The Secret Life of Color

Painter Edward Loper Sr. has spent a lifetime looking for the light. Having earned a solid place in the art world, all that’s left to find are the young people who need to know his story.




Edward Loper is surly, impatient, critical. Ask anyone who’s studied with him.

Loper has checked his watch five times in the past 12 minutes: 9:32, it reads. Six out of 10 students are late for his 9:30 Wednesday art class.

“I’m used to people being on time,” Loper says, planting a stool in the middle of his studio. It’s a good vantage point for staring down the students as they trickle in at 9:37. As they do, few look him in the eye. One manages a sheepish, “Good morning.”

The teacher taps his watch and holds it up in the students’ faces. As the class members march in silence to their individual still life stations, Loper folds his arms, shakes his head, grunts and sighs. He walks around the cramped studio, squinting at each canvas. He leans so close, it looks like he’s smelling the paintings rather than observing them.

Classic Loper comments follow.

“Don’t you know how to clean your palette? What color is that? You’re listening to your brain. You don’t trust your eyes. Use your eyes. Look harder. Can’t you see it? Do you see it?

Loper has inspired a river of tears over his 60-year teaching career.

“I’m tough,” he says. “I want my students to do things that the best of Delaware artists do. They can out-paint anybody in the state.”

That’s a lot of pressure to put on anyone. Yet the students keep coming back.

“I like to get beaten up once a week,” says Veronica Mauro of Landenberg, Pennsylvania. She has studied with Loper for 10 years. “Ed’s full of salt and vinegar.”

“You mean piss and vinegar,” says Frank Gay of Kennett Square. He has studied with Loper for 30.

Loper is one of Delaware’s foremost artists. He is also the state’s most beloved art teacher, despite his crotchety nature and roller coaster moods. “There’s a lot of love and camaraderie in those classes,” says his biographer, Marilyn Bauman, who studied under him for 30 years. “Edward taught me to see color. I will always be grateful.”

Loper was born in 1916, about 38 years before the Civil Rights Movement began. To paint professionally, he had to open gallery doors that were initially slammed in his face, finally winning exhibits in museums when museums were closed to blacks. That fortitude—and gall—helped him earn a national reputation. What he considers his crowning achievement is, indeed, spectacular: Loper is not considered a black artist—he is an artist.

It took a lifetime to eliminate the label. But long ago Loper made a deal with God, promising that if he could make a living by painting, he’d give back by teaching. Both God and Loper came through.

No need to sugarcoat here. Loper lives up to the negative things often said about him. He’s brusque and confrontational. He can destroy an artist’s sense of self with one cut.

Yet he has another side, perhaps his real side. You see it when he looks at a Cézanne or a Picasso then lights up like a teenager eyeing his first Corvette. Then you see what his students see: an intensely dedicated artist who longs to pass down a legacy to those who share his passion.

There are disappointments.

Scholars call Loper “the true son of Wilmington” (he’s lived there all his life), yet only one Delaware gallery sells his work. Just two of his paintings hang at the Delaware Art Museum, though he taught there for 25 years.

A deeper concern involves the welfare of many young African Americans. Loper says they’re unmotivated. They don’t know about his struggles. And if they did, he says, “I don’t think they’d care.”

On April 6, a day before his 91st birthday, the University of Delaware will present “The Art of Edward Loper, Sr.,” a comprehensive retrospective. Loper wants African Americans to go, if only to understand how his difficult journey may have made theirs a little easier. And if they do, the artist has a few more things he’d like to say.

 

Loper is working on a still life. He sits at a stool, shoulders even with the top of a canvas that rests on an old wooden easel. The painting is of a wine bottle, grapes, a cleat and a burgundy drape as background. So far it’s a skeletal charcoal drawing—Loperites never say sketch—that he started yesterday.

For about 10 minutes, he stares at the scene, dips an angled brush into a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine, then wipes it off with an old rag. When he stares at an ordinary object, he’s looking for “the magic in the color.” Of course to Loper, who thinks about color all day long, nothing is ordinary. The grapes are not purple. They are orange and red and yellow and myriad colors you’d never think of.

The wine bottle catches his eye, more specifically, its rectangular white label. Loper fixates on a shadowed corner. “White is not a color,” he says, dipping a brush into yellow, then burnt sienna. (Never, never say brown.) He then makes bold, chunky strokes with both. He works on this one inch of canvas for about 20 minutes, until the precise amount of crème creates the light or, as he calls it, “the sparkle.”

