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Horses and hors d'oeuvres ruled the social scene this month, as well as our local style of Hollywood magic.



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DIRECTOR’S CUT

“Gor-don! Gor-don!” chanted the pre-screening crowd for “Jack of Clubs” as filmmaker Gordon DelGiorno—in all-black and lean as a wolf—swept into Sugarfoot Downtown. So how does it feel to have the world premiere of your new movie just minutes away at Theatre N? “I’ve been doing a lot of deep-breathing and yoga-—in my mind,” Gordon said. Sounds healthier than tossing back an espresso martini, under the circumstances. “Jack of Clubs” stars Matt Flack as a kid-shy fella sentenced to community service at Boys & Girls Clubs. Justin James Thomas, 10, of Collings Lakes, New Jersey, delivers the goods as a tyke named Bobby. “He’s very insecure. He wets his pants a lot,” Justin said of his character. Uh-oh. “They just threw water on me,” explained Justin, a cherub who acted as if it was all in a day’s work. Justin was with his sister Abigail Thomas, a Sissy Spacek lookalike at age 7 who was an extra in the film, and their mom, Michelle Thomas. Patti Nelson, a stylist at Fabrizio Salon in Wilmington, who did hair and makeup for “Jack of Clubs,” Senate Minority Whip Liane Sorenson, cineaste Bev Zimmermann, Annette Aerenson of Montchanin and cycling enthusiast Mike Clark of Wilmington hobnobbed at the party, too. Did you know that Meghan Pasricha of Hockessin, a Sanford School grad who’s a psychology major at Harvard, was named one of the top 10 college women in America by Glamour magazine? See the June issue, suggested proud mom Sadna Pasricha.

CANCER SURVIVORS ROCK!

Elizabeth Edwards’ battle with Stage IV breast cancer was the elephant in the room at the Red Balloon Brunch, a benefit for The Wellness Community-Delaware, which helps cancer-affected people through free support programs. “When breast cancer comes back, it’s not like diabetes or heart disease. There are stronger repercussions. You never know what’s going to happen,” said Cynthia Dwyer, executive director of The Wellness Community. Cindy, a two-time cancer survivor, concluded, “We don’t need to sensationalize cancer.” To Stan Diver, chairman of Diver Chevrolet in Wilmington, Elizabeth and John Edwards’ ordeal evoked the famous O. Henry short story “The Gift of the Magi.” “He wanted to quit the presidential race for her sake, and she wanted him to stay in it for his sake,” Stan observed. “It’s not just one person who goes through this. You go through it together.” Joe Amon, owner of The Community News, and The Wellness Community’s president-elect, was squarely in the Edwards’ camp. “People who are compassionate with a definite interest in cancer will identify with what she’s going through,” Amon says. “And they’ll see that what he’s going through is endearing.”

Conley Ward’s Steakhouse came through with its customary culinary excellence. Put that restaurant in the food-for-hope camp. At the silent auction, Sheridan Quarless Kingsbury of Hockessin eyed the porcelain tea set donated by Everything But the Kitchen Sink. Marcy Spivack, a member of the brunch’s steering committee, patted the color-flecked rabbit jacket from Jacques Ferber during a live auction that was gaveled by Dave Raymond, a.k.a. the former Phillie Phanatic. Red balloons floated everywhere, tagged with the names of people whose lives had been touched by cancer. About 180 guests made the scene, despite competition from a brunch held at the same time on behalf of Delaware Hospice, Inc. at Harry’s Savoy Grill. Calling all benefit committees: Could we have a scheduling clearinghouse to avoid such overlap?

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CHILLING AT P2P

Oh, to be young and pretty and wearing a Lilly Pulitzer shift at Point-to-Point. Bare legs and those lace-licked, preppy-print frocks were de rigeur for women at Winterthur’s famous race day. But what about the conspicuously older squares who are missing a chic gene and shivered on those chilly hills? “You are wearing shorts? You are sick,” said Jose Pereira-Ogan, scolding his friend Ken Rizzo of Swedesboro, New Jersey, while picnicking on the general admission side. Since Jose is associate director of Christiana Psychiatric Services, we’ll take his prognosis at face value. But Ken insisted his Hilton Head National windbreaker kept him toasty. The gals’ mini-skirts were another matter. “Oh, they’re cruising. They’re looking to hook up,” was Ken’s view.

