Jack Out of the Box

After 2½ years, Jack Varsalona has expanded Wilmington
University’s degree offerings and campuses. What’s next? Just follow the Wildcats.



Jack Varsalona wants to make earning a college
degree even more convenient for working adults.
 
Photograph by Christian Kaye

www.christiankaye.com

 

 

When Jack Varsalona became president of Wilmington College in July 2005, he had big shoes to fill. His predecessor, Dr. Audrey Doberstein, was practically canonized after transforming a school of 400 students who began meeting at the Tours Inn Motor Court in New Castle in 1968 into a community of 11,000 students and campuses across the state.

Varsalona worked with Doberstein for 17 years–they shared an office for nine—so he knew her strengths. He also knew the college needed to advance technologically and increase business partnerships.

Varsalona delivered online courses and offered programs at corporations to keep pace with the University of Delaware and Drexel University. He’s also quashing the notion that because enrollment is open, Wilmington’s offerings and reputation are inferior to other four-year colleges.

Varsalona’s contributions are most noteworthy in terms of economic impact. According to Judy McKinney-Cherry, the director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, Wilmington College’s direct contribution made up 11.3 percent of the entire educational sector’s $328 million contribution to the gross domestic product.

“The data tells me there’s been a concerted effort on Jack’s part to build the bachelor’s program, master’s, and to enhance the doctoral offerings, many aimed at business, which is where Delaware excels,” McKinney-Cherry says. “He’s been successful in taking what Wilmington College had and accelerating its growth in the right areas.”

Delaware Today sat with Varsalona at Polidoro Italian Grill in New Castle. Before he could take his first bite of eggplant Sicilian, we got the most obvious question out of the way:

DT: Wilmington College recently became Wilmington University. What’s in a name?

JV: The university status better reflects the academic vigor that our students go through. It better represents the size and the scope of the institution. We have eight sites in two states. We have two doctoral degrees and close to 25 master’s degrees.

DT: But you’ve offered your MBA since 1977, your bachelor’s since 1975 and a doctorate since 1990. What took so long?

JV: We went through a number of national accreditations. About two years ago, we began a study to determine if that was the case, and it came out 100 percent that we were a university. In addition, the Carnegie Foundation [for the Advancement of Teaching], which designates the differences between colleges and universities, seconded it.

DT: Yet critics call the whole thing nothing more than a marketing campaign.

JV:We have a growth rate that’s so high that my biggest problem is classroom space and parking spots. This is no marketing campaign.

DT: WU appears focused on older, working students rather than those traditionally aged. Is that a fair assessment?

JV: The ratio of adult to younger students under 24 is 60-40, of our 11,200 students. But about five years ago, we noticed the number of traditional-age students were increasing. We’ll be examining their needs more thoroughly. But throughout our existence, we have always been known for student service.

DT: Shouldn’t that be the goal of every educational institution?

JV: It should be. And most schools are striving for it now. We’ve always had it. The coursework here is tough, but everything else is easy: advising, registering, buying books, locations. An adult who wants to work, raise a family and go to school cannot be bothered with coming in at inappropriate times to register. We even make it easier for parents of young ones to fill out financial aid forms.

DT: Sounds like a business rather than a school.

JV: We’re in the business of education.

DT: It brings to mind a book called “The Entrepreneurial College President,” by James Fisher and James Koch, which suggests that today’s most successful college presidents are primarily defined by entrepreneurial attitudes and behavior. Do you agree?

JV: Yes. We’re a nonprofit organization. But we receive no federal or state funds to speak of. We rely on tuition. Therefore we have to keep tuition affordable.

DT: Yet some people still have that notion of WU as the old motel.

JV: It’s more of a concept among people who were living in Delaware back then, because the new people coming in have no idea and view us as extremely successful.

DT: Speaking of Delaware, why did you branch out in New Jersey at Burlington and Cumberland community colleges?

JV: We have a history in Delaware of educating community college graduates.  We have agreements with those colleges that their first two years are accepted and we finish the third and fourth year.

Probably 70 percent of DelTech graduates come to us. We’ve had the same arrangement with Salem Community College for about 25 years because it’s 11 miles away. So the other community college presidents in New Jersey were looking for someone like us, who had an excellent track record in graduating their students.

