Holiday Party Planning: Delaware Experts Share Tips

New trends such as wine cocktails will make 2013 the Year of the Party.



The Chesapeake Inn

Holiday party planning is not for the faint of heart. There are several factors to consider when planning a party during the holidays, not to mention the craziness that accompanies that time of year. But according to the experts, the payoff is worth it.

“The party planning business is not for everyone,” says Michelle Goad of the Christiana Hilton in Newark. “It sounds like a glamorous job, but the reality is that every customer’s expectation is different.

“Most customers have a vision about what they want their event to look like, but very few have experience communicating it. Party planning requires asking question after question to peel back the layers about what that particular group wants.”

Gianmarco Martuscelli of the Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City, Md., agrees. “A hard part of party planning is the menu selection, because so many people have food allergies,” he says. “That is just one thing to consider. Another is being flexible. In today’s economy, it can be tough to work with people’s budgets to make their event special and unique.”

“Know your audience,” Goad says. “Review your guest list and take time to understand what your partygoers think a fantastic event would look like. Ask people you trust what they liked and disliked about events that have been held in the past. Create a small committee and taste the food options before making a decision. It gets creative juices flowing and makes the end result much better.” Try to strike the balance between offering people with conservative tastes a great experience while incorporating a few unique offerings for adventurous guests, she says. And find a way to make the event interactive. “Instead of doing a conventional sit-down dinner, consider a food station approach. Perhaps having some items served family-style will encourage more people to strike up conversation. Don’t serve the dessert course. Use this course as an opportunity to get people up and moving around. It makes dinner service quicker, and it gets people socializing.”

Dominick Serpe of Serpe & Sons Bakery in Elsmere says the most difficult part of party planning is the guest list. “I think the hardest part is deciding how many people you will invite,” he says. “You run the risk of upsetting certain individuals by not inviting them, but you also have to think about your budget.”

There are, however, several benefits to planning a successful party. “What I love about party planning is the point early in the process when you are thinking about the food and wine menu,” says Denise McMillan of the Chaddsford Winery in Chadds Ford, Pa. “The possibilities are wide open. I also love pairing the wines with the food and hoping your guests will love everything you have planned.”

Serpe enjoys being part of the planning process. “I like helping people make decisions about different products,” he says.

“The best part is having the customer email you afterwards or see you at a later date and tell you how their guests are still complimenting them on such a great job they did,” Martuscelli says. “It’s really special.”

Goad’s favorite part is how tangible the results of a good party are. “The greatest part about party planning is that you see the end result,” she says. “There aren’t many professions that give you the fruits of your labor so many times through the course of the year. It is immensely satisfying to deliver an event that leaves the customer speechless initially, and then turns him or her into your best possible salesperson in the community, because he or she can’t stop talking about the experience.”

Sinatra singer Sean Reilly enjoys being  an essential part  of a party.Sean Reilly, a Frank Sinatra singer, also enjoys the fruits of party planning. “The fun part is people walking up to me, getting very close and seeing that I am indeed singing and not lip syncing,” he says. “But the very best party is getting compliments on my singing and watching people dance to my music. I love completing an event and knowing that I was an important part of the party. It’s great.”

“Planning a party is always fun,” says Barbara Scotto of Tutto Fresco in Wilmington. “Picking the food, planning the seating arrangement, setting up the room, we love each step. The most rewarding part is making our guests happy.”

There are several do’s and don’ts when it comes to party planning. “Start early,” Goad says. “Spend some time listing out what a successful event looks like in your mind, and go from there.”

“Do plan a signature wine cocktail for your party.” McMillan says. “Your guests will remember you planned something special for them. Also, plan to have a variety of wines on hand so you have something for everyone’s taste. Do mingle with your guests, and don’t stress out!”

“Always pay attention to details,” says Scotto. “Don’t leave any details to other people. Always know what you want.”

Serpe says that a big do is to have small parties. “Don’t, however, cut back on varieties of foods,” he says. “People will not be satisfied.” He adds that party planners should contact the experts for feedback. “Call professional people to help answer questions before making your decisions,” he says. “You’ll be glad you did.”

Martuscelli has some tips for partygoers. “Always show up to a party if you RSVP yes,” he says. “Guest counts are never accurate, because several people tend to not show up at the last minute and the host is left with the tab. It can be frustrating.”

