Holiday Party Planning Tips for Fall/Winter 2013

It’s not too early to plan your holiday parties! Here are some hints from local experts.



Coleen Fitzpatrick of Flourish Designs Unlimited in Wilmington created this vintage glam centerpiece.

Tom Covello, owner of Celebrations Design Group in Wilmington, provider of party decor and flowers, is already working busily on three holiday parties with three different themes: enchanted forest, snowflake fantasy, and fire and ice. While some holiday parties are in the works—repeat customers often schedule venues a year in advance—there’s still time to plan a unique and memorable event for your family, friends or office. To help you out, we’ve consulted the experts for guidelines on planning, themes, decor and more.

Getting Started

When planning your shindig, your budget should be “first and foremost,” says Lynda Neef, owner of Events Your Way in Wilmington. “How much do you want to spend? How much can you spend? Holiday parties can become pricey.” Consider hiring an event planner, particularly if you’re pressed for time or are one of those people who love parties but hate the planning, preparation and execution.

Having someone else in charge of party planning cannot only save time and headaches, but money as well, since event planners often can negotiate price breaks with vendors, says Kameron McConnell, co-owner of Afflair Events in Wilmington.

“Some clients hire us just for the day to make sure everything arrives on time and that the event runs smoothly and exactly as they imagined. We allow the hosts to enjoy their own party,” McConnell says.

Once you have an idea of how many people you can afford to invite, you’ll have an easier time defining your target audience. Are you inviting work friends? Just family and close friends?

“If it’s intimate friends and family, you don’t need to rent a space,” says Neef. “You can host it in your own home or find a banquet room at a restaurant.”

On the other hand, she says, “If you’re having clients come, do you want to make this an adult-only event? You’ll want to have a more professional atmosphere; you won’t want DIY food.”

If you’re planning a party outside your home, look into a location ASAP. “We can pull anything together as fast as you need, but we can’t build the space,” McConnell says.

 

If you don’t already have a venue, it’s time to start searching, Neef adds. Wait too long and “you’re stuck doing a Sunday brunch instead of a Friday or Saturday night, if that’s what you were originally looking for,” she says.

Still, don’t feel obligated to stick to the Friday/Saturday night tradition. It’s not just the venues that might be overbooked; it’s your guests as well. McConnell says that Thursday nights are becoming more popular in recent years precisely because of potential guests’ busy schedules. Holding holiday parties at nontraditional times and days can result in a better turnout.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Next, figure out what kind of a party it will be. An intimate, sit-down dinner party will make for lots of conversation among a small, close group of people, while a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, buffet or food stations will allow for a more energetic setting that encourages mixing and mingling. These work better than sit-down dinners for most parties because guests tend to drop in at different times.

If possible, select a caterer eight to 10 weeks in advance and discuss your setup and menu options. The caterer can clue you into the trends and help set your party apart. For example, mashed potato bars can be fun, “but if everyone is doing that, you might want to do something different,” says Neef. You might instead serve risotto in martini glasses, McConnell says.

It’s best to have primarily finger foods that can be eaten with one hand, such as mini-pot pies. A taco bar can be made fancier with “foodie-based toppings” like pulled pork, braised chicken, and red lettuce and cabbage instead of regular lettuce, Neef says.

If there will be children at the party, make sure there are food options that will appeal to them and are within their reach, suggests Leanne Silicato Prosser, co-owner of Make My Day Events in Rehoboth Beach.

“At the holidays many people want to be with friends and family and all the children. But people don’t always think about how they will entertain the kids and serve foods the kids will like and can eat on their own,” she says.

Some changes have come with economic troubles. People might decide to offer wine, beer and a specialty drink instead of making any and all liquors available with an open bar. “People are drinking a lot less than they used to,” says Polly Weir, director of conference services at the University of Delaware. “We don’t sell nearly as many open bars as we did 5, 10 years ago. There’s a lot more sensitivity to driving under the influence.”

