Meet the Grand Dame of Delaware Avenue

The Delaware Children’s Theatre boasts 125 years of history and reincarnations—and bears its vast legacy ever in mind.


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Donna Swajeski in the balcony of the Delaware Children's Theatre, the latest—and most enduring—use of the New Century Club building.//Photo by Carlos Alejandro

 

Statuesque and majestic, she commands the corner of Delaware Avenue and Jackson Street. The white Dutch colonial revival building, known today as the Delaware Children’s Theatre, has survived 125 years of history and reincarnations. Her halls and rooms have been filled with voices, legends and purpose. Today, you can’t miss the sign announcing the upcoming shows, but you may have missed the two historical markers on the side that give but a mere taste of its story.

Overture

Thirty years after the Civil War, with a new century looming, the roles of women were changing. More were beginning to enter the workforce, and upperclass women who had married well were uniting to improve their communities and taking roles in the women’s suffrage movement. Women’s clubs were born.

The first Women’s Club of Delaware was the vision of Emalea Pusey Warner, namesake of the school on 18th Street. Warner became a primary leader in Wilmington when she led a group of more than 40 notable women to found the New Century Club in 1889.

Meetings were at first held in their homes, but with ever-growing ranks, the ladies decided they needed their own clubhouse. Though they wanted space for meetings, small entertainments and private parties, they determined that the building itself should create an income, thus becoming both a purposeful social center and an addition to the city.

Taking their cue from the Philadelphia New Century Club, which had built its own clubhouse, the ladies hired the same architect, Minerva Parker Nicols. Granddaughter of an architect, Nicols entered the field through an apprenticeship while attending the Philadelphia Normal Art School, the Franklin Institute and the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts. Nicols became the best-known woman architect in the 19th and early-20th centuries in Philadelphia—the first to establish an independent architectural practice in the United States.

Act I

In July 1891, ground was broken for the New Century Club. As the building took form, 300 members grew to 500 and a waiting list. On Jan. 31, 1893, there was a grand reception to celebrate the building’s completion. Its three stories included offices, a stage, a large room with space for seating and a gallery. There were also dressing rooms, an orchestra loft, bathrooms and a cedar closet for costumes, as well as storage areas. There was a balcony, a kitchen, several rooms and bathrooms, and a gigantic basement. It cost $35,000.

A 15-member board managed clubhouse maintenance and expenses. Matters of philanthropy, cultural and moral development, intellectual improvement and the literary enlightenment of the membership were managed by the members themselves. Self-improvement was urged; it was believed those who took part in classes and events outside the home became better mothers and homemakers.

For many women, the club was as close to college as they would get. Women were learning to research, write papers and give presentations. Gaining confidence in themselves as individuals, they were empowered as a group.

Joining with other women’s clubs that were emerging in Delaware, as well as the General Federation of Women’s Clubs that formed at a national level, the women led a host of progressive reforms. Members urged more education for women, manual training in schools for boys and domestic science for girls, kindergartens, playgrounds and cafeterias in schools. They established libraries. They raised money to help black schools and held events to benefit the black community. They advocated for compulsory education, better sanitation, trees along highways and for a juvenile court. They were the force behind child labor laws and improved conditions in prisons. They created the Women’s College in Newark that became part of the Delaware College, then the University of Delaware. They began a student loan fund, scholarship programs for girls and scholarships for studies abroad. In 1907, member Emily P. Bissel, a social worker and activist, designed the first American Christmas Seal to raise funds for a tuberculosis sanatorium.

During World War I the Wilmington New Century Club was used as a hospital during the influenza epidemic, and many club members—600 by then—served as nurses and assistants. World War II brought even greater demands on women’s clubs as they sought to feed, clothe and house destitute millions abroad. The New Century Club sold bonds and stamps, entertained servicemen and their guests, took part in recruitments for the Women’s Army Corps, and worked at the ration board and rent control office. Women became more involved in child welfare, health centers and Americanization for citizenship. Future president Woodrow Wilson was a speaker there. So were author James Michener and birth control activist, sex educator, writer and nurse Margaret Sanger.

