Fifty Shades of Fay: A Local Writer's One-Woman Show

The very funny Fay Jacobs' keen commentary on contemporary issues, including LGBT life, is coming to a beach town near you—again.


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All photos by Chelsea Memmolo

On a rainy, windy Saturday evening, the Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth on Plantation Road was packed with about 120 people. They weren’t worshippers, however, at least not in the usual sense. This audience had braved the weather for popular local writer and humorist Fay Jacobs’ one-woman show, “Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay.” The lights dimmed and Jacobs, a petite 60-something woman with dark hair and glasses, walked out on stage as Billy Joel’s “My Life” poured from the speakers. By her side was a colossal Cosmopolitan cocktail. 

Jacobs started the show with a quote from her father who told her, “Nothing is so bad if it’s worth the story you can tell.” And it’s soon apparent that Jacobs has no shortage of them. “Aging Gracelessly,” a two-act reading with a libation-laced intermission, is a fun-filled romp through her adventures as a lesbian who found happiness in “Gayberry, USA,” also known as Rehoboth Beach. While her stories trace the history of gay culture and the evolution of marriage equality, they also have a broad appeal for baby boomers and Delaware beach-lovers. 

“I’ve seen Fay’s show four times, not because I’m gay, but because she’s just plain funny,” says Steve Elkins, executive director of CAMP Rehoboth (Citizens for a More Progressive Rehoboth), a community improvement organization. Elkins first asked Jacobs to write a column for the nonprofit organization’s publication, Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, in 1995. “Folks from all orientations find something about themselves echoed in her words.”

Terry Plowman, editor and publisher of Delaware Beach Life, would agree. “Fay’s one-woman show is a brilliant piece of work,” says Plowman, who’s been publishing Jacobs’ column, “Flotsam & Jetsam,” in the magazine since 2010. “It’s funny, of course, but also insightful, moving and quite informative about the struggle for gay rights.”

The message is relevant beyond Delaware. This winter, Jacobs’ performance schedule included stops in Florida and New Orleans. She also performed on a cruise organized by Olivia Travel, which targets lesbian clients.  Back in Delaware, shows are scheduled for April 8 and April 10 at CAMP Rehoboth in Rehoboth Beach.

Jacobs culled material from a lifetime of memories. The native New Yorker moved to Washington, D.C., to attend American University, then stayed in the area after graduation. She met wife-to-be Bonnie Quesenberry in 1982, at a gay dance in the Johns Hopkins University’s Glass Pavilion in Baltimore. Jacobs was a newspaper reporter, and Quesenberry owned a dental laboratory. It was a time when lesbians didn’t hold hands in public, so the irony of meeting in the fish bowl-like setting was not lost on Jacobs. 

In the 1980s, straight people often asked them if they were sisters. “What was worse,” she said during the performance, “was when they asked if we were mother and daughter.” The women shopped for a mattress in shifts, meeting in the parking lot to exchange opinions. 

The couple began visiting the Rehoboth Beach area when they bought a boat, which they moored in a marina and visited on weekends. On one weekend in 1995, they went to a Dewey Beach hamburger joint, where they overhead the owner lambasting gays. Incensed, Jacobs wrote a letter to Elkins, editor of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, to warn its readers. “When he heard I was a writer, he asked me to write about our boat trip from the Chesapeake Bay to Rehoboth,” she says. “I have had a column in Letters ever since.” 

The couple moved to the beach full time in 1999. “I was never closeted again,” Jacobs told her audience. “I was in a place where you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a lesbian.” After years in journalism and theater, she took a job as the executive director of Rehoboth Beach Main Street, a position she held for 11 years. In 2002, she received the Governor’s Award for her work in travel and tourism. 

Jacobs’ books include “Fried & True: Tales from Rehoboth Beach,” winner of the 2008 National Federation of Press Women Book of the Year for humor; “Frying Out Loud: Rehoboth Beach Diaries;” and “Time Fries: Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach.” Last year, Jacobs merged her A&M Books with Bywater Books.

Life was better in Rehoboth, but it still held challenges. In 2000, Quesenberry fell and tore a ligament in her knee. She then developed a serious blood clot. Jacobs had to haul around legal documents to prove she could be part of the discussion involving Quesenberry’s care. As the fight for equal rights heated up, she became outspoken in her writing and her legislative work with CAMP Rehoboth. Still, she didn’t consider herself a gay activist until 2003, when she was quoted as one in The News Journal. “I liked it because it occurred to me that it was true,” Jacobs says.

Jacobs and Quesenberry wed in Vancouver in 2003 while on vacation. (They later held a “big fat Jewish wedding” in Rehoboth, the subject of a column.) In 2013, they joined a crowd in front of the Supreme Court to hear how arguments against the federal Defense of Marriage Act were going. (The Supreme Court struck the act down in June 2013.) The couple, together for 31 years, were quoted in an article in The Huffington Post.

