Style Home: If the Walls Could Talk

The governor's home remains one of the state's finest examples of Georgian architecture, but that's not the main reason it's a great place to live.



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Photographs by John Lewis

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At Woodburn, Governor Ruth Ann Minner lives side by side with 206 years of Delaware history.

Outside, boxwoods planted by Charles Hillyard, who built the house in 1798, form the verdant backbone of a formal garden. Inside, the governor enjoys reading in a light-filled parlor, where a portrait of Thomas MacDonough, the Delaware-born admiral and hero of the War of 1812, hangs over the mantel.

It’s Minner’s favorite room in the house. Furnished with antiques from the collection of William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon who built the splendid San Simeon estate in California, the room also showcases pieces of Delaware’s past. Witness the 19th-century watercolors of Blue Hen. Staffordshire transferware china commemorating MacDonough’s victory on Lake Champlain is in the cupboard, near a framed letter to his doctor, thanking him for a remedy of herbal tea.

“Many refer to Woodburn as the governor’s house, but in my mind, it belongs to all Delawareans,” Minner says.

The origin of the name Woodburn has been lost to history, but the house speaks for itself as one of the finest Georgian homes in the First State. It boasts elegant proportions despite its massive size, with three full floors, an attic and a cellar. The builders layered the brick work in Flemish bond at the north and south sides, with a belt course five bricks wide between the first and second floors.

Inside are classic features of the Middle Georgian period, including fine molding, wainscoting and chair rails. The elaborate lock-and-key molding on the parlor mantel is the finest example of the form in the state.

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Despite its 12-foot ceilings and stately furnishings, Woodburn is very much a home. Governor Pete du Pont’s four children and two dogs made it a lively place during family stays in the 1970s and 1980s. Legislative leaders from both parties regularly gather in the great hall to share lunch and talk informally.

“It’s a very comfortable house, just about all antiques, and all used on a regular basis,” says house administrator Julie Shaffer.

The state purchased Woodburn in 1965 for $65,000, then earmarked another $70,000 for renovations. Starting with Charles L. Terry, eight governors have held office since, but Minner is only the second to make Woodburn her primary residence. Governor Sherman Tribbitt and his wife, Jeanne, also resided there full time, from 1973 until 1977.

Only a few years after Jacqueline Kennedy captivated the hearts of Americans by restoring the White House, Terry’s wife, Jessica, supervised the renovation and decoration of Woodburn. She filled the house with antiques from many sources, some purchased by the state, others donated by individuals, some on loan from museums.

That deference to the past was respected in future administrations. While Russell and Lillian Peterson built a basement rec room for their teenage daughter, decorum ruled in the public spaces of the house. When a visiting journalist remarked that there was no television at Woodburn, Mrs. Peterson replied, “It’s in the closet. You know, it is not an antique.”

These days visiting school children still inquire about the location of the TV. In fact, it’s the most frequently asked question on tours, Shaffer says. (The second: What does the governor eat for breakfast?)

Minner maintains the tradition of tucking the telly out of sight in her private quarters. She takes her morning tea and toast at the table in the formal dining room, the only piece in the public spaces that is not an antique.

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“It gets so much use,” Shaffer says. “It was wiser to go with a reproduction.”

Technically, the Hepplewhite sideboard also is a reproduction. Crafted from mahogany inset with tulip wood, it is a faithful copy of George Washington’s sideboard at Mount Vernon. “But this reproduction was made in 1891, so it’s an antique in its own right,” Shaffer says.

The oldest piece in the house is a circa 1720 Queen Anne chest-on-chest with a burled walnut veneer. The tall case clock in the Great Hall was made in Philadelphia in 1765 by Scots craftsman James Kinkead.

Elise du Pont researched historical colors for the house, painting the dining room a brilliant Mandarin red. Today the walls are sunny yellow, though the color is not as intense as it would have been in the 19th century.

“It was typical before the days of electric lights to paint rooms in very bright colors,” Shaffer notes.

The dining room is illuminated by an enormous 19th-century chandelier of sparkling Baccarat crystal, and there’s another in the parlor. Antique silver shimmers against the salmon-pink interior of a built-in cupboard with butterfly shelves. The state china, rimmed in blue with the Delaware seal in 24k gold, is displayed in a massive mahogany breakfront.

The architectural balance of the house is pragmatic as well as aesthetically pleasing. Windows and doors are aligned to take advantage of cross ventilation. The massive Dutch door at the entry is also a practical marvel, with the top section typically kept open in warmer months.

“It kept the livestock out and allowed the breeze to come through,” Shaffer notes.

The kitchen was originally sited in the basement, in keeping with Early American custom. Today a large commercial-style kitchen is on the first floor, separate from the public spaces.

Of special interest to Minner is a portrait gallery of former governors at nearby Legislative Hall and another for first ladies at Woodburn.

In 2004 artist David Larned, a Wilmington native, worked with former first ladies Jeanne Tribbitt and Elise du Pont, creating period portraits through conversations and photographs. A lively Tribbitt is depicted in her inaugural gown. The artistic du Pont is shown in profile in tones of black, gray and white, fading to gold. Larned painted Mrs. Peterson, who died in 1994, from photographs.