As the Vietnam War drew to an end, the second wave of the feminist movement picked up speed. Women were hoping to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and looking to leaders like Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. Many wanted more than the roles their mothers inherited. With so many going to college, entering the workforce and becoming more active for their own rights, fewer joined the clubs.

Still, there was a clubhouse to maintain, so the remaining members of the New Century Club desperately sought funds beyond their own pockets. As the club’s few tenants came and went, the building fell into disrepair. The cultural sensibilities of the ’70s had little to do with preservation and restoration and more to do with demolition and starting over—with brass, glass and the occasional fern. The members of the New Century Club needed a permanent financial solution. Two possibilities appeared: Colonial Parking, which wanted to buy the lot, raze the building and build a new parking lot, and the Beaver family, which wanted to create a dinner theater. The ladies chose the latter. It was show time.

The 125-year-old building is a treasure of architectectonic 
and stylistic touches.//Photo by Carlos Alejandro

Act II

In 1976, Jim Beaver, his wife, Lorraine, and their son Max, all fresh from The Stone Barn and Fireside Dinner Theatre in Unionville, Pennsylvania, took on the Herculean task of bringing the New Century Club back to life. They leased the building with the option to buy, took out a home equity loan, then went to work.

There was little electricity. “We tore out the gas footlights and used the gas pipes as conduit for the electric lines,” says Max Beaver. (He and Lorraine now live in West Grove, Pennsylvania.) “The building needed new plumbing and a new kitchen, and the kitchen needed all new appliances. The roof on the main building was slate. There were many pieces missing, and there had been leaks. The walls—all of them—needed to be spackled and painted.”

The Beavers welcomed volunteers who wanted to help, but the public also came in to snoop and reminisce. “We had people wandering in telling us all kinds of stories about what they remember happening here,” says Max Beaver. “Apparently, beyond the weddings and cotillions, there had been boxing matches, card trading shows, bachelor parties and other theatrical productions. Someone taught ballroom dancing on the second floor, and there were even church services here when churches were being renovated.”

The Delaware Dinner Theatre opened in 1977. “There was probably more drama in the kitchen than there was on stage that night,” Max recalls. “Our opening was delayed as the building inspector had yet to give us the green light, so everyone was running home and cooking food in their own ovens.” Patrons waited patiently in a line that wrapped around the block.

There were years of very good theater there, and there were years of very good food. “Our chef, Mary Richie Johnson, made everything from scratch, including the ice cream,” says Lorraine Beaver. “We served 50 to 60 pounds of meat every night, along with everything else.” Mary Richie was also an onstage talent. She once performed while roasting a pig to impress a cranky critic. Days later she remarked, “The pig got a better review than I did.”

Many theatergoers still remember stellar productions with local talent, as well as actors from Philadelphia and New York. The building also housed the Delaware Ballet Company, Alcoholics Anonymous and a few tenants who took up residence on the upper floors. The theater also rented out its costumes and lighting. “When Bruce Springsteen started his East Coast tour,” Max Beaver says, “he rented lights from us.”

Intermission

By 1982, it was clear that revenue was not covering expenses. Max Beaver, whose dream had always been to live in the theater he worked in, learned quickly to be careful what he wished for. “I was not only the artistic director. I was everything in between and the janitor. I just became the go-to guy for anyone who simply didn’t want to do the work. It got old very quickly.”

At the five-year point, the few remaining members of the New Century Club and Patterson Schwartz suggested the Beavers quit the lease. “The money to buy simply wasn’t there,” Lorraine Beaver says. “We closed our last show and closed the theater on the same night.”

For the second time, The New Century Club was up for grabs. Once again, Colonial Parking put in a bid. So did John and Marie Swajeski, advocates for the arts and theater education for the young. Again, the ladies chose the latter. Again, it was show time.

David and Donna Swajeski carry on the theater established by their mother, Marie, in 1972. Marie's purchase of the building likely saved it from being razed.//Floyd Dean Digital Imaging

Act III

In 1972, Marie Swajeski had founded the Children’s Repertory Theatre in Wilmington and took its shows far and wide, though it had no home to speak of. “The problem was always rehearsal space, which was often Grace Episcopal Church or anywhere mom could find a suitable spot,” says Marie’s daughter, Donna Swajeski. “A permanent venue was key to her continued success.”

