Latin

The Chicken House Charcoal Grill’s papa a la Huancaina.

A Love Affair With Latin Cuisine

Mexican food today is a misnomer. Among the tacos and burritos, there’s usually a mix of Tex-Mex, Mexican, Guatemalan and El Salvadorian specialties. And Delaware also boasts restaurants with a distinctive South American flair.

Agave
Known for: Throngs of people who wait on the sidewalk up to two hours for a table in summer. 
Insider tip: Fish tacos in a puffy taco, guacamole five ways, and bleu cheese/steak quesadillas top the charts, but try the chilies en nogada, roasted poblano peppers stuffed with ground tenderloin, fruits and spices, all topped with a cinnamon-nut sauce.
137 Second St., Lewes, 645-1232 

Cabo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar
Known for: Incorporating Veracruz-inspired dishes into the menu, including grouper with green rice, tomatoes, capers, chilies and zucchini.
Insider tip: Go for anything with smoked pork: pork burritos, pork enchiladas, pork burritos—you get the drift. Chile rellenos are stuffed with cheese and homemade chorizo then dipped in a tempura batter. Take the heat off with one of the small-batch tequilas.
210 Second St., Rehoboth Beach, 226-8226, cabo-restaurant.com

Cactus Café & Luna’s Cactus Cafe
Known for: South and Central American dishes with a little American tossed in for good measure.
Insider tip: Cactus (fajitas, Caesar salad and even in the seven-layer dip) is a fan favorite, as is the sea bass with red pepper butter. Don’t miss the homemade sangria, says owner Manuel Pavon, who’s been in business more than 20 years.
37 N. Dupont Hwy., Selbyville, 436-2750; and Luna’s Cactus Café, West Fenwick Station, No. 4, Del. 54, 436-4492, cactuscafedelaware.com

The Chicken House Charcoal Grill
Known for: Amazingly tender rotisserie chicken.
Insider tip: Start with “papa a la Huancaina,” sliced potatoes topped with a sauce made with yellow pepper, onions, garlic, cheese and milk. You can get chicken fried or a chicken sandwich. But why bother when there’s whole, half or quarter chicken that puts Boston Market to shame? Ask for extra aji, a spicy dipping sauce. A side of rice is fine for two, and you can also share a side of beans, which are bathed with a delicious sauce. (Leftover beans are great with eggs the next day.) Don’t expect lots of fresh veggies. Greens are limited to a pedestrian salad.
1224 Capitol Trail, Newark, 737-2426; 1504 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 793-1504, thechickenhouserestaurant.com

El Dorado
Known for: Baja, Calif.-style mahi-mahi fish tacos, which are battered, fried and wrapped in a corn tortilla.
Insider tip: Also try cureta Vallarda, a burrito with shrimp and chorizo; tres leches, a sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk, made from scratch; and ceviche. On Nov. 2, for Day of the Dead, El Dorado offers a dinner menu that might include tuna tacos or tamales.
18776 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 645-1596, eldoradorehoboth.com

El Jefe Restaurant & Mexican Grill
Known for: Offering 40-plus brands of tequila—“There are always new drink concoctions,” says owner Martin Ruiz, who purchased El Jefe (“The Boss”), then just seven months old, when the former owner went on vacation and never came back. 
Insider tip:  Expect healthy-sized portions for big appetites. The burrito ranchero is stuffed with rice, refried beans, chopped chorizo, roasted chicken, steak, onions and jalapeno with a spicy ranchera sauce. The signature dish is molcajete, a bowl brimming with grilled meats topped with peppers, cheese and scallions, all accompanied by rice, beans and tortillas. Join the Amigo Club for special offers, such as $10 off a $30 purchase. 
110 Astro Shopping Center, Newark, 894-9000, eljeferestaurant.com

El Tapatio
Known for: Turning an old convenience store into a Mexican mecca in the Holly Oak area on Philadelphia Pike.
Insider tip: Bypass all the standard combinations for the enchiladas verdes: three chicken enchiladas with green tomatillo sauce, chopped onions and Mexican cheese atop salad and rice. Tacos de pollo asado features grilled chopped chicken with soft tacos, lettuce, tomatoes and spicy pico del gallo and salsa verde on the side.
1700 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 791-9566, eltapatiode.com/restaurant

