Maintaining Patronage of Delaware’s Art Institutions

Getting “butts in seats” when many are still feeling the economy’s grip on their wallets.



The Reichhold Chemical Co. closed a site in Florida about 20 years ago. With one unit of the company headquartered in Kent County, the Dover area looked like a natural choice for a combined operation.

“Reichhold’s assessment revealed that Dover was the clear bottom line favorite, but the company went elsewhere because Dover did not have universities with graduate programs for its chemists, or cultural amenities for its families,” says Frank Fantini, the owner of Fantini Research. Fantini Research is a Doverbased consulting and newsletter publishing business that covers the gaming and hotel industries.

Years, later, the division departed for the Research Triangle of North Carolina. Afterward, Fantini continued to see the link between the arts and economic development. 

“I ran into these kinds of stories repeatedly when I was in charge of developing the Schwartz Center for the Arts, whether it was Bayhealth recruiting doctors or ILC (a spacesuit and protective equipment company) recruiting engineers,” Fantini says.

The Schwartz Center and other initiatives improved cultural and educational offerings in central Delaware, but when it came to employment, the need for a vibrant arts community remained key. The battle to make up for the estimated 6,000 Delaware jobs lost in the recession is at play.

The real problem, though, involves the butts-in-seats conundrum. If the arts are so valuable—and voluminous research proves they are, in terms of improving our quality of life, not to mention the revenue that the arts generate in our communities—then why aren’t more people patronizing our formidable arts venues?

 

The Stats

Last year, the Arts & Economic Prosperity report was released in Delaware by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that aims to advance arts awareness. The study estimates the arts, as of 2010, generated $142.3 million annually in economic activity.

Annual spending by arts organizations totals $103 million, with an additional $39 million generated from event-related spending by audiences. Arts spending, in turn, supports 3,900 full-time jobs, generates $112.3 million in household income, and adds nearly $10 million in revenue for government, according to the report. While the report and similar studies increase awareness, arts organizations continue to face a sluggish environment— a far cry from the glory days of the 1980s and ’90s.

Arts administrators report slight increases in attendance since the 2008 downturn. Budgets and staff have been slashed, and organizations have gained some financial breathing room. But the biggest challenge could be an enthusiasm gap, despite the widespread belief that the arts are essential, in terms of our social and economic well-being.

The reasons why vary, but the gap may be fueled by tighter household budgets, hundreds of cable channels, video on demand, aging audiences, competition in nearby cities and family scheduling issues.

Brendan Cooke, general director of OperaDelaware, says getting more people to attend performances is essential, even if ticket revenues don’t meet expenses. Without new patrons, organizations have less hope of attracting the people Cooke calls “the passionate few.”

“Delaware is a small place,” says Diana Milburn, the new executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. The sheer variety of cultural offerings strains donor resources, particularly donors who support myriad organizations.

Aging patrons are also a factor. This donor base is less inclined to venture out as often. Arts groups have taken this into consideration. The Delaware Theatre Company, for example, now offers earlier curtain times.

Bud Martin, the new executive director of the DTC, simplifies this a bit. It’s about our time, and our energy— meaning, we don’t have much of either to spare. After an exhausting week, Martin says, “it’s all too easy to skip the Friday night show.”

Danielle Rice, executive director of the Delaware Art Museum, acknowledges that making the case for arts support beyond attending exhibitions or concerts is not easy.

“We love visitors,” says Rice, adding that admissions are not a major source of revenue. The generosity of donors is what keeps doors open and curators curating.

Rice became museum director in 2005, after a long career at the Philadelphia Art Museum. In Delaware she was immediately confronted with an ambitious expansion program that doubled the size of the museum, but left it with a heavy debt load and an additional $1 million in annual expenses. At the same time, corporate support was declining.

The museum responded by cutting its staff in half and adding programs. Museum staffers have since been working to enhance revenues by convincing mid-sized companies with stable or higher employment that their donations are of great value. As a regional attraction known for its Howard Pyle and Bancroft Pre-Raphaelite art collections, the museum is also reaching out to potential donors outside the state. The approach has shown modest results to date, Rice says.