Fashion vs. comfort is the perennial predicament. Entering at Gate 5, we caught Laura Hoelzer of Greenville in skimpy cotton garb. She admitted she was cold. “But she looks stylish,” said her date, Brett Cohen, of Washington, D.C. Trailblazers for ladies of a certain age included Betsy Preston Hershey, who was wrapped in willow green and cream separates with green-trimmed Puma sneakers from Peter Kate Shoes, and Debbie Riegel of Montchanin, who looked smashing in a magnolia-appliquéd, pearl-gray jacket with black gaucho pants.

Alicia and Jim Stein of Centreville served Francina’s secret-recipe fried chicken (Francina is their housekeeper) alongside brownies rustled up by their actorly son, Edward Stein, who was in from Los Angeles. Fancy straw hats, another Winterthur signature, stayed in place despite the gusts. Our apocryphal prize for the most original headgear goes to Dean Bobbitt of Williamstown, West Virginia, and Ryan Petrunich of Scranton, Pennsylvania, who were lobbing plastic rings at each other’s striped Conehead hats.

You men. Sometimes when you look goofy you hit the mark.

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ART THROBS

Sha-zaam! The Delaware College of Art and Design became a sexy cause when honorary chair Jamie Wyeth showed up at A Decade of DCAD, the effervescent gala at 500 Delaware Ave. in Wilmington to celebrate the school’s 10th anniversary. Jamie-—a bit of a dandy in crepe knickers with pin-dotted hose and a dusky blue, smock-style jacket—has been toiling on a series of paintings called “the Seven Deadly Sins.” “This is a good place to do it, don’t you think?” Jamie joked, referring to our neck of the woods. (Maybe he knows something we don’t.) Jamie, who donated his mixed-media “Garrulous Gull” to the night’s auction, wasÊ surrounded by Bernadette DeSeta Buccini, the honorary event chair, and Monique Rollins, the youngest member of DCAD’s Board of Overseers. Curly-topped Theo Philipps, a portrait painter from London, recently finished his first royal portrait, he told us. The subject: Sophie Wessex, wife of the Windsors’ Prince Edward, a nice credential to have.

Joyce Hill Stoner is so sweet, we had to ask what her husband, Patrick Stoner, film critic for WHYY, thought of summer’s first blockbuster, “Spider-Man 3.” She wasn’t sure. “He comes home to relax,” Joyce said, then—oh, yes—he must have seen Spidey because he gave grandson David, age 8, an electronic souvenir. Wilmington Mayor Jim Baker was accompanied by Tanya Washington, his special assistant. Lynn and John Wigton glowed from wintering in Naples, Florida. Claire and Michael Marquardt had just returned from the spring gala at The Kennedy Center, where Harry Connick Jr. performed, among others. More stars brightening A Decade of DCAD included Tina and Pete Hayward, Christine Powell and Bill Duncan, Louise Vinton, Michele Rollins, and event committee members Michele Besso, Milbrey Jacobs and Bev Zimmermann, as well as live-auction artists Ed Loper SR. and Margaret Scott Kincannon. A sassy new drink, Absolut Pear Mojitos, brightened the social view, too.

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JUST ADD WATER

No live auction? The verdant splendor of Longwood Gardens as a backdrop? No wonder the Beach Ball, thrown by Friends of Elwyn, seemed like a tony respite from more strenuous black-tie hullabaloo. Martin and Annemarie Eichelberger, representing the Wilmington Trust Delaware Board of Managers, headlined the corporate contingent. Past co-chairs Janet and Jack Krol stayed in Florida, but Elwyn benefactors Deborah and Rafe Hamilton of Wilmington made the scene. Flip-flops were optional at this beachy-keen fundraiser. Everyone had oceans of fun. Dick Vermeil, the former Philadelphia Eagles coach, partied hearty “because I know where the proceeds are going,” he said.

