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Hello, dahlings. Princess Diana! Jackie O! Adam and Eve! No, they couldn’t be there in person, but the celebrities of yore inspired the awesome tabletop décor at Beebe Medical Foundation’s 19th annual Thanksgiving Ball, whose glamorous theme was Fashion. Hollywood designer Bob Mackey and martini cocktails had something in common—an unprecedented tie for first place among the dinner-table motifs—but such glitz narrowly topped the female guests’ superchic attire. The hypothetical winner’s circle was shared by: Wendy Eaby, sales manager for DMA Comcast Starlight in Sussex County, in a short seafoam green-and-silver dress worn by her mother in the 1960s; hair stylist Kelly Bifferato of Wilmington, all blonde-in-black with an adorable shag-cut pixie and sequined, body-skimming Anne Klein gown; and chairwoman Christine Strauss, the height of sophistication in a long black sheath fluffed with off-the-shoulder ostrich feathers. Her entrance-makers always come from her attic, which must be the size of Saks. Any fashion police lurking nearby might have noticed that Christine’s gloves didn’t match. “I could only find one glove, but I’m told the Duchess of Windsor only wore one glove, so I’m carrying the other,” Christine explained. As for men—usually relegated to penguin suits at such soirees—a few pushed the envelope, thankfully. Steve Sumption of Lewes popped an elaborately patterned red silk vest under his tux (That paisley! Those fleur-de-lis! Those skipper ropes!). Frank Collier, a neighbor of Wendy Eaby’s near the Rehoboth Country Club, strode into The BayCenter wearing a black cowboy hat with black tie, since Steve hails from San Angelo, Texas. Yippee kai yay! But, say, don’t the bad guys go around in black hats? “Naw, I’m sweet and gentle,” Frank assured Gabby. The bountiful hors d’oeuvres proved a banquet to Judith Grello, an employee of Spa By The Sea, who went bug-eyed. Die-hards soldiered on, with the only strange interlude during four scrumptious courses being a Ghost of Princess Diana model who paraded in a billowy wedding dress and face-concealing veil. “This is tasteless” (and more, which we’ve tactfully excised) muttered one mover-and-shaker, whose name you know. Well, it was different, unlike the inevitable denim dinner table that was decorated by Carltons store. Eavesdropping, we caught Jacqueline Rifenbergh,              

a competition judge, remarking to Linda Palmer, also of Lewes, “There’s a whole table up there done in nothing but denim. It’s hilarious. Denim is a fashion statement.” Honey, that’s something Ralph Lauren discovered decades ago.

 

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

“When I first got here, I said ‘Oh my God, David, they’re rock stars!’” sensible Kate Lyons of Centreville confided after spotting super novas Leigh and Leslie Keno at the preview party for the 43rd annual Delaware Antiques Show. “David” is Kate’s husband, of Lyons Insurance Company fame. The blonde Keno brothers, esteemed for their roles on PBS’s “Find!” and “Antiques Roadshow,” were a plus, signing copies of their book which Kate and Boo Stroud, co-chair of the dealer liaison mommittee, clutched in shopping bags. (You, too, can meet the Kenos—or hear them, anyway—since they’re narrating interactive iPod tours at Winterthur.) Hankering for a wicker settee ($12,500) or a little bronzed bank ($625)? They were among the night’s goodies, as about 550 strong convened at Chase Center on the Riverfront. “There’s a painting over there for $125,000. I want to go figure out why,” Brett Jones of the executive committee joked to sociable George Meldrum of Wilmington. Fred Fiechter, managing director of Target Properties, inspected a pair of heron candleholders for $4,000. Since Fred makes patio-sized cannon for his friends as a hobby, we know he’s a man of taste. Need we say that spiffy ladies seized a chance to show off their fashion wattage? Tina Hayward—whose husband, Pete Hayward, is a Winterthur trustee—was haute trendy in brown suede boots, a brandy-colored pants ensemble and a replica necklace of smokey topaz. Friends clustered around Betsy Hershey of Centreville, always ahead of the pack, who’d put a handmade pheasant-feather ruff over her golden beige jacket. “I’ve got to be careful. The guy next door has a gun,” Betsey quipped. Energetic Laura Barone, an officer for Wealth Advisory Services at Wilmington Trust (the preview party sponsor), worked the crowd and showed Gabby a photo of her seven-month-old son in the ladies’ room. For shopping fuel, guests spooned lobster risotto out of martini glasses. Better than sundaes!

 

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?

We all wear disguises, one way or another. Enchantingly, Unmasking Autism, a gala auction for the Autism Society of Delaware, gave guests the option of wearing masks, occult garb or embracing the paranormal with astrologer-potion mixer The Reverend Amy Blackthorn at the Greenville Country Club. The hit of the evening: Warren Ellis, who stood out in a plush black velvet-and-stars sorcerer’s hat. Warren, a state employee who works among the disabled, ’fessed that he keeps the cap in his office. “I just put it on when I can’t decide what to do about a problem that has no obvious solution. Poof! That’s what magic is for,” he told Gabby. “He’s fascinated by Merlin,” added his wife, Theda Ellis, executive director of the Autism Society. Alison Kortanek of Wilmington, a former committee member for the affair, looked necromantic in a sienna-colored cocktail dress complemented by the cheek artistry of Jennifer Montgomery of Crazy Faces face painting. Yet Alison’s allure hid a serious side. As mom to an 8-year-old autistic son, she observed, “Autism is a full-time job. We don’t get a break. This is our chance to take time off and have fun.” Co-chairs Marcy Kempner and Deb Markwood were bewitching in formal gowns, minus wands and broomsticks.

