In Search of Bayard Berndt

Few painters made as great a contribution to the local art scene, if not art itself. Yet his paintings have been scattered far and wide. Now his son wants to find them. 



David Berndt holds a portrait of his father.
Berndt says a painting by Bayard Berndt
that cost $3,000 a few years ago is now
worth $8,000.
Photograph by Pat Crowe II

 

 

David Berndt can’t stop thinking about his father. Bayard Taylor Berndt may have died in 1987, but he remains alive in the body of artwork he left behind. David Berndt’s fixation is with the paintings that have been missing for years. His self-appointed mission is to track them down. It’s a mission that frequently returns him to the past.

The story begins at the height of the Depression Era. Bayard Berndt, a 23-year-old Wilmington native and graduate of a two-year program at the Wilmington Academy of Art, had just won the school’s coveted European Travel Scholarship. The honor earned him a year abroad to do nothing but paint. By the time he returned home, in 1931, he was laden with a cache of watercolors, one for every day spent in Europe. Though the rest of his life was devoted to painting regional landscapes and imagined historic scenes, he never again had the luxury of being a full-time artist.

Instead, Bayard Berndt spent 10 more years at the Academy of Art—serving alternately as a secretary and a teacher—until World War II shut the school down. Following a stint at the Wilmington shipyards during the war, he became the owner and manager of Hardcastle’s, a framing and art supply shop on Shipley Street, in 1946. In the 1950s his portfolio of European watercolors was stolen from the shop. About 500 other paintings—both oils and watercolors—that he produced over a lifetime in the Wilmington area are  largely scattered.

Some have been accounted for, in private collections and local public institutions, but at least half have disappeared—into attics, resale shops or private homes across the country. David Berndt would like to find them. Heir to Hardcastle Gallery, now in Centreville, he uses the shop as his base of operation.

“I’ve been keeping an ear and eye open for 20 years, but I got more aggressive about 10 years ago,” David says. His almost single-minded determination to find his father’s lost art moved into high gear when he launched a website in 2002. Progress, he says, is slow.

Once in a while a Bayard Berndt painting will surface at a local auction. One called “Yellow Tulips” was found last year at Briggs Auction. “Brandywine Village” turned up at Pook and Pook auctioneers. Berndt tells of another painting taken to the gallery that had been damaged by fire. And David’s sister, Linda, walked in one day with a painting she had discovered at a local resale shop. She owns another that her brother covets, a colorful scene of the bustling King Street market in the 1940s. “I’d love to find more like that,” Berndt says, “historic scenes of the city with people, not just buildings.

“My father said that all the romance and color and atmosphere of Europe is here in Wilmington. He was very interested in American history, and particularly fascinated with the industrial history of Wilmington. He also loved Wilmington. He thought it was the greatest town that ever was.”

 
Fairville, oil on canvas

 

Economic necessity may have dictated Bayard Berndt’s working life, but it didn’t curb his true ambition. “The 1930s was a much more romantic time,” David says. “You could dream big dreams. My father had no money, but he knew he wanted to be an artist.”

Like other local artists of his generation, Bayard Berndt studied under Frank Schoonover, N.C. Wyeth and Gayle Hoskins—all of whom held court at the Wilmington Academy—yet many of the younger artists, not students of Schoonover’s famous school of illustration, painted local landscapes. They were known only in this area.

Most of the students “were self taught in terms of style,” says Steve Bruni, a former executive director of the Delaware Art Museum. “They were sort of the deans of local color landscape painting.” Bruni believes Bayard Berndt was part of this group, though he deviates somewhat from the norm.

According to David, his father’s teachers provided the motivation to develop an individual style. “At the time he went to school, you weren’t supposed to copy Mr. Schoonover or Mr. Wyeth. You were supposed to find your own voice,” David says. “That’s why his work is so very individual.”

Painter Anna B. McCoy makes a similar assessment of the work. Her father, painter John McCoy, along with other family members—including her uncle Andrew Wyeth and his sister Caroline—were frequent visitors to Hardcastle’s on Shipley Street, where they bought supplies and had their paintings framed.

“Bayard’s work was very sincere, not at all derivative,” says McCoy. “It was more like Caroline Wyeth’s, with the same honest, direct approach to painting. He was his own man. He painted what he felt and saw and loved.”

Though he was most prolific as a landscape and cityscape painter, Bayard Berndt’s oeuvre includes still lifes, imagined aerial scenes—even a couple of charming circus scenes. Yet he is best known for painting imagined historic scenes. Strong, clear color is a prominent feature in almost all his oil paintings.

