What Your Kids Know About Sex

Is oral sex real sex? How young is too young for intercourse? At a time when more Delaware teens than ever are having sex, their answers are important and surprising.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andrea is typing a text message to her boyfriend, John. “CU2NITE,” the cell phone reads.

The white couple, from Middletown, are planning to do the same thing they’ve done every Friday night since they got together six months ago: smoke pot and drink “the Captain” (as they call Captain Morgan Spiced Rum) while lying naked in bed. “At the very least,” Andrea says. “I’ll give [John] a hand job.”

The hand job will be followed by fellatio. (John has not returned the favor.) Andrea isn’t sure if the acts will lead to intercourse. “But,” she says, “my boyfriend says, when I’m drunk, I do stuff I wouldn’t normally do.”

Andrea is 14. She’s in middle school.

John, 15, is a high school freshman.

Neither Andrea nor her friends consider hand jobs or oral sex to be sex. “Oral sex is just something we do,” says Andrea’s friend, Maria, a Hispanic 14-year-old. “It’s really just touching and like, using your mouth, but blow jobs are not sex.”

This is what teens do today. And that is what they feel about it. And if you think kids in Delaware are like kids elsewhere across the country, think again. On average, teens are having more sex in Delaware than teens in any other state in America.

“It’s not like we’re doing bad stuff,” says John, an athletic, B student. “I respect my girlfriend. And if she wants to wait a whole year to have sex, I’ll wait, I guess.” Andrea and John usually hang out with John’s friends—all guys. When the boys leave, the couple retreats to John’s bedroom. His parents are usually home.

“I don’t think they really know what we’re doing, but I guess they think we’re kissing and stuff,” John says. “What’s the big deal?”

The big deal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2005 Youth Risk Survey, is that at least 55 percent of the state’s teenagers are having intercourse, approximately 10 percent before the age of 13. Conservatively, 21 percent (males and females) drink alcohol or use drugs during sex, and most have been intimate with at least four partners.

The survey, completed anonymously by 3,000 students in 32 Delaware public high schools, indicates that about 37 percent of boys and girls have either given or received oral sex by ninth grade. By senior year, oral sex is standard fare for about 70 percent of boys and girls.

When the time becomes right for intercourse, John plans to use a condom. He’ll likely model Aaron, an African-American senior from Wilmington, who wouldn’t have sex without one. Aaron and his girlfriend of one year agreed on the right time to have intercourse, when he was 17 and she was 16. The difference between John and Aaron is that Aaron’s parents know their son is having sex.

“I don’t get into detail with my folks,” Aaron says, “but I don’t hide stuff from them either. They were cool about it and they asked if I was using a condom.” The couple also has sex at his home. Their parents are often, as Aaron says, “in the building.”

Andrea says her parents “don’t have a clue” about her activities with John. “They know I have a boyfriend, but that’s it,” she says. “When I have sex, I’ll run to my sister. She’ll put me right on the pill and she won’t get mad at me. Anyway, it’s none of my parents’ business.”

That’s not the way Mary, a white senior who attends a private school in Wilmington, feels. When she had sex for the first time at 15, she wanted to tell her parents, but was afraid of how they might react. Now that her father has been laid off from his job, tension at home is overwhelming. “I wouldn’t even think about talking to my mom about sex,” Mary says. “She’s very demanding and she doesn’t know I’m not a virgin.”

Mary’s dad is “oblivious to everything,” she says. “He thinks I have at least 10 years before I should even think about sex.” She expresses some regret about having sex early, but finds comfort in talking with friends. She worries that her younger sister could get into trouble.

Andrea’s friend, Tori, a 14-year-old Hispanic middle school student from Odessa and a self-proclaimed “vodka and OJ girl,” says her parents “maybe have a clue about what I’m doing, but they can’t really keep up with all our technology, like cells and iPods and email.” Tori won’t tell her parents that she’s already performed oral sex several times on a “totally hot” senior high boy. “If I told my mom that he fingers me and stuff, she’d go crazy.”

