UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Offers Classes for Students Over 50

Courses covering classic films, Asian history, digital cameras and more provide a diverse learning environment to satisfy any interest for Delaware’s academically minded 50 and older population.


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Betsy Dillon works on her painting of a cheetah at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Photograph by Ron Dubick

The opportunity to learn a foreign language is what drew Susan Flook, 62, to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware when she retired five years ago, but as she quickly discovered “there’s a lot more here than French and German.” Like courses in using digital cameras, in art appreciation, classic films, genomics, Asian history and much more.

Steve Dombchik, 70, who says he reads at least five newspapers a day, came to Osherfor the current events and history courses, but along the way he rediscovered his interest in playing music— something he hadn’t done since his college years. He has since learned to play the mallets and is a member of the Wilmington Osher Institute’s band. 

For Doris Gore, 88, Osher has been all about the arts, and this past semester she was enrolled in sculpture and watercolor courses. 

“There’s no single way to characterize the Osher program or the people who come here. People can be who they want to be here. They don’t need to do anything to fit into the program because the people make the program,” says Basil Maas, manager of Osher’s Wilmington program.

 

Photo by Kathy AtkinsonLearning for Enjoyment 

The Osher Institute at UD is a vital part of life for more than 3,000 men and women over 50 who attend courses at the program’s locations in all three Delaware counties.

It’s like a college experience for older adults—but without the papers, exams and students loans. It’s learning simply for enrichment and enjoyment. As at traditional colleges, classes are offered in the arts, humanities, business, science and technology. Students get involved with a host of extracurricular activities, too, including yoga and tai chi classes; various choral and instrumental musical groups; and bridge, Mah Jongg and book clubs.

Photo by Kathy Atkinson

“It keeps the gray cells percolating,” says Dombchik, who takes the maximum number of courses in the fall, spring and summer sessions in addition to leading Osher’s popular Great Discussions class. “I’m at Arsht Hall [in Wilmington] five days a week, sometimes all day long,” says Dombchik, who is involved in committee work as well.

Osher got its start back in 1980 when the University of Delaware established the Academy of Lifelong Learning at its Wilmington campus to provide intellectual and cultural opportunities for older adults. The popularity of the academy led to the opening of programs in Lewes in 1989 and Dover in 2010 and a satellite site in Bethany just last year.

Photo by Joel Plotkin

The Wilmington program remains the largest, with more than 2,000 members each semester. The Lewes program ranks second with some 500 members, many of them transplants who have retired to coastal southern Delaware. Newcomer Dover has about 120 members.

The academy, which is still affiliated with UD, was renamed Osher in 2010 after it received $2 million in fundingfrom the Bernard Osher Foundationand joined a network of Osher LifelongLearning Institutes that now numbers117 institutes in all 50 states.

For a flat fee (which varies by location and term), Osher members can take up to five courses per semester in Wilmington (three in Dover, unlimited in Lewes) and participate in as many extracurricular activities as they want. Financial assistance is available. The courses, which meet for 75 minutes once a week, are taught by other members bers, who receive a slight discount on their membership fee in return. Instructors include retired teachers and college professors as well as those who have developed an expertise in their field through work or longtime interest. Members also volunteer on the many committees that keep the program running smoothly.

The University of Delaware provides facilities for Osher students at its campuses in Wilmington and Lewes (the Dover program meets at the Modern Maturity Center) as well as an array of support services.

 

Photo by Karl Leck

Percolating with Energy

On a typical Tuesday in late fall, Arsht Hall is bustling. Many Osher students are hurrying to their next class. Some are congregating with friends in the lobby, while others have settled into the reading room with a book or magazine. The walls of the reading room, the hallways and any other available space are lined with the watercolors, oil paintings and sketches created by students. 

In one of the computer labs, a dozen students in the Advanced Windows Management class are learning about the various registry cleaners available to keep their computing systems running quickly and smoothly. In another, students are creating projects using desktop publishing software.

Students are listening to opera in a music class taught by Larry Peterson, professor emeritus of music at UD. In the Woody Allen course, they’re watching a documentary about the famous actor/director.

Jeanne Hanson, 66, is playing a recording in her Spanish 101 class while students sing along to “Cielito Lindo” and “Los Elefantes.” Languages are popular at Osher, and students have quite a breadth from which to choose. In Wilmington, there are not only numerous levels of Spanish, French and German, but also Latin, Greek, Chinese, Italian and Yiddish. One of the more popular courses in Dover is Don Blakey’s Swahili class.

Photo by Doug Baker

In one of the art rooms, Emily Reed, 71, and Cree Houspian, age undisclosed, are finishing up their oil paintings in an artists’ workshop. For both, creating art was a welcome change from how they’d spent their careers.

“My background was in chemistry,” Houspian says. “Art was a whole new area for me. Right now I’m taking courses in oil painting and watercolor, two art workshops and beginning Italian.”

