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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101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Website »

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May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
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Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

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This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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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
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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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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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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

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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

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Our 22nd annual event!  Join us for a great day on the links to benefit Delaware culinary students both at the University of Delaware and in the high school ProStart program. Included in your...

Cost: 250.00 per golfer

Where:
Harry's Savoy Ballroom
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan

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 NANTICOKE PHYSICIAN NETWORK TO HOST SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM Are you ready to be a quitter? Nanticoke Physician Network is hosting Freedom from Smoking®, a free, seven week program providing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-752-8467
Contact Name: NPN Care Coordinator
Website »

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Christiana Care Wellness Yoga ​Occurs on Mondays Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark Time: 1–2 p.m. Physician clearance required....

Where:
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Christiana Care: Mindful Meditation for Pain and Stress Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. More info: 623-4707 to...

Where:
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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PROGRAM: Breakfast: 7:30am Meeting: 8:00-9:30am   Our 9th Annual Meeting will update attendees on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington, as well as focus on WRC’s core strategic...

Cost: $50

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school.  Each year, many...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-1164
Website »

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June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
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 »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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

May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

More information

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Website »

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
View map »


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

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

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The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation invites toddlers and their parents, grandparents, and caretakers to the new Copeland Maritime Center for adventures in early learning. Toddler Tuesdays encourages...

Cost: $6 per child

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation at the Copeland Maritime
1124 E 7th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-429-7447
Contact Name: Virginia Hanna

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Christiana Care Smoking Cessation Classes 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark More info and to register: 693-2273 or...

Where:
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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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

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Need a Mother's Day gift or a new sun dress? Stop by J.McLaughlin on Tuesday, May 5th from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Shop and help a good cause ~ 15% of all sales will be donated to Delaware Hospice.

Cost: FREE

Where:
J. McLaughlin
4001 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware Hospice
Telephone: 302-746-4535
Contact Name: Janet Luke
Website »

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How should we garden in this time of global change? Can we design plantings that will survive varied and even unpredictable conditions? Natural systems deal with unpredictability every day and have...

Cost: UDBG Friends: FREE; Nonmembers: $10

Where:
The Commons, Townsend Hall
531 South College Avenue
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Botanic Gardens
Telephone: (302) 831-2531
Contact Name: Valann Budischak
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June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

More information

Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
Website »

More information

On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Website »

More information

The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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

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

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

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

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

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

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

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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The Golden Pheasants welcome Eric and Ryan Berley from Philadelphia’s The Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery for “Innovation with Libations.” Guests will learn about the Berleys’...

Cost: $20

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library, and Movies at Midway present, “The Dark Valley” as May’s film for the Around the World series on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 pm in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


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

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library, and Movies at Midway present, “The Dark Valley” as May’s film for the Around the World series on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 pm in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


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

More information

Jukebox the Ghost’s third album Safe Travels marks a period in the band’s career that’s steeped in change, both personally and professionally. Relationships dissolved and crumbled. Loved ones...

Cost: $17

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
Website »

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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
Website »

More information

June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

More information

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Website »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
View map »


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

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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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Rockford Tower opens for the season during the annual Flower Market, a spring tradition in Rockford Park.  Climb this historic structure and see the Flower Market and the city of Wilmington. 

Cost: Free with Flower Market admission

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market The 95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington on May 7th, 8th and 9th, Thursday and Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
Wilmington, DE


Sponsor: Wilmington Flower Market
Telephone: 302-995-5699
Website »

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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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This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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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 »

More information

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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

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Mix It Up: Creating Mixed-Media ArtThursdays, April 16 – May 21, 4 – 6 pm, Ages 8 – 12$195 for six week session, all supplies included ($210 when registered after April 11) Led by artist and...

Cost: 195

Where:
Highlands Art Garage
2003 WEST 17TH STREET
WILMINGTON, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Highlands Art Garage
Contact Name: Jane Chesson
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May on the Bay: Moonbirds and Living Fossils A Collaboration with the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Did you know that in our very own backyard- Delaware’s Bayshore – we host one...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
Delaware Musuem of Natural History
4850 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
Contact Name: Laura Chamberlin
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Come out and support your favorite zoo while enjoying delicious food and drinks!  Brandywine Zoo staff members will be guest bartending.  A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
BBC Tavern and Grill
4019 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: BBC Tavern and Grill
Telephone: (302) 655-3785
Website »

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Dr. Amy Bentley of New York University will discuss the creation of processed baby food by Gerber and other companies in mid-century America, and the reaction against it since the 1970s by mothers...

Cost: free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Soda House Auditorium
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400 x243
Contact Name: Carol Lockman
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Avalon, the first full-length album from guitarists Julian Lage and Chris “Critter” Eldridge is a vivid snapshot of this duo’s repertoire, circa 2014; a portrait of a burgeoning friendship...

Cost: $14

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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Murder at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party Join us for a family-friendly, interactive, comedy murder mystery aboard our 1929 self-propelled railcar. Desserts, water and sodas will be provided during the...

