Christine Hastings on the Jolly Trolley in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach, Delaware




Christine Hastings

photograph by Scott Nathan

Christine Hastings owns and operates the iconic Jolly Trolley in Rehoboth and Dewey with her husband, David, and her stepson, Turner. Christine has driven the trolley longer than anyone else, and has been known to belt out the Jolly Trolley song to the tune of the holiday staple, “Deck the Halls.”

DT: When did you become involved with the Jolly Trolley?
CH: The Jolly Trolley started in 1970. A group of locals wanted to literally share the atmosphere of this area. Let the sea breeze in your hair, smell the ocean, hear the sounds and just have a nice cruise around the area.
That went on for numerous years and it had many owners. In 1991, the owner at the time approached David and I. David was captain and owner and operator of the Atlantic Coastal Advertising sign boat, which is the electronic sign boat that ran up and down the coast.
The owner said, Listen, “I just bought the Jolly Trolley and my mother loves to ride it,” but he was looking at it as an advertising investment. He did not plan on getting into the transportation. He said, “Hey, can I subcontract you to sell the advertising? And by the way, do you know anybody who wants to drive this?”
At the time we were in the advertising business and we were not planning on getting into transportation. David’s first thought was, Oh my goodness, this thing’s going to be high-maintenance—and also dealing with DelDOT and other things that weren’t quite in our business plan—but, hey, let’s give it a try.
We started to drive it in 1991 as a management team for the previous owner. And this part’s pretty important to the growth of the Jolly Trolley shuttle as we know it today: We actually ran the shuttle route between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach at no charge. And that was because we were in the midst of putting our application together to submit to the state for a certification of public necessity and convenience.
In order to do that, you have to do all sorts of paperwork. So we ran it for the season to feel out what would be a good route, what could definitely be done on a regular basis, and more importantly, work with the town of Dewey Beach and the city of Rehoboth Beach and find out where the stops could be for convenience, safety and just overall good headway with the route.
Once we locked into where the stops would be and how the route would go, we then submitted the application to DelDOT. We then put together the corporation, which is Transit U. Inc. That was in the winter of 1992.
So by the summer of 1992, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach shuttle service, which runs a basic schedule every half an hour, leaving Rehoboth Beach on the hour and half hour, starting at the top of the Avenue at the boardwalk.
And then at south Dewey Beach, at Dickinson Street on the bay, at quarter after and quarter of each hour. There are about a dozen, plus or minus, stops in between the two points. They were condoned by Rehoboth and Dewey.
We have added a stop at Robinson Drive at Silver Lake Bridge and that came after many years of feedback from the community and working with the local neighborhoods. That was about three years ago. But other than that, it’s been the same ever since 1992.
Again, I’ll stress that first year in 1991, running it at no charge because we couldn’t charge anybody until we had the proper paperwork in line and had that certificate of public necessity and convenience from the state.
So that was 1992.
The Jolly Trolley has been around since 1970. Transit U. Inc. has been the owner and operator since 1992. At that point we only had one Jolly Trolley. We then over the course of the next couple of years, we added another trolley, then another Jolly Trolley.
In 1994, we got a street license for charters. Even though the Jolly Trolley had been doing charters and special events since 1970, the state then required that there was the necessity to have a state license for that.
So since 1994, we’ve had basically two identities: the fixed route, mass transit, which basically is just that, carrying lots of people with a fixed route with convenient stops, again focusing on convenience and safety.
As far as since 1994, we’ve done hundreds of thousands of weddings, special events. I won’t get into the who’s who of weddings, but we’ve had folks who call us a year and a half in advance and say, “I need, I want the Jolly Trolley in my wedding.”
Starting in 2000, we started adding passenger vans to be part of the Jolly Trolley itself, giving more seating capacity. Also the vans can be used for charters and special events.
In 2009 we added a couple of small buses. Again, adding to our fleet, evolving. The whole idea of that jolly transportation.
And then in 2010, we added a Jolly Trolley car service. It is technically a limousine service. We do anywhere from special events, nights out, but also airports. Because of that, there are many different sizes of Jolly vehicles that can be used for somebody’s special event or charter. We customize to what their needs are. It’s grown over the years.
People love the Jolly Trolley for what it is. It is a convenience. It is a mode of transportation. But, most importantly, it’s a great way to just chill out, let somebody else do the driving and enjoy the area.
On the fixed route, the open air let’s you feel the breeze, smell the ocean, see the sights and be social with your family.