But there’s the kicker: We just don’t accept them. We have excellent retention and graduation rates. Burlington and Cumberland were geographically located where it would be most convenient for all community college grads to reach all of central and southern New Jersey. We’ve hardly advertised, and we have over 100 students in New Jersey already. (WU started the program in September.)

DT: But there are several colleges in New Jersey.

JV: New Jersey is the highest state in the country that exports high school graduates. They have a number of institutions, but there was certainly room for someone like us, an entrepreneurial nonprofit university.

DT: Talk about your Middletown High School initiative, where you offer high schoolers 100- and 200-level classes at more than a 50 percent reduction in tuition.

JV: I was looking for ways for adult students who lived in Middletown or Bear to have a better commute than going to our Dover and New Castle campuses. So we offered courses for them at night at Middletown High, and it became very successful. But then, in talking with the superintendent, we decided, if there were students that wanted college credit before they graduated, we’d offer it during the day. We discounted the rate simply because it’s a public service.

DT: And because they might become WU students?

JV: We’d love to have them.

DT: You’ve also been successful in attracting corporate clients by creating five-week fusion classes at Chrysler and AstraZeneca. Why bother? Corporate students are already coming to you.

JV: They do, but the future is taking higher ed to the workplace. With technology, it’s easy to export classes anywhere. It started because we went to those institutions, they evaluated us, and they said we offered what their employers needed. We were in Chrysler 10 years ago, until the students went through and no more wanted it. We went back with the MBA recently. We were at the Wilmington police force, too. At the Claymont Community Center, we’re offering an MBA this year and a bachelor’s next year.

DT: Explain open enrollment.

JV: Open enrollment does not mean open graduation. You don’t work, you don’t graduate. Class sizes have to stay small. Ours is 17 on average, and we won’t go higher. Math and writing, it’s probably 10. You have to have free tutoring. And you have to watch your students to make sure they’re learning. Our students tend to be highly motivated. About 95 percent of them are working.

What we’re teaching is what the community needs, but we also have national accreditations in every field. That means teams from all over the country come in and evaluate what we’re teaching and how effectively we’re delivering it. Finally, we have an outcomes assessment program where our graduates are analyzed according to graduation competencies, which encompass not only their skills, but also their ability to communicate them.

DT: Considering the amount of construction going on, can we safely assume that WU will always be brick and mortar, and won’t ever operate solely online?

JV: We have three bachelor’s degrees now which you can get four different ways. One is online. Next year we’ll develop six or seven bachelor’s and graduate degrees online. Our buildings are here to stay.

DT: Speaking of great foundations, how do you move away from Dr. Doberstein’s shadow and enjoy your limelight?

JV: I hope to achieve more growth. We’ll expand online, increase our accelerated programs and corporate partners. My goal is simple: to make it more convenient for working adults to get a degree. And in turn, that will lead to economic development in this state. (DEDO reports that for every job created at WU, 1.4 will be created in the economy.)

DT: We can’t forget the Wilmington Wildcats. With a logo change comes a uniform change. Seemed to help the San Antonio Spurs.

JV: I think we’re turning the C sideways. It’ll seem more like a U. Can’t hurt.

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-752-8467
Contact Name: NPN Care Coordinator
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Christiana Care Wellness Yoga ​Occurs on Mondays Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark Time: 1–2 p.m. Physician clearance required....

Where:
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Christiana Care: Mindful Meditation for Pain and Stress Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. More info: 623-4707 to...

Where:
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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PROGRAM: Breakfast: 7:30am Meeting: 8:00-9:30am   Our 9th Annual Meeting will update attendees on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington, as well as focus on WRC’s core strategic...

Cost: $50

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school.  Each year, many...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-1164
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June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
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Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
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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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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
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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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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May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
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Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

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Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
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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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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's 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 experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation invites toddlers and their parents, grandparents, and caretakers to the new Copeland Maritime Center for adventures in early learning. Toddler Tuesdays encourages...

Cost: $6 per child

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation at the Copeland Maritime
1124 E 7th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-429-7447
Contact Name: Virginia Hanna

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Christiana Care Smoking Cessation Classes 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark More info and to register: 693-2273 or...

Where:
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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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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Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Need a Mother's Day gift or a new sun dress? Stop by J.McLaughlin on Tuesday, May 5th from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Shop and help a good cause ~ 15% of all sales will be donated to Delaware Hospice.

