Meet the New Face of the Delaware Community Foundation

Stuart Comstock-Gay, who last year replaced longtime president and CEO Fred Sears, is charged with taking the organization to the next level.


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Stuart Comstock-Gay celebrates his first anniversary as president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation in February. // Photo by Joe del Tufo

Born in Nebraska, raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, and working in Washington, Baltimore, Boston, New Hampshire and Vermont before landing in Wilmington, Stuart Comstock-Gay has had 57 years to observe the distinctions and diversity that characterize the nation.

In his work and travels, he has discovered a uniform desire. “No matter where you live, you’re looking for the same thing: fairness, opportunity, safety, security,” he says. “We approach it in different ways, but if you peel off all the junk, you get down to that.”

Comstock-Gay, who celebrates his first anniversary as president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation in February, brings to the position the Midwestern sensibility he learned from his parents. “We helped people out, believed the best in people. We worked together, pitching in, helping where people need help. We wanted to be positive and productive,” he says.

That attitude, coupled with his experience with two similar foundations in New England, helps explain why he was hired following the retirement of Fred Sears, an iconic figure in Delaware banking, government and community service who led the organization for 13 years.

“We want to move in an expanded direction, and we needed someone as CEO who knew how to do this,” says Marilyn Hayward, chair of the foundation’s board of directors when Comstock-Gay was hired.

“With his unique experience in community foundations, he possesses exactly what we needed,” adds Tom Sager, the current chairman of the board.

Sager cites Comstock-Gay’s success in seven years as CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, where he “decided to take the show on the road and used data to make people aware of some of the challenges facing the state.”

Having run the foundation in Vermont and having held leadership posts at the New Hampshire Community Foundation before that, “Stuart knows the operation, and he knows what has to be done,” Sears says. 

Sears excelled at building the foundation’s financial base—it now manages a pool of 1,300 charitable funds with assets totaling about $250 million. Comstock-Gay’s mission, while continuing to grow those assets, is to target the $16 million or so the foundation awards in grants and scholarships each year so that it makes the greatest possible impact.

Delawareans are generally familiar with the state’s largest foundations—Longwood, Welfare and the Crystal Trust, all created by members of the du Pont family—but they can be forgiven for not knowing much about the Delaware Community Foundation, a relative newcomer to the state’s philanthropic scene. Established in 1986 at the suggestion of Pierre S. du Pont III, the foundation received startup funding from The News Journal Co. and its corporate parent, Gannett Co. A $2 million grant from the state followed in 1989.

The foundation is based on a model that has more than a century of history. The first community foundation was established in Cleveland in 1914. Similar organizations were created in major cities and smaller states in the decades that followed.

Unlike the du Pont foundations, legacies created by individual members of Delaware’s most prominent family, the Delaware Community Foundation assembles its assets from thousands of sources. 

“We work with businesses, individuals, families, nonprofits. Our goal is to help them achieve their charitable goals, whatever those goals might be,” Comstock-Gay says. While the du Pont foundations are best known for their support of big projects—supporting construction of hospitals and preserving cultural institutions, for example—the Delaware Community Foundation tends to make smaller grants to smaller organizations.

For example, when Wilmington businessman Frank Masley—best known for carrying the U.S. flag at the opening ceremonies in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo—died in September, his widow, Donna, and their children sought a way to honor his memory. After many friends posted on Facebook that people should “Be Like Frank,” the Masleys decided to create the Be Like Frank Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation.

By mid-November, about $10,000 had been contributed to the fund, Donna Masley says. The foundation will keep track of the contributions, thank the donors, invest the money and keep track of its balances—tasks that can be daunting and time-consuming for those who are unfamiliar with the laws and regulations governing charitable funds. “It’s a one-stop shop,” Masley says.

Because “we have a passion for scrappy nonprofits,” she says, Masley would like to see the contributions used to help organizations that serve low-income residents of Wilmington, especially those on the city’s Eastside, where Masley Enterprises makes high-performance gloves designed for use by the military and in the aviation industry. 

The foundation has several ways of making sure the money gets put to good use. Not only will it help Masley and others like her identify nonprofit organizations whose objectives match their philanthropic interests, but if several donors have an interest in supporting similar types of organizations, “we can pool that money and have a larger impact,” Comstock-Gay says. 

About 95 percent of the foundation’s grants are made at the direction of donors, according to its 2015 annual report, but that doesn’t mean they’re making decisions on their own. Both Sears and Comstock-Gay note that people who create funds at the foundation usually have a goal in mind, but they often don’t know which organizations need money the most or provide the best service.

