Who is Jamie Wyeth?

Since the death of his famous father, Andrew Wyeth, the last in a succession of renowned painters explores strange new territory in his work. A major retrospective shows the evolution of an American artist.


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Jamie Wyeth may have pulled a fast one.

In an elite world of artists who are fiercely attached to the philosophical underpinning of their work, and critics who often require a highly intellectualized defense of those ideas before they will consider an artist significant or important, Wyeth fashions himself a “boring” person who simply paints, day after day, the things he loves.

So what are we to make of “Bale?” The 1972 oil painting depicts a hay bale in a wood-bounded meadow full of similar bales. With its focus on an everyday object, it is like a folk painting. In Wyeth’s obviously painstaking effort to render the bale precisely, it is most certainly realistic. And in an attempt to speak plainly, it is not unlike Andy Warhol’s “Brillo Boxes” or “Campbell’s Soup Cans,” those iconic rejections of the abstract, even if the imperfection of Wyeth’s dazzling technique forces some incidental abstraction just the same. With “Bale,” Wyeth seems to have dipped a toe into the current of Pop—reinforced by the repetition of machine-made bales in the background like so many silk-screened Marilyn Monroes—while anchored to the tradition of realism. Which means that, even if he feels some small affinity with Warhol, he is still bound to predecessors like Winslow Homer and his own famous father, Andrew Wyeth, whose meticulously painted blades of grass in “Christina’s World” recur through the individual sticks of hay in “Bale.”

No less an authority than Elliot Bostwick Davis, chair of Art of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, considers he painting a masterwork. “‘Bale’ is completely original and distinctly American,” says Davis, curator of “Jamie Wyeth,” a retrospective of his six-decade career, which she originated at the MFA. “It is very different from Monet’s wheat stacks. It’s a result of his immersive style.”

It is an obvious reference. Claude Monet’s 25 paintings of wheat stacks, though a similar subject, are a study in variation over time, an obsessively recorded series of moments defined by space and light. “Bale” is more accurately described as a portrait, defined by the subject itself—and by Wyeth’s intense, laborious process of studying and painting. The casual critic or unabashed admirer will see what they like in it. Despite any accidental or intended visual allusions, historical references, technical homages or other highfalutin artsy stuff, Wyeth will tell you the bale was just something he felt compelled to paint. It became an obsession, like any one of the several that have birthed some really fine paintings—paintings often made for the sake of painting itself. “It’s just what I do,” he says. 

Could it be that simple? Since he was 17 years old, Wyeth, now 68, has dallied at the heights of the art world, rubbing shoulders with politicians, performers and the most prominent artists of his day. He describes himself as a humble painter who, youthful sojourns in New York aside, is uninterested in subjects outside his orbit of Pennsylvania and coastal Maine, but surely he is cannier than that. Or is he?

“Jamie Wyeth” opens at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Jan. 17. To those of us who have seen his many exhibitions over the years, it must be made clear: This show is unlike any that has come before, and it is a very big deal. (Never mind a previous “retrospective” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts half a lifetime ago.) Given Wyeth’s status in the First Family of American Art, interest—or curiosity—has always flowed naturally, if not with the same volume of interest in N.C. and Andrew. Yet, with his various thematic obsessions and styles, Jamie Wyeth has made his own way. In “Jamie Wyeth,” Davis has freed him from the larger context of Wyeth family art, recognizing him, at long last, as his own man.


Bale, 1972

But Wyeth’s diversity of styles and subjects makes him an enigma, “a challenge for contemporary critics and viewers alike,” writes David Houston, executive director of the Bo Bartlett Center in Georgia, in the opening to the exhibition catalog. So when someone as influential as Davis decides to champion Wyeth, the art world takes notice. Indeed, as the exhibition was being organized, colleagues joked with her, “Don’t bring that show near me,” which speaks volumes about the diversity of opinion about Wyeth. Some critics of the exhibition, though lavish in their praise of his ability, wonder why the effort was made for him. To them, he seems too whimsical, sometimes sentimental, not at all original. But if the artists put themselves out there, Davis says, she feels an obligation to keep them out there. Not only does she believe Wyeth is one of the most important contemporary realists, she saw, in curating her first retrospective of a living artist—her first project after building the MFA’s renowned Art of the Americas wing—a chance to show us how one evolves. “We wanted to assess Jamie amid all of his many inspirations,” she says.