Newark artist Donna Zador painted a confident Martha Carper, clad in a pantsuit and standing by the French doors leading from the parlor to the garden. Woodburn also is home to a portrait of Ann Valiant Carvel, wife of Elbert N. Carvel, who governed from 1949 to 1953 and 1961 to 1965.

Governor Minner also maintains traditions such as inviting trick or treaters into the garden at Halloween. Seeing First Staters appreciate the house that connects them all is what she likes best about living at Woodburn.

“I enjoy public events the most,” she says, “when we open our doors to all visitors and guests so they can personally enjoy Delaware’s rich historic heritage.”Ê

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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

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Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this beautiful...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Telephone: 1-800-643-3779
Contact Name: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Website »

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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present LITTLE MEN, a drama that portrays how a rapidly changing neighborhood can have a dissimilar impact on two families. Jake (Theo...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-644-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Our summer Lobster Special is back, now on Tuesdays! Join us every Tuesday for dinner starting at 4:30PM and enjoy a whole 1.5 lb lobster, shipped directly to us from Maine, for just $29.95....

Cost: 29.95

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Judy Champion
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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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This literature discussion of "Between Riverside and Crazy" by Stephen Adly Guirgis, led by author and educator Dr. Myrna Nurse, is part of a nationwide and statewide celebration of the Pulitzer...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware Memorial Hall
170 The Green
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Delaware Humanities Forum
Telephone: 302-657-0650
Contact Name: Ciera Fisher
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How our next Lieutenant Governor feels about environmental policy can shape so many aspects of our lives -- transportation, water quality, safety, social justice, and land use just to name a few....

Cost: Free

Where:
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mil Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Delaware Nature Society
Telephone: (302) 239-2334
Contact Name: Brenna Goggin
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Belly Dance Classes with Zahra (Newark) Open to teens and adults. Open to beginner and intermediate students. Five-week series: Tuesdays 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Advanced payment: $52 via PayPal to...

Cost: $15-$52

Where:
George Wilson Center
303 New London Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
, DE

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Wednesdays through September 28, 2016, October 12 & 29, November 9 & 26, December 7 & 31 8:00 am – 7:30 pm Itinerary: 8:00 am Customer Check In 8:45 am Boat departs...

Cost: $35

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes , DE  19958
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Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular series Thomas & Friends® returns to the Strasburg Rail Road beginning August 27 for the Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour. This...

Cost: $21+

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Fairfax Flea Market on 9/17/16 from 8:00-2:00 free outdoor event @ Aldersgate Church on Concord Pike, Over 50 Vendors / Vendors $25.00 per space   Rain Date 9/24/16

Cost: free

Where:
Aldersgate Church
2313 Concrod Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Aldersgate
Telephone: 302-388-4514
Contact Name: Sandy Poplos

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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

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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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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The 2016 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers' Market at Rodney Square will begin May 4 and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Downtown Visions and facilitated by the City of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.425.0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
Website »

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Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this beautiful...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Telephone: 1-800-643-3779
Contact Name: Cape May Lewes Ferry
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Join us at Winterthur's Brown Horticulture Learning Center for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present LITTLE MEN, a drama that portrays how a rapidly changing neighborhood can have a dissimilar impact on two families. Jake (Theo...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-644-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

More information

Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Wednesdays, June through September, 4:30 pm Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you...

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Hagley’s property will be open Wednesday evenings for curious guests and families to bicycle or walk. Visit areas normally closed to foot traffic. Bring a picnic or dine at the Belin House...

Cost: $2, free for members and children 5 and under

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 130-265-82400261
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Summertime means good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, where we celebrate our seventh annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum’s...

Cost: Admission is $10, $5 PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Zumba sessions every Wednesday in Lewes Canalfront Park, overlooking the banks of the beautiful Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes. Free.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Zumba by Kelly, Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
, DE

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Fairfax Flea Market on 9/17/16 from 8:00-2:00 free outdoor event @ Aldersgate Church on Concord Pike, Over 50 Vendors / Vendors $25.00 per space   Rain Date 9/24/16

Cost: free

Where:
Aldersgate Church
2313 Concrod Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Aldersgate
Telephone: 302-388-4514
Contact Name: Sandy Poplos

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Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular series Thomas & Friends® returns to the Strasburg Rail Road beginning August 27 for the Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour. This...

Cost: $21+

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »

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Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sept 1, 2016: Lewes Ferry Departure: 8:45 am Cape May Ferry Departure: 4:30 pm   Sundays through August 28, 2016 Lewes Ferry Departure: 9:15 am Cape May Ferry...

Cost: $28/$18/$6

Where:
Departs from Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
, DE

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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with 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

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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First and Third Thursday of the month, March–November, 10:30–11:30 am Meet in Galleries Reception Atrium. Wee Ones is now offered twice a month! This early childhood series intended for...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this beautiful...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Telephone: 1-800-643-3779
Contact Name: Cape May Lewes Ferry
Website »

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The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the...

