Get Ready for Wilmington Garden Day

The May tradition is a rite of spring. This year’s anniversary promises to be spectacular.


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Photo by Tom Scott


The 70th annual Wilmington Garden Day will take place Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children under 12 admitted free. Rain or shine. To order tickets, volunteer or learn more, visit www.wilmingtongardenday.org.


For 70 years, Wilmington Garden Day has been a harbinger of spring, returning as surely and splendidly as the tender buds of May.

This year, guests can expect clouds of peonies surrounding a formal terrace, a party barn with a resort-like vibe, a swimming pool designed to look like a natural pond, and a plot the depth of a city block bursting with blue-ribbon winners from the Philadelphia Flower Show. 

“If you love beautiful gardens, this is one day you mark on your calendar year after year,” says Deborah Sweeney, Garden Day chair.

An Evening in the Garden, introduced in 2008, is a $125-a-ticket fundraiser, held on the Thursday before the tour. This year’s event takes place at Foxspring, the stately home of Tina and Pete Hayward.

“It’s a fine time in Wilmington, with Garden Day and Point-to-Point, and then the Flower Market the week after,” Tina Hayward says. “When the azaleas are in bloom, we know that summer is around the corner.” 

Garden Day first bloomed in 1947. World War II was over and home gardeners started replacing the vegetables they grew in their victory gardens with lush beds of shrubs and flowers.

“It was a real morale booster, planting beautiful things after a long war,” says Mary Ball Morton of Wilmington, a board member and a longtime Garden Day volunteer. 

With men home from the service, many women left the workforce and focused on their homes. They tended their gardens. They had time to volunteer.

Garden Day flourished as estate owners in Chateau Country opened their manicured grounds to the public on the first Saturday each May, rain or shine.

These days, there are fewer estates and more suburban and city gardens, where visitors can pluck a bouquet of ideas they can readily translate to their own properties. 

Volunteers are harder to come by. And Garden Day is making adjustments, pruning its roster of gardens and establishing new roots as an independent nonprofit group.

Photo by Tom Scott

Rooted in tradition

Tom Scott grew up with Garden Day. His mother, Muff, was an ardent leader and volunteer until her death last fall at 96. This year’s tour is dedicated to her.

“I was compelled to volunteer at an early age. I was probably 6,” says Scott, now in his 60s and the organization’s treasurer. 

Today, lists of prospective volunteers are gathered electronically. Most appeals are made by email.

Muff Scott, an accomplished arm twister, believed in the personal touch. She kept lists on paper, perusing them at the dining room table. She worked the phone, calling recruits to persuade them to volunteer.

“It was impossible to say no to her,” her son says.

In the beginning, Garden Day was affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Throughout its history, proceeds have been donated to groups that benefit underserved children. 

Over the years the ranks of volunteers withered as church membership declined. The Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington closed its doors. Other volunteers died or became too frail to serve. 

Three years ago, Garden Day fell well short of the 200 volunteers needed to staff the tour. To close the gap, stalwarts stepped up and worked double shifts. They tapped teenage children and grandchildren to fill in.

After the tour, the board contemplated the future of the event. Would Garden Day die on the vine? Or could this time-honored tradition flourish once more?

Photo by Tom Scott

Planting new ideas

The next spring, an invigorated Garden Day returned. Sweeney, a retired elementary school principal, was recruited to chair the organization. Lisa Ford, director of digital marketing at Capital One, agreed to become vice president.

“She mentioned that she used to tour on Garden Day with her mother, so we roped her in,” Scott says.

He notes that by the turn of the 21st century, most of Garden Day’s leaders were in their 80s. “We very much needed to attract new people and do new things,” he says.

The group reorganized as Wilmington Garden Day Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. It launched a Facebook page and began selling advance tickets on Groupon. 

Garden Day continues to receive support from volunteers at Episcopal churches, including Christ Church in Greenville, St. Nicholas in Newark, and Sts. Andrew and Matthew, St. David, St. Barnabas, and Trinity in Wilmington.