Like all kids, Andrea and her friends are naturally curious. Their bodies are changing. They are exploring their sexuality and testing their limits. The difference between now and, say, two decades ago, is that kids are starting to have sex earlier and girls are more aggressive than they used to be—or at least more candid.

But take the CDC Youth Risk Survey with a grain of salt. The numbers don’t represent every teenager in Delaware because private and religious schools do not accumulate such information. Archmere Academy nurse Rita Lee says no surveys regarding teen sexual behavior exist, but she and health teachers hope to start collecting data, an idea that religious leadership once snubbed. “It’s very important for us to discuss sexual matters. If we know what kids are doing, we know what to teach.”

Joan, the mother of a former student of a Christian school in Newark, says she’s seen students get expelled for sexual activity at the Christian school. Nevertheless, she hopes that the moral training provided a foundation for her 15-year-old daughter, Allie, who recently transferred to a public high school.

“Transferring raised some eyebrows at our church,” Joan says. “To hear people talk, you’d think walking down the hallway in public school, you’d see kids smoking pot, having sex and drinking beer. And admittedly, most of that [misconception] comes from our so-called Christian parents.”

Allie, an honor student, wears a promise ring that, she says, “signifies what the Bible says, that God designed sex for marriage and it isn’t something you casually give.” Four of Allie’s friends also wear promise rings. “I get teased a lot,” Allie says. “My family supports me. I can tell my mom anything. And if I’m made fun of throughout high school, then so be it.”

Like Allie, Rita, an Asian senior from Wilmington, is among the 45 percent of kids who don’t have sex. “I don’t consider myself unusual,” she says, though most of her friends are sexually active. “I consider myself independent. Their goal in life is to get a prom date. I’m more interested in why frogs have eight legs and why the environment is polluted.”

Instructors teach abstinence, safe sex, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS through health class in school. “But most kids don’t pay any attention in health class,” says Claire, an African-American junior from Laurel.

Last year, Judith Herrman, assistant director of the School of Nursing at the University of Delaware and the chair of the Teen Pregnancy Advisory Board at the Delaware Division of Public Health, conducted 17 focus groups over six weeks. She interviewed white, African-American, Hispanic, East Indian and Native American teens, gathering them from wellness centers, churches and teen support programs.

“Teens that are sexually active or considering becoming so want so much to talk openly about it with their parents,” says Herrman. “Certainly there are very complex issues surrounding teen sex, but in a nutshell, that’s all they really want.”

But Herrman knows that parents are up against a heavy force: the media. Teens are targeted with blatantly sexual images from clothing catalogues and Internet chat rooms to prime time television shows. Most entertainment shows, which air between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. every night, detail the lives of young, sex-starved icons. (The American Psychological Association estimates that teens are exposed to 14,000 sexual references and innuendos a year, and that’s just TV.)

In one week, for instance, Paris Hilton sent out naked invitations of herself for her Las Vegas birthday bash while Britney Spears shocked partiers at a New York club by stripping down to her underwear and humping a female dancer. A week later, Spears, a mother of two young children, revealed her naked crotch via a micro-mini. (That was the week’s No. 1 forum discussion topic on MySpace.com.)

Andrea, and teens across the state, downplays megastars as role models. “I mean, a lot of kids we know look up to Britney Spears.” Her friends love VH1’s “Surreal Life,” a reality show that features has-been stars living and often sleeping together in the same house for several months. (Ex-porn star Ron Jeremy was a cast member.) “Watching girls on TV just influences us in terms of fashion,” Andrea says. “We like the clothes.”

Professionals believe the emotional damage of media imaging is subliminal. “The way that sex and sexual images are portrayed has become an accepted and normal part of society,” says Katie Daly, extension educator at Delaware 4-H Youth Development. “Developmentally, teens and youth are able to manage and interpret some of the images on TV and videos they are witnessing, but not necessarily all of them.”

Dr. Robin Sesan, a psychologist from Wilmington, says we’re sending mixed messages to kids. “They read magazines like Cosmopolitan and Seventeen. The sex messages go out to 7-year-olds. And you can’t watch a TV commercial without having sex thrown in your face,” Sesan says. “Then kids go to sex-ed class, and we tell them not to have sex. What are they supposed to do? How are they supposed to feel?”

