The Issue: No Resting in Their Laurel

Some say the proposed Discovery Place development would help return this quiet Western Sussex town to its once prosperous past. Others feel that it is too much, too fast.



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Laurel Mayor John Shwed says the development, which would include 1,400 new homes, hotels, shops and a sports arena and stadium, offers his town a chance to enter a new era.
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Eleven general stores, seven grocery stores, clothing stores, drug stores, furniture stores, hotels, factories, metal shops, professional offices and three churches.

Does it sound like a description of Dover, New Castle or Seaford? Try Laurel—in 1883.

Back then Laurel was one of the wealthiest towns in the state, rivaling anything above the canal. It’s a vision Laurel Town Council would like to rekindle.

A new development proposal called Discovery Place offers Laurel the potential to reclaim its past economic prominence. But is it too much, too fast? Area residents calling themselves Sussex County Organization to Limit Development Mistakes (SCOLDM) think it is. Led by the families of adjacent property owners Richard Culver and W.D. Whaley, they’ve filed a lawsuit in an attempt to preserve the quiet, rural heritage Laurel seems to have. Yet residents who experienced the old Laurel know its heritage wasn’t exactly slow and quiet.

Its current state is actually the product of past neglect.

“This is a chance for Laurel to enter a new era,” says Mayor John Shwed. “This is a town that grew up with an agricultural base, with big companies like Marvel Packaging Company sending out millions of crates a year. There were thriving businesses. Then, like all towns, everything changed with the advent of the automobiles. Downtown slowly changed because there weren’t people walking the streets and shopping. The downtown kind of melted away. More and more people started going elsewhere for jobs, and Laurel became kind of a bedroom community.”

Builders David G. Horsey & Sons and Ocean Atlantic are joining to restore some of Laurel’s historic economic vitality. As a lifetime resident in his 60s, David Horsey’s perspective matches Shwed’s.

“The tax base of Laurel has got to grow—and it has to grow to some magnitude,” says Horsey, the company president. “When I was 12 years old, you’d go to town on Saturday nights to get your groceries. The stores were packed. But there aren’t any stores in Laurel anymore.”

His son Robert agrees. “Laurel is one of the few towns that has not experienced its share of growth yet. It has to have growth in order to survive.”

Chris Calio is a Laurel councilman, chairman of the town’s annexation committee and a member of the Sussex County Engineering Department. Having grown up in Laurel, Calio can see how the town rejected needed economic improvement.

“I think it came down to people on the council wanting to keep Laurel the way it was,” Calio says. “Industries changed and moved out, and there was no big push to bring anything new in. The DuPont plant that went to Seaford was originally offered to Laurel. And they turned it down. Now we have an expansionist council.”

Established in 1985, Laurel-area’s David G. Horsey & Sons has grown to a multimillion-dollar business that includes community construction, and the Horsey family prides itself on its commitment to the community. Part of that commitment is coordinating regional youth sports tournaments through its nonprofit Sussex County Sports Foundation. The foundation uses area sports facilities to host soccer and Little League baseball tournaments, which draw children from across Delmarva.

Over the past few years the company assembled 480 acres abutting U.S. 13 north of Discount Land Road. The question it took to the new Laurel council was what to do with it. The Horseys believe so strongly in the benefits of youth sports that they wanted to expand the concept, and to do it within Laurel’s jurisdiction. The town annexed the property.

The Discovery Place concept includes 1,400 new homes built over 10 years, 1 million square feet of new retail space, a 12,000-seat sports arena and a 6,000-seat stadium, tournament-class playing fields, an equestrian center, a town hall-convention center, 600 hotel rooms, shops and restaurants, police and fire substations, and a 15-acre amusement center.

“Our best model is Disney, on a smaller scale,” Robert Horsey says. “Our passion is the youth of the state, to give youth something to do. This property is pretty close to being in the center of Delmarva. Our vision was creating a draw for people.”

Disneyland’s popular Anaheim, California, tournament programs combine the facilities of Anaheim Convention Center for sports with direct access to the Disney amusements. The pairing is great for kids who aren’t playing in tournaments but travel with siblings who are. It’s a centralized, all-inclusive combination the Horseys found attractive.