Cost: No ticket is required for the Farm Stand or the Museum Store.

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present LITTLE MEN, a drama that portrays how a rapidly changing neighborhood can have a dissimilar impact on two families. Jake (Theo...

Cost: $8 - $10

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


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-644-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery will be hosting bariatric support groups on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Nanticoke Memorial...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 8810
Contact Name: Shelly Geis

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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for a total of five weeks – four...

Cost: $50 or $25 for refresher course

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in...

Cost: $26 SRO - $34 Seated + Fees

Where:
World Cafe Live - Wilmington
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-504-9565
Contact Name: MP Intern
Website »

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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
, DE

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular series Thomas & Friends® returns to the Strasburg Rail Road beginning August 27 for the Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour. This...

Cost: $21+

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »

More information

Patterned Space, paintings by Diane Lorio, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 2-30, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, September 9 from 5-7 p.m. Lorio received a...

Cost: Free!

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

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Fairfax Flea Market on 9/17/16 from 8:00-2:00 free outdoor event @ Aldersgate Church on Concord Pike, Over 50 Vendors / Vendors $25.00 per space   Rain Date 9/24/16

Cost: free

Where:
Aldersgate Church
2313 Concrod Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Sponsor: Aldersgate
Telephone: 302-388-4514
Contact Name: Sandy Poplos

More information

  Kalmar Nyckel Tours Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this...

Cost: $40-$60

Where:
Cape May Ferry
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »

More information

Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

More information

 

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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The Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation (a non-profit organization) presents the 38th Annual Long’s Park Art Festival over Labor Day, September 2–4. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Long's Park
1441 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster , PA
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Sponsor: Long's Park Ampitheater
Telephone: 717-735-8883
Contact Name: Bill Wright
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

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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Yoga in the Vineyard: Wine, Body & Soul Select Fridays & Sundays May through October The aging of wine is a noble process that can serve as a metaphor for healthy aging of a human being. Join us...

Cost: $35

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Penns Woods Winery
Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Andrea
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Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this beautiful...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Telephone: 1-800-643-3779
Contact Name: Cape May Lewes Ferry
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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Cost: Free (plus shopping)

Where:
The Pavilion in the Garden
510 Duncan Rd
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Bellevue Community Center
Telephone: 302-762-1391
Contact Name: Market Manager
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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Local artist Terry M. Isner is back with his “Comic Commerce” art exhibit opening in Rehoboth Beach on September 2 Local Rehoboth Beach artist Terry M. Isner will present new pieces of his...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director

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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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Both children and adults enjoy the First State Heritage Park's candlelit walking tours – there’s history, humor, and sorrow in the stories of real people from Delaware’s past centuries. ...

Cost: $10

Where:
First State Heritage Park
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S. New Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
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Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular series Thomas & Friends® returns to the Strasburg Rail Road beginning August 27 for the Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour. This...

Cost: $21+

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
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Fairfax Flea Market on 9/17/16 from 8:00-2:00 free outdoor event @ Aldersgate Church on Concord Pike, Over 50 Vendors / Vendors $25.00 per space   Rain Date 9/24/16

Cost: free

Where:
Aldersgate Church
2313 Concrod Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Aldersgate
Telephone: 302-388-4514
Contact Name: Sandy Poplos

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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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  Kalmar Nyckel Tours Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this...

Cost: $40-$60

Where:
Cape May Ferry
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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The Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation (a non-profit organization) presents the 38th Annual Long’s Park Art Festival over Labor Day, September 2–4. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Long's Park
1441 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster , PA
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Sponsor: Long's Park Ampitheater
Telephone: 717-735-8883
Contact Name: Bill Wright
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

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Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

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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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-536-5395
Contact Name: Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery
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Weekends in September Explore Hagley Museum in a new way by joining us for one of our six walking tours.  One or more Themed tours are offered most weekend days, usually at 11:00 AM and repeated...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
P.O. Box 3630, 298 Buck rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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  Kalmar Nyckel Tours Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship, is back at our Lewes Ferry Terminal. The ship will be docked at our Public Pier from August 13th to September 5th. Don't miss seeing this...

Cost: Nominal

Where:
Cape May Ferry
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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Local artist Terry M. Isner is back with his “Comic Commerce” art exhibit opening in Rehoboth Beach on September 2 Local Rehoboth Beach artist Terry M. Isner will present new pieces of his...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director

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Join us August 13 to meet Sondra and Ward for their joint show CON-CEP-TION, which includes encaustics, monochromatic and other fabulous works from this dynamic duo!  The exhibit will run through...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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A thrilling night of great music and song. Experience Frank, Dean, and Sammy — the  Rat Pack will performed with a wonderful mix of song, comedy, sketches, and brilliant musical arrangement.  A...

Cost: 20-25

Where:
Milton Theatre
110 Union St.
Milton, DE  19968
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Telephone: (302) 684-3038
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Summer shortages all across the U.S. Newark, DE— Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever.  “Every...

Where:
, DE

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