“Someone will come in and say, ‘I want to do this,’ and we may say that’s not something we can do, but let’s talk about it, and we’ll figure out what we can do,” Comstock-Gay says. 

The foundation’s unrestricted fund, now called the Delaware Forever Fund, is used to address systemic community needs and facilitate collaborative efforts that can involve government agencies as well as nonprofits. Previous initiatives underwritten through the fund include the Delaware Anti-Hunger Coalition and the Delaware Aging Network.

In addition, about a year ago, the foundation created a data-filled website, DelawareFocus.org, loaded with information about the state’s population, its youth, its economy, its schools, its health and several other indicators. Because the foundation taps into this database to help identify needs throughout the state, it is also encouraging applicants for the grants it awards to use the data to help justify their funding requests.

Those who have found the database helpful include officials of the Longwood Foundation. “We’ve been using their dashboard to identify needs and to help point resources toward them,” says Thère du Pont, the foundation’s president.

According to Hayward, a yearlong statewide “listening campaign” conducted shortly before Sears announced his retirement led to the conclusion that not only should the foundation continue “its valuable work as a do-good bank and a place for people to be philanthropic,” but it was also “important to take a stronger active leadership role in the community.”

That stronger leadership role, Hayward and Sager say, will include increased interactions with the state’s larger foundations, like Longwood, Welfare and the Crystal Trust. 

To replace Sears, Hayward says, “we decided we needed someone as CEO with experience in the community engagement arena.”

“It’s all about leadership and energy,” says Sager. He notes that, compared to Delaware, “Vermont is a pretty large state.” (At 9,615 square miles, it’s nearly four times the size of Delaware.) Yet Comstock-Gay was frequently on the road, getting a better grasp of the state’s needs and showing prospective donors how their philanthropy could help. 

After interviewing candidates from Delaware as well as out-of-staters, “Stuart stood out head and shoulders above the others,” Hayward says, adding that “if we hired someone from outside Delaware, it must be someone with the interpersonal skills and savvy to deal not only with the fancy law firms in Wilmington, but also the farmers in Kent County and the Rehoboth resort community.”

Comstock-Gay has proven to be a quick study. 

“Kent and Sussex feel a lot more like Vermont than New Castle County,” he says.

Vermont doesn’t have large business institutions, like the DuPont Co. and the credit card banks, but it has “lots of tiny towns and tiny school districts,” he says.

While his experience in Vermont and New Hampshire has helped him feel comfortable downstate, his 14 years in Washington and Baltimore with the American Civil Liberties Union make him a good fit within the upstate legal and banking communities. 

He has taken easily to Wilmington, a city whose demographics are far different from any community in Vermont. “The world is diverse,” he says. “Vermont is gorgeous, but it’s almost all white people.”

Comstock-Gay spent his first five months in the city as a bachelor, as his wife Lucy stayed behind in Vermont to plan the backyard wedding of the couple’s middle daughter. They’ve now settled into a house in the Highlands, where he spends much of his spare time reading—when he and Lucy aren’t on the road visiting their three daughters, the oldest and youngest in Minneapolis and the newlywed in Rochester, N.Y.

“I like Wilmington,” he says. “It’s got diversity. It has cityness, and the scale where we ought to be able to do something. And I’m encouraged by the number of people who want to.”

Then Comstock-Gay catches himself, pausing as if to acknowledge that he shouldn’t be focusing only on Wilmington.

“My concern is the whole state,” he adds quickly. 

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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Forgeries—false works claiming to be genuine—aren’t expected to have much worth. As such, it may be surprising to learn that items once deemed worthless frauds and illegal acts can serve as...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 S. College Ave.
Special Collections Gallery
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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Husband and wife painters, Kirk McBride and Lynne Lockhart exhibit over 40 new paintings in a two-person show. Lynne is known for her expressive yet anatomically accurate oil paintings of animals...

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 Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C....

Cost: Free for members; Included in Museum Admission charge for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilminton, DE  19806
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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 »

More information

The intimate vision of each artist—a mingling of reality and invention—blends the natural world with abstract shapes. Whether in luminous or subdued colors, these forms conjure up a cityscape...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19350
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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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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Eleganza Luncheon & Fashion Show Wednesday, September 26 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Join us for our annual luncheon and fashion show, presented by the Ministry of Caring Guild and benefiting...