Once visitors arrive, they would have everything they need right in Discovery Place. The added businesses would contribute more than 2,500 new jobs to Laurel’s economy.

Governor Ruth Ann Minner’s Livable Delaware initiatives recommend clustering growth around existing municipalities that have the infrastructure to serve it. Laurel is one of the few Sussex County towns that provides its own wastewater services and police, among other services. Livable Delaware also encourages putting commercial and professional centers where people live to reduce traffic congestion and create more walkable communities. Discovery Place appears to satisfy these initiatives. And the community’s design puts all of the large commercial uses along the highway to reduce impact on adjoining rural roads. The interior layout is peppered with small shops and restaurants.

But some residents who border the property are worried the plan is too ambitious for Laurel—or anywhere else, for that matter. “I can’t think of any place in Sussex County where this would be appropriate,” SCOLDM’s W.D. Whaley says. “If they were building a nice housing development with a golf course, we wouldn’t even be involved. But this will destroy our property values. Who wants to live next door to all of this mass confusion?”

Mixed-use communities are in line with trends in local development. “In Sussex County, you only have to look at how many projects are approved with just housing to see the market is glutted with housing. You have to offer a separate niche,” says Robert Horsey. “Our niche is the sports. But we realize sports alone will not make money. You need a supplement to help keep it alive. That’s where the commercial and residential came in as part of the plan.”

SCOLDM doesn’t buy the developer’s version of the project. The group is convinced that part of the sports facilities will eventually be replaced by gambling features, like racing and-or a casino. “I can’t see someone in Pittsburgh saying, ‘Let’s go down to Laurel and watch the kids play soccer all weekend,’” says Whaley. “But I can see them wanting to come to Laurel and play the slots all weekend.”

Parents actually do travel to tournament destinations in other cities. They travel hundreds of miles to see their kids compete in regional tournaments, and they spend upwards of $3,000 in the process. A recent report in the Roanoke Times touted the huge economic boost that Amateur Athletic Union baseball and basketball tournaments provided Virginia’s Roanoke Valley. The local chamber of commerce estimates that the tournaments pump more than $3 million into the region’s economy each year. Hundreds of hotel rooms are booked for kids and their families traveling from as far as Boston. Area restaurants and shops also benefit.

“A lot of us really like the sports component. It gives kids a place to go,” says Calio. “I mean, when was the last time a soccer team did a drive-by shooting?”

Says Shwed, “My answer to the casinos is this: The last time I checked, casino licenses are regulated by the state, and they’re all by racetracks. I believe at this point in time that this talk is all speculation. In terms of amusements, there may be some types of amusements. The developers are not quite sure about that. Again, that’s a lot of speculation.”

Laurel’s council had to take a hard look at the town’s future. There were many indications that if it didn’t take advantage of opportunities, the town would face serious consequences.

“It doesn’t take much to see how Laurel has done compared to our sister communities,” says Shwed. “Seaford and Delmar have experienced growth and have been able to do things because of it. We saw Discovery as an economic development opportunity for people.”

Though household incomes average $48,000 in Delaware, Laurel has a median income of only $28,000. Yet the town’s tax rate is one of the highest in the county, at $1.91 per thousand dollars of assessed value. The cost of services like police and public utilities is spread over too small a citizen base, and while those costs rise, Laurel’s population does not. For council, accepting an investors’ plans for increasing the tax base and creating jobs is a no-brainer.

“We’re hoping to keep more people here in town. Many of our young people leave for college and don’t come back here,” says Calio. “We definitely want to create an incentive to keep them in Laurel.”

“We could stabilize our tax rates and bring in additional revenues for much-needed improvements,” says Shwed. “And even if the jobs are not at the highest end of the pay scale, our young people won’t have to go to other towns to earn money.”

Part of those improvements include upgrading Laurel’s 40-year-old wastewater system. Shwed and the council insist that Discovery Place pay for upgrades to increase capacity, as well as other needs that would result from the development.

“It’s the consensus of the council that we do not want current taxpayers to pay for infrastructure expansion due to development,” Calio says. “Developers need to foot that bill on their own.”

Laurel is working to create a special tax district for Discovery Place, ensuring that funds needed for expanded police protection and public works come directly from the growth areas that cause it. “This plan will not affect any of the infrastructure currently inside the town of Laurel,” Calio says.