There are several trends emerging as 2013 nears. “One of the trends we see is wine cocktails.” McMillan says. “It’s fun to mix wines with sodas, juices and other spirits, and to garnish with fresh fruits, herbs and spices.”

Serpe says people are having smaller parties, simply because of the economic conditions. “It’s still tough out there,” he says.

“Unique beverage offerings will continue to be hot through 2013.” Goad says. “Hand-crafted cocktails using fresh ingredients are an art-form. Working live entertainment into events is making a huge comeback. Incorporating action into food stations and table service is also really getting more creative. Developing new, fresh approaches to the taste and presentation of comfort foods is also really catching on. Lastly, smaller portions of food, paired with beverages to complement them, is a great trend to see.”

Scotto says that 2013 looks like it’ll be a great year for parties. “A trend for 2013 is people are becoming more creative,” she says. “They are including things like ornate party favors, table decorations and cookies. We’re looking forward to big things in the coming year.”

 

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Back to Basics Learning Dynamics
6 Stone Hill Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: James & Brick Associates
Telephone: 302-655-8101
Contact Name: Ken Brick
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The Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times) and “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) has won them...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Gore Recital Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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Oxidation and The Dance: Two Photographic Essays, an exhibition of photographs by Ray Magnani, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 6-27. An opening reception to meet the artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
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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Cost: Free

Where:
Millcroft Senior Living
255 Possum Park rd
Newark , DE  19711
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While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Rhoda Kahler & Mitch Lyons   "TWOGETHER" Ceramics and Clay Monoprints Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artists - Friday, October 6, 5 – 8 PM.  ...

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 2017 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market at Rodney Square will begin May 3rd and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 25th from 10:00 AM. until 2:00 PM, except...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Downtown Visions
Telephone: 302-425-0196
Contact Name: Tucker Casey
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
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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
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On our trips to Mt. Cuba, you'll enjoy a ½-hour layover at our secluded picnic grove along the...

Cost: Adults: $15; Seniors (60+): $14; Children (2-12): $13; 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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Have you ever wanted to see what was behind the stone wall? NOW is your chance! For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, the Tilton Mansion, home to University and Whist Club, will be opening its doors to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125 x107
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The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
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Join Stephen Petersen, curator of the "Faces in Black and White: Photography and Identity" exhibition, for a gallery talk. Bringing together black and white photographs from across the University...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
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Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
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Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
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Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today Readers. Live entertainment from various local and talented musicians, such as Three Sheets Acoustic, Bella Von, Melissa & Jim,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Telephone: 302-631-1551
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  Why, especially in times of great social upheaval, should we turn to the ancient past? Because if we fail to understand the experiences of earlier societies, we limit our ability to imagine...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rainey Auditorium
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Sponsor: Wolf Humanities Center
Telephone: (215) 573- 8280
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Join us for a fun run/walk through the University of Delaware athletic and agricultural fields! The race is open to everyone and runners/ walkers of all abilities are invited to participate....

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Delaware Stadium
625 Marvin Dr
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Oxidation and The Dance: Two Photographic Essays, an exhibition of photographs by Ray Magnani, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 6-27. An opening reception to meet the artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
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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Cost: Free

Where:
Millcroft Senior Living
255 Possum Park rd
Newark , DE  19711
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Rhoda Kahler & Mitch Lyons   "TWOGETHER" Ceramics and Clay Monoprints Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artists - Friday, October 6, 5 – 8 PM.  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Every Thursday, 9:00 am, Brown Learning Center 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,...

Cost: Drop-in rate of $10.

Where:
Brown Center, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Drop in on Nature is an emergent program based all outdoor/all weather and is child led. We encourage children to explore, play and create a child led flow in a natural environment. This process...

Cost: TLC members  $10 with adult TLC members $20 Drop-off Non-members $20 with adult

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Stacey Gummey
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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With a studio in Philadelphia and a house in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Jon Redmond’s current show offers a fresh view of his popular subject matters of choice, urban architecture and still...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: 302-652-0271
Contact Name: Maddie Fye
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Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »

More information

Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

More information

Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

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Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
Website »

More information

Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
Website »

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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today Readers. Live entertainment from various local and talented musicians, such as Three Sheets Acoustic, Bella Von, Melissa & Jim,...

