How Delaware's Private Schools Are Teaching Innovation

From project-based learning to classes about compassion, here's how local schools are preparing students to be innovators, risk-takers and change-makers.


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Tower Hill's Tower Term, a project-based learning initiative, can include projects such as boat building.//PHOTO COURTESY OF TOWER HILL SCHOOL

 

Delaware’s private schools can’t afford to stand still.

In an increasingly competitive environment—both with each other and against tuition-free public charter schools—the First State’s private schools are striving to stay ahead of the educational curve.

Several have designated staff members with specific responsibilities to lead innovation and many are either broadening their curricular offerings or developing new formats for delivering content so it’s more meaningful for their students.


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“There’s a danger in resting on your laurels, in not looking to be out in front,” says Anthony Pisapia, who wears two hats at Tower Hill School in Wilmington—assistant head of school for academics and chief information and innovation officer.

For the most part, the changes aren’t radical. Schools with strong academic reputations—places like Tower Hill, Salesianum School, Wilmington Friends School and Ursuline Academy, for example—aren’t looking to depart from the formulas that have enabled them to send almost all their graduates to college and to fill their alumni newsletters with hundreds of success stories.

Rather, they’re building on what they have, applying cutting-edge approaches to enhance their brands. “Innovation is not opposed to tradition,” says Megan Cover, head of Tower Hill’s Upper School.

The reason for these developments is twofold.

Most obviously, the world is changing rapidly, and so are the students who inhabit it. Rather than relying on successful methods of the past, Pisapia says, “we have to meet the kids where they are.”

And then there are the numbers. From 2007 to 2017, total enrollment in Delaware’s nonpublic schools fell from 27,097 students to 20,545. In the same period, enrollment in charter schools increased from 7,679 students to 15,972. So, while total enrollment for the two categories increased by about 1,700 students in that decade, their distribution changed significantly: nonpublic schools lost about one quarter of their enrollments while the charter school population more than doubled. Catholic schools took a disproportionate hit, dropping from nearly 12,000 students to fewer than 7,500.

 

 

Needing a solid enrollment base to thrive—or even survive—private schools must do more than play to their traditional core constituency of families in the upper middle class and above.

It’s not something they discuss openly. “I think that is happening, but it’s not the main thing they’re thinking about,” says Erin McNichol, fine arts chair and head of innovation and leadership at Ursuline Academy.

But the schools recognize they need to show that they can provide students with more than they’ll receive in a public school—especially in the special interest and high-performing charters—and that it’s worth the tuition.

While it’s easy to think of innovation as occurring primarily in the areas of science and technology, the changes occurring within Delaware’s private schools cover a much broader landscape. Some involve science or employ new technologies, while others apply newer instructional techniques or take a more holistic approach to developing well-rounded graduates.

Here’s a sampling of the newer developments.

A meeting of minds

“We’re a college prep school with five major subject areas,” Tower Hill’s Cover says, “but we had to figure out how to focus more on 21st century skills: collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.”

The solution was the “Tower Term,” now in its second year, a one-week, project-based learning initiative that gives students the opportunity for in-depth exploration of topics not discussed in a traditional classroom. Held at the end of the spring semester last year, this year it will be offered at the close of both the fall and spring semesters.

 

(From Left): 3D printing escape room components; hiking in Shenandoah.// Photos courtesy of Tower Hill School

 

The spring sessions blend students from all four high school classes and are usually led by teachers from different subject areas—music and math or art and technology, for example, Cover says. “At Tower Hill we pride ourselves on knowing each other well,” and bringing together teachers and students who wouldn’t ordinarily be in the same classroom helps accomplish this objective.

Beginning after the holiday break, however, all freshmen will explore “positive psychology,” learning about self-awareness and ethical decision-making, and sophomores will participate in community service projects in collaboration with eight Wilmington-area nonprofit organizations; juniors and seniors will choose their topics, and all students will select from the broad project catalog for the spring.

Course offerings cover a diverse range: boatbuilding, forensics, the art and science of cooking, the chemistry of grilling, creating an escape room, jewelry making and creating a small business, and backpacking in Shenandoah National Park. Some classes collaborated; for example, a Maker Space group worked to help build the escape room. A team focused on photos and videos spent their week chronicling the work of the other classes, so all of it could be documented and posted on the school’s website.

