Delaware Charter Schools: Weighing the Educational and Taxpayer Pros and Cons

The number of charter schools in the state has increased. So the debate about the effectiveness of traditional public schools versus charters continues.



Like most parents, Newark area residents Sharon Kurfuerst and Eve Buckley want the best education for their children. For Kurfuerst, that means bypassing the district high school and sending her kids to a public charter school, while Buckley’s three children are split between a Christina School District elementary school and a private school. 

What Kurfuerst and Buckley both share is choice—a word that’s fueled debate since Delaware’s first charter schools opened in 1996. 

Advocates say charter schools give students an alternative to the traditional learning model found in district schools. 

“Charter schools aren’t changing the education landscape in Delaware; they are contributing to it by providing choice,” says Kendall Massett, executive director of the nonprofit Delaware Charter Schools Network. “District schools aren’t leaving a gap; they are providing one kind of learning environment, and charters are providing another. It’s not a matter of which is more effective. It’s about what school works best for each child.” 

But critics argue that academic performance at some of the state’s charter schools is the same or worse than district schools. They also claim the charter system encourages segregation, lacks accountability to taxpayers and bleeds money and the best students from district schools. 

 

 

Difficult Choices

Four years ago, Kurfuerst was in a quandary. Her son, Alex, was finishing up his middle school years, and she had serious concerns about him attending Dickinson, the nearest district high school. She was afraid he would “get lost in the shuffle.”

Dickinson isn’t considered a top-performing high school. During the 2011-12 school year (the most recent data available), the Red Clay district school performed below or just met state averages in reading, math and science. In that same year, 40 percent of Dickinson’s students were suspended or expelled (compared to only 15 percent statewide), prompting parental anxiety about school safety.

Kurfuerst ultimately enrolled Alex at Delaware Military Academy, one of three charter schools authorized by Red Clay.

“My son has four years to do high school,” she says. “I can’t put him in a place that I don’t believe is providing the right education for him. [In Delaware,] we don’t have the caliber of education at the high school level that a lot of people expect. In lieu of having that, you put your kids where you think they’re going to have the best education.”

Buckley made a different choice. She’d long assumed that her elementary-aged children would eventually attend nearby Newark Charter School, until she became concerned about the school’s more affluent demographics and its effect on neighboring district schools.

“We just felt that wasn’t the way we wanted to interact with our community, to take advantage of a public service that wasn’t available to everyone, and that by its own existence was making the [district schools] available to everyone worse, causing them greater challenges,” she says. 

Buckley’s youngest son began kindergarten at Downes Elementary School in August 2013, where he’s participated in a Mandarin Chinese immersion program, while her other two children attend NCCL, a private school in Newark.     

 

 

In the Beginning

Delaware’s first charter schools—the Charter School of Wilmington and Positive Outcomes Charter School in Camden—opened in 1996, starting an educational experiment in Delaware that continues today. 

Gregory Meece, now director of Newark Charter School, helped found the Charter School of Wilmington at the prompting of Red Clay school officials, then-Gov. Tom Carper and the local business community. At the time, Red Clay was seeking financial help from the state government for the now defunct Wilmington High School. 

“It was horrible,” Meece says of Wilmington High School’s educational environment. “When I started work there, my car was stolen the first week on the job. It was just a culture that was toxic, and nothing was going to improve it.” 

Money hadn’t fixed Wilmington High’s problems in the past, so government and education officials decided to try something different. They conceived the idea of co-locating a separate, top-performing math and science high school within Wilmington High’s walls. 

Six of the state’s largest employers, including the DuPont Co., provided $600,000 in seed money to start the Charter School of Wilmington. 

“These companies could not get employees coming out of the school system who were proficient in math or science, or even reading, or who had good work habits, and they had concerns,” Meece explains. 

As development director, it was Meece’s job to recruit students to the new charter school. 

“Our job was … to attract students with successful programs, and we did just that. [Charter School of Wilmington] is now one of the top-rated schools in the country.” 

Meece started by educating parents on how charter schools differ from traditional district schools.