Jacobs’ columns over the years have not been confined to gay issues. She’s also put a humorous spin on her zip line experiences, her RV adventures, her addiction to binge-watching TV and her schnauzers. “Fay’s column is one of those things that really does qualify as ‘laugh out loud’ funny,” says Plowman of Delaware Beach Life. 

For years, Quesenberry and friends urged Jacobs to create a one-woman show. Jacobs was already comfortable on stage. She’s directed musical revues and shows such as “Love Letters,” “Shirley Valentine” and “I do! I do!” “Finally, I had to stop the nagging, so I got to work on it,” she says. “Turns out they were right—it was a good idea.” 

She got down to work in fall 2014. By December, she held a “living room reading” in the home of a friend, Ginny Daly. “One of my biking buddies, Dave Snyder, was visiting from the Black Hills of South Dakota,” Daly recalls. “Fay’s world was new to him. His take was that many people from outside Rehoboth or Washington would benefit from the show. We all agreed it opens eyes, minds and hearts.” 

Sensitive to audience reactions, Jacobs picked up the pace in places where she felt the energy lagged. She tweaked again after a reading before the Rehoboth Beach Writers Gild. Then she performed publicly at the Carefree Resort in Fort Myers, Fla. “It was the first time with the musical interludes, sound effects and lights,” she says. “I was thrilled with the response.” In May, her first three performances at CAMP Rehoboth sold out, and there was a waiting list. 

At the Metropolitan Community Church, many of the stories about being gay in the 1980s and 1990s elicited nods and murmured “mmm hmms.” “An older gay audience recognizes themselves in the stories that [concern] being closeted and dealing with being gay in a straight world,” she says. 

The reaction was different one evening when she performed before a mostly straight group. About six people near the front row, lit by the stage lights, didn’t crack a smile. “When they didn’t return at intermission, I was glad to see those sourpusses go home to ‘Duck Dynasty,’ or whatever made them comfortable,” she says. Yet most straight audiences get the humor, even if it’s not “knowing” laughter, she says. “In many cases, straight people in the audience are hearing these kinds of personal stories from an individual who lived it, for the first time.”

Along with the evolution of gay rights and life in Sussex County, Jacobs’ show also notes such cultural references asY2K, when programmers feared the practice of using two digits for the four-digit year could become a critical issue in 2000. “It was a geek tragedy,” Jacobs said to chuckles in the Metropolitan Community Church audience.

Most performances have an intermission, during which the audience can purchase a Fay-tini, a twist on the Cosmo. The sales give a nonprofit a chance to make more money, and it gives Jacobs a break. “I like the intermission, being as I call myself a sit-down comic. It’s a lot of talking, so a break is good for me,” she says. 

Jacobs, however, is not at a loss for words, whether she’s talking or writing. “She makes it seem easy, as if she’s just recounting her everyday adventures, but humor writing is a serious craft, and Fay has it down,” Plowman says.

Daly, Jacobs’ friend, concurs. “Fay is a smart, funky, funny and keen observer of herself and what’s going on around her,” she says. “By charting societal changes through the lens of her own story, she uses her writing and stage skills to get across an important message from the front lines of history.”

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Telephone: 302-629-6611
Contact Name: Amber Brown
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Swing into Spring at Delcastle Golf Course! Open to the public, recreation golf league with a 10-week season on Tuesdays. Tee times flexible from 4-6pm All skill levels welcome (No handicap...

Cost: $27 daily with cart included

Where:
Delcastle Golf Course
801 McKennans Church Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Twilight Golf Association
Telephone: 1-855-565-GOLF
Contact Name: Nick Conrad
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It's Summer, it's Seafood, it's Harry's! Our annual summer lobster special runs Memorial Day through Labor Day and features a 1.5 whole Maine lobster shipped directly to us from Maine.  Join us...

Cost: 32.95

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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Tuesday, June 18: Family Fun Night with WSTW, 6pm-8pm (Rain date June 19). $1 entry, $1 hotdogs. Special evening hours hosted by 93.7 WSTW. Meet radio personalities and enjoy special games,...

Cost: $1

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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Inspired by the top club competition in the World! This camp was developed to help young players, U8 – U12 Boys & Girls, learn about soccer and the individual skills to improve their...

Cost: $250 per week

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: BPG Sports
Telephone: 302-351-4954
Contact Name: Steve Cavalier
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"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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Team 10 Basketball Academy, run by 76ers Fieldhouse Director of Courts Trevor Cooney, is committed to providing young athletes of all skill levels, Boys & Girls 7-14, with the tools they need...

