Locals Give Insight on How to Manage Home Renovations

Remodeling is seldom smooth, but there are lessons to be learned from those who’ve traveled there.


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Mike Ferris is founder of the Delaware Real Estate Investors Association (DelREIA), and notes that even professionals rarely have an easy go of home renovation.//Photo by leslie barbaro

 

At first, Jennifer and Michael Stillabower didn’t plan on renovating their vacation home in South Bethany Beach. But while they were interviewing builders to do a teardown of the dwelling and build a new one to replace it, one of the contractors looked at the new architectural plans and broke the news that it wasn’t going to happen—there was no way the planned dream house would legally fit the existing lot. Their architect had made a fatal miscalculation.

“Our kids kept saying they liked the layout of the existing house,” Jennifer says, “so we decided to renovate instead.”

That meant that she spent the better part of a year driving back and forth from their home in Wilmington or else camping out as the house was being redone around her to make sure the subcontractors actually worked when they were on the job.

But the Stillabowers weren’t done home remodeling. A couple of years ago, they were planning to sell their home in Wilmington’s Westover Hills neighborhood and rebuild elsewhere, but their real estate agent had them first do a stucco check for water damage. The results weren’t pretty. “She told me potential buyers would come down the drive, see the stucco, turn around in the circle and leave,” Jennifer says over a cup of coffee in her newly remodeled living room.

Today, the stucco is replaced with wood siding, and a previously unknown water problem at the front entrance that threatened to literally bring down the house has been repaired. The roof and “half the windows” are also new. Plus, since they were having work done outside, they decided to do some major reno inside, including adding hardwood floors, replacing an upstairs fireplace and lowering the ceiling in the family room.

“They were supposed to finish everything when I took a trip to Florida,” she says. “February a year later, we’re just getting ready to do the punch list.” Jennifer looks around. “I’m still thinking about having the kitchen redone,” she muses. “There are some things I don’t like about the original.”

 

"Unfortunately, the percentage of bad stories about renovation exceeds the percentage of good stories." —Mike Ferris, Delaware Real Estate Investors Association (DelREIA)

 

Each year, thousands of Delawareans decide that now is the time to do a little home improvement. Some may just want to simply finish that basement that came with the new house—and perhaps add a deck while they’re at it. Or maybe a couple are nearing retirement and want to put in an elevator to the second floor or, alternately, move the master bedroom to ground level. Others might, before putting the house on the market, first want to install modern fixtures in the bath and granite countertops in the kitchen, the same improvements that people who “flip” houses always have at the top of their lists. And many, like the Stillabowers, might finally come to grips with the fact that the the stucco siding craze, which in the late 20th century was toute la rage with developers, has literally come home to roost in an epidemic of water-damaged residences, theirs included.

Spoiler alert: Almost no major home improvement is finished on time, on budget or even completed without major changes in, or additions to, the original master plan. While renovation doesn’t generally end up as badly as it does for Tom Hanks and Shelley Long in the 1986 comedy “The Money Pit,” the road to renovation is not always a pleasant journey.

“Unfortunately, the percentage of bad stories about renovation exceeds the percentage of good stories,” says Mike Ferris, who founded the Delaware Real Estate Investors Association (DelREIA) in 2010, the members of which include those who flip houses or are property investors. Not all the bad stories are about bad contractors—they also often happen with DIY projects, he says. “A talented self-taught carpenter is not necessarily a good businessman.”


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Like the Stillabowers, Helena Otsa and husband John Lowman have gone through two successful major renovations—but not without a few cuts and bruises. With a growing family of two girls, in 1980 they decided to move from their small starter home in North Wilmington to a one-level modern country home in Hockessin. “Structurally, the house was fantastic, but it had been neglected,” Lowman says, “so we spent $80,000 in improvements before we moved in.”

Ten years later, changing family dynamics led Lowman to retain an architect to plan a major addition to the house so that his mother and a brother could come live with them. It added up to a 1,400-square-foot addition, he says, with two bedrooms, a bath, a living room and a hallway connecting it to the kitchen, which was also updated. “Altogether it cost about $250,000,” he says. Although they used a contractor, Lowman says they kept the architect as construction liaison, as both he and his wife had jobs that often called for travel while a live-in nanny and his mother took care of the girls.

“Surprisingly, we brought it in on budget,” Lowman says, “but it took longer than we planned. We had thought six to eight months, but it took a year.” The improvements were cash neutral when they sold the house in 2012, he says, “but the only reason we were able to sell it as quickly as we did was because there happened to be another family who desperately needed an in-law suite.” The sprawling house sold in five weeks.

