Punkin Chunkin Q&A: World Champion Dawn Thompson

Lucky for us, she’s not tired of talking about chunkin, even after 25 years.



Delaware Today: So you’ve been around chunkin since the beginning?
Thompson: Close to the beginning. I started in 1988 when I met my husband, Bill. He told me about this crazy event he invented. I said, “What is it?” He said, “Punkin Chunkin.” I said, “What the heck is that?” So he had to show me the machines and I was hooked immediately. I love mechanical stuff and people using their minds to make crazy stuff. 

DT: The original chunkers tell me that they used to go find garage door springs and stuff like that.
Thompson: Yeah. Whatever you got out of somebody’s back yard is how you built your chunker. Now you’ve got to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. So it’s come a long ways.

DT: So you became a chunker after the first two years?
Thompson: In 1988, I had a roach coach-type truck and I said, “Well, I’ll be a vendor this year.” I called up the local radio station, 93.5 The Beach—it was their first year in radio—and they came out here and did a live broadcast. We had over 1,000 people on the farm. So we figured we better move it and we went on over to Joe Hudson’s field in 1989. 

DT: I heard that that last year at your farm, everybody chunked their pumpkins into the woods. 
Thompson: Yeah. Everything was in the woods and everybody was lying about their distances. (laughs) It’s always been a problem with the woods.

DT: I was there one year at Hudson’s field…
Thompson: When we were trying to throw at the church?

DT: Yes. And then Trey Melson fired one at sunset and they couldn’t find the pumpkin. Didn’t one go across Route 1 and hit an old barn or something?
Thompson: So they say. They say they found it the next morning.

DT: What’s been your role through the years? Did you start as a spectator?
Thompson: I’ve never been a spectator at Punkin Chunkin. The first year I met my husband, I was part of the machine and part of the team. I usually swung the arm around. See, when you start up that centrifugal machine, somebody has to give that arm a push. So that was always my job, to swing the arm around and keep people away. I’ve always been a team member. I’ve never been a spectator at Punkin Chunkin.

DT: I didn’t mean to insult you.
Thompson: Discovery Channel tried to say that, too.

DT: The centrifugal machines will always be my favorites.
Thompson: We still got the old, original Ultimate Warrior. It’s back in the woods waiting for somebody to say, “Let’s break her out of the woods.”

DT: Who built the first centrifugal machine?
Thompson: Bill and Trey were team members for the first three or four years. They had Maximum Overdrive. That was the first centrifugal machine. It was made out of logs. The second one they built was made out of steel. The first one was a prototype.

DT: You wrote the ballad and you still sing it every year?
Thompson: Well, Bill wrote it right after the first chunk. He just sat down and wrote this poem, or whatever you want to call it. A ballad of how Punkin Chunkin started. I saw the words and put it to music and we’ve been singing it since 1989 at every chunk.

DT: Did you ever record it?
Thompson: Yes.

DT: Can I find that recording somewhere?
Thompson: No. It’s a secret. (laughs)

DT: That’s all you’re saying?
Thompson: Yes.

DT: So we might find out more later?
Thompson: Maybe. If I tell you I’d have to kill you.

DT: Good thing this is a phone interview.
Thompson: I got it recorded, but I never did seek out going on YouTube and that kind of stuff. Hank Black, our old photographer who did our videos put a cut of the “Punkin Chunkin Ballad” on YouTube. I think I’m playing banjo on that one.

DT: Has the event become way too big?

Thompson: We always knew it was going to be a World Championship. We knew it was something special and unique that not everybody can do…but anybody can do, you know? I like that it’s grown this big, but I don’t like the idea that we have to pay out a lot of money to all people like the police and all that kind of stuff that we gotta fork out money to all the time. That’s really what are expenses are anymore. From the DOT to State Police, then you’ve got insurance and all that kind of stuff. That’s really what’s taken away from the event because we did it for the children and scholarship programs. You know, we wanted to do things for the community. That’s how we started the organization.

