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Former fighter Dave Tiberi has a strategy to rekindle interest in a waning sport: a kinder, gentler boxing.
























Our champ, Dave Tiberi, at the Elsmere Boxing Club
photograph by Tom Nutter

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Dancers in the boxing ring at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino wear trunks and high-tops rather than tuxes and patent leather. They’ve exchanged polished hardwood floors for resined canvas, moussed hair for forehead welts, and pearly whites for cloudy mouthpieces.

Boxing has come to Kent County. It has arrived at, of all places, the ballroom.

On the adjacent casino floor, slot machines sputter and jangle. Outside, the stands of Dover International Speedway sit silently under winter skies. The drama on this night will happen in the ring, where Philadelphia fighter Dhafir “No Fear” Smith will duel Pittsburgh’s Rayco “War” Saunders in an eight-round battle of light-heavyweights. ESPN2 is televising the bout nationally, and its camera boom—as big as a construction crane—bobs and arcs like some menacing, mechanized creature.

The TV exposure is a measure of boxing’s future and its past, in Delaware and beyond, as Dave Tiberi’s TNT Boxing maps an ambitious course to revive a declining sport.

February’s Dover Downs show boasted a full house and a competitive card of well-matched fighters. Tiberi, the native son who abruptly ended his ring career after losing an infamous decision in a 1992 middleweight title bout in Atlantic City, returned to the game less than a year ago. He’d like to make the First State a contender for top flight boxing and, in the process, create a new climate that would benefit local programs and fighters everywhere. It’s a tall order, but Tiberi is a positive thinker.

“We want to shine a spotlight on the sport in a positive way, get rid of the old ways of boxing,” he says. “We’re looking to raise the bar in Delaware.”


Tiberi with pal Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, a former
world champion in several weight divisions, at Delaware
Park in September.

Boxing, whose early history was confined largely to barges and backrooms, has never fared well in the light of scrutiny. Disreputable promoters and managers have been as lethal to the sport as heart-stopping knockouts, and the punch-drunk fighter fleeced of his earnings is a stock character of Hollywood films and street-corner reality.

Tiberi wants a new script. He wants fighters to learn about healthcare, bank accounts, GEDs—in short, life skills. “I go through the details of their contracts with them directly,” he says. A TNT event typically includes a minister to counsel combatants, and there’s zero tolerance for bad behavior. Since launching his First State Boxing Series last July at the Hockessin Police Athletic League Center, Tiberi has already barred one fighter for spouting offensive language. (Tiberi later reinstated him.)

“Fighters need mentors,” says Tiberi, whose use of words like “forgiveness” and “fellowship’ seems as natural as hooking off the jab. “We want fighters who represent themselves well because they’ll attract the kind of crowds we want.”

TNT plans to groom boxers for more than just mayhem. It places a priority on ensuring their fitness for battle. Tiberi emphasizes enlightened matchmaking as essential to fights that are more than merely entertaining.

“Safety is first and foremost, but it’s not just a matter of the gloves and the doctors, etcetera,” he says. “If the match is fair, you’re more than halfway there.”

Professional boxers’ underlying health, however, sometimes eludes even the smartest matchmaker. State athletic commissions set guidelines aimed at keeping unfit fighters out of the ring, but given the concussive nature of the sport, more extensive monitoring is certainly welcome. Tiberi has been speaking with the medical community about the latest CAT scan technology and its ability to spot damage before it’s too late. Routinely scheduling boxers to undergo such procedures would be a strong statement about the sport’s concern for their well-being.

To finance his commitment to improving the health of both fighters and their sport, Tiberi would draw on a small percentage of revenues from his boxing events, maybe 3 percent. To make that feasible, TV deals are necessary. Rookie promoter Tiberi landed ESPN for the Dover Downs show after Dino Duva, son of Hall of  Fame trainer-manager Lou Duva, added the U.S. Boxing Association cruiserweight titleholder to the card. Duva shared matchmaking duties with Tiberi’s brother Nick, who runs Elsmere Boxing Club and has long managed and promoted fighters. The event was organized by Tiberi’s media production company, TNT Productions in Newport. Now Tiberi hopes to interest the larger networks in future Delaware shows.

Other organizations share Tiberi’s vision. California-based Retired Boxers Foundation, founded in 1998 by former middleweight champ Alex Ramos, who rallied from substance abuse problems after his career in the ring ended, provides financial assistance, housing and job training for retired pro fighters who’ve fallen on bad times. Blue Horizon in Philadelphia educates young fighters about the world outside the gym. Vernoca Michael, owner of the venerable boxing venue, oversees an on-site learning center that schools her fighters in the basics: work habits, finances—even sex and table manners. “I work with them in a humanistic way,” Michael says. “We’re advocating young men, not someone standing on the street.”