Loper doesn’t see objects. He sees the color within them. The lights and darks, warm colors next to cool, reveal a subject’s forms. “I paint lines, color and spaces,” he says. “That’s what my paintings are. You have to learn to see it. And you only learn that by doing it.”

“It took me six months to see color,” says Bauman. “In the beginning I thought he was nuts. The lemon was yellow. Then one day the defining moment came. Suddenly I could see the lavenders and the peaches in what used to be green trees. This is what Edward did. He made the invisible visible.”

Loper is self-taught. Every space in his studio holds a book about art. He uses the examples and techniques of the masters to help students understand the complexities of color, just as he did. He stresses the styles of his main influences: Cézanne, El Greco and Tintoretto. Quoting a passage from “Cézanne’s Compositions” about how inner light emanates from various subjects, tattered pages start falling out of the volume. He regularly forces students into circles, hammering the same points over and over because, he says, “They hear but they don’t listen.”

“You’re working to get that delicacy until it explodes on the canvas,” says Mauro. “This is not just putting one color next to another. You’re learning to see things with your eyes, things that human beings see every day but don’t know it.”

 

In the 1930s, racial segregation and intolerance limited opportunities for young black Americans. Loper changed some of that, at least in Delaware. In 1937 he became the first African American to have a painting accepted at the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts. In 1941 he exhibited at the University of Delaware, well before blacks were allowed to attend as students. Seven years later, his work was featured in a two-person exhibition with no less than Andrew Wyeth, also at the university.

Born in a poor section of Wilmington called Frogtown, Loper lived across the railroad tracks from what is now the Young Correctional Institution, a hideout for criminals where gunfire was commonplace. His mother was 16 when he was born. His father, a minister, fled to Washington, D.C., to start a church. Loper was raised by his maternal grandmother.

In East Side neighborhoods, Poles, Jews, Italians, Irish and Swedes tolerated each other. All immigrants struggled. But life was toughest on black kids.

“I remember when I was 14, one girl, a very pretty girl who had literally just gotten here from Italy, said, ‘Nigger, go away,’” Loper says. “How did she learn to call me a nigger right away?”

The insults hurt though Loper never really felt hate like he thinks African Americans feel today. “We had respect for each other. Today, we’re shooting each other.”

There wasn’t much for him to do. Public playgrounds were open to blacks only once a week. Loper excelled in sports at Howard High School, though he admits that he liked girls, and girls liked athletes. He graduated in 1934, then married Viola Virginia Cooper a year later. During the Great Depression, Loper worked in the Delaware division of the Works Progress Administration, where he learned illustration by rendering drawings of decorative art for the Index of American Design. He earned less than $20 a week.

Walter Pyle, a WPA colleague and nephew of the great illustrator Howard Pyle, urged Loper to paint. Loper studied Howard Pyle’s work at the Wilmington Public Library every day after work. On weekends, he took the train to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “The guards got to know me so well that they let me put my nose right up to paintings by Corot and Van Gogh to study their (brush) strokes,” Loper says.

He started exhibiting and teaching art, winning several awards. While featured at the Robert Carlin Gallery in Philadelphia in 1941, he sold more than 35 paintings. Then Viola died during childbirth in 1944, leaving him to raise three children. (He married Claudine Bruton in 1945, but the couple divorced. Loper and his current wife, Janet Neville, exchanged vows in 1986.)

Through the 1940s and ’50s, Loper’s work told dark, heart-wrenching stories through real-life subjects such as city backyards and dilapidated houses. His work cried out with emotion, revealing a haunting artistic sincerity in pieces like “Burned Out Building” and “Port Penn.” In “My Father the Bishop,” warm reds, dark blues and oranges convey confused and angry feelings toward his subject. He painted old houses in Claymont, his daughter reading the paper, a series of nudes and, in 1945, a powerful “The Black Crucifixion.” Then touches of Picasso and Jackson Pollock crept into his work. As his brushwork became bolder, the fractured, kaleidoscopic effect, an amalgam of various styles and influences, became his signature.

Loper’s true artistic direction—he will not call it a style—emerged in 1963, when he was invited to attend classes at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, which houses one of the world’s largest private art collections. The Barnes was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to advance the fine arts and educate the disadvantaged. When Loper gained acceptance there, he says, he was accepted as an artist.

