Jazzed

War, radio, a thriving club scene and native talent once made Wilmington a fertile ground for musical innovation, and no one in its history made a bigger mark than the legendary Clifford Brown.



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Music professor Don Glanden (left) isÊmaking a video documentary of Clifford Brown. Dean Jenkins (right) was two grades behind Brown at Howard High School. Brown, Jenkins says, showed him a few chords, which started Jenkins' career in Jazz.

Photograph by Pat CroweÊ http://www.patcrowephotography.com

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Don’t let anyone tell you that Wilmington, the fair city that has served as capital for such un-swinging things as banks and chemical companies, doesn’t swing.

Under the town’s buttoned-down exterior, there has quietly simmered since the earliest days of the 20th century a vibe fed by sin and syncopation, the language of the street, and the sweat of dance halls and speakeasies.

It was born amid oppression and segregation, then blossomed into the one true form of American music.

It’s jazz, daddy. And if you know the password, you might find that Wilmington has given the world things besides platinum cards and Dacron. The password is Brownie.

The nickname of Clifford Brown still opens doors. It makes the hands of the old heads move like those of young men who could caress trumpet valves like they were the flesh of a fine woman.

Because Brown is a legend, a tragic protagonist who rose from Wilmington’s Eastside to entrance the progenitors of bop.

He was a straight arrow who, after playing for only a few years, sat in with Dizzy Gillespie and, at his height, was considered a better trumpeter than Miles Davis. His death at the age of 25 on June 26, 1956, in a car crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, would ensure his status as a legend and forever prompt fans and critics to wonder what he might have become.

For almost 20 years, Wilmington has honored him each June with a festival that attracts big-name musicians who are happy to play in honor of a man whose sound was so fat. The 2007 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Fest will be held June 17-23.

“I grew up in Wilmington, so I know a lot of people from my generation,” says jazz pianist Don Glanden, head of graduate music studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. “But while I would be out playing and doing concerts and gigs and stuff, people would come up to me and say, ‘Man, my uncle was a jazz musician.’ And I’d say, ‘Who’s that?’ And they’d say, ‘Clifford Brown.’ And I’d say, ‘That’s like saying my great-grandfather was a politician—Abraham Lincoln.’”

Yes, Brownie will open doors, minds and mouths. Suddenly other names spill forth—Daisy Winchester, Betty Roché, Robert “Boysie” Lowery. To many, the names mean nothing. But they are the people who started it all so that someone like Brownie could blow us all away.

After jazz was born in the late 19th century, its children—African-Americans who fled oppression in the South for industrial jobs and better lives in the North—carried it to the masses. Though segregated, Northern cities provided the arrivals a degree of opportunity unheard of in states like Georgia and the Carolinas. In Wilmington, as in other cities, the music—which incorporated ragtime, minstrel songs, the blues and orchestral pieces—percolated in burgeoning black neighborhoods.

But even in its own neighborhood, jazz existed only in bars and juke joints. It wasn’t necessarily for polite society—and certainly not for white folks.

The job of bringing jazz to white ears fell to the radio. The form was moved forward by musicians everywhere. To everyone else, it became the soundtrack of a new attitude that had accompanied the end of World War I in 1917 and the institution of Prohibition in 1919.

Suddenly, white people aspired to the cool they saw among the growing ranks of black jazz musicians and listeners. Throughout the 1920s jazz was the music of bathtub gin parties and city speakeasies. A new attitude of permissiveness meant that taboos against blacks and whites socializing were bent or broken.

And anyone with a properly tuned radio could pick up jazz broadcasts from places like New York and Baltimore without ever having to set foot in a legally suspect environment.

In 1928 Wilmington landed WDEL, which immediately began to broadcast jazz by local performers such as Crash Peyton, pianist Marita Gordon, and singers Sarah Dean and Daisy Winchester. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal began to get people back on their feet in the 1930s, the Wilmington club scene, previously an underground network of speakeasies, stepped into the light.

The Eastside pulsated with sounds from venues like Club Harlem, George’s Café, Bill’s Café and the The Spot at the Royal Hotel, where performers such as Winchester and Dean, Blanche Saunders, Lidia White, Madeline Johnson, Dr. Laddie Springs and his Deuces of Rhythm, Jimmy Hinsley and his Maniacs, and the Felix Brown Orky would sing, swing and blow.

