The Profile: The Old College Try--Again

Against the odds, Donald Ross launched Wilmington College. Now he's back with another upstartÑand he's sure this school will fly, too.



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Ross expects American College’s Delaware campus to begin offering degree programs in hospitality management, international business and humanservices in September.
Photograph by Thom Thompson
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In 1968 Wilmington was hardly a promising location for a new college. Violent riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April had prompted then-Governor Charles Terry to call in the National Guard, and Jeeps patrolled the streets.

But Donald E. Ross, then just 27, was undaunted.

Never mind that he knew little of Delaware. Never mind that the college resided in an old motel on a sketchy stretch of U.S. 13. And never mind that the college was barred from recruiting in Delaware its first year.

Ross and his new bride, Helen, dreamed of a four-year college free of rigid curriculums and SAT-oriented admission criteria. Under the tutelage of a dedicated faculty, students once labeled as underachievers could blossom. They were determined to make their dream a reality.

Today Wilmington College is arguably Delaware’s biggest academic success story.

“I have a high regard and respect for what Dr. Ross did,” says Michael DiGangi Jr., now president and CEO of Webster Furniture Outlet in Rehoboth Beach, who was in Wilmington College’s first graduating class. “I can tell you categorically that I grew as a human being. We bonded together like a family.”

DiGangi’s son currently attends Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, a school Ross saved from closing in 1972. After leaving Wilmington College, Ross was Lynn’s full-time president from 1977 until 2006.

“Wherever Don was, my son was definitely going to go there,” DiGangi says. Future generations of the DiGangi family, however, need not travel to Florida.

Ross is now president and CEO of American College, which will launch its first degree program in Claymont this fall. The school, which specializes in international hospitality, is part of American College in Dublin, Ireland, which Ross helped to start in 1993 as part of Lynn University’s study abroad program.

Once more, Ross faces an uphill climb.

He plans to build a campus in Claymont, which is in the early stages of revitalization. It is hardly a collegiate atmosphere. His office, once home to a radio station, resides near apartments slated for destruction and redevelopment—perhaps this summer.

The challenge seems to invigorate Ross, who, like a startup entrepreneur, is not drawing a salary.

Indeed, Ross’ outside-the-box approach seems more fitting for a high-concept software guru than an educator. Yet there are no Hawaiian shirts and Birkenstocks for this free-thinking academician.

For a recent appointment, he wears polished leather shoes, a smart suit and a red tie with a perfect dimple. He looks like a politician preparing for an on-camera debate. In fact, he narrowly lost a race for Congress in 1984.

Despite the conservative attire, Ross is far from stern. His blue eyes twinkle with good humor, and his ready smile is the same aw-shucks grin that beams from his 1957 high school photo.

Ross, an only child, was raised on the North Shore of Long Island. By age 23, he had received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the New York Institute of Technology and he was a graduate student and teacher at NYIT. (His master’s in education is from Hofstra University, and he has a doctor of law degree from NYIT.)

Ross became dean of student services at NYIT when the former dean left. While helping to open a campus on a 280-acre tract of the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney estate, he met Helen Landgren, who had a Ford Foundation grant to work on the campus master plan.

“We met and were married in six months,” Ross says. “I think her parents were very worried. And six months later we were opening a college.”

The idea, born on the couple’s first date during a blackout in 1965, undoubtedly stemmed from 1960s idealism. But it also had roots in the anger that gripped the nation’s youth.

“John Kennedy’s death changed the country,” says Ross, who vividly recalls the student who rushed into his office with news of the assassination. Ross reprimanded the student, saying, “You shouldn’t joke about that.”

Emerging from mourning and facing the Vietnam War, people started questioning the status quo. For the Rosses, both educators, that meant challenging prescribed curriculums sans electives. Colleges were becoming too big and impersonal. Not enough attention was spent nurturing C students.

“We believe the C students run the companies and hire the A students,” Ross says. Then he gets serious. “Many C students may have had learning disabilities. We all learn differently.”

Wilmington College, which accepted students regardless of previous academic performance, required only a high school diploma or GED for undergraduate enrollment. It was a good niche to fill, DiGangi says.

“He is an astute businessman,” DiGangi says. “The Vietnam War was hot and heavy. People were rushing to colleges because of the draft. He knew that if he opened up a college for the C student, he would be helping out a market that needed some attention. He knew there was a sweet spot in the marketplace.”

Helen, who was the admissions director, recruited most of the first 194 students from New Jersey and New York. The school could not recruit in Delaware for one year. Some might credit the indignation of established colleges and universities.

