New Castle’s AJ Kirk: Yo-Yo Pro and A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children Patient Escort

The jokester, Team YoYoJam member and jack-of-all-tricks keeps a smile on the faces of patients and their parents, even through the toughest times.



Bushy-bearded AJ Kirk is full of energy as he bounces down a hallway at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. A recent mohawk haircut makes him a tad taller than six feet and the bar earrings at the top of each ear belie his 27 years. White-rimmed sunglasses are perched upside down on the back of his neck.

With big brown eyes and a boyish grin, Kirk is a friendly looking chap. His hearty laugh, heard early and often around the hospital, is infectious.
Kirk has worked as a patient escort for more than seven years. He seems to know every staffer and many of the patients at the bustling hospital. A longtime ultrasound technician walks by. “Sue,” he chirps with a smile. “What’s up, love?” She smiles back—just like everyone else he greets.

Children of all ages and ailments commute up and down the hospital’s long halls. Younger children are towed in plastic wagons, toddlers are carried by fast-walking mothers. There are kids in wheelchairs, and some steer powered scooters.

“The patients are here for everything from cancer to having something stuck in their nose that shouldn’t be there,” Kirk says, relating the story about the infamous Skittles Kid. “I thought he had boogers coming out of his nose, but he had shoved a green Skittle in each nostril,” Kirk says.
Kirk ducks into a room where a precious little girl, no more than three-and-a-half, rests in a bed while her parents hold a follow-up meeting with a surgeon.

The girl has an IV in her right arm, and one hand and one foot are wrapped in gauze. She fiddles with a smart phone. Kirk is here to help the young patient and her parents find their way to X-ray. He’s also here to entertain. His assorted talents, quick wit, and cheerful personality are just a few of the qualities that make him good at his job.

But this youngster is a tough crowd today, and understandably so. She begins to cry because she wants to go home.

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“Are you playing with Talking Tom?” Kirk says with a cheery tone. “Talking Tom freaks my dog out. He fusses and she fusses back.” (Tom is a virtual cat that repeats what you say, but in a funny voice.)

The girl resists Kirk’s attempts to cheer her. She doesn’t want to see his yo-yo tricks and she refuses to be wheeled in the bed. So her father carries her down the hall, a rolling IV rack in tow.

Kirk continues trying for a laugh, but to no avail. “Are you starting your day off with me?” he asks. “Do you like Folgers in your cup?”

The parents chuckle, but the girl is having none of it. Finally, Kirk grabs a wooden clipboard. “Do you want to see a different trick?” He then balances the clipboard upright on his nose, the bottom edge clinging like a beach ball atop a dolphin’s snout. Everyone in the room is smiling—except the girl.

“Isn’t he crazy?” asks a nurse.

The little girl finally cracks. She begrudgingly smiles and buries her face in her daddy’s chest. The Yo-Yo Man has done it again. And this time, he did it without his trusty yo-yo.

The Ringmaster
Kirk, a lifelong resident of New Castle, is one of six patient escorts at the hospital, but he’s the only one who can make a yo-yo zip along a maze of string like a hyper monkey slingshotting around a jungle gym.

Kirk, you see, is one of the top yo-yo players in the world. He competes in the 5A division—or freehand as it’s known—and he captured third place in the World Yo Yo Championships in 2006.

In April, Kirk earned his second straight 5A title at the Northeast Regionals and he’s aiming for another appearance in the finals at Worlds in August. He last appeared in the finals (the top 10 players after preliminaries make it) in 2008, but he finished a mere eight points out of the finals at last year’s World Championships.

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Kirk is so good he has his own signature yo-yo. It is sold worldwide in toy stores, hobby shops, and online. The Ringmaster, so named because of Kirk’s penchant for juggling and other circus stunts, features a logo with his name etched into a likeness of his trademark bushy beard and sunglasses. The first edition quickly sold out and the newest is also doing well, he says.

Kirk is a member of Team YoYoJam, which is sponsored by the company that produces and markets his signature yo-yo. He gets a percentage of the toy’s sales (he won’t say how much), as well as the backing of the company when he competes in various contests around the world. He receives points from YoYoJam for making appearances and that translates into funding that helps cover costs. He also picks up a little cash from performing at birthday parties and the like.

No matter how successful he is, Kirk won’t be getting rich from winning contests. He says the largest tournaments pay a $1,000 cash prize to the winner. He competes in 10 to 15 contests per year.

According to Val Aaron, a vice president at YoYoJam, the 5A division is one of the most competitive and difficult divisions in professional yo-yoing.

