30 Seconds … with Jack Schreppler

We recently chatted with Jack Schreppler, the grand marshal for life of the annual Hummers Parade, which is held 1 p.m.-ish on New Year’s Day in downtown Middletown. Schreppler has served as grand marshal of the event for more than 40 years.



Photo by Ron Dubick

DT: Do you ever get tired of telling the story of how the parade started?
JS: I don’t get tired of talking about the origins because it causes me to think about a lot of great Middletown folks who are no longer with us. Folks who started the parade. It just gives me warm memories of my childhood when the parade started and people from some great old Middletown families who have come and gone onto glory. And now my dad is one of them. We lost him two years ago.

DT: So how did it start?
JS: It started with the Sheats family and the Miller family. Julian Sheats and Dutch Miller were partners in a Ford automotive dealership in Middletown. They had a tradition of getting together on New Year’s Day and watching the bowl games and the parades and making funny hats out of Christmas decorations. One New Year’s Day Dutch Miller was sick and couldn’t come down to the party. The Sheats and the Millers only lived a couple blocks from each other, right on South Broad Street. So the people at the party, there were a lot of other families there, decided to march up the street to cheer up Dutch Miller. They did a little bit of strutting like they had seen the Mummers do. And they had their funny hats, so they paraded for a couple of blocks. That’s how it was born.
The Sheats boys, there was Lee, Law and Chip, were about my age. And the family had so much fun doing it that the following New Year’s Day, they said well, we’re going to march up the street again. And they went a little further. Lee Sheats, who was then and still is my best friend, called me and said, We’re gonna parade. Come on over. I told mom and dad about it. Mom went up on the third floor of our house where she had an old trunk and kept clothes that we used for Halloween costumes. And she found an old suit of tails. And she found this hat that dad said was from the Mexican-American War. And I put it on and I rode my bike over to the Sheats’ house. I think I was 15. I’m now 56. And when I got there Mr. Sheats had a sash on that said, “Parade Marshal.” He was going to be the grand marshal. But when he saw my clothing, he said, “Why you look like a parade marshal, Jack, so put this sash on.” I got up front—and I was in pretty good shape because I was on the rowing team at St. Andrew’s School—and I did the Prussian kind of goosestep. I thought it was a one-time thing for a 15-year-old kid to be leading a bunch of grownups. But I must not have done too badly of a job because the next year they wanted me to do it again. At some point, I added roller skates. I don’t know what year that was, but it was probably well after I finished my rowing years. I started that with the four-bangers and now I have the in-line skates. Like most things with the Hummers Parade, I don’t practice the skating.

DT: I heard the name of the parade had something to do with the Philadelphia Mummers. Is that true?
JS: I think they just called it Hummers because we didn’t have any instruments, so we hummed. There was a time when we had a banjo player and we did do some “Golden Slippers.” So, I guess you could say it has its roots in the Mummers, but it really is its own tradition and it has evolved into people using it as a venue to satirize current events. Especially public figures who have stepped into something during the year. This year we have the four-star general, it was an election year … it’s a target-rich environment. It’ll be great.

DT: Is it true that there are no rules for the parade?
JS: Here’s the thing that surprises a lot of people about the Hummers Parade: The reason I think we’ve lasted all of these years is that we have no organization at all. I don’t have a membership list. There are no dues. There are no meetings. There are no requirements. There are no rules. It’s total spontaneity. Everybody there is there because they decided to show up that day. They don’t need anybody else’s permission. They just show up. And I am grateful that people come every year. I am always impressed with the originality of it. And, candidly, if we had rules and meetings, I would have dropped out a long time ago. It’s a great tradition.

DT: What about the thing where folks aren’t supposed to do too much ahead of time?
JS: There is an unwritten rule that you’re not supposed to start on your costumes or floats until the ball drops at midnight. I think maybe that rule sometimes is honored in the breach, but if you look at how the stuff is homemade, pretty much people are following that spirit. The creativity is wonderful. We have occasionally gotten in a little bit of trouble because somebody along the way can be offended by something that’s said or spoofed.

DT: Have you had people yell at you or write a letter to the newspaper because they were offended?
JS: There was an episode maybe five or six years ago. We have a chant that we cheer. The chant offended some people because they thought it was anti-Christian…taking the lord’s name in vain. It has some four-letter words in it that I didn’t allow my children to use except that one day for a year. There were some people who were upset by that. They didn’t hear it, but The News Journal printed it. So there was a letter to the editor and then I responded. Then there was a couple of exhanges and it died down. We haven’t had any more of that. We still do the chant. I’ll recite it for you, but only if you promise not to print it.