Wilmington College opened in the vacant Tour Inn on 25 acres on U.S. 13 in New Castle. Guest rooms became a makeshift dormitory, and a cocktail lounge served as a study area. The library was housed in a converted gas station, whose floor sloped toward a center drain.

Despite the unconventional digs, the school was a community. Everyone—especially the Rosses—were dedicated to helping students succeed. By the second semester, students who had commuted home on weekends were staying on campus.

In 1971 Ross traveled to Marymount College, a two-year women’s school in Boca Raton, Florida, to buy library books. In the wake of coed dorms, women’s schools were struggling.

Encouraged by Marymount’s potential, Ross convinced Wilmington College’s board to affiliate. He and Helen signed personal notes to help offset Marymount’s $6 million debt. Wilmington College students were urged to spend six months at the Boca campus, which began accepting men. In a way, Ross was sowing the seeds for his future study-abroad approach.

In 1977 Ross left Wilmington College to become president of Marymount, renamed the College of Boca Raton. He needed to establish permanent roots from his two school-age children, Ellen and Kevin.

To most Delawareans and future Wilmington College students, Ross became a name in Wilmington College’s promotional and alumni literature.

His successor, Audrey Doberstein, is often credited for the college’s rapid growth. She helped secure grants to handle the school’s $700,000 debt, and she worked agreements to buy the land on which the school sat.

Under her tenure, the school closed its dorms and reinvented itself as a career-oriented commuter school that today has six locations in Delaware.

Down South, Ross was equally busy building a college. It was not easy. The Boca Raton school, re-named Lynn University after a benefactor, sat on a dirt road that drivers traveled for two main reasons: They were en route to the school or they were lost.

In an alumni magazine article, former Lynn University professor Ernie Ranspach recalls a meeting with Ross that was interrupted by Ross’ secretary. The electric company was threatening to turn off the power.

“Without missing a beat, President Ross retorted, ‘Tell them, if they want to be known as the kind of company that would shut off the lights on a bunch of students learning, to go ahead and do it.’” Ranspach says. “Of course, the lights were not shut off.”

Ross had to toss numerous developers off the campus when he caught them staking it out. Like vultures, they were waiting for the college to die.

To build enrollment, Ross embraced career-oriented programs that met area industries’ needs, such as accounting, fashion merchandising, and hotel and restaurant management.

Lynn also began encouraging students to study abroad, a reflection of Ross’ belief that most Americans are woefully underexposed to other cultures. “Middle America is very provincial,” Ross says. “They’ve been to Chicago, but not L.A. or New York.”

In 1993 Lynn opened a campus in Dublin, Ireland, to give American students a user-friendly experience abroad. “It is English-speaking, and many Americans are bad when it comes to languages,” Ross says. London and Europe were quick plane rides away. It may also have helped that Ross’ mother was born in Ireland, that he’d traveled there often.

When the school opened, Dublin was in distress. Ross, by then a veteran of starting schools in uncertain areas, persevered. Fueled by software and financial services, Dublin is now booming, and Ireland has the fastest-growing economy in the European Union.

“Dublin,” says Ross, “has become fashionable.” With no need for visas, people from other European Union nations are moving to Ireland to work. Ross gets a kick out of calling the entity the “United States of Europe.” The Europeans are rarely amused.

American College, which started as a study abroad campus for Lynn, became a separate entity in 1998, in part to accept students from around the world. About a third of the student body is from Ireland. Another third comes from the United States. The rest are from other countries.

Ross retired from Lynn in June 2006 to devote his time to American College. His son, Kevin M. Ross, became Lynn’s next president. As the outgoing president, Don Ross couldn’t vote for his son.

After leaving Lynn, Ross stayed away for seven months. “Kevin had to know he was boss,” says Ross, who says he would have followed the same policy even if someone else had landed the job.

As president of American College, Ross decided to open an office in the United States to process applications and assist American students with securing the proper documents for study in Ireland.

Ross chose Delaware because the family kept a vacation home in Lewes. Moreover, he appreciates Claymont’s location near interstate highways and the Philadelphia airport, from which US Airways offers direct flights to Ireland.

Ross soon realized that studying abroad could work both ways. “We got the idea that it might be nice to have students from other parts of the world come here as well,” he says. The “we” includes his daughter, Ellen Ross Sarafian, and her husband, Christopher Sarafian, who both work at the Claymont site.

The college will kick off its degree programs in September, which include programs in hospitality management, international business and human services.

American College is in negotiations to purchase property—ideally, six to 10 acres. Ross is determined to place the residential campus in Claymont. It is one of the only New Castle County corridors with potential for growth, he says, and the area is dedicated to revitalization.