Among the aerial scenes, the view of Henry Clay Village was reputedly one of the artist’s favorites. “He never went any further than an elevator in his life,” says David Berndt, “but he imagined Brandywine Village from a helicopter and Chesapeake City from a similar height.”

Karol Schmiegel, former director of the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, believes “the charm and appeal of [Berndt’s] work is that people really enjoy seeing things they know. His work is not overly fussy. It’s even simplified. That minimal detail is what makes the paintings so pleasing. It gives the work a timeless quality.”

Schmiegel also believes some of the work conveys a certain modernism. “That simplification of design was manifested in his painting,” she says. “And a Christmas card he did shows one of his paintings abstracted into a graphic image. It sort of screams Art Deco.

“Bayard Berndt didn’t try to do social commentary, like Edward Hopper,” Schmiegel says. “His message was the beauty of the landscape, the appeal of a street scene. He also carried on the Pyle tradition of making historic scenes as accurate as possible.”

Schmiegel says that, though Berndt’s work represents what many regional artists were doing, “Putting a local scene in historic context was unusual. Berndt showed the landscape as it may have looked in the past.”

 


Rockland Paper Mills, oil on canvas

 

Berndt worked in the shop five days a week, giving himself Tuesdays off to paint. He might have developed his talent further, perhaps even expanded his market, Schmiegel thinks, if he hadn’t been obligated to feed his family.

David Berndt describes his father’s work as having a Thomas Hart Benton quality.

“He was one of Dad’s idols, but he also loved the Impressionists and was strongly influenced by the New Hope School,” David says. “I think he was trying to find a place to fit in. He wanted to paint on a mural scale, but after the war you couldn’t give a mural away.”

Perhaps Bayard Berndt’s most enduring influence was felt through his lifelong involvement in the art community. In the years that followed his tenure at the Wilmington Academy, he continued to offer advice to young artists who bought supplies at Hardcastle’s—provided they could get past his sometimes-gruff exterior. And if they couldn’t afford something he believed they needed, it often found its way in their bags. Berndt also worked on the fundraising committee to build the Delaware Art Center, now the Delaware Art Museum, on Kentmere Parkway in Wilmington. He helped launch the Brandywine Arts Festival and was part of the group that initiated a spring festival featuring the long-running Clothesline Fair on the steps of the City-County Building in Wilmington.

An exhibitor in the art museum’s annual Delaware Show for more than 30 years, Berndt won prizes that earned his work a place in the museum collection. According to associate curator Heather Coyle, the Delaware Art Museum owns three Bayard Berndt watercolors, one a gift from an anonymous donor.

Schmiegel believes strongly that Bayard Berndt’s work also belongs in the Biggs collection. “Berndt is one of the really good Delaware artists. It’s a gap that ought to be filled,” she says. “There are other artists besides Schoonover, Pyle and Wyeth that Delaware should know about, but considering how our state has forgotten so many of its artists, it’s not surprising that Bayard Berndt isn’t a household word.”

 As one who sold most of his work during his lifetime, Berndt might be called a successful artist, even considering that he also gave many of his paintings as wedding gifts or presents to friends of his young children. “I took my father’s work for granted when I was growing up,” says David Berndt. “Now I love it. And after being in this business for 30 years, I’ve seen it hold up well. ”

Which is to say he has seen the value climb.

“Not long ago you could have bought one of Dad’s paintings for $500. Today it would be at least $5,000,” says David. “And there’s a lot of Dad’s work people won’t part with.”

David can account for about a dozen private collectors, local and regional, who own one or more of his father’s paintings. Local institutions such as the Hotel du Pont and Wilmington Trust also own a few. A Wilmington law firm has six, and Philadelphia resident Norval Copeland owns at least 13.

“I believe the top price for a Bayard Berndt painting right now is about $15,000,” David says, “and I’ve sold one for $10,000.”

Since the advent of the website, Bayard Berndt’s work is ever so slowly coming out of the woodwork—or the attic.

“We had a man contact us several times about a painting he inherited,” David says. “He wanted to know the value, so we told him to send it to us. We waited and waited, then discovered it was on eBay. He wanted a lot of money, and it didn’t sell. Now it’s kind of disappeared.”

He tells of another painting that arrived from California. The work, stapled to stretchers, was unframed. Since David has broadened his search via the Internet, the outcome is not always encouraging. “Sometimes I dread seeing a piece come in because I fall in love with it, and then the seller wants an outrageous price.”

Not that he is expecting to buy all of his father’s missing paintings. In truth, he just wants to find them. Periodic exhibitions have helped spread the word.

