Realizing the Vision

Secretary of Education Valerie Woodruff will retire in January, but there are a few more things she’d like to accomplish before she goes.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Woodruff says the time is right for Vision 2015.
“One of the reasons is that, if you build the momentum
and you show that you really are intent on building a
better system, it would be very hard for the next governor
or the next secretary to say, “Oh no, I don’t think so.”
Photograph by Christian Kaye

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Valerie Woodruff will retire in January after serving more than eight years as Delaware’s Secretary of Education.

Woodruff has spent her entire career as an educator. Since she earned her master’s at the University of Delaware in 1971, she has worked as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal before joining the Department of Education as Associate Secretary for Curriculum and Instructional Improvement in 1992.

As secretary, Woodruff steered the department through implementation of accountability reform and the federal No Child Left Behind system. As her career winds down, she’s pushing yet another reform—Vision 2015.

Woodruff chose the Sarah Pyle Academy Bistro (the school’s stylish version of a cafeteria) for her lunch interview with Delaware Today.

DT: Give us your assessment of public education in Delaware. What grade should we receive?

VW: I’m not a great believer in giving A to F grades, but I think that at this time, we are doing a better job for more children than we’ve ever done. That’s not to say that we’re doing the best job or that we are doing all that we can. We have been in a very serious process of continuous improvement. Particularly since we began the standards-based reform in the ’90s, which is when I went to the department.

When I first came to the department, I was in charge of all the federal programs, Title I, vocational education and special ed. And then eventually I was in charge of all the curriculum. Then when Governor Carper asked me to step up to this, I said I would because I believe in what we’re trying to do. I think sometimes we’ve gotten a little off-kilter, but I think we’ve also been able to make some adjustments that have made the system better, more fair, more logical for kids in our schools.

I find it interesting sometimes when I realize that I’ve been at the department since 1992. And I never dreamed I would work at the department and I never thought I’d stay that long and never thought I’d be secretary.

People have characterized me, and I think they’re right, I’ve been a change agent wherever I’ve been. I’ve always tried to see, how can I make a difference? And a lot of times then I got involved and then people say, “OK Val, we want you to do this.” I came to the department at the beginning of standards-based reform because I really believed that it was the way we needed to go. We needed to set standards. We needed to put supports in place for teachers and kids because we had been not as focused as we needed to be. I really believed that it was an important initiative for the state to take on.

Then I got involved in the implementation of it. How do we make it fair? How do we make it smart? And then No Child Left Behind came along and to some extent it has been good. And the implementation of that has been an enormous task. Not only for us, but for our districts.

DT: Anyone in your seat is obviously going to receive a fair amount of criticism…

VW: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

DT: How do you view the criticism of DOE and the DSTP during your tenure? For example, DSTP math scores improve, so critics point to low scores in social studies…

VW: Social studies is getting a little better. The focus has been on mostly reading and writing and math. And with NCLB, it really became reading and writing and math. There have been many, many resources put in those areas. And we’ve put a lot of resources in science because we started with a National Science Foundation grant and then we built over time.

In social studies, there has never been that big focus. And there’s never been the ability or the will or resources. We do what we can, but I don’t have a lot of discretionary money where I can say, “Oh, I’m going to put a million over here.” It just isn’t there to do.

I think folks in the state, educators and others who fought the reform and fought accountability earlier, realize now that it’s a reality. It’s not going away. And they have learned to roll with the punches, get in gear and move forward. I think NCLB is something that, again because of the way it’s done, has been problematic and difficult, but it has also helped us push the focus on all kids. It’s also helped us focus on how to qualify teachers and so forth.

So the criticisms of the reform, that’s one thing. But the other piece then, there are those who think I don’t push hard enough. That I don’t come out and say, “Well, the schools ought to be doing this and this and this.” I am not a believer in beating up on people. I think that you get more by encouraging and supporting than you do by getting in a bully pulpit and making statements that are counterproductive. What you do when you go after people is they get angry. They get their backs up. They get defensive. And then you say, Now I want to help you? That doesn’t work at all.