 

Local restauranteur RESTAURATEUR MARC ASHBY RENOVATED AN AGING HOME IN LANDENBERG, PENNSYLVANIA.//courtesy of Marc Ashby

 

The couple were edging toward retirement but rented for a few years while they took their time finding the right place—a smaller house in Fairfax near the DuPont Country Club golf course. “It was built in the 1950s and is under 2,000 square feet,” Lowman says, “all on one level, a home where we can age in place. We can walk to restaurants, the pharmacy, everything is nearby. If this had been our first house, we would have left it the way it was.” Instead, they spent about $100,000 in changes before they moved in—a new furnace, new appliances, hardwood floors, new windows, some painting—while anticipating that other changes would be made once they had lived there for a few months.

This time, Otsa, who is now retired from the pharmaceuticals business, took the lead in the makeover, hiring an interior designer to help plan and then oversee the renovation. In addition to more painting of walls and other cosmetic touches, the couple completely redid the master bath—“stripping the walls down to the studs”—and put in a new deck. Unlike the Stillabowers, they fortunately didn’t come across any hidden surprises in redoing either house.

But tales of “Adventures in Home Improvement” aren’t just told by struggling amateurs while professionals breeze through the process. Even people who professionally flip houses—mainly buying older homes that need a lot of TLC, giving them a bare-bones face-lift (sometimes known as “putting lipstick on a pig”) and reselling them, often to first-time buyers—are not immune from falling into the money pit. In fact, the way that TV house flippers Chip and Joanna, Tarek and Christina and the Property Brothers emerge victorious show after show isn’t the way “the reveal” generally happens in real life, say those who live the process day after day.

“I don’t see how they come in on budget on some of those shows,” says Marc Ashby, the personable and fresh-faced leader of the family of restaurateurs that owns Newark’s Deer Park Tavern and the McGlynn’s Pub restaurants. Ashby has ventured beyond the hospitality business into the world of flipping houses and buying rental properties. Last year, he even acquired an older house in Landenberg, Pennsylvania, renovated it to become his young family’s new home and recently moved in. As we chat over breakfast on his way to look over a new project, I ask him how the move into the new homestead is coming along.

“There are a few things that still need fixing,” he says. “I think the guy is coming in to finish the kitchen plumbing tomorrow. My wife is getting a little tired of washing dishes in the bathroom sink.” Nevertheless, Ashby says he isn’t tempted to grab a wrench and take command. “I try not to do anything myself because these guys are the experts,” he says. “And the contractor can buy just about everything in one shot, which is more efficient.”

 

Marc Ashby Home Renovations Deer Park Tavern McGlynns Pub

Marc Ashby in the finished kitchen.//photo by leslie barbaro.

 

Ashby and a business partner have been flipping houses for about five years now, he says, after first taking one of Ferris’ DelREIA introductory business classes and then attending monthly meetings to discuss progress.

“Things didn’t start out too well because we violated one of the primary rules we were taught in class, which is not to try to split profits on a project with a builder,” he says. “When we did that, the builder saw that he was working week after week with no income. Halfway through, he just quit the job, and we never saw him again.” That project lost money for Ashby. The lesson learned is to contract the builder, agreeing in advance when a draw is due based on work completed and not time spent on the job.

The next two projects were one and one—one project made money, while the other lost. The loss occurred when they again trusted a different contractor, this time advancing him too much money before previous benchmarks were achieved. “We made about $30,000 on one flip but lost about $15,000 on another.” Now, he says, things seem to be trending upward with the business. “But whether it’s your own home or if you’re flipping houses, it’s difficult to find a contractor at the price you need who is reliable,” he says. “We even had one guy who dropped out even before we paid him. I guess he found more-profitable work elsewhere.”

Lowman echoes this refrain. “We had a great time with the contractor we used in Hockessin, so I went back to him when we redid the last house, even chatted with the same supervisor who oversaw the first project,” Lowman says. “He remembered it well.” The only thing was that a less-experienced guy was put in charge of the second project. “The builder has moved up in the world, very well known for his custom homes locally, so our project was small for them.” Hence the four-month delay in finishing the improvements.

Restaurateur Marc Ashby has tried his hands at home-
flipping with some mixed results.//photo by Leslie Barbaro

Ferris, who also flips houses and does renovation projects, says homeowners can learn many things from the experts. “You have to vet the contactor, not just hire who’s cheapest and who’s available,” he says. “Ask people who he’s done work for about their experiences.”

Ferris suggests a simple solution for homeowners who need a few routine home improvements and don’t want to spring for a general contractor—break the renovation down into smaller bites, do them one at a time and then look for help from the folks who sell materials or appliances.

“Instead of trying to redo the kitchen yourself, go to Home Depot and see if it’s something that they can do. Or go to a plumbing store and ask them who are the good local plumbers. Sherwin-Williams will tell you which painters come in regularly and don’t smell of alcohol.”

Finally, we come to financing the renovation, which is most likely to be a consideration if you’re trying to get a mortgage on a house that desperately needs a makeover or if you’re trying to sell your house but have allowed it to become so outdated that it qualifies as a national historical landmark.

“I always recommend working with your neighborhood bank,” Ferris says. “They know you, and it should be an easier, warmer transaction. Most people will want to go with a home equity loan,” he says, if they’ve lived in the house long enough.

