Delaware’s Swedish History: Exploring the First State’s European Roots

Names like Kalmar Nyckel, Christina River and others are common-knowledge parts of Delaware’s history, but these and more are all linked by their Swedish heritage.



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They once dictated their nation’s religion, led armies into battle, and plotted against each other. These were the royals of yesteryear. Today, they are more likely to have university degrees, spend time volunteering for humanitarian causes in under-developed countries and pursue vocations apart from their official duties. But, since 1974 in Sweden, monarchs have had no governing authority.

Sweden has been ruled by kings and queens for more than 1,000 years. The present King Carl XVI Gustaf, who was crowned in 1973, is the latest in a succession of more than 60 monarchs.

Delawareans should be familiar with an earlier one: Queen Christina. She is the reason we have we have the Christina River, Christina school district, and even the hamlet of Christiana, whose name is a muddled version of “Christina.” An early name for Wilmington was “Christinahamn,” which means “Christina harbor.”

Christina was 12 when the Kalmar Nyckel sailed up the Delaware River in 1638 with the first Swedes. However, her fame rests less on the founding of Delaware than on her abdicating the throne 16 years later. 

Some of her relatives were less fortunate. Gustav III, for example, a great patron of the arts, an outstanding public speaker and an accomplished playwright—perhaps the greatest Swedish playwright before Strindberg—was assassinated at a masked ball in 1792 at the opera house he built. He was the third Swedish monarch to die of gunshot wounds in less than two centuries. His son, Gustav IV Adolf, was deposed in 1809 in favor of his uncle Karl, who was then succeeded by a general in Napoleon’s army.

Modern scribes have labeled Christina “madcap,” “eccentric,” or, simply, “an unusual character.” The cruelest critics of her day said she was a man.

Most agree that she was an intelligent, athletic (something women were not supposed to be) and popular monarch who brought peace to Sweden after Europe’s Thirty Years’ War and enlivened her court with artists and scholars from the continent. She spoke nine languages, was greeting foreign dignitaries at her court with regal aplomb before she was 10, and as a young woman, could hold her own in discourses with French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes, who called her “a queen in the realm of mind as well as government.”

It’s said that Christina’s councillors wept when she removed her crown in 1654. The law forbade anyone but a Lutheran to rule Sweden, and she had chosen to convert to Catholicism.

The queen’s flight to Rome was romanticized in the 1974 film “The Abdication.” True, dressed as a man she fled incognito through Protestant lands on her way to Rome and was greeted by the pope himself. And, there was a smitten cardinal. But, the fact is that Christina, who is buried in St. Peter’s Basilica, made her Vatican residence a gathering place for the literati and glitterati of her time and, as far as we know, remained above emotional entanglements. Aside from her plan to raise a private army to invade Sweden when her royal pension was interrupted, she stayed out of politics, too.

Ironically, it was Christina’s father, King Gustav II Adolf, “Gustav the Great,” who had fought to defend the Lutheran faith by keeping the Catholic Counter-Reformation from engulfing Europe and reaching Scandinavia. Under him, Sweden modernized and advanced economically and culturally. He died at the age of 38 in a victorious battle far from home when Christina was only six. Nearsighted, he mistakenly rode into a detachment of enemy cavalry.

Gustav II wanted Sweden to have a colony in the New World. His image, not Christina’s, is on the monument at the rocks overlooking the Christina River in Wilmington.

He was descended from the Vasas, a noble family that freed Sweden from oppressive Danish rule in 1523. A turning point in that 16th-century struggle is commemorated each year by a grueling 90-kilometer cross-country ski race, the Vasaloppet (Vasa race). The current king, who is an avid outdoorsman, has competed three times in the race, most recently in 1997 at the age of 41. It’s since become a trendy international event.

Christina’s successors for the next half century fought to retain or regain Sweden’s territories amid shifting political alliances and royal successions. Karl XII, who was crowned in 1697, was a hero to the English for his courageous but futile stand against Russian Czar Peter the Great. Voltaire hailed him as “perhaps the most extraordinary man ever born.”

Besides winning wars and making peace, one of the most important functions of past monarchs was to produce a legitimate heir. Until 1980—that’s when new laws of succession took effect—it meant a son. If the current king had been born a generation later, he would not be reigning, since he has four older sisters.