There are those who have been critical because they don’t think I’ve been pushy enough. Well, they don’t know me. Because I think you can be pushy, if you will, but you do it in a way that is more encouraging and saying come on, you need to get these things done. My style is not to stand up and rant. That is just not a good thing.

DT: What is the biggest weakness in the public school system in your view?

VW: Again, I’d rather go to strengths.

DT: I’ll rephrase. What could stand to be improved? There must be priorities that you’re looking at.

VW: I would love for us to find ways to engage kids in their learning so that they see the purpose for being in school. The fact that we have so many of our kids at the middle level who are already tuning out. Then when we have so many kids at the high school level saying, “This isn’t for me.” We really need to find ways to help kids understand the value of education.

I was just reading a report from Public Agenda. It’s a study they did in Kansas and Missouri about the attitudes of parents and kids about taking math and science. The title of it is “But Not for Me.” Kids were saying that math and science is irrelevant. And I’m thinking to myself, Oh my god.

We have to help our kids and our families see the relevance of the course that they’re taking. And that’s not to mean that everything that you study is going to have a direct line to something you do every day. But we have to help our young people see that the education they are receiving is to prepare them for a future. It’s not just to get through it. It’s to prepare. It’s the springboard. And that’s worrisome to me. We’ve got to keep more kids in school. We’ve got to graduate kids who are ready to go into higher ed.—whether it’s four-year, two-year, technical training or the workforce—be productive.

It’s not just content knowledge. It’s not just can you read, write and compute. It’s also can you work with people? Do you know how to behave? Do you know how to dress? Those kinds of soft skills that employers talk about.

That’s probably my greatest concern right now. We have got to do a better job in keeping kids in school. But not just keeping them in to get them through, but to really help them see that their schooling really, really is important.

DT: Is Vision 2015 going to do that?

VW: I think Vision 2015 can do it. But I think it also takes the Reaching Higher for Student Success work that we’ve been doing through a grant we recently received from the Gates Foundation. I think that’s gone a long way toward some of these things.

But in order to make schools more relevant and more effective, we need to provide a curriculum that’s exciting. We also need to help our teachers think about different ways. And our teachers really work hard. They want kids to succeed. But we have an obligation, I think, to provide them the resources and the support they need in order to make it work. It’s not one thing, it’s a combination of many things that need to be done.

The other piece is we have to be thinking about how we can really address the needs of the variety of children we have in our schools a little better.

We have a large influx of English language learners in this state. We need to provide better resources for them. If you want to talk about a weakness in the system… We need to recruit teachers who are bilingual and who can address the needs, particularly of our Hispanic population.

We need to be thinking about how we encourage young people who are our best and brightest to be teachers. I’ve been a teacher for 40 years. I’ve never regretted doing what I do. I should be and people like me should be saying to kids, “You’re a really smart kid. You know what, you ought to be a teacher.” And I’m happy to tell you that I have former students who are.

DT: Why wouldn’t the state undertake something like Vision 2015 on its own?

VW: Let me give you a little history. Early on in our reform, the business community was pretty involved. They were a real catalyst for some of the change that needed to be done.

A couple years ago, several of us got together and talked. I reached out to the state chamber, Jim Wolfe, Skip Schoenhals, people like that. They were interested in getting more involved. And what ended up happening is we have this one-day meeting with them and educators and DSEA and all the usual education groupies and other people from business. We started talking about what could be. And lo and behold out of that one-day meeting came this work on so what could it be. And out of that came Vision 2015.

In my mind, it’s a coalition of people who are really focused on what we need to do to get to the next best level in our reform and to really put our heads together and do what needs to be done to make our system the best.

DT: So the state, on its own, wouldn’t be capable of doing that? It has to be a partnership with business?

VW: I think when you build that coalition of support you’re more likely to be successful than if you’re out there by yourself trying to do it. The more people on board, the more people invested, the more people who care, the more people are talking about it, the more likely it is to gain traction. And that’s what I’m interested in.

And this isn’t about who gets credit. This is about making sure that we are working together and that our focus is on the best public school system that we can build.

