How Advanced Practice Nurses Are Filling the Primary Care Gap

The demand for these medical professionals nationwide—and in Delaware—is on the rise.


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Nurse practitioner Carolyn Haines is director of the University of Delaware's primary care practice.//photo by Ashley Barnas/University of Delaware

 

To its patients, the Nurse Managed Primary Care Center is a doctor’s office like any other—they come in with their sore throats and high blood pressure and come out with antibiotics and dietary counseling.

But there are no doctors. As its name suggests, the University of Delaware clinic is led by advanced practice nurses. These are nurses who have obtained a master’s degree and chosen one of four specializations, most commonly nurse practitioner.

In Delaware, as elsewhere, these nurses can diagnose illness, prescribe medication and do most of what a family doctor can.

In recent years, as the demand for primary care doctors further outstripped their supply, nurses have steadily expanded their scope and can now prescribe medicine in all 50 states. Carolyn Haines, director of UD’s primary care practice, says nurses are well suited to the challenge of helping patients prevent illness and live healthier lives.

Then there are the economics. Advanced practice nurses are less expensive to hire than medical doctors. Payment from health insurance companies varies, but many pay the same for services whether they’re delivered by a nurse or doctor. The federal government, though, pays 85 cents on the dollar for care delivered by nurses.

The number of licensed nurse practitioners in Delaware jumped by 30 percent over the past year alone, to 1,372 as of February. National surveys show that about three-fourths of nurse practitioners work in primary care. Considering that about 800 doctors practice primary care in Delaware, it’s likely that nurse practitioners in that setting now outnumber doctors. As Delawareans become older, they’ll need the continuity of care—a team to look after all aspects of their health—that only primary care can provide.


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And, increasingly, they’ll be seeing nurses. Though nurses can practice independently, most still collaborate with physicians, who tend to treat patients with the more complicated illnesses.

Some doctors, however, question whether advanced practice nurses have the training to spot rare but serious illness. They wonder whether patients will suffer the trade-offs of this transition.

This reliance on advance practice nurses to do the work that doctors used to do raises a series of questions, both for the quality of care patients will receive and the compensation for the nurses themselves.

PRIMARY CARE, SECONDARY PAY

The growing complexity of medical billing and record keeping may discourage physicians from getting into family medicine, but the crux of the shortage comes down to economics.

Dr. Andrew Dahlke, president of the Medical Society of Delaware, says the average doctor graduates from medical school with debt of more than $300,000. Meanwhile, a doctor who chooses a specialty like cardiology or radiology can earn twice as much or more than they could earn in family medicine.

“If you’re making a primary care salary, you can’t pay your bills easily and that’s why there’s so few of them,” Dahlke says. Another key factor, he says, is the federal government’s decision to cap the number of physician residency slots at 1996 levels, part of a Clinton-era cost-cutting measure.

In Delaware, all of Kent and Sussex counties have a primary care shortage, according to the federal government, as does the New Castle area and much of downtown Wilmington. The areas with the biggest shortages are rural places where the population tends to be older and fewer physicians tend to live.

This translates into delays in making appointments and even finding a doctor.

 

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that [advanced practice nurses] are adding another type of caregiver to help meet this demand.” —Gary Alderson, president of the Delaware Nurses Association

 

“I have several friends who’re searching for an office that’s accepting new patients,” says Sarah Carmody, executive director of the Delaware Nurses Association.

As a result, there has been a huge growth in urgent care centers, where you can drop in without an appointment to see if your stubbed toe is broken or if your croaky throat is strep. Though hospitals often start these centers to funnel patients into their systems and reduce wait times at emergency rooms, they’re also a convenient outlet for people without a primary care doctor.

That said, urgent care is not supposed to be a replacement for the family doctor. “We strongly encourage patients to find a primary care doctor to treat their chronic issues,” says Leslie Verucci, a past president of the nurses association who works in urgent care.

Faced with a shortage of primary care doctors, the market has responded.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that [advanced practice nurses] are adding another type of caregiver to help meet this demand,” says Gary Alderson, president of the association.

The nurses themselves say their training and prevention-focused ethos suit them well in a new frontier of medicine that’s as much about keeping people healthy as curing the ill.

PRIMARY CARE MAY BE MEDICINE’S FUTURE

Primary care is central to the future of medicine because it’s the best place to prevent illness and lower healthcare costs.

Dahlke says each dollar spent on primary care reduces costs elsewhere by between $5 to $13 because it prevents disease or slows its progress. Nurses say this is a role to which they are uniquely suited.

Nurses ask, “How do I prevent patients from getting to this disease state by getting my message across effectively and helping the family partner with me in achieving that goal?” says Keith Fishlock, an advanced practice nurse at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

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Keith Fishlock is an advanced practice nurse at Alfred I.
duPont Hospital for Children.//photo by Carlos alejandro

Susan Conaty-Buck, president of the Delaware Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, says healthcare spending has historically been tilted toward treating the sick rather than keeping people healthy enough to prevent illness.