 

LANDING ON PARK PLACE

A glass of wine in one hand and a popsicle stick in the other does not describe your usual foodie at a formal affair. But Barbara Hannah of Middletown enjoyed the best of both worlds at Black Tie Monopoly and Monte Carlo Night, which pulled out all the stops for the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. “It was fabulous, worth every calorie,” raved Barbara, who’d just polished off a Blue Bunny Turtle Sundae ice cream bar by the roulette wheel. Since the benefit’s menu paired pick-up food with real-estate stops on the Monopoly board, guests could chow down on seared ahi tuna (Oriental Avenue) after getting out of jail free. Alas, knives would have come in handy for cutting the beef brisket from the Tennessee Avenue table. “It looks so good,” moaned Lori Captain of Wawaset Park, staring hungrily at the barbecued strips on her plate. Security rivaled something out of “Ocean’s Eleven” as gamblers wooed Lady Luck at blackjack tables—though not everyone was willing to bet the rent. Co-chairs Kashmira and Jay Sonecha (he’s president of Blenheim Homes, the event’s founding sponsor) resisted the high-rolling spirit. As wine distributor Ciro Poppiti explained things, “I’m more of a pinochle man than Monopoly. I’m the only one who still reads the bridge column.” Ciro’s cousin, Francis Pileggi, a lawyer at Fox Rothschild, was in-the-chips in an altogether different way: He’d just been knighted by the Knights of Malta in Washington, D.C. “They used to give you a sword. Now they give you a machine gun,” Francis joked. WJBR deejay Michael Waite did a bang-up job as auctioneer of luxury packages. Co-chair Ajit Mathew George sweetened the pot by adding a case of wine from his private cellar to a weeklong stay at his house in the British Virgin Islands. (In a sign of tough times, $2,400 worth of advertising in the News Journal went untouched). The convivial Ajit looked resplendent in his famed red silk tunic spangled with gold medallions. And please, his name is pronounced Ah-jeet—not Adj-it, which fell from everyone’s lips. Let’s close, suitably, with dessert at Atlantic Avenue. “Want some ice cream, sweetie?” server Dale Nock asked with a sly twinkle. If only she were a male on MySpace.com.

 

RETAIL WARRIORS

“Gemstones have vibrational power!” visionary artist Nanette Crist exclaimed as she inspected the classy baubles at CMM Designs, one of 40 boutiques that participated in The Perfect Gift. But Nanette saw red when it came to checkbook power, snapping up a scarlet, satin-edged top and skirt at the opening night party. Svelte Nancy Northrop of Kennett Square reported she’d sold her Agera skincare line to a company called Isolgin and is enjoying the downtime. Original T-Bag Designs—a South African collection where women artists recycle T-bags into notecards, coasters and such—drew Nancy and her friend Caroline Lunger to its philanthropic products. The Perfect Gift’s purchases support Delaware nonprofits through The Christmas Shop Foundation. “Get it now. Don’t wait,” urged Paula Grant, information desk co-chair. We caught Carol Pyle, special events chair, trying on a pretty necklace from Anna Biggs Designs. Later, Carol gravitated to some sparkly evening purses.

 

SIGHTINGS At the screening of Karen Kuder’s “Cannonballs, Anecdotes and Artifacts—the Wonderful Life of Chris Sanderson” at Theatre N at Nemours: Andrew Wyeth’s renowned model Helga Testorf; who had flashbulbs popping; Susan Teiser, proprietor of Montrachet Fine Foods in Centreville; photographer-picture framer Obie Kline of Wilmington; plus assorted denizens of Chadds Ford. At the Delaware Theatre Company’s Saturday night reception for “The Turn of the Screw,” Lyn Doto and Bill Montgomery hosting Dorothy Thornhill of Watford, England, one of Wilmington’s sister cities; Julie Von Blarcom chatting up fellow arts titans Anne Marie Cammarato, the play’s director; and Maxine Gaiber, executive director of the DCCA. Ta-ta, ’til next time.

 

 

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January 2017

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

Cost: free

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

Cost: $2

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

Cost: $18-$20

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

Cost: $15-$42

Where:
Take the Lead Studio
320 Lantana Drive
Hockessin , DE  19711
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Sponsor: Take the Lead
Contact Name: Zahra
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Ah, typecasting—the baritone is always the bad guy! In Devils, Drunks & Dastardly Dudes, we’ll go on an operatic journey of men behaving badly. We’ll add a tenor to the mix, too… but we...

Cost: $29-$59

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

Cost: $35

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

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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

Cost: $18-$20

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

Cost: Free

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


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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: free

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

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmers Market Nov 8, 2016 - April 11, 2017  11 am- 2 pm 25 vendors Location:  East Coast Garden Center 30366 Cordrey Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 302-945-3489

Cost: frr

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Sponsor: East Coast Garden Center
Telephone: 302-945-3489
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmer's Marke 25 vendors

Cost: Free

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Telephone: 302-945-3489
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

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

Cost: $30

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

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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

Cost: $18-$20

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

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

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

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

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

Cost: $22 SRO- $32 SEATED

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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

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

Cost: $15 - $30

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

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Cost: $12-$20

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

Cost: free

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

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

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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GRILLED CHEESE AND CRAFT BEER TASTING We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer – and paired them together in unexpected and...

Cost: $40

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

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

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

Cost: $15 Adults; $10 Students

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

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

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Cost: $12-$20

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

Cost: 15

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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