How Can Delaware Sustain Its Nonprofits?

Local organizations are struggling more than ever to maintain funding and provide some much-needed services. What's to be done?


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Clockwise from left: Peter Morrow of the Welfare Foundation, Michelle Taylor of United Way of Delaware and Sheila Bravo of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement.//Photo by Joe del Tufo

Leaders of most every nonprofit organization have a not-so-secret wish that someday they will strike gold with a grant application.

But anyone looking at the current financial shape of Delaware’s nonprofits would be hard-pressed to find even a silver lining.

Peter Morrow, who managed the charitable giving program at the DuPont Co. 40 years ago, is now president and CEO of the Welfare Foundation, one of Delaware’s largest nonprofits, puts it bluntly: “This is one of the most difficult fundraising environments I’ve ever seen.”

The reasons are many.

The federal government has cut, or threatened to cut, support to many nonprofits, most notably Planned Parenthood, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Public Broadcasting Service.

To help make up a revenue shortfall of nearly $400 million, the state government cut grant-in-aid allocations to nonprofits by 20 percent this year, a little more than $8 million, and eliminated some contracted services provided by nonprofits that had been funded as line items in the budgets of individual agencies.

Corporate philanthropy has declined. CEOs and boards of directors are often under pressure from shareholders to maximize their bottom lines. In Delaware, the squeeze was exacerbated a few years ago by the demise of Hercules Inc. and the Wilmington Trust Co., as well as the acquisition of MBNA by Bank of America. With the shrinking (and recent merger) of the DuPont Co., Wilmington is without a major corporation headquarters in its downtown business district for the first time in more than a century.

Those factors combine to place more pressure on the state’s charitable foundations. They cannot magically generate more millions in grants, so they must be more judicious in their allocations.

Finally, charitable giving by individual Delawareans is surprisingly low. “Even though we have so many incredibly generous people, we rank in the bottom 10 in charitable giving,” says Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation.


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In 2013, the most recent year for which Internal Revenue Service statistics are available, adjusted gross income of Delaware taxpayers averaged $59,380, ranking 19th in the nation, but charitable contributions by taxpayers who itemized deductions ranked 45th, with donations averaging $3,971.

In this environment, nonprofits are stressed to maintain services to their constituencies while seeking dollars from an ever shrinking pool of donors.

“It’s like a hamster on a wheel,” says Cynthia Pritchard, executive director of Philanthropy Delaware, formerly known as the Delaware Grantmakers Association. “But we might have to get the hamster off and build a new wheel.”

The erosion of the nonprofits’ financial base is nothing new. The slide began in 2006, when Bank of America acquired MBNA, then the state’s leader in corporate philanthropy. The slide accelerated with the start of the Great Recession in December 2007. In those years, the Chrysler and General Motors auto assembly plants shut down, never to return, and the Delaware City refinery was shuttered for several years until a new operator was found (briefly). Good-paying blue-collar jobs disappeared, depriving nonprofits of a reliable base of middle-class individual donors while forcing displaced workers to rely more on nonprofits for social services.

“When the recession hit, we thought it would be temporary, but it became the norm,” says Michelle Taylor, president and CEO of United Way of Delaware.

This year’s cuts in state support, though hardly unexpected, pierced the last remaining illusion that someday, somehow, happy days could possibly return here again.

“I don’t think we’ll ever go back there,” says Taylor, who remembers what it was like when she arrived in the state 18 years ago. “I’d love to, but that’s not the reality.”

The reality, according to Morrow, Pritchard, Comstock-Gay, Taylor and others in Delaware’s philanthropic and nonprofit communities, is that the agencies and their funders must look at new models for both their operations and their revenue streams, and they must redouble their efforts at collaboration so they deliver needed services more efficiently. That means eliminating both gaps in services and duplicated or overlapping services.

“Are there simple answers?” says Comstock-Gay. “No.”

He is not alone in suggesting that this is an appropriate time for all of us to be asking big questions—questions so big that skeptics might suggest the answers could take years to find.

“What kind of society do we want?” he asks. “And what services should be provided, and who should be providing them?”

While such big questions might be debated indefinitely, smaller ones are crying out for answers. And soon.