Cost: Adults & Seniors: $42; Children (2-12): $22

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
Website »

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June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market The 95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington on May 7th, 8th and 9th, Thursday and Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
Wilmington, DE


Sponsor: Wilmington Flower Market
Telephone: 302-995-5699
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
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
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Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Website »

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
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Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

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Commemorate America’s public garden heritage with a complimentary visit to Mt. Cuba Center! Relax in our gardens, eat a picnic lunch, or take a leisurely stroll observing nature. Participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302.239.4244
Website »

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Rockford Tower opens for the season during the annual Flower Market, a spring tradition in Rockford Park.  Climb this historic structure and see the Flower Market and the city of Wilmington. 

Cost: Free with Flower Market admission

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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

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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Glory of Stories introduces young visitorsto 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, $3 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Ripken Baseball and Giant Food have partnered to host "Get Out and Play" clinics, which encourage children to have fun, while being active and learning critical life lessons. These clinics include...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
Vilone Park
35 Olga Road
Elsmere, DE  19805
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Cost: Free, unless ticketing requirement noted

Where:
U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
1 Munro Avenue, Cape May, NJ
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Cape May, NJ  08204
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Telephone: 609-425-7650
Contact Name: Nina Ranalli
Website »

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

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  A festive concert featuring music written for and performed at Royal Weddings throughout history. Featuring professional soloist Augustine Mercante, countertenor, Ryan Tibbetts, bass, and Jill...

Cost: $20, adults; $15 seniors and students; Children under 12 FREE

Where:
Calvary Episcopal Church
304 Lore Avenue
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Opus One Vocal Arts
Telephone: 302-743-1201
Contact Name: Ryan Pryslak
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  Opus One Vocal Arts presents a very "regal" spring concert! A festival of music written for or performed at Royal Weddings throughout history (and some other "not so royal" additions as...

Cost: $20 adults, $15 seniors & students, Children under 12 FREE

Where:
Calvary Episcopal Church, Hillcrest
304 Lore Ave
Wilmington , DE  19809
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Sponsor: Opus One Vocal Arts
Telephone: 302-743-1201
Contact Name: Ryan Pryslak
Website »

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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
Website »

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Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, who attended Harvard University with lead singer China Forbes, founded Pink Martini in 1994. Crossing a variety of genres, ranging from old-fashioned pop to jazz, Pink...

Cost: $44-$52

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Website »

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“There are plenty of talented artists out there, but what sets Jean Rohe apart are the suppleness of her voice, the integrity of her vision, and the grace she shows in her wide-ranging journeys...

Cost: $12

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
Website »

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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
Website »

More information

June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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Dewey Beach Arts Festival  The Dewey Business Partnership and Dewey Beach Lion's Club will be sponsoring the fourth annual Dewey Beach Arts Fest and Lion's Club Community Day. The event will...

Cost: Free Event

Where:
Dewey Beach Lion's Club
Dagsworthy Avenue
McKinley Avenue
Dewey Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Dewey Business Partnership
Telephone: 302-228-3701
Contact Name: Kelly Ranieri
Website »

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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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This ambitious young photographer, Hugo Hentoff, has seized the day with an exhibit of his unique look at the world around him. A senior at St. Andrews, Hentoff explores foreign soils, familiar...

Cost: Free

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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Join land managers Mike Weaver and Jared Judy to trace Flintwoods Preserve’s flora and fauna, including trout lily, Jack-in-the pulpit, bloodroot, cut-leaf toothwort and rue anemone.  Birders,...

Cost: $15/members; $45/non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: none
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
Contact Name: Bonnie Swan
Website »

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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

May 2-May 26:  “Terra Incognita” In a one person show Gallery artist John Davis Held presents a series of atmospheric landscapes in both pastel and oil.  John’s work stretches the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E Savannah Rd
Lewes , DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Bernard J. Clark

More information

Rockford Tower opens for the season during the annual Flower Market, a spring tradition in Rockford Park.  Climb this historic structure and see the Flower Market and the city of Wilmington. 

Cost: Free with Flower Market admission

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
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

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

More information

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best...

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

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


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

95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market The 95th Annual Wilmington Flower Market will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington on May 7th, 8th and 9th, Thursday and Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
Wilmington, DE


Sponsor: Wilmington Flower Market
Telephone: 302-995-5699
Website »

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
View map »


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

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Sponsor: WRTI
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

The Plants are a four piece Philadelphia based band for kids. With their eclectic style, The Plants traverse musical genres while exploring the potential of the imagination. Each song is...

Cost: Free

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen\
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
Website »

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Experiment and innovate with our series of family activities: Science Saturdays. Families work creatively together to solve a problem or make an improvement. Today’s activity explores magnets and...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
, DE

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Cost: Free, unless ticketing requirement noted

Where:
U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
1 Munro Avenue, Cape May, NJ
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Cape May, NJ  08204
View map »


Telephone: 609-425-7650
Contact Name: Nina Ranalli
Website »

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Date: Saturday, May 9Time: 6 – 11 p.m.Price: $150 per person The Honorary Chairs, U.S. Senator Thomas Carper and the Honorable Nancy Cook, along with the General Chairs, Susan and Charles...

Cost: 150

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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He's been called an edgy urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools....

Cost: $25

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
Website »

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Panorama Jazz Band takes the traditional New Orleans brass band and adds a healthy mixture of other world music influences – klezmer, Caribbean, Creole, gypsy – to create an intoxicating sound...

Cost: $25

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Website »

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Discover the fascinating stories of the immigrant workers who lived along the Brandywine and worked for the DuPont Company in the black powder manufactory. This is the only tour that offers...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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