Charter schools are independent, tuition-free public schools, authorized by either the state department of education or a local school district. In Delaware, 19 charter schools are authorized by the Delaware Department of Education, and three—Charter School of Wilmington, Delaware Military Academy and Delaware College Preparatory Academy—are authorized by Red Clay.

 

The term “charter” refers to the contract the school has with its authorizer, which spells out the school’s mission, programming and goals. If a school fails to meet academic, fiscal and governance standards, its charter can be revoked, and the school will be closed. Since 1996, the state has closed four charter schools for academic and financial reasons.

Most charter schools tout smaller class sizes and more individualized attention for students. Most also have specialized curricula. For example, in Delaware, there’s Odyssey Charter School, with a Greek immersion curriculum, the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, with a focus on preparing students for careers in public safety, and Positive Outcomes Charter School, which serves a high number of students with mental and learning disabilities.

Instead of a district school board, each charter school is governed by its own board of directors. Charter schools typically receive less state funding than district schools and are responsible for funding their own major capital improvements.

“What distinguishes charter education is autonomy,” Massett explains. “Charter schools are able to try new and innovative learning and teaching methods, which can then be shared across the entire system to drive student achievement.” 

Like district schools, the curricula at charter schools must align with the state’s educational standards, students must take standardized tests and teachers must be certified. 

 

Measuring Performance

Delaware’s charter schools are a mixed bag when it comes to academic performance. Only 38 percent of elementary-level charter schools met or exceeded average state test scores in third grade reading and fourth grade social studies during the 2011-12 school year. In seventh-grade reading and math, only 33 percent of charter schools met or exceeded state averages. 

High school-level charter schools performed better than elementary and middle-school charters, with most beating state averages in reading and math. 

Meece says these results are predictable.

“When the charter school law was written, no one expected all the charter schools to be successful or for them to replace the traditional schools,” he says. “The point was if we keep doing the same thing over and over again, then we’ll keep getting the same results.”

 

Many of Wilmington’s charter schools and those that serve special populations, like Positive Outcomes, struggle academically. 

“The biggest challenge we have is just about every single student that comes to us is significantly below grade level,” explains Edward Emmett, Positive Outcomes’ director. 

“Performance doesn’t always translate into a test score,” he adds. “My test score is that the kids are able to graduate and be successful.” 

By that measure, Positive Outcomes has been effective. About 85 percent of the school’s students eventually graduate. (The state’s four-year graduation rate is 80 percent.) 

Some of Delaware’s charters have been extremely successful. Last year, Charter School of Wilmington was ranked as the No. 5 STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) high school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Since 2000, the school has had the highest average SAT scores in Delaware, and is a top-scoring high school on the state’s math, reading, writing, science and social studies standardized tests. 

Newark Charter School is another big achiever. In 2010, Newark Charter was named a Blue Ribbon School—the highest national recognition for schools—by the U.S. Department of Education. A year later, the school ranked No. 2 on the Global Report Card’s list of top-performing schools in reading. 

 

Major Concerns

But opponents say there’s a reason why some of the state’s charter schools perform well and others don’t. It comes down to demographics. 

At Newark Charter, for example, only 13.5 percent of students during the 2012-13 school year were identified as low income. In comparison, 36 percent of students at Downes Elementary School—the nearest district elementary school—were low income. 

“The larger problem is they draw very heavily from the area near them, which is more affluent,” Buckley says. “They are certainly getting fewer low-income kids.” 

 

Buckley says one of the reasons that she decided not to send her children to Newark Charter is because the student body isn’t reflective of the surrounding community. She believes that the demographics at district schools are negatively impacted when more affluent students choose charter schools. 

There are currently more than 2,000 students on a waiting list to attend Newark Charter. Because of the demand, the school uses a lottery system to choose new students every year. The lottery gives preference to siblings of current students, children of staff members and students who live within a five-mile radius of the school. 

State Rep. John Kowalko says the five-mile radius leads to “de-facto segregation,” because it prevents Wilmington students—many of whom are minority and low-income—from attending Newark Charter. 