“AJ is very good. He’s one of the top players in the United States in his division,” she says. “He’s placed top three in the United States and that’s pretty tough to do.”

Unlike traditional yo-yo style, in 5A competition the string is not tied to the player’s finger. Instead, it is tied to a counterweight that allows the player to move the yo-yo around the string as he uses both hands to twist the string into different configurations. Think Jacob’s Ladder when you played with string as a child.

“I’m only scored when I’m manipulating both ends of the string and still have the ability to bring the yo-yo back to my hand,” Kirk explains.

Even Kirk has a difficult time describing what he does. But as one would expect from any talented performer, Kirk develops his own tricks. And yes, these moves are much more sophisticated than the old “Walk the Dog” trick of yesteryear.

“There’s big emphasis on originality,” he says. “Being able to do your own stuff goes a long way.”

Aaron, the VP, is certainly a big fan.

“He is very innovative,” she says. “His style is just like AJ. It’s very smooth and it’s very mellow. He has a style of play that’s just really fluid. It’s enjoyable to watch. There is almost a grace to his play that you don’t see very often.”

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Ups and Downs
Kirk, who turns 28 in October, has been yo-yoing for nearly half of his life. When he was in his early teens his grandparents would take him to Mitchell’s toy store along Concord Pike to buy Boy Scouts accessories. Kirk discovered his passion for yo-yoing only by first becoming a juggler.
One day, while waiting in line at the toy store, the 14-year-old saw something he had to have: “Dr. Bob’s Instant Juggling Book.” Just a week later, after he had mastered basic three-ball tricks, it was back to Mitchell’s for “Dr. Bob’s Instant Ring Juggling Book.”

Kirk, who lived with his mother after his parents divorced, spent a lot of time with his father’s parents. His grandmother, Leontia Kirk—better known as “Nana”—doted on her only grandson at the time. “I bought him whatever he wanted,” she says.

Leontia and James Kirk, who has since passed, loved to take their grandson to their beach home in Fenwick Island. Once, when AJ Kirk was four, they took him to a diving show at a swimming pool. When they returned to New Castle, little AJ went to the basement. He asked Nana to announce his act in which he threw sofa cushions on the floor and dove from the sofa into the makeshift water.

That’s when Leontia Kirk realized her grandson was a performer.

“He played by himself a lot,” she says. “He’s his own person. He doesn’t talk much about himself, but he likes to be the show. He was always the kind of kid, when he got onto something he got on it and wouldn’t let up. Ninja Turtles, Ghost Busters, Power Rangers—he had to have everything. I still have a Ninja Turtle plate that he ate off of.”

It was during a trip to Mitchell’s that Kirk learned about its Yo-Yo Club. He began to dabble, but the yo-yoing took a back seat to his juggling for a few years.

In 2004, Kirk received an opportunity to do a gig for the famed Duncan Yo-Yo company. Joe Mitchell, who had hired Kirk to work at the toy store, was holding a yo-yo contest and wanted to bring in a two-story inflatable yo-yo that commemorated Duncan’s 75th anniversary.

Duncan would allow it, but only if Mitchell would send someone 18 or older to perform for a few days at Dollywood in Tennessee. Kirk was his man.

“Basically I ended up being a trade, a pawn, for Joe,” Kirk says laughing. “I spent four days performing at Dollywood with Jack Rinka, who is now captain of the Duncan Crew Worldwide. He taught me the basics of freehand and it just lit a fire under my ass.”

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Kirk would compete at his first national competition a few months later, but it didn’t go as well as he would have liked.

“I did horribly,” Kirk says. “They randomly select the order and my division started nationals. I was the very first person to go. My yo-yo knotted on the second trick. I went all the way to California to blow it in nine-and-a-half seconds.”

But that didn’t deter Kirk. The following year, 2005, he finished in fifth place in his first World Championship appearance. In 2006, he climbed to third in his division.

Mitchell, who now owns Yo Yo Joe’s Toys & Fun in North Wilmington, says Kirk’s knack for entertaining is what sets him apart. Kirk, who ran the yo-yo club for a while and co-hosted an Internet radio show with Mitchell, is one of about 60 people on the shop’s Yo-Yo Wall of Fame, meaning he had to master a list of 25 tricks.

“AJ is a really good performer,” Mitchell says. “There are plenty of kids who are really good at yo-yoing. They have the technical side down, but they are staring straight at their yo-yo. AJ is having fun and his performance is increased by that.”

YoYoJam
It didn’t take long for Kirk’s competitive flair and cheerful personality to catch the attention of Team YoYoJam’s scouts. After the 2005 World Championships, he was invited to join the YoYoJam team of champion players from all over the world. That’s impressive, considering it’s an invitation-only gig.