Boston knows N.C and Andrew well. The first Wyeth in America settled in Cambridge, Mass., in the 17th century. N.C. was born in nearby Needham, where he lived until joining Howard Pyle’s school of illustration in Wilmington and launching his famous career. Andrew, though born and raised in Chadds Ford, Pa., is forever linked with the intellectual tradition of New England, his own individualism descended from the spirit of Henry David Thoreau and paralleled in the poetry of his friend Robert Frost, his style influenced in part by Homer. Paintings he made in Maine readily found favor among the Boston cognoscenti. Jamie Wyeth was the city’s introduction to a Wyeth who was not a household name. Many of the 114 works displayed at the MFA—“Draft Age,” “Raven” and the like—are from the collection of the Brandywine River Museum and from exhibitions such as “Farm Work” in 2011, “Factory Work” in 2006 and others, going back to 1974. Seeing previous exhibitions individually, however, “is like reading a book with the chapters out of order,” says Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator at the Brandywine.

So “Jamie Wyeth” starts at the beginning. There are pencil drawings made when he was 5 years old, images inspired by the boy’s literature his grandfather illustrated so beautifully. The section also features his portraits, including his famous John F. Kennedy, before moving to paintings that resulted from his participation in NASA’s Eyewitness to Space program for artists and the work produced as a court artist during the Watergate hearings. The exhibition shows the fruits of Wyeth’s years in New York, when, in the mid-1970s, he set up a studio in The Factory to paint Warhol’s portrait and when he also began to paint dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

We next see work that originated in the Brandywine Valley and work from Maine. From both places, there are several stunning portraits of animals and people, portraits of his wife Phyllis, architectural paintings and scenes of the bucolic that are, though beautiful, anything but quaint. Finally, there is his recent work. For those familiar with the Wyeths, that’s where things get really interesting.

"I’m a very strange painter,” Wyeth is wont to state, without elaborating. Given the lack of artist’s statements, revealing interviews, and spokesmen in the community of critics—without a substantial body of criticism—there is no guide to understanding his work. “Perhaps that’s why we feel a little strange inflecting even the slightest theorization,” Burdan says. “I think there’s a large audience, however, who appreciates the fact that his paintings don’t come with prerequisite reading lists in order to get them.”

A portrait of a white rooster in front of a cardboard carton for Corn Flakes, for example, is easy to understand at a glance, and we like that. We also appreciate the humor. But a surface reading seems insufficient. There must be more to beautiful images than beauty itself. Which is what so badly bugged the Boston critics. The exhibition portrays Wyeth as an insightful portraitist, a cooly objective documentarian, a somewhat subjective documentarian, a painter of landscapes and seascapes, and a romantic. He either defies classification, or he remains uncategorized because he could be labeled in several different ways. Houston concludes that, among the many types of realism practiced by a great variety of contemporary painters—traditional, neo-traditional, surrealism, hyperrealism—“Jamie Wyeth is a pluralist among the predictability of art-world stylists.”

The implication: In a marketplace where style is equated with brand, where an artist’s vision can be molded by sales as easily as a politician’s opinion can change with the polls, Wyeth stays true to his vision. Whatever it may be at any given time. “Jamie is one of the most consistently inconsistent people you’ve ever met,” says longtime family friend Frolic Weymouth, chairman of the Brandywine River Museum. “You never know what he’s going to do next.” 

Pop Art shares realism’s emphasis on the representational, so the cereal carton in “Corn Flakes” could be read as an oblique or direct acknowledgment of Pop’s importance in contemporary art or of some debt to Warhol. Or not. Perhaps Wyeth was simply amused that the flesh-and-blood symbol of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes strutted past the box at the moment he happened to look. “He’s very open to your perception of his painting,” Burdan says. “Whatever you get out of it is great with him.”

Wyeth obviously knows his art history. It is easy enough to find iterations of the family’s genius in his work, as well as lessons learned from towering figures such as Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent and John Singleton Copley. Much is made of the tension between the scruffy subject of a 17-year-old Wyeth’s “Portrait of Shorty,” with his tattered undershirt and two-day beard, and the luxurious brocade of the wingback chair he sits in. The palette and Flemish precision are pure Jan van Eyck, the emotional power all Wyeth. But in explaining the choice of chair, Wyeth has said he used it because it was there. 

