Delaware Beach Shopping Guide

Forget shells and T-shirts. Judging by the number of new spas that have opened at the beach, the manicure has become the new vacation souvenir.



Masseuse Olga Stepura performs her magic at Zen Spa in Fenwick.

Photograph by Jared Castaldi

Beauty at the Beach

In Fenwick Island, massage therapist Stacy Wetzstein opened Zen Spa in the old Seaport Antiques Manor House. “We’re right on the water—it’s a nice spot to come in, get some services and spend the day,” Wetzstein says. Zen Spa offers six massage therapy rooms, including a couples’ room. Getting the kinks out is the spa’s specialty. Zen also offers manicures, pedicures and facials.  (988-1750, zenspafenwick.com)

La Vita Bella Day Spa, which opened in Ocean View, can get your body into beach shape in no time with a pedicure, waxing, spray tan and seaweed body wrap. There are specialty services for guys, too. (616-1014, lavitabellaonline.com)

In Rehoboth, Oasis Bath & Body Boutique expanded to include day spa treatments. Now you can pick up anti-aging creams and bath products and get a manicure, massage, ionic food detox or facial at the same time. According to owner Claudia Alesi, Oasis is “all about health.” Lines include Zoya, a non-toxic nail polish and sunless tanning products applied by hand. (227-0367, oasisbathandbody.com)

In Lewes, Beach Waves opened in the Villages at Five Points. Beach Waves calls itself a “family salon,” and the owners aren’t kidding. Mother Eileen King and daughter Kimberly King are on hand. The salon offers hair and nail services, as well as waxing. (827-4377, beachwaves.net)

Although more of a retail store than spa, skin care and makeup giant Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio is still a thing of beauty. There’s now a location on Del. 1 in Rehoboth. (226-8100, merlenorman.com)

Why should people get all the pampering? Pets get the royal treatment at Pet Station in Lewes, which offers grooming services and day care. (644-7297, petstationgroomingdaycare.com)

 

Artist Julie Borden offers her works at Juleez in Rehoboth Beach. Photograph by Jared CastaldiArtful Inspiration

Galleries took a hit during the poor economy, but at least two artists are painting an optimist outlook with new studios. Juleez Gallery this year moved from Baltimore Avenue to First Street in Rehoboth Beach. “We easily doubled our size,” says gallery manager Guy Peluso. Juleez features the work of Julie Borden, who with Peluso moved to the beach from Philadelphia for a change of pace. Borden paints everything from canvases to violins to saxophones. “You can play them all,” Peluso says. Her artwork also appears on iPad covers, journals, mugs—even leggings. (227-3792, Juleez.com)

Well-known local artist Anita Peghini-Räber is the owner and the featured artist of the 
Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery, also in Rehoboth, which opened in April. “I’ve always believed in Rehoboth Beach as an art destination,” says the painter. She initially researched the gallery idea for a friend. When the friend couldn’t go through with the plan, Peghini-Räber decided to do it herself. Content to share the limelight, she features a host of local and visiting artists. (227-2888, rehobothart.com)

The gallery occupies space on Baltimore Avenue that once belonged to Symmetry, which in turn moved to 403 Rehoboth Ave. The new shop offers more space for Symmetry’s primitive, transitional and contemporary home accessories. You’ll find lamps, mirrors, wall art, and textiles. (290-9741)

Following in the footsteps of antiques cooperatives, Unique Boutiques on Del. 1 in Lewes offers 30 spaces for artisans and craftspeople. Expect stained glass, candles, jewelry, pottery and other artsy-craftsy things. (727-3313)

 

Musical Stores

The Villages By the Sea shopping area in Rehoboth has seen some action lately. “The winter does crazy things here,” says Tom Schmitt, an employee at Proud Bookstore. The bookstore moved into CoCo & Company’s old space for double the room. (227-6969)

In March, Fusion Fitness opened in Proud Bookstore’s old space. The store sells active wear, including clothes for running, yoga, tennis, golf and bicycling. (727-5690, fusionfitnessapparel.com)

Hula Sue reopened in the old Pelican Loft. (227-1012)

 

The Outlets

In spring, all systems were go for the opening of a Vineyard Vines outlet store in suite 110 at Tanger Midway. The apparel shop gets its name from its start on Martha’s Vineyard.

“They are wildly popular with the Cape Cod set,” says Amy Norgate, general manger of the Tanger Outlet in Rehoboth. “I know our locals are going to love them too.”

Longaberger plans to open a store in Tanger Bayside in suite 410, between Kitchen Collection and Tiger Lili. “We are so excited!” Norgate says.

Along with its popular baskets, Longaberger offers pottery, food and coffee. (226-9223, tangeroutlet.com/Rehoboth)

 

A California Leash  handbag like this can be found at  Odysea stores in Rehoboth and Bethany. Photograph by Jared CastaldiToys and Trinkets

Bethany has seen some new retail action in the past year. Tidepool Toys & Games on the Bethany Beach boardwalk focuses on just that: family board games, Lego, spyglasses, finger puppets, and Calico Critters doll houses—and the animal families that live in them. One thing, however, is missing. “There are no electronic games,” says Anne McCabe, who works at the store to help the owners, her son, Sandy Smyth, and his wife, Lori. (537-1206, tidepooltoys.com)

In March, Carolann and Rick Dryer opened a second Odysea in Bethany Beach. (The first is in Rehoboth.)