Cost: $300 per session

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: BPG Sports: Team 10 Academy
Telephone: 302-351- 4954
Contact Name: Trevor Cooney
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Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and even the Museum's outdoor sculptures will serve as inspiration for this session. Campers will capture the beauty of nature with a variety of mediums....

Cost: | $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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

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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 DCAD admissions representatives will host prospective students and parents and accept transcripts, conduct portfolio reviews, give campus tours and provide any other...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Randle Reed

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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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At Bike & Hike & Brews, Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, visitors can stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley's property normally closed to foot traffic from 5:00-8:00pm....

Cost: Admission is $3 per person, and free for members and children five and under. P

Where:
Hagley
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Kelsey Sedlacek
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It’s summertime  Let’s party.    All white attire 5 incredible courses Wente white wines A lot of fun    21 years & up event...

Cost: $85 Per Person + Gratuity

Where:
Green Room at HOTEL DU PONT
42 West 11th Street
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: HOTEL DU PONT
Telephone: (302) 594-3154
Contact Name: Food and Beverage team

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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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Inspired by the top club competition in the World! This camp was developed to help young players, U8 – U12 Boys & Girls, learn about soccer and the individual skills to improve their...

Cost: $250 per week

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: BPG Sports
Telephone: 302-351-4954
Contact Name: Steve Cavalier
Website »

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Team 10 Basketball Academy, run by 76ers Fieldhouse Director of Courts Trevor Cooney, is committed to providing young athletes of all skill levels, Boys & Girls 7-14, with the tools they need...

Cost: $300 per session

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: BPG Sports: Team 10 Academy
Telephone: 302-351- 4954
Contact Name: Trevor Cooney
Website »

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Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and even the Museum's outdoor sculptures will serve as inspiration for this session. Campers will capture the beauty of nature with a variety of mediums....

Cost: | $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


Website »

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"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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

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Thursdays  Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo, 10:30 am. - 11:15 am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time may include a craft, activity, or live animal...

Cost: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

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Start your Sunday on the water with our delicious brunch cruise. Enjoy a mouth-watering brunch buffet, then begin a two-hour cruise along the beautiful Christina River out to the Delaware, complete...

Cost: $45 for Adults, $22,50 for Children 15 and Under

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights...

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

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

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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Website »

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Start your weekend early on the Queen! Enjoy all the sights of our River Cruise from the ship’s deck with a summer cocktail! Our Happy Hour Cruises take you down the Christina and provide weekly...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Wine, Dine & Punchlines June 20th at Caffe Gelato! Join TV Personality, award-winner sommelier and comedian Laurie Forster for an edgy, off-beat hilarious show where wine meets...

Cost: $79

Where:
Caffe Gelato
90 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Caffe Gealto
Telephone: 302-738-5811
Contact Name: Ryan German
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and even the Museum's outdoor sculptures will serve as inspiration for this session. Campers will capture the beauty of nature with a variety of mediums....

Cost: | $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Slow down, settle your mind, and step into the quietude of the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. Free, donations encouraged....

Cost: Free.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Milton Farmers’ Market is held each Friday from April 19th until October 4th  (except September 27th) from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 6 Village Center Boulevard, Milton, DE  19968.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grounds of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Village Center Boulevard
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Farmers' Market
Contact Name: KA Jordan
Website »

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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

More information

Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Website »

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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FIRST DAY OF SUMMER BEER DINNER We have partnered with Victory Brewing Company to host a six-course Beer Dinner on June 21 at 7PM. What better way to treat dad on Father's Day...

Cost: 66.00

Where:
Hilton Wilmington Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark , DE  19713
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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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NANTICOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HOST SAFE SITTER CLASS Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a Safe Sitter® class on Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Meeting Room 1. These classes...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Rd
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
Telephone: 302-629-6611
Contact Name: Nanticoke Maternal Child Health Clinical Educator

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The Delaware Museum of Natural History invites you to our sixth annual Family Fun Day!  In addition to various activities throughout the day, Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections Phung...

Cost: $3-$9

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Saturday, June 22 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (30-minute lunch break) Instructor: Eo Omwake Visit delart.org for more information.    

Cost: $85 Members, $100 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Every Sat. & Sun.: Creature Features, Noon- 12:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled,...

Cost: Adults $ 5, Seniors $4, Kids $3; free for under 3yrs and for members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in English.  Free with admission.   English Tours Saturday, June 22 | 2:00...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Celebrate the beginning of Summer at Bellevue Wine Tasting. Choose a flight (3 3oz glasses) of red or white wine* and compare with friends and family to see what was the favorite. Then get free a...

Cost: $20 per person

Where:
Bellevue State Park Art Center
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Bellevue State Park
Telephone: (302)761-6963
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement. The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be hosting a special Miracle Weekend event titled, "Come...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-632-4679
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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