DT: You have your own chunking team?
Thompson: We started the women’s air cannon division, and that’s when I decided that I wanted my own chunker. When we started out we had the Ultimate Warrior, which is now Chunkin Under the Influence—the Mac truck. We built that truck, but we decided that it was just too tall up there for all us old people to try to put the pipe on. So we decided to sell it and do something different. So we sold it. And then we thought, Oh, gosh, now we’ve only got a year to build a machine. What are we going to do? So we found an old truck in one of the local newspapers and bought that. Then one of the kids who had an air cannon, he wanted some college money, so we decided to give him an offer and he accepted. It was called the Ozone Blaster. I told him I wanted to call it the Hormone Blaster. We managed to get it on the truck and we borrowed and begged and stole any parts that we could get. The kids said, “Let’s go out and shoot it.” And I said, “No. Let’s just wait and we’ll put it together at the chunk.  Then we’re gonna do the first shot and see what happens.” We went out there and set up the machine and they wanted to shoot, but it was late. So when it was time for our first shot, we had our first shot and that’s the shot that won the whole competition. It was good to be the first woman to take the championship. And it was a new division that year, too. And it was the 25th anniversary of the chunk. We got to take the trophy back home to where Punkin Chunkin started.

DT: How do you know how to build a punkin chunker?
Thompson: I’m pretty good at the mechanical stuff. Bill, he helps with design and making sure we were safe and getting things done right. You don’t want to hurt yourself out there and everybody else. You get a lot of different opinions from a lot of different people to make everything go.

DT: Wasn’t there an accident a few years back and they put up some netting to protect the crowd?
Thompson: Well, you know with a catapult or a centrifugal, the pumpkin can go farther backward than it can go forward. So they decided to put this net up there. I think somebody might have got hit in the audience, or something like that. I’ll tell you, ever since the net’s been up it hasn’t hit the net once that I’ve seen. You’re at your own risk out there.

DT: I’ve seen chunks of pumpkin fly into the crowd, but never heard that anybody was seriously injured.
Thompson: This one kid got hit. The kid’s mom, if she’d have let go of him and let him do his thing, he probably wouldn’t have been hit. She was trying to get him out of the way and then stepped in the way. When you’re looking at a pumpkin coming in, you can’t really tell where it’s going to land. You kind of just gotta scatter. They had to make that kid a lifetime member. He was a chunker one year, but he was there observing the next year or something like that. He’s a lifetime member of the association.

DT: Is Hormone Blaster ready to go this year?
Thompson: She’s sitting in the shed waiting to go right now. I’m ready to take her out and drive her around. I like that old truck. It’s a 1961 International Harvester grain hauling truck. It’s got the original motor and everything in it. Runs like a charm. The first day I took it out to the chunk, we had it all put together and my nephew did the paint job and the bodywork on it for me. It turned out real beautiful. We were on our way to the chunk. It was a Tuesday, Election Day, and everybody went and voted and then we met back at the house and fired up the truck and we were heading down the road. About a quarter-mile down the road I look at my rear-view mirror and there’s all this smoke rolling out the back. I said, “Oh, my god, I set her on fire.” So I pulled off the road and I looked down and there were flames coming up through my stickshift. So we jumped out and got the fire extinguishers and got it put out. The emergency brake was stuck on. So we got that unhooked and went on down the road to the chunk. It drove fine after that. No smoke or anything.

DT: Do you ever get tired of talking about Punkin Chunkin?
Thompson: No. I bleed orange. That’s how much I like to talk about it.

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Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

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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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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Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
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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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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At the Lewes campus, study habitats from the coastal marshes to the deep ocean floors via satellites, ships and underwater vehicles.  (register the day before)

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

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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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Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
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Sponsor: Instructors
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Food for Thought offers downstate candidates running for state senator and state representative the opportunity to answer questions posed by audience members specifically related to legislation...

