The Issue: Too Close for Horseshoes

Man and birds alike depend on the horseshoe crab in some way. When the crab's eggs begin to disappear, someone is going to suffer.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Across Delaware Bay, some conch and eel fishermen are hanging up their traps, unsure how they’ll make money. Conch and eel make up 20 percent to 50 percent of a Delaware Bay fisherman’s annual income, yet there will be far fewer caught this year due to a two-year moratorium on harvesting conch and eel’s favorite snack—and a fisherman’s favorite bait: the horseshoe crab.

An estimated 15 million horseshoe crabs live in Delaware Bay, making it the world’s horseshoe crab hot spot. Visitors to Delaware and New Jersey often go home with a horseshoe crab collectible. But one group of visitors to Delaware who are dissatisfied with the number of crabs: migrating birds. One particular species, the red knot, borders on extinction. Many experts believe the bird’s decline is due to a shortage of horseshoe crabs.

The red knot winters in the southernmost tip of South America. It summers in the Arctic. Once a year, it stops for a few weeks in Delaware Bay, mostly to feast on horseshoe crab eggs, millions of which are deposited on the beaches during the spring spawning season. Some birds triple their weight by eating horseshoe crab eggs in order to maintain strength for the rest of their journey.

Years ago, hundreds of thousands of red knots flew over the East Coast, creating one of North America’s greatest natural spectacles. Ten years ago there were thought to be more than 50,000 red knots feasting on crab eggs. Now there are only 15,000, and the number continues to dwindle. Current estimates have the red knot extinct by 2010. And a few other migrating shorebirds—such as ruddy turnstones, semipalmated sandpipers and Hudsonian godwits—appear headed in the same direction, though at a much slower rate.

So what to do? Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary John Hughes decided a moratorium on horseshoe crab harvesting was the best idea. Yet birders and watermen argue over the strategy—and there are plenty of other opinions to go around. Millions in tourism dollars from birders are at stake.

A 2000 report to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection by wildlife-tourism advocate Fermata Inc. valued shorebird-dependent tourism on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay at $15.9 million to $34.3 million. “I would estimate that the financial benefit on the Delaware side to be of a similar magnitude, a combined total in the range of $30 million to $70 million annually,” says Nick DiPasquale, conservation chair at the Delaware Audubon Society and former secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources.

Delaware Tourism Office director Tim Morgan isn’t concerned about losing those dollars. “Nature tourism is a growing niche all across the country, and becoming a huge industry in Delaware,” he says. “The red knots are important to us, since this is the only place in the world that this happens. But it is not Delaware’s only birding opportunity.”

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2001 National Survey

of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, wildlife watching is the largest economic growth sector in outdoor recreation. Across the country, nearly $40 billion was spent on wildlife watching—a figure that has increased by more than 40 percent during the past 10 years. Of the nation’s 66 million wildlife watchers, 45 million of them are bird watchers. In 2001, birders spent $32 billion in retail stores, which generated $85 billion in overall economic impact and created more than 860,000 jobs.

When there is so much money at stake, there is bound to be disagreement, and when there is disagreement, there are lawsuits. The Delaware watermen filed suit against
DNREC in late December, claiming Hughes’ moratorium goes against DNREC’s recommendations to limit the horseshoe crab harvest to 100,000 males and delay it until the birds leave Delaware.

Several organizations, including the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Delaware Shellfish Advisory Council, support a male-only harvest. According to Rick Robins of Chesapeake Bay Packing, the voice of the watermen, “The male-only harvest strategy was designed to maximize egg availability for migratory shorebirds while allowing Delaware fishermen to harvest less than 1 percent of the estimated population of male horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay.”

Glenn Gauvry is founder of Ecological Research and Development Group, whose sole purpose is to conserve horseshoe crabs. He also supports the male-only harvest. “There was a slight depression of the population in the late ’90s, but things are looking good for these guys,” Gauvry says. “There was never any fear that the horseshoe crab would go extinct.”

Mike Millard agrees. Director of the Northeast Fishery Center for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he is also chair of the Horseshoe Crab Technical Committee for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Committee, which makes recommendations to Hughes and DNREC. “The technical committee is on record of supporting a male-only harvest,” Millard says. “I don’t know how these things work, but I’m guessing Secretary Hughes wanted to add some extra oomph to his statement so that it wasn’t just about the birds.”

