Wilmington's City Council President Advocates for Strong Neighborhoods

East Side native Hanifa Shabazz hopes to slow the epidemic of violence that has plagued the city in the past.


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"I have gone to too many funerals."

In one simple, stark sentence, Hanifa Shabazz, president of Wilmington City Council, bundles up not just her own, but a whole city’s fear, sorrow and frustration. Too many people—most of them black teenagers and young men—have died violently on the streets of Wilmington.

The hand-printed signs, the prayer vigils and the tears of mothers at their sons’ funerals did not stop the shootings. Neither did promises from police, nor speeches from politicians.

For Shabazz, this was more than her city crying for help. It was personal. This wave of violence touched her own family. It took the children and young men from her friends and neighbors as well.

Something had to be done.

Years ago, Shabazz, then a member of City Council and searching for an answer, issued a call to engage 500 black men “to take care of their families and protect their neighborhoods.”  They did not answer, she says.

The violence went on.

Shabazz remembers the mounting frustration of all this “craziness.” Delawareans routinely peppered conversations, official and personal, with phrases like “epidemic of violence.” Then it dawned on Shabazz that “epidemic” might be the right word. Shooting deaths spread like a contagious disease.

 

As Wilmington City Council president, Hanifa Shabazz hopes to lead a return to the strong neighborhoods she grew up with.// photo by Joe Del Tufo

 

She remembered the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2009 intervention into the teen suicide outbreak in Sussex County. The approach—treating suicides as related, with one teen’s death influencing another’s—led to a series of public health interventions. Teachers and counselors learned to spot trouble signs.  Parents looked for behaviors linked to suicidal actions. Even the teens were involved; they were urged to open up and say something.  Above all, the mission was to listen and to act.

In 2013, Shabazz proposed City Council call for the CDC study the shootings as a public health menace. The next year, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services officially requested the CDC study. The federal health officials came to town that same year. Their survey was, as Shabazz put it, “the first ever of its kind.”

The survey showed that violence was indeed spreading like a contagion. The CDC researched data and found links, even early warning signs that a strata of city boys were heading toward violent trouble as they grew older. The CDC and Delaware health officials called for an advisory council of “key community stakeholders” to develop programs to reach the at-risk children. Advisory councils do not appear out of nowhere; their program proposals do not come fully implemented. Yet slowly, even agonizingly in Shabazz’s eyes, the program came together. Money, as always, remained difficult to find.


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But Shabazz persisted. The state and city formed the Wilmington Community Advisory Council. It began forming partnerships with churches, businesses, schools and community groups. The goal is to help youth and their families get “connected, respected and protected.” The summer of 2018 was a good start. Thousands of at-risk youngsters took part in programs, classes and things like extended hours at community centers. Teachers are learning to understand the children they teach.

Underneath all of this is an attempt to get the adult world inside and outside of the child’s neighborhood to understand the pressure on the child.

Shabazz believes it is imperative to understand that pressure.

As she sees it, poverty, violence and, for many surrounding adults, hopelessness press down on each child. Globalization and automation took away many of the low-skill manufacturing jobs that provided previous generations a chance to move up. Mix in the easy availability of guns and the quick, but dirty money to be found in drugs, and stability crumbles even more.

 

"Children are dying and all they can ask is, 'How are we going to pay for it?'" —Hanifa Shabazz

 

To add to all of this, Shabazz says, is the added trauma of slavery, a legacy that still lingers. Add too, generations of inadequate education, poor schooling in a rapidly changing world—a world that imposes a harsh discipline on workers who lack the skills to keep up.

Finally came a reform that, in Shabazz’s view, laid another hardship on already vulnerable children.

They are bused to far away schools, and put in the care of teachers who do not understand their culture, let alone what the child may be going through at home, on the streets where they live, and even on that long, early-morning bus ride to class.

“The child may be acting out,” Shabazz says, “but he is treated as being bad. His actions are treated as threatening.”

Then there is the child’s inability to take part in the community of school. After-class activities are out. The school experience goes by one clock, one with time for band practice, dramatics and science teams—activities that funnel and guide a kid’s natural afternoon enthusiasm. The bused child’s experience goes by another clock. This one has no time for a community of actively engaged classmates. This clock runs on bus schedules, traffic alerts and long drives that cramp a child’s energy and enforce a daily dose of idleness.

In addition, art and music have been taken away. This leaves many black and brown children with no outlet. What kind of school system is it that puts boundaries on kids’ dreams?

Shabazz shakes her head when she thinks about what this does to the neighborhood. Kids do not go to school with their friends down the block. The classroom is far away. Parents do not get to know the teachers. And students do not get to see their friends from class once they mount the bus and go in opposite directions.


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Once, she recalls, whole neighborhoods rooted for the same football team in the fall. “We were all on the same side.” That is not there now.

It was not like that when she grew up on the East Side. Shabazz remembers taking art and music classes in school. She played in the Howard marching band in junior high. 

“I was ADHD,” Shabazz recalls. Art, music and other activities saved her. “If I went to one of those schools today, I’d be in trouble.”

She remembers learning to see and hear new worlds of the imagination—all of it in a classroom a few blocks from her home. She learned to play the flute and the piano. This fed her love of music, a passion that burns to this day. That connection is what she wants for today’s kids.

Where will today’s children get all of that? When Shabazz came home from school, grandmothers and aunties were on the steps of the houses they passed. Get out of line and your own mother heard about it. Today, the aunties never had that experience themselves. They were bused to school and never learned how that informal city system worked.