But Meece says Newark Charter is following state law, which supports the concept of students attending neighborhood schools. 

“Traditional public schools in Delaware give geographical preference to people living close to schools; it’s called a feeder pattern,” he says. “That’s what’s going on at traditional public schools, so how is it wrong for charter schools to do the same thing?” 

He adds that the lottery system makes it impossible for charters to cherry pick the best and brightest students. 

“When you use a lottery, you have no control over who is picked in the lottery,” he says. “It is what it is.” 

Kowalko unsuccessfully tried to eliminate the five-mile radius provision from the state’s charter school law during the latest General Assembly session. House Bill 165, a charter school reform bill, was approved by Gov. Jack Markell in June. It updates the original law from 1995 to
enhance accountability and increase financial support for charter schools. 

The most controversial element of H.B. 165 is the so-called “performance fund,” which sets aside up to $5 million annually for major charter school capital projects, such as building additions or new construction. The fund will be distributed through a grant process to high-performing charter schools. 

Kowalko staunchly opposed the measure, calling it a “slush fund,” and plans to ask his fellow legislators to revisit H.B. 165 during next year’s session. 

“We are denying our responsibility to adequately fund traditional public schools, while at the same time creating a pool of money for charter schools with little restriction on what they can spend it on,” he says. 

 

 

New and Bigger Schools

As the debate continues, several existing charter schools are growing and new ones are preparing to open. 

Sussex Academy, the only charter school in Sussex County, moved to a new building in Georgetown and began offering a high school curriculum in September 2013.

Newark Charter increased its elementary-level enrollment by 260 students this year, and opened a new high school at the former Lear building off Elkton Road. 

The Delaware Board of Education has approved the addition of new grades at Kuumba Academy, MOT Charter School and the Academy of Dover. 

Renovations are now underway in Wilmington to convert an 11-story office building on North French Street into the Community Education Building. Starting with the 2014-15 school year, the CEB will be home to Kuumba Academy, La Academia Antonia Alonso and two other charter schools. 

“This initiative is all about creating a great environment for high-performing charter schools interested in transforming the educational journey of city students and closing the urban achievement gap,” says Riccardo Stoeckicht, CEB president. 

At least six new charter schools are in the planning stages, including Delaware Design-Lab, Delaware MET, La Academia Antonia Alonso and First State Montessori Academy, all in Wilmington, and First State Military Academy and Early College High School, in Dover. 

“I have been around the charter school movement since the beginning, [and] the environment has never been more caustic,” Emmett says. “I think it’s because charters are growing very fast. I wish we could live in an environment where we were not viewed as the enemy. The bottom line is we are all accountable for providing good places for students. If we weren’t doing a good job for our parents, we wouldn’t be here, and I would’ve been out of business a long time ago.”    

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Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Cost: Free

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Main Auditorium, Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Telephone: (800) 693-2273
Website »

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Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Website »

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BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

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The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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More than 30 vendors sell vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meats, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers and all kinds of goodies at Grove Park every Tuesday, noon-4 p.m.

Where:
Grove Park
, DE


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Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

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Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
Website »

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Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On select weekdays, we offer 1½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove. Bring your...

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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Shows participants how to avoid falls and increase physical activity.

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 733-4250
Contact Name: Kathleen Boyer

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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Emergency Planning: Come view the latest website and app that are designed to help people with disabilities and chronic health conditions better anticipate and withstand the next emergency. When:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Biotechnology Institute
15 Innovation Way
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Center for Disabilities Studies
Telephone: 302-831-2772
Contact Name: Ben Szmidt
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Cards Against Humanity Night at Cafe Ole, Main Street Newark, 7PM-Close. $5 Infusion Drinks, $3 Fireball Shots, $2 Drafts!

Cost: Free

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
View map »


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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 Autumn, with nature’s most vibrant colors, is an optimum time for painting outdoors “en plein air,” yet the full array of hues can be challenging. Plein air painting expert Donna Cusano...