“The reality is a smaller pot of dollars, so we have to look at a different way of obtaining funding,” says Tamera Fair, executive director of the Wilmington Hope Commission, which provides training to help ex-offenders find meaningful employment.

In the search for fresh revenue sources, Fair adds, “We have to get away from, ‘How can I get the most for my organization?’ and focus instead on using whatever money is available to serve the organization’s constituents more effectively.”

“The issues in our state are too big for any sector—too big for the state, too big for United Way, too big for the Delaware Community Foundation, too big for any industry or any single organization,” Taylor says. “To make a Delaware where people want to live, work and play, it will take collaboration, coordination and partnership, and common aspirations, common goals, common outcomes and joint accountability.”

Before figuring that out, nonprofits will have to figure out where they stand now, says Sheila Bravo, executive director of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), which provides advocacy, training and research for 380 agencies in the state. Sometime this fall, “we will have a better sense of the impact” of the state’s cuts, she says.

Noting that three-quarters of the state’s nonprofits have annual budgets of under $1 million, she anticipates that “agencies will hobble along.” While some might find they don’t have the resources to survive, those that remain open “will have to consider consolidation” or reducing the services that they offer.

The next step, says Thère du Pont, president of the Longwood Foundation, should be “to have us all—funders, the corporate sector, nonprofits and government—talking about outcomes.” That means changing the focus of the conversation from how much money nonprofits think they need to carry out their missions to what they want to accomplish and how to get it done most efficiently.

One organization that has already made that transition is United Way of Delaware. It shifted in 2005 from being an organization that raised money through its annual campaign and distributed its income to member agencies to one that employs a “community impact model.” It focuses its support on programs that meet community needs in three key areas: increasing the number of children who are reading at grade level by third grade, supporting pathways to college and careers that lead to a living wage, and supporting families so they can become financially empowered. While each of those goals is quite specific, a broad array of programs is needed to help achieve each one, Taylor says. For example, it takes more than books and reading tutors to get kids to read at grade level. They also need a roof over their heads, nutritious meals and access to healthcare.

United Way does not provide those services directly, so it works with more than 100 “engagement partners,” community-based organizations whose work is directed toward those goals. Partners in its education initiatives include, among others, the state Department of Education, local school districts, the Rodel Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, community centers and New Castle County government.

Among the funders, the Longwood Foundation, founded in 1937 by Pierre S. du Pont, has moved toward an outcomes-based approach to its philanthropy. Its grant application requests a description of the outcomes the organization is hoping to achieve, a discussion of how a grant would improve its ability to create these outcomes, measurement of recent progress toward those outcomes, and an estimate of how much a grant would accelerate that progress.

In the past seven or eight years, Longwood has awarded about 250 grants, du Pont says. “I’ve seen the full range of results. Some don’t come anywhere near their outcomes, and some have tripled their outcomes.”

Applicants are getting better at describing what they hope to achieve with their grants, he says. In the past, an applicant might have said, “Well, I served 100 people today and I’m going to serve 200 tomorrow,” du Pont says, but an outcomes-based request should say, “Not only am I going to serve 200 people, but I’m going to change their lives,” then explain how that change would be accomplished.

More and more donors—both corporations and foundations‚ are taking a similar approach, Philanthropy Delaware’s Pritchard says. “Our organizations want to be strategic with their dollars. They want to see measurable change,” she says.

At the Delaware Community Foundation, Comstock-Gay expects the current squeeze to prompt “more questions from fundholders on where the biggest needs are and how to adjust their giving to have the greatest impact.”

That, in turn, puts more pressure on nonprofits to improve documentation in their grant requests.

Over the past two years, the community foundation has created DelawareFocus.org, a website chock full of statistical indicators on the state’s population, children, education, workforce and economy that nonprofits can use to document needs in the communities they serve. And Philanthropy Delaware is currently working with DANA on what Pritchard calls “resource mapping,” showing the locations of hospitals, senior centers, community centers, children’s agencies and the like. Such maps, she says, can help funders and nonprofits identify where there might be overlaps or gaps in services, as well as possibilities for neighboring agencies to collaborate.

Collaborations can occur in ways other than partnering in programming, says Charlie Vincent, owner of Innovincent, which provides consulting and marketing services to nonprofits. He notes that the Community Services Building in downtown Wilmington, once part of the DuPont office complex, is now home to an array of nonprofit organizations. Similarly, nonprofits could band together to purchase supplies or to secure printing, accounting or marketing services, he says.