He already knew how to paint. What he took from the Barnes was theory. His teacher, Violette de Mazia, helped him analyze classical techniques. Then he turned a corner after a class one day and saw Cézanne’s “The Boy in the Red Vest,” a festival of color, from the subject’s red waistcoat, blue kerchief and blue belt to his backswept hair. “It changed my life,” Loper says. “I never truly saw color until that moment.”

From then on, Loper “emphasized color, abandoned shading and began to juxtapose colors, working from dark to light and vice versa,” wrote Jenine Culligan, a former associate curator of Delaware Art Museum who organized Loper’s first retrospective in 1996.

Loper and de Mazia remained friends until her death in 1988, but she gave him a gift long before that. On September 14, 1964, a News Journal critic wrote a scathing piece on Loper, accusing his students of copying him. “He tried to destroy me,” Loper says. “He called my students non-artists.”

He could handle racism. But criticism of his teaching cut deep. He nearly gave up. Instead he took his students’ paintings, and a few of his own, to de Mazia’s home. “She laid them all out across the room and stared at them for a long time,” Loper says. “And she said, ‘No, they do not look alike and your students do not paint like you. Instead, you have all started a new tradition in Delaware.’”

 

Loper is known in Philadelphia galleries and has won praise from such organizations as the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Arts Alliance and African American institutions nationwide. Bauman has written his biography, “The Prophet of Color,” and his work has been discussed in prestigious publications such as Art Digest and Art News. His paintings hang at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the  Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

New Lopers, which start at $12,000, are hard to come by. Janet says inventory is low because her 90-year-old husband doesn’t produce as quickly as he used to. “Things are not bad for us at all,” Janet says. “What is bad is that Edward’s work is not shown much in Wilmington galleries.”

Hardcastle Gallery director Allison Weer and Somerville Manning Gallery co-owner Sadie Manning both say Loper’s lack of local representation might be a matter of faulty communication. They enjoy Loper’s work and would consider exhibiting it as long as customers request it or if the Lopers ask. But they have bottom lines to think about. Delaware buyers tend to be conservative, often opting for Pyles, Wyeths and light pastels over the darker, more abstract Lopers. The Federal Street Gallery and Espresso Bar in Milton, the only Delaware gallery that does represent the painter, has enjoyed a profitable relationship, says owner Gary Merz. So far, its two Loper exhibits have been sold out.

The Loper collection (whatever is left after his death) is bequeathed to the University of Delaware. The Delaware Art Museum did not have the capacity to store it when the Lopers asked 10 years ago, says then-director Steve Bruni, who, with Culligan, oversaw the first Loper retrospective. (It was one of the museum’s most popular events.) Bruni asked the Lopers to donate more recent work, but they refused.

The Lopers still view the museum’s decision as a rejection. “It hurt,” Loper says. “I taught there for 25 years, back when white men would go through the museum and come by where I was teaching and they looked at me with such hatred. There I was, a black man teaching white students.”

Current museum director Danielle Rice understands, but says the costs of owning a collection are substantial. “You have a responsibility to exhibit it and store it,” she says. (The financially strapped organization is in no position to take on a collection, though, after its multi-million dollar renovation, there is ample storage space.) “We do have some very beautiful Lopers on view,” Rice says. The museum owns four. Though two hang, Loper cringes at the thought. They do not, he believes, represent his later work.

“I have hinted to them that we’d like some late Lopers donated,” Rice says. “Edward is much beloved. He has a very strong following. And there are so many that have a direct connection with him. That being said, many of our visitors come from out of state and don’t know about Edward. But it could be that we have some responsibility in that, that we are not working hard enough at our own community relations.”

That leads to an important question. Loper is known locally. But does he have a place in American art?

Robert Hall, a visual arts specialist at the Anacostia Community Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, thinks he does.

“Mr. Loper’s work is engaging and energetic,” says Hall. “His use of color and bold strokes are reminiscent of Picasso. He is still kind of figurative, but you can see that people have something to do with the images he presents, though they’re often not there. I would say that his success and talent has to do with his own experiences and I can certainly see why people would be drawn to Loper’s works. What he has created is universal. I definitely think he is of the caliber of national artists.”

Marcelle Pick, president of the Violette de Mazia Foundation, a nonprofit organization she calls “a realization of Barnes’ theories,” says, “Edward’s work is critically important in the art world, and he has also enriched the lives of thousands of people through teaching.”