Was he that callow? Or was he—is he—that cagey? One wonders. Wyeth is known for deep, sometimes weeks-long study of his subjects. So his portraits seem to reveal much about his insights, yet Wyeth has somehow managed to evade such intense scrutiny of himself. “He’s very complex in one sense,” Weymouth says. “He’s very private about his painting. But he’s very good at what he does, and there are reasons for that. He just doesn’t intellectualize this stuff. Jamie Wyeth is glib and charming, a bit of a raconteur, but discussion of his work goes only so far. “I just don’t impose myself on the viewer,” he says.


Portrait of Shorty, 1963

Where one might perceive a beyond-his-years insight in the puffed-up chest and back-thrust head of a triumphant musketeer in “D’Artagnan,” a pencil drawing made when he was but 5 years old, Wyeth says only, “I was precocious in some ways, I guess, but all I did was draw. My world was totally in my drawings. I don’t know what was going on in my mind.” He recalls with enthusiasm ascending the gantry of the Saturn V rocket as part of Eyewitness to Space, but leave it to his uncle, the late painter Peter Hurd, to compare rocket science to the building of Gothic cathedrals, and leave it to Houston to identify Wyeth’s rendering of the structure in “Support” as referring to a flying buttress, the signal innovation of Gothic architects. Wyeth’s own comment on the experience is less about art. “NASA and Watergate were so opposite of what I’d done,” he says. “Being asked to record them made me a little more relevant. I wasn’t a little kid in Chadds Ford just painting anymore.”

Working in New York City also could be seen as a strategic move. To be taken seriously, Wyeth needed to distance himself from his father, who was rejected by critics consumed by the appetite for abstract expressionism that grew mid-century, even as his popular appeal soared. What could be farther from the Wyeths, Wyeth Country and expressionism than The Factory? Wyeth says the move was not at all calculated. “I was just following my curiosity,” he says. “I had no sense of where I was in the art world—or where I should be.”

The Factory could easily have rocked the sensibilities of a young artist looking for a gateway to the elite, but Wyeth was more intrigued by Warhol’s peculiarities. Though the two became genuine friends, “I was in it for a reason,” Wyeth says. “I wanted to record him, to paint him. I was not affected by things. I was too tuned in to studying him, his looks—the white wig, the make-up. But I wanted to get in, do it and get out. I did endless studies. Then I finally squeezed that sponge dry.” 

So he went home. Wyeth says he doesn’t understand why he is attracted to the things he loves, but those things are all he desires to paint. Whether working in coastal Maine—Tenants Harbor or Monhegan—or at Point Lookout Farm, his home in the Brandywine Valley, Wyeth returns again and again to the subjects and scenes that have compelled him since youth: the ocean, the land, various trees, the night sky, Phyllis, various other people, birds of many kinds, farm animals, pets and pumpkins—lots of pumpkins. “Jamie Wyeth” teems with examples.

Criticized for trying to romanticize some “authentic” version of America, Wyeth paints the version of the country he has chosen to live in exactly the way he sees it. By example, he is quintessentially American—individualistic, a tamer of the wilderness that is his own imagination. So an important part of what we don’t—can’t—see behind the work in “Jamie Wyeth” is the painter at daybreak, lugging buckets of frozen meat to a feeding station to lure the eagles and ravens he wants to observe, or Wyeth standing outdoors in subfreezing temperatures, painting without gloves. “That’s love,” says his niece, Victoria Wyeth. “Jamie is totally committed. He paints his heart. He paints his soul.”

Heart and soul—dual seats of mystery. There is much of it evident in the new “Sleepwalker,” the image of a woman in a sheer white wrap walking on the jagged rocks of Monhegan, weirdly lit cliff behind her, night sky above aglow in eerie green tones. Is she an angel? A ghost? The real history of Monhegan provides reasons for both, but don’t count on Wyeth to explain much beyond the sky. It was inspired in part, he says, by a fireworks display he had seen in Beijing while viewing a show of his father’s work. “I saw someone walking on a beach,” he says. “I’m not looking for interesting scenes or places. It’s triggered by something else. These things are incredible obsessions at the time ... Is there something emanating out of the painting because of that obsession? I think people sense that.”

