The State: The Impossible Dream?

Latino immigration is driven by family values. Immigration law is not. The result is a mess for immigrants and lawmakers alike.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Keith Mosher http://kamphotography.com

 

During a trip to visit family in Mexico, Manuel, a naturalized United States citizen and a Wilmington resident since 1996, met Juanita. In February 2001 he returned to Mexico, married her, then applied for an alien residence card (ARC), which would make her a legal resident of the United States. He was told it would take five years for Juanita to receive her papers.

It was their dream to live together here, yet Juanita, unwilling to remain separated from her new husband for so long, decided to slip into this country illegally. She made it to Wilmington in January 2002, then, over the next 3½ years, gave birth to two children. She also received word that approval of her legal status was ready.

There was one final requirement to fulfill: Juanita had to return to Mexico to obtain her ARC. She would then be able to re-enter this country as a legally documented alien. So in September Manuel bid his wife Juanita and their two children a warm good-bye, expecting to see them again in a few days.

But during an interview at the American consulate in Mexico, Juanita made the mistake of admitting her original illegal entry into the United States.

The hammer came down.

Officials told Juanita that illegal entry would bar her from returning to the United States for 10 years. She could reduce that wait to perhaps one year, provided she obtain a waiver claiming an extreme hardship in remaining separated from her husband.

So Juanita waits in Mexico for that waiver. In the meantime, her children are being Mexicanized rather than Americanized (their births here make them United States citizens), while Manuel fights loneliness and bouts of depression back in Wilmington, wondering when he can reunite his family.

The family made one mistake in trying to immigrate here: They tried to do it legally.

It is a story repeated countless times by what the Census Bureau estimates to be 8 million to 9 million illegal immigrants in the United States. In Delaware, estimates run from 13,500 up to 35,000. Immigrants are driven here by crushing poverty in their homelands, yet the story seems equally driven by a legal immigration system that is beyond repair.

"Most of the legal issues are related to a legal immigrant trying to get a family member into the country now," says Rich Hogan, a Wilmington attorney who specializes in immigration issues. For him, immigration is as much about family and family law as anything else. And immigration law is not working in favor of family.

"The attempt to reunite family members legally, even when all documentation is in place, can easily take five years or more," says Hogan.

And depending on your country of origin, it can take a lot longer. According to the U.S. Department of State, Mexican applications filed in 1993 for entry of the unmarried sons and daughters of legal residents are only now being considered. In other words, parents who left newborns in Mexico in 1993 are still struggling to bring them here legally. Those newborns are teenagers now.

Even some of "illegal" immigration's most vocal critics express surprise at the delays faced by legal immigrants who are trying to reunite their families. Elsmere councilman John Jaremchuk had introduced two measures to curtail the flow of undocumented immigrants into his town. When presented with data on the lengthy delays in processing legal documentation for entry into the country, Jaremchuk expressed surprise and sympathy. His solution, however, was a short and simple one.

"It should be fixed at the federal level," he says. "The problems are unfortunate, but with the consequences we're suffering, it shouldn't have to become our problem. It's also unfair to those who have come here following the legal process."

Through Elsmere Police, Jaremchuk, chief of investigative services for the Court of Common Pleas, can cite first-hand accounts of criminal activity he claims is on the rise in Elsmere as a result of illegal immigration.

"There have been gang-related murders involving illegals, as well as an increase in sexual predators," he says. "And there is an increase in violations related to unregistered vehicles, invalid or no driver's licenses and proof of insurance." Jaremchuk also points to the increased congestion and eyesores caused by multiple occupancies of single-family residences and automobiles parked on lawns.

"I've knocked on a lot of doors in campaigning for the state Senate, and it is darn near unanimous that people here in the 13th district are angry about illegal immigration," he says.

Jaremchuk believes there is a litany of ills associated with illegal immigration, including job losses, depressed wages, strained social services and health care, and rising crime. What makes Jaremchuk different from critics who rely on the stereotypes and prejudices against foreigners is that he bases his position on personal experience and the experience of others to whom he has spoken.