 

Themes and Decor

Just as weddings can have a “theme” for the decor, food and entertainment, so too, can a holiday party. If you are having a Christmas party and inviting children as well as adults, you might decorate using a North Pole theme and have Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at some time during the event, suggests Prosser. Children can arrive in their pajamas and adults might wear ugly Christmas sweaters.

“Kids can be so amused by that. Their parents usually try to look so prim and perfect that it’s fun to do the opposite,” she adds.

For a high-end, more traditional adult Christmas party you might have passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and carolers in period dress welcoming guests at the door.

Families who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah can throw a “Chrismakkuh party,” Prosser suggests. The hosts might decorate with blue and green or similar color tones and have both a Christmas tree and a menorah. Games or other activities can be a fun way to educate guests about traditions from both religions. “We often do that at weddings,” she says.

Some people use holiday events to give back by planning charity parties for which guests will make donations of toys, books or children’s shoes. “Holidays are such a gluttonous time of year,” McConnell says, that it’s nice to see charity parties becoming a trend.

McConnell has seen other themes that don’t necessarily scream “the holidays.” For example, one client chose to use Mardi Gras as a theme, while another reversed the seasons with a luau Christmas. A Christmas in July theme with beachy decor is another idea, and it works particularly well for those living in coastal southern Delaware. One of McConnell’s favorite holiday parties was circus-themed, complete with a cotton candy maker, hot dog machine, funnel cakes, a ringmaster and a fire spitter. The whole event looked like a three-ring circus, she says. 

Decor for these types of parties naturally matches the theme, but even with more traditional holiday parties the decor can be imaginative. Neef finds that people are becoming more comfortable playing with color instead of just decorating in blue and silver or red and green—“everyone and their mother has done that,” she says. Event planners are seeing more patterns and color combinations at their parties, like magenta with lime green, a vintage look (muted pastels against vibrant purples) or a central pattern, like chevron, that pulls everything together. 

 

Weir finds that “colors that are rich and festive but aren’t traditional work very, very well,” such as purples and golds. Even with a strong color scheme, hosts are moving away from matching every piece of decor, instead finding coordinating pieces to bring the look together.

“Up until around three years ago, people would get caught up in a color theme like a black-and-white or a pink party, and then everything at the party would be that color and it would become washed out,” says Neef. 

Of course, sometimes one strong color choice can still create a dazzling effect. In Covello’s snowflake fantasy themed party, “everything is all white and iridescent,” with white Christmas trees, icicles and flowers. “Taken together there’s a cold, brrrrr kind of feeling to it,” he says.

Coleen Fitzpatrick of Flourish Designs Unlimited in Wilmington says vintage decorating themes have become very popular, both “vintage glam” and “vintage rustic.” The vintage glam look uses a lot of pastel colors—silver or gold with light pinks and pale greens. Decorate with delicate mercury glass balls, a pink-striped Elf on the Shelf, vintage books, and pictures of old-time Santas. “What comes to mind for me is very ’50s glamorous—white carpet with a white sofa, very sparkly and yet soft. Audrey Hepburn-ish,” says Fitzpatrick.

For many homes, though, creating such a look is not practical, so clients opt for the vintage rustic look: think lace and mercury glass with burlap, pine cones, birch branches and other natural elements. Decorate with antique ice skates, antique sleds, rustic versions of old-time prints, lace-trimmed mason jars holding votive candles, old-time paper chains and vintage toys. The end result will include “a little bling” but will also be “kind of old and homespun,” says Fitzpatrick. “It makes for a more comfortable, homey, kind of a shabby chic look,” she says. Instead of using pastels or traditional Christmas colors, hosts will want to stick with lighter greens to create this look.

Pulling It All Together

The trick to planning the perfect holiday party is to decide who you want to invite, where and when you’d like to host it, and what type of mood you’d like to set with your food, theme and decor. Pick something you are passionate about, whether it be a fun, family-oriented party; a classic, vintage bash or a twist on the holiday theme.

