How Delaware's Nursing Schools Are Evolving

The field isn't what it used to be. Local programs are striving to meet 21st-century demands.


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Photo Courtesy of the University of Delaware, Ashley Barnas

 

In the mid-1970s, when unemployment was on the rise, Bob Contino decided to pursue what was then an unconventional career path for a man. He enrolled at the Pilgrim State Hospital School of Nursing in Brentwood, New York. His choice paid off. Today, Contino is the chair of the department of nursing at Wesley College in Dover, which is marking its 50th anniversary.

Angela Steele-Tilton followed a similar path. Steele-Tilton, who also attended a diploma school affiliated with a hospital, is now chair of the RN to BSN program at Wilmington University.

Both educators reflect the dramatic changes in nursing education since the 1970s. They each pursued bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing specialties. Contino also has a doctorate in higher education leadership and innovation.

Such advanced degrees aren’t limited to nursing educators. Due to rising accreditation standards, many healthcare employers now want to hire nurses with a four-year degree. The role of nurses in a variety of fields, including public health, also requires more education than ever before.

Though the need for nurses, especially those with advanced degrees, has increased, the supply is lagging. Most nurses today are 50 and older. By 2025, the shortfall is expected to be twice as large as a shortfall in the 1960s.

It’s easy to see why the profession interests traditional and nontraditional students who, like Contino, want the assurance of a job after graduation. In 2017, the University of Delaware received 1,900 applications for the traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing program, 193 of which were approved. Wesley College has 200 students enrolled in its program.

“It’s expected that the demand for admission will continue to increase over the next five years,” says Emily J. Hauenstein, senior associate dean for nursing and healthcare innovation and Unidel Katherine L. Esterly Chair of Health Sciences at UD.

As a result, local nursing schools are working to meet employers’ and students’ needs while offering courses relevant to the ever-changing field of healthcare.

 


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The modern nurse

Local nursing schools like UD are working to meet
employers’ and students’ needs while offering courses
relevant to the ever-changing field of healthcare.//Ashley
barnas

At one time, most hospitals in Delaware had a nursing school. Milford Memorial Hospital’s program, for instance, began in 1907. St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington established a school at about the same time. In Lewes, Beebe Hospital Training School for Nurses opened in 1922. In 1960, Beebe built the Jean Ellen duPont McConnell Nurses’ Residence to expand its program. The 1965 merger of Delaware, Memorial and Wilmington General hospitals created one entity, the Nursing School of Wilmington, which graduated its first class in 1967.

With the demand for nurses on the rise, technical and community colleges began offering two-year degrees. But even as early as the 1970s, many educators predicted that registered nurses would eventually need a bachelor’s degree. The University of Delaware graduated its first class in 1966. Wesley College’s first was graduated in 1969.

Between the two- and four-year degrees in nursing, hospital-based programs took it on the chin. The Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing closed in 1976, despite graduating its largest class of 28 students that year. The Nursing School of Wilmington closed in 1985, leaving Beebe’s program, now the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, as the only diploma program in the state.

Behind the baccalaureate

Wesley College has 200 students enrolled in its nursing
program.//Jessica Cook, Wesley College

Since the turn of this century, the demand for a bachelor of science in nursing has only increased. From hospitals to nursing homes, healthcare facilities must adhere to high standards to meet accreditation requirements, says A.M. Richardson, chair and associate professor of nursing at Delaware State University.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine strongly recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce have a baccalaureate degree by 2020. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highly coveted Magnet accreditation program, nurse leaders with a rank between manager and chief nursing officer must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

As the programs at UD, Delaware State and Wesley College demonstrate, some students decide to become nursing majors at the start of a traditional four-year college experience. Some schools do not offer nursing classes until the sophomore or junior year. That’s not the case at Wesley, where students start in the spring semester of their freshman year. According to state requirements, students in a RN program must complete 400 clinical hours. Wesley’s students do 1,040.

But there are still other options, including an associate’s degree, such as the one offered by Delaware Technical Community College. Once they’ve earned their degree, graduates can sit for the licensing exam and get a job. Often, employers will then foot the bill for the new nurses to continue their education. “It’s the perfect segue for our students,” says Justina Sapna, vice president for academic affairs at Delaware Tech.

In 2016, the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing signed an agreement with the University of Delaware. “Students can apply for dual enrollment at Beebe and the University of Delaware,” says Karen Pickard, program administrator. “They can take their general education courses through UD and come to us for nursing classes.”

After finishing the three-year program, graduates can take the licensing exam for registered nurses. They can then work and pursue a bachelor’s degree through UD’s online baccalaureate program for the registered nurse, offered in the College of Health Sciences.

Recognizing a market for nurses who have been in the field but who want a baccalaureate degree, several schools—including Wilmington University and UD— have started RN to BSN programs. UD also has an accelerated program for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field but want to switch careers.