Elwyn, headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania, is a human services non-profit with a slew of programs designed for people with disabilities. There’s a satellite office in Wilmington. Elwyn president Sandra Cornelius struck fashion gold in a sweeping, buttercup-yellow Scaasi gown that her husband, Chalmers Cornelius, a dermatologist, had ordered on eBay.

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PNC (PLEASE, NO CLAIRE) NIGHT

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January 2017

January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sports Card & Collectible Show at Aetna Fire Hall on Jan. 22—sign up now! -Sports Cards McFarlane Figures Comic Books Non-Sports cards Wrestling Items Vintage Starting...

Cost: $2

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: A2Z Promotions
Telephone: 302-983-2636
Contact Name: Bob Harper
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Belly Dance Classes with Zahra Beginner & intermediate classes open to teens and adults Sundays in January starting Jan 8th Beginner: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Intermediate: 1 - 2 p.m (must get...

Cost: $15-$42

Where:
Take the Lead Studio
320 Lantana Drive
Hockessin , DE  19711
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Sponsor: Take the Lead
Contact Name: Zahra
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Ah, typecasting—the baritone is always the bad guy! In Devils, Drunks & Dastardly Dudes, we’ll go on an operatic journey of men behaving badly. We’ll add a tenor to the mix, too… but we...

Cost: $29-$59

Where:
OperaDelaware Studio
4 South Poplar St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: OperaDelaware
Telephone: 302-442-7809
Contact Name: Mary Wilcosky
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Come give curling a try! At this 2-hour intro-to-curling event we'll provide a basic lesson then coach you through a mini-game.  Whether you just want to cross #curling off your bucket list or...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Pond Ice Arena
101 John Campbell Rd
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Diamond State Curling Club
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

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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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ are...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne and Stephanie Dumpson
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Guest speakers Patty Dailey-Lewis, executive director of the Beau Biden Foundation, and Delaware Family Court commissioner Loretta Young will discuss how participation in social media can too...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilmington University - Dover
Building A Auditorium
3282 N DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Wilmington University College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: 302-295-1164
Contact Name: Dr. Johanna Bishop
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmers Market Nov 8, 2016 - April 11, 2017  11 am- 2 pm 25 vendors Location:  East Coast Garden Center 30366 Cordrey Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 302-945-3489

Cost: frr

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

Cost: Free

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Telephone: 302-945-3489
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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A four-week series of ballroom dancing classes taught by teachers from the BlueBallroom. Tuesdays starting Jan. 10. Classes are $30 a lesson for Non-Members. Non-Member slots are limited. For...

Cost: $30

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
Website »

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Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts January 19th, every other Thursday until March 30th This program is based entirely outdoors and is...

Cost: Cost: $30 for TLC members / $40 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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MARC BROUSSARD In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut; he called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and...

Cost: $22 SRO- $32 SEATED

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

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

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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

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

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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January 28 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Science Saturday – Truss Me, You Won’t Fall! Become an engineer for the day. Design a bridge to hold as much weight as possible....

Cost: Activities are included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

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

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GRILLED CHEESE AND CRAFT BEER TASTING We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer – and paired them together in unexpected and...

Cost: $40

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 at  7:30 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 763 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087 Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square...

Cost: Tickets are $25 online, and $30 at the door. Student tickets $10 at the door.

Where:
Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
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Fan favorite, Dick Smith, returns to the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society concert stage on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 for a show that is sure to bring the house down! Dick Smith has been a...

Cost: $15 Adults; $10 Students

Where:
John Dickinson High School Auditorium
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Telephone: 302-995-2603
Contact Name: Bob Dilworth
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The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society presents Dick Smith. For tickets, click here: http://www.dtoskimball.org/events-tickets/ticket-information/ For further information, please call us at...

Where:
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

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


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

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Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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MOTHERSHIP Mothership is the area's premier Led Zeppelin Tribute show. Composed of seasoned, professional musicians Mario Padovani - vocals, keyboards, Frank Ginocchio - drums, Chris Julian -...

Cost: 15

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