For real answers, go to any mall. Pat and Denise, two 16-year-olds from Claymont who are hanging at the Concord Mall on a school holiday, agree that adults “go nuts about what we watch on TV.” “Give us some credit,” Denise says. “We like the way Paris Hilton dresses, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to videotape our sex on the Internet like she does.”

Yet when Denise passes the Aéropostale store and stares at the super-sized advertisement—a gorgeous teen couple kissing—she pushes up her bra and wriggles around in tight low-cut jeans. (The look is intentional. It’s called camel toe, which means a girl wears tight pants to reveal the indent between her labia.) The female in the photo looks to be a size 2 or 0. The male is a ripped Hollywood stud.

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TRUMAN OPENING AT THE CINEMA ART THEATER   Starting on April 28th the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present TRUMAN, a moving but humorous drama with two magnificent...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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  THE CINEMA ART THEATER PRESENTS GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC On May 2nd the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH...

Cost: $5

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Caliber Collision created Rhythm Restoration Food Drive as a way to assist our local food banks.  During the summer, children who receive school lunches will turn to food banks, and collecting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Caliber Collision
731 Rue Madora
Bear, DE  19701
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Sponsor: Caliber Collision
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

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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During his lifetime W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s, Robinson developed a linear...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. Famous painters and Sunday painters were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $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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The 2017 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market at Rodney Square will begin May 3rd and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 25th from 10:00 AM. until 2:00 PM, except...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Downtown Visions
Telephone: 302-425-0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Jacqueline Wilson's best-selling novel comes to life on stage as Hetty, a feisty young orphan with an intrepid imagination, embarks on an adventure to find her true home. Infused with live music...

Cost:

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!   By appointment only (call 302.888.4786).  Free admission. Note: Limit no more than three objects per...

Cost: Free

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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March 18, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pmApril 29, 2017; 9:30 am-12:30 pmApril 29, 2017; 1:30 pm-3:30 pmMay 6, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Winterthur offers an exciting array of programs just for Girl Scouts! ...

Cost: The cost for each program varies.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations
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TRUMAN OPENING AT THE CINEMA ART THEATER   Starting on April 28th the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present TRUMAN, a moving but humorous drama with two magnificent...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Get to know Wilmington University at its Spring Open House on Wednesday, May 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn about WilmU's career-focused degree programs, flexible course options,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilmington University
320 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Wilmington University
Telephone: (302) 356-6744
Contact Name: Undergraduate Admissions Department
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1st Wednesdays, February - June, 6-8 $20 | Cash bar | Members enjoy a complimentary drink Unwind mid-week with a new creative project each month! FEBRUARY 1 | #iPhonography Scavenger Hunt Register...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Cost: $35

Where:
Grand Opera House/Baby Grand Ballroom
818 N. Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Troy's Treasure,LLC/DFSF Charity, Inc
Telephone: 856-655-8910
Contact Name: Troy Oglesby
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be holding a 6-month seminar on "Self-Deliverance." The seminar will start on Wednesday March 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. The seminar will be held every...

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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Caliber Collision created Rhythm Restoration Food Drive as a way to assist our local food banks.  During the summer, children who receive school lunches will turn to food banks, and collecting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Caliber Collision
731 Rue Madora
Bear, DE  19701
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Sponsor: Caliber Collision
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Every Thursday, 9:00 am in the Brown Learning Center   March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017 April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017 May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017   Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden...

Cost: Drop-in rate of $10 for members and non-members.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations

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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

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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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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During his lifetime W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s, Robinson developed a linear...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $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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Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. Famous painters and Sunday painters were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Thursdays, May – September, 10:30 - 11am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
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Story Time at the Brandywine Zoo Every Thursday May-September at 10:30am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Takes place outside in the main zoo, and may include a...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive,
Wilmington, DE  19802
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Jacqueline Wilson's best-selling novel comes to life on stage as Hetty, a feisty young orphan with an intrepid imagination, embarks on an adventure to find her true home. Infused with live music...

