The Never-Ending Boom

Middletown continues to grow like there’s no tomorrow. Watch carefully: It could become the model for a small town near you.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Middletown Mayor Ken Branner has taken pride in keeping
taxes down over 20 years of unprecedented growth, due
largely to accommodations made by developers, who help
pay for municipal improvements.

Photograph by Pat Crowe II

Former insurance commissioner David Levinson remembers his hometown, Middletown, as a place where people didn’t lock their doors or cars and the crime rate was one a year. When his father was mayor in the 1930s, the town of 1,500 was hailed as a model. In the midst of the Great Depression, it had lights, sewers, paved streets, trash collection, public schools, police and low taxes.

Now southern New Castle County is home to thousands who commute to New York, Washington, D.C., and points between. The Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area is projected to exceed 48,000 residents by 2025 and 96,000 by 2030.

It’s a trend repeated in small towns across the state. Attracted by low taxes and inexpensive housing, people are sinking roots near places like Smyrna and Bridgeville, which, not long ago, were mere dots on the map. State planning office director Constance Holland says growth is not haphazard. Most has been in targeted areas so “that small towns don’t lose their character” in the rush to suburbanize.

Middletown is such a place. MOT’s largest municipality, it has grown by more than 66 percent since the 2000 census. Its footprint has grown almost tenfold in the past 20 years, and its budget has expanded from $2.9 million in 1989 to $33 million this year.

Growth has been a fact in Middletown since Colonial times, when it consisted of a lone tavern at the crossroads halfway between Odessa and Maryland’s Bohemia River. When the town incorporated with 368 residents in 1861, it measured a mile square, making it the “Diamond Town in the Diamond State.”

By 1962 it had lost its diamond shape with the annexation of a housing development, and its population had grown to 2,200. Downtown thrived. A sign on U.S. 301 west of town proclaimed “Middletown—Hub of the East,” but the telephone exchange Frontier hinted otherwise. As late as 1980, the first glimpse of Middletown’s eastern edge from the road was the high school ag teacher’s cows grazing a mile from the center square.

Students still take ag classes and belong to 4-H. Yet nowhere is growth more telling than in school statistics. The Appoquinimink district has opened five new buildings in the past decade, and it is poised to add eight more over the next seven years. The system is now the area’s largest employer.

As mayor for 20 years, Kenneth Branner Jr. has promoted annexation in order to regulate growth. “If you want to control your own destiny, you have to do it, or you’re at the whim of other people,” he says.

But growth is expensive, demanding new schools, roads, libraries, sewers and other infrastructure, which creates a tug of war among residents over cost and quality of life.  Over the past year, the town has had to grapple with some big-city issues. It established a police force, built an upgraded communications tower for emergency responders, expanded town council and instituted a taxpayer-accountable community grant program in place of interest-free employee loans.

Branner is proud that on his watch, town taxes came down and stayed down. That’s partly because developers pay impact fees to cover sewer and water connection and provide lights and roads as a condition for annexation and approval of their projects. They are also required to donate land for schools and parks.

But taxpayers district-wide have to pay for schools. Chuck Mulholland, who lives outside Middletown, has watched his taxes double over the past 10 years. Past president of the Appoquinimink school board and current president of the Southern New Castle County Alliance citizen watchdog group, he says newer residents, accustomed to higher taxes elsewhere, don’t notice. But “the longer they are here, the more they realize that what we had is being taken away.”

The last school referendum passed, but with no industry to share the tax burden, voters had little choice but to dig deep for needed improvements. Residents outside the town’s boundaries complain they are penalized by Middletown’s low taxes. Topping the list of concerns Mulholland and others raise at public meetings are traffic, environmental degradation, loss of farmland and the place’s changing character.

When Wal-Mart wanted to build a superstore, some residents balked. Town council approved the plan, then realized it violated zoning. A new location was found, and despite lawsuits over a zoning change, potential traffic problems and excessive paving of a water recharge area, Wal-Mart won. It joins a parade of auto dealerships and other development that is replacing farmland on the U.S. 301 commercial corridor that bisects the west side of town.

“The biggest joke in town was that you couldn’t buy a pair of socks in Middletown,” says Scott Lawrence, a fourth-generation resident and former editor of The Middletown Transcript. “But I think the older residents would rather drive the half hour to Dover or Wilmington.”

The Wal-Mart superstore is part of the Westown development area of homes, businesses, a golf course, a school and spray fields for wastewater. The spray fields form part of the town’s greenbelt, a key in Branner’s plan to create a border between the town and county sprawl.

Townsend has also grown through annexation, but less aggressively. Odessa has maintained its boundaries for years, in part because it lies near sensitive marshlands, some of which are preserved, along with farmland. Yet neither Odessa nor Townsend is immune to sprawl, traffic, high taxes or the risk of dropping well water levels due to overdevelopment.

Michael McGrath, manager of Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation, jokingly told Branner that if any more land were annexed, the town would have a Maryland ZIP code. The MOT area has the best farmable soil “in the world,” he says. “The conundrum of the farmers is that they love the land, but they are always confronted with financial reality. I don’t blame developers. They do what we let them do.”