 


Riverfront circa 1840, oil (painted from Market
Street at the Christina Riverfront in Wilmington)

 

The Delaware History Museum mounted a show called “Bayard Taylor Berndt’s Visions of Delaware” in 1996. The last exhibition of Berndt’s work at Hardcastle Gallery was in 2004, when 54 paintings were displayed. Several have been reproduced as prints that continue to sell well, especially the image of Buckley’s Tavern. Last month John Schoonover launched a solo exhibition of 25 of the artist’s paintings and watercolors in his refurbished Rodney Street Gallery. Entitled “Yesterday…Celebrating the Passage of Time in the Historic Brandywine and Delaware River Valleys,” the show featured both work for sale and paintings on loan.

“I’ve always admired Bayard Berndt’s work, and knowing he studied under my grandfather gives it more appeal,” says Schoonover. “I wanted something this fall that was very pertinent to my mission, to represent illustrators and Delaware artists from the late 19th to early 20th century.”

Bruni acknowledges the appeal of Berndt’s work to a younger generation. “It has a nostalgic importance,” he says. “His paintings document the area we live in when it was gentler, more open, more natural. He was unconsciously documenting a time that was going to be lost, and the work is part of the local archive.”

Bruni considers contemporary artist Paul Scarborough an heir to the Berndt style. “The Brandywine Valley doesn’t own that style, but it’s been ingrained here for 150 years.”

Sculptor Charles Allmond, who owns three Bayard Berndt paintings and counted the artist among his friends, was drawn to the straightforward, no-gimmicks execution. “He usually painted rather quickly and captured his subject with as little fanfare as possible,” Allmond says. “He was much freer at a younger age than the illustration artists of his day.”

For collector Norval Copeland, Berndt’s work is all about color and drama. “He paints water better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and I think he’s the best of the Delaware artists—by far,” Copeland says.

David Berndt continues to hope that many others have similar feelings and that his father’s work has been preserved in homes and public places as far away as the West Coast or as close as Wilmington. He keeps hoping as well that, one by one, the paintings and watercolors will find their way back home—like the one that turned up recently in a house under demolition in California. When the owner launched a Google search, he discovered the Hardcastle Gallery.

“Lately it’s been every other month or so that I get an email from someone who has one of Dad’s paintings,” David says. “Fifty percent of the time they want to sell, and I buy it, if I can. But the value has gone up so much that what was $3,000 a few years ago is now worth $8,000.”

If that escalation in value is frustrating on one level, it’s immensely gratifying on another.

 

 

 

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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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Returning to The Grand after 25 years and as six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world's attention. They have uncovered the wealth of...

Cost: $48-$57

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Beebe Healthcare offers free glucose screenings every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the following lab locations: Beebe Healthcare Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes,...

Cost: free

Where:
, DE

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Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Bariatric Information Seminar Location: Bayhealth Kent General, General Foods Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 6–7 p.m. Please bring insurance information to...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Dispelling Hospice Myths: Learn the truth about Medicare's hospice benefit Join us as Registered Nurse, Lisa Wheeler, discusses common myths associated with hospice and answers questions about end...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Ivy Gables
2210 Swiss Lane
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Ivy Gables
Telephone: 302-475-9400
Contact Name: Laurie Seidle
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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Pleasant Run Nursery owner Heidi Hesselein and Production Manager Daryl Kobesky believe that every garden should form a diverse ecosystem and have something to offer year round. Hear about this...

Cost: $10/members; $15/non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Garden Club of Wilmington & Delaware Grounds Management Association
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
Contact Name: Bonnie Swan
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

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The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
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Osteoporosis Screening Location: Bayhealth Outpatient Center, 1020 Mattlind Way, Milford Time: 1–3 p.m. More info: Trisha Bentley 744-6227 or 744-7135 or www.bayhealth.org

Where:
Bayhealth Outpatient Center
1020 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE
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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Trail Creek Outfitters Wild & Scenic Film Festival Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 Chester County Historical Society: 225 North High Street; West Chester PA 19380 Doors open at...

Cost: $25 for One Night; $45 for Two Nights

Where:
Chester County Historical Society
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
Website »

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For February’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society proudly presents a showcase of this year's Academy® Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. The screenings will be held...

Cost: $4 members and $6 for future members

Where:
The Den at Bear Trap Dunes
7 Clubhouse Dr
Coastal Highway
Ocean View and Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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NANTICOKE TO HOLD ANNUAL CHOLESTEROL & GLUCOSE SCREENINGS Nanticoke Health Services will be offering cholesterol and glucose screenings at four locations during the month of February. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
EZ Labs - Georgetown, Laurel, Bridgeville
, DE


Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services
Telephone: 302-536-5386
Contact Name: Rachel Ostroski
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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


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

More information

The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

More information

The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Indoor Flea Market Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
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​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for vendors and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »


Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

More information

Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N. Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
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We invite all area brides and guests to browse through hundreds of new and lovingly worn designer and couture wedding gowns, all at an incredible savings. Gowns range from $99 to $1,800, are...