DT: But it doesn’t hurt that you’ll be getting money from outside sources.

VW: The Business Roundtable has been generous. In my current fiscal year budget, there are things that are aligned with Vision 2015 that are funded. As I’m preparing for my FY ’09 budget, I’m thinking about what are the things that I need to ask for, given the limited resources that I know are available that will continue the effort and that will continue to support what we’re trying to do with Vision 2015.

Meanwhile, we have been very successful over the last couple years and we have a wonderful grant and we’ve done a lot of work with the Wallace Foundation on school leadership. While some of the Wallace funding—we just got a million and a half in June— is helping us fund the first cohort of training for our Vision network.

On the high school front, we were about to get the NGA-Gates Foundation grant, which is helping push the issues that I’m worried about in high school. But that also is about Vision 2015. See where I’m going?

DT: So, it’s kicking into gear very quickly?

VW: Well, not as quickly as some people would like. Sometimes you have to go slow to go fast. And if you’re more thoughtful, you end up getting more than if you jump in too fast and then you kind of get the cart before the horse. We have enough of that going on in the world.

Again, there are pieces of it that are going to go faster than others. We have the first cohort of Vision Network schools starting next week. I’m going to go and spend a little time with them and offer support. It’s an exciting opportunity.

DT: So we do have taxpayer money going toward Vision 2015?

VW: Going toward the initiatives that are aligned with it, yes. It’s not Vision 2015, per se. There’s not a line item that says this is for Vision 2015. But there is funding, for example, for early childhood that is very much a tenet of Vision 2015.

DT: As of now, what has the state legislature committed to Vision 2015?

VW: They did pass a resolution in support of Vision 2015. I can’t remember the number of the resolution.

DT: Is that where we need to be at this point?

VW: Well, the fact that they did that, although some may say that’s easy and it’s symbolic, sometimes symbolism goes a long way, you know?

DT: But it’d be nice to have some money come along with the symbolism, right?

VW: Correct. But their support of the work is great. The other piece of that is, before I met with you, I was meeting with representatives of the Boston Consulting Group who are doing this cost efficiency study. Because the governor signed an executive order setting up this LEAD (Leadership for Education Achievement in Delaware) committee and one of the tasks is to do a cost efficiency study like how much money we have and how are we spending it and could we be more efficient, could we be smarter? If we did certain things that would save, then we would have more money to invest. That kind of stuff.

The other thing the LEAD committee will be doing is looking at should we be thinking about a different way of funding our schools. Is the way we do it now the right way or is there a smarter way? And then we’re also working on what the business community would call a dashboard and I call a headline page. What are the most important indicators that need to be published annually about what’s important in schools? We have school report cards now that are mandated by state and federal law, but there are probably some major indicators that would be important to be the front page.

When we do this cost efficiency study and we look at the way we do funding, at some point somebody is going to have to act, and that’s probably going to be the legislature.

Not to say that what we’re doing now is wrong and bad but, is there a better way? Is there a smarter way? And if there is I think we have an obligation to explore it.

DT: So you get standards-based reform off the ground and you continue to hone the DSTP and accountability. Now here comes Vision 2015. Is this good timing?

VW: I think the timing for this is right because we are going to have a renewed effort. We can’t afford to coast. And we cannot rely on No Child Left Behind to get us where we need to be at all. It’s had some positive effect and I’m perfectly willing to concede that, but Vision 2015 is at the right time for us to say, “OK, we’ve done OK. We can do better. And how do we build that coalition to support what needs to be done in order to be better?” That’s a good thing.

DT: I was reading the Vision 2015 website and it points out weaknesses in the current system. I assume that’s to help demonstrate the need for further reform. Being that you’re involved in both, doesn’t that put you in a weird spot?

VW: No. You have to confront reality. The facts are what the facts are. So we can either wring out hands about it, be defensive about it or do something about it. I tend to be a let’s do something about it kind of person.

DT: Are some of the schools already using some of the techniques or approaches of Vision 2015?