His son, Carl Philip, born crown prince like his father in 1979, was “demoted” the following year by the law that elevated the infant’s sister Victoria, born in 1977, ahead of him in the line of succession. He’s now third behind Victoria’s daughter Princess Estelle, born in 2012.

Besides gender and religion, class used to be an obstacle to the throne. For generations, royals married royals, sometimes first cousins. Today, King Carl can count among his relations virtually all the current reigning monarchs of Europe.

Until the 1970s in Sweden, marriage to a commoner meant loss of title and the right to inherit the throne. For that reason, Prince Bertil, the King’s late uncle, who attended the dedication of the monument at Wilmington’s Fort Christina Park in 1938, postponed his marriage to a non-royal until 1976, when he was 64. The change also allowed King Carl to marry German-born Silvia Sommerlath, now Queen Silvia.

Their daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, married a commoner, now Prince Daniel. And her younger sister, Princess Madeleine, recently announced her engagement to a British-American banker whom she met while working in New York for the World Childhood Foundation.

Back in the 1700s, a marriage proposal could mean the difference between war and peace. At 18, Gustav IV Adolf was sent to Russia in hopes of cementing a liaison with the granddaughter of Catherine the Great.

Gustav backed out and married a German royal, which nearly started a war with Russia. Eventually Gustav was forced to resign. His uncle Duke Karl succeeded him.

But Karl was childless, so a suitable heir was selected. The first choice, a Danish prince, died of a heart attack; the second, Eugène de Beauharnais, Napoleon’s stepson, declined; the third choice, Napoleon’s general Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, accepted.

On several occasions, Napoleon had considered having his underling, the “malcontent” Bernadotte, shot. Luckily for Sweden, he changed his mind. As for Bernadotte, he felt cheated out of the leadership of France and held a grudge against the Emperor. Bernadotte was married to Napoleon’s former sweetheart, Désirée Clary, whose sister Julie Clary was the wife of Napoleon’s brother Joseph, so, in a way, it was a family feud.

For whatever reason, Napoleon gave his blessing to Sweden’s choice, and history has proved that it was a good one. Unable to adjust to the harsh winters and misunderstood by the Swedish court, Queen Désirée longed for Paris. Neither she nor her husband mastered the Swedish language, but, crowned King Karl XIV Johan in 1818, the former French general laid the foundation for Sweden’s foreign policy of neutrality and reformed the state finances. Today, King Carl is the seventh king in the Bernadotte dynasty.
 

The Contemporaries

So what do contemporary royals do? “They are P.R. people for Sweden,” explains Kajsa Haracz of the New Sweden Alliance, a consortium of groups participating in the anniversary celebration of Wilmington’s Swedish roots. “Their job is a lot of P.R. and economic development.”

It involves traveling, meeting people, making speeches, giving out awards—the most prestigious being the Nobel prizes—and cutting ribbons at openings. Prince Bertil used to jokingly refer to himself as a traveling salesman for Sweden Ltd.
And royalty support their favorite causes. The athletic Bertil served as chair of Sweden’s Olympic Committee. King Carl has been chairman of the Swedish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (known as the World Wildlife Fund in the United States) since 1988, and being a former Cub Scout and Boy Scout, he has served as honorary chair of the World Scout Foundation since 1977. Queen Silvia advocates for children and the disabled.

King Carl’s grandfather, Gustaf VI Adolf, nurtured a lifelong interest in archaeology and before he was king participated in expeditions in the Mediterranean region. He was an authority on ancient Swedish monuments as well as Chinese ceramics. Queen Victoria of Sweden, Carl’s great grandmother, was a pioneer amateur photographer in the late 1800s.

As the official head of state, the monarch opens Parliament, leads various government councils, welcomes foreign diplomats to Sweden, and holds supreme rank in all branches of the military. The government funds the family’s official activities and maintains the royal residences. Like all Swedish citizens, royals pay taxes and can vote, though traditionally none have exercised this right.

“It’s not like here. There are many [political] parties in Sweden,” explains Haracz, who is Swedish-American. The king, she says, represents all the Swedish people, not just those of a particular party.

The royal couple’s three children have their own interests, but also share in official duties. They are well-educated —“well-rounded,” says Haracz. All are multi-lingual. Both Prince Carl Philip and Crown Princess Victoria attended schools in the United States.

