In Arden, a Run-Down Rancher Receives a Stunning Makeover

Here's how a local architect infused an unfinished abode with a California-cool energy.


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The kitchen is part of the living area.//Photo by Carlos Alejandro

 

More than 3,000 miles away and 50 years after architecture icon Frank Gehry infused design with a hip, spare California vibe, Chuck Dobbs found a dilapidated rancher in Arden. Dobbs, also an architect, set about transforming the house into an open, contemporary space strengthened structurally and aesthetically with reimagined industrial materials.

“I call it West Coast Casual,” he says. “It’s a cultural mindset that says that trying new things and new approaches is both liberating and inspirational.”

When he bought the house in 2001, it was essentially a gut job—which was precisely what he wanted.

At just under 2,000 square feet, the house was a warren of small rooms, some of which had remained unfinished for 40 years after the original owner stopped mid-stream during the construction process.

“The house had three small bedrooms, and the public areas were divided up into three small separate rooms: living room, dining room and a kitchen,” Dobbs says.

A DIY project

First, Dobbs carved out space for a bedroom so he would have a place to sleep while he worked on the house.

Then he established a central core by combining the three public spaces into one living-dining-kitchen space, or LDK, years before open-concept living gained popularity. He also joined two tiny bedrooms into one larger master bedroom.

“As part of the opening up of the LDK, we removed the attic above these areas to have a cathedral ceiling,” he says. “To compensate for the loss of the bracing originally provided by the attic floor, we installed steel cable collar tiles.”

That is one of several industrial elements Dobbs incorporated throughout the house. Steel cables also are the hanging support for a one-of-a-kind chandelier made from a rectangular glass panel that hangs over the dining table. Mounds of broken tempered glass arranged on top of the panel diffuse spotlights stationed above the chandelier.

“We also used a line of steel cables for the divider between the up and down stair flights,” he says.

Dobbs crafted a modernist dining table, welding together an industrial-inspired base from beams. Strategically placed hockey pucks cushion the massive, plate glass top from the base. Lucite dining chairs are anchored on stainless tube bases.

In the kitchen, an island is sheathed in corrugated metal. It provides storage and space for a wine fridge. As cabinetry, Dobbs installed stock maple cupboards below the countertops. He made the uppers by building maple frames around aluminum diamond plate panels, commonly seen on fire engines and tow trucks. Slabs of concrete with rounded edges form the countertops. Overhead, there’s a pot rack made from an old wood-clad water pipe.

Bamboo floors and a ceiling made of plywood unify the living area.//Photo by Carlos Alejandro

Lofty ideas for the ceiling

In the living area, lean and spare seating—a textured woven gray sofa and a velvet chair with stainless base—is stationed in front of a slate fireplace. A glass cocktail table appears to float above a fluffy white area rug reminiscent of a cloud. Dobbs made the players on the chess board from industrial nuts and bolts.

Bamboo floors and a soaring ceiling made from 4-by-4 foot panels of plywood unify the space, another nod to West Coast style.

“We once had a friend with fairly traditional tastes look up and say, ‘When are you going to finish the ceilings?’” he recalls. “We pointed out that if you look a little closer it has a gloss finish.”

He salvaged as much as he could from the original house, repurposing wood trim and reinstalling beams from the attic in the entry. The stained glass panel in the loft came from his boyhood home in New Jersey.

The house was nearly complete when Dobbs met his wife, Madeline, who gradually put her stamp on it. She is a real estate agent who studied interior design and is skilled in staging homes.

She persuaded her husband to bump out the living room an additional three feet, giving the LDK a more spacious layout.

The couple gave up an attached garage in order to gain a casual den for watching television. An unfinished basement was reinterpreted as a guest suite with a sitting room, bedroom, bath and private entrance. It is ideal for extended visits from grown children.

“I really love how Madeline and I approach our creations from unique perspectives,” he says. “I am the throw-the-spaghetti-against-the-wall guy to see what we get. Madeline is the force that looks at what we have created and says, ‘This thing is getting stale or needs improvement.’ She then proceeds to work her creative urges and ends up with something more wonderful than before.”

Madeline also suggested refinishing dark red kitchen counters in pale cream with bold dark stripes, a fresh riff on marble graining.

“This gave the kitchen a whole new and much more radiant and light look,” he says.

It’s a pragmatic surface, too, a must for a couple who enjoy cooking together. “It feels like marble. It has that cool sensation,” Madeline says.

Dobbs designed a porch with a raised decorative concrete retaining wall and paver systems. The canopy is supported by columns made from spiral aluminum drainage pipes.//Photo by Carlos Alejandro

The porch was an addition intended to engage passing
neighbors.//Photo by Carlos Alejandro

Commercial inspiration

They ordered boxes of commercial carpet squares in several colors and went to work putting down a unique pattern on the floor of an office loft. “We set them down randomly and let the design evolve,” she says.

