Can Meditation and Mindfulness Save the Planet? Sam Beard Thinks So

If this 77-year-old social entrepreneur can persuade 100,000 Delawareans to meditate daily, he just might convince the rest of the world.


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Sam Beard, third from the right, meditates with staffers at Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.//Photo by Joe del Tufo

 

Sam Beard wants you to meditate. He wants your neighbor to meditate. He wants your friends and family and people all over the world to meditate.

So he aims to enlist 1 billion people in his campaign of mindfulness. And what Beard wants, he usually gets, through sheer dint of personality and persistence.

Beard has a 50-year track record as “a social entrepreneur.” He has created and chaired programs for seven U.S. presidents that have collectively led to more than 10 million jobs for the low-income population. With Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr., he founded the Jefferson Awards Foundation in 1972 to create a gold seal for public service in America. After initiating a training program for student leaders nine years ago, JAF has trained more than 20,000. It is active in hundreds of high schools, which has resulted in more than 20 million hours of service to date. But all that was a mere prelude, he says, to the mindfulness and meditation project. “Genetically, I seem to think big,” he says. “But this will be the biggest thing I’ve done.”

And despite his age—77—the tall, trim grandfather expects to be around when the 1 billion goal is reached. “I believe I will be mentally and physical healthy till I’m 100,” he says, “and I have no desire to retire.”

Beard describes mindfulness as meditation that focuses on awareness of the present while observing thoughts and feelings from a distance. Practitioners say it reduces stress and depression; improves empathy, compassion and creativity; and boosts concentration and awareness. It has also been credited with alleviating physical ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, psoriasis—any disease related to inflammation.

Meditating is not complicated, though Beard perhaps oversimplifies when he describes it: “Just close your eyes, breathe in and breathe out.”


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Simplicity aside, persuading a billion people to do it would represent a tectonic shift in a society that seems to turn instinctively to pharmacological solutions for stress and emotional problems.

The engine driving Beard’s campaign is Global Investment Foundation for Tomorrow, a Delaware-based not-for-profit. Through GIFT, he is using his home state as a proving ground for the worldwide project. His immediate target: getting 100,000 Delawareans into meditation in five years.

Toward that end, he has organized an army of true believers. And “army” is an appropriate term. Many of those enlisted in his cause are military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Others are professionals who work with veterans.

Freddy Lee Allen and Dr. Jennifer Tedesco are among them. They met seven years ago when Allen visited Tedesco, a psychologist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Elsmere who specializes in PTSD. Allen, an Army veteran who was discharged in 2000, at first ignored his problems, then tried unsuccessfully to deal with them through prescription drugs. Medication made his condition worse, so he quickly spiraled downward, going through a divorce, then losing his job and home.

Beard (right) is working to enlist 1 billion people in
his campaign of meditation and mindfulness.//Photo
by Joe del Tufo

Tedesco introduced him to mindfulness-based stress reduction. Allen calls it “transformative.” He warns, however, that “it’s not a magic pill,” and “it doesn’t happen overnight.” It required practice and what he calls “my full-on attention.” Eventually, “I learned how to reshape my ability to manage some of the crappy things in life—as well as some of the good things,” he says. “It gets you on a path to dealing with everything in a gentle, kind way, including yourself. It compels you to pay attention to what’s going on right now, including feelings I used to push away. Now I know I’m supposed to sit with those feelings and notice how they affect me.”

Today, Allen, who lives in Newark, is an outreach specialist at the Vet Center on Centerville Road in Wilmington, which offers free behavioral counseling for veterans. He has an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and is close to his four “beautiful” children, though he previously distanced himself, fearing how he would act around them because of his PTSD.

Neither Tedesco, who lives in New Jersey, nor Allen had heard of Beard before this year. Tedesco met him in January. Beard now views her as a key resource. In March, she helped him introduce GIFT to a crowd of about 200 in the Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom, which was something of a watershed event in his campaign.

In his speech that day, he spoke in typically epic Beardian terms: “[Meditation can] elevate human behavior … and this gives us an opportunity to be more mindful, increase our sense of compassion, increase the sense we’re all in this together. And it wouldn’t be bad to try to save the planet.”