“We thought Bethany would be a good spot for a unique store like ours,” Carolann Dryer says.

Goodies include California Leash handbags, a staggering collection of Tervis products and bracelet beads that contain sand from seven different local beaches. To keep your tootsies toasty on overcast days, pick up a pair of flip-flop socks. (227-6707, odyseabeach.com)

 

Beach Brides: Take Note

Seaside weddings continue to gather steam, and services have expanded to meet the couples’ needs. The most recent is Paper Dollz, located behind Make My Day, event planners in Rehoboth Beach. Owners Stefanie Stratton and Allison Veith make custom-made invitations, accessories and stationery for all occasions.

“Many of our brides come in saying, ‘I’m looking for an off-the-wall idea—can you make it happen?’” Stratton says. The answer: absolutely. (226-2273 paperdollz.net)


 

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January 2017

January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Sports Card & Collectible Show at Aetna Fire Hall on Jan. 22—sign up now! -Sports Cards McFarlane Figures Comic Books Non-Sports cards Wrestling Items Vintage Starting...

Cost: $2

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: A2Z Promotions
Telephone: 302-983-2636
Contact Name: Bob Harper
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Belly Dance Classes with Zahra Beginner & intermediate classes open to teens and adults Sundays in January starting Jan 8th Beginner: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Intermediate: 1 - 2 p.m (must get...

Cost: $15-$42

Where:
Take the Lead Studio
320 Lantana Drive
Hockessin , DE  19711
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Sponsor: Take the Lead
Contact Name: Zahra
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Ah, typecasting—the baritone is always the bad guy! In Devils, Drunks & Dastardly Dudes, we’ll go on an operatic journey of men behaving badly. We’ll add a tenor to the mix, too… but we...

Cost: $29-$59

Where:
OperaDelaware Studio
4 South Poplar St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: OperaDelaware
Telephone: 302-442-7809
Contact Name: Mary Wilcosky
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Come give curling a try! At this 2-hour intro-to-curling event we'll provide a basic lesson then coach you through a mini-game.  Whether you just want to cross #curling off your bucket list or...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Pond Ice Arena
101 John Campbell Rd
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Diamond State Curling Club
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ are...

Cost: Free

Where:
2nd and 3rd Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne and Stephanie Dumpson
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Guest speakers Patty Dailey-Lewis, executive director of the Beau Biden Foundation, and Delaware Family Court commissioner Loretta Young will discuss how participation in social media can too...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilmington University - Dover
Building A Auditorium
3282 N DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Wilmington University College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: 302-295-1164
Contact Name: Dr. Johanna Bishop
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmers Market Nov 8, 2016 - April 11, 2017  11 am- 2 pm 25 vendors Location:  East Coast Garden Center 30366 Cordrey Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 302-945-3489

Cost: frr

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Sponsor: East Coast Garden Center
Telephone: 302-945-3489
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmer's Marke 25 vendors

Cost: Free

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Telephone: 302-945-3489
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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A four-week series of ballroom dancing classes taught by teachers from the BlueBallroom. Tuesdays starting Jan. 10. Classes are $30 a lesson for Non-Members. Non-Member slots are limited. For...

Cost: $30

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


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

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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
Website »

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Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts January 19th, every other Thursday until March 30th This program is based entirely outdoors and is...

Cost: Cost: $30 for TLC members / $40 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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MARC BROUSSARD In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut; he called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and...

Cost: $22 SRO- $32 SEATED

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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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Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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January 28 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Science Saturday – Truss Me, You Won’t Fall! Become an engineer for the day. Design a bridge to hold as much weight as possible....

Cost: Activities are included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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GRILLED CHEESE AND CRAFT BEER TASTING We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer – and paired them together in unexpected and...

Cost: $40

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 at  7:30 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 763 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087 Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square...

Cost: Tickets are $25 online, and $30 at the door. Student tickets $10 at the door.

Where:
Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
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Fan favorite, Dick Smith, returns to the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society concert stage on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 for a show that is sure to bring the house down! Dick Smith has been a...

Cost: $15 Adults; $10 Students

Where:
John Dickinson High School Auditorium
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Telephone: 302-995-2603
Contact Name: Bob Dilworth
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The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society presents Dick Smith. For tickets, click here: http://www.dtoskimball.org/events-tickets/ticket-information/ For further information, please call us at...

Where:
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
Website »

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MOTHERSHIP Mothership is the area's premier Led Zeppelin Tribute show. Composed of seasoned, professional musicians Mario Padovani - vocals, keyboards, Frank Ginocchio - drums, Chris Julian -...

Cost: 15

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
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