme, certain things are a given. "You can't have a Christmas display without poinsettias,"
says Sutton, who changes the number of plants and the placement from year to year. "You have to had red in their somewhere."

Sutton relies on Longwood's crop-inventory specialist to determine the precise numbers, who will grow them and where they'll come from. Due to the enormity of the display, Longwood Gardens can't supply everything that fills the four-acre conservatory, sourcing cut trees from growers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. All the poinsettias, however, are grown on site.

Sparkle comes in the form of lights, ornaments and other adornments. Longwood has amassed an impressive inventory of 55,000 ornaments over the years, all catalogued by color. Sutton also makes an effort to bring in local talent whenever possible. This year, a paper artist is creating the unconventional trees on display in the Music Room. Her name remains a secret until the big reveal.

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MORGAN HORELL

 

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the conservatory is closed, the fall Chrysanthemum Festival displays are broken down and Christmas preparations begin. "It's the calm before the storm," says Sutton. For those few days leading up to Thanksgiving, the conservatory is buzzing with 150-165 Longwood team members. Duties are laid out on spreadsheets.

"Because we've done this so many times, it's a well-oiled machine," says Sutton. "To watch it happen, I'm always still amazed come Wednesday that we got it done."

The following day, after Thanksgiving dinner, Sutton and his family head to Longwood Gardens, where Sutton's mom worked as a guide for 30 years."My mother won't rest until she sees Christmas," he says.

"That's our family tradition."


Visit longwoodgardens.org for more.

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Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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 Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

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Available Tuesday nights only - Certified Angus cut of prime rib, asparagus, cauliflower mashed potatoes for $30!

Cost: $30

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Instructor: Danny Schweers  

Cost: $10 Members, $25 Non-Members.

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

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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 Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece, an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27,...

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 »

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New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

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


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271
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

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

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

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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
View map »


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

More information

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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November 13, 1:00–3:00 pm Vintage styles adorning royals in The Crown inspire beaded jewelry with a contemporary twist. Representatives from The Bead Garden will teach you how to...

Cost: $45 per Member. $50 per nonmember.

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 Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

More information

Every Wednesday from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in 1/2 price bottles of wine! Valid for bottles under $80.

Cost: Prices vary

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Join Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 pm as they celebrate receiving the Eco-Schools Green Flag with a Fall Harvest Dinner.  Enjoy a six-course meal...

Cost: $35

Where:
Odyssey Charter School Building 23 Cafeteria
4319 Lancaster Pike
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: Odyssey Charter School Green Team
Telephone: 302-516-8000
Contact Name: Melissa Tracy
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“Why William Wore Red and Harry Wore Dark Blue: Decoding British Military Uniforms” November 13, 6:00–7:00 pm Patrick Baty, color consultant and military and art historian, will help us...

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

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 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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If you are a Blues musician, or a fun loving person and you want to have a great time enjoying great food (Best Of... 2019) adult beverages and if you want to meet awesome people, come and join The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: 4w5 Blues Jam
Website »

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Please see attached flyer for information about this year's speakers series. We also have graphics for individual speaker events if needed. Events are held on various Wednesday evenings.

Cost: free

Where:
Mitchell Hall
The Green
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Center for Political Communication
Telephone: 302-831-7771
Contact Name: Nancy Karibjanian
Website »

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The Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece, an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27,...

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

New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

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


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

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

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


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
View map »


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

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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

Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

Are you struggling with frustrating peri- or post-menopausal challenges? You’re not alone! Join Dr. Joanne Kakaty-Monzo for a frank, open conversation about a painless alternative to hormone...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Integrative Health Center
910 N Union Street
Ste 2
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: First State Health & Wellness
Telephone: 302-454-1010
Contact Name: Stacy Kelly
Website »

More information

The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

More information

For $20 on Thursdays from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in our crab cake sandwich & a local beer on tap. Signature crab cake topped w/ lettuce, tomato, power veggie slaw, served on a toasted brioche...

Cost: $20

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
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

Show More...
Show Less...

The Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece, an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27,...

