The Wild West

Desert landscapes make or sunny honemoon destinations.



Honeymooners who’re seeking something different are heading west—and we don’t mean Las Vegas. There are plenty of desert locations with rugged geography and rich cultures that foster romance, especially for couples who love the outdoors. What’s more, sunshine is practically guaranteed. Albuquerque, for one, has about 310 sunny days each year. That number only goes up in Pheonix, where they can count on 325 sun-drenched afternoons per year. So grab your shades, and soak up the sun, fun and romance.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

At 6,500 feet above sea level, Albuquerque is a “high desert” with a landscape punctuated by pink-tinged mesas, sage trees and mountain peaks as jagged as the serrated knives on your bridal registry.

What to do: The stunning views are punctuated with hiking and biking trails that crisscross the Cibola National Forest. The signature sport, however, is hot-air ballooning, and it’s easy to catch a ride. Not into heights? You can still experience ballooning at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Or take the Sandia Peak Tramway to the 10,400-foot peak, where you can view 11,000 square miles of New Mexican landscape. You’ll feel like you’re hanging from an airplane.

If you want a peek into another time, a hike to the Petroglyph National Monument is in order. Once you’re there, you’ll be able to check out archeological sites that hold nearly 20,000 carvings. Some are easily identified as animals or people. Others are more mysterious.

The petroglyphs aren’t the only cultural window. The state is also home to 19 pueblos, whose histories are detailed at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Catch a coach bus from the museum to Acoma, located an hour into the desert. Perched on a 300-foot-high mesa, Acoma is the among the oldest continually inhabited U.S. cities. About 15 people live there full time, without running water or electricity. Laced with ladders leading to second stories, the block buildings stand shoulder-to-shoulder like time-worn sentinels. Bring cash to buy the local pottery made by Pueblo women.

The road to Acoma parallels Route 66, which in town becomes Central Avenue. The historic highway is lined by kitschy ‘50s-style storefronts with neon signs. While you’re there, grab a thick shake and a burger topped with cheese, bacon and green chiles at the 66 Diner.

Where to stay: The Marriott Albuquerque boasts spectacular views of the mountains and it’s near ABQ Uptown, home to Marcello’s Chophouse—try the center-cut sirloin or “flash-fried” lobster—and La Bella Spa, which has a 24-page service menu.

Los Poblanos Inn, just outside of the bustle of the city, is a quiet retreat on an organic farm. Rooms boast Kiva fireplaces and bath products made on the farm. When you aren’t strolling the 25-acres of gardens, lavender fields and organic vegetables, check out the architectural details by southwestern artists. The hotel serves as a gallery of sorts where you can inspect the architecture of John Gaw Meem, the carvings of Gustave Baumann and the ironwork of Walter Gilbert.

Honeymooners can also cultivate a little romance at the intimate Mauger Bed and Breakfast Inn. This historic property (the first home in ABQ to have electricity), maintains its Queen Anne-style charm with hardwood floors, high ceilings and a red brick front. In keeping with B&B tradition, each room is unique. You can look forward everything from a hand-carved headboards to a framed al fresco crowning your bed.

Phoenix, Arizona

For serious golfers, spa-enthusiasts and outdoor-lovers, Greater Phoenix is the go-to spot.

Greater Phoenix—nicknamed the Valley—encompasses Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa. Since the Valley’s resorts are destinations unto themselves, it can be challenging to choose just one.

What to do: For serious golfers, spa-enthusiasts and outdoor lovers, Greater Phoenix is the go-to spot. Club carriers should make a stop at Troon North, The Pinnacle, a 7,044-yard, par-72 course designed by Tom Weiskopf. The course has built an enviable reputation in its 20 years, something its caretakers are working to improve on with a recent renovation. If you’ve already mastered the course in the past, swing in for another try and see how you like the newly configured holes.

So exploring the new greens may not be your thing, but exploring the area’s hills might be. If that’s the case, head to the Superstition Mountains, where you might stumble on the fabled Lost Dutchman Mine. At the least, you can peruse items in the Lost Dutchman Museum.