Cost: FREE

Where:
J. McLaughlin
4001 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware Hospice
Telephone: 302-746-4535
Contact Name: Janet Luke
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How should we garden in this time of global change? Can we design plantings that will survive varied and even unpredictable conditions? Natural systems deal with unpredictability every day and have...

Cost: UDBG Friends: FREE; Nonmembers: $10

Where:
The Commons, Townsend Hall
531 South College Avenue
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Botanic Gardens
Telephone: (302) 831-2531
Contact Name: Valann Budischak
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June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Website »

More information

The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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

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

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

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

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

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

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

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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The Golden Pheasants welcome Eric and Ryan Berley from Philadelphia’s The Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery for “Innovation with Libations.” Guests will learn about the Berleys’...

Cost: $20

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library, and Movies at Midway present, “The Dark Valley” as May’s film for the Around the World series on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 pm in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library, and Movies at Midway present, “The Dark Valley” as May’s film for the Around the World series on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 pm in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Jukebox the Ghost’s third album Safe Travels marks a period in the band’s career that’s steeped in change, both personally and professionally. Relationships dissolved and crumbled. Loved ones...

Cost: $17

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
Website »

More information

June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

More information

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Website »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
View map »


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

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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

Rockford Tower opens for the season during the annual Flower Market, a spring tradition in Rockford Park.  Climb this historic structure and see the Flower Market and the city of Wilmington. 

Cost: Free with Flower Market admission

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

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95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market The 95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington on May 7th, 8th and 9th, Thursday and Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
Wilmington, DE


Sponsor: Wilmington Flower Market
Telephone: 302-995-5699
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

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

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

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Mix It Up: Creating Mixed-Media ArtThursdays, April 16 – May 21, 4 – 6 pm, Ages 8 – 12$195 for six week session, all supplies included ($210 when registered after April 11) Led by artist and...

Cost: 195

Where:
Highlands Art Garage
2003 WEST 17TH STREET
WILMINGTON, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Highlands Art Garage
Contact Name: Jane Chesson
Website »

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May on the Bay: Moonbirds and Living Fossils A Collaboration with the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Did you know that in our very own backyard- Delaware’s Bayshore – we host one...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
Delaware Musuem of Natural History
4850 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
Contact Name: Laura Chamberlin
Website »

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Come out and support your favorite zoo while enjoying delicious food and drinks!  Brandywine Zoo staff members will be guest bartending.  A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
BBC Tavern and Grill
4019 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: BBC Tavern and Grill
Telephone: (302) 655-3785
Website »

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Dr. Amy Bentley of New York University will discuss the creation of processed baby food by Gerber and other companies in mid-century America, and the reaction against it since the 1970s by mothers...

Cost: free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Soda House Auditorium
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400 x243
Contact Name: Carol Lockman
Website »

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Avalon, the first full-length album from guitarists Julian Lage and Chris “Critter” Eldridge is a vivid snapshot of this duo’s repertoire, circa 2014; a portrait of a burgeoning friendship...

Cost: $14

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
Website »

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Murder at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party Join us for a family-friendly, interactive, comedy murder mystery aboard our 1929 self-propelled railcar. Desserts, water and sodas will be provided during the...

Cost: Adults & Seniors: $42; Children (2-12): $22

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
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June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market The 95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington on May 7th, 8th and 9th, Thursday and Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
Wilmington, DE


Sponsor: Wilmington Flower Market
Telephone: 302-995-5699
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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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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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Website »

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This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
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Website »

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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's 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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May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
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Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

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Commemorate America’s public garden heritage with a complimentary visit to Mt. Cuba Center! Relax in our gardens, eat a picnic lunch, or take a leisurely stroll observing nature. Participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302.239.4244
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Rockford Tower opens for the season during the annual Flower Market, a spring tradition in Rockford Park.  Climb this historic structure and see the Flower Market and the city of Wilmington. 