Going virtual

At St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, innovation comes through participation in the Massachusetts-based Virtual High School Collaborative, an initiative that gives smaller schools the opportunity to offer credit for classes where subject matter might interest only a small number of students—even just one.

“We’re in our third year and we have 10 students taking a total of 19 courses,” says Joan Mangan, the school’s academic dean.

 

ST. ELIZABETH HIGH SCHOOL IN WILMINGTON ALLOWS STUDENTS TO VIRTUALLY ATTEND SPECIALIZED CLASSES NOT OFFERED AT THE SCHOOL.// PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. ELIZABETH HIGH SCHOOL

 

Senior Ryan Woodham took biotechnology in the fall semester and will be studying oceanography this spring. Such classes are seldom seen in the course catalogs of larger high schools, let alone smaller ones like St. Elizabeth. The school builds one period a day into his schedule for the virtual class, but Woodham says he did about half of his biotechnology work at home during the fall.

His teacher, based in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, works with a group of about 25 students from across the nation. Each Wednesday he sends out a package of assignments, a combination of readings, videos and PowerPoint decks to study, followed by written exercises or projects. All the work must be completed by the following Tuesday.

Students work in groups, exchanging comments and checking each other’s work on an online “team page,” before submitting their final versions to the teacher, Woodham says.

Virtual classes “are opening new possibilities for the students, so we’re providing more opportunities,” Mangan​ says. They offer exposure to new subject areas, and working online with students in other parts of the country provides a global perspective and collaborative experiences that will better prepare them for college, she says.

The future is today

Many high schools now offer some dual-enrollment courses, which enable students to earn college credits in addition to credits toward graduation. The most common model in Delaware has high school faculty teaching the classes after they’ve been trained by the partnering college or university. This year Saint Mark’s High School began offering a pair of college level health science courses—Introduction to Health Sciences and Nutrition Concepts—through the University of Delaware. What makes these offerings different is that UD faculty travel to St. Mark’s to teach the classes.

In Georgetown, science teacher Tiffany Haley has found a way to blend project-based learning with business partnerships for her Delmarva Christian High School students. To teach her biology students about macromolecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates), they learned how to prepare healthy meals on a limited budget, then created videos of their cooking efforts and shared them with the Food Bank of Delaware.

Other groups have linked with the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for projects associated with wetlands preservation and plastic waste. “The projects and the partnerships make the lessons more meaningful,” she says.

 

Photo courtesy of Delmarva Christian High School

 

To help its students remain attentive and minimize their stress, Sanford School has turned to mindfulness, the psychological practice of focusing on what’s occurring in the moment and calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings. Upper School counselor Sarah Satinsky says the initiative encompasses all grade levels and includes after-school yoga classes for faculty members.

Sanford brought in a consultant to work with staff and students for six weeks in the fall, and faculty members have picked up from there, using approaches that work well with their students. Sometimes it’s doing breathing exercises; other times, it’s short discussions on topics like listening or gratitude. Coaches and athletes are incorporating mindful activities into their pregame preparations. Teachers, Satinsky says, are already starting to observe indications of reduced anxiety and the use of positive coping skills by their students.

Securing the future

Innovation efforts at the all-girls Padua Academy, which also participates in Virtual High School, include creating a pathway into cyber security, a booming career field in which “there’s a ridiculous gender disparity,” teacher Fred Stinchcombe says. Currently, there are about 100,000 job openings in the field, and that number should triple by the time this year’s Padua seniors graduate from college, he says.

The program, which consists of two classes and a club that participates in interscholastic meets, is open to sophomores through seniors who have first taken an information technology class. The advanced class focuses on “ethical hacking,” or how to crack into computer systems that have broken down.

“Within the industry,” Stinchcombe notes, “it has long been recognized that to defend your network, you first have to learn how to break into it.”

As evidence that the students have learned their lessons well, Padua has finished first in the state in the Air Force Association CyberPatriot Competition for the last five years.

Stinchcombe warns them that they have to be careful with what they learn. “If you do any of this stuff outside the classroom, you’ll get arrested,” he says.

 

Padua Academy has finished first in the Air force Association CyberPatriot Competition for the last five years.//photo courtesy of Padua Academy

 

Senior Samantha DiVirgilio plans to continue her studies in college, majoring in either computer science or cyber security. “When I get a certification, I can get a job in any business that needs protection from hackers—banks, government agencies. There are lots of good opportunities,” she says.