DT: What about the song?
CH: If I may, I have a song that I sing regularly to the troops, meaning our Jolly riders, which we call them affectionately. It’s a little play on a Christmas song, but it all works. Why this song is so important is because it incorporates the general feelings of the Jolly Trolley: jolliness, convenience and group and/or family socializing and togetherness in their transportation.

Tis the season to be jolly.
Group joins in: Fa la la la la, la la la la
Just relax and ride the Jolly Trolley
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Parking, driving, why bother? You can even bring your father. (That always brings a little round of applause.)
Tis the reason to be jolly.
Fa la la la la, la la la la

I love driving the Jolly Trolley. The Jolly Trolley and Transit U. prides themselves in having, not just big vehicles and good, safe drivers, but people people. People who are there to help you out and be there to help you with your transportation needs. It has grown and we can’t do it without our jolly riders. It’s funny because after doing special events and weddings, everybody is always thanking each other, even on the fixed route: “thank you, thank you.” And it goes back and forth. We thank our jolly riders wholeheartedly. We love to help them. To me, I love to help people and see them sitting back and enjoying their vacation and socializing and having fun with each other: singing, clapping. Of course, with noise ordinances, we have to keep it down. But it very much brings a lot of smiles.

DT: Name one of the coolest things about the Jolly Trolley.
CH: One of our biggest things we like to do on the Jolly Trolley is wave. We’re always waving. We’re waving to and from on our fixed route and the feedback is just wonderful. People wave back. They may have no intention of ever riding the Jolly Trolley, but they definitely look for that jolly smile and that wave. It’s a great thing for the community and just all around because I think our world and community in general need that. And I’m not being gushy here. I’m being very honest. Everybody needs a good wave and a smile every now and then because the world is the way it is. And to keep it moving forward, we all have to take that little extra effort and make things a little more comfortable and jolly.

DT: Have you ever had to fire somebody because they wouldn’t wave?
CH: No. But we have had to remind people that they do need to do that. When we’re interviewing and looking for drivers, we’re looking for people people. We want people who aren’t just commercial driver licensed drivers. We want people who sincerely want to be here and are helping people out. In Jolly Trolley land, we want people to enjoy life. Forget about that parking meter or the electric bill or the uncle who is driving you crazy or just life in general. Everybody keep moving forward and keep a good attitude.
By the way, it was my husband, David, who really started pushing the waving. We’ve always been waving and smiling, but now it’s part of the uniform. It comes sincerely. If somebody has a hard time with it, then we have to regroup with them and get them to understand that it’s all part of the Jolly Trolley.

DT: Do you get to have a fun summer?
CH: Summertimes are very intense. Personally, I always look forward to them because you get your Jolly Trolleys on track, literally and figuratively, and you just roll, you just go with it. Eight a.m. to 2 a.m. We have a wonderful staff.

DT: Let’s talk about the infamous late-nights on the trolley.
CH: When the Jolly Trolley started, yes, late-night was a big part of the Jolly Trolley. Over the past couple decades, it has definitely become less of a priority. What we call family hour, that 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., where the families are going back and forth between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach, that’s when the Jolly Trolley is definitely at its best and at pretty full capacity. Our daytime has picked up quite a bit—those folks who don’t want to be on the beach all the time. We also have folks who just want to use the convenience of traveling between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.