“We’re reaching out to Presbyterians, too,” Scott says. St. Michael’s School and Nursery and Friendship House, the organizations that benefit from the event, also send volunteers.

The Haywards, longtime Garden Day supporters, are opening Foxspring, inside and out, to preview party guests. It’s an ideal setting for entertaining, with an open air terrace and stone walls that define outdoor rooms. The focal point of a welcoming gathering area is a huge planter, once the smokestack of a Middletown fire engine.

Tina Hayward does most of the gardening herself, enjoying a landscape that evolves naturally with the seasons.

“It’s the garden my children grew up in, and it’s a relaxing place, not at all formal,” she says. “I love lilacs, crocus and azaleas in the spring, plants that make me happy.”

This year, properties are clustered so visitors can make fewer stops. There will be 13 gardens in Greenville, 
Centreville, Alapocas and the Highlands neighborhood in Wilmington. // Photo by Tom Scott

The garden path

This year, there are fewer gardens on the tour, and properties are clustered so visitors can make fewer stops. There will be 13 gardens, many with homes and pools, in Greenville, Centreville, Alapocas and the Highlands neighborhood in Wilmington.

“We have consciously reduced the number of gardens so people have a better shot of getting to most of them,” Sweeney says. “This year, we are especially excited because we have the opportunity to showcase a number of homes in the city of Wilmington.”

Scott and his wife, Betsy, will open their home and garden in Centreville for the third time. 

Anchored with mature trees and shrubs, the garden blooms with seven classical planting areas, four in heavy shade and three in partial sun.

“We’ve added a bog garden that attracts frogs,” Betsy Scott says. “We chose plants that live on the nutrients in the pond and act as natural filters to keep the pond clean.”

Whimsy is in full bloom with a 30-foot-tall wooden giraffe carved from a tree that was struck by lightning. A two-story tree house is connected to a smaller tree fort with a swinging rope bridge. 

Betsy Scott and Ashlin Bray, both board members, are tasked with identifying interesting homes and gardens, then persuading the homeowners to open their properties for the tour. 

They often learn about homes through the grapevine of gardeners. Occasionally, Scott makes a cold call, tapping the brakes when she spies an attractive landscape.

“She knocks on doors,” her husband says. “She says, ‘I think you’re doing a great job. How would you like to be in Garden Day?’”

Photo by Tom Scott

Digging out

Getting a garden up and running by the first Saturday in May is not an easy task. An unseasonably chilly spring delays the growing season. Heavy rains limit the number of hours gardeners can work outdoors. 

“The first year I volunteered we had a terrible winter,” Sweeney says. “One of our gardeners went into her garden a week before the tour and put in bulbs that were blooming because everything was so far behind.”

Rain can dampen the enthusiasm of tour-goers, though Garden Day has never been a washout.

“One year we had a rainy morning and WDEL was broadcasting from one of our sites, telling people we were still out there,” Morton says. “At noon the sun came out and, boy, we were crowded.”

Some gardeners bring in the pros to make deadline. Others shoulder the load themselves, mulching, tidying koi ponds, manicuring shrubbery and unveiling lawn furniture. 

“Panic is a motivating element,” says Bray. “You weed, you move plants around, you fill in the holes. You look for new horticultural introductions, make some nice containers and hope for some sun.”

She and her husband, Jim, removed a large tree from in front of their home in Alapocas to create more gardening space. They replaced it with a grove of three Acer griseum with exfoliating bark and a line of red twig dogwood. 

Behind the house, a bluestone terrace is circled by plantings of bulbs and perennials. A Japanese maple, in a container for years, is now in the ground. Fennel attracts butterflies. Salvia lures hummingbirds. Hydrangeas grow unmolested by browsing deer.

No matter how cold or wet the weather is, they will be ready. 

“We are, of course, hoping for a warm, sunny day,” Bray says.

Morton, who has been volunteering for more than 20 years, says Garden Day is a reminder of the promise of spring.

“It’s always a beautiful day in the garden,” she says. “People are always so relaxed and happy—and very glad they came out.”