Cost: Contact Office

Where:
Hotel DuPont
42 W 11th St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Ministry of Caring Guild
Telephone: 302-652-5523
Contact Name: Cindy Gamble
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Since the early 20th century, abstract art has prompted audiences to consider how the materials, shapes and subjects found within an artwork form the viewer’s response to it. Abstract art...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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In recent years, the Arctic has occupied a central place in urgent climate change discussions. However, the Indigenous peoples of the region have long understood the need to respect an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Self-educated mineralogist George F. Kunz assembled several renowned mineral collections throughout his lifetime. This exhibition highlights the last of his assembled collections, purchased by...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mineralogical Museum
225 Academy Street
Penny Hall
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

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LURAY PRODUCTIONS NEW YEARS EVE Monday, December 31, 2018            7:30 PM - Midnight Minquadale Memorial Hall 129 East...

Cost: 70-80

Where:
Minquadale Memorial Hall
129 East Hazeldell Avenue
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: 302-559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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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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Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you see how we have repurposed historic work areas....

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

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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NEW DATE: Wednesday, September 26 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Location: Kingswood Community Center In partnership with Network Delaware, the Museum will present a Town Hall discussion on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kingswood Community Center
2300 Bowers St.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the colorful...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
Contact Name: Rebecca Moore
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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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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View the new exhibition “The World Is Following Its People: Indigenous Art and Arctic Ecology and meet several of the UD students who helped bring it to life as curators. This reception...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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By Peter Shaffer Directed by Steve Tague. Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten! Lettice is a vivacious tour guide at a rather ho-hum historical manor, who grabs and keeps tourists’ attention with...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Established Color, an exhibition of vibrant still life paintings by Thomas Del Porte, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 7-28, 2018. Del Porte received a 2018 Fellowship in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery in Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor
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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We’re very excited that it’s almost time for our 12th Annual Delaware FFA Foundation, Inc.’s Golf Tournament ! This year the tournament will take place on Thursday, September...

Cost: 450

Where:
Heritage Shores Club
1 Heritage Shores Circle
Bridgeville, DE  19933
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Sponsor: Delaware FFA Foundation
Telephone: 302-245-7882
Contact Name: Justin Bailey
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Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

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


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

More information

Husband and wife painters, Kirk McBride and Lynne Lockhart exhibit over 40 new paintings in a two-person show. Lynne is known for her expressive yet anatomically accurate oil paintings of animals...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Forgeries—false works claiming to be genuine—aren’t expected to have much worth. As such, it may be surprising to learn that items once deemed worthless frauds and illegal acts can serve as...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 S. College Ave.
Special Collections Gallery
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

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
Website »

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

The intimate vision of each artist—a mingling of reality and invention—blends the natural world with abstract shapes. Whether in luminous or subdued colors, these forms conjure up a cityscape...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19350
View map »


Website »

More information

In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C....

Cost: Free for members; Included in Museum Admission charge for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilminton, DE  19806
View map »

More information

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 »

More information

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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Get lost in a book during Mt. Cuba’s Story Time in the Gardens. Children are invited to visit the gardens on Thursday mornings for a story from a nature-themed children’s book. Intended for...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302-239-8883
Contact Name: Sara Stevenson
Website »

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

In recent years, the Arctic has occupied a central place in urgent climate change discussions. However, the Indigenous peoples of the region have long understood the need to respect an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Self-educated mineralogist George F. Kunz assembled several renowned mineral collections throughout his lifetime. This exhibition highlights the last of his assembled collections, purchased by...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mineralogical Museum
225 Academy Street
Penny Hall
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Since the early 20th century, abstract art has prompted audiences to consider how the materials, shapes and subjects found within an artwork form the viewer’s response to it. Abstract art...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

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The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

LURAY PRODUCTIONS NEW YEARS EVE Monday, December 31, 2018            7:30 PM - Midnight Minquadale Memorial Hall 129 East...

Cost: 70-80

Where:
Minquadale Memorial Hall
129 East Hazeldell Avenue
New Castle, DE  19720
View map »


Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: 302-559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
Website »

More information

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
View map »

More information

By Conor McPherson Directed by Ben Barnes  “Sharky” Harkin has returned to Dublin to gather with his brother and friends for a whisky-soaked Christmas Eve of companionship and poker.  When...

Cost: 15-32

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

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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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The Milton Historical Society’s 2018 King Cole Cannery Celebrity Chef Cook-Off takes place on Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front Street, Milton,...