Cost: 0.00

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


Telephone: 302-631-1551
Website »

More information

Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit and look at wonderful pieces of hand-crafted...

Cost: $0 to $10

Where:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 N. Creek Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA  19720
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Sponsor: Chadds Ford Historical Society
Telephone: 610-388-7376
Contact Name: Michael Connolly
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An interactive dining experience in the outdoor Courtyard Garden, presented & prepared by Executive Chef Robert and Food & Beverage Director, Keith Davis. This six course dinner...

Cost: $75

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
Telephone: 302.631.1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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Hilton Wilmington/Christiana presents the Harvest Dinner Chef's Table. An interactive dining experience in the outdoor Courtyard Garden, presented & prepared by Executive Chef Robert and Food &...

Cost: $75

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Telephone: 302.631.1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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Drop-in to the Museum galleries and explore a topic or idea through writing inspired by prompts—visual or written. These informal gatherings allow participants of all experience levels to write...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Cost: Free

Where:
Millcroft Senior Living
255 Possum Park rd
Newark , DE  19711
View map »

More information

Oxidation and The Dance: Two Photographic Essays, an exhibition of photographs by Ray Magnani, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 6-27. An opening reception to meet the artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Rhoda Kahler & Mitch Lyons   "TWOGETHER" Ceramics and Clay Monoprints Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artists - Friday, October 6, 5 – 8 PM.  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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 & Tours
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The mysterious story of Dracula takes place in an old, stone castle set in old Europe. Prince Dracula and his bride Elisabeta are madly in love when the Prince is called to lead his nation into...

Cost: $18

Where:
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
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Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-696-2711
Contact Name: Box Office
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With a studio in Philadelphia and a house in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Jon Redmond’s current show offers a fresh view of his popular subject matters of choice, urban architecture and still...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: 302-652-0271
Contact Name: Maddie Fye
Website »

More information

The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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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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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »

More information

Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
Website »

More information

Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

More information

Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

More information

Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
Website »

More information

Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »

More information

Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit and look at wonderful pieces of hand-crafted...

Cost: $0 to $10

Where:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 N. Creek Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA  19720
View map »


Sponsor: Chadds Ford Historical Society
Telephone: 610-388-7376
Contact Name: Michael Connolly
Website »

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Boo at the Zoo Trick-or-Treat at the Brandywine Zoo! Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Kids can trick-or-treat through the zoo as it gets dark in their...

Cost: $5/person, DZS Members Free

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
Telephone: 302-571-7850
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Deerfield Wines and Diamond State Curling Club present wine tasting and silent auction.  Wine, Beer and Bourbon Tasting. Silent Auction hosted by Diamond State Curling Club.

Cost: -

Where:
Deerfield Fine Wines
205 Louviers Dr. (Paper Mill Rd.)
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Diamond State Curling Club
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New York Times Best Selling Author Jeff Hobbs grew up in Kennett Square, PA and graduated from Yale in 2002 with a BA in English Language and Literature. “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rt. 9 Library & Innovation Center
3022 New Castle Avenue
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Christina Cultural Arts Center
Telephone: 302-652-0101
Contact Name: Raye Jones Avery
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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be holding a weekend revival themed "Come to the Well". The weekend revival will start on Friday October 20, 2017 at 7 pm and will run through Wednesday...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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Venture into “Dark Dover” October 20 and 27 with the First State Heritage Park This October, one of First State Heritage Park’s most popular events returns to The Green. During the park’s...

Cost: $10

Where:
First State Heritage Park
John Bell House
43 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194

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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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The Drama League presents the hysterical madcap comedy "Moon Over Buffalo".  Shows are at 8pm on October 20, 21, 27 and 28th, with 2pm matinees on Sunday, Oct 22nd and Oct 29th.  Buy tickets...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
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A mysterious man arrives at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room the rent. Could he be “The Avenger”—a serial killer on the loose in London? This silent film by Alfred...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Puglisi Orchestra Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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Venture into “Dark Dover” October 20 and 27 with the First State Heritage Park This October, one of First State Heritage Park’s most popular events returns to The Green. During the park’s...