VW: In the whole conversation about Vision 2015 there came a realization that there were already a lot of things going on and a lot of things that, if they weren’t happening, they were being planned. So it was like, OK, let’s build on what is underway and let’s think about how we take the good stuff to the next level and how do we do some new things that will enhance and improve and really drive a better system. I think that’s the key there.

DT: Does Vision 2015 threaten everything that’s been done with standards-based reform? Could the DSTP be replaced?

VW: You will always have assessment. It may be called something different, but there will be an assessment.

DT: But the DSTP as we know it may be tweaked, right?

VW: Absolutely and it should. We went out last winter for an RFP that we ended up not being able to do because we didn’t have the money to do it that would have changed the DSTP. I’m a believer that it’s served us well. It’s a good test, but the time has come for us to think about how we could do better.

Now whatever is developed in the future will not be any more popular than what we have now. Even though people will embrace it and say, “Oh, this is better, blah, blah, blah.” When people are being held accountable by an assessment tool, they’re not going to like it. That’s my opinion. And I could be wrong. If I’m wrong, I’ll admit it to you in five years.

DT: Rodel has put $3 million or so into Vision 2015, the Roundtable has contributed a few million. That gets things moving. What will it take to make Vision 2015 happen?

VW: It’s not always money. I spent yesterday with people from the Ontario school system. One of the people made the comment that you have to have the will and the skill to make things happen, to get better. And I think sometimes it isn’t about money, it’s about will. That’s not to say that money isn’t a good thing. But I think part of what Vision 2015 can do is also build the will both within the education system and within the community for us to continue down this road to be the best, to not let ourselves coast, to not be complacent because that’s a dangerous place to be.

DT: Can Vision 2015 get to where it needs to be without a state commitment, funding-wise?

VW: Probably not. But I don’t know that we need to. Again, there’s money, but there’s also will. And I think one of the reasons is that I’ve been very supportive of this cost efficiency study is to make sure we are using our dollars as wisely as possible. A lot of districts will say, well, if we had more flexibility, we could do better, blah, blah, blah. Well let’s figure that out.

I think there are going to be some new monies that are going to be needed. For example, one of the things we are doing right now is we are working on a plan for a virtual school. That’s going to require some money. And the state’s going to have to step up to that. If not this year, then if we really want it, they’re going to have to step up and put some dollars into it. Because it can’t happen on shoestring and be quality. And I don’t want to do it if it’s not quality.

DT: So Rodel and The Roundtable can’t float it alone?

VW: No, they can’t. And shouldn’t.

DT: Could the next governor come along and not like Vision 2015 and put the kibosh on it?

VW: They could.

DT: There are some very influential people behind Vision, but the next governor could still affect things. How do you see that playing out?

VW: One of the reasons I think the timing is right for Vision 2015 is that if you build the momentum and you show that you really are intent on building a better system, it would be very hard for the next governor or the next secretary to say, “Oh no, I don’t think so.” Now they may find a different way to support it or whatever, but I think that when you are looking at what is good for young people and what is good for the state. And while all the things that are in Vision 2015 may not come to pass exactly the way it’s laid out right now, certainly no one can argue with the idea that we ought to do it or that we ought to improve it.

DT: Not to dwell on negatives, but what are the potential pitfalls right now? What else could stop it?

VW: I think if the people who were part of building the vision begin to splinter off, that could be harmful because we don’t always all agree. But what we’ve been able to do is to agree on certain tenets and be willing to figure out how to make those things real in a way that is, although different people may be uncomfortable, you know, suffer some discomfort in certain ways. A little discomfort is not a bad thing.

The thing that’s most important to me is that the people who invested such time and energy—and believe me there has been a lot of time and thought put into this—hang together. Because it’s an opportunity that can’t be missed. It’s about kids. It’s not even about these kids. It’s about kids who are in elementary school.

We were sitting in a meeting and I was thinking about the time frame—2015—and we need to get there by then. And I thought 2015 isn’t soon enough. My granddaughter will graduate in 2015. I want it now. We can’t wait and have it all come at Vision 2015. We’ve got to build and strengthen now.

DT: What if the new governor wants to go a different way? What do you see as your role in Vision 2015?