Or, satisfy the speed racer in you with a drive around the 1.6-mile track at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Whether you take the one-day Intro to Racing course or the three-day Grand Prix Road Racing class, you’ll be sure to experience the thrill of a soaring speedometer. You might even learn something while you’re at it.

For a slightly slower-paced educational experience, visit the Heard Museum. There you’ll learn about the region’s native cultures, with a focus on the Hohokam Indians, who first settled Phoenix and built its signature canals.

Where to stay: Urban trendsetters head to Hotel Valley Ho, which was originally built in 1956. It recently underwent an $80 million renovation, and it’s so trendy, you almost expect the “Sex in the City” gals to waltz through Trader Vic’s, the hotel restaurant. The 8,000-square-foot VH (Vitality + Health) Spa continues the retro-chic theme.

The Phoenician, which rolls across 250 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain, caters to the cultivated. Witness the collection of fine art and antiques valued at $25 million, the 2.5-acre cactus garden and the onsite master sommelier.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, which opened in 2002, is a block from Kierland Commons, a 38-acre shopping center. Rooms overlook the golf course or McDowell Mountains. The views are equally breathtaking from the lawns, which accommodate wedding ceremonies. Agave Spa, located near the adults-only pool, features a moisture massage that can replenish skin after exposure to the hot sun.

The Four Seasons is, well, The Four Seasons. It’s at a slightly higher altitude at the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, so the site is cooler than downtown Phoenix. The location also makes for some lovely views, especially when framed by towering saguaro cacti, which only bloom in the Sonoran Desert. The rooms, which have gas fireplaces, are in 25 Southwestern-style casitas, which makes the property look like a small village.

Where to eat: Most resorts have several onsite restaurants. If you do venture off-property, try La Grande Orange, a hip pizzeria-deli-gourmet grocery that’s wonderful for lunch.

NoRTH, in Kierland Commons, takes a contemporary approach to Italian cuisine. Pizzas, for instance, are topped with asiago, arugula and sweet onion or prosciutto and goat cheese.

If a draft beer is what you’re after you can always find one at Greasewood Flat, an old stagecoach spot that still packs ‘em in.

Moab, Utah

Newlyweds will experience both highs and the lows in Moab, which has some of the most dramatically diverse terrain in the world. Canyons plummet thousands of feet and peaks sore up to 12,000 feet.

What to do: Moab—nicknamed the adventure capital of the Southwest—is a destination for those who like to hike, raft, horseback ride, fish, rock-climb, kayak and bike. To be sure, mountain bikers know all about Moab’s Slickrock Trail in the Sand Flats Recreation Area. Drawing more than 100,000 visitors each year, Slickrock is one of the most poular mountain bike trails in the world. At only 12 miles round trip, this is no easy course. The strong of heart (and of pedaling) won’t want to miss sections of the trail like “Faith in Friction” or “Steep Creep.”

For those who prefer asphalt, the Moab area also features excellent road biking.
For a more high-powered road experience, Volkswagen offers The Touareg Adventure a three-day thrill on four-wheel drive trails. The all-inclusive experience has you spending your nights at the Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa beside the Colorado River, and adventuring off road during the day.

Arches National Park is a must-do, must-see. More than 2,000 red rock arches are located within the 7,518-acre park, which is peppered with other formations, including sandstone fins, balanced rocks, pinnacles and towering spires. In all, the park makes up the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches. You can hike or take a scenic drive to the major viewpoints. Then again, you needn’t look far to take in a view. Moab’s romantic landscape, a magnet for photographers, has no shortage of them.

Where to stay: Utah’s only Small Luxury Hotel® and AAA Four-Diamond recipient, the 55-room Sorrel River Ranch is one of two resorts in the area. The other is the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, which is also home to Castle Creek Winery and the Moab Movie Museum.

Guests at Sorrel River Ranch can expect ranch charm mixed with a sense of adventure. But guests will be blown away by the different adventures the concierge can help plan. There’s everything from horseback riding to rafting to guided hikes.