Both Pick and Hall believe that, like so many great artists, including Cézanne, Loper’s talents won’t be recognized until after his death.

Loper has made peace with the possibility. “I would like to sell all my paintings,” he says. “But we have enough money, and true artists know me. But one day I want to go to heaven where Cézanne and Renoir and all those guys will be having a party. I want to talk to El Greco and Tintoretto and tell them that I took what they passed down and I used it and, now, here I am. If I can walk right through that door, and those guys say come on in, that’ll be enough for me.”

 

As he discusses painting, the curmudgeonly persona melts and a man of great passion and gentleness emerges. “I wanted to learn everything I could learn,” he says. “That’s all.”

 Loper sits in his basement studio, staring at a small glass prism. As he raises it to the window, red, purple, blue, green and yellow dots begin to flicker around the room. His eyeglasses mirror the dance of color.

So many colors. So much to say. And, as Loper says, so little time.

He knows he has given students the gift of color. He knows they’ll expand on it. He knows that fellow artists of all ethnicities can benefit from his struggles because he dared to go against type. He would not allow anyone to pigeonhole him because of race.

“I refused to do African art,” he says. (By definition, African art is any form that originates in Africa. But the continent is so diverse and the artists so innovative that it is impossible to label. In any case, abstract African work tends to represent ideas rather than depict them in the kind of detailed way Loper has strived for.) “I didn’t want to paint saxophones and people dancing. I wanted to be on the same level as the great artists, in the tradition of Cézanne and El Greco and Tintoretto.”

On one hand, Loper shunned African art, rejected the term “black artist.” On the other, he wants African Americans to appreciate his journey. It sounds inconsistent, though it explains why Loper has heard the pejorative “Uncle Tom” a few times in his life.

He explains the contradiction the way he always does, by finding another art book, “The International Review of African American Art.” A product of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the cover features the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner, one of the first African-American artists to achieve a reputation in both America and Europe. Loper thinks Tanner is “unusually” excellent.

“Black artists, it’s an issue,” Loper says. “Look at this.” He points to works by John Farrar and Debra Simon, among others. “Pretty bad. No color. No designing. That one is a bunch of squares. This one makes no sense. They are not up to the level they should be to be in a book.

“This is sad to me, very sad. Black artists draw and they paint, but they don’t paint well. Because they can get away with it. Because no one demands better of themselves. But I don’t dare insult them. I’m afraid.”

Kamille Catchings, the African-American owner of Magnum Opus Gallery in Mendenhall, believes that not enough people know about Loper, which is why she invited him to lecture. “He was incredible. The room was completely silent,” she says. “African-American collectors do gear themselves toward a specific type of art, and anything out of that spectrum can be foreign to them. Edward opened everyone’s eyes to a whole new world. I think we’re just starting to understand what he did for us.”

Dr. James Newton, an accomplished artist and former professor of Black American studies at the University of Delaware, says, “There’s not enough recognition of the trials and tribulations that a person of Ed’s stature has had to deal with in trying to meet the highest standards of excellence in the arts.”

Yet Newton has more faith in younger generations. He thinks Loper could, and one day will, be an influence, so he believes the University of Delaware show in April should be standing room only. “We can clearly state that he rivaled such prominent artists as Andrew Wyeth, his friend and contemporary,” says Newton. “That’s why he’s so important. Younger artists can be inspired and they can stay in Delaware like he did and still survive. He is to black artists what Clifford Brown was to black musicians.”

 “I’m hoping for a renaissance,” he says. “And in this renaissance, the youth of Delaware would be the participants, and Loper would serve as the catalyst. And we would awaken the artistic spirit of young black Americans.”

“That would be nice,” Loper says. “I wish that the black population of Wilmington and Delaware knew what I had done. They don’t have the least idea.”

“When I was a kid, we wanted to get ahead,” he says. “We wanted to beat the white boys. We wanted to beat them at sports, at everything. So whenever we got a shot at something that black people didn’t normally get, we went to work for it. When we became doctors, we became super doctors.

“We’ve lost that. Things are easier, and kids today have so many more chances. If they want it, their futures can be bright. I want them to know that they can be more than better. They can be exceptional.”

 

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Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Painfully funny, technically ingenious, and viciously physical, this wild romantic comedy by England’s most popular living playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn features convoluted relationships worthy...

