Things to See and Do
From the Delaware State Fair to the Smyrna Opera House, Kent County's got it going on.
The Ballet Theatre of Dover
P.O. Box 493, Dover, 734-9717.
Children's Theatre of Dover Dover
697-1271, tickets 678-3227, www.thechildrenstheatre.org. The theater presents shows in April, October, December and February.
177 Old Camden Road, Camden, 697-2218, www.delawareballet.com. Performances include an annual production of "The Nutcracker" in December.
1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, 674-4600, www.doverdowns.com. Dover Downs offers big-name talents in its 18,000-square-foot ballroom, and visitors can take part in a live taping of "Dover Downs is Cooking."
Dover Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 163, Dover, 678-5152, www.doversymphony.org. The orchestra offers classical concerts in March and October, a pops concert in May and a children's concert in November, all at the Schwartz Center for the Arts.
Ecarte Dance Theater
224 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 674-4689. Ecarte presents two concerts a year, in spring and winter.
Kent County Theatre Guild-
140 E. Roosevelt Ave., Dover, 674-3568, www.kctg.org. Kent County Theatre Guild presents five shows each season from September to June, plus an annual cabaret-style fundraiser.
Schwartz Center for the Arts
118 S. Bradford St., Dover, 678-3583 or (800) 778-5078, www.schwartzcenter.com. The center hosts performances by local arts groups, as well as nationally recognized performers.
Smyrna Opera House In the Old Town Hall
Smyrna, 653-4236, www.smyrnaoperahouse.org. The newly restored opera house presents drama and music. Annual events include the Smyrna Opera House Follies in May, monthly wine dinners and a summer musical.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Air Mobility Command Museum
1301 Heritage Road, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, 677-5938, www.amcmuseum.org. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on federal holidays.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, 653-9345. The restored 1750s farmhouse is open spring and on weekends year round from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barratt's Chapel and Museum
U.S. 113, Frederica, 335-5544, www.Barrattschapel.org. Barratt's Chapel is the oldest surviving Methodist church in the United States.
Delaware Agricultural Museum
N. Dupont Highway, Dover, 734-1618, www.agriculturalmuseum.org. The museum tells the story of Delaware's agricultural past and present through permanent and changing exhibits.
Museum Square Dover
(at The Delaware State Museum Visitor Center), 406 Federal St. 739-4266, www.destatemuseums.org. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Includes three state museums:
The Delaware State Museum Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Delaware State Police Museum and
1425 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, 739-7700, www.state.de.us/dsp/museum/Default.htm. The center tells the story of Delaware's original highway patrol and its evolution into the Delaware State Police. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month.
Dover Art League
21 W. Loockerman St, Dover, 674-0402, www.doverart.org. Monthly juried and judged shows open to the public, plus annual events like the Artists Studio Tour and A Taste of Dover. Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
110 Fleming St., Harrington, 398-3698. Exhibits at this 18-century Episcopal church include period funeral attire and a circa-1900 glass hearse carriage. Open Monday through Friday 1 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Harrington Railroad Museum
108 Fleming St., Harrington, 398-3698. Visit a rare Delmarva watchman's tower and walk through a 1926 caboose form the Pennsylvania Railroad.
John Dickinson Plantation
340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, 739-3277, www.destatemuseums.org. Annual events include Old Dover Days in May and the Holiday Dessert Table in December. Open March through December, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Messick Agricultural Museum
325 Walt Messick Road, Harrington, 398-3729, www.taylormessick.com. Antique farm machinery. Open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
State House Museum
The Green, Dover, 739-4266, www.destatemuseums.org. The Georgian-style state house features a re-created 18th-century courtroom. Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1:30-4:30pm.
Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St., Dover, 674-2111, www.biggsmuseum.org. The museum houses work class pieces collected by its namesake.
11 S. Main St., Smyrna, 653-1320. This building from the 18th century displays local artifacts and a restored plank house from the late 1600s. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
151 Kings Highway, Dover, 739-5656, www.state.de.us/woodburn. Open for tours by appointment and during community events, including Old Dover Days in May, the Fall Festival in September and the Christmas Open House in December.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 17, Main Street Dover, 678-9112, www.cityofdover.com
Delaware Horse Expo
March 23-24, Delaware State Fairgrounds, 398-4630, 542-6065, www.chicksaddlery.com
Annual Benefit Auction & Flea Market
March 24, Delaware Agricultural Museum, 734-1618, www.agriculturalmuseum.org
Hearts and Minds Film Festival
March 23-25, Schwartz Center for the Arts, 678-5152, www.schwartzcenter.com
Governor's Annual Spring
Celebration at Woodburn
April 14, 739-5656, www.state.de.us/woodburn
Kent County Master Gardener Annual Scholarship Plant Sale
April 28, Delaware State University Research Greenhouse, Dover, 857-6426
Spring Craft Show
April 28-29, Delaware State Fairgrounds, (717) 656-3208, www.handcraft-unlimited.com
Delawareana Auction May 7, Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna, 653-4236, www.smyrnaoperahouse.org
Old Dover Days
May 5, The Green, Dover, 734-4888, www.visitdover.com