 


Garden Day helps children blossom

  • Wilmington Garden Day Inc. is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to help underserved children in Delaware. 
  • Proceeds from the tour benefit two local organizations.
  • Friendship House is a sanctuary and stepping stone for homeless men, women and children. It operates an emergency shelter, nine halfway houses and three daytime centers. Funds from Garden Day go to Patterson House, which offers transitional housing to homeless women and children and long-term transitional housing for mothers who are committed to job training and life skills training as they resume visitation and custody of their children.
  • St. Michael’s School and Nursery, founded in 1890, is Delaware’s oldest early childhood program. Today, 150 children, ages 2 months through second grade, attend school daily, full-time and year-round to get a jump-start on learning. More than 80 percent receive scholarships.
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100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Human Connection, an exhibition of sculptures, pastels, and drawings by Olga Nielsen, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 6-27, 2019. The artist will host a free opening...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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National League of American Pen Women 2019 Diamond State Branch Biennial Art Show Opening Reception to Meet the Members - Friday, September 6, 5 – 8 PM. The National League of...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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
Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

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
Website »

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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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

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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Join us for our annual luncheon and fashion show, presented by the Ministry of Caring Guild and benefiting our emergency shelters and Job Placement Center. Our 2019 show will feature...

Cost: $135

Where:
Hotel Dupont
42 W 11th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring
Telephone: (302) 652-5523
Contact Name: Cindy Gamble
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September 20- October 12, 2019 Somerville Manning Gallery announces Under the Influence – Contemporary Artists and the Masters Who Inspire Them. Shawn Fields, Theo Platt, Betsy Eby, Drew...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Always wanted to know more about wine?  The best way to detect flavors, pair with meals, choose your favorites and expand your palate?  Look no further – Harry’s Sommelier...

Cost: $25 per person, per class

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: John Narvaez
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If you are a Blues musician, or a fun loving person and you want to have a great time enjoying great food (Best Of... 2019) adult beverages and if you want to meet awesome people, come and join The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: 4w5 Blues Jam
Website »

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Please see attached flyer for information about this year's speakers series. We also have graphics for individual speaker events if needed. Events are held on various Wednesday evenings.

Cost: free

Where:
Mitchell Hall
The Green
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Center for Political Communication
Telephone: 302-831-7771
Contact Name: Nancy Karibjanian
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Human Connection, an exhibition of sculptures, pastels, and drawings by Olga Nielsen, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 6-27, 2019. The artist will host a free opening...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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National League of American Pen Women 2019 Diamond State Branch Biennial Art Show Opening Reception to Meet the Members - Friday, September 6, 5 – 8 PM. The National League of...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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
Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

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
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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Thursdays  Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo, 10:30 am. - 11:15 am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time may include a craft, activity, or live animal...

Cost: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights...

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

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

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Start your weekend early on the Queen! Enjoy all the sights of our River Cruise from the ship’s deck with a summer cocktail! Our Happy Hour Cruises take you down the Christina and provide weekly...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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September 20- October 12, 2019 Somerville Manning Gallery announces Under the Influence – Contemporary Artists and the Masters Who Inspire Them. Shawn Fields, Theo Platt, Betsy Eby, Drew...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Interested in a book club with a passion for art-inspired literature? Visit delart.org for details. September 26:Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangeloby Stephanie Storey.

Cost: Free

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

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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

More information

By Tracy Letts Directed by Jackson Gay Thompson Theatre SEP. 26 – OCT. 13 ​This funny, furious family reunion from hell begins when patriarch Beverly Weston disappears into the hot summer...

Cost: $20 - $37, with discounts for Seniors, Students, and UD Faculty/Staff

Where:
Thompson Theatre
Center for the Arts
110 Orchard
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

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Show Less...

Human Connection, an exhibition of sculptures, pastels, and drawings by Olga Nielsen, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 6-27, 2019. The artist will host a free opening...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

National League of American Pen Women 2019 Diamond State Branch Biennial Art Show Opening Reception to Meet the Members - Friday, September 6, 5 – 8 PM. The National League of...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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
Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

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
Website »

More information

As part of their annual Vet Fest celebration, the Town of Whitehall has collaborated with the national memorial, “Remembering Our Fallen” to bring awareness around the sacrifices by...