Cost: free, all attendees must RSVP

Where:
Food Bank of Delaware
1040 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: Food Bank of Delaware
Telephone: 302-444-8127
Contact Name: Ashley Michini
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Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

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Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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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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Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway launch the 2014-15 Around the World series with the film “In The Name Of”. This Polish drama will be presented on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway
Telephone: 302-645-9095 x2
Contact Name: Denise Hoban
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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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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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Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Telephone: 227-2270
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 »

More information

Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

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Time  Registration 5:30 p.m. Race start 6:30 p.m. Fee  $20 (until the Monday, Sept. 1 at noon) $25 after and day of event

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, 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
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

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

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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

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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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Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

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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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
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

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
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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More information

Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Website »

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This year, DHA will conduct its first “Rubber Duck Race” fundraiser—"adopt" a rubber duck and join us in Wilmington's Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park to watch...

Cost: $5 a duck

Where:
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington, DE


Telephone: (302) 571-8171 x301
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"A Soul Opera...telling stories of love & life through songs and poetry!" Local and regional artist perform dramatic stories of love and life using a unique blend of poetry and songs backed by a...

Cost: $15

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE


Sponsor: World Cafe

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The University of Delaware Community Garden hosts a fresh fete for the Food Bank of Delaware—enjoy garden-based foods, fine wine and beer and live entertainment.

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 444-8074
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 »

More information

The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

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

More information

Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
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

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

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


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
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

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

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

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On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

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  Nanticoke Health Services and the Blood Bank of Delmarva will be hosting a blood drive on Friday July 18, 2014 and Friday September 5, 2014 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Medical Staff...

Cost: Free

Where:
Medical Staff Conference Room
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services & the Blood Bank of Delmarva
Telephone: 1 888 8-BLOOD-8
Contact Name: Blood Bank of Delmarva
Website »

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Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

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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First Fridays of the month 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...

Cost: $12 Members, $14 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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 Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
Website »

More information

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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Start off your weekends right at Penns Woods Winery every First Friday of each month! Let us help you relax with friends while sampling our own wines, listening to live music, viewing the work of...

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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Come one, come all to Delaware’s second annual Irish and Celtic music festival at World Cafe Live at the Queen featuring The Young Dubliners, Barleyjuice and Brother!

Cost: $25-28

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
, DE


Sponsor: World Cafe

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Both children and adults enjoy the First State Heritage Park's candlelit walking tours – there’s history, humor, and sorrow in the stories of real people from Delaware’s past centuries....

Cost: $5

Where:
First State Heritage Park
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S. New Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302.739.9194
Website »

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It’s opening night for Lori Crawford, associate professor of art at Delaware State University, who presents works from The Sista’s series. Crawford’s digital drawings...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-2111
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
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
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

Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

We’re not quite sure how to categorize the amazing feats of this traveling troupe. Affixed to the top of 14-foot flexible poles, the performers seemingly defy gravity as their bodies tell...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-1000
Website »

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Catch the country crooner at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Where:
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N. DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE
View map »


Telephone: 674-4600
Website »

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Fifty-nine artists show their chops with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fused glass and more at this 35th anniversary celebration.

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

At the Lewes campus, study habitats from the coastal marshes to the deep ocean floors via satellites, ships and underwater vehicles.  (register the day before)

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 645-4346

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 art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

Where:
Mispillion Art League
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
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

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

The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

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


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

On the Beach Pilates, 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays $10 Body Weight Basics, 7:15 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays $15 On the Bandstand Yoga, 6 a.m. Friday-Wednesday through August...

Cost: Varies for each class

Where:
On the Beach & the Bandstand
214 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE  19930
View map »


Sponsor: Instructors
Website »

More information

Speakers and discussion on learning to live well with Lupus.

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE  19718
View map »


Sponsor: Lupus Foundation of America, Phila. Tri-State Chapter
Telephone: 866-517-5070
Contact Name: Melinda
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

Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance Now exhibition,Retro•active presents a historical view of this...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Chicken Plunge 2014  -  Sept 6 ,11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chicken Plunge 2014 is sponsored by the Village Improvement Association of RehobothBeach.  It is a family friendly event...