DT: So there’s been no further trouble with the chant?
JS: I remember writing in my response that I think the lord cares more about what we do than what we say. The Hummers really is, for the most part, wholesome. The little children lining up on the streets with their parents are proof of that. They love it.

DT: Have you ever considered passing the scepter?
JS: When that happened that year, I was actually thinking about retiring. Not because I was tired of doing it. But because at some point somebody else is going to have to take over. I was considering handing it over to the son of one of my best friends because he lives there in Middletown. It’s Michael Sheats. He’s a lot younger and he’s a Middletown guy and he’d be around to take us well into the 21st century.
Unfortunately that’s the same year that the dust-up came over the chant. I was going to say that was my last parade, but then I thought, I can’t turn over the parade to a young man when there’s this kind of controversy and make him deal with it. So I decided to keep on marching and get us through that. Now I think I’m just gonna do it as long as I can still skate. When I have to take the skates off and can’t skate anymore, that will be the right time to turn over the scepter.

DT: What are your responsibilities as grand marshal?
JS: It’s not a lot of work. I call the Town Hall and I say, “Can I have the parade permit?” And they say, “Same time, same place, same route?” And I say, “Yes.” And they say, “All right, you’ve got your permit.” The town has been wonderfully supportive of us. The town police give us traffic control, which in the early years we didn’t have because we were pretty small and the town was a lot smaller. At some point, I guess the mayor said, You really ought to get a permit so we can help out with traffic control.

DT: Has the event ever been canceled?
JS: I remember one year it was bad weather. I was driving down and my dad called my cell phone number and he said, “I hear the parade’s cancelled.” I said, “What do you mean the parade’s canceled? I’m on my way.” He said, “Well Charlie Biggs said the parade is canceled. Charlie Biggs was and is the town barber. And you know in small towns, the barbershop is the source of news. Charlie had called the police station and asked if the parade was going to go on. They said, “We haven’t heard from Jack Schreppler, so we’re assuming that the parade is canceled.” I called the Middletown Police and I got whoever was on duty. I told him who I was and he said, “Well, the parade’s canceled. We didn’t hear from you.” I said, “But I have a permit. You don’t need to hear from me, you just need to show up.” He said, “Well, we don’t have anybody to cover it.” And I said, “Well that’s fine because we did it for many years without police protection and it looks like we’re going to do it one more. Have a nice day.”
When I got to the place where we start, which is where the Sheats’ nephew, Clark Beck used to live. We started on the back streets of Middletown at the intersection of South Cass Street and West Cochran Street. And we still start there, even though he lives in Lewes now. It gives us a chance to warm up before we hit Broad Street.
So I got to the place of beginning and the mayor, Ken Branner, was laughing at me. He said, “Don’t worry about it, Jack. You’ve got police protection.”

DT: Some of the floats and costumes through the years have really been the stuff of genius.
JS: There are some families and groups that I expect big things from and they always come through. The Bingham have had some great ones over the years. Like Saddam Hussein in a spider hole. Last year they were red Solo cups. There’s another group called the Oldies but Goodies. That’s some of the original Hummers: Clark Beck and his family. My favorite all-time is one that Clark did. It was called “Hot Hummered Hog.” His crew dressed up as Amish and they had a real pig roast on a float. And at the end of the parade we ate the pig. Another favorite of mine was when Robbie Hutchison, who is the funeral director in Middletown, he danced the whole parade route with a blow-up doll.

DT: Have you ever missed a Hummers Parade?
JS: I have had a couple of substitutes. I’ve been doing it 41 years, but I haven’t done it 41 times. There have been a couple of years when I was younger and on a ski trip on something like that. The two substitutes that I remember are Bob Dunn, who was a classmate of mine at St. Andrew’s School. He actually invented the scepter. That was Bob’s creation. My cousin, Mike Cochran, has done it at least one year. His kids and my kids have done a lot of floats together. When my kids were real young, they thought the parade was cool. Then as they got into the early teenage years, they thought that it was corny. And now that they’re past those years, they think it’s cool again.