Outdoors, the removal of a septic tank provided an opportunity for a design feature. The couple brought in tons of Pennsylvania bluestone and created a koi pond. A fire pit allows them to enjoy the outdoors in cooler months. “We do s’mores and have a really nice cocktail,” Madeline says. “It’s the perfect night.”

For the exterior of the house, Dobbs chose a standing-seam metal roof, with a 50- to 70-year life span. For the main finish on the facade, he used corrugated metal panels that are more commonly seen in commercial construction. “We thought it gave the outside a bright, sleek look,” he says.

Painted cement board panels are set in a grid pattern with exposed aluminum flashing trim. Madeline suggested adding a porch, the better to engage neighbors in a friendly community. Dobbs designed a porch with a raised decorative concrete retaining wall and paver systems. It is covered with a canopy that is supported by columns made from spiral aluminum drainage pipes.

“The upper section of the columns and the two main beams for the roof are formed with a painted rigid steel tube frame,” he says. “The porch roof is made up of stained wood timber rafters, and a translucent polycarbonate- and aluminum-framed glazing system that was developed for greenhouse applications.”

With a new facade outside and a reimagined floor plan inside, there’s no trace of the staid brick rancher Dobbs bought more than 15 years ago.

The Dobbses believe that houses, like their owners, can successfully evolve with the times.

“Just because things have always been a certain way doesn’t mean they stay that way,” Madeline says.


GET THE LOOK

Reimagine spaces. Architect Chuck Dobbs took down walls in a dated rancher in Arden to combine a cramped kitchen, dining room and living room into an open-concept space. Repurpose and reuse. The homeowner retained and recycled wood trim throughout the house. Reclaim dormant space. An unfinished basement is now a warm, welcoming and private retreat for guests. An old garage is a den. Use commercial materials in residential spaces. Aluminum truck flooring, plate glass, carpet squares and corrugated steel all found a home in the Dobbs house. Make adjustments. Deep red countertops in the kitchen absorbed light and made the area feel dark. A light, cream-colored surface makes the space brighter and more cheerful.

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

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111

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Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

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
Website »

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The mid-term election is a moment of truth for the Trump administration, with control of congress and numerous state governments on the line. Political analyst and commentator Matt Kerbel will make...

Cost: $18-$23

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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Telephone: 610-356-2787

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Interlace, an installation of sculpture and paintings by Kevin Bielicki, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 2-30, 2018. Bielicki received a 2018 Artist Fellowship in Visual...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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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Linda Ford ~  "The Journey Continues" Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 PM New work by Linda Ford includes encaustic paintings, oil...

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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For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: $0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
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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TO BE DETERMINED Hugh Atkins & Jenna Lucente November 1 - 28, 2018 Opening reception: November 2  |  5 - 9 PM, during Art Loop Hugh Atkins The figures in these...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the...

Cost: included with admission

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

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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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Website »

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

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

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

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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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
Website »

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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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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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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
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
Website »

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Main Event Entertainment is celebrating its 20thbirthday by giving away FREE arcade play, a chance to win a full-size PAC-MAN arcade game and more! Beginning Nov. 7, Main Event will give its fans...

Cost: $0

Where:
Main Event Entertainment
2900 Fashion Center Blvd.
Newark, DE  19702
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Telephone: (302) 722-9466
Website »

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NOVEMBER GIFT CARD SALE HAPPENING NOW! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus all month long!  The perfect gift for anyone on your list, plus a little extra for them or you!...

Cost: varied

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

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Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at From Here to There, October 6, 2018-January 6, 2019. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make...

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111

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Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

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
Website »

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Enjoy a glass of wine, bask in the warmth and beauty of the holiday season, and listen to the melodic sounds of live jazz in the Galleries Reception Atrium every Wednesday during Yuletide. Cash...

Cost: members free, included with general admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 180-044-83883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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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
Website »

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Interlace, an installation of sculpture and paintings by Kevin Bielicki, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 2-30, 2018. Bielicki received a 2018 Artist Fellowship in Visual...

Cost: Free

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


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

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Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature....

Cost: $10

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


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

More information

Linda Ford ~  "The Journey Continues" Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 PM New work by Linda Ford includes encaustic paintings, oil...

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
View map »


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

More information

Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the...

Cost: included with admission

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

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

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

TO BE DETERMINED Hugh Atkins & Jenna Lucente November 1 - 28, 2018 Opening reception: November 2  |  5 - 9 PM, during Art Loop Hugh Atkins The figures in these...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: $0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

More information

For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, 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

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

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

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

Give thanks in the most delicious way by treating your family to our Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Many elements of our buffet are sourced from local farms with whom we are partnered. Featured items...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

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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
View map »


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

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Spend Thanksgiving with Harry's Savoy Grill and leave the cooking and cleanup to us! We'll be offering our dinner menu in the restaurant from 1-9PM along with our fabulous buffet in the...

