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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Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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Returning to The Grand after 25 years and as six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world's attention. They have uncovered the wealth of...

Cost: $48-$57

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Beebe Healthcare offers free glucose screenings every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the following lab locations: Beebe Healthcare Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes,...

Cost: free

Where:
, DE

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Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Bariatric Information Seminar Location: Bayhealth Kent General, General Foods Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 6–7 p.m. Please bring insurance information to...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Dispelling Hospice Myths: Learn the truth about Medicare's hospice benefit Join us as Registered Nurse, Lisa Wheeler, discusses common myths associated with hospice and answers questions about end...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Ivy Gables
2210 Swiss Lane
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Ivy Gables
Telephone: 302-475-9400
Contact Name: Laurie Seidle
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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Pleasant Run Nursery owner Heidi Hesselein and Production Manager Daryl Kobesky believe that every garden should form a diverse ecosystem and have something to offer year round. Hear about this...

Cost: $10/members; $15/non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Garden Club of Wilmington & Delaware Grounds Management Association
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
Contact Name: Bonnie Swan
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

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The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »


Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

More information

Osteoporosis Screening Location: Bayhealth Outpatient Center, 1020 Mattlind Way, Milford Time: 1–3 p.m. More info: Trisha Bentley 744-6227 or 744-7135 or www.bayhealth.org

Where:
Bayhealth Outpatient Center
1020 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE
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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
Website »

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Trail Creek Outfitters Wild & Scenic Film Festival Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 Chester County Historical Society: 225 North High Street; West Chester PA 19380 Doors open at...

Cost: $25 for One Night; $45 for Two Nights

Where:
Chester County Historical Society
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
Website »

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For February’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society proudly presents a showcase of this year's Academy® Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. The screenings will be held...

Cost: $4 members and $6 for future members

Where:
The Den at Bear Trap Dunes
7 Clubhouse Dr
Coastal Highway
Ocean View and Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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NANTICOKE TO HOLD ANNUAL CHOLESTEROL & GLUCOSE SCREENINGS Nanticoke Health Services will be offering cholesterol and glucose screenings at four locations during the month of February. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
EZ Labs - Georgetown, Laurel, Bridgeville
, DE


Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services
Telephone: 302-536-5386
Contact Name: Rachel Ostroski
Website »

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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

More information

The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Indoor Flea Market Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
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​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

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


Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for vendors and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »


Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

More information

Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
Website »

More information

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N. Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
Website »

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We invite all area brides and guests to browse through hundreds of new and lovingly worn designer and couture wedding gowns, all at an incredible savings. Gowns range from $99 to $1,800, are...

Cost: varies - please visit website for more information

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
Website »

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Trail Creek Outfitters Wild & Scenic Film Festival Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 Chester County Historical Society: 225 North High Street; West Chester PA 19380 Doors open at...

Cost: $25 for One Night; $45 for Two Nights

Where:
Chester County Historical Society
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
View map »

More information

The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
Website »

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
Website »

More information

For February’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society proudly presents a showcase of this year's Academy® Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. The screenings will be held...

Cost: $4 members and $6 for future members

Where:
The Den at Bear Trap Dunes
7 Clubhouse Dr
Coastal Highway
Ocean View and Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


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

More information

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
Website »

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Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter who...

Cost: $18 online / $20 at-the-door

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N Broom Street
Wilmington , DE  19806
View map »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

It’s 1957 and Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift are in town to film “Raintree County,” a true Southern Epic to rival “Gone with the Wind.” There happens to be a...

Where:
Chapel Street Players
27 N. Chapel St.
Newark, DE
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"Pup-Purr-I", the 6th annual PAWS for People Conference offers "a little bit of everything" to pet lovers, owners and enthusiasts.  Fifteen interactive workshops address timely topics including...

Cost: $35/person through 2/14; $40/person after

Where:
St. Mark's UMC
1700 Limestone Rd
Wilmington, DE  19804
View map »


Sponsor: PAWS for People
Telephone: 302-351-5622
Contact Name: Clarice Ritchie
Website »

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The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

More information

Return to Bucktoe for part II of the nature walk series focused on camouflage and other methods of winter survival. What types of wildlife can you spot? $5 TLC members; $10 non-members. Register...

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
View map »


Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Danielle Burley
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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Indoor Flea Market Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
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The Wilmington & Western Railroad's Hockessin Art Festival is a fundraising effort to benefit the railroad, now entering our 49th year of tourist service. Over 25 artists will be displaying and...

Cost: Art Show Admission: $3.00 Train Fare: $5.00 (Children under 2 are FREE)

Where:
Hockessin Memorial Hall
606 Yorklyn Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Contact Name: Carole
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Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for vendors and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Join us for an afternoon of wine tasting and learn about Delaware Tourism destinations.

Cost: 10 per person

Where:
Fenwick Wine Cellars
38016 Fenwick Shoals Blvd
Selbyville, DE  19975
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Sponsor: Fenwick Wine Cellars
Telephone: 302-436-1500
Contact Name: Katie Duke
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Three dynamic female photographers present works reflecting years of experience and a view into their innermost thoughts and feelings.  For Elisabeth Bard, “the passage of time, space and...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N. Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
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Southern Lights of Life Masquerade Ball: A Mysterious and Magical Evening of Living and Giving Benefiting Kent and Sussex Counties Join the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for the Southern...

Cost: $150

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-672-6435
Contact Name: Michelle Marshall
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We invite all area brides and guests to browse through hundreds of new and lovingly worn designer and couture wedding gowns, all at an incredible savings. Gowns range from $99 to $1,800, are...

Cost: varies - please visit website for more information

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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Cost: $39-76.99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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This popular Delaware duo has been winning fans for years...and now we have them on our stage!  Their performance will feature works including Concertante by Mauro Giuliani, Dances in the...

Cost: Free-will offering

Where:
Trinity Episcopal Church
1108 N. Adams Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Arts at Trinity
Telephone: (302) 652-8605
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How to Keep a Man is the stage play about 3 women who in their struggle to keep their man learn how they deserve to be kept.   Desiree is a strong minded, intelligent, and assertive...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
John Dickinson High School
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: The Wright Decision Entertainment Company
Telephone: 302-293-3559
Contact Name: Aaron L. Wright
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Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter who...

Cost: $18 online / $20 at-the-door

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N Broom Street
Wilmington , DE  19806
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The American Heart Association’s annual gala at the Chase Center on the Riverfront includes cocktails, appetizers, dinner, wine, silent and live auctions, and dancing to The Heartbeats. 

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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It’s 1957 and Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift are in town to film “Raintree County,” a true Southern Epic to rival “Gone with the Wind.” There happens to be a...

Where:
Chapel Street Players
27 N. Chapel St.
Newark, DE
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AIDS Delaware is putting on a twisted night of spectacle and entertainment, carnival style, at the Sheraton Wilmington South in New Castle

Where:
Sheraton Wilmington South
365 Airport Road
New Castle, DE  19720
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We can’t promise you an Oia sunset or a Italian seascape, but we are sure this delectable event, with yummies from Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Lebanon and Libya, will transport your taste...

Where:
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Historic Wilmington Courthouse
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Can you say, “Lights, Camera, Bloom?” You will this year, when the Philadelphia Flower Show pays tribute to the silver screen. All the marvels of the movies await, so sit down, be quiet...

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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