DT: Is there anything like it anywhere else?
JS: There is a parade in California called the Doo Dah Parade. And I think it makes fun of the Rose Parade. I’ve read about it. I’ve never seen it. I think they had a briefcase drill team or a team of bag ladies with carts. We’ve had something similar. We had something called “Toro, Toro, Toro,” and it was people pushing lawnmowers doing maneuvers.

DT: What does it take to be a great Hummer?
JS: It takes a great imagination. It takes duct tape. It takes some long johns. We’ve skated through snow, cold rain and we’ve also had some beautiful days. I understand there are people who just can’t take the inclement weather, but the participation is better when we have good weather. But I also really appreciate those stalwart souls who show up every New Year’s Day regardless of the weather because it would be a little embarrassing for me to skate down the street and not have anybody behind me.

DT: Is that a true fear?
JS: Yeah. I have had some dread. Well, what if I’m the only one there? What am I gonna do? And I resolved, You know what? I’m going to skate. But it’s never happened. There’s always folks there. I mean I can always count on Miss Ellen Combs’ fire engine. Her son, Hedley Davis, comes all the way from California to drive that fire engine in the Hummers Parade. And if he’s not there, S.R. Smith will drive it. Those are some great, old Middletown families and it might be the only time I see them during the year. The Hummers Parade has become a bit of a Middletown reunion for a lot of the old families and a lot of newcomers. There’s a lot of folks that move to town and find out about it. Or maybe they don’t move to Middletown but they have friends … I know people who come from Baltimore to see it because they were visiting one time and they had fun. We get a lot of folks who read about it after they’ve seen it and they read that you don’t have to join anything to be in the parade. Just show up and get in line. I think folks at first, Well that can’t be right because in modern life, everything is regulated. But not the Hummers.

DT: I’ve heard some stories. Does alcohol have a place in this event?
JS: Every motorized unit has to have some type of lubrication. (laughs) So, I’ll say that. And I’ll also say this: Sully’s Irish Pub at the Witherspoon opens early on New Year’s Day. And I am there lubricating my skates, so to speak, for anybody who wants to join me. It’s right in the center of town and I have been known to skate right through there on my way. And after I hand out the trophies, I’ll be back at Sully’s for anybody who wants to buy the grand marshal a drink.

DT: So do you notice familiar faces in the crowd year after year?
JS: Oh, yeah. It goes past my parents’ house. I still get to skate up and give my mom a kiss, but I can’t shake my dad’s hand anymore. (He passed away two years ago.) But I love the crowd at what old Middletown folks call the Four Corners. It’s the center of town at Cochran Square there where the World War I memorial is situated, right next to Sully’s Pub. That is an historic spot because Capt. Witherspoon’s inn I think was the first building in Middletown. The original Witherspoon Inn burned and I think it was rebuilt early in the 20th century. Now it’s been beautifully refurbished as an Irish pub. Middletown is so named, not because it’s halfway between Wilmington and Dover. It’s named Middletown because it’s halfway between the Appoquinimink River at Odessa and the Bohemia River over on the Maryland side. The drayer teams would meet the sailing vessels, load the goods and then travel overland and Middletown is the high ground. That is where they would stop to water their horses on their way to the Bohemia River where the goods would be loaded into sailing vessels and then head off to Baltimore before there was a C&D Canal. That’s how the settlement of Middletown was started.

DT: Has anyone ever challenged your eminence?
JS: I’ve not been deposed. Still unindicted. (laughs) I did have one challenge. It was a young man named Will Thomas. The Thomas family has a stevedore business at the Port of Wilmington. Will is in a wheelchair. He’s a sharp guy. He and his motorized wheelchair, he was my assistant grand marshal for a couple years. And he’s got a wicked sense of humor. He said to me, “Schreppler, I’m not going to be your assistant anymore. Either I’m taking over or I’m moving on to a bigger parade.” (laughs) So, he moved on. I’m still here. He’s a great kid.

DT: What kind of feedback do you get for your performance?
JS: I actually get a lot of compliments from people who enjoy the parade and I really don’t deserve the compliments because I have nothing to do with the content of the parade. If I actually had control of the content, it wouldn’t be as good a parade. I couldn’t think of all the things that these people come up with. I will accept compliments on behalf of the Hummers, but not on behalf of the grand marshal.