The prince was at Kent School in Connecticut and at the Rhode Island School of Design, and later served an internship at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. He attained the rank of lieutenant in the Royal Navy and has a degree in agriculture and rural management.

Victoria studied at Yale and worked in Swedish diplomatic, trade and humanitarian missions abroad. In addition to learning about the workings of government and studying conflict resolution and international peace-building, the future queen has had basic military training and served internships in cultural institutions.

Princess Madeleine studied law, architecture and design and pursued graduate studies in organization and leadership in preparation for international humanitarian work.

Royals in Sweden are “accessible,” notes Haracz. As a result, unlike their British counterparts, they are not hounded by the public. They are treated more like average citizens. The queen has admitted to shopping at IKEA, and the king enjoys showing off his vintage Volvo at rallies. They take walks in the public parks surrounding some of the royal residences.

The children attended public schools early in their life and are at ease mingling with people. Of course, all have security details. For the king and queen, who lead an active lifestyle, this includes personnel who can jog and ride horseback.

In the summer, Crown Princess Victoria’s birthday party is held in a park on one of the royal estates. Anyone can attend. “People give her flowers. Some people go every year,” says Haracz. They are thrilled when the princess recognizes them. “The family are all very well-liked.”

As goodwill ambassadors, the royal family travels all over the world and has been to the United States on both official and personal business numerous times. Last year, Victoria’s husband, Prince Daniel, visited Wilmington, one of three stops on his first official trip to the United States.

The king and queen will be familiar faces at the 375th anniversary of the founding of New Sweden. They were here in 1988 for the 350th anniversary. The queen was  charming and gracious; the king, more reserved, as befits a monarch. Visitors came from out of town just to see the royal couple. Some had Swedish roots, but most did not.

We don’t have to speak Swedish or have had ancestors on the Kalmar Nyckel to celebrate with royalty again in 2013. As Delawareans, we share a heritage that is unique among the 13 original Colonies, the only one founded by Sweden, and for that we can thank a Swedish warrior king and his daughter in whose name the land was claimed.
  

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Nanticoke Physician Network will host a two-part "Diabetes Survival Skills" workshop on Tuesday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-752-8467
Contact Name: NPN Care Coordinator

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Join us September 16 for the opening reception 530pm to 830pm to meet Judith and Gary and experience a wonderful, colorful, ethereal new show - abstract and abstract landscapes by both artists....

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Registration for the new season of rehearsals for the Delaware Choral Society will begin 6pm Tuesday, September 13th at Wesley United Methodist Church in Dover. Membership is open to all adults and...

Cost: $30

Where:
Wesley United Methodist Church
209 South State Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Choral Society
Telephone: 302-465-4832
Contact Name: Joanne Carrico
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Each of us strives for happiness and peace in life.  We would like to experience peace and happiness in response to every action we perform. We feel happiness is my birthright. The path we...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Apartments Community Room (near pool)
2702 Jacqueline Dr.
Wilmington, DE  19810


Sponsor: Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidhyalaya
Telephone: 706-691-4666
Contact Name: Krutiben Aghera
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UD's faculty wind quintet is Eileen Grycky, flute; Jeff O'Donnell, oboe; Christopher Nichols, clarinet; John David Smith, horn; and Lynn Moncilovich, bassoon.

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Center for the Arts (Gore Recital Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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Patterned Space, paintings by Diane Lorio, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 2-30, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, September 9 from 5-7 p.m. Lorio received a...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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New work by contemporary realist painter Frank DePietro, abstracted landscapes and mixed media collage by Marlene Dubin, and mixed media abstracts by Barbara Straussberg. Wine & Cheese...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours

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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Come discover the new DCH, and join us for a tour of our facilities and refreshments with a wine tasting provided by Moore Brothers. New members will learn about TheDCH programs and how to make the...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N. Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Marcia Stephenson
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Nanticoke Physician Network will host a two-part "Diabetes Survival Skills" workshop on Tuesday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-752-8467
Contact Name: NPN Care Coordinator

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Join us September 16 for the opening reception 530pm to 830pm to meet Judith and Gary and experience a wonderful, colorful, ethereal new show - abstract and abstract landscapes by both artists....