Possible sites include portions of Holy Rosary Church and school or Renaissance Village, which will be built on the Brookview site. Holy Rosary’s Grubb House, which is badly in need of restoration, appeals to Ross.

“We’re preservationists,” he says. In Dublin, Ellen was curator of the childhood home of Oscar Wilde, which American College restored.

No matter its future location, the Claymont revitalization project is fortunate to have Ross as a stakeholder, says Brett Saddler, executive director of the Claymont Renaissance Development Corp.

“His experience and reputation will ensure that our community will be home to a top-notch liberal arts college, which will not just diversify Claymont’s population, but will also diversity the types of businesses that will be attracted here.”

One might wonder how well Claymont residents will welcome international students. “That is a very good question,” Ross says. “But if you go back far enough, we all came from foreigners. Assimilation takes a while.”

The economic advantages should help. He’s also encouraged by the diversity in his own neighborhood, Brandywine Hunt, an enclave of tony homes off Concord Pike near Target.

“My neighbors are Korean, Chinese and African American,” he says. “Did I expect that when I moved back to Wilmington after 35 years? I sure didn’t.”

When he is not pioneering schools, Ross is an avid skier. Although he also plays golf, he considers himself a “duffer.” Mostly, he is jetting between American College’s campuses. Getting Claymont off the ground is a 5- to 10-year project, he says.

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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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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

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When diet and exercise aren’t enough to help you lose weight and keep it off, support and tools are available to help you meet your goals. Bariatric (weight loss) surgery can be the key to...

Where:
Bayhealth Milford Memorial
21 W. Clarke Ave.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-5454
Website »

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The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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

More information

Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

Where:
Mispillion Art League
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
View map »


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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More than 30 vendors sell vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meats, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers and all kinds of goodies at Grove Park every Tuesday, noon-4 p.m.

Where:
Grove Park
, DE


Website »

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At the Lewes campus, study habitats from the coastal marshes to the deep ocean floors via satellites, ships and underwater vehicles.  (register the day before)

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Instructors
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Food for Thought offers downstate candidates running for state senator and state representative the opportunity to answer questions posed by audience members specifically related to legislation...

Cost: free, all attendees must RSVP

Where:
Food Bank of Delaware
1040 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: Food Bank of Delaware
Telephone: 302-444-8127
Contact Name: Ashley Michini
Website »

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Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Website »

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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

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

More information

Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Website »

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway launch the 2014-15 Around the World series with the film “In The Name Of”. This Polish drama will be presented on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
Website »

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BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

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Time  Registration 5:30 p.m. Race start 6:30 p.m. Fee  $20 (until the Monday, Sept. 1 at noon) $25 after and day of event

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE
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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

Where:
Mispillion Art League
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
View map »


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
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

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

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

More information

Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Website »

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This year, DHA will conduct its first “Rubber Duck Race” fundraiser—"adopt" a rubber duck and join us in Wilmington's Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park to watch...

Cost: $5 a duck

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


Telephone: (302) 571-8171 x301
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"A Soul Opera...telling stories of love & life through songs and poetry!" Local and regional artist perform dramatic stories of love and life using a unique blend of poetry and songs backed by a...

Cost: $15

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE


Sponsor: World Cafe

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The University of Delaware Community Garden hosts a fresh fete for the Food Bank of Delaware—enjoy garden-based foods, fine wine and beer and live entertainment.

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 444-8074
Website »

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BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

Where:
Mispillion Art League
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
View map »


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

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  Nanticoke Health Services and the Blood Bank of Delmarva will be hosting a blood drive on Friday July 18, 2014 and Friday September 5, 2014 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Medical Staff...

Cost: Free

Where:
Medical Staff Conference Room
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services & the Blood Bank of Delmarva
Telephone: 1 888 8-BLOOD-8
Contact Name: Blood Bank of Delmarva
Website »

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Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

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 splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

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

More information

First Fridays of the month Join us for this noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month. Art is Tasty pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious...

Cost: $12 Members, $14 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 »

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Join us for this noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month. Art is Tasty pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson...

Cost: $12.00 for Museum members, $14.00 for non-members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Join us for fine wine and great music at Penns Woods Winery's FREE Lawn Concerts all summer long!June6/6/2014: Matt Santry 5:00pm - 8:00pm6/7/2014: Tim Williams 1:00pm - 4:00pm6/14/2014: Matt...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
Website »

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Start off your weekends right at Penns Woods Winery every First Friday of each month! Let us help you relax with friends while sampling our own wines, listening to live music, viewing the work of...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
Website »

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Come one, come all to Delaware’s second annual Irish and Celtic music festival at World Cafe Live at the Queen featuring The Young Dubliners, Barleyjuice and Brother!