The period began Wilmington’s brief peek into the larger picture of jazz. It was in 1940 that Daisy Winchester had a brush with fame after recording “You’ve Got to Go When the Wagon Comes” with Louis Jordan’s Tympani Five.

During World War II, one Wilmington native would see her star rise, if not for long and not very brightly. Betty Roché left Wilmington for Atlantic City, then began performing in New York City with the Savoy Sultans after winning a talent contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theater when she was 17.

The band broke up almost immediately after she joined, but she soon caught the eyes and ears of Duke Ellington. Though she was a prolific performer—she sang with Ellington at his ground-breaking 1943 Black, Brown and Beige show at Carnegie Hall—few recordings of her work existed until the recording of the Carnegie concert appeared 40 years later. One biographer described Roché’s work ethic as “feckless.” She left Ellington’s band later in 1943, then joined pianist Earl Hines the next year. She left him to rejoin Ellington in 1951.

Though her mark was small, it was significant. Her version of Ellington’s “Take the A Train” was put to record in 1952. It remains the best-known version of the song.

Also during the war years, one of the most valuable, though little-known jewels in Wilmington’s jazz crown hit the scene. Saxophonist Robert “Boysie” Lowery, with his brother Bud, arrived in Delaware from their native North Carolina, formed the Aces of Rhythm, then began playing with stalwarts like Daisy Winchester at Wilmington venues such as Club Baby Grand, the post-war incarnation of Club Harlem.

In Wilmington, Lowery would become a student of the emerging sub-genre of jazz known as bebop—much of it gleaned from playing with creators like Dizzy Gillespie—then passing what he learned to several generations of musicians in and around Delaware.

UArts’ Glanden has been working for years on a video documentary about Clifford Brown. He says it’s impossible to discuss Brownie or Wilmington’s place in the jazz world without tackling the immense presence of Lowery.

“When you hear him talk, he was this really nurturing, kind guy,” Glanden says. “He himself was self-taught. He started teaching primarily kids from the black community. If they could afford it, fine. And if they couldn’t afford it, fine,” Glanden says. “He’d have people in his house for however long they needed to be there. If they didn’t have a place to stay, they would stay there for a couple of nights —just this really kind, nurturing person.”

Time spent with Gillespie, combined with his keen analytical mind, resulted in a remarkable achievement that went on to benefit not only Brownie, but generations of jazz musicians to follow. “What Lowery did musically that’s remarkable is, back in the 1940s, he figured out a system to explain what was going on with chord movement,” Glanden says.

Thus bebop’s seemingly random improvisational tangents were pinned down as musical science. Lowery’s system formed the foundation for his teaching.

While he was teaching students privately, the young people of the Eastside were benefitting in other ways from what might now seem a surprising source: the public school system.

Until the civil rights movement, Wilmington and many other medium-sized Northern cities remained in a state of de facto segregation. Howard High School in Wilmington’s Eastside was established in 1867 as one of the nation’s first public high schools for black children. The building students attended in the 1940s and ’50s was built in 1927 through a donation from then-General Motors chairman Pierre S. du Pont. In both its physical plant and educational tradition, Howard was one of the top high schools in the country.

“You get into the whole political history of Delaware, that the Republicans at that time were champions at helping the plight of the blacks, and you had the du Ponts who historically sometimes ended up in conflict with [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt,” Glanden says. “There was a kind of different sensibility about how to deal with problems, but there was a real philanthropy impetus to a lot of what went on in the du Pont family.

“Howard High School is a big part of this story because you’re talking about an era of educational segregation, but extremely high standards. So there was a competitive nature to that school. That school put on operas. The teachers lived in the community. The percentage of doctors and lawyers that came out of that is simply astonishing. That was a very nurturing, positive environment in the midst of this segregated system.”

Nick Catalano, a professor at Pace University in New York, author of “Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter,” agrees.

“I just feel that not enough has ever been written about the magic of the Eastside of Wilmington, with its extraordinary educational traditions,” says Catalano, who grew up as a jazz musician in New York. “The best way to express the irony is that, in segregation, those schools were far superior to what they became after integration. I was there in the period, but when I went to Wilmington, I was completely awestruck by what happened there. There’s a tremendous support among the neighbors for each other. The educational system was so rigorous that Clifford won a math scholarship to Delaware State.”