According to Shwed, Laurel citizens are interested in making Discovery Place a reality. “All seven of us on the council have received very strong support for this development within the community. The people in town limits can see the benefits.”

Almost.

“I don’t have any problem with development in general, but this is a pretty radical plan,” Whaley says. In spring, SCOLDM campaigned to sign up candidates for council who would oppose “development mistakes.” The effort failed. The group could not entice any town resident to run, residency being required for candidacy.

Whaley’s situation is becoming a Sussex County epidemic as more municipalities annex land. Municipal annexation essentially takes farm property out of Sussex County’s agricultural-residential zoning areas, which controls development density and use in agricultural areas. Because many towns have comparatively lenient zoning requirements, municipal annexation attracts developers. Area residents who have been insulated from congested population often find themselves suddenly living right next door to massive communities and commercial centers.

People like Whaley and the Culvers lack recourse with either the municipal or county governments because of the annexation process. “We have no representation. They’re taking this 500 acres out of county jurisdiction without the county having anything to do about it,” Whaley says. “They’re taking the middle of a neighborhood, right in the middle of it, and planning this.”

SCOLDM is demanding, among other things, a referendum on the annexations. It has also filed a lawsuit against the developers, the town of Laurel and the owners of the Discovery Place property. The suit alleges that Laurel violated charter and ordinance procedures during the Discovery annexation approval process. Though it has no documented membership, SCOLDM boasts nearly 100 members, so it believes it has support for the suit.

The developers, however, aren’t about to go away.

“All the lawsuit can really do is hold up the project for a year,” says David Horsey. “I understand their feelings. The Culvers have lived there for years. The ironic part of it is, they talked about how there should have been a vote of the citizens. But if there was, because they’re outside of town limits, they wouldn’t be able to vote anyway. It’s a fight with these people. But it’s a fight we’re not going to drop.”

One important benefit SCOLDM’s key players gained in the process is an education in Sussex County planning.Ê

“Before September of last year, we didn’t know anything about land use or planning or anything of that kind,” Whaley says. “We’ve been following the county comprehensive plan, and county council has listened to our ideas.

“One thing I’d like to see done by ordinance is that these towns would not be allowed to annex level-four farmland. If they wanted to annex land already developed, that’s one thing. But otherwise, there’s only one reason to do it, and that’s to raise tax revenues.”

While preserving farmland is a priority for the state, farming has become unattractive to many large land owners. The most recent National Agriculture Statistics Service report showed total farm expenditures for 2005 rose 5.3 percent from the previous year. The rise in crude oil price alone has driven up the costs of operating machinery and irrigation. When the cost to get crops to market can be up to $2,000 per acre, there’s not much room for error. Add to that reports of falling crop prices, and the agricultural incentive disappears. The only asset many farmers have is their land, which is in demand among developers. Barring the pending lawsuit, the owners of tracts intended for Discovery Place would have sold their property months ago.

In the end, Laurel’s council has to look at the big picture. “I think the SCOLDM organization represents a small minority of people who live around the boundaries of this development and not the people who live within town limits,” Shwed says. “I can see them being personally worried regarding where they live. But my role as mayor is that I have more than 4,000 people who are impacted by this decision. My opinion won’t be swayed by a relatively small group of families.”

If completed as planned, Discovery Place could become a model for Delaware’s new age of community planning. There’s nothing like it on Delmarva, though there are similarly ambitious plans elsewhere. Council members offer assurance for those worried the plan may morph into something other than what the developers have presented. “Ocean Atlantic has a powerful track record of going forward with what they plan,” Calio says.

Ocean Atlantic is committed to standing behind that reputation. Brothers Preston and Chris Schell left lucrative careers in California, but believed making money for money’s sake wasn’t creating value for communities. “We got into this for non-financial reasons,” says Chris Schell. “We wanted to do something we were proud of, so we’re not going to back track on that by building cheap homes.”

David Horsey is staking his legacy on Discovery Place. “We want to build something here that my boys will be proud to see their dad’s name on long after I’m gone,” he says.

With such a large focus being shifted from the original community, it would be easy for historic Laurel to lose its identity, so council and the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation are looking into plans to revitalize the downtown and surrounding districts.