As an example, consider a patient whose cholesterol is increasing but not yet high enough to be treated with medication. Such a patient could be referred to a nutritionist who can put together a healthy diet plan that works best for that person.

Clinics and hospitals that are paid based on how well they can prevent illness may see nutrition counseling as one way to keep a patient from getting diabetes, heart disease and other expensive-to-treat illnesses.

Dahlke agrees on the central role of prevention, but he thinks the better solution to the primary care gap is to incentivize doctors to fill it rather than hire more advanced practice nurses.

Without the broad, lengthy training of a medical doctor—family physicians typically train for seven years after their undergraduate degree, compared with a minimum of two or three years for advanced practice nurses—a nurse may lack the deep knowledge to spot unusual diseases, he says.

“Not everybody comes in and has a cold,” he says. “When you get something that’s more odd or esoteric, they’ll have difficulty coming up with an answer.”

One 2012 survey found that about a third of medical doctors believed the wider use of nurse practitioners would reduce the quality of care. Meanwhile, 57 percent of doctors worried that more nurse practitioners would reduce their own income and three-quarters worried they’d be replaced.

Dahlke also suggests that advanced practice nurses may be more likely to refer their patients to specialists than medical doctors are. Inevitably, he says, many of these patients will fall through the cracks, never see a specialist and end up in the emergency room.

“I think we have no choice but to use APRNs (advanced practice registered nurses), I just don’t think it’s a better solution than having doctors,” he says.

There has been plenty of debate over research on whether advanced practice nurses are as effective as doctors. Repeated studies have found the care they deliver is at least comparable if not equal in quality to the care provided by a doctor.

“In many cases, there are studies where we go head-to-head and have the same or better outcomes” than medical doctors, Conaty-Buck says, quickly adding that nurse practitioners aren’t competing with doctors.

Haines says patients themselves don’t mind being seen by a nurse practitioner rather than a doctor; she can’t remember a time when a patient said they were uncomfortable.

ARE PAY, BENEFITS KEEPING UP?

As more is asked of nurses, it seems reasonable to expect that more will be given, both in terms of pay and prestige. In Delaware, nurse practitioners earned an average salary of about $105,000 a year in 2017, roughly on par with the national average.

That’s about half of what family doctors make on average, though Haines says nurses expect to be paid less. She says there are other benefits besides salary to consider. As many employers do, hers paid for her master’s degree while she worked.

“I started working as a nurse practitioner with no graduate school loans and could work right away at a job I loved,” she says.

As it is for doctors, pay for advanced practice nurses tends to be higher in hospitals and specialty clinics and lower for primary care. One specialty in particularly high demand is mental health nurse practitioners, Conaty-Buck says. Such a nurse could have a job lined up a year before graduation.

Though they want competitive wages, advanced practice nurses prioritize the ability to work independently and not be held back by rules that limit what they can do.

 

Susan Conaty-Buck, Delaware Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

Susan Conaty-Buck is president of the Delaware Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.//Photo by Carlos alejandro

 

As Fishlock, the pediatric advanced practice nurse, puts it, “It’s the ability to have autonomy and to do what I love, as well as being supported in personal and professional growth.”

For example, when he sought licensure from the Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe narcotics, his employer paid the $800 fee.

The Delaware Nurse Practice Act, passed in 2015, largely gave advanced practice nurses this autonomy, though some nurses are looking for fewer rules about when they can practice on their own. To operate their own practice, a licensed nurse has to apply for a separate state independent practice license.

This is a hurdle no other licensed professional has to clear, says Carmody, the nursing association executive director. Advanced practice nurses must spend 4,000 hours and two years working in a collaborative agreement with a doctor before going out on their own.

“That is seen as a barrier,” Carmody says.

There are other nationwide regulatory hurdles holding nurse practitioners back from putting out their shingle, Conaty-Buck says. Medicare requires a doctor’s signature before it will pay for home medical equipment like special shoes for someone with diabetes.

And even if they pay full price, insurance companies can make it difficult for nurse practitioners in solo practice to get on a list of approved medical providers. The result is that only a handful of nurse practitioners in Delaware operate in private practice without a doctor, Conaty-Buck says.
Meanwhile, it seems clear that the need for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses is only set to rise.

At the height of the baby boom, in 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in America. This year, they turn 62, and over the next decade they will ratchet up demand for primary care. One government projection shows a shortfall of 110 primary care physicians in Delaware alone by 2025.

“Nurse practitioners nationwide,” Carmody says, ”are rising to meet that challenge.”

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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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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 »

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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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 »

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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
View map »


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


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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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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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

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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
Website »

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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 »

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
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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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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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