“Your party should reflect who you are as a person and what type of experience you want your guests to have,” Prosser says. Once party day arrives, relax, socialize and enjoy time with your guests. Happy holidays!  

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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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Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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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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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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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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
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
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Website »

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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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Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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 »

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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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Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
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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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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Where:
Bayhealth Outpatient Center
Conference Room
209. E. Main St.
Middletown, DE
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Telephone: 744-6227
Contact Name: Trisha Bentley

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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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Dr. David Silverman, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum, Egyptian Section, presents the opening lecture in the Great Wonders Lecture Series. The most recognized of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient...

Cost: Individual lecture with advance registration: $5, general public; $2, Museum mem

Where:
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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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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Time  Silent auction and bake sale 4 p.m. Refreshments and registration 5 p.m. Walk start 6 p.m. Fee  Free. Donations appreciated. Benefits  Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

Where:
Heritage Shores
White Pelican Court
Bridgeville, DE
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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
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
View map »


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
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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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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 »

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

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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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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 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

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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Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
Website »

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Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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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Darlington is the perfect place to expose your little one to the arts! In a creative and nurturing environment, spend time together with other families while laying a musical foundation for...

Cost: $21 per pair

Where:
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Road
Garnet Valley, PA  19060
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Telephone: 610-358-3632
Contact Name: Darlington Arts Center
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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Illuminated by tea lights, this labyrinth program is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day. Donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum’s labyrinth.

Cost: FREE

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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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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Bruce Tychinski, soloist; James Allen Anderson, director; Hyoin Kim, graduate conducting assistant. Featuring Robert Moran's Points of Departure, Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess,...

Cost: Tickets are $15 adults, $10 UD faculty/staff & seniors; $5 students. Advanced ti

Where:
Mitchell Hall
134 The Green
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

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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
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

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Delaware Arts Alliance will hold its first-ever arts advocacy conference, DEArts Lab: Standing Room Only: Face to Face with the Digital Divide, in collaboration with the University of Delaware...

Cost: $20 general public; students free with valid ID.

Where:
Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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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

Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
Website »

More information

Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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Join us for this noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month. Art is Tasty pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson...

Cost: $12.00 for Museum members, $14.00 for non-members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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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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
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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Do you love fashion? Learn from a professional artist how to transfer your ideas to paper through fashion illustration. Using simple shapes, students will learn how to draw the human form by...

Cost: $155

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 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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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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Joe Trainor and City Theater Company present   COME TOGETHER   A career-spanning live concert event featuring The Beatles recorded works on Friday, October 3, 2014   Tickets are...

Cost: $20 GA, $40 VIP

Where:
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: City Theater Company
Telephone: 302-377-3156
Contact Name: Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
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After more than three decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of southern rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members...

Cost: $42-$51

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The story of a boy and his cyborg protector completed entirely in lines and phrases taken from the plays of William Shakespeare. Each line and phrase is taken from original folios, with only...

Cost: $15 General Admission (Online), $18 General Admission (At the Door)

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Bootless Stageworks
Telephone: 302-887-9300
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
View map »


Telephone: 430-7646
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

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

 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

When this play premiered, The New York Times wrote that it was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” The American classic holds up. SEP 26-27, OCT 3-4-5, 10-11, 2014

Where:
Patchwork Playhouse
140 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-3568
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

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

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

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

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

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 »

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The annual Giant Yard Sale for the Birds by Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research  Saturday, October 4th   Join us to bargain shop for the birds! Hundreds of gently used items including...

Cost: free

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Telephone: 302-737-9543
Contact Name: Rebecca Stansell
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Join us in bargain hunting for the birds! Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research's annual Giant Yard Sale for the Birds is Saturday, October 4th.  All proceeds benefit Tri-State Bird Rescue and help...