The museum paid off $4 million of its debt in 2011. But the stock market continues to gyrate. And that roller coaster affects donations, as well as the museum’s ability to maintain its collections.

 

Economic Drivers

There are similarities between the Delaware Art Museum and the Rehoboth Art League. The league, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, was founded by artists and patrons whose influences include Pyle and the Wyeths.

The league is artist-driven, with much of its revenue coming from the sales of works displayed in the gallery in a quiet residential area of the beach community. Like other organizations, the league and its members have not recovered fully from the 2008 downturn.

The gallery offers artwork in the $250 to $500 range, below the prices fetched before the downturn, says executive director Sheila Bravo. Artists have responded by cutting prices and reducing the size of their works. Bravo says that her staff also cut costs. Programs and fundraisers that were no longer effective were dropped. The horticulturist’s position became part-time.

Educational efforts at area schools, however, have increased. The RAL and other organizations were helped by a decision to keep state arts funding at current levels. Other states have been less fortunate, Bravo says.

The multiple buildings owned by the league are in need of repairs and upgrades, but the Sussex organization is making progress. “We can’t do everything at once,” says Bravo.

Attendance is increasing, although Bravo sees room for more improvement in the rapidly growing county. Between 2000 and 2010, U.S. Census figures indicate the population of Sussex County rose by 26 percent 

There are hopeful signs, given the recovery of a residential real estate market that has struggled for years with the downturn in the second home and primary home markets. More homes are being sold, which means more walls are in need of original art.

 

Music to our Ears?

Financial problems escalated to the crisis stage at the Delaware Symphony last year. Its season was briefly canceled, but then emerged with a shorter schedule and a short-term agreement with The American Federation of Musicians union. While pay reductions were imposed, the overall goal was to arrange a long-term pact that assisted the symphony in stabilizing its finances.

“We wear many hats,” says Milburn. She’s one of a full-time staff of three‚ and that includes music director David Amado.

Milburn, previously the manager of audience development and sales at the DuPont Theatre, came armed. Her background in social media marketing, in addition to her experience as an opera singer, made her a great hire for the symphony, particularly as it struggles to regain financial footing.

For example, Milburn employed an opt-in email marketing tool to sell out the DSO’s revived 2012 chamber concert series. Opt-in refers to patrons signing up on their own at the symphony’s website, rather than responding to unsolicited mailings. The symphony also simplified its website, making it user-friendly. It also makes it easy to purchase tickets online.

With resources at a bare-bones level, Milburn and Amado are using Facebook and Twitter to engage their audience and gain fans. Each has a personal Facebook page that bubbles with enthusiasm about the performing arts. “You never know who you will reach,” says Milburn.

Social media is not a cure-all. Bravo says that snail mail remains a necessary expense because many of the symphony’s older members don’t use computers or smartphones. Expenses have been cut in that area by enlisting the services of more volunteers in the now in-house mail room.

Cooke, who joined OperaDelaware in July as its general director, agrees that social media is a good way to engage audiences, but it requires a thoughtful strategy and staff time.

Cooke has a background in new technology, and understands the fragile nature of art finances. He founded the Baltimore Concert Opera as the now-defunct Baltimore Opera Company headed toward bankruptcy.

OperaDelaware participated in a referral fundraising program developed by Cash-Split, a Delaware-based start-up. Participants referred friends to the program via Facebook, email, or Twitter, then earned rewards based on contributions. The program brought in a fraction of its $10,000 goal, but it did raise awareness.

Cooke concedes that he has “big shoes to fill” after succeeding Lee Kimball, a passionate leader of OperaDelaware who had served for three decades. Cooke plans to maintain the company’s education programs, which, in theory, encourage future generations of opera lovers. Ticket sales are critical, but they can’t support a $1 million annual budget alone.