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Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Our summer lobster special is back!  Every Tuesday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day, join us for a 1.5 lb whole lobster, shipped fresh directly to us from Maine.  This summer-only...

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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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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Enjoy sunset cocktails and creative food offerings on the Patio at the Hilton Christiana. Live acoustic entertainment takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Get...

Cost: $0 admission

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302-631-1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The 2017 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market at Rodney Square will begin May 3rd and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 25th from 10:00 AM. until 2:00 PM, except...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Downtown Visions
Telephone: 302-425-0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $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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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
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May is Double Points Month for our Friends of Phillips members in Ocean City, MD -- all month, earn double the points on every visit to Phillips Crab House or Phillips Seafood House! Not a...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: (410) 250-1200
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May 22, 2017 Cinema Art Theater  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, ext. 3   NORMAN: THE...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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Enjoy sunset cocktails and creative food offerings on the Patio at the Hilton Christiana. Live acoustic entertainment takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Get...

Cost: $0 admission

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302-631-1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be holding a 6-month seminar on "Self-Deliverance." The seminar will start on Wednesday March 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. The seminar will be held every...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-632-4679
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $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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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Keeper Talks Daily, June–August Join our zoo keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to...

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Story Time at the Brandywine Zoo Every Thursday May-September at 10:30am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Takes place outside in the main zoo, and may include a...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive,
Wilmington, DE  19802
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Thursdays, May – September, 10:30 - 11am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
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Join exhibition co-curator Colette Loll as she takes you behind the scenes to reveal the intriguing and often complicated stories behind some of the major fraud cases profiled in the exhibition....

Cost: Members free. Included with admission (20).

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: Winterthur Information & Tours
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Get your crab pickin' skills ready - we're offering up a $19 Crab Feast at the Seafood House in Ocean City! Your Crab Feast includes: 5 medium crabs quarter pound steamed shrimp 2 pieces of...

Cost: $19

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-205-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood

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May 22, 2017 Cinema Art Theater  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, ext. 3   NORMAN: THE...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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June 1st, is our first Corporate 5k run and walk.It will be a great event for fitness, team building and socializing in a fun atmosphere while raising money for adaptive bicycles and making...

Cost: $25

Where:
Corporate Commons
12 Reads Way
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Discover Card Services
Telephone: 302-377-3923
Contact Name: Deb Buenaga
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Enjoy sunset cocktails and creative food offerings on the Patio at the Hilton Christiana. Live acoustic entertainment takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Get...

Cost: $0 admission

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302-631-1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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Alternatively True Facts, an exhibition of mixed media work by Colette Gaiter, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 2-30, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
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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Oil paintings by Jim Barwick, Ed Bronstein, Gay Freeborn, and Bhavisha Patel. Philadelphia city scenes, still lifes, figures in interiors, and animal paintings are featured in a group show with a...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $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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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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Keeper Talks Daily, June–August Join our zoo keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to...

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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This noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café.

Cost: $12 for Members, $14 for Non-Members (Café lunch voucher included in price)

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
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Get your crab pickin' skills ready - we're offering up a $19 Crab Feast at the Seafood House in Ocean City! Your Crab Feast includes: 5 medium crabs quarter pound steamed shrimp 2 pieces of...

Cost: $19

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-205-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood

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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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Free and open to the public The inspirational Japanese art of floral arranging will be on display for you to see and enjoy. Midori Tanimune and the Sogetsu Brandywine Study Group will present an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 North Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x105
Contact Name: Marcia Stephenson
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Get a chance to meet and purchase limited edition signed prints created from originals by the University and Whist Club’s most famous painter, C. Phillip Wikoff. We will be offering various...

Cost: $20

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: University and Whist Club
Telephone: 3026585125 x107
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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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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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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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Date: June 3rd Time: All Day Cost: Free Be inspired by Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs and create your own black and white landscape. Ages 4-10. Drop-in anytime!  