The combination of tightened revenue streams and increases in collaborative efforts may well lead to more dramatic changes for some nonprofits: mergers and consolidations.

Larger agencies have already done some regional consolidations. For example, the Blood Bank of Delaware became the Blood Bank of Delmarva and the state’s unit of the Multiple Sclerosis Society has been folded into a Greater Delaware Valley chapter.

“It’s going to be survival of the fittest,” Vincent says.

“No organization has a right to exist. If you’re doing a poor job, you don’t deserve to continue to do a poor job,” Comstock-Gay says. Yet, “directors of nonprofits do not like to merge, and [most] boards are not prepared to ask this question.”

Several years ago, one prominent Delaware business leader urged a group of Wilmington community centers to consider merging, but the idea went nowhere, says Morrow of the Welfare Foundation.

Funders may see situations where it appears that a merger of nonprofits could be beneficial, du Pont says, “but we’re not in a position to force it.”

Of course, funders could withhold grants, he says, “but you don’t want to kill new ideas either.”

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Pritchard says. “There’s an opportunity for funders to drive strategic thinking at nonprofits, but you don’t want to get into telling them how to do their business.”

Advocates for nonprofits agree that three keys for survival in this changing environment are strong management, fidelity to the organization’s mission and proof of positive outcomes from essential programs.

And, they say, nonprofits must work to develop new revenue streams.

Pritchard and Bravo suggest making a greater effort to secure grants from major national foundations such as Mott, Kresge, Kellogg and Robert Wood Johnson, but they acknowledge that larger nonprofits in larger states may be able to demonstrate greater needs than Delaware nonprofits might show.

Du Pont suggests paying more attention to the “earned income” model, citing Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, which sells donated building materials, household appliances and furniture, as an example.

“Everybody buys stuff for their homes, and Habitat has it. They only have the cost of labor because all the items are donated,” he says.

ZipCode Wilmington, the boot camp for computer coders funded largely by regional financial services businesses, is another example of an earned income nonprofit, one that meets the need for information technology specialists for the banking and credit card industries in the state.

“They don’t all work, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try,” du Pont says, “especially if your alternative is to go to government and corporate sources that are all in decline.”

Vincent encourages nonprofits to work together on fundraising through his Delaware Charity Challenge, a series of athletic events throughout the year in which participants seek pledges from friends and family, much as they would for a charity walk or run. He tries to group nonprofits with similar interests—children’s causes or animal rights, for example—then the organizations compete to see whose team not only wins the race but also raises the most money. In these examples, Vincent would also recruit a toy store or a pet shop as the primary sponsor, and the business would provide a bonus prize to the top team.

The Charity Challenge relieves the nonprofit’s staff of the time and effort involved in running a fundraiser, which allows its workers to concentrate more on the agency’s mission, he says. In a little more than two years, the events have raised more than $113,000 for 50 nonprofits.

Comstock-Gay, du Pont and Vincent cite another option, social impact bonds, sometimes referred to as “pay for success.” The concept is somewhat complex, but the basic idea is that private investors lend money to governments to fund programs that, if successfully delivered, will generate long-term savings. Investors get their money back, with interest, if an independent evaluator certifies that the program has achieved the promised result.

“It’s been done in a number of states,” Comstock-Gay says.

The best-known was an experiment that failed—a program to reduce recidivism among youths at New York City’s Rikers Island Prison. Goldman Sachs loaned the city $7.2 million to fund the program, and Bloomberg Philanthropies guaranteed $6 million of the loan, reducing Goldman Sachs’ risk. If the program reduced recidivism by 8.5 percent, Goldman Sachs would have gotten all of its money back; if it reduced recidivism by 10 percent, Goldman Sachs would have earned anywhere from $500,000 to $2.1 million. The program didn’t meet its goals, so Goldman Sachs took a loss.

While the experiment didn’t work out, du Pont sees this approach as a win for two reasons: Private investors put up the money for the test, and, when it failed, it was shut down rather than forcing the government to pick up the tab for a program that wasn’t working.