Come lunchtime, students gather in the cafeteria at Arsht Hall for food and conversation. Osher isn’t just about taking classes, after all, it’s also about making friends.

“There’s a real sense of community here,” says Ruth Hochheiser, 64, a student in Wilmington. “Everyone loves being here and wants to be with one another. That’s the gift.”

Photo by Dick Burgess

Chris Blackstone, 57, agrees. “You meet people from all walks of life here. As long as you’re willing to talk and listen, you’re OK.”

Out in the lobby, an intermediate recorder class is giving a concert to an audience of dozens of their peers. Music courses and extracurricular groups are very popular at Osher, with as many as 22 percent of students participating in one or more musical activities, says Paul Hess, vice chair of academics. Add in those who take music appreciation courses and the participation rate jumps to 66 percent. In New Castle alone there is a 70-member concert band, an 85-voice chorus, a full-size jazz band, orchestra, brass ensemble, string ensemble and other smaller groups.

Hess directs the concert band. As with many of the other instructors at Osher, he is highly qualified, having spent his entire career as a music instructor at places like the University of Delaware, Lincoln University, Shue- Medill Middle School and Ursuline Academy. In addition to entertaining at Arsht Hall, as all the musical groups do, the concert band has performed with UD’s symphonic band and at local parks, churches and retirement homes.

Many of those who participate in the music groups hadn’t picked up an instrument since high school or college, Hess says. Career and family occupied their time, but once they had the chance, they migrated back to music. For others, it’s the opportunity to begin for the first time. Music is a great activity for older adults, Hess adds. “There’s a lot of data that playing an instrument, being involved with music, stimulates the brain. 

 

Photo by Emily ReedRetirement Enriched

Many people migrate to Osher after retirement, but for Dombchik, the existence of Osher was a big incentive to retire.

“I had already been considering early retirement. Then one day I went to Arsht Hall and saw all the available courses listed on the bulletin board there. I was more thrilled with the program than I was with my job at DuPont, so I took early retirement.”

A fellow DuPonter, Jim Higgins, 67, says that he actually began coming to Osher even before he retired, spending his lunch hours taking courses and making new friends.

 Maas says he’s been told by numerous transplants to the Delaware area that the existence of Osher here was part of what led them to retire to Delaware.

The average age of Osher students is 70, but Anna Moshier, program coordinator for the Lewes program, predicts that the average age will decrease as more baby boomers retire. “As one of our members said to me, ‘We don’t want to sit at home and get old. We want to be active.’”

The energy is palpable at Osher, adds Flook. “It’s about beginnings here as much as anything else.”

 

Register Now

There’s still time to register for the spring semester at Osher’s Wilmington and Dover sites, which begin classes Feb. 4 and Feb. 26 respectively. Most classes began in Lewes and Bethany Beach Jan. 14, but some begin Feb. 22.

For more information on the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning, go to lifelonglearning.udel. edu. In Wilmington, call 573-4417, or stop by Arsht Hall at 2700 Pennsylvania Ave. Dover classes meet at the Modern Maturity Center on Forrest Ave., 734-1200, ext. 168. The Lewes/ Bethany program is centered at the UD Lewes campus, 820A Savannah Road, 645-4111.

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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

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Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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June 20 – Wednesday – 5 to 8 p.m. Bike, Hike, & Brews Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley property normally closed to foot traffic. Bring a...

Cost: Admission is $3 per person and free for members and children five and under.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Enjoy a 1 hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is...

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Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
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Trace, an exhibition of black and white fine art photography by Carlos Alejandro, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 1-29, 2018. A free opening reception to meet the artist will be...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Rachel Altschuler, Jim Barwick, Mary Ann Weselyk ~ New Paintings Wine & Cheese Opening Reception Friday June 1, 5 – 8 PM Bird paintings brought to life with attention to detail and bold color...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature....

Cost: $10

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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Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House, will hold a Parkinson’s education and support group on Thursday, June 21 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the...

Cost: 0

Where:
Manor House
1001 Middleford Road
SEAFORD, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x. 3838
Contact Name: Tara Trout

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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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GUARDIANS OF THE IMAGE MAKER Group Exhibition & Programs Commemorating The 1968 Riots April 6 - June 29, 2018 Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018                      5 - 9 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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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Story Time Thursdays 10:30 - 11 a.m. Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft,...

Cost: $7 - $0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services hosts lymphedema support groups on the third Thursday of each month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center located at 600 N. Market...

Cost: 0

Where:
Seaford Library & Cultural Center
600 N. Market Street Extended
SEAFORD, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services
Telephone: 302-629-6224
Contact Name: Robert Donati
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Every Thursday in June  (June 7, 14, 21 and 28) and July (July 5, 12, 19, 26), 4:30-8 p.m. The Delaware Museum of Natural History is extending hours every Thursday in June and July for you to...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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June 14, 21, & 28 July 12, 19, 26 August 9, 16, 23 & 30 5:00–9:30 pm On all other Thursdays, June–August, join us to stroll through the Follies exhibition or to take a twilight tram tour of...