At the slightly larger Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge welcomes guests with its western ranch décor. Between touring the winery or the museum save time to experience some trekking, rock climbing, rafting, biking and horseback riding. Or, just spend some time poolside. Whatever your pleasure, there’s a way to pursue it.

You can also rent a condo or stay in a guesthouse, B&B or hotel.

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January 2017

January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sports Card & Collectible Show at Aetna Fire Hall on Jan. 22—sign up now! -Sports Cards McFarlane Figures Comic Books Non-Sports cards Wrestling Items Vintage Starting...

Cost: $2

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Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: A2Z Promotions
Telephone: 302-983-2636
Contact Name: Bob Harper
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Belly Dance Classes with Zahra Beginner & intermediate classes open to teens and adults Sundays in January starting Jan 8th Beginner: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Intermediate: 1 - 2 p.m (must get...

Cost: $15-$42

Where:
Take the Lead Studio
320 Lantana Drive
Hockessin , DE  19711
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Sponsor: Take the Lead
Contact Name: Zahra
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Ah, typecasting—the baritone is always the bad guy! In Devils, Drunks & Dastardly Dudes, we’ll go on an operatic journey of men behaving badly. We’ll add a tenor to the mix, too… but we...

Cost: $29-$59

Where:
OperaDelaware Studio
4 South Poplar St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: OperaDelaware
Telephone: 302-442-7809
Contact Name: Mary Wilcosky
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Come give curling a try! At this 2-hour intro-to-curling event we'll provide a basic lesson then coach you through a mini-game.  Whether you just want to cross #curling off your bucket list or...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Pond Ice Arena
101 John Campbell Rd
Newark, DE  19711
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ are...

Cost: Free

Where:
2nd and 3rd Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne and Stephanie Dumpson
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Guest speakers Patty Dailey-Lewis, executive director of the Beau Biden Foundation, and Delaware Family Court commissioner Loretta Young will discuss how participation in social media can too...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilmington University - Dover
Building A Auditorium
3282 N DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Wilmington University College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: 302-295-1164
Contact Name: Dr. Johanna Bishop
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

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Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmers Market Nov 8, 2016 - April 11, 2017  11 am- 2 pm 25 vendors Location:  East Coast Garden Center 30366 Cordrey Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 302-945-3489

Cost: frr

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmer's Marke 25 vendors

Cost: Free

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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A four-week series of ballroom dancing classes taught by teachers from the BlueBallroom. Tuesdays starting Jan. 10. Classes are $30 a lesson for Non-Members. Non-Member slots are limited. For...

Cost: $30

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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

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

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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

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Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts January 19th, every other Thursday until March 30th This program is based entirely outdoors and is...

Cost: Cost: $30 for TLC members / $40 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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MARC BROUSSARD In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut; he called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and...

Cost: $22 SRO- $32 SEATED

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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January 28 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Science Saturday – Truss Me, You Won’t Fall! Become an engineer for the day. Design a bridge to hold as much weight as possible....

Cost: Activities are included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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GRILLED CHEESE AND CRAFT BEER TASTING We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer – and paired them together in unexpected and...

Cost: $40

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 at  7:30 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 763 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087 Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square...

Cost: Tickets are $25 online, and $30 at the door. Student tickets $10 at the door.

Where:
Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
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Fan favorite, Dick Smith, returns to the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society concert stage on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 for a show that is sure to bring the house down! Dick Smith has been a...

Cost: $15 Adults; $10 Students

Where:
John Dickinson High School Auditorium
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Telephone: 302-995-2603
Contact Name: Bob Dilworth
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The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society presents Dick Smith. For tickets, click here: http://www.dtoskimball.org/events-tickets/ticket-information/ For further information, please call us at...

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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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MOTHERSHIP Mothership is the area's premier Led Zeppelin Tribute show. Composed of seasoned, professional musicians Mario Padovani - vocals, keyboards, Frank Ginocchio - drums, Chris Julian -...

Cost: 15

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