Cost:

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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March 18, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pmApril 29, 2017; 9:30 am-12:30 pmApril 29, 2017; 1:30 pm-3:30 pmMay 6, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Winterthur offers an exciting array of programs just for Girl Scouts! ...

Cost: The cost for each program varies.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations
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Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!   By appointment only (call 302.888.4786).  Free admission. Note: Limit no more than three objects per...

Cost: Free

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
Website »

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TRUMAN OPENING AT THE CINEMA ART THEATER   Starting on April 28th the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present TRUMAN, a moving but humorous drama with two magnificent...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Premier Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery invites you for sips, snacks and shopping to celebrate our grand opening of our new spa. Enjoy special discounts on purchases during event. RSVP:...

Where:
537 Stanton-Christiana Rd., Suite 210
Newark, DE  19713
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Pages of Time: Mother & Daughter Book & Craft Club Thursday November 3, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple...

Cost: $25-35

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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May 4 – Thursday – 7 p.m. Author Talk: “The Monopolists” Mary Pilon will explore the history of the board game Monopoly. This author talk is based off of Pilon’s New York Times...

Cost: $0

Where:
Auditorium of Hagley's Soda House
298 Buck Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 243
Contact Name: Carol Lockman
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Tartuffe by Molière; translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur....

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Caliber Collision created Rhythm Restoration Food Drive as a way to assist our local food banks.  During the summer, children who receive school lunches will turn to food banks, and collecting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Caliber Collision
731 Rue Madora
Bear, DE  19701
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Sponsor: Caliber Collision
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Pastel Progressions, an exhibition of pastel paintings by Nick Serratore, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 5-26, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
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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Laura Hickman New Pastels Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 PM Laura Hickman was born in Milford, Delaware and grew up in various houses in Bethany...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

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

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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

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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Website »

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Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. Famous painters and Sunday painters were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

During his lifetime W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s, Robinson developed a linear...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $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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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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This noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café.

Cost: $12 for Members, $14 for Non-Members (Café lunch voucher included in price)

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Jacqueline Wilson's best-selling novel comes to life on stage as Hetty, a feisty young orphan with an intrepid imagination, embarks on an adventure to find her true home. Infused with live music...

Cost:

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!   By appointment only (call 302.888.4786).  Free admission. Note: Limit no more than three objects per...

Cost: Free

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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March 18, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pmApril 29, 2017; 9:30 am-12:30 pmApril 29, 2017; 1:30 pm-3:30 pmMay 6, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Winterthur offers an exciting array of programs just for Girl Scouts! ...

Cost: The cost for each program varies.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations
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Nanticoke Health Services is again joining forces with the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and the City of Seaford to promote women’s health awareness at the 4th annual LIVE FOR CHOCOLATE on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Seaford
304 High Street
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services, the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and the City of Seaford
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Quarter Auction and Raffle to benefit CubScout Pack 76.

Cost: $5 per paddle

Where:
Asbury United Methodist Church
20 W. Mt. Vernon Street
Smyrna, DE  19977
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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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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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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Tartuffe by Molière; translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur....

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Legally Blonde runs April 28 to May 7, 2017, at the Wilmington Drama League, 10 West Lea Blvd., Wilmington. Performances are at 8 p.m. on April 28, April 29, May 5 and May 6. Matinees...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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Cost: $20-25 for registration

Where:
Wild Quail Country Club
1 Clubhouse Drive
Camden-Wyoming , DE
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Telephone: 302-996-9400
Contact Name: Renee Bennett
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Unearth the Wonderful World of Wetlands!Join us for the first annual Wetlands Celebration Day, where there will be something for the whole family: Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Trap...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trap Pond State Park
38587 Baldcypress Lane
Suite 10B
Laurel, DE  19956
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Sponsor: DNREC
Telephone: 302-739-9939
Contact Name: Brittany Haywood
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Tyler Members’ Preview: Friday, May 5, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. General public sale: Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7; 9 a.m.–3 p.m. both days. Attract birds and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
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Telephone: 610-566-9134
Contact Name: Gary Bloomer
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Laura Hickman New Pastels Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 PM Laura Hickman was born in Milford, Delaware and grew up in various houses in Bethany...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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Date: May 6th Time: All Day Cost: Free Celebrate our quirky state bird the blue hen by making your own blue hen mask! Ages 4-10. Drop-in anytime!

