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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Every Tuesday, March–November, 10:30–11:30 am Meet in Galleries Reception Atrium. Wee Ones is now offered every week! This early childhood series intended for children ages 3-5 incorporates...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations

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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
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Do you have concerns about falling? Join Saint Francis Healthcare each week for their FREE Matter of Balance program, which includes a visit from a Physical Therapist. Classes meet once a week in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Saint Francis Healthcare
701 N. Clayton Street
Medical Services Building, Room 104
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: Saint Francis Healthcare
Telephone: 302-255-9690
Contact Name: Susan Fox
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May is Double Points Month for our Friends of Phillips members in Ocean City, MD -- all month, earn double the points on every visit to Phillips Crab House or Phillips Seafood House! Not a...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: (410) 250-1200
Website »

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May 15, 2017 Cinema Art Theater  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, ext. 3   COLOSSAL...

Cost: $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 130-264-59095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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Enjoy sunset cocktails and creative food offerings on the Patio at the Hilton Christiana. Live acoustic entertainment takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Get...

Cost: $0 admission

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302-631-1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement.  The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be sponsoring revival entitled, "The Blood and the Power".  The...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Telephone: 302-593-8711
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Pastel Progressions, an exhibition of pastel paintings by Nick Serratore, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 5-26, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French Street
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Laura Hickman New Pastels Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 PM Laura Hickman was born in Milford, Delaware and grew up in various houses in Bethany...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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

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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

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

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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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

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FANTASTIC REALITY – A MOST UNUSUAL EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION SAT, 6 MAY FROM 5-7 PM.  CONTINUES UNTIL 29 MAY. How often do you find a married couple who are both artists? ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Rd.
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Tony Boyd-Heron
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The 2017 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market at Rodney Square will begin May 3rd and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 25th from 10:00 AM. until 2:00 PM, except...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE  19801


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

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

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

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

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

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

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
Website »

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May is Double Points Month for our Friends of Phillips members in Ocean City, MD -- all month, earn double the points on every visit to Phillips Crab House or Phillips Seafood House! Not a...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: (410) 250-1200
Website »

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May 15, 2017 Cinema Art Theater  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, ext. 3   COLOSSAL...

Cost: $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 130-264-59095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
Website »

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Enjoy sunset cocktails and creative food offerings on the Patio at the Hilton Christiana. Live acoustic entertainment takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Get...

Cost: $0 admission

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


Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302-631-1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
Website »

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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement.  The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be sponsoring revival entitled, "The Blood and the Power".  The...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Telephone: 302-593-8711
Website »

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The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be holding a 6-month seminar on "Self-Deliverance." The seminar will start on Wednesday March 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. The seminar will be held every...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: 302-632-4679
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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Pastel Progressions, an exhibition of pastel paintings by Nick Serratore, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 5-26, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Every Thursday, 9:00 am in the Brown Learning Center   March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017 April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017 May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017   Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden...

Cost: Drop-in rate of $10 for members and non-members.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Tours & Reservations

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Laura Hickman New Pastels Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 PM Laura Hickman was born in Milford, Delaware and grew up in various houses in Bethany...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Website »

More information

FANTASTIC REALITY – A MOST UNUSUAL EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION SAT, 6 MAY FROM 5-7 PM.  CONTINUES UNTIL 29 MAY. How often do you find a married couple who are both artists? ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Rd.
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Tony Boyd-Heron
Website »

More information

Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

More information

Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

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Story Time at the Brandywine Zoo Every Thursday May-September at 10:30am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Takes place outside in the main zoo, and may include a...

Cost: Zoo Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive,
Wilmington, DE  19802
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Thursdays, May – September, 10:30 - 11am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Brandywine Zoo
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

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

More information

Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: AT&T
Website »

More information

May is Double Points Month for our Friends of Phillips members in Ocean City, MD -- all month, earn double the points on every visit to Phillips Crab House or Phillips Seafood House! Not a...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: (410) 250-1200
Website »

More information

May 15, 2017 Cinema Art Theater  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, ext. 3   COLOSSAL...

Cost: $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 130-264-59095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

More information

During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
Website »

More information

Enjoy sunset cocktails and creative food offerings on the Patio at the Hilton Christiana. Live acoustic entertainment takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Get...

