Designer Ellen Sarafian: President of Dezins Unlimited in Wilmington, Answers the Call of the Wilde

Ellen Sarafian delights in the art of period restoration—even Oscar Wilde’s digs.



So you find yourself having acquired a Colonial home in New Castle—or Gothic Revival farmhouse outside Viola, or a big Victorian in Lewes. Its original features are in disrepair, missing or hidden by renovations. You want to restore it in a manner faithful to its time and place, but you don’t know where to start.

First, contact the Delaware Historic Preservation Office and its Historic Preservation Research Center. Then consider calling a designer like Ellen Sarafian.

“That’s my forte,” says Sarafian, president of Dezins Unlimited in Wilmington. “We do all kinds of design, but there are very few who specialize in period restoration to original integrity.”

An art and design major at the College of Boca Raton, Sarafian learned period restoration by doing. During eight years in Dublin, she worked with other designers, antiquities dealers and the Irish Georgian Society—including the society president and founder himself, Desmond Guinness of the famous brewing family—on the restoration of Oscar Wilde’s Georgian-style childhood home in 1994. Once condemned, the building now hosts students from The American College, displays shows of work by artists esteemed enough to be included in the National Gallery, and is occasionally the site of embassy functions.

“We researched every molding, every floorboard,” Sarafian says. “I am relentless about research. I am always learning.”

Her restorations have gone so far as moving entire homes, including one of her own. She bought what is known as the Stephenson Farmhouse from the owners for a dollar, then moved it from its original site on U.S. 9 between Lewes and Georgetown to Shipcarpenter Square in Lewes. It is believed that the last two slaves in Delaware once lived in the attic of the farmhouse, which is the kind of history that elevates the idea of a restoration from an aesthetic decision or lifestyle choice to something of an obligation.

“You see these properties around here all the time,” Sarafian says. “Some are on the National Register of Historic Places, so they can’t be destroyed.”

So back to the beginning: Where do you begin with a restoration? You will need the kind of knowledge only a pro will have, so you may not want to attempt a total DIY job. “Things can go horribly wrong,” Sarafian says. But with some basic knowledge you can plan to re-create the architectural elements, colors and furnishings.

Colonial homes, Sarafian says, featured simple woodwork and paneling. Muted reds, greens, slate blues and beiges were the prevalent wall colors. Chair rails and shutters were functional, not merely decorative. Floors were of random-width boards that were pegged, not nailed. Furniture was large and durable, made of oak, ash, mahogany, teak or cherry. Many were storage pieces, such as cupboards for dishes, linens and clothes. Wealthier owners hung tabbed curtains or drapes of silk or brocades.

Federal style houses are symmetrical, organized around a center hall and stairs, with rooms to the sides. Windows are arranged in straight lines. Doors are often capped with a fan window, flanked by flat columns and shaded by a decorative architrave. Floorboards are, again, of various widths.

Wealthier owners often covered their windows with silk or damask drapes, swags and garlands. Straight lines define the furniture. Hepplewhite and Sheraton were the dominant styles. Wooden inlays were common. Interior doorways were often arched. Handwoven Oriental and Aubusson carpets were common. Wall colors were richer than early Colonial hues: golds, deep creams and slate blues. Blue especially was a status symbol. Some walls were covered with flocked paper.

An Eastern Shore farm home like Sarafian’s would likely have had wide, random-width flooring that was pegged, not nailed. Exposed beams would have been true supports, not a decorative conceit. The palette would have been earthy, with occasional shots of something special like Wedgewood blue. Furnishings such as Queen Anne chairs and Porringer tables were still common. “There was lots of wood, not much upholstery,” Sarafian says. “Furniture back then was a real art. There was lots of attention paid to details.”

As for those Victorians, “They were very, very expressive—ornate furniture, ornate architecture,” Sarafian says. Exteriors featured interesting pediments and gables and, sometimes, the hallmark gingerbread. Exterior colors were bright. Furnishings ran the gamut from Colonial pieces handed down—or collected as antiques, a new pursuit in that era—to mass-produced “revivals” of famous styles to more exotic styles that became accessible though foreign trade, including “Oriental” pieces. Fabrics for upholstery and window treatments tended toward thick, heavy wovens and velvet. “Everything was over the top,” Sarafian says.

Owners of historic homes—and those who want to create the feeling of history in a newer home—can find faithful reproductions of just about anything. Makers such as Brunshwig & Fils and Scalamandre specialize in vintage wallpaper patterns. Companies such as Farrow & Ball re-create traditional paint colors, and even though you can find approximations or entire lines of classic colors at the local Sherwin-Williams, “‘There’s a certain hue to a true period paint,” Sarafian says.

Fine furniture makers such as Kindle assemble pieces that are virtually indistinguishable from their forebears.

“It’s expensive, but it’s absolutely magnificent furniture,” says Sarafian. “Even Desmond Guinness used it.”