OperaDelaware was able to avoid the fate of Baltimore and other companies, in part because its headquarters and rehearsal hall are both in the Wilmington riverfront area. The Poplar Street building also allows an income stream from rentals. The company also enjoys a broader donor base than many opera companies.

 

The Heat is On

The economic environment in which arts administrators must operate today is a far cry from the 1980s and ’90s. Then, the financial services and development boom made life a tad easier— though, let’s face it, keeping arts venues vibrant and profitable has been and will likely always be challenging.

In the late 1990s, growing global competition forced long-time cultural mainstays to slash staffs, but Delaware’s arts group had a savior in Charles Cawley, the CEO of credit card giant MBNA. Cawley filled the financial gap. In addition to donations, organizations like MBNA “loaned” executives to various arts organizations and encouraged them to serve as active board members

That ended when Bank of America acquired MBNA in 2000, and nonprofits felt the impact soon after. While Bank of America remains a good corporate citizen, its priorities are different. It also lacks Cawley’s personal touch. The Delaware arts world still has a few saviors, namely Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, two philanthropists who all but rescued the DSO and generously support countless other venues.

The struggle remains, but arts leaders are seeing hopeful signs. Things are looking up at the Delaware Theatre Company, says Martin. Like Milburn and Cooke, Martin took the post in 2012. He comes from both an artistic and a business background, and has experience starting and selling businesses. Martin reports increased revenue ticket sales, as well as a successful opening play. But he acknowledges that the company is “climbing out of a deep hole.”

This year, the Delaware Theatre Company was able to sign noted actors, including Michael Learned and Peter Strauss, who headlined the season opener, “The Outgoing Tide.” Yet Martin also has trimmed costs and negotiated lower pay for actors, a necessity in the current economic environment.

 

Why Patrons Should Patronize

“Our challenge is finding the next generation of patrons,” says Martin, who says that no local performing arts organization can rely solely on ticket sales. At the same time, a strong box office offers the possibility that future patrons will emerge.

Philip Wescott, a consultant and former executive at Christiana Care, says another factor is the rapid growth of nonprofit organizations of all types that call on potential donors. The proliferation of such groups presents a challenge to companies and foundations.

“I think Delaware is unique in that we’re very used to the corporate support as always being there as the angel that will even out the gaps,” says Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, who works with small arts organizations.

Arts reps can ask businesses to encourage employees to volunteer or become board members of arts organizations, just as Cawley once did. It worked then; it could work now. Such moves can reduce reliance on corporate funds that have all but evaporated, she says.

She makes the case for corporate sponsors to consider supporting smaller arts organizations, which, she says, “Provide more bang for the buck.” Attribute this to lower overhead costs and large volunteer staffs.

Decreasing numbers of large donors also puts pressure on arts organizations to upgrade their boards and develop long-term plans that ensure stability, says Wescott. Board members must make sure that staffers control costs carefully, adds Martin.

With expenses getting under control and attendances inching upward, albeit slowly, arts executives are focused on the future. They are beefing up their education efforts because arts education remains a priority for corporate sponsors. That makes sense. Arts education will fuel that next generation of artists and patrons.

Rice is amazed by what her staff has accomplished with diminished resources. At the same time, she and other arts executives know that inspiring the next generation of supporters remains difficult. And a struggling economy isn’t helping.

Perhaps it would be wise if arts leaders found a way to communicate the need for the arts in society. Gov. Jack Markell put it best when he spoke at a recent arts summit. 

“A vibrant arts environment stimulates and sustains a richer quality of life and economic health,” he said. “In Delaware, where the arts are among our top 10 employers, we see how the arts contribute to the renaissance of downtown areas, enhance our educational system, and attract new businesses and residents to the state.”

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, concurs. “The arts inspire us, soothe us, provoke us, involve us, and connect us,” he said during a visit to Delaware.

If that’s the case, and given the world situation as it is, shouldn’t there be more butts in seats?

