Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams’ Hope (and Plan) for Change

As a rookie cop on the city’s South Side in the ‘70s, Williams confronted crime head-on. As mayor, nothing changes.



photo by Michael Sahadi

Dennis Williams made his bones as a rookie cop on the mean streets of Wilmington’s South Side.

In 1976 the area around A and B streets—near the river—was something of a war zone. That’s where the former center fielder and cornerback for P.S. duPont High School, all of 5-9 and 145 pounds, pounded a beat alone, his weapon and his radio his best friends. Often, before he left the police locker room to begin his shift, he would hit his knees and pray.

“Guys laughed at me all the time,” says Williams. “But you know what? I’m still here.”

The rookie proved to be a quick study. In less than two years, he had made detective. One of his partners, Marty Hageman, remembers Williams’ passion for his hometown.

“You’re in the car a lot,” says Hageman, now director of Downtown Visions, “getting from point A to point B—wherever your investigations take you—and Dennis would sometimes say, ‘I would really like to be the mayor of this city someday.’ And I would ask him why, and he would say, ‘I’d really like to make a change. There’s so much that needs to be done that isn’t done, and it’s  not coordinated.’” 

The partners were close friends, says Hageman, “So of course I would tease him and say, ‘Oh, Den, you’ll never be mayor.’ But he somehow felt he would. It was like a dream to him.”

On his 60th birthday—Jan. 8, 2013— that dream came true. Williams was sworn in as the 55th mayor and the first native-born Wilmingtonian since Bill McLaughlin (1977-84) to assume that office.

Crime was virtually the only issue in the mayoral campaign, not surprising for a city that was labeled “the most dangerous city in America” by Parenting magazine.

The ex-cop was given a clear mandate (and an endorsement from the State Fraternal Order of Police), easily winning the five-person Democratic primary, which is tantamount to election in Wilmington. He rolled to a 25,000-vote margin in the general election.

He enters the office after serving continuously in the Delaware House of Representatives since 1995, when he won a special election to fill out the term of Orlando George Jr., who resigned as representative of Wilmington’s First District to become president of Delaware Technical Community College. In a district of 21,000 residents, Williams won that first election over Republican Karen Miller by a count of 1,757 to 897, and has been unopposed in every general election since except in 2008, when he crushed Republican James McClain Jr.

If, as Hageman says, being mayor was always Williams’ dream, the obvious question is, why did he wait so long to seek it? The answer reveals the shrewd politician who always seems to be dressed in a suit and tie.

“When you have good political sense,” Williams says, “you don’t want to take incumbents on, you look for the open seat, and that way you don’t ruffle a lot of feathers either. Timing is everything.”

Williams takes over for three-term Mayor James Baker, who couldn’t run again due to the three-term limit. Despite Baker’s bizarre behavior during his last year in office, he worked well with Williams’ transition team, and the new mayor hit the ground running, making key appointments a day after the election. He named the city’s first female police chief, Capt. Christine Dunning, a 26-year veteran, to replace Michael J Szczerba. For fire chief, he picked Anthony Goode, who was promoted from battalion chief to replace Willie Patrick Jr.

Williams, the father of three girls, has said his administration will include “younger people and females.” At one press conference, he said, “The day of the grouchy old men in the room is over.”

Among his other appointments were Alexandra Coppadge as communications and media relations director and John Matlusky as chief of staff. A 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Coppadge has worked as a television and radio reporter and as a constituent relations liaison in Gov. Jack Markell’s office. She is the daughter of Family Court Judge Arlene Minus Coppadge. A former Republican national committeeman, the 44-year-old Matlusky was a policy attorney and chief of staff in the state House of Representatives.

Matlusky went to work in Dover in 1997 and met Williams soon afterward. “I was impressed with him,” says the Salesianum graduate. “One thing I liked was that he’s a decisive leader. A lot of politicians will say yes to everybody, or they’re good at kicking the can down the road. There are times when you’ve got to say no. Dennis has an ability to do that more than a lot of other elected officials.”

Matlusky believes Williams has the ideal résumé to be mayor of the city of 72,000. “Besides his police background, he has experience on the budget side of things,” he says, referring to Williams’ co-chairmanship of the powerful House Joint Finance Committee and chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee in the General Assembly. 

A financial grounding will come in handy for a mayor who faces a $5.5 million deficit and a struggling business climate. 

Williams appears not to be intimidated by the economic challenge. “As chairman of the JFC, I had an $800 million deficit four years ago. I got out of that nonsense, and we’ll get through this.”

During the campaign, he said his first act would be “to conduct a top-down review of city government and audit the books,” in an effort to “eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.” While that may save some money, it’s doubtful it will make up a significant portion of the deficit. That in turn raises the possibility of increased taxes, which Williams claims is a last resort. “I think city residents have been taxed enough over the last 12 years,” he told The News Journal.