Though it may seem ideal to have a major investor back such a program, du Pont says it would be possible to open up a bond issue to individual investors, allowing Delaware residents to put up $500 or $1,000 to test an idea they support, with the prospect of a financial return.

The ideas are there. What’s next, the experts suggest, is for the stakeholders from all the sectors—donors, nonprofits, government and business—to get together and figure out what works best. And that list, Taylor notes, omits one important sector: the community. All too often, she says, decisions are made top-down, with the haves deciding what’s best for the have-nots.

“There has to be more of a together perspective,” she says. “It’s all one community. At the end of the day, we’re all interconnected.”

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Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

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Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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Looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids while they're out of school for the summer? Join us for hands-on crafts and games based on things in the museum, garden, and...

Cost: Members and children under 2 are free. Nonmembers are $5 per child and per one a

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


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

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

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

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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Wee Ones is now offered every week! This early childhood series intended for children ages 3-5 incorporates active learning through music, movement, and the exploration of objects in a warm and...

Cost: $5 per child and $5 per adult with paying child

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

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

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Drama classes are an adventure in theater communication and team-building.  Exercises to improve diction, projection, stage presence and physicality serve as building blocks for character...

Cost: $575

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Kathy Buterbaugh
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
Website »

More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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A young Greek servant meets a fierce lion in the forest and pulls a painful thorn from his paw. Later the Lion saves the boy’s life. Aesop’s classic tale comes to life as two actors play all...

Cost: $10, Children Under 3 Free!

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

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Jason Weaver: Works on Paper will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 6-27, 2018. The artist will host a free closing reception on Friday, July 27 from 5-7 p.m. The works in the...

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

Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

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


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

More information

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

More information

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


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

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
View map »


Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Drama classes are an adventure in theater communication and team-building.  Exercises to improve diction, projection, stage presence and physicality serve as building blocks for character...

Cost: $575

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Kathy Buterbaugh
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
Website »

More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you see how we have repurposed historic work areas....

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

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


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

More information

Enjoy a 1 hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

More information

Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
Website »

More information

Aladdin polishes a moldy lamp and Jane, a powerful genie, appears. Jane and her assistant, Mr. Green Genie, help the lovesick lad overcome a greedy sorceress and win the heart of the princess! Two...

Cost: $10, Children Under 3 Free!

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Telephone: 130-222-76766
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Jason Weaver: Works on Paper will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 6-27, 2018. The artist will host a free closing reception on Friday, July 27 from 5-7 p.m. The works in the...

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

Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

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


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

More information

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

More information

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature....

Cost: $10

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

Has your 9-13 year-old child ever wanted to work on the railroad? Are they fascinated by locomotives? If so, then have them spend the day with us on the Wilmington & Western for a fun...

Cost: $100

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
Website »

More information

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Story Time Thursdays 10:30 - 11 a.m. Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft,...

Cost: $7 - $0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Get lost in a book during Mt. Cuba’s Story Time in the Gardens. Children are invited to visit the gardens on Thursday mornings for a story from a nature-themed children’s book. Intended for...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
View map »


Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302-239-8883
Contact Name: Sara Stevenson
Website »

More information

Join JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Dover for a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 26 at the American Legion. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. in the outside...

Cost: Free

Where:
American Legion
835 S Bat Rd
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: JDog Junk Removal and Hauling Dover
Telephone: 302-448-8882
Contact Name: Jennifer Stolz
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

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a heart failure support group on Thursday, July 26 from noon to 2:00 pm in the Nursing Conference Room. This free support group is designed for individuals...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2248
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Drama classes are an adventure in theater communication and team-building.  Exercises to improve diction, projection, stage presence and physicality serve as building blocks for character...

Cost: $575

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Kathy Buterbaugh
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
Website »

More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

More information

The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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See the gardens in a new light. Our gardens are open until 8 pm on Thursdays through August.  Stop by after work or spend the entire day and evening.

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302-239-8883
Contact Name: Sara Stevenson
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Every Thursday in June  (June 7, 14, 21 and 28) and July (July 5, 12, 19, 26), 4:30-8 p.m. The Delaware Museum of Natural History is extending hours every Thursday in June and July for you to...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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June 14, 21, & 28 July 12, 19, 26 August 9, 16, 23 & 30 5:00–9:30 pm On all other Thursdays, June–August, join us to stroll through the Follies exhibition or to take a twilight tram tour of...