VW: I’m retiring in January 2009.

DT: So you’re going to see it through to that point and then go enjoy life?

VW: Yup. Not be running to 42 meetings in a day. It’s the time in my life to do it. I’m at retirement age. I’m 63. I’ll be 65 in April of ’09. I’m committed to this reform. There’s been so much that we’ve been able to accomplish. I look back and see the things we accomplished and I’m very proud of it, but there are two or three things that I still want to get laid out before I leave.

DT: So when Governor Minner goes, you go.

VW: Yes.

DT: Heck, then you have nothing to worry about.

VW: Personally, I don’t. If people want to take shots at me, they’ve been doing it all these years. Let them keep at it. I don’t care. I mean I do care, it does affect you, but, like I told my students when I taught, “Look, the thing I want you to believe when you leave my classroom is that I was fair, that I respected you and that you learned something. That’s it. And if you like me, good."

 

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Stroll through the market on Sundays from 8 a.m.-noon at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Where:
Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue
, DE


Website »

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Make your way to Bellevue State Park on Sunday and Thursday nights for blues, jazz, swing and big band music. Don’t forget the picnic basket.

Where:
Bellevue State Park
Wilmington, DE


Telephone: 761-6965
Website »

More information

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
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

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

We invite you to an open house tour of the beautiful facility where you and your family will meet your new baby for the first time! The two-story Center for Women and Infants opened in 2005...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Birth Center
630 S. State St.
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
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

One of the East Coast’s premier regattas is a two-day event on Noxontown Pond at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown. 

Where:
Middletown, DE


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 »

More information

FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

More information

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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

Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
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

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

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Second & Third streets
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: (302) 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne & Stephanie Dumpson
Website »

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If you are expecting a new addition to your family, you may have questions or concerns. Our board-certified and experienced pediatricians at Concord Health Center can put you at ease. Our new...

Where:
Christiana Care Concord Health Center
161 Wilmington-West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Website »

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Bring a picnic, relax and enjoy an evening of wonderful music.  The concerts take place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in front of the historic Rockford Tower.  The tower will be open during...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at South Coastal Public Library in Bethany.   The Festival Film Review sessions,...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Coastal Public Library in Bethany.
Bethany Beach, DE


Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Karen Mitchell
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at two locations, Movies at Midway in Rehoboth and South Coastal Public Library in...

Cost: Free at Bethany Location; $2 RBFS members/$4 future members at Rehoboth location

Where:
Upstairs, Movies at Midway & South Coastal Library
Rehoboth & Bethany
, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x1
Website »

More information

Movies are shown Monday's at dusk on the beach off Garfield Parkway.  For a list of movies visit www.townofbethanybeach.com  

Cost: Free

Where:
The Beach off Garfield Parkway
Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
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

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
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

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
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 »

More information

FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

More information

Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

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

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
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

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

Enjoy a 45 minute taxi ride up the Christina, and after, receive a coupon to receive 10% off at Molly's Ice Cream and Deli.  $15 per family of 4.  To reserve your seat, contact Yvette at...

Cost: $15

Where:
, DE

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at two locations, Movies at Midway in Rehoboth and South Coastal Public Library in...

Cost: Free at Bethany Location; $2 RBFS members/$4 future members at Rehoboth location

Where:
Upstairs, Movies at Midway & South Coastal Library
Rehoboth & Bethany
, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x1
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting Festival Film Review sessions during the summer months at Movies at Midway in Rehoboth.   The Festival Film Review sessions, open to the...

Cost: $2.00 members/$4.00 non-members

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Karen Mitchell
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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


Telephone: 656-6466
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

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
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

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

This summer at Winterthur, Terrific Tuesdays focus on art conservation, with several hands-on activities for kids. 

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


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

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 »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, 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

From concert bands to rock bands, Tuesday nights at Stango Park in Lewes are for music-lovers.

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-8073
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 »

More information

FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

More information

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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

Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

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

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

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

Enjoy a wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August.  Board at the Dravo Dock near the Shipyard at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30pm, for a one hour cruise with hand selected...

