Savor, The Review: Jack of All Trades

But master of none, Smith & Co. in Milford tries to be all things to all people. The effort is appreciated, but the relatively new restaurant needs to find itself.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smith & Co.

Restaurant and Bar
249 NE Front St., Milford
422-7750

Recommendations
New York strip, ahi tuna, broccoli rabe, gnocchi with beef tips, apple crisp

But master of none, Smith & Co. in Milford tries to be all things to all people. The effort is appreciated, but the relatively new restaurant needs to find itself.

The distribution of good restaurants in Delaware mirrors the rest of the nation's: The best spots cluster at the edges, in Rehoboth Beach and northern New Castle County. Those are like the East and West coasts, where trends flash in and out of style and culinary standards are high, as are the prices. The rest of the state is like the American heartland: The trends arrive later, if ever, and finding good food is more of a challenge.

Delaware has no large cities in its heartland, just small towns. The old ones are on its rivers. In Milford's case, it's the Mispillion, a modest enough waterway whose heyday passed with the arrival of the railroad. But it's always enjoyed some prosperity, leaving it blessed with a little history, some nice old houses and the usual struggling, small-town commercial district.

Someday the beach real estate monster will gobble up Milford the way it did Milton a little farther south. Those old homes will be bought and upgraded by rehab-happy Washingtonians looking for a quaint getaway within reasonable driving distance of the ocean. But those days aren't here yet, and, in a way, the town is less ready for big-city visitors than it was for years. The new millennium has seen the passing of a pair of restaurants that stacked up with any in the state—a problem in a location that's still too far north to capitalize on the sophisticated clientele drawn to Rehoboth Beach, too far south to profit from the rapid growth of northern Kent and southern New Castle counties.

But Milford is too big a town to go without a Saturday night restaurant, which is the situation that existed until last spring, when Smith & Co. opened.

The history of dining out in Milford isn't a long story. For many years there was Geyer's, a family restaurant that drew loyal legions for its winning way with classic country cookery. In what was once a mainly rural area, knowing how to fry chicken or whip up slippery dumplings better than the local housewives was no mean feat, and it made Geyer's the restaurant for just about any occasion.

The old favorite was joined in the '80s by the Banking House Inn, a smart, high-quality operation in a renovated 18th-century building. Despite its location in the old downtown historic district, it felt like a country inn, an impression heightened by the kitchen's skill with a limited but refined menu. In the years when the dining scene in Rehoboth Beach, just 25 miles away, had begun to draw attention and renown in Washington, the Banking House offered food that could be mentioned in the same conversation—and enjoyed on the same trip.

Then came the Library Square Café, a funkier, far less formal room with a wonderful spirit of joy and creativity in the kitchen. It occupied a decidedly more modest building down by the river and, for a little while, in what now seems Milford's Golden Age of Dining, all three coexisted.

It didn't seem a calamity when the Banking House converted to a bed-and-breakfast format and closed to the public at large. But as time wore on, Geyer's was sold to a slick city operator who declared that Delawareans were going to have to learn to eat classier food than chicken and dumplings, leading to its prompt demise. So when the owners of Library Square threw in the towel, Milford was left with nothing fancier than the fine but plebian Milford Diner.

The situation couldn't last, but the solution was as unlikely as the idea of a town the size of Milford going without a real restaurant. The main problem at Smith & Co. is that it's trying to fill the niches all its predecessors did but hasn't found its own.

At first blush, Smith & Co. seems like a strange choice for a restaurant. It sounds more like an accounting firm or a corporation serving as a CIA front. In truth, the name is simply the owner's, but "and company" doesn't exactly stimulate the appetite.

Neither does the location. In a town with so many historical resources, and plenty of opportunities to restore them, Smith & Co. instead anchors a new strip mall on the scraggly edge of downtown. Having neighbors like a billiards bar and a dollar store a few doors down doesn't do justice to what patrons find inside.

