How the Center for African-American Heritage Fills a Gap in Delaware's Narrative

Not only does the Wilmington museum explain the black history of Delaware, but it is also a place for stories past and present to grow.



Bebe Coker (left), a member of the advisory council for the center, and Constance Cooper, chief curator for the historical society, are helping bring a vision to life.//Photo by Luigi Ciuffetelli


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When Bebe Coker speaks about bringing the many facets of Delaware’s African-American history to the forefront, she speaks of building bridges and unearthing buried treasures. Mostly, she insists that it is time for the state—and the rest of the country—to learn that everything that has happened throughout Delaware’s long history has a strong African-American component. Her mission is not to present fragments that exist on the history’s outskirts, but to demonstrate how a people who have been marginalized are significant actors in a centuries-old drama.

Coker has more than a casual interest in the opening of Wilmington’s Center for African-American Heritage. She has lived in Delaware since 1960 and has been committed to teaching skills to those who want to find work. As a member of the center’s advisory council, Coker is helping bring a vision to life. As a citizen who has been dreaming of and working toward a moment when the influences of the state’s African-American residents would complete Delaware’s vivid tapestry of history, Coker is crusading for the inclusion of long-silenced truths.

“The biggest thing we want is for the historical archival material that has been ignored to evidence itself and bridge African-Americans and the state of Delaware,” Coker says. “We want the contributions of African-Americans to be recorded in the state’s total history.”

The CAAH is scheduled to open in March as part of the Delaware Historical Society’s renovated Market Street Center. It is the result of several years of planning and even more time and effort expended by those who struggled to bring the concept to fruition. Thanks to funding from the city of Wilmington, along with private foundations such as the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation, the project finally reached the point of critical mass and began to move forward two years ago.

When it debuts, the CAAH will be a crucial bulwark for the African-American community but, even more important, a symbol of recognition for a part of Delaware’s community that has felt left out of the state’s nearly four-century-long narrative. “For once, we will be able to see through legitimate archived research that African-Americans were pivotal parts of the community since the 1600s,” Coker says.

The process of aggregating information and presenting it is important, but the CAAH aims to go beyond the representation of history. It is possible to portray events and celebrate people through exhibits and to tell stories, but that kind of stand-alone representation isn’t enough. The center’s real work will be to serve as a vibrant entity committed to creating an ongoing dialogue, so that African-Americans’ roles in Delaware’s history live and grow. The center is designed to be more than just a standstill entity. Its value will be in the ability to advance the state’s historical dialogue.

“The stories that are going to come to fruition will be voices that have yet to be heard,” says Scott Loehr, CEO of the historical society. “There will be very, very powerful deliveries. Delaware’s story is our nation’s story, and it’s fascinating.

“The center is going to succeed in expressing Delaware’s historical narrative by including lots of new voices.”

When Constance Cooper, chief curator for the historical society for more than 30 years, discusses the history of African-Americans in Delaware, she doesn’t start with the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil War or the Revolutionary War. She goes back to the beginning. Or, perhaps, the beginning, plus one.

One year after the Swedes established their beachhead in Delaware in 1638, an African named Anthony was delivered to Fort Christina by the captain of the Vogel Grip, the ship (along with the Kalmar Nyckel) that sailed from Sweden to the New World. Nine years after his arrival, “Black Anthony,” as he was known, became a free man, changed his name to Antoni Swart and served as a special assistant to Gov. Johan Printz, cutting hay and sailing his sloop. 

Though Anthony was not free when he came to Delaware from the West Indies, his presence in the new colony is just as vital to the state’s history as is the presence of the Swedes. “He participated in Delaware’s founding,” Cooper says. “People from Africa were part of Delaware from the beginning.” It is that fact that propels the CAAH forward. Anthony’s presence established immediate bona fides for Africans and their descendants throughout the state. Many of those who followed Anthony did so as slaves, but many were not. And those who minimize early the legitimacy of African-Americans because of their slave status rob them of their humanity and attempt to marginalize them. That’s something Cooper won’t tolerate. 

For her, the struggle to give African Americans full ownership of their time in Delaware and the United States is grounded in principles that were established when the country declared its independence. The struggle, she says, needs to be recognized today.

“One of the things we want to focus on comes in the Declaration of Independence,” Cooper says. “It reads, ‘All men are created equal’. At the Center for African-American Heritage, we ask what that meant in 1776. The people who wrote the Declaration of Independence didn’t include black men and women, or even people of all colors who didn’t own land.

“There is a contrast of the nation’s ideals and real life for African Americans.”

It took some time for the center to reach the point of reality. The concept germinated in the late 1990s. The decision to move ahead was made in January 2012. There have been hurdles to clear, but come March, the hard work of many will be rewarded. One million dollars from the city of Wilmington helped the project along greatly. Patrice Gilliam-Johnson of the advisory council for the center believes the final product will satisfy just about everybody in the state. 

