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

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

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

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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

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


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

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

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

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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

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

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


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

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

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

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

Where:
Grove Park
, DE


Website »

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

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

More information

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Instructors
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Food for Thought offers downstate candidates running for state senator and state representative the opportunity to answer questions posed by audience members specifically related to legislation...

Cost: free, all attendees must RSVP

Where:
Food Bank of Delaware
1040 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: Food Bank of Delaware
Telephone: 302-444-8127
Contact Name: Ashley Michini
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Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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

Cost: Varies

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

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

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway launch the 2014-15 Around the World series with the film “In The Name Of”. This Polish drama will be presented on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
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BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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

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

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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

Cost: Varies for each class

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


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

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

Cost: Varies

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


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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This year, DHA will conduct its first “Rubber Duck Race” fundraiser—"adopt" a rubber duck and join us in Wilmington's Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park to watch...

Cost: $5 a duck

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


Telephone: (302) 571-8171 x301
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"A Soul Opera...telling stories of love & life through songs and poetry!" Local and regional artist perform dramatic stories of love and life using a unique blend of poetry and songs backed by a...

Cost: $15

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE


Sponsor: World Cafe

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

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 444-8074
Website »

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Varies for each class

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


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Medical Staff Conference Room
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services & the Blood Bank of Delmarva
Telephone: 1 888 8-BLOOD-8
Contact Name: Blood Bank of Delmarva
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Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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First Fridays of the month Join us for this noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month. Art is Tasty pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious...

Cost: $12 Members, $14 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Join us for this noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month. Art is Tasty pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson...

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

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

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


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $25-28

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE


Sponsor: World Cafe

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Both children and adults enjoy the First State Heritage Park's candlelit walking tours – there’s history, humor, and sorrow in the stories of real people from Delaware’s past centuries....

Cost: $5

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

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

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-2111
Website »

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

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

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-1000
Website »

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Catch the country crooner at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

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


Telephone: 674-4600
Website »

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

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

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

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

More information

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Varies for each class

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


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

Speakers and discussion on learning to live well with Lupus.

Cost: $10.00

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


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

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

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

Cost: $1.00 - $10.00

Where:
, DE

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

Cost: 0-$14

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

More information

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

Cost: Varies

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


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

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

More information

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

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

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


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

Cost: $5 TLC members; $10 non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347 x 104
Contact Name: Paige
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Discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine. Experience how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine making black powder for more...

Cost: 0-$14

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

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

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

Cost: $5.00 ~ $40.00

Where:
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716


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

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-1000
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BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
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What started as a one-block-long festival put on by a small group of mushroom enthusiasts—yes, they do exist—has turned into a fest fit for the “Mushroom Capital of the...

Where:
Kennett Square, PA


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

Where:
, DE


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

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

Where:
, PA


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

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

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

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

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

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

Where:
Manheim, PA


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

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

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

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

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 644-1436
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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

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

Where:
, DE


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

Where:
, DE


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

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

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

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 690-5555
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