During a Tiberi-produced fight at Dover Downs in February.
The event was covered by ESPN.

That declaration resonates with Tiberi, who is part of the fundraising effort to build a first-rate boxing facility at the New Castle PAL in Garfield Park. The blueprint calls for 6,000 square feet to house two regulation rings, a dozen heavy bags, a half-dozen speed bags and countless youthful dreams. Executive director Jimmy Riggs reports that he’s approached state legislators to help finance the $500,000 project. The new boxing program would dovetail with the center’s mandate on education. “For kids interested in boxing, we’ll make sure their homework’s done [first],” says Riggs, a retired policeman who has directed Delaware PAL for two years.

Elsmere Boxing Club would move to the new digs and be renamed the John Van Sant PAL Boxing Club, after the former state representative who helped found the club. Tiberi sees the New Castle site as a destination for national PAL tournaments and a training base for top professional fighters. He cites a potential benefit to tourism and economic development across the state.

In addition, the increase in Delaware boxing has triggered talk of the state reestablishing its own athletic commission. “We’ve been exploring to see if there’s any interest,” says Van Sant, who now teaches criminal justice at Delaware Technical and Community College.

Van Sant’s name has surfaced as a strong candidate for commissioner. For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has supervised professional boxing in Delaware. “It used to be just a couple of fights a year, but now we’ll probably average six or seven going forward,” says Greg Sirb, longtime executive director of the Pennsylvania commission.

Delaware disbanded its commission after the federal Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996 expanded the role of state boxing commissions, establishing numerous regulations designed to strengthen safety precautions and put boxing on the straight and narrow. With activity dwindling in Delaware at the time, it made sense to piggyback on Pennsylvania. The ’96 act, as amended four years later by the Muhammad Ali Safety Act, had the express purpose “to reform unfair and anticompetitive practices in the professional boxing industry.”

And it was Dave Tiberi, following his stunning loss in that ’92 title fight, who had set the wheels of reform in motion.


Cruiserweight champion Darnell Wilson at weigh-in

Delaware has quite a history in boxing.

Way back when, the “Ambling Alp” was in Shellpot Park. With his strongman physique and Rushmore-sized head, Primo Carnera looked like a comic-book bruiser, but in truth had difficulty fighting his way out of the proverbial paper bag. Yet his 278 pounds overwhelmed the much smaller Armando DeCarlos inside of two rounds at Shellpot in August 1931. Two years later, Carnera became the heavyweight champion of the world, assisted, many said, by forces far more convincing than his oversized fists. Boxing, you may have inferred, wasn’t always on the up-and-up.

In the late 19th century, athletic clubs sprouted up indoors and out around Wilmington, drawing fisticuffs in from the backwoods and the railroad piers. In 1898 a local lightweight, whose Dickensian proper name of Cornelius J. Moriarty, was transformed in the ring to Jack Daly. Victimized by a corrupt referee, he was denied a world title.

Though the activity was not legal in Delaware, Wilmington during World War I and the 1940s was a hotbed of prizefighting. Fans flocked to cards at Shellpot’s open-air arena, the Elsmere Fairgrounds, Pythian Castle, the Academy of Music, the National Guard Armory and Elam Athletic Club. (All have vanished except the Academy of Music building on Delaware Avenue, which now houses the Delaware Children’s Theatre.)

When Delaware legalized the sport a few months after Carnera’s appearance at Shellpot in 1931, the first state-sanctioned bouts took place at the Auditorium on 11th Street in Wilmington. The ’40s had produced popular local fighters such as Al Tribuani, who lost a decision to the great Henry Armstrong and faced Sugar Ray Robinson in an exhibition in Wilmington Park. Rocky Graziano drew an overflow crowd for a fight in 1949, seven years before Paul Newman portrayed him as an indomitable pug in the movies. But live action in Delaware waned soon after television and Gillette took over Friday nights.

Some local pockets of boxing activity, however, continued to look sharp. Fournier Memorial Hall in Wilmington held the occasional boxing show and, for the better part of two decades starting in the late 1950s, Delaware Park trotted out boxers in addition to thoroughbreds. A young Dave Tiberi fought in amateur cards on Tuesday nights at the Stanton racetrack. “They didn’t charge the public,” he recalls. “We’d all pile into the station wagon and go to the fights.”

It was a hefty pile. Tiberi was the youngest of 12 boys and had two sisters. He grew up in a bungalow off of U.S. 40 in New Castle “when it was still country.” Half of the brothers took up the sweet science. Dave made it to the top. Almost.