“He is in a very elite group,” Aaron says. “To be a part of our team is a little bit different than some other teams. We don’t just take players based on their yo-yo skills. We’re also really big on having players who are good role models and who give back to their community. AJ certainly fits that bill. He is fantastic with kids. He does a fabulous job of sharing his skill and his love of yo-yoing.”

Aaron notes Kirk’s work with the company’s apprentice team during the World Championships. Kirk also serves as a mentor to two younger yo-yoers, including one he met at yo-yo club who happens to be a patient at the hospital.

“AJ is just a very peaceful soul,” she says. “He makes people happy and joyful. The kids always gravitate to AJ.”

Back at the hospital, Kirk recognizes a young lady in a wheelchair and gives her a hug. The teen’s mother, Debby Potter, is a big fan. “We request him all the time,” she says. “We love his tricks. He entertains us. We seek him out every time we come to the hospital.”

Kirk jokes with the teen, Danaya Lambert, about making sure that she eats her veggies. They then take turns naming vegetables. He asks her if she likes corn. She says corn isn’t a vegetable. It’s a starch. He then offers asparagus. “It makes your pee stink,” he says.

They both laugh. The Yo-Yo Man has done it again.  

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Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
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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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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and...

Cost: 11

Where:
Theatre N at Nemours
1007 N Orange St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Found Footage Festival
Telephone: 347-255-7350
Contact Name: Nick Prueher
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Artists Steve Rogers and Mary Pritchard present work in acrylic and pastel that depicts lovely, solitary views of the Delmarva Peninsula. 

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, DE
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Telephone: 645-0551
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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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
Website »

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
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Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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

Where:
Grove Park
, DE


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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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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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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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 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
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Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
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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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Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: 302 652 0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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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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Where:
Bayhealth Outpatient Center
Conference Room
209. E. Main St.
Middletown, DE
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Telephone: 744-6227
Contact Name: Trisha Bentley

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Shows participants how to avoid falls and increase physical activity.

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 733-4250
Contact Name: Kathleen Boyer

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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Dr. David Silverman, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum, Egyptian Section, presents the opening lecture in the Great Wonders Lecture Series. The most recognized of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient...

Cost: Individual lecture with advance registration: $5, general public; $2, Museum mem

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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Cards Against Humanity Night at Cafe Ole, Main Street Newark, 7PM-Close. $5 Infusion Drinks, $3 Fireball Shots, $2 Drafts!

Cost: Free

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Time  Silent auction and bake sale 4 p.m. Refreshments and registration 5 p.m. Walk start 6 p.m. Fee  Free. Donations appreciated. Benefits  Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

Where:
Heritage Shores
White Pelican Court
Bridgeville, DE
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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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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
Website »

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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
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
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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 Autumn, with nature’s most vibrant colors, is an optimum time for painting outdoors “en plein air,” yet the full array of hues can be challenging. Plein air painting expert Donna Cusano...

Cost: Members $95; non-members $105 (4-class series)

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N DuPont St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-658-6262 x100
Contact Name: Sarah Casalvera
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
Website »

More information

Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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

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Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
Website »

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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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Darlington is the perfect place to expose your little one to the arts! In a creative and nurturing environment, spend time together with other families while laying a musical foundation for...

Cost: $21 per pair

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Telephone: 610-358-3632
Contact Name: Darlington Arts Center
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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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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Illuminated by tea lights, this labyrinth program is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day. Donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum’s labyrinth.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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Bruce Tychinski, soloist; James Allen Anderson, director; Hyoin Kim, graduate conducting assistant. Featuring Robert Moran's Points of Departure, Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess,...

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults, $10 UD faculty/staff & seniors; $5 students. Advanced ti

Where:
Mitchell Hall
134 The Green
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

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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
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

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Delaware Arts Alliance will hold its first-ever arts advocacy conference, DEArts Lab: Standing Room Only: Face to Face with the Digital Divide, in collaboration with the University of Delaware...

Cost: $20 general public; students free with valid ID.

Where:
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
Website »

More information

Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
Website »

More information

Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

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

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

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

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

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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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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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Do you love fashion? Learn from a professional artist how to transfer your ideas to paper through fashion illustration. Using simple shapes, students will learn how to draw the human form by...

Cost: $155

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Telephone: 610-358-3632
Contact Name: Darlington Arts Center
Website »

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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Joe Trainor and City Theater Company present   COME TOGETHER   A career-spanning live concert event featuring The Beatles recorded works on Friday, October 3, 2014   Tickets are...