The Swajeskis didn’t lease the New Century Club—they bought it. Once ensconced in their new home, the couple’s first order of business was, once again, repairing the building.

“Replacing the entire roof was a massive undertaking,” says Donna. “There were upgrades and improvements that had to be made throughout the building before we could begin again. Since I’ve been here, we’ve put in a professional sound booth and air conditioning behind the stage and in the gallery.”

The Delaware Children’s Theatre operates as a nonprofit organization. “Mom was not looking to run a business and capitalize personally,” Donna Swajeski says. “As artistic director, she wanted to keep ticket prices affordable, and she wanted to establish a permanent family theater company with a small staff and the help of volunteers. Nonprofits attract the kind of volunteers and manpower one needs to run a theater and maintain a historic building—and we always welcome volunteers.”

Operating as a nonprofit has allowed DCT to apply for grants and “to call in some very influential people,” Donna Swajeski says. “We were able to refurbish the ornate facade with our Fresh Face fundraising campaign with the support from the Markells and (U.S. Sen. Chris Coons). Joe Biden once sat on our advisory board.”

Unlike in the past, the building is no longer for rent. “Marie believed you are either a rental facility, with the staff and security needed to do that well, or a permanent theater running with a full schedule of shows,” Donna Swajeski says. “Our theater is always busy. We are, at any given time, putting on a production, rehearsing a second production or auditioning for a third.”

In 1982 the New Century Club was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is a marker on the left side of the building. Nearby is another historic marker from the state, declaring the Delaware Children’s Theatre as its own historic institution. It features Marie Swajeski prominently. A director who helped hundreds of children develop a love for theater, Swajeski led many into the world of professional performance. She brought in thousands of families who marveled at the Old World glamour and splendor that housed her theater. In 2004, Swajeski was entered into the congressional rolls by U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. Sept. 18, her birthday, has been established as Marie Swajeski Day.

Swajeski retired from the demands of the theater several years ago, but her legacy continues through her children, Donna and David Swajeski. David, president of the DCT board, works behind the scenes with banks and accountants to keep the theater financially sound. His latest goal: getting sponsorships for shows. “Rights to musicals continue to be very expensive,” he says. “Imagine the exposure and publicity for a company if it were an underwriter. Thousands of young families come in and out of our doors here on Delaware Avenue.”

Donna Swajeski was the perfect artistic director to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Well known in New York as a writer for NBC, ABC and CBS soap operas, Donna’s scripts colored the events of “Another World,” “Guiding Light,” “All My Children” and “General Hospital.” In 2007, Donna and her “Guiding Light” team won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing.

“I developed a love for the arts, drama and storytelling from my mother,” she says. “After college, I was fortunate to get a job in New York with ABC, where I was in charge of running the soap operas. It was all a natural transition into the world of writing and directing.”

Encore

Both Donna and David Swajeski see the role of The Delaware Children’s Theatre advancing well into the 21st century. “I have pledged to write an original children’s musical to premiere at DCT every year,” says Donna Swajeski. “I’ve done three so far, ‘One Magic Kiss: Snow White’s Story,’ ‘Wake Me When I’m 16’ (based on ‘Sleeping Beauty’) and ‘The Patchwork Girl of Oz.’” Her fourth is slated for this year. “I’d also like to bring some of my own life and connections from New York into Delaware.

“We seek to continue raising standards and to provide a full theater experience for children, which includes premiering originals,” Donna Swajeski says. “My mother never met a child she didn’t love. Having children come to a theater to hear live music, meet characters and engage in a full participatory experience with family is really our aim.” 

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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
Website »

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Wee Ones is now offered every week! This early childhood series intended for children ages 3-5 incorporates active learning through music, movement, and the exploration of objects in a warm and...