Juliana’s Kitchen
Known for: Getting a thumbs up from Craig LaBan, who covers food for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He called it “one of the best examples of authentic Peruvian cuisine one can find in this region.”
Insider tip: Juliana Jimenez, who grew up near Lima, brings her country’s cuisine to Wilmington. Many dishes are family recipes. Don’t overdo the addictive toasted corn snacks. Save room for the seafood ceviche, banana-leaf tamale and Peru’s take on a stir-fry made with marinated beef. Jimenez’s husband, Edwin, a co-owner, recommends the picarones (doughnuts) when they’re available, and bisteca apandao con Tacu Tacu (breaded, fried steak with rice and beans).
1828 W. 11th St., Wilmington, 888-1828

La Tolteca and La Tonalteca
Known for: Spreading throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania faster than a spilled jar of Mexican jumping beans.
Insider tip: By now, probably everyone has one, depending on your favorite neighborhood version of the chain. There are some slight menu differences, but basically, you’ll find enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas and a combination of the above, served with rice and beans on what your server will inevitably warn is a “hot plate.” The chips and salsa are addictive. Sour cream and iceberg lettuce salad is plopped on top of a dish. (Not a pretty sight when it’s all smooshed in a takeout container.) The predictability is why Delaware loves both versions of what is the state’s first well-known Mexican restaurant.
Multiple locations throughout the state, authenticmex.com

Margaritas 
Known for: Being Tijuana Taco reincarnated in a new location. That late, lamented Mexican spot on Lancaster Pike closed shop about a year ago, to howls of disappointment from enchilada enthusiasts.
Insider tip: The poblano mole is one of the best mole dishes in Delaware. Almost everything in this new restaurant is made from scratch, including the house-fried chips and the guacamole made fresh tableside. Watch for pozole specials and “sampler” plates, where you can explore the menu in one meal.
3320 Old Capitol Trail, Wilmington, 660-7915

Mariachi Restaurant
Known for: A beach view if you find just the right spot on the upstairs balcony.
Insider tip: Ask if seafood fajitas are available; they’re not on the menu. The pupusas—gorditas stuffed with pork and cheese—are little bundles of comfort. Fried plantains with sour cream are great to start or finish. Lengua al vino features sliced beef tongue in a Spanish cherry wine sauce.
14 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-0115, mariachirehobothde.com

Papa Grande’s
Known for: Waterviews in Fenwick Island from the second-level deck and a clever take on South of the Border street food.
Insider tip: Kudos to one of Delaware’s newest Latin restaurants for thinking outside the box with dishes such as the lamb mole torta, braised goat tacos and “hangover” seafood cocktail. Diners are delighted with the Mexican street corn spritzed with lime, rubbed with cream cheese, and slathered with cilantro, chili dust and sea salt. (Not a first date food.) Desserts include guava cheesecake.
38929 Madison Ave., Fenwick Island, 436-7272, papagrandes.com

Pochi Chilean Cuisine and Wine Bar
Known for: Cuisine from the 2,653-mile South American country that runs from the Andes to the Drake Passage, and wines primarily from Chile and Argentina.
Insider tip: Start with the scallop and shrimp ceviche, then try pastel de choclo, a beef-and-chicken casserole with black olives and hardboiled egg, topped with a basil-infused corn crust. Braulio Rojas, who owns Pochi with wife and chef Patricia Millan, says beer-steamed mussels with chorizo or seafood empanadas are a must when available.
220 W. 9th St., Wilmington, 384-6654, pochiwinebar.com

Santa Fe Mexican Grill
Known for: Proving that good gorditas are possible.
Insider tip: The two restaurants initially had menu variations to appeal to the areas’ different demographics. Now they’re becoming more uniform, in part so diners at both can get their fav sopa at either spot. Current hot sellers at both include the golden chimichanga (fried or grilled and stuffed with chicken, pulled beef or carnitas) and molcajete, skirt steak and chicken breast in a spicy pepper sauce served in a lava rock bowl with all the accoutrements.
190 E. Main St., Newark, 369-2500; 2006 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, 425-5200, santafemexicangrill.net