Cost: members free, $10 per nonmember

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Enjoy live music on the terrace with friends or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights will be scheduled...

Cost: Museum galleries are open with free admission every Thursday from 4–8 pm

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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This summer, community organizations will host a series of public forums focused on racial and social justice, civil rights, and education.For participating organizations, visit delart.org....

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us on Thursday, July 26th for our first annual Family & Fireworks Night: Benefit for Ministry of Caring! There will be fun family activities, amazing food, and of course a spectacular...

Cost: free

Where:
The Town of Whitehall
801 Mapleton Ave
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: Ministry of Caring
Contact Name: Rebecca Klug
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Jason Weaver: Works on Paper will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 6-27, 2018. The artist will host a free closing reception on Friday, July 27 from 5-7 p.m. The works in the...

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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Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
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Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
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KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
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The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Ahoy mateys! A cool new way to celebrate summer is sailing to New Castle, DEL for a weekend full of family-friendly fun and adventure. NJ’s tall ship, AJ Meerwold will be providing two hour,...

Cost: various

Where:
Delaware Street Wharf: 1 Delaware Street
New Castle (historic district), DE  19720


Sponsor: City of New Castle, Del
Telephone: City: 302.322.9812
Contact Name: Louise Eliason, Public Relations
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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

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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Departures are at 12:30 & 2:30 PM. Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
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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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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Drama classes are an adventure in theater communication and team-building.  Exercises to improve diction, projection, stage presence and physicality serve as building blocks for character...

Cost: $575

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Kathy Buterbaugh
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
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Dog Days of Summer is the animal extravaganza you don’t want to miss! In addition to taking part in some awesome programming, you’ll get to meet service animals, watch a live animal...

Cost:

Where:
Delaware Children's Museum
550 Justison st.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The event will feature live music performed by "Sweet Steele" and "Cocktails @ 3," delicious food catered by Benvenuto, LLC, and raffles throughout the evening....

Cost: $60 per person

Where:
Sunset Cove
3 Haven Lake
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: The Auxiliary of Milford Memorial Hospital
Telephone: 302-422-5009
Contact Name: Gerry Morris

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Family, Friends, & Community fundraiser benefiting Planting to Feed, Inc. We look forward to spending an evening with an awesome network of family and friends.Dinner buffet including Pulled Pork,...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kingswood Community Center
2300 Bowers St
Wilmington , DE  19802
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Sponsor: Planting To Feed Inc.
Contact Name: Jessica Wescott
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Your feast begins as soon as you board the Beautiful Riverboat Queen- your 2 hours cruise will include plenty of time to enjoy continuous crabs, corn on the cob and red bliss potatoes. In addition,...

Cost: $75

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The Shining Light Players presents: The Hiding Place ~ Life of Corrie ten Boom.  All are invited. Love offering will be taken. Can a person stand up against great evil? Where is God in the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Community Church
2240 South DuPont Highway
Camden, DE  19934
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Sponsor: Faith Community Church
Telephone: 302-697-1673
Contact Name: Nancy Saba
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Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

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


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

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Ahoy mateys! A cool new way to celebrate summer is sailing to New Castle, DEL for a weekend full of family-friendly fun and adventure. NJ’s tall ship, AJ Meerwold will be providing two hour,...

Cost: various

Where:
Delaware Street Wharf: 1 Delaware Street
New Castle (historic district), DE  19720


Sponsor: City of New Castle, Del
Telephone: City: 302.322.9812
Contact Name: Louise Eliason, Public Relations
Website »

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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


Website »

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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

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The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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

Departures are at 12:30 & 2:30 PM. Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
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
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Escape Brandywine is a new, historically-immersive Escape Room presented by the Chadds Ford Historical Society! Designed like other popular escape room games, Escape...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

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

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Join the Ministry of Caring Guild for a special Ovation Dinner Theatre benefit performance of their hit comic mystery, Iceberg Ho! The year is 1928. The champagne is flowing and the guest list...

Cost: $75/person, $750/table of ten

Where:
Rehoboth Beach Country Club
221 West Side Dr.
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Ministry of Caring Guild
Telephone: 302-652-5523
Contact Name: Cindy Gamble
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

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