And there’s more to Padua’s computer education than cyber security, says senior Olivia Lundstrom, who has also taken a class in game design and will study how to create mobile apps during the spring semester.

Given the security aspects of his classes, Stinchcombe says, “I’m not going to let in any girl that I don’t trust.”

And building trust is a theme of another Padua initiative, the Character Lab program. It’s a counseling/advising program scheduled to meet about 20 times a year with a curriculum that focuses on “character strengths that everyone knows successful people should have but are not addressed in the usual curriculum”—things like ambition, authenticity, gratitude, fortitude, social intelligence, self-control and curiosity, says program coordinator Mike Sheehan, who is also Padua’s director of innovation.

On scheduled days, all students meet at the same time in groups of about 15, so virtually every staff member is involved. Sheehan creates an outline for each session, but teachers have plenty of flexibility in leading a discussion of the key points. There’s no credit offered for the classes, Sheehan says, in part “because we didn’t want to give out character report cards,” but, more importantly, “because we wanted to make it something they want to do because it’s a good thing to do.”

Senior Sarah Jane Mee agrees with that approach. “I’ve learned more about myself,” she says. “I’ve learned how to use my skills and how to help the community in a way that is special to me.”

Building better adults

At Wilmington Friends School, students start learning about character development and community service during their freshman year in Betsy Cepparulo’s peace and justice class.

Cepparulo came to Friends three years ago from a public school in Oakland, California, where the enrollment was two-thirds Hispanic and one-third African-American. She added a social justice unit to the class and built into it a one-day colloquium. For the morning, she brings in panelists from the community for an in-depth discussion on a central theme. Two years ago, it was the roots of poverty in Wilmington; last year, it was criminal justice and the root causes of crime. Then, in the afternoon, students spend a couple of hours developing their own solutions.

“We’re putting new minds to work on old problems,” she says.

 

BETSY CEPPARULO'S PEACE AND JUSTICE CLASS AT WILMINGTON FRIENDS SCHOOL TEACHES CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.// PHOTO COURTESY OF WILMINGTON FRIENDS SCHOOL

 

It’s important, Cepparulo says, for students at Friends, with its affluent, largely white demographic, to understand and appreciate societal differences. “We’re a little more than a mile from downtown Wilmington, which has a large African-American population,” she says, adding a literal/figurative analogy. “Many [city residents] feel that north Wilmington is so close that you can touch it, but you can never reach it.”

Cepparulo’s goal is to help her students develop a social conscience, and with good reason. “Delaware is a small state. It’s not a stretch to say that these students will be our next senators, our next CEOs. Some will be driving policy in the state.”

Anthony Denzel Dixon, a Friends sophomore from Newark, notes the strong impression the colloquium made on him last year. “The most important thing I learned from the session was to not judge someone on their past,” he says, describing one panelist who had gotten involved with drugs, served a prison sentence and then turned his life around. “His story made me realize that everyone makes mistakes, but those who attempt to improve from those mistakes are the ones who make a huge impact on the world.”

A course in compassion

Just as Padua does with its character development program, Salesianum School takes a holistic approach to developing well-rounded students with collaborative skills through an introductory freshman class and a four-year sequence of community service.

The freshman innovation program, led by Aaron Bogad, head of the school’s fine arts department, focuses on developing traits like critical thinking, problem solving, working collaboratively, agility and adaptability, entrepreneurship, accessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination. It accomplishes that goal by having students explore four key areas, each for about one academic quarter.

They’ll do drawing and sketching exercises in studio art, learn how to conduct fake fights on stage in performing arts, test entrepreneurial skills by developing a small business product and explore technology by examining how early computer systems were developed. Teachers from all departments of the school lead these freshman sections, forcing them to become innovative themselves as they step out of their comfort zones.

“We have to undermine the idea of the sage genius,” the all-knowing teacher dispensing knowledge from the front of the classroom, Bogad says. “When the kids see me struggle, it’s more impactful for their futures.”

 

Aaron Bogad, director of Salesianum High School’s arts and innovation program, incorporates stage fighting into his curriculum to teach agility, adaptability and working collaboratively.//photo by Carlos Alejandro

 

The service learning sequence gets students involved off campus in a series of increasingly challenging situations, according to Zach Ryan, director of campus ministry. Freshmen spend a week after school tutoring and assisting students at nearby Warner Elementary School, where the enrollment is predominantly minority students from low-income families. Sophomores work with physically and mentally challenged residents at the Mary Campbell Center in Brandywine Hundred.