"I know African-American bricklayers who lost their $10-an-hour jobs to temporary agencies hiring unskilled and undocumented aliens for $6 an hour," Jaremchuk says.

Undocumented immigrants in Delaware received an estimated $7 million under Medicaid programs for pregnant women and children under 19. A recent Pew Hispanic Center study calculated $52 million in additional costs to educate the children of undocumented immigrants in Delaware. This compares to a 2004 Federation for American Immigration Reform estimate of $53.8 million for Delaware to educate both undocumented immigrant children and the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. (The Delaware Department of Education has no statistics.)

Yet those who support Delaware's immigrant population, legal and undocumented, cite experiences that cast a very different light on the issue.

"My experience with undocumented immigrants is that they come here simply to work, because they realize if they don't work, they don't eat," says Margaret Reyes, a member of the board of La Esperanza, a Georgetown-based group that helps immigrants find employment, get education, and achieve self-sufficiency and citizenship.

"The crimes they commit are ones of necessity," Reyes says. "Motor vehicle violations related to registration, licensing and insurance are all due to undocumented status. Being in this country without documentation makes it impossible to change that status under current law. So they must live with the constant risk of being caught for violations of law they're unable to comply with in the first place."

As an analogy, she cites the looting that took place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. "Would anyone want to see those people who looted stores for milk, food, diapers and other necessities for their survival prosecuted as criminals? It is out of necessity only that these other laws are being broken."

Further, Reyes does not believe undocumented immigrants are taking jobs from Americans. "There's been no rise in unemployment, and since reputable employers must pay either federally established minimum wages or those set by terms of immigrant work visas, there is no evidence that wages are being depressed."

She also believes undocumented immigrants do not avail themselves of many social services or free medical assistance, for fear their status will come to the attention of authorities. "My experience is that most undocumented immigrants will pay cash for emergency room services," Reyes says.

Reyes' and Jaremchuk's experiences, perceptions and conclusions are very different. Perhaps both are right. The first lesson of this experience with the country's history of immigration is that no one set of facts fits every reality. The stories, conditions, behaviors and effects of undocumented immigration are as varied as the immigrants are individual. But most stories seem to begin and end with family.

Vicente arrived in Georgetown from Mexico eight years ago. He had planned to work a year to send money home to his parents and six siblings. "I wanted to earn enough money to help my parents buy some land, build a home and then farm it to feed ourselves."

The family earns the equivalent of $8,000 a year. Vicente sends them about $15,000 a year of the money he earns as a line supervisor in a Sussex County poultry plant. But he has not seen his family since he left Mexico, and he no longer views going home as an option.

"I did not learn English when I first came here because I did not believe I was going to stay," Vicente says. "Now I am learning English in order to get a better job here."

Others describe their native home as one of overwhelming poverty, where working from five in the morning until 10 at night still does not provide enough income to feed a family, even on a subsistence diet of beans and rice.

Guadalupe could earn, at most, $60 per week as a housekeeper in her native El Salvador. Here she earns $400 per week. She has been able to provide a home for herself here, as well as two for her extended family in El Salvador, where they had previously been able to rent a home about half the size of a school classroom. "My mother is sick and needs expensive medicines, which I can only provide by working in this country," Guadalupe says.

Guadalupe lives here under a temporary protected status visa. It can be revoked at any time, and her future legal status is not guaranteed. If her visa isn't extended upon its expiration in September, she could fall into undocumented status.

And this is one of the under-reported facts of undocumented immigrants: They arrived with legal status, but have since lost it through no fault or action of their own. Facing dim prospects upon their return home, many choose to remain, taking a chance that the system will not catch up with them.

Maria's mother fled civil uprising in El Salvador, where both her mother's husband and her father had been killed by rebels. Her mother's application for asylum was denied in 1991, so she came here illegally. She remained separated from Maria and the rest of the family for almost 10 years. "My mother considered bringing us in illegally, but did not want that kind of life for us," Maria says.

Her mother finally obtained legal residency in 2000, allowing her to bring Maria and others into the country legally. "But I was separated from my mother for all that time," Maria says. "It's very hard to get back to being a family again after being separated for so long."

