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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Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
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

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
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

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
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

FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

More information

Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

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

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
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

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

Enjoy a 45 minute taxi ride up the Christina, and after, receive a coupon to receive 10% off at Molly's Ice Cream and Deli.  $15 per family of 4.  To reserve your seat, contact Yvette at...

Cost: $15

Where:
, DE

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at two locations, Movies at Midway in Rehoboth and South Coastal Public Library in...

Cost: Free at Bethany Location; $2 RBFS members/$4 future members at Rehoboth location

Where:
Upstairs, Movies at Midway & South Coastal Library
Rehoboth & Bethany
, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x1
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at Movies at Midway in Rehoboth.   The Festival Film Review sessions, open to the...

Cost: $2.00 members/$4.00 non-members

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Karen Mitchell
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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


Telephone: 656-6466
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

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
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

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

This summer at Winterthur, Terrific Tuesdays focus on art conservation, with several hands-on activities for kids. 

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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 »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, 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
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

From concert bands to rock bands, Tuesday nights at Stango Park in Lewes are for music-lovers.

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-8073
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

FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

More information

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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

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

Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

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

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
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

Enjoy a wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August.  Board at the Dravo Dock near the Shipyard at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30pm, for a one hour cruise with hand selected...

Cost: $15

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


Telephone: 302-425-4890
Contact Name: Yvette

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
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

Every Wednesday in July features children's music on the bandstand or a performance by the Rehoboth Children's Theater at Town Hall.  All events are free, but theater shows require...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bethany Beach Town Hall
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing.  Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Enjoy free live music in Milton Memorial Park every Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 684-1101
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
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

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
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

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
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

FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

More information

Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

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

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

More information

Gene McClone, from Gentle Palm Karate Academy will lead you through the basic movements of Tai Chi.  Meet at the Josephine Fountain, 1080 North Park Drive, 19802.

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Park
1080 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
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

Enjoy a 45 minute taxi ride up the Christina, and after, receive a coupon to receive 10% off at Molly's Ice Cream and Deli.  $15 per family of 4.  To reserve your seat, contact Yvette at...

Cost: $15

Where:
, DE

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
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

Every Thursday (June 12 through August 28) beginning at dusk off Campbell Place.  Marshmallows and roasting sticks are provided, first come first serve.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Beach at Campbell Place
Campbell Place
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

  The 2014 Cinema by the Canal summer outdoor film series continues with “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (2012 restored 30th anniversary edition) on Thursday, July 31 at the Lewes Canalfront...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: This film series for all ages is sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park.
Telephone: 609-645-9095
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
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

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Morning workshops for kids 3-10 include guided tours and projects inspired by the American flag, the museum’s unusual portraits and gardens. 

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the show is all about everyone’s favorite...

Where:
Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens
, PA


Website »

More information

Make your way to Bellevue State Park on Sunday and Thursday nights for blues, jazz, swing and big band music. Don’t forget the picnic basket.

Where:
Bellevue State Park
Wilmington, DE


Telephone: 761-6965
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
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

Thursday nights at Lewes Canalfront Park are sweet summer magic. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 644-0108

More information

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
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

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


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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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FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

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This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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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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Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
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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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Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-888-2583
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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 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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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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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
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Live Comedy Performance featuring Ian Fidance with Setoyo, Max Gallo & Robert Han at 7:00 PM

Cost: $50

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE  19801


Sponsor: World Cafe

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Our lineup of bandstand shows offers some of your favorite regional acts along with new up and coming ones.  And you can still cheer on your friends during karaoke or the Talent Show and also...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bethany Beach Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-542-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
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Bandstand entertainment begins at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. For a detailed list of performers, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com and click on the Activities page, Bandstand.  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: (302) 539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
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Folk/pop duo The Lovebirds will be performing at World Café Live in Wilmington on August 1st!

Cost: $14

Where:
World Café Live
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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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
John Bell House
43 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302.739.9194
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What really happens when the Museum closes at night?  Find out at this fun-filled overnight program that features an evening star party, camp fire complete with treats, and a campout in the...