Because of the suit, DNREC staffers could not comment on the subject. But one thing that most everyone involved will agree on is that the mid-to late-1990s overharvesting of horseshoe crabs is at least partially to blame for the red knot’s decline. “It’s the level of relationship that’s in question,” says Gauvry.

Some worry that the birding community, by supporting the moratorium, hasn’t fully considered other ways of helping the red knot rebound, Gauvry says. “I hope for the birding community that the horseshoe crab harvest is the full reason the red knots are dying, because we should start seeing results soon. But if it’s not, it’ll be too late for the red knots and this argument, however useless, will go on for a long time.”

Robins is concerned about the birders’ efforts to help the red knot. “Their biggest concern is apparently the red knots, but their political objective is to close the fishery,” Robins says. “They’re not even studying alternative feeding programs on the bird side.”

Only a few years ago, New Jersey and Delaware each harvested 300,000 horseshoe crabs a year. That number was lowered to 150,000 in Delaware and none in New Jersey last year. This year, no harvest is allowed in either state. “You’d think we’d start seeing an increase in red knots, however minimal, but we haven’t” Gauvry says. “And that’s worrisome because there’s not much time.”

The population continues to decline. Birders cite reports that show a direct correlation with lower numbers of horseshoe crab eggs. Watermen claim other factors may contribute to the red knot decrease, such as changing environmental conditions in their winter and summer homes and hunting in South America.

Meanwhile, the University of Delaware has been trying to create an alternative bait for conch and eel fishermen for at least five years. It is close to testing the product.

“We’ve been progressing as expected,” says Kirstin Wakefield, a research associate at the University of Delaware College of Marine and Earth Studies. “We’re really trying to figure out what it is about the horseshoe crab that attracts the conch and eel.”

The DuPont Company jumped aboard in November to speed the program through its final stages. With no real business interest in the project, DuPont has volunteered more than a dozen people to work on the problem.

“We’re trying to identify what the attractives are in the horseshoe crab for the fish,” says project leader Henry Bryndza of DuPont. “We’re pulling out all the stops and hoping to have it ready for test this spring.”

One can only hope the scientists can determine what it is about horseshoe crab eggs that other fish and birds find so appealing. A University of Virginia study suggests that horseshoe crab is far and away a conch or eel’s favorite food. Everything else pales in comparison.

Yet Gauvry is concerned that the price of alternative bait will be too high for fishermen. His Ecological Research and Development Group has been working with watermen to find alternatives, such as bait bags, which allow fishermen to use half of a crab or a quarter of a crab instead of a full crab when baiting. “People think fishermen are living some kind of rich life, but they’re working guys,” Gauvry says. “If you take thousands of dollars out of their pockets, they’re going to feel it pretty hard.”

Another of Gauvry’s concerns is the overall horseshoe crab population, which runs up and down the Eastern Seaboard. “Watermen are going to be looking for bait outside of the Delaware Bay, and that could put pressure on these smaller, genetically diverse populations,” he says. “We don’t want those fished out. So we could end up putting too much pressure on North Carolina or somewhere else, creating the same problem in those areas that we are trying to dig ourselves out of here.”

One peculiarity of the horseshoe crab, whose existence predates the dinosaurs by 100 million years, is its value to medical science. Horseshoe crab blood contains a chemical, limulus amoebocyte lysate, which is the FDA’s primary tool for screening drugs and intravenous fluids for bacterial contaminants and toxins prior to their release on the market. Limulus amoebocyte lysate is also used to test for bacterial meningitis infections. So there are teams of scientists withdrawing blood from crabs each year as well. Small amounts of blood can usually be removed without harming the crab, but there is about a 10 percent mortality rate.

The conch fishery provides 270 to 370 jobs and generates $11 million to $15 million of annual revenues, according to Robins.

“Some people say that this number is so much lower than the amount tourism brings in that we shouldn’t even worry about the fishermen, but these men pay taxes in Delaware, their kids go to school here, they buy their goods here. That should count for something. The ecotourists come and go home again,” Gauvry says.

Some wonder how many horseshoe crabs Delaware Bay can sustain and, with that, how many migrating shorebirds. The birding community’s main goal is purely to increase the number of horseshoe crab eggs available for shorebirds. says Eric Stiles, vice president for conservation and stewardship at the New Jersey Audubon Society.