DT: Where does one find a top hat?
JS: Well, I had a hat from the Mexican-American War and it finally became more duct tape than felt, so I retired it. Last year I went up to a haberdasher on South Street in Philadelphia. I got a genuine top hat. (He looks at a tag inside the hat.) It’s a genuine top hat that’s made in China. (laughs) My daughter taught me how to do the flip (when I put it on.) I think it was about $60. I’ve been through several suits of tails. My mom gets them for me at Goodwill.

DT: I notice it’s missing a button.
JS: Well, everything about the Hummers is slightly shabby. (laughs)

DT: Tell me about the anchors on the lapels.
JS: My dad died two years ago. In World War II he was in the Coast Guard and the Naval Air Corps. I gave the eulogy at my dad’s funeral and I talked about his military service. That first Christmas without Pop, mom presented those anchors to me as a gift. I thought, well, I’m going to wear them in the Hummers Parade as a tribute to my father. That was the year … I give a trophy every year. It used to be that we had real winners. Now, I think everybody’s a winner, so I just buy lots of trophies. I have some angels that help me pay for the trophies. The trophy that year was a picture of a biplane because my father was in training to be a fighter pilot when the war ended. They trained first in biplanes. Pop didn’t get his wings because the war ended and didn’t want to enlist for another three or four years. So I talked about at the funeral that old Pop passed on and now he’s with the angels and finally has his wings. He didn’t have any wings that Mom could pass on to me, but he had his anchors. I just decided to leave them on that suit. That way I’ll always know where they are. So he’ll be with me at every Hummers Parade.

DT: You hit a golf ball down the street a few years ago because of the Tiger Woods’ fidelity issue. Did the ball hit anything?
JS: Yeah. Unfortunately I hit a 10 or 12-year old boy in the forehead. It was a Whiffle golf ball. But he didn’t like it and he threw it back at me. I don’t think I’m going to do that anymore.

DT: Have their been any mishaps over the years?
JS: We’ve actually been remarkably accident-free. There was the one incident with the mini-bike. But all these years, nobody’s been hurt. I always keep the insurance up, though. I will say one of the proudest moments was when Middletown Fire Co. had a fire truck in the parade and in the early minutes of the parade, as we were just heading south on Cass Street, the fire whistle blew. I had to pull the parade over to the side of the street so the fire truck could go by. When we got out to Broad Street, there was the fire truck putting out a chimney fire. It was a year that was real windy. So at the end of the parade, there was a lot of Philadelphia media in Middletown because the Mummers, they don’t go when there’s high wind. So when there’s no Mummers Parade, the Philadelphia media doesn’t have much to do. So they came down to Middletown. That was the year a TV station asked me, What’s the difference between the Mummers and the Hummers? I said, “Well, our duct tape doesn’t look quite as fine as their feathers, but it holds up better in the wind. And while the Mummers were staying home today, the Middletown Hummers put out a house fire without breaking stride.”

DT: So you’ve had more than your 15 minutes of fame?
JS: There have been two articles that have featured me. One was called Mid-State Living. One was a News Journal publication. I was on the cover of one of them. When the one writer called me up—he knew somebody I go to church with—he called me up and introduced himself and said, “I’m doing a story about local characters and from I’ve been told you qualifty.” (laughs) He said, I’ve interviewed some other people about you and I hope you won’t be offended if I tell you…” I said, “I’m not easily offended.” He had talked to Robbie Hutchison, the funeral director, and Robbie described me as an “Ivy League good old boy.” He said, “Are you offended by that?” I said, “No. I take that as a compliment. I said I have my own term for myself that’s similar. I said, “I think of myself as a renaissance redneck.”

DT: Have you ever thought about branching out?
JS: I have had calls over the years from other parades that wanted the Hummers to participate. I recall one was—Hockessin has a parade I think it’s for Fourth of July. They were disappointed when I said, “I can’t do it because I don’t know how to get ahold of the Hummers. First, I don’t think they would do it. But I don’t all their names or their phone numbers. I know some of them.” They didn’t really believe me. They thought I was just trying to put them off. But it’s the truth. I could reach a few, but I don’t think they’d do it. The Middletown Hummers are a unique part of Delaware’s culture and we ought to leave it way.
 