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

New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

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


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

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

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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
View map »


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

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to the Museum through a story, interactive tour, and art making. Ages 2+. Family friendly.

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

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


Website »

More information

The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

More information

(Kennett Square, Pa) - Unionville High School Art Gala celebrates its 44th year.  This annual art show and sale showcases local working artists, UHS Alumni, and current Unionville High School...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Unionville High School, Auditorium Entr
750 Unionville Road
Kennett Sq, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Unionville PTO
Contact Name: Carol Aruffo
Website »

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

Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown  

Cost: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members.

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


Website »

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Christmas Gift Market - The best part of Christmas is the Gift – Saturday, November 16, 2019.  SHOP! 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM SHOP! - Hilton Garden Inn - Delaware Ballroom - 1706 N. DuPont...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn (Delaware Ballroom)
1706 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: John-Barre Enterprises LLc/Divine Messaging
Telephone: 302-270-0147
Contact Name: Paula K B Johnson
Website »

More information

New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Cape Henlopen Senior Center is making plans for its 4th annual holiday fair set for Saturday, November 16th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian Street, Rehoboth...

Cost: $30 per table - $25 if you bring your own table.

Where:
Cape Henlopen Senior Center
11 Christian Street
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Cape Henlopen Senior Center
Telephone: 302-528-2265
Contact Name: Diaz Bonville
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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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
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LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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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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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“Eclectic Artist of the South” offers vibrant paintings and reflections of Jewish Heritage'' Nationally known artist and writer, Susan (Shoshannah) Adler George brings her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Siegel JCC,
101 Garden of Eden Road,
Wilmington , DE  19803
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Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$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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OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

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 Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown

Cost: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday 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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(Kennett Square, Pa) - Unionville High School Art Gala celebrates its 44th year.  This annual art show and sale showcases local working artists, UHS Alumni, and current Unionville High School...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Unionville High School, Auditorium Entr
750 Unionville Road
Kennett Sq, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Unionville PTO
Contact Name: Carol Aruffo
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The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
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Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
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.Enjoy a Guide-led tour of the special exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture.  Image: Susan Taylor, as Model,c. 1970s. Ken Ramsay (1935–2008). Gelatin...

Cost: Free for Members, Free with admission for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Find your inner secret agent and help fight Parkinson's disease at the casino, Bond-themed Gala.  This fun-raiser includes dinner, drinks, dancing, games and silent auction items. ...

Cost: 125.00

Where:
Mendenhall Inn
Route 52
Chadds Ford, PA  19317-____
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Sponsor: Shake It Off, Inc.
Telephone: 610-399-9904
Contact Name: Chris Cianci
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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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2019 BLACK TIE & SNEAKER GALA WITH $30K+ GIVEAWAY The Trauma Survivors Foundation's annual Black Tie & Sneaker Gala is back! Dust off your best tuxedo and slip on your favorite pair...

Cost: VIP and GA tickets Available

Where:
The Queen - Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Trauma Survivors Foundation
Telephone: 302-377-7451
Contact Name: Dennis Carradin
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SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 16, 2019  GRAND OPERA HOUSE - WILMINGTON DE Legends Promotions presents   THE DUPREES CHARLIE THOMAS' DRIFTERS SHIRLEY ALSTON REEVES EDDIE...

Cost: 49.00- 99.00

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Legends Promotions
Telephone: 302-652-5577
Contact Name: Legends Promotions
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If anyone is in the Delaware on Saturday Nov 16, you should not miss seeing this show. Legends Promotions would like to announce Jerry Blavat's Rock'n Doo Wop Dance Party in Wilmington,...

Cost: $49-$99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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ROCK'N DOO-WOP DANCE PARTY   LEGENDS PROMOTIONS INC present JERRY BLAVAT'S ROCK'N DOO-WOP DANCE PARTY   STARRING: The Duprees Charlie Thomas'...

Cost: 49-69

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Legends Promotions
Telephone: 302-559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement. The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be featuring a new youtube presentation by Sis. Ijeoma Mbonu, titled,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc, Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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