Stiles grew up on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay. “As a kid I remember being knee-deep in crabs and looking up and seeing tens of thousands of shorebirds flying up the coast,” he says. “It was beautiful. That’s what we want to get back to.”

“The world is a lot different than it was even 20 years ago,” says Gauvry. “Delaware Bay couldn’t sustain the number of crabs it would take to feed 250,000 shorebirds. Say goodbye to all the mussels and clams and other small creatures. These crabs can eat. They’ve lasted an eternity for a reason.”

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Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
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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This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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Who should attend: The camp is designed for experienced girl choristers in grades 5 through young adult (21 years) who are looking for a challenging choral music experience that will help develop...

Cost: $275

Where:
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Telephone: 302-656-6628
Contact Name: David Christopher
Website »

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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

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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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM during thesummer at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children aged 5-12. Each day will...

Cost: $10 for TLC members: $20 for 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
Contact Name: Hannah
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Every Tuesday in July and August; 10:00 am–3:00 pm (drop-in program) Kids ages 3–10 are invited to try fun activities related to the wide world of Winterthur.  In July we will investigate how...

Cost: Members free. $5 per child, one adult per child is free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Join park naturalists to explore the nature in your neighborhood. Learn more about familiar animals and discover animals you may not expect live nearby. Drop in each week to check out a series of...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Can-Do Playground, Alapocas Run State Park
4360 Weldin Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Website »

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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
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Our summer Lobster Special is back, now on Tuesdays! Join us every Tuesday for dinner starting at 4:30PM and enjoy a whole 1.5 lb lobster, shipped directly to us from Maine, for just $29.95....

Cost: 29.95

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Judy Champion
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
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Dorothy and Toto travel through the Land of Oz seeking the help of the Wizard. They meet a brainless scarecrow, a tin man who wants a heart, a cowardly lion and witches good and bad. Two actors...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Epworth United Methodist Church
19285 Rd 271
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

More information

Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Who should attend: The camp is designed for experienced girl choristers in grades 5 through young adult (21 years) who are looking for a challenging choral music experience that will help develop...

Cost: $275

Where:
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Telephone: 302-656-6628
Contact Name: David Christopher
Website »

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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

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

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

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


Website »

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The 2016 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers' Market at Rodney Square will begin May 4 and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Downtown Visions and facilitated by the City of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.425.0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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A vain and goofy emperor vows to wear the most beautiful clothes every seen. A clever trickster convinces the ruler that he can make magic clothes that are fabulous, but they can't be seen by...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Epworth United Methodist Church
19285 Rd 271
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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July 20: Animal “Superpowers” on Stage (http://www.penn.museum/calendar/eventdetail/220/world-wonders-animal-superpowers-on-stage) July 27: An Ancient Egyptian Journey...

Cost: Free with general Museum admission

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Join us at Winterthur's Brown Horticulture Learning Center for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The University of Delaware Library, in association with the Delaware Museum of Art, invites the public to a free lecture by Heather Bozant Witcher, the 2016 Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies. Her...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Class of 1941 Lecture Room
Morris Library, University of Delaware
181 South College Avenue
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library and Marks Samuels Lasner Collection
Telephone: 302-831-3250
Contact Name: Mark Samuels Lasner

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

More information

Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
Website »

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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
Website »

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Wednesdays, June through September, 4:30 pm Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you...

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Summertime means good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, where we celebrate our seventh annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum’s...

Cost: Admission is $10, $5 PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Hagley’s property will be open Wednesday evenings for curious guests and families to bicycle or walk. Visit areas normally closed to foot traffic. Bring a picnic or dine at the Belin House...

Cost: $2, free for members and children 5 and under

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 130-265-82400261
Website »

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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Select Wednesdays in July, 6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall Join us for this new film series celebrating Chinese and South American cultures in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Made in the...

Cost: $5 per Member. $8 per nonmember.

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

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Zumba sessions every Wednesday in Lewes Canalfront Park, overlooking the banks of the beautiful Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes. Free.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Zumba by Kelly, Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
Website »

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Join powerhouse singer Amy Black for a soulful celebration of the incredible music that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s and 70s. Together, with a full band, she performs classic...