Juniors spend time assisting senior adults at St. Patrick’ Center in Wilmington or on travel projects, like building houses in West Virginia, working in homeless shelters in Los Angeles or with the poor in Central American countries. Seniors, somewhat like Eagle Scouts, get a chance to demonstrate leadership. One group started a lacrosse club at Nativity Prep, a middle school for lower-income students, and others have worked on improving websites for senior centers and nonprofits.

“We need them to become compassionate young men,” Ryan says.

Minding their business

At Ursuline Academy, the innovation program got an early boost through a five-year grant in 2016 from Wilmington real estate developer and education entrepreneur Paul McConnell and his wife Linda. McNichol, who chairs the fine arts department and now leads its innovation and leadership program, had been taking a “Shark Tank” approach to teaching a communication arts class when McConnell got involved.

That led to a partnership with the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware, enabling juniors and seniors to earn two college credits for taking an entrepreneurship class. (Salesianum students can also take the class through a long-running exchange program for the two schools.)

 

Erin McNichol brings skills from both the corporate and art world to her role at Ursuline Academy.//photo by Carlos Alejandro

 

Freshmen can start learning about entrepreneurship by joining the Innovation Club, whose members participate in the Horn Program’s Diamond Challenge competition, and sophomores can enroll in a leadership class that focuses on social concerns.

McNichol is also training her faculty colleagues in out-of-the-box thinking that they can apply in their own classrooms. In one recent session she grouped teachers from different disciplines to spend an hour exploring ways to improve creations students had developed as possible Diamond Challenge entries. Faculty members tried to tweak an outdoor sculpture concept, a solar system learning aid and a device to help small children overcome balance and mobility problems.

The exercise, she says, helped faculty members “see all the things that they can help to create” and to learn that “it’s important to tolerate failures.”

When prototyping products, she adds, “it’s rare to get it right the first time.”

No matter what its context, be it in science, community service or entrepreneurship, innovation is essential to a school’s continued success.

“What we did for them yesterday may have been great,” Tower Hill’s Pisapia says, “but it may not be what they need tomorrow.”

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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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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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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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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LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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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Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is ensuring no children are forgotten at Christmas via toy donation drive for Toys for Tots. Additionally, in honor...

Cost: New, unwrapped toys

Where:
Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant
1709 Lovering Ave.
Wilmington, DE
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FREE Chronic Pain Education  Smyrna Public Library 107 S Main St Smyrna, DE  19977 When: 12/2 – 1/6/20  Mondays, from 1:00pm – 3:30pm (12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Smyrna Public Library
107 S Main St
Smyrna, DE  19977
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Sponsor: Delaware Self-Management Program
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Milton Holiday House Tour – Saturday, December 14, 2019; 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm (rain, shine, or snow).  The Women’s Club of Milton presents a tour of several of Milton’s...

Cost: $25 in advance/$30 day of

Where:
Milton, DE
, DE


Sponsor: Women’s Club of Milton
Contact Name: Barbara German

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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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During the Monday night football game, indulge in happy hour priced appetizers ($6 each), beer ($2 off), wine ($7), and cocktails ($3 off). *Happy hour is also available 4PM - 6:30PM.

Cost: Prices vary

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

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It’s back! Our annual sale kicks off December 1 with 20% off your entire purchase. For the remainder of the week, receive 10% off most items. (Members receive a 20% discount all...

Cost: Free

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

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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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
Website »

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November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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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Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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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Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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 »

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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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 »

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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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Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271

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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
View map »


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

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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

LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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

Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is ensuring no children are forgotten at Christmas via toy donation drive for Toys for Tots. Additionally, in honor...

Cost: New, unwrapped toys

Where:
Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant
1709 Lovering Ave.
Wilmington, DE
View map »

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Milton Holiday House Tour – Saturday, December 14, 2019; 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm (rain, shine, or snow).  The Women’s Club of Milton presents a tour of several of Milton’s...

Cost: $25 in advance/$30 day of

Where:
Milton, DE
, DE


Sponsor: Women’s Club of Milton
Contact Name: Barbara German

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Available Tuesday nights only - Certified Angus cut of prime rib, asparagus, cauliflower mashed potatoes for $30!