Cost: $15-$29

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
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

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
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark Time: 6–8 p.m. Trained volunteers assist women with the hair and skin changes that...

Where:
, DE

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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Asteroids and comets are messengers from space with a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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The islands take over Cinco de Mayo with $5 Margaritas! From May 2 through May 5, celebrate with four tequila-filled-days of fun and over ten flavors of margaritas, including our handcrafted...

Cost: Cost of meal

Where:
Bahama Breeze
500 Center Blvd
Newark, DE  19702
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Join us every Tuesday for this fun and educational enrichment activity. Students will learn to draw pictures from a variety of themes, including woodland animals, creatures by the sea, creepy...

Cost: $10

Where:
Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church
500 McKennans Church Rd
Room 206
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Join us every Tuesday for this fun and educational enrichment activity. Students will learn to draw pictures from a variety of themes, including woodland animals, creatures by the sea, creepy...

Cost: $10

Where:
Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church
500 McKennans Church Rd
Room 206
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery will be hosting bariatric support groups on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Nanticoke Memorial...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 8810
Contact Name: Shelly Geis

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for the refresher course

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato
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Toy Trains Hit the Rails with John Schubel, Malcolm Taylor and Jay Williams The “electric train” group will present a history of toy trains, starting with 19th-century floor...

Cost: $5; free FAHP Members

Where:
Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights
3000 Creek Road, Box 61
Yorklyn, DE  19736
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Sponsor: Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve
Telephone: 302-239-2385
Contact Name: Jesse Gagnon
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

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
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Painfully funny, technically ingenious, and viciously physical, this wild romantic comedy by England’s most popular living playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn features convoluted relationships worthy...

Cost: $15-$29

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
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Dave Wakeling is a hell of a nice guy! Dave loves to tell you the stories behind his songs, either from stage or after the show. Ask any one of the thousands of fans who have met him over the years...

Cost: $22-32

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wimington, DE
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Sponsor: World Cafe Live at The Queen
Telephone: 302-994-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern

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Dave Wakeling is a hell of a nice guy! Dave loves to tell you the stories behind his songs, either from stage or after the show. Ask any one of the thousands of fans who have met him over the years...

Cost: $22-32

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: World Cafe Life
Telephone: 302-994-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Month 4: Cochlear Implants Location: John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Christiana Hospital Campus, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, Classrooms 4, 5 & 6 To register, call (800)...

Where:
, DE

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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Asteroids and comets are messengers from space with a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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The 2016 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers' Market at Rodney Square will begin May 4 and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Downtown Visions and facilitated by the City of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.425.0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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The islands take over Cinco de Mayo with $5 Margaritas! From May 2 through May 5, celebrate with four tequila-filled-days of fun and over ten flavors of margaritas, including our handcrafted...

Cost: Cost of meal

Where:
Bahama Breeze
500 Center Blvd
Newark, DE  19702
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Geared toward individuals 60 and over. Participants must be able to walk and stand. Walking aids—canes and walkers—are allowed. Wear comfortable clothing and stable shoes. Sneakers...

Where:
Bayhealth Physician Specialty Practice
315 N. Carter Road, Conference Room
Smyrna, DE
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Written by Nell Benjamin (playwright of "Because of Winn Dixie") Directed by Bud Martin The story: London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Participate in a 2-hour training to learn how you can help improve Delaware’s waterways. Stories from across the nation highlight the importance of residents getting actively involved in...

Cost: Free

Where:
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Clean Water: Delaware's Clear Choice Campaign
Telephone: 302-239-2334 ext. 13
Contact Name: Michael Bard
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Dr. Jeremy McInerney, Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania, speaks about the Amazons in Greek legend and art. Who were these warrior women and why did they remain a source of...

Cost: $5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Lewes Public Library present THEEB as May’s film for the Around the World series. THEEB, a coming-of-age adventure will screen at 7 p.m. on Wednesday,...

Cost: Free

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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Painfully funny, technically ingenious, and viciously physical, this wild romantic comedy by England’s most popular living playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn features convoluted relationships worthy...

Cost: $15-$29

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
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

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
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Paula Cole has played before audiences all over the world, opening for artists like Peter Gabriel, Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan, and as part of the Lilith Fair lineup before she began...

Cost: $30

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington , DE
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Sponsor: World Cafe Live at The Queen
Telephone: 302-994-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern

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Free lecture on the advances of minimally invasive surgery and other solutions to prostate cancer. Men and women welcome. Location: John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Christiana Hospital...