Taqueria Moroleon
Known for: Being one of the largest—188 seats—Mexican restaurants just north of the Delaware-Pennsylvania border.
Insider tip: Ole! Fish fajitas with mango sauce is a light option, but if you want to pile it on, go for Molcajete Norteno, which takes the lava rock bowl to the next level. Grilled skirt steak nests with spicy red salsa, tomatoes and roasted chilis, and it’s all topped with shrimp, black beans, grilled chorizo, grilled cactus and queso fresco.
9173 Newport Pike, Avondale, Pa., (610) 268-3066, taqueriamoroleonpa.com

 

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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sports Card & Collectible Show at Aetna Fire Hall on Jan. 22—sign up now! -Sports Cards McFarlane Figures Comic Books Non-Sports cards Wrestling Items Vintage Starting...

Cost: $2

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: A2Z Promotions
Telephone: 302-983-2636
Contact Name: Bob Harper
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Belly Dance Classes with Zahra Beginner & intermediate classes open to teens and adults Sundays in January starting Jan 8th Beginner: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Intermediate: 1 - 2 p.m (must get...

Cost: $15-$42

Where:
Take the Lead Studio
320 Lantana Drive
Hockessin , DE  19711
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Sponsor: Take the Lead
Contact Name: Zahra
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of 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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Ah, typecasting—the baritone is always the bad guy! In Devils, Drunks & Dastardly Dudes, we’ll go on an operatic journey of men behaving badly. We’ll add a tenor to the mix, too… but we...

Cost: $29-$59

Where:
OperaDelaware Studio
4 South Poplar St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: OperaDelaware
Telephone: 302-442-7809
Contact Name: Mary Wilcosky
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Come give curling a try! At this 2-hour intro-to-curling event we'll provide a basic lesson then coach you through a mini-game.  Whether you just want to cross #curling off your bucket list or...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Pond Ice Arena
101 John Campbell Rd
Newark, DE  19711
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

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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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ are...

Cost: Free

Where:
2nd and 3rd Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne and Stephanie Dumpson
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Guest speakers Patty Dailey-Lewis, executive director of the Beau Biden Foundation, and Delaware Family Court commissioner Loretta Young will discuss how participation in social media can too...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilmington University - Dover
Building A Auditorium
3282 N DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Wilmington University College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: 302-295-1164
Contact Name: Dr. Johanna Bishop
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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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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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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A four-week series of ballroom dancing classes taught by teachers from the BlueBallroom. Tuesdays starting Jan. 10. Classes are $30 a lesson for Non-Members. Non-Member slots are limited. For...

Cost: $30

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

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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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts January 19th, every other Thursday until March 30th This program is based entirely outdoors and is...

Cost: Cost: $30 for TLC members / $40 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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MARC BROUSSARD In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut; he called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and...

Cost: $22 SRO- $32 SEATED

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of 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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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of 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: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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January 28 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Science Saturday – Truss Me, You Won’t Fall! Become an engineer for the day. Design a bridge to hold as much weight as possible....

Cost: Activities are included in regular 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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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of 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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GRILLED CHEESE AND CRAFT BEER TASTING We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer – and paired them together in unexpected and...

Cost: $40

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 at  7:30 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 763 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087 Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square...

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

Where:
Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
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Fan favorite, Dick Smith, returns to the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society concert stage on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 for a show that is sure to bring the house down! Dick Smith has been a...

Cost: $15 Adults; $10 Students

Where:
John Dickinson High School Auditorium
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Telephone: 302-995-2603
Contact Name: Bob Dilworth
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The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society presents Dick Smith. For tickets, click here: http://www.dtoskimball.org/events-tickets/ticket-information/ For further information, please call us at...

Where:
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of 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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Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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MOTHERSHIP Mothership is the area's premier Led Zeppelin Tribute show. Composed of seasoned, professional musicians Mario Padovani - vocals, keyboards, Frank Ginocchio - drums, Chris Julian -...

Cost: 15

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
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