Cost: $30

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
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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Join First State Ringers as they present Christmas Favorites of 2019!  Enjoy an hour of holiday music.  FSR is part of Newark United Methodist Church, and directed by Ruthie Toole.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Hundred Library
1300 Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Newark United Methodist Church
Telephone: 302-388-9135
Contact Name: Ruthie Toole
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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

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


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

It’s back! Our annual sale kicks off December 1 with 20% off your entire purchase. For the remainder of the week, receive 10% off most items. (Members receive a 20% discount all...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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

Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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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“Eclectic Artist of the South” offers vibrant paintings and reflections of Jewish Heritage'' Nationally known artist and writer, Susan (Shoshannah) Adler George brings her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Siegel JCC,
101 Garden of Eden Road,
Wilmington , DE  19803
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Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

More information

Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
View map »

More information

November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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

LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


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

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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

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

Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is ensuring no children are forgotten at Christmas via toy donation drive for Toys for Tots. Additionally, in honor...

Cost: New, unwrapped toys

Where:
Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant
1709 Lovering Ave.
Wilmington, DE
View map »

More information

Milton Holiday House Tour – Saturday, December 14, 2019; 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm (rain, shine, or snow).  The Women’s Club of Milton presents a tour of several of Milton’s...

Cost: $25 in advance/$30 day of

Where:
Milton, DE
, DE


Sponsor: Women’s Club of Milton
Contact Name: Barbara German

More information

Every Wednesday from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in 1/2 price bottles of wine! Valid for bottles under $80.

Cost: Prices vary

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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It's time for Harry's holiday ornaments! Join us for our Happy Hours from 4-6PM and pick up this year's ornament, benefiting the Ministry of Caring. After Happy Hour, this...

Cost: free

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

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Enjoy a glass of wine, bask in the warmth and beauty of the holiday season, and listen to the melodic sounds of live jazz December 4, 11, and 18 in the Visitor Center The Pavilion Restaurant...

Cost: Members free. Jazz & Wine is included with Yuletide Tour general admission

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


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

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If you are a Blues musician, or a fun loving person and you want to have a great time enjoying great food (Best Of... 2019) adult beverages and if you want to meet awesome people, come and join The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: 4w5 Blues Jam
Website »

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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
View map »


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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

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


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-652-0271

More information

It’s back! Our annual sale kicks off December 1 with 20% off your entire purchase. For the remainder of the week, receive 10% off most items. (Members receive a 20% discount all...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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

Create a holiday container for your porch or steps that will wow your neighbors! We'll show you what materials you can use this time of year to create a colorful winter design you can enjoy for...

Cost: $45

Where:
Inland Bays Garden Center
38320 Muddy Neck Road
Frankford, DE  19945
View map »


Sponsor: Inland Bays Garden Center
Telephone: 302-539-1839
Contact Name: Denise Hoeksema
Website »

More information

Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

More information

Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
View map »

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

LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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

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

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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

Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is ensuring no children are forgotten at Christmas via toy donation drive for Toys for Tots. Additionally, in honor...

Cost: New, unwrapped toys

Where:
Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant
1709 Lovering Ave.
Wilmington, DE
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Milton Holiday House Tour – Saturday, December 14, 2019; 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm (rain, shine, or snow).  The Women’s Club of Milton presents a tour of several of Milton’s...

Cost: $25 in advance/$30 day of

Where:
Milton, DE
, DE


Sponsor: Women’s Club of Milton
Contact Name: Barbara German

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For $20 on Thursdays from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in our crab cake sandwich & a local beer on tap. Signature crab cake topped w/ lettuce, tomato, power veggie slaw, served on a toasted brioche...

Cost: $20

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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It's time for Harry's holiday ornaments! Join us for Happy Hour from 5-7PM and pick up this year's ornament, benefiting the Ministry of Caring. After Happy Hour, this ornament will be available...

Cost: free

Where:
Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
1801 West 14th Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon
Telephone: 302-658-4600
Contact Name: Jamie Paski
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Tis the season for our two favorite things, shopping and self-care!! Join us on Thursday, December 5th for our annual holiday event. Meet and mingle with our spa-tacular experts and staff. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Premier Spa & Laser Center
537 Stanton-Christiana Rd.
Suite 207/210
Newark , DE  19713
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Come and learn more about the Museum’s Connected Series. Series, curating events for the community, by the community! Free.  