He was twice a Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion in the mid-1980s and turned pro at age 18. After several years with veteran trainer Carmen Graziano (no relation to Rocky) in New Jersey, he shifted to Champs Gym in North Philadelphia, at that time perhaps the toughest crucible extant for young fighters. Under the tutelage of Marty Feldman, once a stablemate of fearsome heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, Tiberi sparred with the likes of future light-heavweight champion “Prince” Charles Williams and current Delaware resident Bernard Hopkins, who’s among the elite middleweights in the history of the sport.

After compiling a 22-2-3 professional record, Tiberi became the International Boxing Federation’s 10th-ranked middleweight, yet he was still the underdog when he challenged champion James Toney on February 8, 1992, at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Atlantic City. Tiberi outfought Toney in the nationally televised bout for the full 12 rounds, then raised his arms as handlers hoisted him toward the ring lights overhead in a celebration of victory.

But Tiberi wuz robbed. Judges awarded a split decision to Toney, an action labeled by a highly regarded TV commentator as “disgusting.” Taj Mahal mahaf Donald Trump himself called the verdict “an embarrassment” and suggested that it be reversed.

The fight—and the furor of its aftermath—captured the attention of the late Bill Roth, U.S. senator from Delaware, who served on the Subcommittee on Investigations. Roth quickly initiated an investigation of suspected corruption in boxing. The senator enlisted Tiberi to assist the effort and, in August of that year, Tiberi testified before the committee in Washington. Roth’s investigators had uncovered irregularities in the judging and officiating of the Toney-Tiberi fight, but Tiberi spoke mostly of the bigger picture, of fair shakes and dashed dreams and a manipulation that was common in professional boxing. He, like Roth, called for federal oversight. “I felt that, by taking that stand, I was telling the sport to straighten up,” Tiberi says today.

Roth’s subsequent push for legislation—boosted by none other than U.S. Senator John McCain—culminated in the 1996 act that, while failing to institute federal regulation, did bolster state commissions. Meanwhile, Tiberi received lucrative offers for a rematch against Toney. He not only declined, he withdrew from the ring all together.

 

Now Tiberi is back, this time on the other side of the ropes. With a chance to practice what he preached during his most frustrating days, “We still need a national commission,” he insists.         

It is another February 8, exactly 16 years after that surreal night in Atlantic City. In the ring at Dover Downs, the referee observes as commission officials inspect the fighters for the main event. B.J. Flores, a rangy 6-foot-3, is set to challenge USBA cruiserweight champ Darnell Wilson, who looks like a tank with arms. The “round card” girls are dressed in respectable shorts and T-shirts instead of the thong bikinis favored by Las Vegas. The old lion, Lou Duva, has risen from his ringside seat to acknowledge a throaty greeting by the crowd.

Tiberi and his staff have spent quality time with the fighters in the locker rooms and are ever watchful that the promotion proceeds as planned. “We storyboard our fight cards,” says Tiberi, whose TNT Video knows about such things. “We’re running a business.” 

That business is growing. Following its maiden show last summer in Hockessin, TNT Boxing promoted a successful night of fights in September at Delaware Park, the site of those long-ago Tiberi family outings. The third installment of the series returned to Hockessin PAL in December. Prior to the TNT-Duva show in February, Dover Downs had hosted several boxing cards since 2001, including some televised by ESPN2. The ballroom makes for a comfortable fight arena, and Tiberi would like to return to it.

“I’ve been courted by casinos in other states, but I want to stay in Delaware,” says Tiberi. He’s eyeing downstate sites such as Harrington Raceway & Casino and Cape Henlopen High School for future shows.

Like Tiberi the fighter, Tiberi the promoter may have the stamina to go the distance. Heavyweight sponsors (e.g., Bank of America and Valero) have lent some financial muscle. There’s been investment interest from outside Delaware, Tiberi says, and “a few major fighters” would like to sign with TNT. Maybe a future promotion will find Tiberi working with former sparring chum Hopkins, a partner in Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

Meanwhile, a new generation of Tiberis is at work inside the ring. Nephews of Dave Tiberi, Michael and Dominic, have begun their pro careers. Michael Tiberi (4-0) fought on the TNT card in Hockessin in December. Like their uncle, each young man is a former Golden Gloves champion.

But their dreams, and the aspirations of TNT Boxing, may be taking shape in an inhospitable environment. Boxing has lost ground to such modern enterprises as ultimate fighting, which promise more action and more knockouts. Young fans, stoked by the online violence of computer games, generally see boxing as stodgy.

Now, more than ever, the sport of boxing needs authentic personalities and compelling matchups to catch the public’s distractible eye. A bid for more humanity and honest dealings doesn’t hurt, either.

That’s Dave Tiberi’s pitch. The decision awaits. 