If you have a large permanent life insurance policy that has gained equity, this may be another reasonable source of funds. But, before banking on it, talk with your insurer about interest rates, payback, tax implications and policy consequences in case of premature death.

For those buying houses that need immediate improvements, ask your bank about an FHA 203(k) renovation mortgage, which may be attractive as they feature low down payments and low closing costs. You can also finance a variety of home improvements and choose from short- and long-term fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgages.

Ultimately, however, home renovation generally becomes a money pit issue if the project has not been clearly defined with signed contracts or if there are relationship problems between owner and contractor.

“Probably the hardest thing I found is getting people to work, even when they’re on the job,” Jennifer Stillabower says. “When I was redoing the beach house, if I wasn’t there with them, they would come to the house late in the morning, drink coffee, smoke and tell stories. Then they would leave for lunch. And when duck hunting season came in, I might not see them for days.”

In the Stillabowers’ case, perhaps the workers should have just brought their guns with them to the site.

“We found that all sorts of animals had been making a home inside the walls—mice, birds, even rabbits,” Jenniferr says—another of those little surprises that can come with home makeovers.

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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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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LYNN HERRICK SHARP AWARD EXHIBITION A Group Exhibition May 3 – May 26, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a...

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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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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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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Please Join us as we welcome to the Hockessin Book Shelf Popular Science Author Dr. Oné R. Pagán - Professor, Scientist, Author in support of his latest book Strange Survivors: How...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hockessin BookShelf
7179 Lancaster Pike
hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: hockessin bookshelf
Telephone: 302-235-7665
Contact Name: rebecca dowling
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Join Harry's Savoy Grill for another in our fabulous lineup of dinners.  We're once again featuring today's hottest spirit, bourbon, in this fantastic evening. We'll be...

Cost: 120.00 per person, inclusive

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom
2020 NAAMANS RD
WILMINGTON, DE  198102655
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom
Telephone: 302-475-3000
Contact Name: Harry's Savoy Ballroom
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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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Plein Air, an exhibition of local landscape paintings by Jim Rehak, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 3-31, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, May 3 from...

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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Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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cusp The University of Delaware 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition May 3 - May 30 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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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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
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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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LYNN HERRICK SHARP AWARD EXHIBITION A Group Exhibition May 3 – May 26, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a...

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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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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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Start your Sunday on the water with our delicious brunch cruise. Enjoy a mouth-watering brunch buffet, then begin a two-hour cruise along the beautiful Christina River out to the Delaware, complete...

Cost: $45 for Adults, $22,50 for Children 15 and Under

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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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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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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Laura Story is a GRAMMY award-winning singer/ songwriter and bestselling author who has received Billboard Music Awards, multiple GMA Dove Awards, and an RIAA Gold Certification for her massive No....

Cost: $26-$38

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: MARKINC.org
Telephone: 302-584-6461
Contact Name: Melissa Weisenfels
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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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Plein Air, an exhibition of local landscape paintings by Jim Rehak, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 3-31, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, May 3 from...

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

Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

cusp The University of Delaware 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition May 3 - May 30 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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 »

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

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

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LYNN HERRICK SHARP AWARD EXHIBITION A Group Exhibition May 3 – May 26, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a...

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 Friday | 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Read a story fromFairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes, explore art, and create. Ages 2+. Family Friendly.  

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

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

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

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The Milton Farmers’ Market is held each Friday from April 19th until October 4th  (except September 27th) from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 6 Village Center Boulevard, Milton, DE  19968.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grounds of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Village Center Boulevard
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Farmers' Market
Contact Name: KA Jordan
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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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The Overfalls Foundation Benefit and Auctions will be held on Friday, May 24, 6-9PM, at the Virden Center in Lewes. There will be great food and drink and also live music by local band 33-1/3...

Cost: $50-$55

Where:
Virden Center
1155 College Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: The Overfalls Foundation
Telephone: 412-384-0600
Contact Name: Victoria Kosko
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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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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

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn  “Anything Goes” ~ Pastels & Oil Paintings Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 PM   Helena’s...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The 12th annual Artisans Fair will feature unique handcrafted art objects. Artisans will exhibit both inside and outside, showing textiles, fine art, glass, jewelry, photography, woodworking,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lord Baltimore Elementary School
120 Atlantic Ave.
Route 26
Ocean View, DE  19970
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Sponsor: South Coastal DE AARP
Telephone: 302-732-6336
Contact Name: Ida Crist
Website »

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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LYNN HERRICK SHARP AWARD EXHIBITION A Group Exhibition May 3 – May 26, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a...

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

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

cusp The University of Delaware 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition May 3 - May 30 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

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

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Every Sat. & Sun.: Creature Features, Noon- 12:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled,...

Cost: Adults $ 5, Seniors $4, Kids $3; free for under 3yrs and for members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Website »

More information

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

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

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

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