Cost: Free

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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Curiosity and Flux, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Shawn Faust, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 6, 2019 – January 10, 2020. The artist will host a free opening...

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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“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
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LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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December 6, 2019 Join us for a study day focused on Robert S. Duncanson, the foremost African American landscape painter of the 19th century. Inspired by Winterthur’s recent...

Cost: Members $15. Nonmembers $25. Students (with student ID) 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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DESSERT AND COFFEE Rick Hidalgo and Richard Remenick December 6 - 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop “When I was a kid, I always...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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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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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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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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Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

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RECONSTITUTE Draper Experiment by Jacintha Clark December 6, 2019 – February 23, 2020  Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Jacintha...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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ART IN BLOOM Philadelphia Chapter of Ikebana International December 6 – 8, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Join us for a special...

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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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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It’s back! Our annual sale kicks off December 1 with 20% off your entire purchase. For the remainder of the week, receive 10% off most items. (Members receive a 20% discount all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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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Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271

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Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is ensuring no children are forgotten at Christmas via toy donation drive for Toys for Tots. Additionally, in honor...

Cost: New, unwrapped toys

Where:
Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant
1709 Lovering Ave.
Wilmington, DE
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This noon-time lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. (Café lunch...

Cost: $12 Members, $14 Non-Members​

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Milton Holiday House Tour – Saturday, December 14, 2019; 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm (rain, shine, or snow).  The Women’s Club of Milton presents a tour of several of Milton’s...

Cost: $25 in advance/$30 day of

Where:
Milton, DE
, DE


Sponsor: Women’s Club of Milton
Contact Name: Barbara German

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Find the Magic of the Holidays at the Annual Holiday Open House at Rockwood Park & Museum Bring your family out for Holiday Open House with exceptional entertainment, fun festive crafts,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rockwood Park & Museum
4651 Washington Street
OFFICE_COMMERCIAL
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: New Castle County Department of Community Services
Telephone: 302-395-5600
Contact Name: Suzanne Casey
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“The Mixed media of Art,” an exhibition of drawings of public transportation and RCOKY I and II Boxing series by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez, will be on view in the Sold...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Sold Firm Art Gallery
800 B N Tatnall St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Sold Firm
Telephone: 302-543-3082
Contact Name: Geraldo Gonzalez
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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 Ballet Theatre of Dover will present its annual production of The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Dover High School Theatre, 1 Dover High...

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
Dover High School Theatre
1 Dover High Drive
Dover, DE  19904
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Sponsor: Ballet Theatre of Dover
Telephone: 302-734-9717
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Join First State Ringers as they present Christmas Favorites of 2019!  Enjoy an hour of holiday music.  FSR is part of Newark United Methodist Church, and directed by Ruthie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kingswood United Methodist Church
300 Marrows Road
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Newark United Methodist Church
Telephone: 302-388-9135
Contact Name: Ruthie Toole
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“Art Works for the Holidays” features a large variety of art appropriate for gift giving including paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and more. Oil paintings – Ed...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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On Saturday, December 7 between 9am and 4pm come over to Saint Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, DE for our 1st annual Happy Holly-Days Market Fair.  Vendors of all kinds will over...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Saint Thomas More Academy
133 Thomas More Drive
Magnolia, DE  19962
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Sponsor: The Visual & Performing Arts Department
Telephone: 302-697-8100
Contact Name: Kevin Thomas
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Instructor: Eo Omwake 30-minute lunch break

Cost: $75 Members, $95 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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

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Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to present a father and son exhibition of new works by Greg Mort and Jon Mort from November 22 – December 21, 2019. A reception with both artists will be...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271

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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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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Let us guide you through the steps of making a standard size holiday wreath to adorn your front door or give to a friend. We'll provide the tools and materials you'll need including greens,...

Cost: $35

Where:
Inland Bays Garden Center
38320 Muddy Neck Road
Frankford, DE  19945
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Sponsor: Inland Bays Garden Center
Telephone: 302-539-1839
Contact Name: Denise Hoeksema
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DESSERT AND COFFEE Rick Hidalgo and Richard Remenick December 6 - 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop “When I was a kid, I always...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

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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Come visit Santa Claus in his home away from the North Pole until December 24th. Make memories this holiday season and get your pictures with Santa at the Concord Mall.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Concord Mall

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Don’s Tree Farm is excited for the 2019 Christmas Season.  Christmas Trees and so much more!  Hours for 2019 are Thursdays 2pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am...