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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: Adults: $14, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ are...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne and Stephanie Dumpson
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
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Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and the fourth Monday of each month from 6 to 7 pm in the Medical...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-536-5395
Contact Name: Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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Each of us strives for happiness and peace in life.  We would like to experience peace and happiness in response to every action we perform. We feel happiness is my birthright. The path we...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Apartments Community Room (near pool)
2702 Jacqueline Dr.
Wilmington, DE  19810


Sponsor: Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidhyalaya
Telephone: 706-691-4666
Contact Name: Krutiben Aghera
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Wednesdays through September 28, 2016, October 12 & 29, November 9 & 26, December 7 &31 8:00 am – 7:30 pm   Itinerary: 8:00 am Customer Check In 8:45 am Boat departs Lewes 10:15am Bus...

Cost: $35

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes , DE  19958
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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: Adults: $14, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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


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

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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmers Market Nov 8, 2016 - April 11, 2017  11 am- 2 pm 25 vendors Location:  East Coast Garden Center 30366 Cordrey Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 302-945-3489

Cost: frr

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

Cost: Free

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Telephone: 302-945-3489
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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
Website »

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This literature discussion of "Lovely, Dark, Deep" by Joyce Carol Oates, led by author and educator Dr. Myrna Nurse, is part of a nationwide and statewide celebration of the Pulitzer Prize...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware Memorial Hall
170 The Green
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Delaware Humanities Forum
Telephone: 302-657-0650
Contact Name: Ciera Fisher
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to collaborate with the American Association of University Women Coastal Georgetown Branch and the League Of Women Voters® Of Sussex County to present...

Cost: $9

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: 19958
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
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Cost: Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Center for the Arts (Gore Recital Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: Adults: $14, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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


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

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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Wednesday, November 30 12:15, Rotunda Join us for a talk focusing on the early manual techniques exemplified by Currier & Ives. Joan Irving, paper conservator at Winterthur, will look closely at...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
Website »

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on November 2, 9, 16, and 30 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program may be...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Wednesday November 30, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Galleries Reception Atrium. Help ring in the jazz series and welcome back Ron Cole Trio on November 30.  Cash wine and beer bar; fruit and cheese for...

Cost: Free - $15

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

More information

The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

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Have you ever wondered how to make soap. This is your chance!. Please join Rachel Binkley of Rocker Soaps + Herbals for a fun and information filled class. We will make Goat's Milk soap, learn how...

Cost: 45.00

Where:
pin Hide Map It's All About You Massage & Bodywork
1170 S Dupont Blvd
Smyrna, DE  19977
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Sponsor: Rocker Soaps + Herbals
Telephone: 302-544-0391
Contact Name: Rachel Binkley
Website »

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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

More information

Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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


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

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: Adults: $14, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
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Caroling with local school groups & local dignitaries Tree Lighting Ceremony Fun Activities! Free Hot Chocolate & Cookies! Visit from Santa Claus Canned Food Drive to support...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Downtown Dover
Loockerman Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 302-734-7513
Contact Name: Cristal Brenneman
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Pages of Time: Mother & Daughter Book & Craft Club Thursday November 3, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple...

Cost: $25-35

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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"A Soul Opera...telling stories of love & life through songs and poetry!"Local and regional artist perform dramatic stories of love and life using a unique blend of poetry and songs backed by a...

Cost: 20

Where:
World Cafe Live At The Queen
500 N Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. This razor-sharp satire won the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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WYLDER Embracing the best elements of indie pop and folk, Washington, D.C.’s Wylder instills clear and memorable melodies against a layered acoustic backdrop. Through an eclectic mix of stormy...

Cost: $10

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Gable Music Ventures
Telephone: 215-222-1400
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: Adults: $14, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
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It may be called Parents’ Night Off, but let’s be honest…it’s really for the kids! Each night has a different theme, so we’ll do something new every time. Experiments, movies, games, arts...

Cost: $20 for Members, $25 for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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Penns Woods Winery's 6th Annual Ugly Sweater Party! December 2nd 6:30pm to 9:30pm Entrance is $35 and includes a glass of wine from our tasting menu, finger foods, holiday sweets, and a holiday...

Cost: $30 early bird until November 1st, $35 online until Dec. 1st, & $40 at the door

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Penns Woods Winery
Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Andrea
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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. This razor-sharp satire won the...

Cost: $15 - $30

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

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Cost: Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Center for the Arts (Gore Recital Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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BJ BARHAM B.J. Barham was a long way from home when the tragedy happened.On November 13, 2015, the singer-songwriter—raised in a small North Carolina town called Reidsville—was in the middle...