“To say to you that there was no acrimony would not be accurate,” she says. “But the community is beginning to recognize that our intention is to tell the African-American story in the midst of the larger story. People are recognizing that our intentions are good and are beginning to rally around that.”

Gilliam-Johnson and others connected to the center are trying to build a home for the stories of all African Americans across Delaware. That includes Wilmington’s East Side, the area below the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal and the counties in southern Delaware. 

“This is a unified effort,” Gilliam-Johnson says. “We want all African Americans to feel that there is a place for them in Delaware history. They should feel proud and have some ownership in this. It’s a way of building a bridge so that folks can see their particular history. But we also want to integrate this so that people can see how all of the things are connected.”

The goal is to present African-American history in a way that allows for a variety of outcomes. Obviously, it is imperative that black Delawareans know their stories will be told, and not just in a cursory fashion. There must be the kind of depth necessary to show how they are part of the entire Delaware narrative, not just an adjunct. For that to happen, the story has to be blended into the state’s complete narrative. It’s a tricky endeavor, for several reasons. The most obvious challenge is handling the state’s complicated racial past. 

As a state that straddles the country’s North-South demarcation, it has a complicated heritage, one that must be told from many perspectives, no matter how uncomfortable that may be. Delaware was a key part of the Underground Railroad, but it also had many slave owners. The two-day upheaval that took place in 1968 after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is another example of a period that must receive delicate treatment. Some see it as a riot. Others consider it a natural outcome after a horrific episode of violence. And the nine-month National Guard occupation after the incident remains raw for some Delaware residents.

Finding a way to represent all of this in one place while somehow looking at it through a broader lens is a considerable test. In that regard, the center’s affiliation with the historical society is a plus, because there will be the opportunity to combine the African-American narrative with the broader story.

“Your history is my history, and my history is your history,” Gilliam-Johnson says. “In that sense, we are connected in a way that is respectful, so that we can understand each other and bridge the divide.

That way, we can all have a better appreciation of what we all brought to the same party.”

If you are going to speak with Robin Krawitz about Delaware’s African-American history, you had better not be too busy. “How much time do you have?” she says with a laugh.

The Delaware State University professor is the director of the graduate program in historic preservation at DSU and is also an adviser to the historical society. She looks at the CAAH as a chance to “change the narrative” about African-Americans’ roles in the state’s history.

“Telling the story requires a look at all the perspectives,” Krawitz says. “We leave people out at our peril, and we then understand only in a small way. We need to know about African-Americans’ roles in Delaware’s history, because we still live in challenging times.”

Samuel D. Burris served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. His important story will be one of many presented at the new center. (Image courtesy of the Delaware Historical Society)

Krawitz believes people need to know about heroes like Samuel D. Burris, an African-American man who served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping escaped slaves make it from Delaware to freedom in Pennsylvania. A free man, Burris risked his and his family’s lives to assist others. In 1847 he was arrested and imprisoned for his activities. While in prison, Burris wrote several letters, one of which came to the attention of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. Burris was convicted and scheduled to be sold into slavery. On the day of his auction, abolitionist Isaac Flint “purchased” Burris, then took him to Philadelphia and freedom. 

“Understanding what happened before gives us insight into where we are going,” Krawitz says.

Krawitz is looking forward to visitors learning more about the stories of other prominent African-Americans and the turbulent times in which they lived. Few realize the turmoil that prevailed throughout the state over the idea of slavery. Delaware residents were divided on the issue, and as Krawitz looked through court petitions from the second half of the 1800s, she noticed that there were plenty of abolitionists looking for a legal way to end slavery, as well as many slaveowners trying to maintain the status quo.

“There was pressure from both sides on the courts,” Krawitz says. “In other states, slaveholders knew they were on top. Here, things could go either way. Every day was a potential battleground.”

In addition to exhibits and information about slavery in Delaware, there will be opportunities for visitors to learn about the work of heroes like Louis L. Redding Jr., the first African-American lawyer in the state. Two of the cases Redding argued regarding school desegregation, Belton v. Gebhart and Bulah v. Gebhart, were significant victories in the fight and were joined with the 1954 landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that separate schools for blacks and whites were illegal. 

The center will showcase the work of heroes like Louis L. Redding Jr., the first African-American lawyer in the state. (Image courtesy of the Delaware Historical Society)

“[Redding] was a tough guy,” Krawitz says. “He wouldn’t take your case unless he could move bigger cases and issues forward.”

It will also be interesting to learn about Delaware’s role as the birthplace of the independent black church. Richard Allen, born into slavery in Kent County in 1760, founded in Philadelphia the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first independent black denomination in the country 34 years later. In 1813, Peter Spencer chartered the Union Church of Africans in Wilmington.  