Little things, perhaps. But think of what the absence of these invisible ties does to the neighborhood, Shabazz suggests. They really did hold neighborhoods together.

Now few things are there to take the place of their place. Without them, a contagion of violence is inevitable.

Look around, she says, and you can see and feel the urgency.

But some refused to see and feel.

“Children are dying and all they can ask is, ‘How are we going to pay for it?’” she laments. “When the poor white children in Sussex County were committing suicide, the money was found. When the poor black children in Wilmington are committing homicide, they just asked about who will pay the bill.”

But the cause pushed Shabazz and others forward. They, in turn, pushed for the needed reform. The Wilmington Advisory Council is now in place. The members are spreading the idea to non-governmental organizations—health facilities, non-profits, faith and peace organizations. “The support is widespread.”

The next stop is the neighborhoods.

Shabazz is not through. She is president of City Council now and is often in the headlines, sometimes for issues she’d rather not be associated with. Earlier this year she was criticized for the way her office handed out grants. Later she was criticized for making inquiries about a city-issued parking ticket she received.

“It is a distraction,” she says, chalking much of the controversy to misunderstandings all around. “It makes you take your focus and life energy from the work with the children. That’s where my faith comes in. I’m fighting for the children. The progress we made with the Wilmington Advisory Council is like the connecting tissues of all the great resources we have here in Wilmington.”

She is looking forward to changes in policy in education, corrections and public health so “that there is a wholesome environment for our children.”

Then, maybe, the funerals will stop.

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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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While reading a book of stories, young Alice falls asleep. Her dream carries her into the pages of her storybook where she meets a chessboard knight, a cool cat, a running rabbit and an egg with an...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
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On Aug. 7, two High 5 Hospitality Rehoboth Buffalo Wild Wings Team Members suffered a tragedy to their families. They lost 3 children to a tragic fire. There are no words to take away their pain,...

Where:
High 5 Hospitality Restaurants
, DE

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The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,”...

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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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August)...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Young artists will explore the places we call home and the world we live in through contemporary art in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.Projects will...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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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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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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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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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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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

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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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

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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Rudyard Kipling’s fantastic tale of the boy who is raised by friendly animals is set in the Indian jungle. With the help of Baloo, the dependable bear, and Bagheera, the loyal panther, the...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
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Wednesdays at The Whist Every Wednesday in July and August beginning July 3 Now is your chance to experience exceptional cuisine at The University and Whist Club, located at the historic...

Cost: $8-$42

Where:
The University & Whist Club
805 N. Broom St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 658-5125
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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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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Join us for a free, comprehensive seminar to learn if weight-loss surgery is right for you. You will have the opportunity to meet a bariatric surgeon and our Coordinator to answer your questions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Medical Center
537 Stanton-Christiana Road, Suite 103
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Saint Francis Healthcare
Telephone: 302-421-4221
Contact Name: Maryellen Sparks

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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
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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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On Aug. 7, two High 5 Hospitality Rehoboth Buffalo Wild Wings Team Members suffered a tragedy to their families. They lost 3 children to a tragic fire. There are no words to take away their pain,...

Where:
High 5 Hospitality Restaurants
, DE

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Colonel Carla Riner presently serves as the Commander of the 166th Airlift Wing in New Castle, Delaware. She previously served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Adjutant General for...

Cost: $35 DSCC Members / $45 Future Members

Where:
University & Whist Club
805 North Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 302-576-6564
Contact Name: Kelly Basile
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The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,”...

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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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August)...

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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Young artists will explore the places we call home and the world we live in through contemporary art in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.Projects will...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


Website »

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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

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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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

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

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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
View map »

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

Cost: FREE

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

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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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
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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Thursdays  Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo, 10:30 am. - 11:15 am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time may include a craft, activity, or live animal...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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A Kansas storm whisks Dorothy and Toto away to the fanciful Land of Oz where they encounter witches, wizards and more! As the two friends seek a way home, they meet a scarecrow with no brains, a...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
Website »

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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
Website »

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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights...

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

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

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

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

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Join Delaware Historical Society Executive Director Dr. David Young and Museum of the American Revolution President and CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson for a Revolutionary reunion and be sure not to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 NORTH MARKET STREET, Delaware History Museum
WILMINGTON, DE  19801
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Sponsor: DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Telephone: 302-655-7161
Contact Name: Pati Nash
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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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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago with a Museum Guide in Spanish. https://www.delart.org/programs-events/talks_tours/  

Cost: Free with admission.

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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On Aug. 7, two High 5 Hospitality Rehoboth Buffalo Wild Wings Team Members suffered a tragedy to their families. They lost 3 children to a tragic fire. There are no words to take away their pain,...

Where:
High 5 Hospitality Restaurants
, DE

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,”...

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

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August)...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Young artists will explore the places we call home and the world we live in through contemporary art in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.Projects will...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

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

University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

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


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

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

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

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

John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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

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

  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
View map »

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 »

More information

MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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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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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

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

Cost: free

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


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

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

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

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

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Come out and support your community!  Registration is required to participate! https://runsignup.com/Race/DE/Harrington/HarringtonColorRun Harrington's Color Run is for absolutely...

Cost: 0.00 - 25.00

Where:
Harrington Fire Company
20 Clark Street
Harrington, DE  19952
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Sponsor: Harrington Fire Company
Telephone: 302-670-6072
Contact Name: Veronica Dickerson
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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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  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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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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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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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

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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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

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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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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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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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
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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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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. English Tours Saturday, June 22 | 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 29 | 2:00 p.m....

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2310 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

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

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

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

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