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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This literature discussion of the biography "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall, led by author and educator Dr. Myrna Nurse, is part of a nationwide and statewide celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware Memorial Hall
170 The Green
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Delaware Humanities Forum
Telephone: 302-657-0650
Contact Name: Ciera Fisher
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Lecture: “Ordering the Cosmos: Charles Willson Peale and the Philadelphia Museum” Tuesday September 27, 2016, 6:00 pm Robert McCracken Peck, senior fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences...

Cost: $5 per member, $15 per nonmember

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

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Registration for the new season of rehearsals for the Delaware Choral Society will begin 6pm Tuesday, September 13th at Wesley United Methodist Church in Dover. Membership is open to all adults and...

Cost: $30

Where:
Wesley United Methodist Church
209 South State Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Delaware Choral Society
Telephone: 302-465-4832
Contact Name: Joanne Carrico
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to collaborate with the American Association of University Women Coastal Georgetown Branch and the League Of Women Voters® Of Sussex County to present...

Cost: $9

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. A...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Calan brings together the remarkable talents of five young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to the old traditions of Welsh music and spirited performances of Welsh step dancing.  $24...

Cost: $24 reserved/ $27 door; ages 17 and under free with an adult

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Green Willow Folk Club
Telephone: 302-456-3242
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Wednesdays through September 28, 2016, October 12 & 29, November 9 & 26, December 7 & 31 8:00 am – 7:30 pm Itinerary: 8:00 am Customer Check In 8:45 am Boat departs...

Cost: $35

Where:
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henelopen Drive
Lewes , DE  19958
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Patterned Space, paintings by Diane Lorio, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 2-30, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, September 9 from 5-7 p.m. Lorio received a...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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New work by contemporary realist painter Frank DePietro, abstracted landscapes and mixed media collage by Marlene Dubin, and mixed media abstracts by Barbara Straussberg. Wine & Cheese...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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

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Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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


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

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

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The 2016 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers' Market at Rodney Square will begin May 4 and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2...

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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Join us at Winterthur's Brown Horticulture Learning Center for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Wednesdays, June through September, 4:30 pm Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you...

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on September 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The cost of the program may be...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2446
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Dept.

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Join us September 16 for the opening reception 530pm to 830pm to meet Judith and Gary and experience a wonderful, colorful, ethereal new show - abstract and abstract landscapes by both artists....

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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The Music School of Delaware launches its concert season with a thank-you performance dedicated to its students, families, faculty, supporters and community.  Featuring Grieg's "Holberg Suite,...

Cost: 5-10

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: The Music School of Delaware
Telephone: 302-762-1132
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. A...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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Patterned Space, paintings by Diane Lorio, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 2-30, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, September 9 from 5-7 p.m. Lorio received a...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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The 32nd Dodge NHRA Nationals returns to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading Pennsylvania, September 29-October 2, 2016. The event will feature the superstars of professional drag...

Cost: varies

Where:
Maple Grove Raceway
30 Stauffer Park Lane
Mohnton, PA  19540
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
Website »

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New work by contemporary realist painter Frank DePietro, abstracted landscapes and mixed media collage by Marlene Dubin, and mixed media abstracts by Barbara Straussberg. Wine & Cheese...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
Website »

More information

Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

More information

Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours

More information

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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The Junior League of Wilmington is sponsoring an inspirational showhouse in Centreville, DE that will feature the creativity and talents of nearly 20 local interior designers and landscapers, with...

Cost: $25 per person in advance; $30 per ticket day of

Where:
Centreville, DE  19807


Sponsor: Junior League of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.691.9056
Contact Name: Sandra Borror
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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


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

More information

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

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

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

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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


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

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Lecture: “The Flowering Tree: An Exotic Motif that Transcends Time and Place” Thursday September 29, 2016, 12:15 pm Linda Eaton, John L., and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections,...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

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The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the...

Cost: No ticket is required for the Farm Stand or the Museum Store.

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

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Join us September 16 for the opening reception 530pm to 830pm to meet Judith and Gary and experience a wonderful, colorful, ethereal new show - abstract and abstract landscapes by both artists....

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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

Cost: $50 or $25 for refresher course

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611x2540
Contact Name: Nanticoke’s Maternal Child Health Clinical Educato

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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Waiting for a guy that’s lousy at...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. A...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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New Music Delaware presents composer, percussionist and teacher Patrick Long.