Because Smith & Co. is situated at the oblique angle, where the center's two wings form a wide-mouthed V, it fans out inside, and what you find there depends on whether you turn left, toward the high-tech bar and lounge, or right, to a more formal dining room.

The dining room is the hot ticket on Saturday night; a late reservation was accepted, but the room was overbooked. Its popularity is understandable. The room's tasteful, understated earth-tones suit its contemporary décor. Half the 100 seats are in banquettes, giving certain seats an air of privacy.

A glance at the menu (you won't see it online, because the restaurant has no website) gives the impression that Smith & Co. might be trying to project the brawny image of one of those lush, big-city steakhouses. Certainly the meat, whether filet mignon, skillet steak or aged beef, holds pride of place on the menu, and deserves it. But rather than let the steaks shine, the kitchen dresses them all in an herb-based dry rub reminiscent of Mrs. Dash.

The menu says the meat is served to temperature, and our order showed skill at pulling the fat from the fire at just the right moment. Our New York strip was served a perfect medium-rare. The meat was very good, almost tasty enough to overcome the over-aggressive herb coating. It isn't bad if you care for that sort of thing, but meat-lovers might be happier having the kitchen hold the herbs. If I were cooking I'd give something with ancho chile powder a try.

Further testament to the range man's skill was a piece of ahi tuna that was cooked exactly the way I wanted it: medium, not the rare or medium-rare most chefs opt for these days. This was perfect—the center red but warm, the fish's moistness on the verge of bursting out as soon as it hit my tongue.

The only exception to this careful cooking was the pork chop. It, too, was coated, in its case by Italian cheese, and though it was thick enough to have retained some juice, it had been cooked a little too long. This wasn't helped by a gummy sauce, supposedly based on bok choy, that added nothing.

In its aim to fill every empty restaurant niche in Milford, Smith & Co. also serves some Italian food, and it is surprisingly good. A side dish of broccoli rabe, in particular, could stand alongside anything in Wilmington, in every aspect, from freshness to garlicky kick. Another happy surprise among the Italian dishes on the lunch menu: a bowl full of impressively light, pillowy gnocchi with beef tips. Its truffle-brandy sauce wouldn't pass muster on the Riviera, but it was better than some of the alternatives.

Salads were good, especially one composed of sausage, portobello mushrooms, strips of red pepper and fresh mozzarella atop romaine lettuce. It would have been excellent if it hadn't been drenched in a balsamic vinegar dressing, which would have been quite good had it been applied with a lighter hand. The same was true of a similarly pleasing Caesar salad.

The crab cake wasn't bad, exactly, but barely reached the local standard. They were large, but not especially fresh, seasoned, but not boldly enough to mask the tired flavor of the crab. Crab bisque exhibited the same problem, this time putting scraps of seafood—and few of them—in a pasty, slightly gritty cream soup. About the best the crustacean came off was in crab-artichoke dip, and that was no better than passable. Neither of the headline ingredients exhibited much flavor.

The final sign that Smith & Co. is trying too hard came on the dessert menu: a deep-fried Snickers bar in pastry. Yes, you heard me right—a candy bar deep-fried in dough, a delicacy I previously had seen only at carnivals. I suppose I was expecting something more overtly disgusting, but this was simply a warm candy bar in what seemed to be phyllo dough, a distinct let-down. By contrast, the apple crisp was terrific, full of fruit that wasn't overly sweetened and topped with a burnished crunch.

Table service was good—after all, most of the waitresses in the area trained in good restaurants—but the hostess needs lessons in booking a dining room on a Saturday night. She took reservations as if it were Saturday night at Geyer's, but the kitchen isn't as fast. Nor does it have to be—unless someone gets the bright idea to add chicken and dumplings to the menu.

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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  The Nutcracker has returned to the Schwartz! Saturday Dec 6, 2 PM & 7 PM Sunday, Dec 7, 2 PM Call the Schwartz at 302-678-5152 or buy tickets www.schwartzcenter.com

Cost: $12-$25

Where:
, DE

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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Formed in 2008, R5 is comprised of siblings Riker (bass/vocals), Ross (guitar/vocals), Rocky (guitar/vocals) and Rydel (keyboard/vocals); along with friend Ratliff (drums/vocals). The group’s...