Arguably the largest single landowner outside of town is holding on to its 2,000-plus acres. Saint Andrew’s School was founded on 360 acres of farmland in 1929 by A. Felix du Pont precisely because of its isolated setting. Over the years, the school, on Noxontown Pond, purchased nearly all the adjacent waterfront properties. Surrounded by woods and fields, it is an oasis in an otherwise suburban landscape and the southeastern corner of the town greenbelt. A letter to the editor of the local paper expressed the feelings of many toward the school: “Thank heaven Saint Andrew’s owns land here.”

While the limits of Middletown expand, the town has poured money into the downtown district to make it an attractive destination for local folks. The town has buried utilities, planted trees and spruced up the original crossroads, Cochran Square, with brick pavement and benches around the veterans’ monument. Main Street has been narrowed to discourage through traffic, and big rigs are outlawed.

Older businesses such as Buckworth’s Hardware, Hatton jeweler and Immediato’s Subs and Steaks give Main Street an air of familiarity. The Everett, a 1920s movie theater, shows first-run films once a month. In the former auto parts store next door is The Gibby Center, a community arts center and gallery, and around the corner is The Academy, an 1824 school the Middletown Historical Society is making into a museum.

Main Street Middletown, Inc., a non-profit revitalization group, helps businesses improve their looks and marketing skills and courts new businesses. In the summer it organizes art loops to encourage families to wander downtown and visit the galleries. Director Lorraine Dion says that when residents come home, “they don’t want to drive back to Wilmington. They want entertainment, to see the arts. They want to have a meal at a restaurant.” Main Street is making those things possible.

“We know we’ll never be a little farm town again,” says Helen Alford, president of the historical society. For better or worse, that’s true.

July 2014

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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Enjoy a Sunday afternoon meandering through the Museum's exhibits, including BUGS:Outside the Box! Afterwards, take your kite for a friendly flight in the Museum's expansive back yard (kites...

Cost: FREE for members; FREE with admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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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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Meet local farmers and choose from fresh-picked vegetables and fruits, feast on local artisan foods, listen to live music, buy locally-crafted goods and get to know folks in your community! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Newark Natural Foods Co-op Grocery Store
280 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Newark Natural Foods Co-op
Telephone: 302-368-5894
Contact Name: Alison
Website »

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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
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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
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Take a break from the sweltering summer heat with Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas in July celebration! Head to the Ocean Realm to see Scuba Santa dive in to 760,000 gallons of seawater,...

Cost: $18.95 - $25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 610-455-2755
Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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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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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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The aging of wine is a noble process that can serve as a metaphor for healthy aging of a human being. Join us at Penns Woods Winery to enjoy a 60 minute gentle yoga class with MERRYoga in our...

Cost: $35.00

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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Come enjoy an afternoon. Forget about throwing your own party, come enjoy ours. We will have catered food for purchase, so no need to turn on the grill. We'll have live music on select days....

Cost: free admission

Where:
Chaddsford Winery
632 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Chaddsford Winery
Telephone: 610-388-6221
Contact Name: Elaine
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Guard your valuables, wives, and children! Black Bart and his gang seize the train, but can they outsmart the sheriff and steal the railroad's payroll? It may come down to an old-fashioned...

Cost: Adults: $18 Seniors: $17 Children: $16

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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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
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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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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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The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons.  Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington.  Note:  Tower may close if there is inclement...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rockford Park
2000 Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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Taste Kennett Food Tours, creators of memorable, unique and fun food experiences, offer three-hour walking food tours of Kennett Square on Sundays at 1pm. Discover our town's diverse cuisine...

Cost: $45 per person

Where:
Historic Kennett Square
State Street
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Taste Kennett Food Tours
Telephone: 484-734-0740
Contact Name: Ann Vaughan
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Led by TLC & DNS staff Try camping at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve with TLC & DNS where you will find a beautiful landscape, your own private camping spot, group activities, and...

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext 104
Contact Name: Paige Minka
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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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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
Website »

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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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This three-day WXPN event features acts like Beck, Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Hurray for The Riff Raff and The Hold Steady, but we’re most pumped for Lucius. Check ’em out at the...

Where:
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ


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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
Website »

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

Where:
Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue
, DE


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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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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
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
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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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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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
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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
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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


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
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Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

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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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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


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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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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 »

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

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
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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
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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 »

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

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Varies for each class

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


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

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

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 »

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

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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 »

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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


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 »

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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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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
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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

Where:
Grove Park
, DE


Website »

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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 »

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

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-8073
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

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 »

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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

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Varies for each class

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


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

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

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
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
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

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 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

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
View map »


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

More information

  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
View map »


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
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

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

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
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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

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

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

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

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

Thursday nights at Lewes Canalfront Park are sweet summer magic. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 644-0108

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

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

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

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

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Varies for each class

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


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

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

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

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
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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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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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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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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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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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
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Telephone: 656-6466
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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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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
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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
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Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Telephone: 227-2270
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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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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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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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Appreciate the view when Gallery One artists interpret this month’s theme. 

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
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Telephone: 537-5055
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The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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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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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
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Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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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
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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
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
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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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
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Telephone: 475-2313
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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
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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


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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
Website »

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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
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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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
Website »

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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
Website »

More information

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


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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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
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 888-4600
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

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

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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

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 producer-only farmers market provides fresh, local foods every Saturday morning at the Lewes Historical Society complex.

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 644-1436
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

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 »

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