 

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

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Our summer Lobster Special is back, now on Tuesdays! Join us every Tuesday for dinner starting at 4:30PM and enjoy a whole 1.5 lb lobster, shipped directly to us from Maine, for just $29.95....

Cost: 29.95

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Judy Champion
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Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark Time: 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. For more information: 623-4661 To register: Call (800)...

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

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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The 2016 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers' Market at Rodney Square will begin May 4 and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Downtown Visions and facilitated by the City of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.425.0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Registration is open for our second annual Hook-In to take place on July 30, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Hagley welcomes hookers (artists who practice the art of rug hooking) to gather and collaborate,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally! During the early weeks after birth, moms & babies experience challenges as they both learn how to breastfeed. Even the most...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2234
Contact Name: Jacalyn Bradley
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Explore some of the diverse ways that human beings have understood sex and sexuality, gender and gender diversity in this small but broad new exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2015-2016...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Hagley’s property will be open Wednesday evenings for curious guests and families to bicycle or walk. Visit areas normally closed to foot traffic. Bring a picnic or dine at the Belin House...

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

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 130-265-82400261
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be holding a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on May 11, 18, 25, and June 1 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program may...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.
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The Arabian Nights is probably the medieval Arabic book best known in the west, full of ripping yarns and vivid characters that have influenced film, music, and literature for centuries. But did...

Cost: Advance tickets: $5 ($2 for Penn Museum members); $10 at the door based on avail

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Zumba sessions every Wednesday in Lewes Canalfront Park, overlooking the banks of the beautiful Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes. Free.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Zumba by Kelly, Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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

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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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

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

Cost: $18

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

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

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

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

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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Cost: Free

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 North Market Street
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Trellist Marketing | Technology
Telephone: 302-994-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery will be hosting bariatric support groups on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Nanticoke Memorial...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x 8810
Contact Name: Shelly Geis

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  Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for a total of five weeks –...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2540
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
View map »

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

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

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $18

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

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


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

More information

RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
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Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

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

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

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


Website »

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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The inspirational Japanese art of floral arranging will be on display for you to see and enjoy. Members of the Sogetsu Brandywine Study Group with advisor Midori Tanimune will exhibit their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N. Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Marcia Stephenson
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Both children and adults enjoy the First State Heritage Park's candlelit walking tours – there’s history, humor, and sorrow in the stories of real people from Delaware’s past centuries. ...

Cost: $10

Where:
First State Heritage Park
John Bell House
43 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
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PurpleStride Delaware is back and better than ever! This year, our 5K run and family-friendly walk will take place on June 4, and will take participants on a route through Dravo Plaza at Riverfront...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Dravo Plaza
900 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network - Delaware Affiliate
Contact Name: Donna Stollings
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The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is back again at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park) this June 4 and 5! Come out and enjoy the most exciting collegiate rugby in...

Cost: $33-$99

Where:
Talen Energy Stadium
1 Stadium Drive
Chester, PA  19013
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Whether you have a new interest or are a seasoned advocate, this overview covers the important aspects of tree and shrub pruning to ensure the healthy growth and cultivation of your trees. For...

Cost: Members $10; Non-members $15

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N. Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Samuel Seo
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Looking to build your social network with fun and competition? Give tennis a try! It’s time to grab a racquet, your sneakers and some tennis balls and head to your local court to be part...

Cost: varies

Where:
Banning Park
201 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE  19804
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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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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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


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

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: $18

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


Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free with Museum Admission.

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


Website »

More information

RAIL EXPLORERS Opens their Delaware Division! Partnering with the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the Delaware State Parks Rail Explorers brings their unique adventure to the...

Cost: Tandem $75 (2P), Quad $125 (4P)

Where:
Rail Explorers Delaware
200 Gun Club Road
Hockessin, NY  12983
View map »


Sponsor: Rail Explorers
Telephone: 302 601 0888
Contact Name: Mary Joy Lu
Website »

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Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the interesting world of the mysterious Reptiles and Amphibians! Flip logs and explore wetland habitats looking for salamanders, frogs, snakes, and turtles. 

Cost: $5 for TLC members, $10 for non members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Hannah
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Experience the culture in agriculture at Coverdale Farm Preserve's Saturday barn dance! Bluegrass music will enliven a swingin' night of barn dancing led by an experienced contra caller....

Cost: $10/$15

Where:
Coverdale Farm Preserve
543 Way Road
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware Nature Society
Telephone: 302-239-2334
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Explore Hagley Museum in a new way by joining us for one of our six walking tours.  One or more Themed tours are offered most Saturday and Sundays at 11 a. and repeated at 2 p.m. Check...

Cost: Adults $14, Senior and students $10, Children 6-14 $5, children 5 and under

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
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