Estrangement from family is the theme that binds all immigrant stories. For a country that trumpets its commitment to family values, the United States immigration system often disintegrates family ties with the same effectiveness slavery once did.

Delaware may be one state where the pain of separation may be softened. Latino immigrants come because the state seems to share the same values and environment many immigrants had to leave behind, according to Maria Matos, executive director of Wilmington's Latin American Community Center.

Matos says the two hours it takes to traverse the state and the lack of big cities create a "sense of smallness" most Latino immigrants find comfortable. "In communities such as Georgetown and Elsmere, you can walk from one side of town to the other," Matos says. "It's that kind of size that makes Delaware attractive to Latinos."

Along the main drag in Elsmere, new businesses with names such as El Amigo, Taqueria Laras, Mariscos Los Del Fines, Manos Latina Restaurant and La Columbianita show that our newest immigrants are here to stay and working their way up the economic ladder—the way previous generations of immigrants did.

"Latinos of all nationalities are drawn together by their common language and culture," Matos says. "And they enjoy sharing their national differences such as food and music."

That sense of community transcends the matter of documentation, Matos says. "Undocumenteds are quite open about telling their fellow Latinos they have no papers," she says. "And the legal immigrants embrace them even more intensely, perhaps because they are aware of how some have been treated."

This would seem to undermine the argument that legal immigrants resent illegally arriving

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Bayhealth Milford Memorial
21 W. Clarke Ave.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-5454
Website »

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The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

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

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
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
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

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

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

Where:
Grove Park
, DE


Website »

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At the Lewes campus, study habitats from the coastal marshes to the deep ocean floors via satellites, ships and underwater vehicles.  (register the day before)

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

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Food for Thought offers downstate candidates running for state senator and state representative the opportunity to answer questions posed by audience members specifically related to legislation...

Cost: free, all attendees must RSVP

Where:
Food Bank of Delaware
1040 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: Food Bank of Delaware
Telephone: 302-444-8127
Contact Name: Ashley Michini
Website »

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Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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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Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Website »

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway launch the 2014-15 Around the World series with the film “In The Name Of”. This Polish drama will be presented on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
Website »

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
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

Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

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Time  Registration 5:30 p.m. Race start 6:30 p.m. Fee  $20 (until the Monday, Sept. 1 at noon) $25 after and day of event

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE
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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
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

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
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

Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Website »

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This year, DHA will conduct its first “Rubber Duck Race” fundraiser—"adopt" a rubber duck and join us in Wilmington's Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park to watch...

Cost: $5 a duck

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


Telephone: (302) 571-8171 x301
Website »

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"A Soul Opera...telling stories of love & life through songs and poetry!" Local and regional artist perform dramatic stories of love and life using a unique blend of poetry and songs backed by a...

Cost: $15

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE


Sponsor: World Cafe

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The University of Delaware Community Garden hosts a fresh fete for the Food Bank of Delaware—enjoy garden-based foods, fine wine and beer and live entertainment.

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 444-8074
Website »

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

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  Nanticoke Health Services and the Blood Bank of Delmarva will be hosting a blood drive on Friday July 18, 2014 and Friday September 5, 2014 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Medical Staff...

Cost: Free

Where:
Medical Staff Conference Room
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services & the Blood Bank of Delmarva
Telephone: 1 888 8-BLOOD-8
Contact Name: Blood Bank of Delmarva
Website »

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Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

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

Cost: $12 Members, $14 Non-Members

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

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

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

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

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

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

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Start off your weekends right at Penns Woods Winery every First Friday of each month! Let us help you relax with friends while sampling our own wines, listening to live music, viewing the work of...

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

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

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Come one, come all to Delaware’s second annual Irish and Celtic music festival at World Cafe Live at the Queen featuring The Young Dubliners, Barleyjuice and Brother!

Cost: $25-28

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE


Sponsor: World Cafe

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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: $5

Where:
First State Heritage Park
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S. New Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302.739.9194
Website »

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It’s opening night for Lori Crawford, associate professor of art at Delaware State University, who presents works from The Sista’s series. Crawford’s digital drawings...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
View map »


Telephone: 674-2111
Website »

More information

Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

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


Telephone: 888-4600
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

Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

We’re not quite sure how to categorize the amazing feats of this traveling troupe. Affixed to the top of 14-foot flexible poles, the performers seemingly defy gravity as their bodies tell...