Cost: Members $95; non-members $105 (4-class series)

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N DuPont St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-658-6262 x100
Contact Name: Sarah Casalvera
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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
Website »

More information

Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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Sam Beard will receive the Wilmington Senior Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a reception on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Atrium of the Hercules Building...

Cost: $100.00

Where:
Hercules Building, Lower Atrium
1313 Market Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: Wilmington Senior Center
Telephone: 302-651-3460
Contact Name: Elizabeth Ray
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Dr. Eric M. Russell, Christiana Care Rheumatology discusses how to manage arthritis and shares the latest treatments available. Exercise tips will be given from 5:45–6: 30 p.m.

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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Telephone: (800) 693-2273
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A truly unique event!  Join us for this dinner featuring Paul Cullen, former bass player for the rock band Bad Company. This "cooking concert" features 4 courses with wine pairings, prepared and...

Cost: $85.00

Where:
Harry's Savoy Ballroom
2020 Naamans Road
W, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group

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For October’s monthly screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the romantic Mumbai drama, “The Lunchbox.”  The screening will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 23 at...

Cost: Members $4; Non-Member $6

Where:
The Den at Bear Trap Dunes
7 Clubhouse Dr
Ocean View, DE  19970
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
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This exciting new series brings notable writers to the Museum from Delaware and beyond for enthralling readings of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. JEANNE MURRAY WALKER Thursday,...

Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Following their meeting at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids have pursued a collaboration with a depth and identity all its own. Their...

Cost: $29-$37

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Website »

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Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
View map »


Telephone: 430-7646
Website »

More information

Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
Website »

More information

Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

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


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

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Join us for fine wine and great music at Penns Woods Winery's FREE Lawn Concerts all summer long!June6/6/2014: Matt Santry 5:00pm - 8:00pm6/7/2014: Tim Williams 1:00pm - 4:00pm6/14/2014: Matt...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
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Learn about decorative arts in America from the 17th through the early 20th centuries through lectures, workshops, and tours. By application only. Please call 302.888.4786. Two-week session,...

Cost: Please call for more information

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

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Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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 Come out and support Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research while enjoying cocktails, dining, dancing, and a trick or tweet special - a complimentary candy buffet! Tri-State Bird members and...

Cost: General admission: $150, Benefactor admission: $225

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Please see webpage for sponsors
Telephone: (302) 737-9543
Contact Name: Duke Doblick
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Join us to raise money for fellow Delawareans who are fighting breast cancer. Wear your pink and come join the fun at the Breast Cancer Gala! This includes dancing, music, great food, beer and...

Cost: 40.00 per person

Where:
Executive Banquet and Conference Hall
Banquet Hall
205 Executive Dr
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: The Legend Foundation
Telephone: 302-383-0383
Contact Name: Lindsay Conway
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For October’s monthly screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the romantic Mumbai drama, “The Lunchbox.”  The screening will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, October 24, in...

Cost: $4 members and $6 for non-members

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
Website »

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Hauntings in History Walking Tours Fridays & Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:00, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m. If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join...

Cost: 12

Where:
New Castle Historical Society
2 East Fourth Street
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: New Castle Historical Society
Telephone: 302-322-2794
Contact Name: Society Office
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Unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery of the Egyptian tomb of Haro the Pharaoh.   Set in the 1920’s Judge Morris Estate, the newly discovered sarcophagus is unveiled while murder and...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
White Clay Creek State Park - Judge Morris Estate
76 Polly Drummond Hill Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: White Clay Creek State Park
Telephone: 302-368-6900
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Strangled Darlings brings a punk intensity to their live show. Taking a cello and making it a hip hop bass. Taking mandolin and slapping it like a stubborn mule. The Portland based duo has been...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Queen
500 Market St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Gable Music Ventures
Contact Name: Jeremy Hebbel
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Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are two of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. Frank Vignola’s stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for...

Cost: $20

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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  The powerful theatrical adaptation of one of the world’s favorite novels is the next production at the Wilmington Drama League. “To Kill a Mockingbird” runs Oct. 24-Nov. 2 for the...