Cost: Free with Flower Market admission

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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
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
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitorsto 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, $3 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Ripken Baseball and Giant Food have partnered to host "Get Out and Play" clinics, which encourage children to have fun, while being active and learning critical life lessons. These clinics include...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
Vilone Park
35 Olga Road
Elsmere, DE  19805
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Cost: Free, unless ticketing requirement noted

Where:
U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
1 Munro Avenue, Cape May, NJ
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Cape May, NJ  08204
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Telephone: 609-425-7650
Contact Name: Nina Ranalli
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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
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  A festive concert featuring music written for and performed at Royal Weddings throughout history. Featuring professional soloist Augustine Mercante, countertenor, Ryan Tibbetts, bass, and Jill...

Cost: $20, adults; $15 seniors and students; Children under 12 FREE

Where:
Calvary Episcopal Church
304 Lore Avenue
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Opus One Vocal Arts
Telephone: 302-743-1201
Contact Name: Ryan Pryslak
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  Opus One Vocal Arts presents a very "regal" spring concert! A festival of music written for or performed at Royal Weddings throughout history (and some other "not so royal" additions as...

Cost: $20 adults, $15 seniors & students, Children under 12 FREE

Where:
Calvary Episcopal Church, Hillcrest
304 Lore Ave
Wilmington , DE  19809
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Sponsor: Opus One Vocal Arts
Telephone: 302-743-1201
Contact Name: Ryan Pryslak
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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Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, who attended Harvard University with lead singer China Forbes, founded Pink Martini in 1994. Crossing a variety of genres, ranging from old-fashioned pop to jazz, Pink...

Cost: $44-$52

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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“There are plenty of talented artists out there, but what sets Jean Rohe apart are the suppleness of her voice, the integrity of her vision, and the grace she shows in her wide-ranging journeys...

Cost: $12

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
Website »

More information

June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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Dewey Beach Arts Festival  The Dewey Business Partnership and Dewey Beach Lion's Club will be sponsoring the fourth annual Dewey Beach Arts Fest and Lion's Club Community Day. The event will...

Cost: Free Event

Where:
Dewey Beach Lion's Club
Dagsworthy Avenue
McKinley Avenue
Dewey Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Dewey Business Partnership
Telephone: 302-228-3701
Contact Name: Kelly Ranieri
Website »

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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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This ambitious young photographer, Hugo Hentoff, has seized the day with an exhibit of his unique look at the world around him. A senior at St. Andrews, Hentoff explores foreign soils, familiar...

Cost: Free

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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Join land managers Mike Weaver and Jared Judy to trace Flintwoods Preserve’s flora and fauna, including trout lily, Jack-in-the pulpit, bloodroot, cut-leaf toothwort and rue anemone.  Birders,...

Cost: $15/members; $45/non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: none
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
Contact Name: Bonnie Swan
Website »

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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

More information

Rockford Tower opens for the season during the annual Flower Market, a spring tradition in Rockford Park.  Climb this historic structure and see the Flower Market and the city of Wilmington. 

Cost: Free with Flower Market admission

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
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

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


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

95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market The 95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington on May 7th, 8th and 9th, Thursday and Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
Wilmington, DE


Sponsor: Wilmington Flower Market
Telephone: 302-995-5699
Website »

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
View map »


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

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

The Plants are a four piece Philadelphia based band for kids. With their eclectic style, The Plants traverse musical genres while exploring the potential of the imagination. Each song is...

Cost: Free

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen\
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
Website »

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Experiment and innovate with our series of family activities: Science Saturdays. Families work creatively together to solve a problem or make an improvement. Today’s activity explores magnets and...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
, DE

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Cost: Free, unless ticketing requirement noted

Where:
U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
1 Munro Avenue, Cape May, NJ
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Cape May, NJ  08204
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Telephone: 609-425-7650
Contact Name: Nina Ranalli
Website »

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Date: Saturday, May 9Time: 6 – 11 p.m.Price: $150 per person The Honorary Chairs, U.S. Senator Thomas Carper and the Honorable Nancy Cook, along with the General Chairs, Susan and Charles...

Cost: 150

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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He's been called an edgy urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools....

Cost: $25

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
Website »

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Panorama Jazz Band takes the traditional New Orleans brass band and adds a healthy mixture of other world music influences – klezmer, Caribbean, Creole, gypsy – to create an intoxicating sound...

Cost: $25

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Website »

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Discover the fascinating stories of the immigrant workers who lived along the Brandywine and worked for the DuPont Company in the black powder manufactory. This is the only tour that offers...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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