In January 2017, Delaware Technical Community College launched its RN to BSN program—the college’s only bachelor’s degree. “As our mission drives us to do, we need to meet the workforce need,” Sapna says.

Delaware State University is expanding its undergraduate offerings in nursing and plans to reactivate its graduate
studies in nursing.//Courtesy of Delaware State University

Exceeding expectations

Steele-Tilton, head of Wilmington University’s RN to BSN program, didn’t stop with a bachelor’s degree. She also has a master’s degree from Wilmington University. She’s not alone. As the field of nursing develops specialties—much like any area of medicine—advanced nursing degree and certificate programs are on the rise in Delaware schools.

Like Steele-Tilton, many nurses who opt for an advanced degree want to better care for their patients. Many also realize the career advantages. “Graduates of our MSN program and the post-master certificate program have a 100 percent employment rate six to nine months after graduation,” says Contino of Wesley College.

Wilmington University offers an accelerated track for the RN to BSN students who plan to pursue a master’s degree. The students can take master’s-level courses as part of their bachelor’s degree requirements. The option requires careful planning with an academic adviser.

Master’s programs, meanwhile, vary, and some are folded into doctorate programs. Wesley College, however, has one master’s degree program for nurses. “You have to find out what you do well and your niche,” Contino says. For Wesley, that is a clinical nurse specialist program in adult-gerontology.

Wilmington University has seen a significant increase in enrollment for a doctor of nursing degree, says Aaron Sebach, the program chair. There is a track for nurse leaders, such as nurse executives or public health experts. There is also a track for nurse practitioners.

UD also has two doctoral programs. The doctor of nursing practice, which began in fall 2016, is a three-year full-time or five-year part-time program for nurses who want to be practice experts. Students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree can take the DNP track.

UD’s doctorate of nursing science is a four-year full-time program focused on scientific research in nursing and health. “Students completing either degree are eligible for a variety of advanced roles in health systems, including faculty positions in academic positions,” Hauenstein says.

UD also offers a post-master’s certificate for nurse practitioners in psychiatric mental health. UD is currently reviewing two master’s programs, including one jointly offered by the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics that will prepare nurses for leadership roles.

Expect more programs in the future. Delaware State University, which is expanding its undergraduate offerings in nursing, plans to reactivate its graduate studies in nursing.

Creating space to increase supply

The number of possible programs and the cap on student enrollment are limited by space. Many schools must expand to thrive. The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing in Lewes, which opened in 2015, cost $10 million to build. The 18,000-square-foot building has classrooms with high-tech equipment and clinical laboratories.

Before the expansion, the school had two low-technology mannequins. Today there are six high-fidelity simulators that can show the symptoms of chronic disease, acute illness or medical event. One simulates a cardiac arrest, and one simulates the birth of a manikin baby. A two-way mirror allows other students and faculty to watch how the students respond to a crisis.

Since the building opened, the school has managed enrollment to ensure small classroom sizes—a hallmark, Pickard says. In fall, there were 59 students enrolled in the program, the largest number to date.

Similarly, Wesley College in 2016 opened the renovated William and Susan Johnston Hall, a $2.2 million project that boosted enrollment by about 35 percent.

Each Delaware Tech campus has made improvements in its health science facilities. In Stanton, where nursing enrollment has nearly doubled in 10 years, a 40,000-square-foot addition was designed with labs, clinical simulation space and classrooms.

The new classrooms and programs around the state reflect a greater emphasis on technology, critical thinking and decision-making, Contino says. But some things have not changed over the years.

Many nurses are still on the front lines of patient care. They offer the personal touch. “As a critical care nurse, I prefer to eyeball my patients rather than a computer screen,” says Contino, whose master’s degree is in cardiovascular nursing.

Nursing still involves taking a holistic view of each patient, such as talking with families and rec0gnizing other important details about the patient.

Nurses also honor their roots. Without fail, most women in Wesley College’s graduating class elect to wear the traditional white dress and cap at their graduation and pinning ceremony.

“It’s probably the only time they wear the cap,” Contino says. “They still receive the unique pin. We recite the International Council of Nurses’ pledge by candlelight, which represents one of the leaders of nursing, Florence Nightingale. That tradition still holds.”

No doubt, Nightingale would be happy to hear it. 

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OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

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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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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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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
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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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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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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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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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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
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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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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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
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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
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Every Wednesday from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in 1/2 price bottles of wine! Valid for bottles under $80.

Cost: Prices vary

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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OPEN FIGURE DRAWING Wednesdays, October 16 and November 20 | 6 - 8 PM $10 drop-in fee Wings Auditorium Studio artist Jenna Lucente monitors these informal figure drawing sessions starting...

Cost: $10

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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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
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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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Art with Purpose, an exhibition of photographs and paintings by Leah Beach, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 4-25, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on...