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Center for the Arts (Gore Recital Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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Jacques Ferber's furs, down, shearling, leather, luxurious cloth and accessories (handbags & scarves) will be at least 50 percent off for 3 days only: Sept. 29, Sept. 30 and...

Where:
4001 Kennett Pike
Route 52, Two Greenville Crossing
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: (302) 652-4340

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Patterned Space, paintings by Diane Lorio, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 2-30, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, September 9 from 5-7 p.m. Lorio received a...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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The 32nd Dodge NHRA Nationals returns to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading Pennsylvania, September 29-October 2, 2016. The event will feature the superstars of professional drag...

Cost: varies

Where:
Maple Grove Raceway
30 Stauffer Park Lane
Mohnton, PA  19540
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New work by contemporary realist painter Frank DePietro, abstracted landscapes and mixed media collage by Marlene Dubin, and mixed media abstracts by Barbara Straussberg. Wine & Cheese...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Visit TheDCH's Urban Farmer, and shop our locally grown, seasonal produce to benefit our Urban Agriculture programs. Supplies are limited, so get there early for the biggest selection of fresh...

Cost: Produce prices vary

Where:
Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine
12th and Brandywine Streets
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Adrienne Spencer
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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit providers of behavioral healthcare, announced it will host its first autism conference, Autism A-Z:...

Cost: Early bird rate of $125 per person available through September 2.

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Telephone: 610-542-3094
Contact Name: Kristin Schloendorn
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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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The Junior League of Wilmington is sponsoring an inspirational showhouse in Centreville, DE that will feature the creativity and talents of nearly 20 local interior designers and landscapers, with...

Cost: $25 per person in advance; $30 per ticket day of

Where:
Centreville, DE  19807


Sponsor: Junior League of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.691.9056
Contact Name: Sandra Borror
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours

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

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

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

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum & Library
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum & Library
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Vanessa Spence
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Yoga in the Vineyard: Wine, Body & Soul Select Fridays & Sundays May through October The aging of wine is a noble process that can serve as a metaphor for healthy aging of a human being. Join us...

Cost: $35

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Penns Woods Winery
Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Andrea
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Cricket Wireless Would like to invite you to our store for a day of Food, Family, and fun!

Cost: $0.00

Where:
Cricket Wireless
456 s market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Cricket Wireless
Telephone: 302-655-2416
Contact Name: Robert Madsen

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Fridays Sept 9, 16,23,30 and Oct 7, 2016 Lewes Departure: 4:15 pm Return trip departs 6:00 pm   Enjoy a sunset cruise across the Delaware Bay as you savor some of the finest wines and hors...

Cost: $65

Where:
Departs from Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Join us September 16 for the opening reception 530pm to 830pm to meet Judith and Gary and experience a wonderful, colorful, ethereal new show - abstract and abstract landscapes by both artists....

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
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Winterthur After Hours: Truck & Tractor Preview for Adults Friday September 30, 2016, 5:30 – 8:00 pm Start your weekend with a little early evening socializing. Listen to live music, stop by a...

Cost: -

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

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Sept. 30: Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too! (Ages 21+, no children please) 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Join the Delaware Zoological Society, which supports the Brandywine Zoo, in its...

Cost: $30–$50

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Delaware Zoological Society
Telephone: (302) 571-7747
Contact Name: Jennifer Lynch
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Bring the family out on a cool summer evening to ride our scenic train during the last light of day. Join us on a 1-hour round-trip train ride to Ashland. This train does not stop or lay over...

Cost: Adults: $14; Seniors (60+): $13; Children (2-12): $12; Children under 2: FREE

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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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. A...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Waiting for a guy that’s lousy at...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Guest baritone Robert Brandt and UD faculty member and tenor Blake Smith will perform a recital of art song, including Schumann’s Dichterliebe, accompanied by celebrated German collaborative...

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Center for the Arts (Gore Recital Hall)
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Department of Music
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Jacques Ferber's furs, down, shearling, leather, luxurious cloth and accessories (handbags & scarves) will be at least 50 percent off for 3 days only: Sept. 29, Sept. 30 and...