DT: We’ve heard some pretty crazy stories through the years. Anything you can talk about?
CH: There’s nothing that you can’t imagine. Two things that bother me the most in life in general and on the Jolly Trolley, is inconsideration and greed. And with anything in life, it’s human nature that you’re going to have those two elements. Late-night, everybody wants to go home at 1:15, so it can get rather jolly. Yes, there is singing. “God Bless America” is a big one. “Bye, Bye Miss America Pie,” “Buttercup.” I’ll lead the jolly riders in “Summer Loving” from “Grease.” Rumor has it there are fights on the Jolly Trolley. I can literally count on maybe two hands over the past two decades how many fights of any value that we’ve had.
Jolly riders want their Jolly Trolley to be jolly, they want it moving forward. If we do have any incidents where somebody is being belligerent, or not jolly, we just stop. We ask for local authority help. And jolly riders will ask that person to please get off the Jolly Trolley. They may use a few words that we do not. It works together. There have been people who have just shown that they were not going to be cooperative or jolly. And they are not given service. We do give them different options. One is to chill out, go grab some pizza and drink some water, reassess and we’ll be around again and maybe your attitude will change. Again, this is so, so minimal.
Most of our late-night activities are very positive. I honestly sometimes feel like Mom picking up the kids. We find that if the Jolly Trolley is that positive, reassuring, reliable source; that they know that they can have a great time and they know they are going to get home safely.
I have a degree in psychology, so it kind of tickles me pink when folks who might have some difficulty in communication late-night … and I can still figure out, by just asking a couple of key questions, where it is they need to go. We stay consistent on the Jolly Trolley. We don’t want to confuse people.

DT: I hear the Jolly Trolley may have been the scene of some romance through the years.
CH: I can tell you that two weddings have come out of a scenario like that. Where male and female had a great time at the Rusty Rudder deck or at The Starboard or any of the venues and they follow each other onto the Jolly Trolley, get to the next destination and realize, Wow, I don’t really need to be here. “Can you take me back to Dewey Beach?” “Sure. No problem.” And lo and behold, months later I find out that they chartered us for their engagement party. Down the road they charter us for their wedding. And then they turn around and charter us for their child’s birthday party. To me, that’s the epitome of really giving back and having a good business.
I love it. I tell people they literally and figuratively fuel me. I’m a people person. I really enjoy the whole philosophy of the Jolly Trolley.

DT: Can you talk about some of the famous people who have ridden the trolley?
CH: We are the Nation’s Summer Capital. We have had quite a few law enforcement personnel who are way, way up there who have been passengers on the Jolly Trolley. It’s interesting to watch them watch the jolly riders.
One of my favorites is Michael Jordan. He was in the area listening to music at Sydney’s Side Street. He got on the Jolly Trolley. Our driver did not ask him for an autograph. He did get charged. He did pay his fee. He did have to duck to get in.
We’ve had many, many different faces and names. And to us, they’re just jolly riders. And respectfully, we don’t make a big deal about them because they want to enjoy this area.
Bobby Labonte’s NASCAR team. They were hilarious. They had all their input to different ways things could be designed. A local gentleman who used to play for the New York Giants. We recognized each other, but I could tell he didn’t want me to make a big deal about who he was. The Weather Channel.

DT: I understand that employees of local businesses get a break on the trolley.
CH: Since 1992 we’ve had a wonderful employee policy, at a minimal cost, in uniform, employees can travel on the Jolly Trolley. We stress the uniform to pull that team together, that community idea. You have the Grotto Pizza, the Fins, different establishments that their staffs, for parking reasons and convenience, will travel on the Jolly Trolley. While they’re on the trolley, Joe and Martha and their family may ask the Fins staff member, “Hey, what’s Fins like?” And we find that it just pulls that whole community service idea together. It helps the employees out, it helps the employer out, but it also helps the visitor who is asking questions and wants to have some local and/or summer employee feedback.

DT: The advertising signs seem to be a part of the trolley’s identity.
CH: Yes. Some of our advertisers have been on for decades plus. We have advertisers who I actually have to recommend that they updated their panel because it’s been on there for 10 years and it’s needing a little update. Grotto Pizza is a huge supporter of the Jolly Trolley. Again, that teamwork idea. People refer to the Jolly Trolley as the Grotto Pizza Trolley. The Jolly Trolley loves the idea that one of our convenient stops happens to be at Read Street in Dewey Beach at Grotto Pizza.
When we put those stops together, David and I walked around the town of Dewey Beach and the city of Rehoboth Beach and asked, “Where can we have these mass transit, fixed-route stops? These are big vehicles. We need to have stops where we can pull in safely, have our jolly riders get on and off and it’s convenient for traffic flow and the whole bit.”