Cost: $1.00 - $10.00

Where:
, DE

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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
View map »

More information

The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel - or...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-429-7447
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

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
View map »


Telephone: 610-459-0808
Contact Name: Carley Razzi
Website »

More information

Explore the wonders of nature by engaging your child in different activities each month to awaken their natural senses. A light refreshment will be provided. This program runs the first weekend...

Cost: $5 TLC members; $10 non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Road
Avondale, PA  19311
View map »


Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347 x 104
Contact Name: Paige
Website »

More information

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
View map »

More information

Kalmar Nyckel is excited to be back in Lewes, DE offering 2 ½ hour public sails, pirate sails, and deck tours from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Public Pier.  Passage for all sails is $60...

Cost: $60 for adults; $40 for children

Where:
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
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  Fan Tent ( Free admission) featuring food and giveaways will precede the game; visit www.desu.edu in August for...

Cost: $5.00 ~ $40.00

Where:
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716


Telephone: 302.857.TIXX
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We’re not quite sure how to categorize the amazing feats of this traveling troupe. Affixed to the top of 14-foot flexible poles, the performers seemingly defy gravity as their bodies tell...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
U.S. 1
Kennett Square, PA
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Telephone: (610) 388-1000
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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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What started as a one-block-long festival put on by a small group of mushroom enthusiasts—yes, they do exist—has turned into a fest fit for the “Mushroom Capital of the...

Where:
Kennett Square, PA


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Did you miss the White Party to benefit the Freeman Foundation? We suggest you make it to this exclusive lawn party, featuring dinner, dessert and dancing. 

Where:
, DE


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Artists Steve Rogers and Mary Pritchard present work in acrylic and pastel that depicts lovely, solitary views of the Delmarva Peninsula. 

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, DE
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Telephone: 645-0551
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Celebrate the Battle of the Brandywine at the Chadds Ford Historical Society with crafters, outdoor activities, entertainment and food. 

Where:
, PA


Telephone: (610) 388-7376
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The Ten Miler start is on Dagsworthy Street, beach side. The 5K start is on Dagsworthy Street, bay side. Time  Registration 6:45 a.m. Race start 8 a.m. Fee 10-Miler $30 (until the...

Where:
The Bottle & Cork
Bellevue Street at Highway One
Dewey Beach, DE
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Word nerds, rejoice: The folks over at the Newark Arts Alliance are exhibiting works inspired by language. Opening reception is Sept. 12.

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
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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
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Kids ages 5-10 celebrate the seasonal transition to fall with arts and crafts using leaves. P.S.: Your mini-masters, ages 3-5, get their chance on Sept. 10.

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St.
Dover, DE
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Telephone: 674-2111
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Fifty-nine artists show their chops with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fused glass and more at this 35th anniversary celebration.

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
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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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Enjoy a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

Where:
20 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Telephone: 227-2270
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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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This producer-only farmers market provides fresh, local foods every Saturday morning at the Lewes Historical Society complex.

Where:
Lewes, DE


Telephone: 644-1436
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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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The eye-opening exhibit presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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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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Delaware has an interesting history when it comes to our early local Colonial beermeisters. While the process may have changed over the past 200 years, one thing remains the same—brew love...

Where:
, DE


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Whether you’ve got a century in you or a 15-mile loop, there’s a little something for everyone at the Amish Country Bike Tour. Pedal a 15-, 25-, 50-, 62- or 100-mile route through...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: (800) 233-5368
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The art reflects the artist when the Mispillion Art League asks artists to depict something of their background or family heritage.

Where:
Mispillion Art League
5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 430-7646
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Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, this exhibition charts the evolution of the institution through artistic highlights, educational...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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Summer is winding down—bummer. But the Brandywine Festival of the Arts is just getting started. Join more than 250 fine artists and crafters at Brandywine Park’s Josephine Gardens...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 690-5555
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