The business community representsanother possible revenue source. Months before he took office, Williams formed a Business Roundtable of 35-plus members. He says they will serve as “a sounding board for new initiatives to grow business and jobs in the city.” He contends that businesses have been frustrated with the city’s regulations and bureaucracy, both of which he hopes to reduce. Matlusky is more direct. “Over the last few years, I think there’s been a little bit of alienation with the business community in terms of dealing with the city.” He says Williams is “more customer-friendly” than the previous administration and views both businesses and private citizens as “customers, not constituents.”

Fellow Democrats control the power in county, state and federal offices, and Williams has reached out to them, seeking alliances—particularly around crime issues. He says the city may share resources, including police, with New Castle County, which is once again under the direction of fellow ex-cop Tom Gordon. And in mid-November, the new mayor and Matlusky went to Washington for meetings with the Department of Justice and other federal agencies. The meetings were arranged by Sen. Chris Coons.

Says Matlusky: “You’re going to see a lot more collaboration between Wilmington and the U.S. Attorney and the state Attorney General’s office and some federal agencies, which hasn’t been happening [recently].”

Collaboration with experts from both the public and private sectors was a thread that ran through a post-election interview at P. S. duPont Middle School, an interview in which Williams showed he’s far more than simply a law-andorder mayor. 

Education is a key issue for Williams, who in 1999 got the final credits needed for his associate degree in criminal justice from Delaware Tech.

“A 59 percent dropout rate is deplorable,” he said. “If we don’t stem the tide of these dropouts, you can make all the arrests you want, nothing’s going to change. Because when folks are not educated, they feed right into the criminal justice system. It’s a proven fact. It’s a revolving door.”

He said he would talk to the superintendents and set up a roundtable of counselors and teachers “who have worked with problem kids who have been arrested, been in and out of the system, and pick out the things we think will work.”

Williams even demonstrated knowledge about a low-profile but potentially serious issue that never came up during the campaign: flooding in low-lying, mostly poor areas of the city. According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, a large portion of South Wilmington lies within the 100-year floodplain, and many locations experience chronic flooding issues. (Mortgage holders on properties within the 100-year floodplain, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, require owners to carry flood insurance.)

“Southbridge is on a floodplain like New Orleans,” says Williams. “I have never understood why the Army Corps of Engineers hasn’t come in to take a strong look at that. We are going to advocate for that. We are going to bring in some engineers— some we may have to pay, some we may ask to volunteer—because if we ever have a major storm like Sandy, and we don’t get people out quick enough, the death toll could be severe, never mind the economic devastation.”

Still, crime is the vortex around which all of Wilmington’s problems swirl. Cut crime, and more businesses and visitors will come to the city, bringing more funds for municipal coffers. Take drugs and guns off the streets, and more kids will stay in school. 

Wilmington to the bone, the native son is confident he’s the right man for the job of stopping his city’s 16-year rise in violent crime. “One thing I know how to do, I know how to fight crime,” he says. “I don’t want to tell the criminal how I’m coming at them, but you’re going to see a major change, a major change.” 

Williams promises to provide the police with “the best training, the best leadership, the best equipment and support,” along with a new command structure that will energize them.

Marty Hageman waxes downright philosophical when predicting his former partner’s impact on his hometown: “Dennis sticks to it until he solves the problem. I think we’re going to see a new city arising.”

Echoing that optimism, Williams seems to hark back to his days as a rookie cop when he speaks of Wilmington’s future.

“We’ll get through this, I’m telling you, we will. All we have to do is persevere, stay focused, don’t panic, and call on the good Lord every now and then.”

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Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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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
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
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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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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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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

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

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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

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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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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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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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This literature discussion of "Lovely, Dark, Deep" by Joyce Carol Oates, led by author and educator Dr. Myrna Nurse, is part of a nationwide and statewide celebration of the Pulitzer Prize...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware Memorial Hall
170 The Green
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Delaware Humanities Forum
Telephone: 302-657-0650
Contact Name: Ciera Fisher
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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 Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to collaborate with the American Association of University Women Coastal Georgetown Branch and the League Of Women Voters® Of Sussex County to present...

Cost: $9

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: 19958
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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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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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
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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“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 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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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

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

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

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

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

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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Wednesday, November 30 12:15, Rotunda Join us for a talk focusing on the early manual techniques exemplified by Currier & Ives. Joan Irving, paper conservator at Winterthur, will look closely at...

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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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 will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on November 2, 9, 16, and 30 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program may be...

Cost: Call for cost.

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 Dept.

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Wednesday November 30, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Galleries Reception Atrium. Help ring in the jazz series and welcome back Ron Cole Trio on November 30.  Cash wine and beer bar; fruit and cheese for...