Cost: Buffet: $49.95/adults, $17.95 children, plus 18% service charge

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

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Give thanks in the most delicious way by treating your family to our Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Many elements of our buffet are sourced from local farms with whom we are partnered. Featured items...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »


Telephone: 302.631.1542
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

NOVEMBER GIFT CARD SALE HAPPENING NOW! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus all month long!  The perfect gift for anyone on your list, plus a little extra for them or you!...

Cost: varied

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

More information

Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at From Here to There, October 6, 2018-January 6, 2019. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make...

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111

More information

Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

By Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Jackson Gay  Described as the “comic poet of middle class life,” Ayckbourn creates a black comedy of domestic madness. Susan’s life is far from perfect. A...

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

Show More...
Show Less...

Interlace, an installation of sculpture and paintings by Kevin Bielicki, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 2-30, 2018. Bielicki received a 2018 Artist Fellowship in Visual...

Cost: Free

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


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

Linda Ford ~  "The Journey Continues" Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 PM New work by Linda Ford includes encaustic paintings, oil...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
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

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

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

TO BE DETERMINED Hugh Atkins & Jenna Lucente November 1 - 28, 2018 Opening reception: November 2  |  5 - 9 PM, during Art Loop Hugh Atkins The figures in these...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: $0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
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

Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the...

Cost: included with admission

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

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

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

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

NOVEMBER GIFT CARD SALE HAPPENING NOW! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus all month long!  The perfect gift for anyone on your list, plus a little extra for them or you!...

Cost: varied

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

More information

Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at From Here to There, October 6, 2018-January 6, 2019. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make...

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111

More information

Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

By Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Jackson Gay  Described as the “comic poet of middle class life,” Ayckbourn creates a black comedy of domestic madness. Susan’s life is far from perfect. A...

Cost: 15-32

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


Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

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ThanksGrooving: Miss and Mrs. Golden World 2018 Pageant! Join us for a night of music, food and table games at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Free admission for Total Rewards card members, $35 for...

Cost: Free for Total Rewards members, $35 for non-members

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Harrah's Philadelphia
777 Harrah's Boulevard
Chester, PA  19013
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Linda Ford ~  "The Journey Continues" Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 PM New work by Linda Ford includes encaustic paintings, oil...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the...

Cost: included with admission

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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Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

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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TO BE DETERMINED Hugh Atkins & Jenna Lucente November 1 - 28, 2018 Opening reception: November 2  |  5 - 9 PM, during Art Loop Hugh Atkins The figures in these...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Newark Methodist Preschool is hosting our 2nd Annual Winter Bazaar on November 24th from 10am - 2pm!! Get all of your Holiday shopping done in one place at our Winter Bazaar! Peruse, Eat and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Newark Methodist Preschool
69 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Newark Methodist Preschool
Telephone: (302) 368-8774
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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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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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Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us to celebrate the upcoming holidays! Bring your pets for a digital photo by Mik Austin, founder of Philly Philms and camerawoman for the Philadelphia Phillies, for just $5.  There will be...

Cost: $5

Where:
BVSPCA
600 South St.
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: BVSPCA
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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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For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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: $19; Seniors (60+): $18; Children (2-12): $17; 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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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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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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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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NOVEMBER GIFT CARD SALE HAPPENING NOW! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus all month long!  The perfect gift for anyone on your list, plus a little extra for them or you!...

Cost: varied

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
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Experience the musical magic of the season come alive with Christmas favorites on the largest set of handbells on the Delmarva Peninsula.  This multimedia holiday concert is for the entire family!...

Cost: $15

Where:
Bethel United Methodist Church
129 W. 4th St.
Lewes, DE  19958
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Contact Name: Christine Fox-Roberts

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Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at From Here to There, October 6, 2018-January 6, 2019. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make...

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

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111

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Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

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
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Kick off the holiday season with Aunt Mary Pat DiSabatino at Harrah's Philly on Saturday, November 24th! That's right, hun.. the queen and favorite aunt of Delco is bringing her...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harrah's Philadelphia
777 Harrah's Boulevard
Chester, PA  19013
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By Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Jackson Gay  Described as the “comic poet of middle class life,” Ayckbourn creates a black comedy of domestic madness. Susan’s life is far from perfect. A...

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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ThanksGrooving: Miss and Mrs. Golden World 2018 Pageant! Join us for a night of music, food and table games at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Free admission for Total Rewards card members, $35 for...

Cost: Free for Total Rewards members, $35 for non-members

Where:
Harrah's Philadelphia
777 Harrah's Boulevard
Chester, PA  19013
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