Cost: $25-28

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE


Sponsor: World Cafe

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

Cost: $5

Where:
First State Heritage Park
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S. New Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302.739.9194
Website »

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It’s opening night for Lori Crawford, associate professor of art at Delaware State University, who presents works from The Sista’s series. Crawford’s digital drawings...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-2111
Website »

More information

Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

We’re not quite sure how to categorize the amazing feats of this traveling troupe. Affixed to the top of 14-foot flexible poles, the performers seemingly defy gravity as their bodies tell...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-1000
Website »

More information

Catch the country crooner at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N. DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE
View map »


Telephone: 674-4600
Website »

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Fifty-nine artists show their chops with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fused glass and more at this 35th anniversary celebration.

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

At the Lewes campus, study habitats from the coastal marshes to the deep ocean floors via satellites, ships and underwater vehicles.  (register the day before)

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

Where:
Mispillion Art League
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
View map »


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

Speakers and discussion on learning to live well with Lupus.

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE  19718
View map »


Sponsor: Lupus Foundation of America, Phila. Tri-State Chapter
Telephone: 866-517-5070
Contact Name: Melinda
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

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Chicken Plunge 2014  -  Sept 6 ,11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chicken Plunge 2014 is sponsored by the Village Improvement Association of RehobothBeach.  It is a family friendly event...

Cost: $1.00 - $10.00

Where:
, DE

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Discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine. Experience how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine making black powder for more...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-429-7447
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Join us for fine wine and great music at Penns Woods Winery's FREE Lawn Concerts all summer long!June6/6/2014: Matt Santry 5:00pm - 8:00pm6/7/2014: Tim Williams 1:00pm - 4:00pm6/14/2014: Matt...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
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Explore the wonders of nature by engaging your child in different activities each month to awaken their natural senses. A light refreshment will be provided. This program runs the first weekend...

Cost: $5 TLC members; $10 non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347 x 104
Contact Name: Paige
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Discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine. Experience how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine making black powder for more...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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  Fan Tent ( Free admission) featuring food and giveaways will precede the game; visit www.desu.edu in August for...

Cost: $5.00 ~ $40.00

Where:
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716


Telephone: 302.857.TIXX
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We’re not quite sure how to categorize the amazing feats of this traveling troupe. Affixed to the top of 14-foot flexible poles, the performers seemingly defy gravity as their bodies tell...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-1000
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BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
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What started as a one-block-long festival put on by a small group of mushroom enthusiasts—yes, they do exist—has turned into a fest fit for the “Mushroom Capital of the...

Where:
Kennett Square, PA


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Did you miss the White Party to benefit the Freeman Foundation? We suggest you make it to this exclusive lawn party, featuring dinner, dessert and dancing. 

Where:
, DE


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Artists Steve Rogers and Mary Pritchard present work in acrylic and pastel that depicts lovely, solitary views of the Delmarva Peninsula. 

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, DE
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Telephone: 645-0551
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Celebrate the Battle of the Brandywine at the Chadds Ford Historical Society with crafters, outdoor activities, entertainment and food. 

Where:
, PA


Telephone: (610) 388-7376
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The Ten Miler start is on Dagsworthy Street, beach side. The 5K start is on Dagsworthy Street, bay side. Time  Registration 6:45 a.m. Race start 8 a.m. Fee 10-Miler $30 (until the...

Where:
The Bottle & Cork
Bellevue Street at Highway One
Dewey Beach, DE
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Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
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Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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Kids ages 5-10 celebrate the seasonal transition to fall with arts and crafts using leaves. P.S.: Your mini-masters, ages 3-5, get their chance on Sept. 10.

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-2111
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Fifty-nine artists show their chops with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fused glass and more at this 35th anniversary celebration.

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
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Get a big taste of Elizabethan life on weekends and Labor Day Monday at Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim, Pa.

Where:
Manheim, PA


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Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Telephone: 227-2270
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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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This producer-only farmers market provides fresh, local foods every Saturday morning at the Lewes Historical Society complex.

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 644-1436
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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Delaware has an interesting history when it comes to our early local Colonial beermeisters. While the process may have changed over the past 200 years, one thing remains the same—brew love...

Where:
, DE


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Whether you’ve got a century in you or a 15-mile loop, there’s a little something for everyone at the Amish Country Bike Tour. Pedal a 15-, 25-, 50-, 62- or 100-mile route through...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: (800) 233-5368
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The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

Where:
Mispillion Art League
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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Summer is winding down—bummer. But the Brandywine Festival of the Arts is just getting started. Join more than 250 fine artists and crafters at Brandywine Park’s Josephine Gardens...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 690-5555
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