Cost: $20 GA, $40 VIP

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: City Theater Company
Telephone: 302-377-3156
Contact Name: Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
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After more than three decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of southern rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members...

Cost: $42-$51

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The story of a boy and his cyborg protector completed entirely in lines and phrases taken from the plays of William Shakespeare. Each line and phrase is taken from original folios, with only...

Cost: $15 General Admission (Online), $18 General Admission (At the Door)

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Bootless Stageworks
Telephone: 302-887-9300
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
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

When this play premiered, The New York Times wrote that it was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” The American classic holds up. SEP 26-27, OCT 3-4-5, 10-11, 2014

Where:
Patchwork Playhouse
140 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-3568
Website »

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The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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The annual Giant Yard Sale for the Birds by Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research  Saturday, October 4th   Join us to bargain shop for the birds! Hundreds of gently used items including...

Cost: free

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Telephone: 302-737-9543
Contact Name: Rebecca Stansell
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Join us in bargain hunting for the birds! Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research's annual Giant Yard Sale for the Birds is Saturday, October 4th.  All proceeds benefit Tri-State Bird Rescue and help...

Cost: Suggested donation of $1 at the door

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Telephone: 302-737-9543
Contact Name: Rebecca Stansell
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Breast health and wellness conference for all women, including breast cancer survivors.

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
, DE  Newark
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Telephone: 623-2273
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
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Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: 302 652 0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
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The 7th Annual Wings & Wheels Fall Festival is set for Saturday October 4 at the Sussex County Airport from 10-4. A fly-in of vintage airplanes, huge car show, WWII re-enactors and encampments,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sussex County Airport
21553 Rudder Lane
Georgetown, DE  19947
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Sponsor: Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 302-856-1544
Contact Name: Joan Tyndall
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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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Celebrate silly, spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place, September 20th through October 26th. Come in costume and play in our not-too-spooky Halloween haven...

Cost: Check Sesameplace.com for ticket prices

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO
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Calling on kids (big and small)! Come explore tractors and other farm equipment, take a hayride, do arts and crafts in the Brown Center, dress up with firefighter gear, and even milk a mechanical...

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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On Saturdays in October, families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Visitors also can create fall-themed crafts, see a gunpowder...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine. Experience how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine making black powder for more...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Celebrate the 9/23 release of Gustafer’s brand new DVD/CD set: “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wisdom Tooth Of Wisdom”   “The show is a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr....

Cost: $10

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

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

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

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

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
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For more information, please contact: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, x 3 sue@rehobothfilm.com   The Rehoboth Beach...

Cost: $75.00 per person

Where:
Fort Miles Battery 519
Lewes, DE  19958


Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095, x 3
Contact Name: Sue Early
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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LEGENDARY BOBBY RYDELL , UNMISTAKABLE SOUND OF THE DUPREES, AND THE FIRST LADIES OF ROCK AND SOUL GIRL GROUP REVUE. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & VETERANS...

Cost: $65

Where:
MARPLE NEWTOWN HS
120 MEDIA LINE RD
NEWTOWN SQUARE, DE  19073
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Sponsor: BENEFITS: THE DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM AND VETERANS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Telephone: (610)359-0832
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The story of a boy and his cyborg protector completed entirely in lines and phrases taken from the plays of William Shakespeare. Each line and phrase is taken from original folios, with only...

Cost: $15 General Admission (Online), $18 General Admission (At the Door)

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Bootless Stageworks
Telephone: 302-887-9300
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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
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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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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BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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The wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail fete the 2014 vintage with picnicking, music, hayrides, tastings and tours. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: (610) 444-3842
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 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
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The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
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When this play premiered, The New York Times wrote that it was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” The American classic holds up. SEP 26-27, OCT 3-4-5, 10-11, 2014

Where:
Patchwork Playhouse
140 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-3568
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Time  Registration 8:30 a.m. Race start 9:30 a.m. Fee: $20 (until the Thursday before the race at noon); $25 day of event Benefits  American Heart Association/American Stroke...

Where:
Rockford Park
19th St. & Tower Drive
Wilmington, DE
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Time  Registration 8 a.m. Race start 9 a.m. Fee  $20 (until the Thursday before the race at noon); $25 day of event Benefits  Residents of The Mary Campbell Center

Where:
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 762-6025 ext. 172

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Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Time  Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 3. Event is limited to 2K participants. Race start  Noon. Fee  $30 plus a $3 sign-up fee Benefits  Delaware Breast Cancer...

Where:
The Starboard
2009 Coastal Highway
Dewey Beach, DE
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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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Get a big taste of Elizabethan life on weekends and Labor Day Monday at Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim, Pa.

Where:
Manheim, PA


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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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