“So much of African-American religious history belongs to Delaware,” Krawitz says.

Beginning in March, Delaware will be able to display that heritage in its full grandeur. The center offers an opportunity for African-Americans to have their history told as more than just an adjunct to a greater narrative. This will allow the whole story to move forward, thanks to contributions from people who have brought much to the state and continue to define it every day. As the narrative grows and becomes richer, all Delaware residents will understand their history more completely, because it will be told with more depth than it has before. History is not static, and the Center for African-American Heritage will allow the narrative to grow and become fuller with each new exhibit.

“Delaware’s African-American history has been so overlooked and neglected,” Cooper says. “It’s time to bring it out and focus it on it.

“This will be the showcase.”

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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
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan

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Owing to Circumstances, a site specific installation by Jennifer Borders, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 3-22, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
820 N. French Street
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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Laura McMillan New Works ~ Paintings, Painted Furniture & Oddities Laura enjoys working in a variety of media on many surfaces from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic on canvas or...

Cost: free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Discover one of the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcases! Tour Henry Francis du Pont's dazzling former home decorated in holiday style. Enjoy visions of holidays past and...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $5-$20

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

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

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
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Have you ever wanted to see what was behind the stone wall? NOW is your chance! For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, the Tilton Mansion, home to University and Whist Club, will be opening its doors to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125 x107
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Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
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Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
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After an evening Yuletide tour, relax and celebrate the season with live jazz and a glass of wine in the festive atmosphere of Winterthur’s Galleries Reception Atrium. Cash wine and beer bar;...

Cost: 0 - $15

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 180-044-83883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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Zen Meditation Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Contact Name: Richard Field
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Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, collaborators Troy Richards and Knut Hybinette will develop a pop-up virtual reality (VR)...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Laura McMillan New Works ~ Paintings, Painted Furniture & Oddities Laura enjoys working in a variety of media on many surfaces from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic on canvas or...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Every Thursday, 9:00 am, Brown Learning Center Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow,...

Cost: Drop-in rate of $10.

Where:
Brown Center, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Drop in on Nature is an emergent program based all outdoor/all weather and is child led. We encourage children to explore, play and create a child led flow in a natural environment. This process...

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

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Stacey Gummey
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Discover one of the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcases! Tour Henry Francis du Pont's dazzling former home decorated in holiday style. Enjoy visions of holidays past and...

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


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

More information

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

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

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

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

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
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Join us in our newly transformed venue for our re-imagined Thanksgiving Day Buffet on Nov. 23, 2017, from noon–6 p.m., with last seating at 5:30 p.m. The price is $49.95 for adults, $19.95...

Cost: $49.95 for adults

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

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


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

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Shop the best local arts, goods, and services on the largest shopping weekend of the year! Why shop the big box stores when you can support local artists and businesses, all while sipping free...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Starboard
2009 Coastal Hwy
Dewey Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Dewey Artist Collaboration
Contact Name: Leah Beach
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Laura McMillan New Works ~ Paintings, Painted Furniture & Oddities Laura enjoys working in a variety of media on many surfaces from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic on canvas or...

Cost: free

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

More information

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

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

More information

Bring your family and out-of-town guests to enjoy activities, crafts, and games. Sample historic holiday dishes inspired by nineteenth-century recipes from “The Hagley Cookbook,” play...

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

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

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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


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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $175.00

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

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

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Shop the best local arts, goods, and services on the largest shopping weekend of the year! Why shop the big box stores when you can support local artists and businesses, all while sipping free...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Starboard
2009 Coastal Hwy
Dewey Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Dewey Artist Collaboration
Contact Name: Leah Beach
Website »

More information

Laura McMillan New Works ~ Paintings, Painted Furniture & Oddities Laura enjoys working in a variety of media on many surfaces from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic on canvas or...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

Cost:

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Website »

More information

Bring your family and out-of-town guests to enjoy activities, crafts, and games. Sample historic holiday dishes inspired by nineteenth-century recipes from “The Hagley Cookbook,” play...

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

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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Take delight in the little things! Discover cupboards, cabinets, and entire rooms filled with treasures in miniature on this special tour. Floors 3, 7 & 8, Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
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The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
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Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
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Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all...

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

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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Take a guided walk through the Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes, every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The Village of Centreville kickstarts the holiday season with Santa Claus, tree decorating and business specials CENTREVILLE, DE—The Centreville Civic Association (CCA) presents the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village of Centreville
, DE  19807


Sponsor: MacElree Harvey, Ltd. Centreville Veterinary Hospital
Telephone: 267-221-8805
Contact Name: Catherine Nessa
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Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
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Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is proud to present the Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcast of Thomas Adès’s harrowing tale, THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL, on Saturday, November 25 at 1:00 PM and...

Cost: $15 - $25

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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