Cost: $10

Where:
First State Heritage Park
John Bell House
43 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

Where:
Millcroft Senior Living
255 Possum Park rd
Newark , DE  19711
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Rhoda Kahler & Mitch Lyons   "TWOGETHER" Ceramics and Clay Monoprints Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artists - Friday, October 6, 5 – 8 PM.  ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

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Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Presented by A.T. Moffett and the Delaware Division of the Arts at the baby grand Re-Entry – A Performance Tribute to Veterans is a Delaware Division of the Arts supported project directed and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Kalmar Nyckel offers a wide array of sailing opportunities — from April through October.   Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel 

Cost: $60 for Adults; $40 for 17 and under

Where:
Battery Park
New Castle, DE

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With a studio in Philadelphia and a house in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Jon Redmond’s current show offers a fresh view of his popular subject matters of choice, urban architecture and still...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: 302-652-0271
Contact Name: Maddie Fye
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The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

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 & Tours
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Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

Cost: Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted f

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement.  Dover Aglow International will be meeting on Saturday October 21, 2017 starting at 11 a.m. ...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-593-8711
Contact Name: Barbara Allsopp

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Departure is at 12:30 PM. Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On our trips to Mt. Cuba, you'll enjoy a ½-hour layover at our...

Cost: Adults: $15; Seniors (60+): $14; Children (2-12): $13; 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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Train departure is at 2:30 PM.  Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On our trips to Hockessin, you'll travel the entire length of...

Cost: Adults: $19; Seniors (60+): $18; Children (2-12): $17; 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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Lucas Clawson, historian and archivist at Hagley Museum and Library, will give a gallery talk on the material culture of World War I uniforms. This event is associated with the "Fashion on All...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Guests can create fall-themed crafts, and see a gunpowder explosion, roll mill in...

Cost: Adults $14, Senior and students $10, Children 6-14 $5, children 5 and under and

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Take a guided walk through the Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes, every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
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Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
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Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is proud to present the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Mozart’s sublime fairy tale, DIE ZAUBERFLӦTE, on Saturday, October 21 at 12:30 PM and Monday,...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Enjoy live music and support your local community at the West Side Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Cool Spring Park! Every first Thursday is our Kid's Day with facepainting,...

Cost: free

Where:
Cool Spring Park
W 10th St. at N. VanBuren St
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: West Side Grows Together
Contact Name: Sarah Lester
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Phillips Crab House Hours Change! MENU & BUFFET DINING: August 28 - September 9: Monday - Friday*: Menu & Buffet 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: Menu 11:45am, Buffet 3:30pm September...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Phillips Crab House
2004 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Boo at the Zoo Trick-or-Treat at the Brandywine Zoo! Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Kids can trick-or-treat through the zoo as it gets dark in their...

Cost: $5/person, DZS Members Free

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
Telephone: 302-571-7850
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Join Hagley After hours for a sunset Hayride. Warm up by the fire and roast a marshmallow while sipping on a beverage. This is a 21+ event.  Admission: Adults $14, Seniors and students $10,...

Cost: Adults $14, Senior and students $10, Children 6-14 $5, children 5 and under and

Where:
200 Hagley Creek Rd,
Visitors Center entrance
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit and look at wonderful pieces of hand-crafted...

Cost: $0 to $10

Where:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 N. Creek Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA  19720
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Sponsor: Chadds Ford Historical Society
Telephone: 610-388-7376
Contact Name: Michael Connolly
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be holding a weekend revival themed "Come to the Well". The weekend revival will start on Friday October 20, 2017 at 7 pm and will run through Wednesday...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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The mysterious story of Dracula takes place in an old, stone castle set in old Europe. Prince Dracula and his bride Elisabeta are madly in love when the Prince is called to lead his nation into...

Cost: $25-40

Where:
Emilie K Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S High Street
West Chester, PA  19383
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Sponsor: Brandywine Ballet
Telephone: 610-699-2711
Contact Name: Box Office
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UD’s elite choral ensemble under the direction of Paul D. Head. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students. Advanced ticket sales are available through the REP...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Loudis Recital Hall
Amy E. du Pont Music Building
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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The Drama League presents the hysterical madcap comedy "Moon Over Buffalo".  Shows are at 8pm on October 20, 21, 27 and 28th, with 2pm matinees on Sunday, Oct 22nd and Oct 29th.  Buy tickets...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
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The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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