Cost: $0 admission

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


Sponsor: Hilton Christiana
Telephone: 302-631-1551
Contact Name: Katie McNally
Website »

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Visit Paint Nite's website to see Tutto Fresco's events, held the first Thursday of every month (through 2017) starting at 6:30 p.m.

Where:
, DE

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UD doctoral student Lisa Tossey will share stories and images from her time onboard the Research Vessel Atlantis this spring. Lisa was part of a research cruise that used the submersible Alvin to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Room 104, Cannon Laboratory
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: University of Delaware
Telephone: 302-645-4346
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Pastel Progressions, an exhibition of pastel paintings by Nick Serratore, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 5-26, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Laura Hickman New Pastels Wine & Cheese Opening Reception to Meet the Artist – Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 PM Laura Hickman was born in Milford, Delaware and grew up in various houses in Bethany...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

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


Website »

More information

Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5-$20

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


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

More information

FANTASTIC REALITY – A MOST UNUSUAL EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION SAT, 6 MAY FROM 5-7 PM.  CONTINUES UNTIL 29 MAY. How often do you find a married couple who are both artists? ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Rd.
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Tony Boyd-Heron
Website »

More information

Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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


Website »

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

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

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

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

More information

Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: AT&T
Website »

More information

May is Double Points Month for our Friends of Phillips members in Ocean City, MD -- all month, earn double the points on every visit to Phillips Crab House or Phillips Seafood House! Not a...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: (410) 250-1200
Website »

More information

May 22, 2017 Cinema Art Theater  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, ext. 3   NORMAN: THE...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

More information

During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
View map »


Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
Website »

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Winterthur After Hours presents families and adults with an opportunity to explore Winterthur in the evening. Enjoy music, our beer garden, and a variety of offerings that enhance our local...

Cost: Pay What You Wish

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Winterthur Information & Tours
Website »

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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
Website »

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The highly acclaimed Serafin String Quartet returns to the Premier Centre for the Arts on Friday, May 26 at 8:00pm. The program features Beethoven String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, the...

Cost: $15-25

Where:
Milton Theatre
110 Union Street
Milton, DE
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Sponsor: Premier Centre for the Arts

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The 10th Annual Artisans Fair will feature unique handcrafted art objects. Fifty exhibitors will offer textiles, fine art, glass, jewelry, photography, woodworking, metalwork and sculpture....

Cost: Free

Where:
Lord Baltimore Elementary School
Route 26
Ocean View, DE  19970
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Sponsor: South Coastal DE AARP Chapter
Telephone: 302-732-6336
Contact Name: Ida Crist
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Leading up to our summer exhibition, Craig Colorusso: Sound + Light, the Museum will be hosting bi-monthly yoga sessions in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. All ages welcome, some child-size mats...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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FANTASTIC REALITY – A MOST UNUSUAL EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION SAT, 6 MAY FROM 5-7 PM.  CONTINUES UNTIL 29 MAY. How often do you find a married couple who are both artists? ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Rd.
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Peninsula Gallery
Telephone: 302-645-0551
Contact Name: Tony Boyd-Heron
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Maritime-themed activities including living-history re-enactors, encampments, musket drills, displays, demonstrations, tours of Lightship Overfalls and more.

Cost: Free admission except for tours of the Lightship Overfalls.

Where:
Zwaanendael Museum
102 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Zwaanendael Museum
Telephone: 302-645-1148
Contact Name: Bridget warner
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles on select Saturdays in May. Each Saturday will feature a...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

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

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend...

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

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
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Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios—no reservations required! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: AT&T
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May 27 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Science Saturday – Chain Reaction Be introduced to the basic concepts of inertia, gravity, force, and motion. Build a Rube Goldberg-like device that will...

Cost: Activities are included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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May is Double Points Month for our Friends of Phillips members in Ocean City, MD -- all month, earn double the points on every visit to Phillips Crab House or Phillips Seafood House! Not a...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: (410) 250-1200
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May 22, 2017 Cinema Art Theater  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Sue Early Rehoboth Beach Film Society 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971 302-645-9095, ext. 3   NORMAN: THE...

Cost: $8 - $10

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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During the months of May and June, high school and college graduates will receive a complimentary entree with a group reservation booked through the group sales office.  To redeem the offer,...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Phillips Seafood House
14101 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, NJ  21842
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Sponsor: Phillips Seafood
Telephone: 609-348-2273
Contact Name: Group Sales
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