Cost: $45 non-members and at the door; members $35 before September 25

Where:
Milton Fire Hall
116 Front Street
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Historical Society
Telephone: 302-684-1010
Contact Name: Kimberly Fabbri, PhD
Website »

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Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the colorful...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Contact Name: Rebecca Moore
Website »

More information

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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Each month, the DelArt Readers will select a book, collection of articles, or film with a creative slant. These boundary-crossing readings will provide opportunity to question, debate,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Our final Cigars & Stars dinner of the 2018 season! Join us for a fabulous dinner, premium open bar, live music and cigars by Black Cat, all under the stars on our beautiful outdoor...

Cost: 125.00 per person, inclusive

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Judy Champion
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7:30 p.m. Gallery Talks | 8:00 p.m. Concerts Concerts on Kentmere presents chamber music performances by Pyxis Piano Quartet, the Museum’s ensemble in residence. During their 10th anniversary...

Cost: $30 Members, $35 Non-Members, $25 Students.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Dueling Pianos at Uptown! features a new duo of talented and entertaining pianists every month. Audience driven so it's never the same show twice! Buy Tickets Here!  http://bit.ly/2LfcYtC  

Cost: $18-$23

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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By Peter Shaffer Directed by Steve Tague. Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten! Lettice is a vivacious tour guide at a rather ho-hum historical manor, who grabs and keeps tourists’ attention with...

Cost: 15-32

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


Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Established Color, an exhibition of vibrant still life paintings by Thomas Del Porte, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 7-28, 2018. Del Porte received a 2018 Fellowship in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery in Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

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


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

More information

Forgeries—false works claiming to be genuine—aren’t expected to have much worth. As such, it may be surprising to learn that items once deemed worthless frauds and illegal acts can serve as...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 S. College Ave.
Special Collections Gallery
Newark, DE  19717
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Husband and wife painters, Kirk McBride and Lynne Lockhart exhibit over 40 new paintings in a two-person show. Lynne is known for her expressive yet anatomically accurate oil paintings of animals...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C....

Cost: Free for members; Included in Museum Admission charge for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilminton, DE  19806
View map »

More information

The intimate vision of each artist—a mingling of reality and invention—blends the natural world with abstract shapes. Whether in luminous or subdued colors, these forms conjure up a cityscape...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19350
View map »


Website »

More information

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 »

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

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 for Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilminton , DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Art Museum

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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
View map »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

In recent years, the Arctic has occupied a central place in urgent climate change discussions. However, the Indigenous peoples of the region have long understood the need to respect an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Since the early 20th century, abstract art has prompted audiences to consider how the materials, shapes and subjects found within an artwork form the viewer’s response to it. Abstract art...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Self-educated mineralogist George F. Kunz assembled several renowned mineral collections throughout his lifetime. This exhibition highlights the last of his assembled collections, purchased by...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mineralogical Museum
225 Academy Street
Penny Hall
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

More information

LURAY PRODUCTIONS NEW YEARS EVE Monday, December 31, 2018            7:30 PM - Midnight Minquadale Memorial Hall 129 East...

Cost: 70-80

Where:
Minquadale Memorial Hall
129 East Hazeldell Avenue
New Castle, DE  19720
View map »


Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: 302-559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
Website »

More information

By Conor McPherson Directed by Ben Barnes  “Sharky” Harkin has returned to Dublin to gather with his brother and friends for a whisky-soaked Christmas Eve of companionship and poker.  When...

Cost: 15-32

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


Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

More information

September 28th at 5:30pm, Canine Training Workshop ATTENTION DOG OWNERS! Would you like tips on teaching and reinforcing basic obedience to your dog? Do you have any questions regarding your...

Cost: Free

Where:
Outside the Brandywine Zoo Education Building
1001 N Park Dr
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo AAZK Chapter
Contact Name: Katlyn Muse
Website »

More information

Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the colorful...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Contact Name: Rebecca Moore
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After a decade, the Tilton Mansion Preservation Society, Inc., Medical Society of Delaware and the University and Whist Club came together to bring back this prestigious award gala, in 2017. The...

Cost: $120/person

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N. Broom St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Tilton Mansion Preservation Society
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Count Manfredo di San Bonifaico will immerse you in an authentic Tuscan food and wine experience. Journey through over 1000 years of family history in winemaking as you taste all five of his...

Cost: $95.00

Where:
The Clubhouse at Baywood
32267 Clubhouse Way
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Sponsor: Creative Coastal Connections Corp.
Telephone: 302-245-4262
Contact Name: Stacy LaMotta

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NspireD, LLC proudly presents the KALEIDOSCOPE Survivors Ball: Celebrating the Beauty of Broken Pieces. This event is for women living with all types of cancer as well as caregivers, family,...