Joining Lowery were Howard music teachers Sam Wooding, former leader of the globe-trotting Sam Wooding and his Orchestra, and Harry Andrews, who would become music superintendent of the Wilmington schools. They helped unleash the young Brownie upon the world.

“People like Robert Lowery, Sam Wooding, they’re the illustrations of everything you’ll find when you go to cities and study the influences of jazz,” says radio personality Phil Schaap, a Billie Holiday biographer and curator of jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York. “It’s something you don’t hear about any longer and may, in fact, not exist any longer.”

“The teachers—not just the regular teachers, but the music teachers—they developed in the students a real respect for the European music tradition,” Catalano says. “All that goes into making Clifford Brown a very complete musician and performer.”

Other important events were transpiring. Jazz and swing music had been adopted as the soundtrack of the American G.I. It was carried over military radio and played at USO dances. French girls knew the jitterbug and the Nazis churned out propaganda with grotesque caricatures of black musicians designed to illustrate the “evils” of America’s “negro” music.

When the war ended in 1945 and troops began to settle into the stability of America’s new suburban ideal of family life, the rebellious force of bebop bubbled in the big-city subculture. That same year marked Brown’s matriculation to Howard.

“It’s Boysie who brings that wonderful new jazz and revolutionary music theory” to Brown during practice sessions in Lowery’s Broom Street home, says Schaap. “He taught everyone there, and Brownie was his star pupil.”

“Brownie had an incredibly high work ethic. The whole family did,” says Glanden. “They were an extremely competitive family—competitive in who was going to get the best grades and he got into shooting pool with his brothers and friends and was very competitive at that.”

That competitiveness, paired with an ability to focus on a task and the math aptitude that earned him a scholarship to Delaware State, sped young Brown’s development.

“Talent is important, but focus—I know of no one else in jazz who has that kind of determination and that kind of focus,” Catalano says.

The result would become evident quickly.

“When you hear Clifford play at 14, 15 years old, you can hear him put the bebop vocabulary to use then,” Glanden says. “I think he sounds then like he was at least up to where Boysie was at that time. I’ve thought a lot about his role in Clifford’s development. Was this a substantive musical thing, or was this the guy who happened to be the Little League coach of Babe Ruth?”

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

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

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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

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

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

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

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

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

Where:
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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

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Harold Kalmus will show a variety of his figurative sculpture that includes large scale portraits, smaller full figure compositions, and figure study reliefs. Described as a “contemporary...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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

Cost: $0-$27

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

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

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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

Cost: free

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

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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

Cost: 0-$14

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

Cost: 0-14

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

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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

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Beebe Healthcare offers free glucose screenings every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the following lab locations: Beebe Healthcare Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes,...

Cost: free

Where:
, DE

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Delaware Today, 302Health and Get Healthy, Delaware! are excited to honor the nursing community once again in 2015. The Excellence in Nursing awards will recognize the state's top nurses who...

Cost: $125.00 each

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Drive
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Delaware Today
Telephone: 302-504-1336
Contact Name: Christa McLaughlin
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Bariatric Information Seminar Location: Bayhealth Kent General, General Foods Conference Room 1 & 2, 64 S. State St., Dover Time: 6–7 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Zumba sessions every Wednesday in Lewes Canalfront Park, overlooking the banks of the beautiful Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes.  Free

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Zumba by Kelly, Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s...

Cost: $25-30

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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Harold Kalmus will show a variety of his figurative sculpture that includes large scale portraits, smaller full figure compositions, and figure study reliefs. Described as a “contemporary...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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

Cost: free

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


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

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

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: 0-$14

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 0-14

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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

Cost: Regular Admission

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


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

More information

Karoline Wileczek’s strong academic background belies the carefree, whimsical, almost childlike nature of her works. Her pen and ink pieces are full of energy, unstructured form and intriguing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Gibby Center for the Arts
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Center for the Arts
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

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Weight Loss Surgery Seminar Location: Smyrna Health & Wellness Center, 100 S. Main St., Smyrna Time: 6–7:30 p.m. Free BMI/body fat analysis: 6–6:30 p.m. More information...

Where:
Smyrna Health and Wellness Center
100 S. Main St.
Smyrna, DE
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Kermit Ruffins is an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer from New Orleans, Louisiana,United States. He has been influenced by Louis Armstrong and Louis Jordan and says that the highest...