Where:
, DE

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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Asteroids and comets are messengers from space with a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Spring Session: Thursdays from 9:30-12; first day is April 7 Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311) Join TLC for our Drop-In on...

Cost: TLC members Free, Non-members free for first session, $5 for pre-registration

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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The Show House will include a Boutique and Garden Shoppe with articles for sale from interior and landscape designers. 14 interior and landscape designers will transform a spacious home situated...

Where:
52 Rolling Rd.
Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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96th Annual Wilmington Flower Market The 96th Annual Wilmington Flower Market adds an extra evening of festival fun with WFM Rocks the Park on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
Wilmington, DE


Sponsor: Wilmington Flower Market
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Rockford Tower opens for the season during the annual Flower Market, a spring tradition in Rockford Park.  Climb this historic structure and see the Flower Market and the city of Wilmington.  Free.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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The islands take over Cinco de Mayo with $5 Margaritas! From May 2 through May 5, celebrate with four tequila-filled-days of fun and over ten flavors of margaritas, including our handcrafted...

Cost: Cost of meal

Where:
Bahama Breeze
500 Center Blvd
Newark, DE  19702
View map »

More information

Geared toward individuals 60 and over. Participants must be able to walk and stand. Walking aids—canes and walkers—are allowed. Wear comfortable clothing and stable shoes. Sneakers...

Where:
Bayhealth Physician Specialty Practice
315 N. Carter Road, Conference Room
Smyrna, DE
View map »

More information

Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

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Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery will be hosting bariatric support groups on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Nanticoke Memorial...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 8810
Contact Name: Shelly Geis

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Games, food & fun for the whole family 68– p.m. at Smyrna Wesleyan Church Parking Lot

Cost: Free

Where:
Smyrna Wesleyan Church
433 West Commerce Street
Smyrna, DE  19977
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Sponsor: SWC Family Nite
Telephone: 302-653-8440
Contact Name: Deb Souder
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Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages and Health, and his oft-times collaborator Sam Calagione, Founder and President of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Written by Nell Benjamin (playwright of "Because of Winn Dixie") Directed by Bud Martin The story: London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE
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Dr. Vicki Howard, Hartwick College, will recount the evolution of department stores from prominent locally owned institutions to stores that were part of national chains, and then to today’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
Soda House
298 Buck Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

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Painfully funny, technically ingenious, and viciously physical, this wild romantic comedy by England’s most popular living playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn features convoluted relationships worthy...

Cost: $15-$29

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
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Location: Bayhealth Cancer Center, Milford Memorial Hospital, 21 W. Clarke, Ave., Milford, Lobby Time: 5–7 p.m. To register: Call Harriet Pinkston at 430-5143

Where:
, DE

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Location: Cheer Caregiver Resource Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown Time: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. To register: Call Kathy Landis at 856-5187 or email...

Where:
, DE

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Join Kind to Kids Foundation and celebrate five years of helping Delaware children who are victims of child abuse, neglect, poverty and at-risk youth.  Register Now, this event sells out...

Cost: $40 per person or $300 per table of 8

Where:
Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom
11th & Market Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Kind to Kids Foundation
Telephone: 302-654-5440
Contact Name: Jeanette De Bright
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The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Yaprak Soysal during the month of May. “My Human and I” is an exhibition of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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New paintings and drawings by Philadelphia artist Ed Bronstein are featured in a solo show. Ed’s new work includes still life paintings, landscapes and city scenes from Delaware and the...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Asteroids and comets are messengers from space with a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Rockford Tower opens for the season during the annual Flower Market, a spring tradition in Rockford Park.  Climb this historic structure and see the Flower Market and the city of Wilmington.  Free.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
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96th Annual Wilmington Flower Market The 96th Annual Wilmington Flower Market adds an extra evening of festival fun with WFM Rocks the Park on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
Wilmington, DE


Sponsor: Wilmington Flower Market
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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The Show House will include a Boutique and Garden Shoppe with articles for sale from interior and landscape designers. 14 interior and landscape designers will transform a spacious home situated...

Where:
52 Rolling Rd.
Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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This year’s Tyler Arboretum Plant Sale offers gardeners the chance to “Take Tyler Home,” with a themed range of plants from Tyler’s meadows, trails, collections, and...