Cost: $15

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


Telephone: 302-425-4890
Contact Name: Yvette

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
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

Every Wednesday in July features children's music on the bandstand or a performance by the Rehoboth Children's Theater at Town Hall.  All events are free, but theater shows require...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bethany Beach Town Hall
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing.  Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Enjoy free live music in Milton Memorial Park every Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 684-1101
Website »

More information

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
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

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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

Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
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

See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
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
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Sponsor: Instructors
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FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

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Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now through July 31.   Help those in need by...

Cost: None

Where:
Boscov's Dover, Wilmington, & Christiana
, DE


Sponsor: Boscov's Department Stores
Telephone: 610-565-6009
Contact Name: Sarah Haas

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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
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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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 Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
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Gene McClone, from Gentle Palm Karate Academy will lead you through the basic movements of Tai Chi.  Meet at the Josephine Fountain, 1080 North Park Drive, 19802.

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Park
1080 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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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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Enjoy a 45 minute taxi ride up the Christina, and after, receive a coupon to receive 10% off at Molly's Ice Cream and Deli.  $15 per family of 4.  To reserve your seat, contact Yvette at...

Cost: $15

Where:
, DE

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Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-888-2583
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
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Every Thursday (June 12 through August 28) beginning at dusk off Campbell Place.  Marshmallows and roasting sticks are provided, first come first serve.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Beach at Campbell Place
Campbell Place
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
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  The 2014 Cinema by the Canal summer outdoor film series continues with “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (2012 restored 30th anniversary edition) on Thursday, July 31 at the Lewes Canalfront...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: This film series for all ages is sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park.
Telephone: 609-645-9095
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
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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
Website »

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See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

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Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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Morning workshops for kids 3-10 include guided tours and projects inspired by the American flag, the museum’s unusual portraits and gardens. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the show is all about everyone’s favorite...

Where:
Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens
, PA


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Make your way to Bellevue State Park on Sunday and Thursday nights for blues, jazz, swing and big band music. Don’t forget the picnic basket.

Where:
Bellevue State Park
Wilmington, DE


Telephone: 761-6965
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Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
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Telephone: 227-2270
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A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 658-9111
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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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Thursday nights at Lewes Canalfront Park are sweet summer magic. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 644-0108

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Along with a rotating show of new artists and old faves, take advantage of the gallery’s month-long annual framing sale. 

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
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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 exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
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Telephone: 537-5055
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L overs of original music will love the schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville this month. First, Aaron Neville tours in support of his new album of doo-wop classics July 11....

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, DE


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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
Website »

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FREE Arts Activities FUN for Kids! June 16 – August 15  The Grand is pleased to announce the return of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks. Last year, we presented 30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington Parks
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: City of Wilmington

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This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

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

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
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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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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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
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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
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Live Comedy Performance featuring Ian Fidance with Setoyo, Max Gallo & Robert Han at 7:00 PM

Cost: $50

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE  19801


Sponsor: World Cafe

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Our lineup of bandstand shows offers some of your favorite regional acts along with new up and coming ones.  And you can still cheer on your friends during karaoke or the Talent Show and also...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bethany Beach Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-542-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
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Bandstand entertainment begins at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. For a detailed list of performers, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com and click on the Activities page, Bandstand.  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: (302) 539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
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Folk/pop duo The Lovebirds will be performing at World Café Live in Wilmington on August 1st!

Cost: $14

Where:
World Café Live
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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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
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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What really happens when the Museum closes at night?  Find out at this fun-filled overnight program that features an evening star party, camp fire complete with treats, and a campout in the...

Cost: $20 for members/$25 for non-members

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
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

This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

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


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

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


Telephone: 658-9111
Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

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


Telephone: 656-6466
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

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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
Website »

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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

Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

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When you hit the Riverfront Blues Festival you’ll see all your local faves—lower case blues, Mikey Junior and Jimmy Pritchard Big Band. You’ll also see homegrown harmonica...

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


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Check out creative art projects by area school students that are inspired by the Brandywine River Museum’s collection and landscape.