As for true originals, “You won’t find them at some roadside antiques mall,” she says. She’ll occasionally drive to randomly picked small towns in the region to scout, just out of curiosity, but she sources the best pieces from reputable dealers, often overseas.

A designer can also help balance the owner’s desire to maintain fidelity to the styles and trends of the period to modern lifestyles.

“No one wants to be cooking soup over an open fire,” Sarafian says. “You need appliances, so there has to be a balance. Of course, it depends on the client and how deep they want to get into it.”

And for those who want to go deep, there’s no telling what rewards await.

“At the Wilde house, we found some of Sir William Wilde’s surgical instruments,” Sarafian says. “That was amazing.”


 

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Dispelling Hospice Myths: Learn the truth about Medicare's hospice benefit Join us as Registered Nurse, Lisa Wheeler, discusses common myths associated with hospice and answers questions about end...

Cost: FREE

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

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

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

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

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
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The exhibition features interpretations of the controversial play throughout the ages, which was banned from production in London in 1893 and revived by those rascally Parisians. 

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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​ The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 46th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale,...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

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

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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

Cost: $0.00

Where:
The Gibby Arts Center
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Arts Center
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
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Osteoporosis Screening Location: Bayhealth Outpatient Center, 1020 Mattlind Way, Milford Time: 1–3 p.m. More info: Trisha Bentley 744-6227 or 744-7135 or www.bayhealth.org

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

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

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


Sponsor: Delaware DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9403
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Trail Creek Outfitters Wild & Scenic Film Festival Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 Chester County Historical Society: 225 North High Street; West Chester PA 19380 Doors open at...

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

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

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Luray Productions
Telephone: (302) 559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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For February’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society proudly presents a showcase of this year's Academy® Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. The screenings will be held...

Cost: $4 members and $6 for future members

Where:
The Den at Bear Trap Dunes
7 Clubhouse Dr
Coastal Highway
Ocean View and Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

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

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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NANTICOKE TO HOLD ANNUAL CHOLESTEROL & GLUCOSE SCREENINGS Nanticoke Health Services will be offering cholesterol and glucose screenings at four locations during the month of February. ...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services
Telephone: 302-536-5386
Contact Name: Rachel Ostroski
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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

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


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

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arts Center/Gallery
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8287
Contact Name: Katie West
Website »

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

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

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

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


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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: free admission

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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Join us at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village (across from Home Depot) for an Indoor Flea Market on Friday February 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10a-2p. Looking for vendors and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE  19901
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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $0.00

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


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

More information

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

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

More information

Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


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

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N. Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
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We invite all area brides and guests to browse through hundreds of new and lovingly worn designer and couture wedding gowns, all at an incredible savings. Gowns range from $99 to $1,800, are...

Cost: varies - please visit website for more information

Where:
Ed Oliver Golf Club
800 N Dupont Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Telephone: 877-721-4673
Contact Name: Katie Posivak
Website »

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

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

Where:
Chester County Historical Society
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

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


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

More information

Cost: $39-76.99

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


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

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

Cost: $4 members and $6 for future members

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


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

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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter who...

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

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N Broom Street
Wilmington , DE  19806
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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

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

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

Where:
St. Mark's UMC
1700 Limestone Rd
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Sponsor: PAWS for People
Telephone: 302-351-5622
Contact Name: Clarice Ritchie
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The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 4th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their...

Cost: FREE

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


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

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

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Danielle Burley
Website »

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free admission

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


Sponsor: AAUW Wilmington
Telephone: 428-0939
Website »

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The Wilmington & Western Railroad's Hockessin Art Festival is a fundraising effort to benefit the railroad, now entering our 49th year of tourist service. Over 25 artists will be displaying and...

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

Where:
Hockessin Memorial Hall
606 Yorklyn Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Contact Name: Carole
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Join us for an afternoon of wine tasting and learn about Delaware Tourism destinations.

Cost: 10 per person

Where:
Fenwick Wine Cellars
38016 Fenwick Shoals Blvd
Selbyville, DE  19975
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Sponsor: Fenwick Wine Cellars
Telephone: 302-436-1500
Contact Name: Katie Duke
Website »

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

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $0.00

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


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

More information

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

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

More information

Cost: free

Where:
Online Grant Application
, DE


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

More information

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

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Southern Lights of Life Masquerade Ball: A Mysterious and Magical Evening of Living and Giving Benefiting Kent and Sussex Counties Join the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for the Southern...

Cost: $150

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 302-672-6435
Contact Name: Michelle Marshall
Website »

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

Cost: varies - please visit website for more information

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $75/ticket

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


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

More information

Cost: $39-76.99

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


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

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This popular Delaware duo has been winning fans for years...and now we have them on our stage!  Their performance will feature works including Concertante by Mauro Giuliani, Dances in the...

Cost: Free-will offering

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

Cost: $20.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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