First State School Combines Academics and Medical Care

The pioneering efforts of this school make it a safe place for children to learn while continuing their medical routines.


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English teacher Karen Rabik works with Reanna Skinner (center) and Nashawnte Johnson.

Dr. Janet Kramer knows the importance of sick kids attending school. She should. She established First State School in Wilmington to give seriously and chronically ill children the opportunity to get an education while they were receiving medical care. “For children, school is the equivalent of work for adults,” she says. “Adults who are seriously or chronically ill will have a lot of depression relating to the fact that they don’t feel that they are contributing members of their families. Kids go through the same thing in relation to school.” Located at Wilmington Hospital, First State School was the first of its kind in the nation when it was founded in 1985.

Other hospitals offer classes for patients while they’re in the hospital, but First State serves kids who are no longer in the hospital and would otherwise remain homebound. Now, approaching its 30th anniversary, the school—co-administered by Christiana Care Health System and Red Clay Consolidated School District—not only continues to flourish, but also has become the model for educating other kids too sick to go to a regular school but not too ill to learn. Children’s Hospital in Denver and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va., have established similar schools. Both institutions consulted with Kramer—an internist and retired director of Christiana Care’s division of adolescent and young adult medical services—to plan their programs.

First State enrolls up to 22 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The children, who are referred by their physicians, have a variety of ailments, including severe asthma, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, brittle bone disease and immunological disorders, among others. Most students are outpatients at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. A few receive treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, while others go to Christiana Care. Going to the school can be an adjustment for children. “It signifies that they’re really sick,” says program director Coleen O’Connor, who has been with the school since it opened. “But after the first or second week, they’re blended in and they’re happy. When it’s time to leave, we’re pushing them out.”

Program director Coleen O'Conner at the entrance to First State School.

Sixth-grader Nashawnte Johnson is just starting First State and already likes what she sees. “This is a good school,” says the 11-year-old, who has pancreatitis. “The staff is really nice, and I’m looking forward to the school year.” Ninth-grader Reanna Skinner agrees. This is her second year at the school, and she says First State is the best place for her to get what she needs. “They help you with your medicine and teach you what you need to know,” says the 14-year-old, who has diabetes. Although the focus is on academics, students also learn about their illnesses and how to manage them. A team of nurses visits the classrooms, taking vitals and administering medications and treatments. “We do as much as we can in the classroom so as not to disrupt their routine,” says Elizabeth Houser, one of three nurses at the school.

The goal is to get kids up to speed with their academics so they can return to their regular schools. Students stay an average of two years at First State, although a few stay all 12 years, O’Connor says. While First State may be a school for sick kids, it looks and functions like a regular school. Students arrive each morning on Red Clay school buses that pick them up from all across New Castle County. They go to their lockers, pledge allegiance to the flag, hear announcements and go to class.  First State also has a mascot (the osprey), a yearbook (The Tal on), a student council, a prom, summer camp, a graduation/moving up ceremony and a steel-drum band that plays at graduations and other events. Students also go on supervised field trips, including an overnight stay at a surprise location.  “We want to see how they handle their medical issues in a less-controlled environment,” says Houser.

The school is also a community whose members look out for one another. Nurse Mary Beth Lewis recalls the visits she made to a parent’s home in Claymont to teach him how to manage his daughter’s diabetes. Nurse Marilee Scarpitti, who has been with the school since the beginning, talks about the times she took kids home for a weekend when there were problems in the family, as well as the many medicine runs to students’ homes she has made with O’Connor. “A lot of what we do is volunteer, off Christiana Care time,” says O’Connor.

Coleen O'Conner (left) and Marilee Scarpitti, a registered nurse, have worked at the school since it opened.

Much has changed since the school opened in the pediatric unit of Christiana Hospital. Students changed the name from the School of the Chronically Ill Child and Adolescent to First State. The program moved to Wilmington Hospital in the early 1990s, expanded to include kindergarten and elementary school and increased its class size. Smart boards, iPads, iPhones and assistive technologies have become classroom staples. And problems such as AIDS and complicated pregnancies have been added to the list of childhood maladies. Deaths do occur. Then, memory sessions are scheduled to mark the passing of students who lost their battle with their illnesses. Plaques are also erected in their honor. “There’s a lot of persevering there,” says principal Kelley Brake. 

Still, the school celebrates many successes. Since opening, more than 250 students have enrolled. More than 90 percent graduate, whether from First State or the school they transition to. And the majority of them go on to post-secondary education or jobs. Some students like Dominique Stevens have even found their life’s work at the school. Stevens, 20, who has myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disorder, graduated from First State last year and is now serving an externship there. She plans to work as a medical assistant, but her ultimate goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing “This place inspired me,” she says.

There is still room for improvement, administrators say. Kramer would like to see locations established in Kent and Sussex counties to make it easier to serve children living in those areas. Brake hopes that more electives will be added to the curriculum. “We have four teachers and two career pathways: a creative writing pathway and a science pathway,” she says. “I wish we had more opportunities for the students to get something in their area of interest.” And O’Connor looks to the day when schools like First State won’t be needed. “If there are still kids out there that are not having their needs met, then I want to expand,” she says. “But with advances in medicine, I truly hope that kids don’t need to come here, that they can be healthy.