Cost: Free

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19903
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

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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Website »

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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $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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Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles on select Saturdays in May. Each Saturday will feature a...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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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Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

Cost:

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Date: May 6th Time: All Day Cost: Free Celebrate our quirky state bird the blue hen by making your own blue hen mask! Ages 4-10. Drop-in anytime!

Cost: Free

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19903
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FANTASTIC REALITY – A MOST UNUSUAL EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION SAT, 6 MAY FROM 5-7 PM.  CONTINUES UNTIL 29 MAY. How often do you find a married couple who are both artists? ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Rd.
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Tony Boyd-Heron
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Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. Famous painters and Sunday painters were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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During his lifetime W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England’s foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s, Robinson developed a linear...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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May 6 – Saturday – 11 a.m. Rocks and Roll Mills Walking Tour at Hagley Museum Visitors explore the geology of the Brandywine Valley and its impact on the milling industry. Take home a piece...

Cost: Activities are included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum
298 Buck Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Jacqueline Wilson's best-selling novel comes to life on stage as Hetty, a feisty young orphan with an intrepid imagination, embarks on an adventure to find her true home. Infused with live music...

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Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Museum Performance: Noon – 12:30 p.m.Labyrinth Performance: 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. The Delaware Art Museum welcomes the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware and the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us as we “Walk as One at 1!” World Labyrinth Day is celebrated around the world on the first Saturday in May. It is a day designated to bring people from all over the planet together in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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March 18, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pmApril 29, 2017; 9:30 am-12:30 pmApril 29, 2017; 1:30 pm-3:30 pmMay 6, 2017; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Winterthur offers an exciting array of programs just for Girl Scouts! ...

Cost: The cost for each program varies.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations
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Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!   By appointment only (call 302.888.4786).  Free admission. Note: Limit no more than three objects per...

Cost: Free

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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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Tartuffe by Molière; translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur....

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Presenting our spring concert series, "Theme Songs to Ring By"

Cost: free will offering

Where:
Hockessin Library
1023 Valley Rd
Hockessin , DE  19707
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Sponsor: Wilmington Handbell Ensemble
Telephone: 302-239-5160
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Harvard historian Jane Kamensky looks through the eyes of painter John Singleton Copley to reveal an unknown American Revolution. Drawn from Kamensky's riveting new book A Revolution in Color,...

Cost: $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

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: Winterthur Information & Tours
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Author Tom Ryan will be giving a talk "Delaware during the Civil War," and signing copies of his book, Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kirkwood Library
6000 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sussex Academy Derby Day Saturday, May 6, 2017 on the Green at the Lewes Public Library 4-7:30pm Derby Best Dress, DFH Beer, Wine, Mint Juleps, Heavy hors d'oeuvres, auctions and Live broadcast...

Cost: $80 each

Where:
Lewes Public Library
111 Adams Avenue
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Sussex Academy Foundation
Telephone: 302-856-3636
Contact Name: Gina Derrickson
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A mix of elegance and function, this 10 piece band plays its homage to the recent touring versions of Steely Dan. Their show includes material from every SD album as well as some gems from Becker...

Cost: $20-25

Where:
Schwartz Center for the Arts
226 S. State Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Schwartz Center for the Arts
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Composed 200 years ago, Rossini’s setting of Cinderella (La Cenerentola) has stood the test of time. Glass slippers are replaced by bracelets, there’s no fairy godmother to be found, but...

Cost: $39-$99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: OperaDelaware
Telephone: 302-442-7809
Contact Name: Mary Wilcosky
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Tartuffe by Molière; translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur....

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Legally Blonde runs April 28 to May 7, 2017, at the Wilmington Drama League, 10 West Lea Blvd., Wilmington. Performances are at 8 p.m. on April 28, April 29, May 5 and May 6. Matinees...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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