Burdan sees Wyeth’s work from the Brandywine Valley as evolving slowly and consistent with the local tradition, which she describes as always slightly out of step with the mainstream. Wyeth in Maine, however, is altogether different. “Suddenly 2009 happens, and something else is unleashed,” she says, “and what was unleashed, I think, lives on that island [Monhegan].”

That was the year of Andrew Wyeth’s death, which, in Jamie, began a dream that inspired the paintings “Sea Watchers” and “The Sea, Watched,” both from 2009, and “A Recurring Dream,” made in 2011. “Sea Watchers” depicts Wyeth’s main influences and mentors—Homer, Warhol, N.C. and Andrew—standing on the Monhegan cliffs at night. The later paintings show only N.C. and Andrew. “That was such an incredibly vivid dream,” Wyeth says. “I’ve done eight versions of that painting. More figures were eliminated each time, until they are all gone but Dad. It’s so inexplicable. Very strange.”

Where Burdan refers to Andrew’s “Winter 1946” as a turning point forced by his grief over the death of N.C.—the event Andrew identified as “making” him a painter—Jamie Wyeth sees nothing of the sort in his dream sequence. He simply felt, he says, compelled to record the image. And though it might seem he was working out something emotionally, he can’t—or won’t—say what either the dreams or the pictures mean, even if his constant painting of the dream finally ended it.

Which is the fun and frustration of “Jamie Wyeth.” So many images seem to hint at so much. But what? The narrative behind the most obviously narrative works is always obscured.

Victoria Wyeth, Andrew’s only grandchild and Jamie’s only niece, has lectured about Wyeth art for 20 years. She tells a story about an Andrew painting that depicts a coat hanging from a hook, near a window where an apple sits on the sill. Victoria asked her mother, an art historian, what the apple could mean. Her mother gave a list of symbols and implications. When Victoria conveyed them to her grandfather, he laughed and said, “I just liked the way it looked.” Upon explaining Andy’s reaction, her mother scoffed, “He doesn’t realize the meaning of his own work.” Applied to the younger Wyeth, sometimes a bale of hay is just a bale of hay. “He’s just painting his life,” Victoria Wyeth says.


The Sea, Watched, 2009

Is “painting his life” enough to make Jamie Wyeth an “important” artist, or is he simply one that many people like a lot? Critics of the MFA exhibition may have been less than kind, but the tough audience of Boston—with its surfeit of Copleys and Sargents—was plenty curious. By mid-November, with seven weeks until the exhibition was to end at the MFA, the number of visitors had exceeded 146,000, a rate of visitation on pace to pass 200,000. The number would break the record for attendance at a retrospective for a living American artist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: 177,000, set by “Andrew Wyeth—Memory and Magic in 2006.” The interest raises the value of Wyeth stock. It bodes well for subsequent shows at San Antonio Museum of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, other places where Wyeth isn’t a household name. And it announces that now is as good a time as any to consider what Wyeth’s legacy might be. He has ability. He maintains the integrity of his vision. He has a fierce work ethic. He has an oeuvre, parts of it in important museums and private collections. And he had the enormous good fortune to be born a Wyeth. All of that speaks to significance. But perhaps more important is the fact that, even within what Houston calls Wyeth’s “circular evolution,” his constant revisiting of old and beloved subjects, Davis points out that Wyeth, nearing 70, is still evolving “and, we hope, will continue to refine his vision over the years ahead.”

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Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Swing into Spring at Delcastle Golf Course! Open to the public, recreation golf league with a 10-week season on Tuesdays. Tee times flexible from 4-6pm All skill levels welcome (No handicap...

Cost: $27 daily with cart included

Where:
Delcastle Golf Course
801 McKennans Church Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Twilight Golf Association
Telephone: 1-855-565-GOLF
Contact Name: Nick Conrad
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Paint a still life using methods and techniques taught by Edward Loper, Sr. Register at delart.org. Image:Old Farm,1954. Edward Loper Sr. (1916–2011). Oil on canvas, 18 × 22 inches....

Cost: $220 Members, $245 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentemere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Plein Air, an exhibition of local landscape paintings by Jim Rehak, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 3-31, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, May 3 from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

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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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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cusp The University of Delaware 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition May 3 - May 30 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Plein Air, an exhibition of local landscape paintings by Jim Rehak, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 3-31, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, May 3 from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

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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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

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

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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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cusp The University of Delaware 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition May 3 - May 30 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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Thursdays  Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo, 10:30 am. - 11:15 am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time may include a craft, activity, or live animal...