Cost: $20 for adults, with discounts

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


Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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This world championship pumpkin-throwing event in Sussex County gives new meaning to the phrase “I’m gonna hurl.” Who will be Lord of the Gourd this year? 

Where:
Dover International Speedway
, DE

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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m. October 10, 11, 24, 25, 31 November 1, 7, 8 Wagons leave on the hour Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday...

Cost: Cost is $100 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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  Run or walk with your dog individually or as a team.  Bring the dog, the kids, friends and family for a fun-filled day packed with action and excitement.  Prizes for all ages and species....

Cost: $20 through 10/18; $25 after

Where:
Glasgow Park
2199 Pulaski Hwy.
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: PAWS for People & Hillside Heating & Cooling
Telephone: 302-351-5622
Contact Name: Clarice Ritchie, Coordinator, Community Engagement
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Historical Symposium to highlight the life and military career of Revolutionary war hero Allan McLane.  Sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution, Wesley College, and the Northern...

Where:
Wesley College
120 S. State St.,
Dover, DE
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Contact Name: Tom Welch

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Easter Seals Disability Services is having a free Resource and Information Fair for the community. The fair this year will showcase assistive technology. At this event, people will learn about...

Cost: Free

Where:
Easter Seals Disability Services
61 Corporate Circle
New Castle, DE  19720
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Telephone: 302-221-2087
Contact Name: Keara English

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Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in need! Talented local photographer Elisa Komins...

Cost: $100 | $125 | $175

Where:
19 Owls Nest Road
Wilmington, DE  19807


Sponsor: Children & Families First
Telephone: (302) 479-1583
Contact Name: Karen Graham
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Zeta Phi Beta Inc., Theta Zeta Zeta Chapter presents   "Is A Good Man/Woman Hard to Find?"   What is the definition of a good man or good woman?   Why are they so elusive?  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware State University - Bank of America Rm 309
1200 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Contact Name: Lisa Spellman

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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Celebrate silly, spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place, September 20th through October 26th. Come in costume and play in our not-too-spooky Halloween haven...

Cost: Check Sesameplace.com for ticket prices

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, PA  19047
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Sponsor: Sesame Place
Telephone: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO
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Jamie Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Frank Schoonover, William Wegman, Robert Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, J. Clayton Bright, and more.  This exhibition will showcase the loyalty,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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The University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies will hold its annual Artfest celebration and workshop on Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Castle County Absalom Jones...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Castle County Absalom Jones Community Center
310 Kiamensi Rd
Newport, DE  19804
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Sponsor: Center for Disabilities Studies
Telephone: 302-831-3632
Contact Name: Audrey Rossi
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Funny, funky – and only a little bit frightening!  NYC’s family rockers Erin Lee and Philip Joseph from the Up Past Bedtime Band are bringing their Not-So-Spooky Halloween Hoot to the kids’...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Peanut Butter and Jams
Telephone: 302-994-1400
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The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of...

Cost: $15 Adult, $13 Senior, $10 Children 6-17, Free for members and children under 5

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 1½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove.  Bring your camera...

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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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation are proud to present The Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcast of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” on Saturday,...

Cost: $15 - $25

Where:
Cape Henlopen High School Theater
Kings Highway
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
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Join us for fine wine and great music at Penns Woods Winery's FREE Lawn Concerts all summer long!June6/6/2014: Matt Santry 5:00pm - 8:00pm6/7/2014: Tim Williams 1:00pm - 4:00pm6/14/2014: Matt...

Cost: FREE with wine purchase (glass/bottle/flight)

Where:
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds FOrd, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
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Visitors discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine and ways the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine to make black powder for over...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: meg marcozzi
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Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On Saturdays & Sundays, we offer a 2½-hour round-trip to Hockessin. Bring your camera and...

Cost: Adults: $18; Seniors (60+): $17; Children (2-12): $16; 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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Learn about decorative arts in America from the 17th through the early 20th centuries through lectures, workshops, and tours. By application only. Please call 302.888.4786. Two-week session,...