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


Telephone: (610) 388-1000
Website »

More information

Catch the country crooner at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N. DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE
View map »


Telephone: 674-4600
Website »

More information

Fifty-nine artists show their chops with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fused glass and more at this 35th anniversary celebration.

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

At the Lewes campus, study habitats from the coastal marshes to the deep ocean floors via satellites, ships and underwater vehicles.  (register the day before)

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

Speakers and discussion on learning to live well with Lupus.

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE  19718
View map »


Sponsor: Lupus Foundation of America, Phila. Tri-State Chapter
Telephone: 866-517-5070
Contact Name: Melinda
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

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Chicken Plunge 2014  -  Sept 6 ,11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chicken Plunge 2014 is sponsored by the Village Improvement Association of RehobothBeach.  It is a family friendly event...

Cost: $1.00 - $10.00

Where:
, DE

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Discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine. Experience how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine making black powder for more...

Cost: 0-$14

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

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
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

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

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

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
View map »


Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
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Explore the wonders of nature by engaging your child in different activities each month to awaken their natural senses. A light refreshment will be provided. This program runs the first weekend...

Cost: $5 TLC members; $10 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 x 104
Contact Name: Paige
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Discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine. Experience how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine making black powder for more...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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  Fan Tent ( Free admission) featuring food and giveaways will precede the game; visit www.desu.edu in August for...

Cost: $5.00 ~ $40.00

Where:
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716


Telephone: 302.857.TIXX
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We’re not quite sure how to categorize the amazing feats of this traveling troupe. Affixed to the top of 14-foot flexible poles, the performers seemingly defy gravity as their bodies tell...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-1000
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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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What started as a one-block-long festival put on by a small group of mushroom enthusiasts—yes, they do exist—has turned into a fest fit for the “Mushroom Capital of the...

Where:
Kennett Square, PA


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Did you miss the White Party to benefit the Freeman Foundation? We suggest you make it to this exclusive lawn party, featuring dinner, dessert and dancing. 

Where:
, DE


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Artists Steve Rogers and Mary Pritchard present work in acrylic and pastel that depicts lovely, solitary views of the Delmarva Peninsula. 

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, DE
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Telephone: 645-0551
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Celebrate the Battle of the Brandywine at the Chadds Ford Historical Society with crafters, outdoor activities, entertainment and food. 

Where:
, PA


Telephone: (610) 388-7376
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The Ten Miler start is on Dagsworthy Street, beach side. The 5K start is on Dagsworthy Street, bay side. Time  Registration 6:45 a.m. Race start 8 a.m. Fee 10-Miler $30 (until the...

Where:
The Bottle & Cork
Bellevue Street at Highway One
Dewey Beach, DE
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Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
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Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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Kids ages 5-10 celebrate the seasonal transition to fall with arts and crafts using leaves. P.S.: Your mini-masters, ages 3-5, get their chance on Sept. 10.

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-2111
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Fifty-nine artists show their chops with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fused glass and more at this 35th anniversary celebration.

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
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Get a big taste of Elizabethan life on weekends and Labor Day Monday at Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim, Pa.

Where:
Manheim, PA


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Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Telephone: 227-2270
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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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This producer-only farmers market provides fresh, local foods every Saturday morning at the Lewes Historical Society complex.

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 644-1436
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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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The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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Delaware has an interesting history when it comes to our early local Colonial beermeisters. While the process may have changed over the past 200 years, one thing remains the same—brew love...

Where:
, DE


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Whether you’ve got a century in you or a 15-mile loop, there’s a little something for everyone at the Amish Country Bike Tour. Pedal a 15-, 25-, 50-, 62- or 100-mile route through...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: (800) 233-5368
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The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

Where:
Mispillion Art League
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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Summer is winding down—bummer. But the Brandywine Festival of the Arts is just getting started. Join more than 250 fine artists and crafters at Brandywine Park’s Josephine Gardens...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 690-5555
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