Cost: $34.50-$44.50

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

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


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

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The Old Bohemia Historical Society invites you to enjoy holiday music on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Shrine.  The concert will be performed by Saint Mark’s High School...

Cost: 0

Where:
Saint Francis Xavier Shrine
1604 Church Road
Warwick, MD  21912
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Sponsor: Old Bohemia Historical Society
Telephone: 302.328.4803
Contact Name: Marji Matyniak

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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

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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
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Fine art printmaker Gabriel Jules displays work inspired by nature in the exhibition, Natural Selections. Jules plays with color and uses collage in several of the prints. She is the recipient of a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-736-7435
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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The Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to present a selection of works by Gabriel Jules, Individual Artist Fellow in Work on Paper. The exhibition presents a series prints and collages...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts

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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


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

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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery is celebrating their 30th anniversary with prominent American landscape painter, Peter Sculthorpe, with a solo exhibition of new work.  Sculthorpe's unique vision...

Cost: Free Admission

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 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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Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The perfect holiday gift -- a gift card to Harry's Hospitality Group restaurants!  During the month of November, purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 bonus card back with our thanks....

Cost: variable

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

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  The Nutcracker has returned to the Schwartz! Saturday Dec 6, 2 PM & 7 PM Sunday, Dec 7, 2 PM Call the Schwartz at 302-678-5152 or buy tickets www.schwartzcenter.com

Cost: $12-$25

Where:
, DE

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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 native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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Students in 1st-6th grade - Enjoy a full day of artistic exploration and creativity when you have off from school! Become the writer, art director and star - put on a play from start to finish...

Cost: $50

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Telephone: 610-358-3632
Contact Name: Darlington Arts Center
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The Old Bohemia Historical Society invites you to enjoy holiday music on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Shrine.  The concert will be performed by Saint Mark’s High School...

Cost: 0

Where:
Saint Francis Xavier Shrine
1604 Church Road
Warwick, MD  21912
View map »


Sponsor: Old Bohemia Historical Society
Telephone: 302.328.4803
Contact Name: Marji Matyniak

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Time: Registration 8–10:15 a.m. Race starts: Delaware Running Company 5K: 9 a.m., Kiddie Fun Run: 10 a.m., Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware 5K Run: 10:30 a.m., 5K Non-competitive...

Where:
PNC Bank Center
222 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, DE
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Time: Registration 8:30 a.m. Race start 9:30 a.m. Fee: $20 (until the Monday before the race at noon) $30 after and day of event. Packet pick-up and late registration at Irish Eyes on Nov. 26...

Where:
Irish Eyes Pub
213 Anglers Road
Lewes, DE
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

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

More information

Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


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

More information

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

Somerville Manning Gallery is celebrating their 30th anniversary with prominent American landscape painter, Peter Sculthorpe, with a solo exhibition of new work.  Sculthorpe's unique vision...

Cost: Free Admission

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

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


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

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

The perfect holiday gift -- a gift card to Harry's Hospitality Group restaurants!  During the month of November, purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 bonus card back with our thanks....

Cost: variable

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

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

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

More information

  The Nutcracker has returned to the Schwartz! Saturday Dec 6, 2 PM & 7 PM Sunday, Dec 7, 2 PM Call the Schwartz at 302-678-5152 or buy tickets www.schwartzcenter.com

Cost: $12-$25

Where:
, DE

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

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

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
View map »

More information

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

Cost: $75/ticket

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


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

More information

The Old Bohemia Historical Society invites you to enjoy holiday music on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Shrine.  The concert will be performed by Saint Mark’s High School...