Cost: $50 before 8/31 & $65 until 9/15

Where:
DoubleTree Hotel
4727 Concord Pike
Unit 525
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: NspireD, LLC
Telephone: 610-812-9997
Contact Name: Nicolle D. Surratte
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Better Than Bacon performs in completely unscripted improvisational games, which are all driven by YOUR suggestions and interactions. Every word and every action is completely made up...

Cost: $15

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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By Peter Shaffer Directed by Steve Tague. Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten! Lettice is a vivacious tour guide at a rather ho-hum historical manor, who grabs and keeps tourists’ attention with...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Grab your cape and lace up your running shoes! The 1st Annual Asperger's Alliance Superhero Dash & Autism Resource Event is Saturday, September 28, 2018. The Superhero Dash is a family...

Cost: Walk/Run $25/$20 Autism Event Free

Where:
Glasgow Park
2275 Pulaski Highway
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Asperger's Alliance
Telephone: (302)285-9624
Contact Name: Rebecca Clark
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Husband and wife painters, Kirk McBride and Lynne Lockhart exhibit over 40 new paintings in a two-person show. Lynne is known for her expressive yet anatomically accurate oil paintings of animals...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C....

Cost: Free for members; Included in Museum Admission charge for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilminton, DE  19806
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The intimate vision of each artist—a mingling of reality and invention—blends the natural world with abstract shapes. Whether in luminous or subdued colors, these forms conjure up a cityscape...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19350
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EGYPTIAN FESTIVAL Please join us for our annual Egyptian Festival at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church of Delaware from September 29 to September 30. While you’re trying the Egyptian...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church
1644 Otts Chapel Road
Newark, DE  19702
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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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September 29 (Saturday) Iron Hill Powwow This event is to highlight native people (First Nations) that live in the tri-state area by having them share their crafts, dances, songs, games, and...

Cost: $5-adults, $4-students & kids, DAS-$2, kids under 4-Free, Scouts in uniform-Free

Where:
Iron Hill Museum
1355 Old Baltimore Pike
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Delaware Academy of Science, Inc.
Telephone: 130-236-85703
Contact Name: Maureen Zieber
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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In partnership with the Korean American Association of Delaware  Participate in a cultural exchange with activities and performances exploring both traditional and modern Korean culture and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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An indulgent food, wine and music experience that will ignite your senses!  Join us as we celebrate the very best of South Coastal Delaware with 20 top restaurants providing food paired with...

Cost: $75 $85 After September 4 $90 at door

Where:
Independence Clubhouse
23767 Samuel Adams Circle
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Sponsor: Creative Coastal Connections Corp.
Telephone: 302-245-4262
Contact Name: Stacy LaMotta
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Self-educated mineralogist George F. Kunz assembled several renowned mineral collections throughout his lifetime. This exhibition highlights the last of his assembled collections, purchased by...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mineralogical Museum
225 Academy Street
Penny Hall
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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In recent years, the Arctic has occupied a central place in urgent climate change discussions. However, the Indigenous peoples of the region have long understood the need to respect an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Since the early 20th century, abstract art has prompted audiences to consider how the materials, shapes and subjects found within an artwork form the viewer’s response to it. Abstract art...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
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LURAY PRODUCTIONS NEW YEARS EVE Monday, December 31, 2018            7:30 PM - Midnight Minquadale Memorial Hall 129 East...

Cost: 70-80

Where:
Minquadale Memorial Hall
129 East Hazeldell Avenue
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: 302-559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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By Conor McPherson Directed by Ben Barnes  “Sharky” Harkin has returned to Dublin to gather with his brother and friends for a whisky-soaked Christmas Eve of companionship and poker.  When...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the colorful...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
Contact Name: Rebecca Moore
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FORGED OF NATURE FASHION FUNDRAISER Saturday, September 29, 7 - 10 PM Enjoy a performance runway show presented by Ellen Durkan of Iron Maiden Forge and Shannah Warwick of BlckBts. Durkan...

Cost: $65 - $100

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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By Peter Shaffer Directed by Steve Tague. Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten! Lettice is a vivacious tour guide at a rather ho-hum historical manor, who grabs and keeps tourists’ attention with...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Best known for his starring role on the NBC comedy series “Undateable” and the Netflix special “Man on Fire,” Chris D’Elia brings his “Follow The Leader Tour” to The Event Center at...

Cost: $39-$59

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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Zahra Noor Presents A Night of North African & Middle Eastern Dance ​ Starring Nada El Masriya Saturday, September 29th, 2018 Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 8:30 p.m. ​ Location:...

Cost: $25

Where:
Wilmington Friends School Theatre
101 School Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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