Cost: Free - $15

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 »

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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Have you ever wondered how to make soap. This is your chance!. Please join Rachel Binkley of Rocker Soaps + Herbals for a fun and information filled class. We will make Goat's Milk soap, learn how...

Cost: 45.00

Where:
pin Hide Map It's All About You Massage & Bodywork
1170 S Dupont Blvd
Smyrna, DE  19977
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Sponsor: Rocker Soaps + Herbals
Telephone: 302-544-0391
Contact Name: Rachel Binkley
Website »

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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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“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

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

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

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

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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Caroling with local school groups & local dignitaries Tree Lighting Ceremony Fun Activities! Free Hot Chocolate & Cookies! Visit from Santa Claus Canned Food Drive to support...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Downtown Dover
Loockerman Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 302-734-7513
Contact Name: Cristal Brenneman
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Pages of Time: Mother & Daughter Book & Craft Club Thursday November 3, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple...

Cost: $25-35

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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"A Soul Opera...telling stories of love & life through songs and poetry!"Local and regional artist perform dramatic stories of love and life using a unique blend of poetry and songs backed by a...

Cost: 20

Where:
World Cafe Live At The Queen
500 N Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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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

More information

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 »

More information

The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. This razor-sharp satire won the...

Cost: $15 - $30

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

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WYLDER Embracing the best elements of indie pop and folk, Washington, D.C.’s Wylder instills clear and memorable melodies against a layered acoustic backdrop. Through an eclectic mix of stormy...

Cost: $10

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Gable Music Ventures
Telephone: 215-222-1400
Website »

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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 »

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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It may be called Parents’ Night Off, but let’s be honest…it’s really for the kids! Each night has a different theme, so we’ll do something new every time. Experiments, movies, games, arts...

Cost: $20 for Members, $25 for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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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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Penns Woods Winery's 6th Annual Ugly Sweater Party! December 2nd 6:30pm to 9:30pm Entrance is $35 and includes a glass of wine from our tasting menu, finger foods, holiday sweets, and a holiday...

Cost: $30 early bird until November 1st, $35 online until Dec. 1st, & $40 at the door

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Penns Woods Winery
Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Andrea
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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 Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. This razor-sharp satire won the...

Cost: $15 - $30

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

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Cost: 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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BJ BARHAM B.J. Barham was a long way from home when the tragedy happened.On November 13, 2015, the singer-songwriter—raised in a small North Carolina town called Reidsville—was in the middle...

Cost: $12 ADV- $14 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
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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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Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North
Dover , DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: First State Heritage Park

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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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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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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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Select your Christmas tree in style with a ride aboard the Christmas Tree Train at Strasburg Rail Road. Travel aboard an authentic, vintage steam train to Leaman Place Grove to select a fresh-cut,...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 11 and under) $1

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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“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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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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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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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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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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Enjoy a very special pancake breakfast at DMNH, and then visit with Santa! Get your picture taken with Santa and let him know if you’ve been naughty or nice.  Afterwards, enjoy the afternoon at...

Cost: $5 plus Museum admission; $5 for DMNH Members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-536-5395
Contact Name: Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery
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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
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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Wilmington, DE, October 27, 2016 – AIDS Delaware presents the 2016 World AIDS Day Summit! The Summit will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Delaware Technical Community College,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Technical Community College
300 N. Orange St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: AIDS Delaware
Telephone: 302-652-6776
Contact Name: Iris McKenney
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John H. Porter - First State Chapter - Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated invites you to a luncheon celebration honoring the Late Dr. Luna I. Mishoe. Dr. Mishoe was the 8th president of Delaware State...

Cost: $45

Where:
Delaware State University
1200 N Dupont Hwy
Martin Luther King Building
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-335-4064
Contact Name: Peggy Swygert

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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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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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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. This razor-sharp satire won the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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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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The Nutcracker performed by The Ballet Theatre of Dover! Saturday December 3rd at 2:00 and 7:00 PM Sunday, December 4th at 2:00 PM Come join the magic of the season with The Nutcracker!    ...

Cost: $misc

Where:
Schwartz Center
226 South State Street
Dover, DE  19901
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UD's Children's Choirs, University Singers and Concert Choir perform holiday choral music

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

Where:
Amy duPont Muisc Building (Loudis Recital 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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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 Dickinson Theatre Organ Society presents Scott Foppiano's Christmas Concert. For tickets, click here: http://www.dtoskimball.org/events-tickets/ticket-information/ For...

Where:
, DE

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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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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. This razor-sharp satire won the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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GREG JONES PROJECT Between his husky voice, precise guitar playing and down-to-earth presence, Greg Jones generates a connective musical experience that hangs in the balance of an intimate improv...

Cost: $10 + 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
View map »


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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