Cost: $20 for members/$25 for non-members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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The 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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This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 658-9111
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Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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

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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
Website »

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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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Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
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Telephone: 227-2270
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When you hit the Riverfront Blues Festival you’ll see all your local faves—lower case blues, Mikey Junior and Jimmy Pritchard Big Band. You’ll also see homegrown harmonica...

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


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Check out creative art projects by area school students that are inspired by the Brandywine River Museum’s collection and landscape.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
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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
Website »

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Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the show is all about everyone’s favorite...

Where:
Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens
, PA


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This rotating group show features works by The Station Gallery’s favorite and new artists. 

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
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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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Appreciate the view when Gallery One artists interpret this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
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Telephone: 537-5055
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 »

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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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Join us for the5th Annual Delaware KIDS Fund 5K in Newport, Delaware! Starting and ending at the lot directly accross the street from James Street Tavern in Newport (at James Street & Market...

Cost: $20

Where:
James Street Tavern
2 W. Market Street
Newport, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc.
Telephone: 302-323-9300
Contact Name: Ryan Kennedy
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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
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

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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Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
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

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

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
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
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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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Visitors discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine and ways the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine to make black powder for over...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: meg marcozzi
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Our lineup of bandstand shows offers some of your favorite regional acts along with new up and coming ones.  And you can still cheer on your friends during karaoke or the Talent Show and also...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-542-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

Bandstand entertainment begins at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. For a detailed list of performers, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com and click on the Activities page, Bandstand.  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: (302) 539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

What really happens when the Museum closes at night?  Find out at this fun-filled overnight program that features an evening star party, camp fire complete with treats, and a campout in the...

Cost: $20 for members/$25 for non-members

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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The peach is queen for a day at Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming along with live music

Where:
Camden-Wyoming, DE


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Rehoboth celebrates 36 years of being a kid with a mega-sandcastle contest. More than 100 teams and 800-plus participants get creative at Fisherman’s Beach at the north end of the Rehoboth...

Where:
Rehoboth Beach, DE


Telephone: 227-2233
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Crafts, food, children’s rides and games, a parade and the Dover Drumline putting it down—did we mention the peach-dessert contest? That should have been first. 

Where:
Wyoming, DE


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See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

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The Lewes Historical Society’s event features antique dealers from the Mid-Atlantic region at the Lewes Historic Complex. 

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 645-7670
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Now that the final stage of the Tour de France is over, nurse that cycling hangover with some local action. Amateurs and pros alike descend on nearby West Chester, Pa., for the event. 

Where:
West Chester, PA


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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

Appreciate the view when Gallery One artists interpret this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

Longwood Gardens’ new Meadow Garden features a richly layered landscape, paths for lazy strolling, and enough bloom and pop to color your summer. On select Meadow Days, experts will be on...

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

More information

Check out creative art projects by area school students that are inspired by the Brandywine River Museum’s collection and landscape.

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

And, no, we don’t mean take a selfie. We’re talking real portraiture here, inspired by the museum’s collection.

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-2111
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The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society’s annual gala includes dining, dancing and auctions at Kings Creek Country Club. This year’s theme is “Life’s Better in Flip...

Where:
Kings Creek Country Club
Rehoboth Beach, DE


Telephone: 227-7310
Website »

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This rotating group show features works by The Station Gallery’s favorite and new artists. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

When you hit the Riverfront Blues Festival you’ll see all your local faves—lower case blues, Mikey Junior and Jimmy Pritchard Big Band. You’ll also see homegrown harmonica...

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The Jeff Walker Youth One-Act Festival, a collaboration of kids and adults, closes the season at the Wilmington Drama League. 

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 764-1172
Website »

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A twist on the Dickens classic, this timeless musical about an orphan looking for his family is performed by downstate theater darlings Clear Space.

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
31570 Lakeview Drive
Selbyville, DE
View map »


Telephone: 436-3015
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
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
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

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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

This producer-only farmers market provides fresh, local foods every Saturday morning at the Lewes Historical Society complex.

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 644-1436
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the show is all about everyone’s favorite...

Where:
Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens
, PA


Website »

More information

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