Where:
The Town of Whitehall
801 Mapleton Ave
Middletown, DE  19709
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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to the Museum through a story, interactive tour, and art making. Ages 2+. Family friendly.

Cost: Free to Members; $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members.

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

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

More information

September 20- October 12, 2019 Somerville Manning Gallery announces Under the Influence – Contemporary Artists and the Masters Who Inspire Them. Shawn Fields, Theo Platt, Betsy Eby, Drew...

Cost: Free

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

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

More information

By Tracy Letts Directed by Jackson Gay Thompson Theatre SEP. 26 – OCT. 13 ​This funny, furious family reunion from hell begins when patriarch Beverly Weston disappears into the hot summer...

Cost: $20 - $37, with discounts for Seniors, Students, and UD Faculty/Staff

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


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
Website »

More information

Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

National League of American Pen Women 2019 Diamond State Branch Biennial Art Show Opening Reception to Meet the Members - Friday, September 6, 5 – 8 PM. The National League of...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Faith United Methodist Church - Methodist Women announced its 13 Annual Walk for The Homeless will take place Saturday, September 28 starting at 9:00 am.  The starting point will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Faith United Methodist Church
19940 Church Street
Rehoboth, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Faith U.M.C. Methodist Women
Telephone: 302-227-3118
Contact Name: Christina Miller-Hall

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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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
Website »

More information

See trees in their autumn glory, and learn how they add beauty and value to our landscapes. During this special event, enjoy unique programs, hayrides, demonstrations, and more. A variety of food...

Cost: $10

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Contact Name: Mt. Cuba Center

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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

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
Website »

More information

Mummer and Veteran Groups Headline 4th Annual Vet Fest at Town of Whitehal Veteran group 22in22 announces its 4th outdoor music festival, Vet Fest, to honor Delaware’s...

Where:
The Town of Whitehall’s Mapleton Square
801 Mapleton Avenue
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »

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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Did you know that Trap Pond State Park contains the northernmost naturally occurring stand of Baldcypress in the U.S.?  Join us for a kayaking tour to learn about its ecology and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trap Pond State Park
33587 Bald Cypress Ln
Laurel, DE  19956
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Sponsor: Delaware Humanities
Telephone: 302-657-0650
Contact Name: Ciera Fisher
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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As part of their annual Vet Fest celebration, the Town of Whitehall has collaborated with the national memorial, “Remembering Our Fallen” to bring awareness around the sacrifices by...

Where:
The Town of Whitehall
801 Mapleton Ave
Middletown, DE  19709
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SAT & SUN  Keeper Talks, 11:30am and 1:30pm; Learn about our animal friends from the keepers who care for them. Included in zoo admission, www.brandywinezoo.org, (302) 571-7747. Admission:...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for members

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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SoDel Fest is widely known for its unique culinary experiences, award winning chefs, and winemakers from around the world. But its so much more than an amazingly indulgent day of wine, food &...

Cost: $75-$100

Where:
Independence Clubhouse
23767 Samuel Adams Circle
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Sponsor: SoDEL Concepts
Telephone: (302) 245-4262
Contact Name: Stacy LaMotta
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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September 20- October 12, 2019 Somerville Manning Gallery announces Under the Influence – Contemporary Artists and the Masters Who Inspire Them. Shawn Fields, Theo Platt, Betsy Eby, Drew...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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By Tracy Letts Directed by Jackson Gay Thompson Theatre SEP. 26 – OCT. 13 ​This funny, furious family reunion from hell begins when patriarch Beverly Weston disappears into the hot summer...

Cost: $20 - $37, with discounts for Seniors, Students, and UD Faculty/Staff

Where:
Thompson Theatre
Center for the Arts
110 Orchard
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: 302-831-2204
Contact Name: REP Box Office
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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement. The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be featuring a new youtube presentation by Sis. Ijeoma Mbonu, titled,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc, Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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