Cost: Suggested donation of $1 at the door

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Telephone: 302-737-9543
Contact Name: Rebecca Stansell
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Breast health and wellness conference for all women, including breast cancer survivors.

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
, DE  Newark
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Telephone: 623-2273
Website »

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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

The 7th Annual Wings & Wheels Fall Festival is set for Saturday October 4 at the Sussex County Airport from 10-4. A fly-in of vintage airplanes, huge car show, WWII re-enactors and encampments,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sussex County Airport
21553 Rudder Lane
Georgetown, DE  19947
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Sponsor: Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 302-856-1544
Contact Name: Joan Tyndall
Website »

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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
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

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
Website »

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Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. He creates fine oil paintings of the...

Cost: Free

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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Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4, 2014 at 10:00 am to benefit the Achievers Academy...

Cost: $125

Where:
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Rd
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Brandywine Country Club
Telephone: 267-992-1424
Contact Name: David Pope
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Calling on kids (big and small)! Come explore tractors and other farm equipment, take a hayride, do arts and crafts in the Brown Center, dress up with firefighter gear, and even milk a mechanical...

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine. Experience how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine making black powder for more...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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On Saturdays in October, families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Visitors also can create fall-themed crafts, see a gunpowder...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Celebrate the 9/23 release of Gustafer’s brand new DVD/CD set: “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wisdom Tooth Of Wisdom”   “The show is a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr....

Cost: $10

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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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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Calling all TLC members — don’t miss the rare and unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at Longwood Gardens. The third & final part of this series will take us on a private tour of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
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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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For more information, please contact: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, x 3 sue@rehobothfilm.com   The Rehoboth Beach...

Cost: $75.00 per person

Where:
Fort Miles Battery 519
Lewes, DE  19958


Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095, x 3
Contact Name: Sue Early
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over the span of fifty years, the two sympathize (and...

Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

Where:
Delaware Theatre Compnay
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Theatre Company

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LEGENDARY BOBBY RYDELL , UNMISTAKABLE SOUND OF THE DUPREES, AND THE FIRST LADIES OF ROCK AND SOUL GIRL GROUP REVUE. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & VETERANS...

Cost: $65

Where:
MARPLE NEWTOWN HS
120 MEDIA LINE RD
NEWTOWN SQUARE, DE  19073
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Sponsor: BENEFITS: THE DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM AND VETERANS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Telephone: (610)359-0832
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The story of a boy and his cyborg protector completed entirely in lines and phrases taken from the plays of William Shakespeare. Each line and phrase is taken from original folios, with only...

Cost: $15 General Admission (Online), $18 General Admission (At the Door)

Where:
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
1301 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Bootless Stageworks
Telephone: 302-887-9300
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Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing.  Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mill Road
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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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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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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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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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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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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 “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, 110 Orchard Road
Roselle Center for the Arts,
Newark, DE
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When this play premiered, The New York Times wrote that it was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” The American classic holds up. SEP 26-27, OCT 3-4-5, 10-11, 2014

Where:
Patchwork Playhouse
140 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-3568
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Time  Registration 8 a.m. Race start 9 a.m. Fee  $20 (until the Thursday before the race at noon); $25 day of event Benefits  Residents of The Mary Campbell Center

Where:
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 762-6025 ext. 172

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Time  Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 3. Event is limited to 2K participants. Race start  Noon. Fee  $30 plus a $3 sign-up fee Benefits  Delaware Breast Cancer...

Where:
The Starboard
2009 Coastal Highway
Dewey Beach, DE
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Time  Registration 8:30 a.m. Race start 9:30 a.m. Fee: $20 (until the Thursday before the race at noon); $25 day of event Benefits  American Heart Association/American Stroke...

Where:
Rockford Park
19th St. & Tower Drive
Wilmington, DE
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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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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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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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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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The wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail fete the 2014 vintage with picnicking, music, hayrides, tastings and tours. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: (610) 444-3842
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