Cost: $5 per child and $5 per adult with paying child

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

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

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

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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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Join us on June 26 at 5:00 pm at the Kumon Center of Hockessin for a movie, snacks, face painting, arts and crafts, and tons of fun! Feel free to bring friends to enjoy the festivities. We...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kumon Center of Hockessin
134 Lantana Drive
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Kumon Center of Hockessin
Telephone: (302)613-0832
Contact Name: Laura McCarter
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
View map »

More information

Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

Delaware All-State Theatre (DAST), a not-for-profit theatrical organization, will present EVITA the last two weekends in June. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, EVITA is winner...

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

Where:
Laird Performing Arts Center
1501 Barley Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware All-State Theatre
Telephone: 302-635-0754
Contact Name: Jeffery Santoro
Website »

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

Cost: Free!

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


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

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
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 Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

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

Cost:

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

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

Join us on June 27 at 5:00 pm at the Kumon Center of Bear for a movie, snacks, face painting, arts and crafts, and tons of fun! Feel free to bring friends to enjoy the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kumon Center of Bear
540 Eden Circle
Bear, DE  19701
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Sponsor: Kumon Center of Bear
Telephone: 130-261-30832
Contact Name: Laura McCarter
Website »

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June 27 – Wednesday – 5 to 8 p.m. Bike & Hike & Brews: Dog Days of Summer Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Bring your canine companion to this week’s Bike & Hike & Brews. Stroll,...

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

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

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Enjoy a 1 hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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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
View map »

More information

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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Cinderella makes her way to the Royal Ball and into the heart of Prince Charming. Myles, The Town Crier, and his jazzy trumpet and Delmarva the outrageous step-sister add to the fun! Two actors...

Cost: $10, Children Under 3 Free!

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 130-222-76766

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Delaware All-State Theatre (DAST), a not-for-profit theatrical organization, will present EVITA the last two weekends in June. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, EVITA is winner...

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

Where:
Laird Performing Arts Center
1501 Barley Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware All-State Theatre
Telephone: 302-635-0754
Contact Name: Jeffery Santoro
Website »

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

Cost: Free!

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


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

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

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
View map »


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

More information

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
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 FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
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
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

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

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Website »

More information

June 14, 21, & 28 July 12, 19, 26 August 9, 16, 23 & 30 5:00–9:30 pm On all other Thursdays, June–August, join us to stroll through the Follies exhibition or to take a twilight tram tour of...

Cost: members free, $10 per nonmember

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


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

More information

Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

Delaware All-State Theatre (DAST), a not-for-profit theatrical organization, will present EVITA the last two weekends in June. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, EVITA is winner...

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

Where:
Laird Performing Arts Center
1501 Barley Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware All-State Theatre
Telephone: 302-635-0754
Contact Name: Jeffery Santoro
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Free!

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


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

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
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

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

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

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

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
View map »

More information

Delaware All-State Theatre (DAST), a not-for-profit theatrical organization, will present EVITA the last two weekends in June. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, EVITA is winner...

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

Where:
Laird Performing Arts Center
1501 Barley Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware All-State Theatre
Telephone: 302-635-0754
Contact Name: Jeffery Santoro
Website »

More information

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Race Time 7:30am - Registration opens 8:45am – Kids Dash (8 and under free with T-Shirt) 9:00am - Race start Benefits Sa​int Francis...

Cost:

Where:
Saint Francis Healthcare LIFE
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

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

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

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

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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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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June 30 – Saturday – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Summer Saturday at Hagley Museum Spend a summer Saturday at Hagley and explore the world of archaeology! Hagley machinists will also be on hand to...

Cost: Activities are included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Escape Brandywine is a new, historically-immersive Escape Room presented by the Chadds Ford Historical Society! Designed like other popular escape room games, Escape...

Cost: $28

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

Cost: $7-0

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

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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IndiaFest 2018 is an annual family event celebrating South Asian Indian Heritage, Culture, Food, Dance and Shopping.  The event takes place on Saturday June 30th 2018 at the Bob Carpenter Sports...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Bob Carpenter Sports Center
631 South College Avenue
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Indo American Association of Delaware
Telephone: 302-369-9480
Contact Name: Michael Iqbal

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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

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

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

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

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

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

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