DT: So you still drive the trolley?
CH: I’ve been driving since 1991. So has David. My stepson, Turner, David’s older son, now has come into the business officially. He is a principal co-owner. Turner has been driving since he was a graduate of the University of Delaware. We all put in our time driving. It’s important to us. Not only as principals are we out there to be approached and to see what’s going on, it’s just a really important part of any small business, of being an entrepreneur, to have your finger on the pulse. I have been driving the longest, due to the fact that David was driving the ad boat almost at the same time I was driving the Jolly Trolley. Up at the boardwalk, every once in a while we would cross paths and I would wave to the sign boat and he would wave back.
 

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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Our summer Lobster Special is back, now on Tuesdays! Join us every Tuesday for dinner starting at 4:30PM and enjoy a whole 1.5 lb lobster, shipped directly to us from Maine, for just $29.95....

Cost: 29.95

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Judy Champion
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Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark Time: 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. For more information: 623-4661 To register: Call (800)...

Where:
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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The 2016 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers' Market at Rodney Square will begin May 4 and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Downtown Visions and facilitated by the City of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.425.0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally! During the early weeks after birth, moms & babies experience challenges as they both learn how to breastfeed. Even the most...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2234
Contact Name: Jacalyn Bradley
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Website »

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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Hagley’s property will be open Wednesday evenings for curious guests and families to bicycle or walk. Visit areas normally closed to foot traffic. Bring a picnic or dine at the Belin House...

Cost: $2, free for members and children 5 and under

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 130-265-82400261
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be holding a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on May 11, 18, 25, and June 1 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program may...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.
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The Arabian Nights is probably the medieval Arabic book best known in the west, full of ripping yarns and vivid characters that have influenced film, music, and literature for centuries. But did...

Cost: Advance tickets: $5 ($2 for Penn Museum members); $10 at the door based on avail

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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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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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

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


Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Cost: Free

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 North Market Street
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Trellist Marketing | Technology
Telephone: 302-994-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
Website »

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Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery will be hosting bariatric support groups on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Nanticoke Memorial...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 8810
Contact Name: Shelly Geis

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  Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for a total of five weeks –...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2540
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
View map »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
View map »


Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

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


Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

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

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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The inspirational Japanese art of floral arranging will be on display for you to see and enjoy. Members of the Sogetsu Brandywine Study Group with advisor Midori Tanimune will exhibit their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N. Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Marcia Stephenson
Website »

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

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Both children and adults enjoy the First State Heritage Park's candlelit walking tours – there’s history, humor, and sorrow in the stories of real people from Delaware’s past centuries. ...

Cost: $10

Where:
First State Heritage Park
John Bell House
43 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
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PurpleStride Delaware is back and better than ever! This year, our 5K run and family-friendly walk will take place on June 4, and will take participants on a route through Dravo Plaza at Riverfront...

Cost: $10-$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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The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is back again at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park) this June 4 and 5! Come out and enjoy the most exciting collegiate rugby in...

Cost: $33-$99

Where:
Talen Energy Stadium
1 Stadium Drive
Chester, PA  19013
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Whether you have a new interest or are a seasoned advocate, this overview covers the important aspects of tree and shrub pruning to ensure the healthy growth and cultivation of your trees. For...

Cost: Members $10; Non-members $15

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N. Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Samuel Seo
Website »

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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
View map »

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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
Website »

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

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

More information

Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

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


Website »

More information

RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
View map »


Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

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Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the interesting world of the mysterious Reptiles and Amphibians! Flip logs and explore wetland habitats looking for salamanders, frogs, snakes, and turtles. 

Cost: $5 for TLC members, $10 for non members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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Experience the culture in agriculture at Coverdale Farm Preserve's Saturday barn dance! Bluegrass music will enliven a swingin' night of barn dancing led by an experienced contra caller....

Cost: $10/$15

Where:
Coverdale Farm Preserve
543 Way Road
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware Nature Society
Telephone: 302-239-2334
Website »

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Explore Hagley Museum in a new way by joining us for one of our six walking tours.  One or more Themed tours are offered most Saturday and Sundays at 11 a. and repeated at 2 p.m. Check...

Cost: Adults $14, Senior and students $10, Children 6-14 $5, children 5 and under

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Website »

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