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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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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

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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Inspired by the top club competition in the World! This camp was developed to help young players, U8 – U12 Boys & Girls, learn about soccer and the individual skills to improve their...

Cost: $250 per week

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: BPG Sports
Telephone: 302-351-4954
Contact Name: Steve Cavalier
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"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

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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Team 10 Basketball Academy, run by 76ers Fieldhouse Director of Courts Trevor Cooney, is committed to providing young athletes of all skill levels, Boys & Girls 7-14, with the tools they need...

Cost: $300 per session

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: BPG Sports: Team 10 Academy
Telephone: 302-351- 4954
Contact Name: Trevor Cooney
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Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and even the Museum's outdoor sculptures will serve as inspiration for this session. Campers will capture the beauty of nature with a variety of mediums....

Cost: | $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. 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
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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
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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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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
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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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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 DCAD admissions representatives will host prospective students and parents and accept transcripts, conduct portfolio reviews, give campus tours and provide any other...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Randle Reed

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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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At Bike & Hike & Brews, Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, visitors can stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley's property normally closed to foot traffic from 5:00-8:00pm....

Cost: Admission is $3 per person, and free for members and children five and under. P

Where:
Hagley
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Kelsey Sedlacek
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It’s summertime  Let’s party.    All white attire 5 incredible courses Wente white wines A lot of fun    21 years & up event...

Cost: $85 Per Person + Gratuity

Where:
Green Room at HOTEL DU PONT
42 West 11th Street
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: HOTEL DU PONT
Telephone: (302) 594-3154
Contact Name: Food and Beverage team

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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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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

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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Inspired by the top club competition in the World! This camp was developed to help young players, U8 – U12 Boys & Girls, learn about soccer and the individual skills to improve their...

Cost: $250 per week

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: BPG Sports
Telephone: 302-351-4954
Contact Name: Steve Cavalier
Website »

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Team 10 Basketball Academy, run by 76ers Fieldhouse Director of Courts Trevor Cooney, is committed to providing young athletes of all skill levels, Boys & Girls 7-14, with the tools they need...

Cost: $300 per session

Where:
76ers Fieldhouse
401 Garasches Lane
Wilmington , DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: BPG Sports: Team 10 Academy
Telephone: 302-351- 4954
Contact Name: Trevor Cooney
Website »

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Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and even the Museum's outdoor sculptures will serve as inspiration for this session. Campers will capture the beauty of nature with a variety of mediums....

Cost: | $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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

More information

"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

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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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 »

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

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. 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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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
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
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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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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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights...

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

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

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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Website »

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

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

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

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Wine, Dine & Punchlines June 20th at Caffe Gelato! Join TV Personality, award-winner sommelier and comedian Laurie Forster for an edgy, off-beat hilarious show where wine meets...

Cost: $79

Where:
Caffe Gelato
90 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Caffe Gealto
Telephone: 302-738-5811
Contact Name: Ryan German
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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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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

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

"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and even the Museum's outdoor sculptures will serve as inspiration for this session. Campers will capture the beauty of nature with a variety of mediums....

Cost: | $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

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


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

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

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. 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

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

Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

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

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


Telephone: 302-571-7737
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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Slow down, settle your mind, and step into the quietude of the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. Free, donations encouraged....

Cost: Free.

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

Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Website »

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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FIRST DAY OF SUMMER BEER DINNER We have partnered with Victory Brewing Company to host a six-course Beer Dinner on June 21 at 7PM. What better way to treat dad on Father's Day...

Cost: 66.00

Where:
Hilton Wilmington Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark , DE  19713
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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

More information

Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 7-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday,...

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

"Full Circle" - A Celebration of the Station Gallery's 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons   Opening Reception Friday June 7, 5 – 8 PM  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

NANTICOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HOST SAFE SITTER CLASS Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a Safe Sitter® class on Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Meeting Room 1. These classes...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Rd
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
Telephone: 302-629-6611
Contact Name: Nanticoke Maternal Child Health Clinical Educator

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The Delaware Museum of Natural History invites you to our sixth annual Family Fun Day!  In addition to various activities throughout the day, Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections Phung...

Cost: $3-$9

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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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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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Saturday, June 22 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (30-minute lunch break) Instructor: Eo Omwake Visit delart.org for more information.    

Cost: $85 Members, $100 Non-Members

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
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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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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. 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
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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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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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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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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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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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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
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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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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in English.  Free with admission.   English Tours Saturday, June 22 | 2:00...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Celebrate the beginning of Summer at Bellevue Wine Tasting. Choose a flight (3 3oz glasses) of red or white wine* and compare with friends and family to see what was the favorite. Then get free a...

Cost: $20 per person

Where:
Bellevue State Park Art Center
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Bellevue State Park
Telephone: (302)761-6963
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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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Shelter Solo Exhibition by Ekaterina Popova Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 4th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 June 7-27, 2019...

Cost: free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
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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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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement. The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be hosting a special Miracle Weekend event titled, "Come...

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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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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Announcing Serafin Summer Music | June 20-30, 2019   The Serafins, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce Serafin...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Music School of Delaware
4101 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: William J. Stegeman, Ph.D.

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