Cost: $10 ADV - $12 DOS + Fees

Where:
World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-504-9565
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

More information

Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

More information

July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Who should attend: The camp is designed for experienced girl choristers in grades 5 through young adult (21 years) who are looking for a challenging choral music experience that will help develop...

Cost: $275

Where:
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Telephone: 302-656-6628
Contact Name: David Christopher
Website »

More information

Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

More information

 

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Join park naturalists to explore the nature in your neighborhood. Learn more about familiar animals and discover animals you may not expect live nearby. Drop in each week to check out a series of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Park
18th and Van Buren St.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM during thesummer at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children aged 5-12. Each day will...

Cost: $10 for TLC members: $20 for 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
Contact Name: Hannah
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Gene McClone, from Gentle Palm Karate Academy will lead you through the basic movements of Tai Chi.  Meet at the Josephine Fountain, 1080 North Park Drive, 19802.

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Park
1080 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the...

Cost: No ticket is required for the Farm Stand or the Museum Store.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
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This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

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Just Above Water, an exhibition of photographs by Mark Houlday, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 1-29, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. Houlday will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
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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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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This Friday, July 29, TD Bank will host a community event supporting Kind to Kids, a local organization that works to provide victims of child abuse or neglect with educational programs, support...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
TD Bank
2035 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Who should attend: The camp is designed for experienced girl choristers in grades 5 through young adult (21 years) who are looking for a challenging choral music experience that will help develop...

Cost: $275

Where:
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Telephone: 302-656-6628
Contact Name: David Christopher
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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July 1 – 29  Summer Group Show & Framing Sale Our Summer Group Show features a variety of work by new artists and Gallery favorites. Art on display includes paintings,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Website »

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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302 998 1930
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Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
Website »

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Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
Website »

More information

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

More information

Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

More information

The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
Website »

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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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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: $10

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
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This native Delawarean learned at a young age that what most people considered to be junk, used up, and discarded had the potential of a new found life only limited by imagination. Her passion for...

Cost: Free with paid park admission

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks

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Gates open: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.  Carnival rides open: 1 p.m. Visit www.delawarestatefair.com/events for more.

Where:
18500 S. DuPont Highway
Harrington, DE  19952

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Join local birding expert and environmental educator, Kelley Nunn, as we look and listen for the common (and uncommon!) birds of Bucktoe. We will be taking short hikes through the preserve to spot...

Cost: FREE for TLC members, $15 for 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
Contact Name: Hannah
Website »

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Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

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Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Whether you sew, knit, hook, or knot, you will weave together a day of fun with this textile-focused family event. Guests will learn a new skill like weaving or felting and enjoy hands-on...

Cost: $0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

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


Website »

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free. $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
Website »

More information

What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

Cost: Adults $20; seniors $18; students (with ID) $15; children (ages 6–17) $15

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

More information

Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302 998 1930
Website »

More information

Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings. The exhibition, entitled "Out of Reach" will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

More information

Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood Restaurant’s Happy Hour! After a long winter and all new renovations, Phillips Seafood House is now open for the 2016 season. Sit...

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Telephone: 215-731-2000
Contact Name: Joseph Day
Website »

More information

About: Take a break from the beach and get happy at Phillips Seafood House happy hour! Happy hour is available in the bar & lounge or patio area Monday-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and all day on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 410-289-6821
Contact Name: Joe
Website »

More information

Please join us for this extraordinary event.  The annual Dancing With The Summer Stars Showcase at the BlueBallRoom Dance Club in Independence Mall.  It’s a date-night like none...

Cost: $15 per person

Where:
BlueBallRoom Dance Club
1601 Concord Pike
Suite 10, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-984-BLUE (2583)
Website »

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

More information

Join us at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop to meet Alden Leonard and see his latest collection or works - oils, watercolors, drawings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

More information

The Comedy of Errors Directed by David Stradley July 15-31, 2016 at Rockwood Park Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 Tickets on sale online June 1, 2016....

Cost: $18 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Active Military, $14 for Students

Where:
Rockwood Mansion & Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Telephone: 302-415-3373
Contact Name: David Stradley
Website »

More information

Movie Night at the Vineyard: Wizard of Oz Saturday July 30th - Movie begins at dusk (around 9pm) Enjoy an evening under the stars in the vineyard! There will be free popcorn available along with...

Cost: $16.50

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Penns Woods Winery
Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Andrea
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