Beard first encountered meditation in a casual way when he was in his 30s, but it didn’t work the way it was intended. “When I meditated,” he says, “I found myself just falling asleep.”

About two years ago, he went through a personal financial crisis that left him searching for peace of mind. He turned to meditation. This time he took a deep dive, listening to CDs and reading, he says, 300 books over the past three years. Now he tries to do it for about 30 minutes twice a day. Like Allen, he has been changed. Beard, a good person, became a better person.

“I liked people [before], but I was not good at empathy,” he says. “Meditation and mindfulness changed my priorities.” He says it enabled him to answer the question, “Who is Sam Beard?”

Beard was raised in comfort in New York City, attended excellent private schools—“feeder schools for the Ivy League”—then went to Yale before earning a master’s in history from Columbia University. By the time he moved to Wilmington in 1980, he was a divorced father of three and well known in Washington, where he had worked with the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations. Just before coming to Delaware, he helped secure a federal grant that essentially kept Hercules Inc. in town. Soon after moving to Delaware, he became an ally of the administration in Wilmington.

By 1988, Beard had remarried and made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate. “I’m not really political,” he says, “but I thought I could do more through that office.” Now, operating out of his office in the Community Service Building in Wilmington, he flies all over the world, looking to raise $1 billion in philanthropy and services through GIFT “over the next 15 to 20 years.” In mid-May, he was in Tokyo. In June, it was London and Brussels (before coming back early for his granddaughter’s graduation to middle school). Australia and India also are in the mix.

He has already generated action locally. Last summer, staffers at 30 Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware took eight weeks of mindfulness training. George Krupanski, executive director of the organization, says he hopes the training can be passed on to the teens. “There are so many stresses on the lives of young people today—family, school, peers—and they react with the first emotion that pops into their heads,” Krupanski says. “[The training would] help them control how they react.”

Veterans are a special initiative for Beard, and the VA Medical Center, led by Tedesco, who has trained more than 1,500 who suffer from PTSD with mindfulness-based stress reduction. One problem, says Tedesco: “There are just not enough teachers, and we are looking to Sam to provide the resources to train the trainers. Sam knows the people. And he can hustle.”

Indeed, Beard is constantly recruiting and expanding his reach. Just ask Fred Sears, a two-term Wilmington city councilman under former mayor Bill McLaughlin who has served on more than 40 boards over the years, including the Wilmington Economic and Financial Advisory Council, the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. In other words, Sears knows the movers and shakers. And Beard is not above using Sears as a sounding board as well as a conduit to get introductions to those movers and shakers.

“Sam has uncontrolled enthusiasm. You can’t get into a meeting or discussion with him that you don’t feel you have to do something afterward,” says Sears. “And he really doesn’t take no for an answer. Eventually, the answer is always yes.”

In his speech to that Gold Ballroom crowd, Beard hinted that his real goal goes beyond a mere 1 billion people: “There are about 10 [million] to 15 million Americans who meditate and get the benefits of it,” he told his audience. “That means there are 360 million that aren’t. And around the world there may be a billion people who meditate, which means there are 7 billion that are not.”

So, fair warning, world: Sam Beard is coming. Get ready to say yes.

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Sponsor: Twilight Golf Association
Telephone: 1-855-565-GOLF
Contact Name: Nick Conrad
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It's Summer, it's Seafood, it's Harry's! Our annual summer lobster special runs Memorial Day through Labor Day and features a 1.5 whole Maine lobster shipped directly to us from Maine.  Join us...

Cost: 32.95

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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Tuesday, June 18: Family Fun Night with WSTW, 6pm-8pm (Rain date June 19). $1 entry, $1 hotdogs. Special evening hours hosted by 93.7 WSTW. Meet radio personalities and enjoy special games,...

Cost: $1

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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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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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

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
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Inspired by the top club competition in the World! This camp was developed to help young players, U8 – U12 Boys & Girls, learn about soccer and the individual skills to improve their...

Cost: $250 per week

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: BPG Sports
Telephone: 302-351-4954
Contact Name: Steve Cavalier
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"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Team 10 Basketball Academy, run by 76ers Fieldhouse Director of Courts Trevor Cooney, is committed to providing young athletes of all skill levels, Boys & Girls 7-14, with the tools they need...