Cost: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Start your Sunday on the water with our delicious brunch cruise. Enjoy a mouth-watering brunch buffet, then begin a two-hour cruise along the beautiful Christina River out to the Delaware, complete...

Cost: $45 for Adults, $22,50 for Children 15 and Under

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights...

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Start your weekend early on the Queen! Enjoy all the sights of our River Cruise from the ship’s deck with a summer cocktail! Our Happy Hour Cruises take you down the Christina and provide weekly...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Join the DelArt Readers, a community-led book club passionate about art-inspired literature. RSVP encouraged, but not required. Email ejarvis@delart.org. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 KentemereParkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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You’re Invited! Kind to Kids Foundation’s 8th Annual Spring Celebration Awards features Governor John Carney and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, on Friday, May 31st, 7:30 am...

Cost: $40/ticket

Where:
Hotel du Pont Gold Ballroom
42 W 11th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Kind to Kids Foundation
Telephone: 302-654-5440
Contact Name: Colleen Aungst
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Plein Air, an exhibition of local landscape paintings by Jim Rehak, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 3-31, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, May 3 from...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

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

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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Every Friday | 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Read a story fromFairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes, explore art, and create. Ages 2+. Family Friendly.  

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentemere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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The Milton Farmers’ Market is held each Friday from April 19th until October 4th  (except September 27th) from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 6 Village Center Boulevard, Milton, DE  19968.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grounds of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Village Center Boulevard
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Farmers' Market
Contact Name: KA Jordan
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Kick off the summer at the Museum’s annual community festival in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. Tickets available at delart.org or at the door.Family Friendly.    

Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members. Free for Youth Members, $5 for Youth Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Please join the Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce for the 8th Annual Broad Creek Bike & Brew! We offer 15-mile, 25-mile, 50-mile, metric century and century routes. Rides include historic...

Cost: $25-$50

Where:
North Laurel Elementary School
300 Wilson Street
Laurel, DE  19956
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Sponsor: Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 302-629-9690
Contact Name: Casey Johnson
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10th Annual Car Show for The Shriners Hospital for Children presented by Endeavor Lodge No. 17 AM&FM of Milton De...

Cost: free

Where:
Rt.1 & Rt.5
Rt. 1 (Coastal Hwy) & RT 5 (Union Street Extension)
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Endeavor Lodge No. 17 AM&FM
Telephone: 302 354 1232
Contact Name: Bruce McKinney
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Delaware Pride is pleased to announce that the 2019 Delaware Pride Parade and Festival is moving from August to a brand new date in June!!  This year’s annual Pride festival is set...

Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Where:
411 Legislative Ave Dover De.
411 Legilative Ave
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: DELAWARE PRIDE
Telephone: 302-265-3020
Contact Name: Steven Newman
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Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

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Inaugural Courageous Kids Walk     Glasgow Regional Park: Door of Hope, Inaugural Courageous Kids Walk in the Park.   Time: registration from 9:00 AM – 10:00...

Cost: $25 individual $35 family

Where:
Glasgow Regional Park
Rt 40
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Door of Hope & RSDSA
Telephone: 302-757-2649
Contact Name: Russ Mauk & Linda Horan
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

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Our first office in The First State is officially open and welcoming new smiles in Wilmington.  We’re so excited to share our talents and unique brand of warm and caring...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Children's Dental Health of Wilmington
3301 Lancaster Pike
Units 3E-3F
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Rain Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019   Professional Judged Categories   First 60 Cars Receive Dash Plaques & Goodie Bags DJ Steve Petrelli Playing the Tunes   Pre-Registration $10...

Cost: 20.00 Registration

Where:
Country House
4830 Kennett Pike
Wimington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hockessin-Greenville Rotary Club
Telephone: 302-983-6966
Contact Name: LaBarre Everette
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Every Sat. & Sun.: Creature Features, Noon- 12:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled,...

Cost: Adults $ 5, Seniors $4, Kids $3; free for under 3yrs and for members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show This interactive movie experience combines film and live performers. The cult-classic is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late...

Cost: 9

Where:
Theatre N
235 W. 10th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Frankie's Midnight Runners
Telephone: 302-571-4075
Contact Name: Richard
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