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Department

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a diabetes support group on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This support group is free and open to the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Department

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We're talking about what matters to YOU! Join us for an inspiring and provocative conversation with smart, interesting women (and men) while enjoying wine, hors d'oeuvres and soft...

Cost: $50/event or $99/series of 3 tickets

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Great Dames & Harry's Savoy Grill
Contact Name: Sharon Kelly Hake
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Each of us strives for happiness and peace in life.  We would like to experience peace and happiness in response to every action we perform. We feel happiness is my birthright. The path we...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Apartments Community Room (near pool)
2702 Jacqueline Dr.
Wilmington, DE  19810


Sponsor: Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidhyalaya
Telephone: 706-691-4666
Contact Name: Krutiben Aghera
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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“Supporting Engaged and Prospering Adolescents in a Challenging World” is a 90-minute seminar targeted to parents and caretakers. The workshop will present a simple, straightforward,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Back to Basics Learning Dynamics Inc.
6 Stone Hill Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Back to Basics Learning Dynamics Inc.
Telephone: 302-594-0754
Contact Name: Beverly Stewart
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
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MALCOLM BRUCE As the son of musician Jack Bruce (Cream), Malcolm has always been immersed in a musical environment. He grew up hearing and experiencing firsthand some of the finest musicians...

Cost: $12 + FEES

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
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Ud's Faculty Jazz is Todd Groves, saxohpone; Harvey Price, percussion; Craig Thomas, bass; and Tom Palmer, drums/piano.

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Center for the Arts (Gore Recital Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

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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Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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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 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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Tuesday October 11, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Strapless by Deborah Davis Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:00 am...

Cost: $20 per member / $30 per nonmember for the entire three-month series.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
W, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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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
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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
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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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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmer's Marke 25 vendors

Cost: Free

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Telephone: 302-945-3489
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmers Market Nov 8, 2016 - April 11, 2017  11 am- 2 pm 25 vendors Location:  East Coast Garden Center 30366 Cordrey Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 302-945-3489

Cost: frr

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Sponsor: East Coast Garden Center
Telephone: 302-945-3489
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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at The Academy of Vocal Arts 5:30 pm for refreshments, 6 pm music After sifting through hundreds of letters to Santa to find the perfect one for Lyric Fest’s 2016...

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

Where:
Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
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Do you want to learn how to make BEER soap? This is your chance! Join me for a fun and informative class @ Bellefonte Brewing Company. I will teach you how to create your own recipe and the...

Cost: 45

Where:
Bellefonte Brewing CO.
3605 Old Capitol Trail
C8
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Rocker Soaps + Herbals
Telephone: 302-544-0391
Contact Name: Rachel Binkley
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UD's early music ensemble performs music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Center for the Arts (Gore Recital Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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STREET CORNER SYMPHONY Celebrate Street Corner Symphony is a contemporary a cappella group based out of Nashville, Tennessee, founded on in 2010 to compete in NBC's all-vocal competition, The...

Cost: $18 ADV- $20 DOS + FEES

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

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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Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Wednesdays through September 28, 2016, October 12 & 29, November 9 & 26, December 7 &31 8:00 am – 7:30 pm   Itinerary: 8:00 am Customer Check In 8:45 am Boat departs Lewes 10:15am Bus...

Cost: $35

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes , DE  19958
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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

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

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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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
View map »


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
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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


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

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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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

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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
View map »


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

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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

More information

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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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
Website »

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

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

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Cost: Advanced tickets are available through the REP Box Office, 302-831-2204. $5-$15

Where:
Center for the Arts (Puglisi Orchestra Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $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

Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

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
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

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 »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

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
View map »


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

More information

Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

More information

Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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


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

More information

The 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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

More information

Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
Website »

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Join us for our bi-monthly open mic night, held the second Thursday of each month in October, December, February, April, June and August.  Pro-quality equipment provided: drum set, grand piano,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: The Music School of Delaware
Telephone: 302-762-1132
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
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"The Secret Sisters echo & promise better days. They are a breath of fresh air." - T Bone BurnettAbout a 20¬ minute drive is all that separated The Secret Sisters from being born in historic...