Cost: $12 ADV- $14 DOS + FEES

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
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The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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

Where:
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North
Dover , DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: First State Heritage Park

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Seatings: 9am and 10:30am Before loading his sleigh and starting his fast jaunt around the world, Santa has graciously agreed to stop at the Ferry terminal for a special breakfast with some of his...

Cost: $11-15

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes , DE  19958
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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December 2 – 24  “Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving. Oil paintings - Terry Anderson, Janis Fitch, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride,...

Cost: free

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

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Select your Christmas tree in style with a ride aboard the Christmas Tree Train at Strasburg Rail Road. Travel aboard an authentic, vintage steam train to Leaman Place Grove to select a fresh-cut,...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 11 and under) $1

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

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“Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
w, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: Adults: $14, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

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Yuletide at Winterthur November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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


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

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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

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Enjoy a very special pancake breakfast at DMNH, and then visit with Santa! Get your picture taken with Santa and let him know if you’ve been naughty or nice.  Afterwards, enjoy the afternoon at...

Cost: $5 plus Museum admission; $5 for DMNH Members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-536-5395
Contact Name: Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery
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Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all...

Cost: Adults: $18; Seniors (60+): $17; Children (2-12): $16; Children Under 2: Free

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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Wilmington, DE, October 27, 2016 – AIDS Delaware presents the 2016 World AIDS Day Summit! The Summit will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Delaware Technical Community College,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Technical Community College
300 N. Orange St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: AIDS Delaware
Telephone: 302-652-6776
Contact Name: Iris McKenney
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John H. Porter - First State Chapter - Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated invites you to a luncheon celebration honoring the Late Dr. Luna I. Mishoe. Dr. Mishoe was the 8th president of Delaware State...

Cost: $45

Where:
Delaware State University
1200 N Dupont Hwy
Martin Luther King Building
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-335-4064
Contact Name: Peggy Swygert

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Ride the train with Santa. Santa will greet each passenger in their seats and families will have the opportunity to visit with him and have their photo taken. At the station Mrs. Claus will be...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 866-725-9666
Website »

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Delaware State University President’s Scholarship Ball 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Cocktail Reception...

Cost: $125

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. This razor-sharp satire won the...

Cost: $15 - $30

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

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Delaware Children's Theatre "Willy Wonka" Recommended for all ages, 4+ Roald Dahl’s classic story of a magic candy man’s exciting quest to find an...

Cost: $14

Where:
Delaware Children's Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302.655.1014
Contact Name: Jennifer Lunger
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The Nutcracker performed by The Ballet Theatre of Dover! Saturday December 3rd at 2:00 and 7:00 PM Sunday, December 4th at 2:00 PM Come join the magic of the season with The Nutcracker!    ...

Cost: $misc

Where:
Schwartz Center
226 South State Street
Dover, DE  19901
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UD's Children's Choirs, University Singers and Concert Choir perform holiday choral music

Cost: Advanced tickets are available through the REP Box Office, 302-831-2204. $5-$15

Where:
Amy duPont Muisc Building (Loudis Recital Hall)
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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Summer season is over, but Phillips Seafood House is still serving your Eastern Shore favorites! Don’t miss out on their amazing Prime Rib Dinner for only $19.99. The dinner includes a premium 12...

Cost: $19.99

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-250-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood House
Website »

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Tuesday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: Childbirth course: $50 | Refresher course: $25

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society presents Scott Foppiano's Christmas Concert. For tickets, click here: http://www.dtoskimball.org/events-tickets/ticket-information/ For...

Where:
, DE

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The magic of Christmas Eve is recreated on the Night Before Christmas Train ride. Visitors can wear their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk as they travel down the tracks. On board, a reader...

Cost: Adults $18, Children (ages 3-11) $11, Children (ages 2 and under) $3

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

More information

The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. This razor-sharp satire won the...

Cost: $15 - $30

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


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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GREG JONES PROJECT Between his husky voice, precise guitar playing and down-to-earth presence, Greg Jones generates a connective musical experience that hangs in the balance of an intimate improv...

Cost: $10 + FEES

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


Telephone: 215-222-1400
Website »

More information

The exhibit will showcase Ruth Wales du Pont who is often in the background here at Winterthur.  She was a talented and active person in her own right.  The exhibit will highlight her interests,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Learn how climate change affects our world with hands-on activities that can relate to explorers of all ages. Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorer visitors can take on the role of an Arctic...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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