Where:
4001 Kennett Pike
Route 52, Two Greenville Crossing
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: (302) 652-4340

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The 32nd Dodge NHRA Nationals returns to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading Pennsylvania, September 29-October 2, 2016. The event will feature the superstars of professional drag...

Cost: varies

Where:
Maple Grove Raceway
30 Stauffer Park Lane
Mohnton, PA  19540
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You won’t want to miss our Giant Yard Sale on Saturday, October 3, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Aetna Fire Hall at 400 Ogletown Road (Route 273), Newark, Delaware. The fire hall will be filled...

Cost: 0

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Telephone: 302-737-9543

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First Saturdays in the First State   Programs and events on the first Saturday of each month. Sites are open, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., check website for...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd N
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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New work by contemporary realist painter Frank DePietro, abstracted landscapes and mixed media collage by Marlene Dubin, and mixed media abstracts by Barbara Straussberg. Wine & Cheese...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Open to Brownies (8+), Juniors, Cadettes, and Ambassadors.  Explore the basics of top rope rock climbing at our park!  After a brief introduction covering equipment and safety, you will gear up...

Cost: $22 per climber

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mills Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
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Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives On display in the Winterthur Galleries from September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Discover the extraordinary art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

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

More information

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the...

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

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


Sponsor: DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw. Additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and tours
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Saturday October 1, 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Calling all kids (big and small)! Come explore tractors and other farm equipment, climb a tree like a real arborist, take a hayride, do arts and...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The Delaware Historical Society is proud to announce the grand opening of the Delaware History Museum and the new Center for African American Heritage with a historic block party celebration. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: 302-655-7161
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What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts,...

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

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The definition of the word art has changed over time. From the late Middle Ages it referred to a skill acquired through knowledge and practice as well as the objects produced as a result of that...

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

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


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

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The Junior League of Wilmington is sponsoring an inspirational showhouse in Centreville, DE that will feature the creativity and talents of nearly 20 local interior designers and landscapers, with...

Cost: $25 per person in advance; $30 per ticket day of

Where:
Centreville, DE  19807


Sponsor: Junior League of Wilmington
Telephone: 302.691.9056
Contact Name: Sandra Borror
Website »

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

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

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


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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HISTORICAL EXHIBIT : Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare Brotherhood and Determination: The Story of Beebe Healthcare, is an historical exhibit that will be on display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary
Telephone: 302-644-2900
Contact Name: Leanne Prosser
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Drawing from Hagley’s collection of automotive advertising art, this exhibition features rare marketing materials highlighting everything from Duesenbergs to Datsuns. This exhibition asks “Did...

Cost: Included in regular admission and free for members.

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

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Library Exhibition: On display in the Winterthur Library from August 8 – October 24, 2016 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera holds many kinds of documents that...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours

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Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 6:30...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery
Telephone: 302-536-5395
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To Benefit Brookside Community, Inc. All years, makes and models welcome When: Saturday, October 1, 2016...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lions Club
390 East Chestnut Hill Road
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: American-Powerhouse
Telephone: 908-296-9113
Contact Name: Gail Cahall
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Weekends in September Explore Hagley Museum in a new way by joining us for one of our six walking tours.  One or more Themed tours are offered most weekend days, usually at 11:00 AM and repeated...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
P.O. Box 3630, 298 Buck rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Hagley Museums Walking Tour Series Weekends in October Explore Hagley Museum in a new way by joining us for one of our six walking tours.  One or more themed tours are offered most weekend days,...

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

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 658-2400
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing.  After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall.  Harness, helmet,...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mills Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Contact Name: Wilmington State Parks
Website »

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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. A...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Waiting for a guy that’s lousy at...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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Join us September 16 for the opening reception 530pm to 830pm to meet Judith and Gary and experience a wonderful, colorful, ethereal new show - abstract and abstract landscapes by both artists....

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
50 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop
Telephone: 302-227-2050
Contact Name: Gallery Director
Website »

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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. A...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

More information

The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Waiting for a guy that’s lousy at...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

More information

Jacques Ferber's furs, down, shearling, leather, luxurious cloth and accessories (handbags & scarves) will be at least 50 percent off for 3 days only: Sept. 29, Sept. 30 and...

Where:
4001 Kennett Pike
Route 52, Two Greenville Crossing
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: (302) 652-4340

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