Cost: $19-24

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn’s sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Much like its name, the band...

Cost: $10

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

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Harold Kalmus will show a variety of his figurative sculpture that includes large scale portraits, smaller full figure compositions, and figure study reliefs. Described as a “contemporary...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

More information

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

Cost: 0-$14

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

More information

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

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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An impressive group of over thirty outstanding professional artists from the Brandywine Valley area will exhibit and sell original new works of art. The “Outdoor Gallery” will be under the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
One Greenville Crossing
Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DFVA
Telephone: 302-685-8191
Contact Name: Tara
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitorsto art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $3 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

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

More information

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

Cost: Regular Admission

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


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

More information

Karoline Wileczek’s strong academic background belies the carefree, whimsical, almost childlike nature of her works. Her pen and ink pieces are full of energy, unstructured form and intriguing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The GIbby Center for the Arts
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Center for the Arts
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for Once on this Island and The Frog Prince will also be held on...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for A Little Night Music and The Frog Prince will also be held...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
Website »

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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for Once on this Island and A Little Night Music will also be...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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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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Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when the onethat's etched in your soul? Martin Sexton's new album Mix Tape of the Open Road is that musical crosscountry trip, blazing through...

Cost: $25-30

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

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The Melton Brothers will get you tappin, slappin, shakin and slidin from a pin-drop whisper to kickin take-your-breath-away grooves ...a blend of R&B, groove swing, New Orleans blues and roots rock...

Cost: $15

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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PurpleStride 2015 –Dravo Plaza at Riverfront Wilmington The Delaware Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is hosting its third annual PurpleStride 5K Run/Walk on...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Dravo Plaza
900 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network - Delaware Affiliate
Contact Name: Donna Stollings
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3rd Annual Milk Run 5K Location: Appoquinimink High School, 1080 Bunker Hill Road, Middletown Time: Registration: 8 a.m. Race start: 9 a.m. Fee: $20 (until the Thursday before the race at...

Where:
Appoquinimink High School
1080 Bunker Hill Road
Middletown, DE
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Purple Stride 5K Run & Family-Friendly Walk Location: Dravo Plaza, Wilmington Riverfront, 900 Justison St., Wilmington Time: Registration: 8 a.m. Race/walk: 9:30 a.m. Fee: Free...

Where:
Dravo Plaza, Wilmington Riverfront
900 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE
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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

More information

Karoline Wileczek’s strong academic background belies the carefree, whimsical, almost childlike nature of her works. Her pen and ink pieces are full of energy, unstructured form and intriguing...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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Burlington, which offers the best selection at the best price of the most mom- trusted brands at Baby Depot, is hosting a free community safety day in Newark, DE on Saturday, May 30th.  In...

Cost: Free

Where:
Burlington
59 University Plaza
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Burlington
Contact Name: Lauren Flangan

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

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

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52,
, DE
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

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

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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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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Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Visitors experience an in-depth, hands-on tour focused on gunpowder production in the Hagley Powder Yard and visit production areas rarely seen by guests. This tour ends with an explosive finish....

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Ages 8 and up After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers.  Children...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mills Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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The annual “Pooches in the Park” returns to Lewes Canalfront Park on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 3 pm. The park is overlooks the banks of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes. This festive...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park, Savannah Animal Hospital
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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Inaugural 3rd Wave Brewing Co.’s Good Run Good Friends Good Beer 5K Location: 3rd Wave Brewing Co. Brewery and Tasting Room, 501 N. Bi-State Blvd., Delmar Time: Registration: 4 p.m....

Where:
3rd Wave Brewing Co. Brewery
501 N. Bi-State Blvd.
Delmar, DE
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  This is the 2nd Reunion of the former State Police Band SOCIETY’S CHILD AND MARIO ROCCO Featuring Special Guest Rick Griffin – The buddy Holly Review 60’s,...

Cost: 55.00

Where:
Mill Creek Fire Hall
3900 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: :Luray Productions
Telephone: 302-559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for A Little Night Music and The Frog Prince will also be held...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for Once on this Island and The Frog Prince will also be held on...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for Once on this Island and A Little Night Music will also be...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Darin Rex’s musical career began in the classical world at the young age of 4, as he trained with the Central Pennsylvania Suzuki Association. He began his classical training on violin and...

Cost: $15

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