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
World Cafe Live At The Queen
500 N Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Stanford, Charles Villiers Stanford's Irish Rhapsody No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 78; Ralph Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto in F Minor, with Brian Brown, soloist; and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3...

Cost: Advanced tickets are available through the REP Box Office, 302-831-2204. $5-$15

Where:
Center for the Arts (Puglisi Orchestra Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

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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Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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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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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 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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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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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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Join us for our timeless holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies the classic story of an adventure to the magical Land of Sweets as the audience joins Clara on...

Cost: $18-$45

Where:
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
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Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-692-6402
Contact Name: Heather Conboy
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Cost: Free

Where:
Bayard Sharp Hall
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; 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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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

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

Cost: 0.00

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

Where:
Old State House
25 The Green
Dover , DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: First State Heritage Park

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TERRETTA STORM Terretta Storm is a powerful singer, songwriter to be reckoned with. Born in Chester, Pa, now residing in Wilmington, De, Terretta always knew that her purpose in life was to singer...

Cost: $10

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $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

Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

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

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Join the New Castle Historical Society and New Castle Presbyterian Church as they present the third annual Spirit of Christmas & A Dickens Experience!  Spend your Saturday,...

Cost: $0

Where:
Historic New Castle
25 E. 2nd Street
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: New Castle Historical Society, New Castle Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 302-322-2794
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Seatings: 9am and 10:30am Before loading his sleigh and starting his fast jaunt around the world, Santa has graciously agreed to stop at the Ferry terminal for a special breakfast with some of his...

Cost: $11-15

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

More information

Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

More information

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 »

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
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

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
View map »


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

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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


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

More information

The 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, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

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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: $18; Seniors (60+): $17; Children (2-12): $16; Children Under 2: Free

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Website »

More information

Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

More information

Join us for our timeless holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies the classic story of an adventure to the magical Land of Sweets as the audience joins Clara on...

Cost: $18-$45

Where:
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-692-6402
Contact Name: Heather Conboy
Website »

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Science Saturday – Tune into Science December 10 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Families work together to solve science mysteries and engineering challenges. Learn all about sound with some noisy...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

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Delaware Children's Theatre "Willy Wonka" Recommended for all ages, 4+ Roald Dahl’s classic story of a magic candy man’s exciting quest to find an...

Cost: $14

Where:
Delaware Children's Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302.655.1014
Contact Name: Jennifer Lunger
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Two exciting events rolled into one are planned to kick of the Holiday Season in Historic Mullica Hill Antique County this December 10 from 2 p.m. till 7 p.m. Our Annual Christmas House...

Cost: $8.00 Advance $10.00 Day Of

Where:
Mullica Hill Village New Jersey
Main Street Historic Mullica Hill
Mullica Hill, NJ  08062
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Sponsor: Mullica Hill Merchants Association
Telephone: 856-769-8125
Contact Name: Judith Salvino
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Milton Holiday House Tour - Saturday, December 10, 2016; 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm (rain, shine or snow) The Women’s Club of Milton (formerly the Milton Century Club) presents a tour of several of...

Cost: Tickets: $20 in Advance; $25 Day of the Tour.

Where:
Milton, Delaware
Milton, DE  19968


Sponsor: Women's Club of Milton
Telephone: 302-354-8470
Contact Name: Linda King
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Milton Holiday House Tour Saturday, December 10, 2016 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm (rain, shine or snow) The Women’s Club of Milton Presents: A tour of several of Milton’s most...

Cost: $20 in Advance; $25 Day of Tour

Where:
Milton, DE
Milton, DE  19968


Sponsor: Women's Club of Milton
Telephone: 302-354-8470
Contact Name: Linda King
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
Website »

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Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; Children Under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

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Runnin’ Late, a six piece Wilmington band that has dazzled music fans at Delaware’s top music venues since 2007, will bring a mix of favorite holiday tunes and original songs to World Cafe Live...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
World Cafe Live At The Queen
500 N Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $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

Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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