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, DE  19063
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Telephone: 610-566-9134
Contact Name: Gary Bloomer
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Nanticoke Health Services is again joining forces with the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and the City of Seaford to promote women’s health awareness at the 3rd Annual LIVE FOR CHOCOLATE...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Seaford
304 High Street
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services, Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, & the City of Seaford
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The Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's...

Cost: $55

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Join the fun at Friends for Rescue and Pet Care's Quarter Auction in Newark on Friday, May 6, 2016. At least 100 great prizes. Raise your paddles to win a prize for as little as 1, 2,...

Cost: $5 per paddle per attendee

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Rd.
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Friends for Rescue & Pet Care
Telephone: 302-307-2980
Contact Name: Barbara
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Painfully funny, technically ingenious, and viciously physical, this wild romantic comedy by England’s most popular living playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn features convoluted relationships worthy...

Cost: $15-$29

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
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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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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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

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
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Written by Nell Benjamin (playwright of "Because of Winn Dixie") Directed by Bud Martin The story: London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE
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Join our guides though historic Dover and its cemeteries by lantern light this spring. Space is limited; call (302) 739-9194 for reservations. Lantern tours cancelled due to inclement weather will...

Cost: $10 per person

Where:
First State Heritage Park
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S. New Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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Location: Downtown Seaford Time: 5–9 p.m. Promotes women’s health awareness For more information, visit: www.nanticoke.org/liveforchocolate

Where:
, DE

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New paintings and drawings by Philadelphia artist Ed Bronstein are featured in a solo show. Ed’s new work includes still life paintings, landscapes and city scenes from Delaware and the...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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Dover Days Celebration Held annually since 1933, Dover Days celebrates the Capital of the First State. An annual week-long celebration of Dover Days events takes place on April 30 - May 8;...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
43 The Green, 25 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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Asteroids and comets are messengers from space with a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids,...

Cost: Free with admission

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

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The Show House will include a Boutique and Garden Shoppe with articles for sale from interior and landscape designers. 14 interior and landscape designers will transform a spacious home situated...

Where:
52 Rolling Rd.
Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach

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96th Annual Wilmington Flower Market The 96th Annual Wilmington Flower Market adds an extra evening of festival fun with WFM Rocks the Park on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
Wilmington, DE


Sponsor: Wilmington Flower Market
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Rockford Tower opens for the season during the annual Flower Market, a spring tradition in Rockford Park.  Climb this historic structure and see the Flower Market and the city of Wilmington.  Free.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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DOES YOUR KID PLAY MINECRAFT? Now your family can play Minecraft in select movie theatres across North America with Super League Gaming. In this four-week series, Super...

Cost: $60

Where:
Cinemark Christiana and XD
1200 Stanton Christiana Rd, Newark, DE 19702
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Super League Gaming
Telephone: (407) 416-7940
Contact Name: Lora
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Wilmington Garden Day offers an opportunity to stroll through some of the Brandywine Valley’s most enchanting gardens. Join us on this self-guided tour and plan a day that fits your scheduled....

Cost: $30

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
298 Buck Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Wilmington Garden Day
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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
View map »


Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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
Website »

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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Bill Dixon Yamaha Stunt Rider will be doing his thing on his Yamaha here at Powersports East on Saturday, May 7th at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Come out (FREE ADMISSION) and enjoy the show, while...

Cost: Free

Where:
PowerSports East
620 Pulaski HWY (Route 40)
Bear, DE  19701
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Sponsor: Powersports East
Telephone: 302-322-4120
Contact Name: Lynn Fasten
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Kalmar Nyckel is a faithful re-creation of the original ship that brought the earliest settlers from Sweden to Delaware, taking passengers on tours of the Christina River, featuring views...

Cost: $35 Adults, $20 Youths (17 and under)

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 East 7th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-429-7447
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Cost: $35 for adults, $20 for children

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 East 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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This new walking tour tells remarkable stories of black powder explosions that occurred when Hagley was a gunpowder manufactory and the men and women whose lives were changed as a result. Tour...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Attend a Free Family and Community Concert May 7, 2016! Immerse yourself in a mystery about the most famous painting in the world as the Delaware Chamber Music Festival presents an animated...

Cost: Free

Where:
Laird Performing Arts Center of the Tatnall School
1501 Barley Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware Chamber Music Festival
Telephone: 302 442 0572
Contact Name: Kyle Bartlett
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Come celebrate the great outdoors at Taylors Bridge! Delaware Wild Lands is celebrating our latest conservation success — acquisition of the beautiful 1,250-acre Roberts...