Cost: 0

Where:
Saint Francis Xavier Shrine
1604 Church Road
Warwick, MD  21912
View map »


Sponsor: Old Bohemia Historical Society
Telephone: 302.328.4803
Contact Name: Marji Matyniak

More information

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

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


Website »

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

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

More information

Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


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

More information

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

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

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


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

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


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

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

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


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

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is celebrating their 30th anniversary with prominent American landscape painter, Peter Sculthorpe, with a solo exhibition of new work.  Sculthorpe's unique vision...

Cost: Free Admission

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

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

Bring your family and out-of-town guests to explore Hagley’s holiday traditions. Sample 19th century holiday dishes like roast duck, play hide-the-thimble and other parlor games, and make...

Cost: 0-$14

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


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

More information

The perfect holiday gift -- a gift card to Harry's Hospitality Group restaurants!  During the month of November, purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 bonus card back with our thanks....

Cost: variable

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

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

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

More information

  The Nutcracker has returned to the Schwartz! Saturday Dec 6, 2 PM & 7 PM Sunday, Dec 7, 2 PM Call the Schwartz at 302-678-5152 or buy tickets www.schwartzcenter.com

Cost: $12-$25

Where:
, DE

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

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

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
View map »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $75/ticket

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


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

More information

The Old Bohemia Historical Society invites you to enjoy holiday music on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Shrine.  The concert will be performed by Saint Mark’s High School...

Cost: 0

Where:
Saint Francis Xavier Shrine
1604 Church Road
Warwick, MD  21912
View map »


Sponsor: Old Bohemia Historical Society
Telephone: 302.328.4803
Contact Name: Marji Matyniak

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

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


Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 322-2794
Website »

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Get inside real artists’ studios on this annual Thanksgiving weekend tour.  

Where:
, DE


Website »

More information

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

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

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

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


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

More information

Skip the shopping this Black Friday and join TLC for an outdoor adventure hike! Bring out your friends & family that may be in town to make craft ornaments from natural items you can find along...

Cost: $5 members $10 nonmembers

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
View map »


Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Website »

More information

Bring your family and out-of-town guests to explore Hagley’s holiday traditions. Sample 19th century holiday dishes like roast duck, play hide-the-thimble and other parlor games, and make...

Cost: 0-$14

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


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

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is celebrating their 30th anniversary with prominent American landscape painter, Peter Sculthorpe, with a solo exhibition of new work.  Sculthorpe's unique vision...

Cost: Free Admission

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Telephone: 302.888.4600
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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all...

Cost: Adults: $18; Seniors (60+): $17; Children (2-12): $16; Children Under 2: Free

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

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The perfect holiday gift -- a gift card to Harry's Hospitality Group restaurants!  During the month of November, purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 bonus card back with our thanks....

Cost: variable

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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  The Nutcracker has returned to the Schwartz! Saturday Dec 6, 2 PM & 7 PM Sunday, Dec 7, 2 PM Call the Schwartz at 302-678-5152 or buy tickets www.schwartzcenter.com

Cost: $12-$25

Where:
, DE

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A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas...

Cost: Visit sesameplace.com for ticket prices

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Telephone: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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This year, Jim Brickman brings together the sounds of the season with On A Winter’s Night. Hailed by the Boston Herald as a "crowd-pleaser," Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event...

Cost: $41-$49

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The Old Bohemia Historical Society invites you to enjoy holiday music on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Shrine.  The concert will be performed by Saint Mark’s High School...

Cost: 0

Where:
Saint Francis Xavier Shrine
1604 Church Road
Warwick, MD  21912
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Sponsor: Old Bohemia Historical Society
Telephone: 302.328.4803
Contact Name: Marji Matyniak

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 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 322-2794
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On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, downtown Wilmington comes alive with marching bands, floats, dance troupes, special guests, politicos and, of course, Santa. 655-5288, 

Where:
5th and Market Street
Wilmington, DE

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
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September 27, October 25, November 29 8 a.m. Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group,...

Cost: Free with paid entrance

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
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Get inside real artists’ studios on this annual Thanksgiving weekend tour.  

Where:
, DE


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