Cost: $300 per session

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: BPG Sports: Team 10 Academy
Telephone: 302-351- 4954
Contact Name: Trevor Cooney
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Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and even the Museum's outdoor sculptures will serve as inspiration for this session. Campers will capture the beauty of nature with a variety of mediums....

Cost: | $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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

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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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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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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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
Website »

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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

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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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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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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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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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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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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5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 DCAD admissions representatives will host prospective students and parents and accept transcripts, conduct portfolio reviews, give campus tours and provide any other...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Randle Reed

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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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At Bike & Hike & Brews, Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, visitors can stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley's property normally closed to foot traffic from 5:00-8:00pm....

Cost: Admission is $3 per person, and free for members and children five and under. P

Where:
Hagley
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Kelsey Sedlacek
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It’s summertime  Let’s party.    All white attire 5 incredible courses Wente white wines A lot of fun    21 years & up event...

Cost: $85 Per Person + Gratuity

Where:
Green Room at HOTEL DU PONT
42 West 11th Street
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: HOTEL DU PONT
Telephone: (302) 594-3154
Contact Name: Food and Beverage team

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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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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

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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Inspired by the top club competition in the World! This camp was developed to help young players, U8 – U12 Boys & Girls, learn about soccer and the individual skills to improve their...

Cost: $250 per week

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: BPG Sports
Telephone: 302-351-4954
Contact Name: Steve Cavalier
Website »

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Team 10 Basketball Academy, run by 76ers Fieldhouse Director of Courts Trevor Cooney, is committed to providing young athletes of all skill levels, Boys & Girls 7-14, with the tools they need...

Cost: $300 per session

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: BPG Sports: Team 10 Academy
Telephone: 302-351- 4954
Contact Name: Trevor Cooney
Website »

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Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and even the Museum's outdoor sculptures will serve as inspiration for this session. Campers will capture the beauty of nature with a variety of mediums....

Cost: | $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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

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"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

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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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

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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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

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

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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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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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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

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
Website »

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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
Website »

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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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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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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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Website »

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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Website »

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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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Wine, Dine & Punchlines June 20th at Caffe Gelato! Join TV Personality, award-winner sommelier and comedian Laurie Forster for an edgy, off-beat hilarious show where wine meets...

Cost: $79

Where:
Caffe Gelato
90 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Caffe Gealto
Telephone: 302-738-5811
Contact Name: Ryan German
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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
View map »

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

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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

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

"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and even the Museum's outdoor sculptures will serve as inspiration for this session. Campers will capture the beauty of nature with a variety of mediums....

Cost: | $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


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

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 »

More information

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

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

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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

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

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

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 »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Slow down, settle your mind, and step into the quietude of the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. Free, donations encouraged....

Cost: Free.

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


Telephone: 302-425-4890

More information

Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Website »

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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FIRST DAY OF SUMMER BEER DINNER We have partnered with Victory Brewing Company to host a six-course Beer Dinner on June 21 at 7PM. What better way to treat dad on Father's Day...

Cost: 66.00

Where:
Hilton Wilmington Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark , DE  19713
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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

More information

Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

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
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"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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NANTICOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HOST SAFE SITTER CLASS Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a Safe Sitter® class on Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Meeting Room 1. These classes...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Rd
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
Telephone: 302-629-6611
Contact Name: Nanticoke Maternal Child Health Clinical Educator

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The Delaware Museum of Natural History invites you to our sixth annual Family Fun Day!  In addition to various activities throughout the day, Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections Phung...

Cost: $3-$9

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

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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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Saturday, June 22 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (30-minute lunch break) Instructor: Eo Omwake Visit delart.org for more information.    

Cost: $85 Members, $100 Non-Members

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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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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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in English.  Free with admission.   English Tours Saturday, June 22 | 2:00...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Celebrate the beginning of Summer at Bellevue Wine Tasting. Choose a flight (3 3oz glasses) of red or white wine* and compare with friends and family to see what was the favorite. Then get free a...

Cost: $20 per person

Where:
Bellevue State Park Art Center
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Bellevue State Park
Telephone: (302)761-6963
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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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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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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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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement. The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be hosting a special Miracle Weekend event titled, "Come...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-632-4679
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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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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