Cost: varies - please visit website for more information

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
Website »

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Trail Creek Outfitters Wild & Scenic Film Festival Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 Chester County Historical Society: 225 North High Street; West Chester PA 19380 Doors open at...

Cost: $25 for One Night; $45 for Two Nights

Where:
Chester County Historical Society
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
Website »

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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


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

More information

For February’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society proudly presents a showcase of this year's Academy® Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. The screenings will be held...

Cost: $4 members and $6 for future members

Where:
The Den at Bear Trap Dunes
7 Clubhouse Dr
Coastal Highway
Ocean View and Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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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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Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter who...

Cost: $18 online / $20 at-the-door

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N Broom Street
Wilmington , DE  19806
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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It’s 1957 and Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift are in town to film “Raintree County,” a true Southern Epic to rival “Gone with the Wind.” There happens to be a...

Where:
Chapel Street Players
27 N. Chapel St.
Newark, DE
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"Pup-Purr-I", the 6th annual PAWS for People Conference offers "a little bit of everything" to pet lovers, owners and enthusiasts.  Fifteen interactive workshops address timely topics including...

Cost: $35/person through 2/14; $40/person after

Where:
St. Mark's UMC
1700 Limestone Rd
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Sponsor: PAWS for People
Telephone: 302-351-5622
Contact Name: Clarice Ritchie
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The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

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Return to Bucktoe for part II of the nature walk series focused on camouflage and other methods of winter survival. What types of wildlife can you spot? $5 TLC members; $10 non-members. Register...

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
View map »


Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Danielle Burley
Website »

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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Indoor Flea Market Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
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The Wilmington & Western Railroad's Hockessin Art Festival is a fundraising effort to benefit the railroad, now entering our 49th year of tourist service. Over 25 artists will be displaying and...

Cost: Art Show Admission: $3.00 Train Fare: $5.00 (Children under 2 are FREE)

Where:
Hockessin Memorial Hall
606 Yorklyn Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Contact Name: Carole
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Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for vendors and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Join us for an afternoon of wine tasting and learn about Delaware Tourism destinations.

Cost: 10 per person

Where:
Fenwick Wine Cellars
38016 Fenwick Shoals Blvd
Selbyville, DE  19975
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Sponsor: Fenwick Wine Cellars
Telephone: 302-436-1500
Contact Name: Katie Duke
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N. Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
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Southern Lights of Life Masquerade Ball: A Mysterious and Magical Evening of Living and Giving Benefiting Kent and Sussex Counties Join the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for the Southern...

Cost: $150

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-672-6435
Contact Name: Michelle Marshall
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We invite all area brides and guests to browse through hundreds of new and lovingly worn designer and couture wedding gowns, all at an incredible savings. Gowns range from $99 to $1,800, are...

Cost: varies - please visit website for more information

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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This popular Delaware duo has been winning fans for years...and now we have them on our stage!  Their performance will feature works including Concertante by Mauro Giuliani, Dances in the...

Cost: Free-will offering

Where:
Trinity Episcopal Church
1108 N. Adams Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Arts at Trinity
Telephone: (302) 652-8605
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How to Keep a Man is the stage play about 3 women who in their struggle to keep their man learn how they deserve to be kept.   Desiree is a strong minded, intelligent, and assertive...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
John Dickinson High School
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: The Wright Decision Entertainment Company
Telephone: 302-293-3559
Contact Name: Aaron L. Wright
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Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter who...

Cost: $18 online / $20 at-the-door

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N Broom Street
Wilmington , DE  19806
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The American Heart Association’s annual gala at the Chase Center on the Riverfront includes cocktails, appetizers, dinner, wine, silent and live auctions, and dancing to The Heartbeats. 

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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It’s 1957 and Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift are in town to film “Raintree County,” a true Southern Epic to rival “Gone with the Wind.” There happens to be a...

Where:
Chapel Street Players
27 N. Chapel St.
Newark, DE
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AIDS Delaware is putting on a twisted night of spectacle and entertainment, carnival style, at the Sheraton Wilmington South in New Castle

Where:
Sheraton Wilmington South
365 Airport Road
New Castle, DE  19720
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We can’t promise you an Oia sunset or a Italian seascape, but we are sure this delectable event, with yummies from Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Lebanon and Libya, will transport your taste...

Where:
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Historic Wilmington Courthouse
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Can you say, “Lights, Camera, Bloom?” You will this year, when the Philadelphia Flower Show pays tribute to the silver screen. All the marvels of the movies await, so sit down, be quiet...

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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