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
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Philadelphia artist, Monique Sarkessian earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 1987. Continuing studies included 18th Century...

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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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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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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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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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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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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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


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 »

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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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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OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

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

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First and third Thursdays of the month, April–October  11am-11:30am Share the joy of reading while cultivating an interest and appreciation for nature. Story Time takes place at...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmingon, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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For $20 on Thursdays from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in our crab cake sandwich & a local beer on tap. Signature crab cake topped w/ lettuce, tomato, power veggie slaw, served on a toasted brioche...

Cost: $20

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
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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Art with Purpose, an exhibition of photographs and paintings by Leah Beach, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 4-25, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on...

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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Philadelphia artist, Monique Sarkessian earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 1987. Continuing studies included 18th Century...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


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

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

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

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 »

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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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 »

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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
View map »


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

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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
View map »


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

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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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M&T Bank presents a Party for Tory & Chip! This special evening includes the smooth sounds of Steve Silicato, open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auction, and a tribute to...

Cost: $125 per person

Where:
The Pilot School
208 Woodlawn Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Pilot School
Telephone: 302-478-1740
Contact Name: Janet Luke
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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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Presented by: Yorklyn Storytelling Festival, Inc. Date: Oct. 18-20, 2019. Friday, Oct. 18: 7pm-10:15pm, Saturday, Oct. 19: 9am-10:45pm, Sunday: 10am-3pm Venue: Center for the Creative Arts...

Cost: Range from $10-$95 with Sunday performances FREE for all

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Yorklyn, DE  19736


Sponsor: Yorklyn Storytelling Festival, Inc.
Telephone: 610-238-6200
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Philadelphia artist, Monique Sarkessian earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 1987. Continuing studies included 18th Century...

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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Join PAWS for People to celebrate the finale of the Wag & Walkathon - our biggest fundraising event of the year! Enjoy family-friendly fun, entertainment, food, vendors, children’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glasgow Park
2275 Pulaski Highway
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: PAWS for People
Contact Name: Clarice Ritchie
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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

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 »

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Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


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 »

More information

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

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

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

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Ready for a scary-good time?! Trick or Treat for wine and seasonal snacks at Chaddsford's wildly popular, adults-only Halloween program! This year, we've expanded the program and...

Cost: Advanced tickets purchased online are $25/person.

Where:
Chaddsford Winery
632 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-388-6221

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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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Come celebrate Oktoberfest on the deck with 8 German beers, special food features, and live music. Prost! Featured Beers: Das Boot: - Traditional German-style Pilsner, light straw in color,...

Cost: $18.00

Where:
Iron Hill Brewery Wilmington
620 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Iron Hill Brewery
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The Dickinson Theatre Pipe Organ hosts it's Annual Open House featuring the 4th Largest Theatre Pipe Organ in the World.  There will be opportunities to play the organ along with a the silent film...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dickinson Theatre at John Dickinson H.S.
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Telephone: 302-998-2803
Contact Name: Bob Dilworth
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A leading authority on African American art, David C. Driskell is a renowned artist, scholar and historian. Join us as he converses with Curlee R. Holton, Executive Director of the Driskell Center,...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Fall is in the air! Celebrate at Hooper’s Landing on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 4-9 P.M. for our largest fundraising event. Enjoy a sumptuous full buffet, cash bar and bid on Chinese and...

Cost: $50 per person or $95 per couple

Where:
Hooper's Landing
1001 West Locust St
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Senior Center
Telephone: 302-629-4939
Contact Name: Fran Todd
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COASTAL CONCERTS PRESENTS "BRASIL GUITAR DUO" Coastal Concerts presents Brasil Guitar Duo, is equally at home on a classical or a world-music stage. Its innovative programming features...

Cost: $35 - $40

Where:
Bethel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
129 West 4th Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Coastal Concerts
Telephone: 1-888-212-6458
Contact Name: Carol Dennis
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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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Come out and celebrate Halloween and badass writers! Devil's Party Press will kick off the release of our two newest anthologies, Halloween Party 2019 and What Sort of F*uckery Is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Library
111 Adams Ave
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Devil's Party Press
Telephone: 310-904-3660
Contact Name: David Yurkovich
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Auction, Live Music, Food by Caffe', and Wine

Cost: $100 per person

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 S. Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Connecting Generations
Telephone: 302-656-2122
Contact Name: Michele Camponelli
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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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Presented by: Yorklyn Storytelling Festival, Inc. Date: Oct. 18-20, 2019. Friday, Oct. 18: 7pm-10:15pm, Saturday, Oct. 19: 9am-10:45pm, Sunday: 10am-3pm Venue: Center for the Creative Arts...

Cost: Range from $10-$95 with Sunday performances FREE for all

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Yorklyn, DE  19736


Sponsor: Yorklyn Storytelling Festival, Inc.
Telephone: 610-238-6200
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