Cost: Free

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19903
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Oil paintings by Jim Barwick, Ed Bronstein, Gay Freeborn, and Bhavisha Patel. Philadelphia city scenes, still lifes, figures in interiors, and animal paintings are featured in a group show with a...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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$5.00 Public Parking    Professionally Judged Categories • Top 24 Awarded   Best Production • Early Production Best Camaro • Best Corvette • Best Mustang Best Engine • Best...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
Country House
4830 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hockession-Greenville Rotary Club
Telephone: 302.983.6966
Contact Name: LaBarre Everette
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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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The years 1860–1920 witnessed sweeping changes in book design, inspired by technological developments, marketing strategies, and shifting ideas about art. This exhibition will explore examples of...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $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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41st Annual Day in the Park Festival Sat. June 3rd - 10a - 6p State Street Park - Delmar, DE Food, games, crafts, attractions, raffles, 50/50, live entertainment and more!  A fun-filled day for...

Cost: Free entry to park

Where:
State Street Park
State Street Park
Delmar, DE  19940
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Sponsor: Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce & Pohanka of Salisbury
Telephone: 302-846-3336
Contact Name: Diane Johnson

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Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

Cost:

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Keeper Talks Daily, June–August Join our zoo keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to...

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Tour of 8 gardens in Seaford, Del., sponsored by the Spade & Trowel Garden Club. $15 tickets available by calling 302-629-4778 or at Nanticoke Yacht Club (day of, $20). Reserve box lunch for $10...

Cost: $15

Where:
Nanticoke Yacht Club
30 North Market Street
Blades, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Spade & Trowel Garden Club
Telephone: 302-628-1385
Contact Name: Carol Kinsley
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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During the last year of the American Civil War, the main Union and Confederate armies in Virginia were engaged in trench warfare, a method of combat that was far different from the first three...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Public Archives
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd North
Dover, DE  19904
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Sponsor: Delaware Public Archives
Telephone: (302)744-5047
Contact Name: Tom Summers
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Learn about DuPont Company’s development of water power from the waterwheel to the steam engine and how its innovation contributed to the success of the company. This hands-on tour includes...

Cost: Adults $14, Senior and students $10, Children 6-14 $5, children 5 and under and

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Wilmington, DE  19807

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Join us for free Yoga in the Garden to celebrate Global Wellness Day! Yoga instructor Melody Mercadante of Truly Yoga Studio will lead this class, beginning at 11am. Please arrive no later than...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302.631.1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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Saturday June 3, noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy a visit at the Brandywine Zoo with J. Bear, WJBR's mascot, along with Rocky Bluewinkle from the Delaware Blue Rocks.  Find out about family fun activities...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: (302) 571-7747
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Brandywine Zoo END of School Year Party with WJBR Saturday June 3, 12-3 Enjoy a visit at the zoo with J. Bear, WJBR's mascot, along with Rocky Bluewinkle from the Delaware Blue Rocks.  Find out...

Cost: Free with Zoo Admission

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
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My heart is, and always will be, yours. ~Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility You are cordially invited toReadings & Luncheon with Jane Austen Saturday, June 3rd At One O’clock in the Afternoon At...

Cost: $30

Where:
Smyrna Opera House
7 W South St
Smyrna, DE  19977
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Sponsor: The Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association

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Join Alfred Appel Curatorial Fellow Anna Wager (2016) as she discusses her research for The Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860–1920 and Todd Pattison,...

Cost: Free with Museum admission or valid student ID

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Get your crab pickin' skills ready - we're offering up a $19 Crab Feast at the Seafood House in Ocean City! Your Crab Feast includes: 5 medium crabs quarter pound steamed shrimp 2 pieces of...

Cost: $19

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


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-205-1200
Contact Name: Phillips Seafood

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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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Bear Babe Ruth 1st Annual Beef & Beer June 3, 2017 6pm - 11pm Aetna Fire Hall 400 Ogletown Rd. Newark, DE 19711 $35 per person (adults only) Purchase tickets at the snack shack, ONLINE or Board...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Rd
Newark , DE  19711
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Sponsor: Bear Babe Ruth League
Telephone: 302-540-8073
Contact Name: Kent Wannamaker
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Mark your calendars and pick out your best black tie attire for the glamorous Mrs. DE America Pageant; an event where Hollywood meets pageantry as national and local stars set out to crown Mrs. DE...

Cost: $45-$95

Where:
Schwartz Center of the Arts
226 S. State Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC
Telephone: 202-374-8488
Contact Name: Raquel Riley Thomas
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