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

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See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
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

Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the show is all about everyone’s favorite...

Where:
Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens
, PA


Website »

More information

This rotating group show features works by The Station Gallery’s favorite and new artists. 

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
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
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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Appreciate the view when Gallery One artists interpret this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

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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
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
Website »

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Join us for the5th Annual Delaware KIDS Fund 5K in Newport, Delaware! Starting and ending at the lot directly accross the street from James Street Tavern in Newport (at James Street & Market...

Cost: $20

Where:
James Street Tavern
2 W. Market Street
Newport, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc.
Telephone: 302-323-9300
Contact Name: Ryan Kennedy
Website »

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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

This summer Somerville Manning Gallery will show works that embody the essence of summer by highlighting artists which utilize saturated color, movement, and light. We will feature new works by...

Cost: No admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
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

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

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
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
View map »


Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
Website »

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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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Visitors discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine and ways the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine to make black powder for over...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: meg marcozzi
Website »

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Our lineup of bandstand shows offers some of your favorite regional acts along with new up and coming ones.  And you can still cheer on your friends during karaoke or the Talent Show and also...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: 302-542-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

More information

Bandstand entertainment begins at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. For a detailed list of performers, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com and click on the Activities page, Bandstand.  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Town of Bethany Beach
Telephone: (302) 539-8011 x123
Contact Name: Julie Malewski
Website »

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What really happens when the Museum closes at night?  Find out at this fun-filled overnight program that features an evening star party, camp fire complete with treats, and a campout in the...

Cost: $20 for members/$25 for non-members

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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The peach is queen for a day at Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming along with live music

Where:
Camden-Wyoming, DE


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Rehoboth celebrates 36 years of being a kid with a mega-sandcastle contest. More than 100 teams and 800-plus participants get creative at Fisherman’s Beach at the north end of the Rehoboth...

Where:
Rehoboth Beach, DE


Telephone: 227-2233
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Crafts, food, children’s rides and games, a parade and the Dover Drumline putting it down—did we mention the peach-dessert contest? That should have been first. 

Where:
Wyoming, DE


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See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Ardentown, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

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The Lewes Historical Society’s event features antique dealers from the Mid-Atlantic region at the Lewes Historic Complex. 

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 645-7670
Website »

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Now that the final stage of the Tour de France is over, nurse that cycling hangover with some local action. Amateurs and pros alike descend on nearby West Chester, Pa., for the event. 

Where:
West Chester, PA


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 »

More information

Appreciate the view when Gallery One artists interpret this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

Longwood Gardens’ new Meadow Garden features a richly layered landscape, paths for lazy strolling, and enough bloom and pop to color your summer. On select Meadow Days, experts will be on...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-1000
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Check out creative art projects by area school students that are inspired by the Brandywine River Museum’s collection and landscape.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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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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And, no, we don’t mean take a selfie. We’re talking real portraiture here, inspired by the museum’s collection.

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-2111
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The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society’s annual gala includes dining, dancing and auctions at Kings Creek Country Club. This year’s theme is “Life’s Better in Flip...

Where:
Kings Creek Country Club
Rehoboth Beach, DE


Telephone: 227-7310
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This rotating group show features works by The Station Gallery’s favorite and new artists. 

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
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When you hit the Riverfront Blues Festival you’ll see all your local faves—lower case blues, Mikey Junior and Jimmy Pritchard Big Band. You’ll also see homegrown harmonica...

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


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Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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The Jeff Walker Youth One-Act Festival, a collaboration of kids and adults, closes the season at the Wilmington Drama League. 

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 764-1172
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A twist on the Dickens classic, this timeless musical about an orphan looking for his family is performed by downstate theater darlings Clear Space.

Where:
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
31570 Lakeview Drive
Selbyville, DE
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Telephone: 436-3015
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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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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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A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy crawly you can handle. 

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 658-9111
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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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This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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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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Six unemployed steel workers get together to form a strip act. Naked hilarity ensues.

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth, DE
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Telephone: 227-2270
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Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the show is all about everyone’s favorite...

Where:
Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens
, PA


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