Cost: Please call for more information

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Trick or Treat in the Village and participate in a costume contest. $1 per person. Costume judging will be 5p-6p and the winners will be announced at 6:15p. Sponsored by the Kiwanis   

Cost: $1

Where:
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Kiwannis
Telephone: 302-734-1618
Contact Name: Tiffany Leonard
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Be among the first to enter the brand new Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Maritime Center, located at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard, at the 2014 King Neptune Gala. Enjoy a cocktail reception in the new...

Cost: Member $150, Non Member $175

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 East 7th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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Join us for a night of music and fun in the awesome Figure 8 Barn.  This event benefits the Bellevue Summer Concert Series.  $5 entry fee to benefit Bellevue.  The Friends of Bellevue are...

Cost: $5

Where:
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Friends of Bellevue State Park
Telephone: 302-761-6963
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Unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery of the Egyptian tomb of Haro the Pharaoh.   Set in the 1920’s Judge Morris Estate, the newly discovered sarcophagus is unveiled while murder and...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
White Clay Creek State Park - Judge Morris Estate
76 Polly Drummond Hill Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: White Clay Creek State Park
Telephone: 302-368-6900
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Wilmington University has established an annual fundraiser to help students realize their dreams for a degree in higher education. The Green and White Scholarship Ball is a Black Tie/Masquerade...

Cost: $100.00

Where:
Wilmington University - New Castle Campus
320 N. DuPont Hwy
New Castle, DE  19720
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Telephone: 302-295-1159

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Hauntings in History Walking Tours Fridays & Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:00, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m. If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join...

Cost: 12

Where:
New Castle Historical Society
2 East Fourth Street
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: New Castle Historical Society
Telephone: 302-322-2794
Contact Name: Society Office
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Experience Lon Chaney’s classic 1925 film with Wilmington’s own Paul Fleckenstein accompanying with original organ literature, opera arias, and popular songs. In a month of spooky, creepy...

Cost: Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at door

Where:
First & Central Presbyterian Church
1100 Market Street, Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Market Street Music
Telephone: 302.654.5371
Contact Name: Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
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Darlington's 2014-2015 Coffee House Series includes 8 concerts featuring a variety of local musicians. Bring your friends, a picnic and beverage of your choice; corkscrew, coffee, tea and...

Cost: $15 general admission, $10 members, or 4-concert pass for $40

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Telephone: 610-358-3632
Contact Name: Darlington Arts Center
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The Phantom of the Opera — Live Music & The Original Silent Film Experience Lon Chaney’s classic 1925 film with Wilmington’s own Paul Fleckenstein accompanying with original organ...

Cost: $15-20

Where:
First & Central Presbyterian Church
1100 Market Street, Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302.654.5371
Contact Name: David Schelat
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  The powerful theatrical adaptation of one of the world’s favorite novels is the next production at the Wilmington Drama League. “To Kill a Mockingbird” runs Oct. 24-Nov. 2 for the...

Cost: $20 for adults, with discounts

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Get a big taste of Elizabethan life on weekends and Labor Day Monday at Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim, Pa.

Where:
Manheim, PA


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Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

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Wednesday, October 8th (Total Lunar Eclipse!) 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st 6 p.m. Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Riad
Wilmington, DE  19803
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September 27, October 25, November 29 8 a.m. Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group,...

Cost: Free with paid entrance

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
, PA


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BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
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This world championship pumpkin-throwing event in Sussex County gives new meaning to the phrase “I’m gonna hurl.” Who will be Lord of the Gourd this year? 

Where:
Dover International Speedway
, DE

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Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this orange-tastic playground closes for the season....

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the most beloved plays to ever hit Broadway. 

Where:
Candlelight Dinner Theater
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
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At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

Where:
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Benefits: American Heart Association Time: Registration 8 a.m. Walk start 9 a.m. All ages and well-socialized dogs welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Technical Community College
Terry Campus
100 Campus Drive
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 286-5711
Contact Name: Jill Halverson

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