Cost: Free

Where:
Don's Tree Farm
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE  19950
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November 23-January 5, 2020   Discover one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases!  Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with...

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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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

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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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. 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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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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ART IN BLOOM Philadelphia Chapter of Ikebana International December 6 – 8, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Join us for a special...

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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RECONSTITUTE Draper Experiment by Jacintha Clark December 6, 2019 – February 23, 2020  Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Jacintha...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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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Come join us for the upcoming Legal Studies Open House at Widener University Delaware Law School 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 Saturday, December 7th, from 10:00 am - 12:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Widener University Delaware Law School
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Graduate, International, Compliance, and Legal Studies
Telephone: (302) 477-2780
Contact Name: Shaun Mahan
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It’s back! Our annual sale kicks off December 1 with 20% off your entire purchase. For the remainder of the week, receive 10% off most items. (Members receive a 20% discount all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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'Tis the season for gathering! Grab your nearest and dearest and head out to Chaddsford for an afternoon of holiday merriment. Look forward to warm mulled wine, fresh-baked cookies,...

Cost: Admission is free. All wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go.

Where:
Chaddsford Winery
632 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Join First State Ringers as they present Christmas Favorites of 2019!  Enjoy an hour of holiday music.  FSR is part of Newark United Methodist Church, and directed by Ruthie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old St. Paul's Church
506 High Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Newark United Methodist Church
Telephone: 302-388-9135
Contact Name: Ruthie Toole
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.Enjoy a Guide-led tour of the special exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture.  Image: Susan Taylor, as Model,c. 1970s. Ken Ramsay (1935–2008). Gelatin...

Cost: Free for Members, Free with admission for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Capital Ringers is a versatile community handbell ensemble known regionally for a vast repertoire including rock n’ roll, jazz, patriotic, sacred and current top 40 tunes,​ in addition to...

Cost: $15.00 for adults, Children 18 and under free

Where:
Eagle's Nest Fellowship Church
26633 Zion Church Rd.
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Capital Ringers
Telephone: 302-632-1043
Contact Name: Heather Beauchamp
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ALL ABOARD the Museum for a night of winter wonder! Wear your favorite pair of holiday PJ’s and enjoy a variety of fun and interactive winter-themed activities including a hot chocolate lab,...

Cost: $3 for DMNH Members (ages 3 & up), Free for DMNH Members under age 3 $12 for no

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Find the Magic of the Holidays at the Annual Holiday Open House at Rockwood Park & Museum Bring your family out for Holiday Open House with exceptional entertainment, fun festive crafts, costumed...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rockwood Park & Museum
4651 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: New Castle County Department of Community Services
Telephone: 302-395-5600
Contact Name: Suzanne Casey
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The Nutcracker Express Presented by DanceCompany-X Traditional Nutcracker blended with scenes inspired by the Polar Express movie. An unique and an original holiday tradition that you don't...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
Milford Senior High School
1019 N Walnut St
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: DanceCo-X
Telephone: 302-422-2633
Contact Name: Michele Xiques
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The Newark Arts Alliance invites everyone to an evening of celebrating and supporting the arts with The Gingerbread Bash. You’ll enjoy dinner from soup to nuts, wine and beer, music by Ellen...

Cost: $50

Where:
Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Rd.
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Newark Arts Alliance
Telephone: 302-266-7266
Contact Name: Terry Foreman
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The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society Presents it's FREE Holiday Spectacular!  at the Dickinson Theatre at John Dickinson High School.     Starring  John Baratta and Carl Black on both consoles...

Cost: FREE

Where:
John Dickinson High School
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Telephone: 302-998-2803
Contact Name: Bob Dilworth
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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 featuring a new youtube presentation by Sis. Ijeoma Mbonu, titled,...

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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There’s nothing like the scent of fresh-cut evergreens around the holidays. Come bask in this wonderful fragrance as you construct your own unique holiday wreath at the University of Delaware...

Cost: Each workshop costs $45 for UDBG Friends and $55 for nonmembers

Where:
Fischer Greenhouse
531 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: UD Botanic Gardens
Telephone: (302) 831-4188
Contact Name: Valann Budischak
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