Cost: Free

Where:
Taylors Bridge Roberts Farm
170 Staves Landing Rd
Townsend, DE  19734
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Sponsor: Delaware Wild Lands
Telephone: 302-378-2736
Contact Name: Wendy Scott
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What better way to celebrate mom than enjoying "An Afternoon Paris"? You will be painting, sipping, enjoying Parisian treats on the patio of Cardinal Hollow Winery. Saturday, May...

Cost: $30 - $60

Where:
Cardinal Hollow Winery
1830 West Point Pike
Lansdale, PA  19486
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Sponsor: Creative Paint Events
Telephone: 267-312-8339
Contact Name: Charisse
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Stop by to see the Wilmington State Parks’ Naturalist at White Clay Creek State Park’s Creek Fest!   Join Delaware State Parks, White Clay Wild and Scenic Program, National Park Service, Suez...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
White Clay Creek State Park
880 New London Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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Whole Foods Market invites the community to savor, celebrate, and connect this May. What: Every Whole Foods Market location in the Philadelphia area and its suburbs will be hosting a free...

Where:
, DE

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Mispillion River Brewing will be hosting its second annual fundraiser, Short ‘N Stout, for the National Criminal Enforcement Association in honor of Patrolman Chad E. Spicer. The Short...

Cost: $25 in advance, $35 at the door

Where:
Mispillion River Brewing
255 Mullet Run St.
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: Mispillion River Brewing
Telephone: (302) 491-6623
Contact Name: Lauren Bigelow
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Written by Nell Benjamin (playwright of "Because of Winn Dixie") Directed by Bud Martin The story: London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president...

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE
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Ahoy Mateys! Come Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Landlubbers — come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th-Century Dutch...

Cost: $35 for adults, $20 for children

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 East 7th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Kalmar Nyckel is a faithful re-creation of the original ship that brought the earliest settlers from Sweden to Delaware, taking passengers on tours of the Christina River, featuring views...

Cost: $35 Adults, $20 Youths (17 and under)

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 East 7th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

More information

Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

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Capital Ringers, community handbell ensemble, presents spring shows, “Bach to Rock!” Featuring music from Bach and Mozart to contemporary artists, the Capital Ringers 2016 Spring Concert Tour...

Cost: Freewill/Donations

Where:
Limestone Presbyterian Church
Wilmington, DE


Telephone: 302-632-3106
Contact Name: Linda Simms
Website »

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Kalmar Nyckel is a faithful re-creation of the original ship that brought the earliest settlers from Sweden to Delaware, taking passengers on tours of the Christina River, featuring views...

Cost: $35 Adults, $20 Youths (17 and under)

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 East 7th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: (302) 429-7447
Website »

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The Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's...

Cost: $55

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

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Capital Ringers, community handbell ensemble, presents spring shows, “Bach to Rock!” Featuring music from Bach and Mozart to contemporary artists, the Capital Ringers 2016 Spring Concert Tour...

Cost: $15pp/$25per family

Where:
The Smyrna Opera House
Smyrna, DE


Telephone: 302-632-3106
Contact Name: Linda Simms
Website »

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Just what is art and who gets to decide?    Raw and provocative, this the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play paints a mesmerizing portrait of master abstract painter Mark Rothko as he works...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

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Painfully funny, technically ingenious, and viciously physical, this wild romantic comedy by England’s most popular living playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn features convoluted relationships worthy...

Cost: $15-$29

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

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Formed in 1992, Splintered Sunlight quickly became the most popular Grateful Dead Tribute band in the Philadelphia area, gaining praise from Dead Heads and Non Heads alike. Since that time,...

Cost: $12-15

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern

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Written by Nell Benjamin (playwright of "Because of Winn Dixie") Directed by Bud Martin The story: London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president...

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

More information

Formed in 1992, Splintered Sunlight quickly became the most popular Grateful Dead Tribute band in the Philadelphia area, gaining praise from Dead Heads and Non Heads alike. Since that time,...

Cost: $12-15

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: World Cafe Life
Telephone: 302-994-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
Website »

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Location: Tubman Garrett Park, Rosa Parks Drive, Wilmington Time: Registration: 7:30 a.m. Race start: 8:45 a.m. Fee: $25 (until the Thursday before the race at noon) $30 after and day of...

Where:
, DE

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