Cost: members free, $10 per nonmember

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Enjoy live music on the terrace with friends or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights will be scheduled...

Cost: Museum galleries are open with free admission every Thursday from 4–8 pm

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Slow down, settle your mind, and step into the tranquility of the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. Visitors can enjoy a variety of seasonal walks throughout the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

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Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Tavern Talks: Enlightened! On Thursday, June 21st from 7-9 p.m., enter into the “Age of Reason” with our latest Tavern Talks theme of the enlightenment! To be sure you are well-informed, our...

Cost: $15 for CFHS members and $20 for non-members

Where:
Barns-Brinton House
630 Baltimore Pike
PO Box 27
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-388-7376
Contact Name: Allison Schell
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

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Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Come join Truly Spiked & Sparkling as they bring free yoga to Constitution Yards Beer Garden this spring and summer! Participate in an hour long class on the third Thursday of every month thru...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Constitution Yards
308 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale June 22nd & 23rd, 2018   Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and books.

Cost: 1234

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: CV Residents Association
Telephone: 302-740-0192
Contact Name: John Prince

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Trace, an exhibition of black and white fine art photography by Carlos Alejandro, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 1-29, 2018. A free opening reception to meet the artist will be...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale June 22nd & 23rd, 2018   Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and...

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: CV Residents Association
Telephone: 302-740-0192
Contact Name: John Prince

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Rachel Altschuler, Jim Barwick, Mary Ann Weselyk ~ New Paintings Wine & Cheese Opening Reception Friday June 1, 5 – 8 PM Bird paintings brought to life with attention to detail and bold color...

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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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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GUARDIANS OF THE IMAGE MAKER Group Exhibition & Programs Commemorating The 1968 Riots April 6 - June 29, 2018 Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018                      5 - 9 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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June 22 – Friday – Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks at Hagley Presented by M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust Don’t miss Delaware’s best fireworks show! This members-only event is held each...

Cost: Tickets must be purchased in advance

Where:
Hagley Museum
298 Buck Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale June 22nd & 23rd, 2018   Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and books.

Cost: 1234

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: CV Residents Association
Telephone: 302-740-0192
Contact Name: John Prince

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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale June 22nd & 23rd, 2018   Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and...

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: CV Residents Association
Telephone: 302-740-0192
Contact Name: John Prince

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June 23rd 9am-1pm, Go Wild for Rescues adoption event Are you looking for a new furry best friend?  The Brandywine Zoo Chapter of AAZK is hosting the first annual Go Wild for Rescues adoption...

Cost: Free

Where:
Outside the Brandywine Zoo Education Building
1001 N Park Dr
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo AAZK Chapter
Contact Name: Katlyn Muse
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Rachel Altschuler, Jim Barwick, Mary Ann Weselyk ~ New Paintings Wine & Cheese Opening Reception Friday June 1, 5 – 8 PM Bird paintings brought to life with attention to detail and bold color...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Riverfront Wilmington Flea in the spring? How exciting! Shake off the gloomy cold and get outdoors and do something fun..you've become a couch potato!https://​www.firststatef​lea.com/

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801

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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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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GUARDIANS OF THE IMAGE MAKER Group Exhibition & Programs Commemorating The 1968 Riots April 6 - June 29, 2018 Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018                      5 - 9 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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This workshop explores drawing on location, infusing the subject with both fact and feeling. Students will learn how to identify stories to document focusing on time, emotions and passion. As...

Cost: $110 Members, $130 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Escape Brandywine is a new, historically-immersive Escape Room presented by the Chadds Ford Historical Society! Designed like other popular escape room games, Escape...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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'We're all mad here' at The Whist! Join us Saturday June 23rd for 'Wonderland at The Whist' from 1-3pm, outside on The Whist grounds. Enjoy Tea, Tea Sandwiches, Scones and Cupcakes while...

Cost: $35/Adult — $20/Children 5-12yrs

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: (302) 658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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June 23 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Science Saturday – Mathematics in Nature Learn about Fibonacci sequences and discover how mathematics is everywhere in nature. Visitors of all ages are...

Cost: Included in admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Much like sit-ins, where people band together to make the case for change, the Wilmington Write-in aims to spark conversation and community through public storytelling. Held at the Clifford Brown...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801


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Enjoy a tour of the Museum’s Collection focused on an intriguing theme.  Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23: Local Pride: Art and Artists From Greater Wilmington 

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Delaware All-State Theatre (DAST), a not-for-profit theatrical organization, will present EVITA the last two weekends in June. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, EVITA is winner...

Cost: $12 for Students, $18 for Seniors and Military, $22 for Adults

Where:
Laird Performing Arts Center
1501 Barley Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware All-State Theatre
Telephone: 302-635-0754
Contact Name: Jeffery Santoro
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