At the Blue Hen Bed & Breakfast, a Precious Past is Preserved

Don and Amy Eschenbrenner have made the 325-year-old residence their own, but they've also maintained much of its original history and charm.


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The first bricks of the current Blue Hen Bed & Breakfast in Newark were laid in 1692.//Photo by Joe del Tufo

 

The big, old house on Nottingham Road in Newark is a patchwork quilt of sorts, one stitched together through the centuries.

The first red bricks were laid in 1692, 84 years before Caesar Rodney’s heroic ride from Dover to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote for the Declaration of Independence. The newest section of the house, a stately facade with two entryways, was added in 1840, 21 years before the Civil War.

For most of its life, the house has been home to the people who farmed the land around it, starting with the Steel family, Irish immigrants who grazed cattle on what was then a 255-acre spread bordering White Clay Creek.

Today the property is the Blue Hen Bed & Breakfast, the temporary residence of travelers from around the globe and full-time home to the current owners, Don and Amy Eschenbrenner, who grow flowers, herbs and vegetables on the remaining two acres.

“Both sides of my family were farmers and I feel obligated to have a garden,” Amy says.

She is a direct descendant of John Bartram, the Quaker explorer, botanist and founder of Bartram’s Garden outside Philadelphia, the oldest surviving botanical garden in North America. Her maiden name is Greenplate, also indicative of her Quaker roots. Her mother was Pennsylvania Dutch. Not surprising, Amy has a lifelong love of history and pieces of the past.

“When we met, she was living in this development from the 1970s and had rooms and rooms of antiques she was saving,” Don says.

“Both sides of our family had lots and lots of antiques that none of the siblings and cousins wanted,” Amy says. “Whenever there was something no one else was interested in, I would take it.”

The parlor is a formal yet cozy space decorated with a blend of family pieces and vintage finds.//Photo by Joe del Tufo

This old house

In 2008, the couple discovered what might be the ultimate American antique—a house more than 300 years old—when the widow of longtime owner Harry Montgomery, a breeder of champion Irish setters, put it on the market.

At the time, the price tag for the 5,000-square-foot house, 2,000-square-foot barn and surrounding land was beyond their means. But the Eschenbrenners decided it was worth the risk.

“I took out my whole 401(k) to buy the house,” Amy says. “Then I lost my job, like a lot of people did in 2008.”

In searching for a solution, she referenced her personal history. Years earlier, she had earned a degree in theater from the University of Delaware, a pursuit that inspired travel. “I lived in London in 1981 and would travel through England and Scotland and stay in B&Bs,” she says. “I thought, wow, this is really cool.”

Later, she and her husband would gravitate toward inns when they took trips in the United States. “We loved to go to Cape May and stay in bed-and-breakfast inns,” she says.

She decided her next role would be innkeeper, a pursuit that would make the house pay for itself “or at least contribute to the mortgage.” It took two years to navigate the approval process with New Castle County and complete renovations on the house. After that, it didn’t take long for the couple to settle into a routine as hybrid homeowners and innkeepers.

Don kept working as a civil engineer, while taking on chef duties at the inn. A certified Bob Ross art instructor, he also gives classes for guests on weekends. Amy became a full-time innkeeper and businesswoman.

Her family pieces now have a long-term home. Witness salt-glazed crocks from her Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors. Her grandmother bought the expansive service of Austrian china in 1925. A rare art piece of woven hair comes from the Bartrams. The electrified pump organ in the parlor came from the previous home of Ebeneezer United Methodist Church in Newark.

“My parents had some of the pews in their house,” she says.

Each of the inn’s three guestrooms is named for a noted artist.//Photo by Joe del Tufo

Pieces of the past

The history of past owners is part of the fiber of the house. In the root cellar, there is a meticulous accounting of the meats that were stored there over the years.

For centuries, paperhangers have autographed their work, dating the job on the wall in pencil before hanging the paper. There are two such artifacts in the Eschenbrenner home. In the parlor, James Tyler left his signature in 1896. In the upstairs hallway, there’s an inscription: Papered by Wm. Lum, 11-10-1739. (There’s no connection to Lums Pond. He was an artist from Philadelphia.)

Adeline Steel commissioned the European-style fresco on the parlor ceiling. Since then, hand-painted images of fruits and vines have been restored twice: in 1960 and in 1995.

It’s a formal yet cozy space, a blend of family pieces and vintage finds. “Our guests love to sit in there with their coffee and their wine,” Amy says.

The monastery closet was purchased from an antiques dealer in Old New Castle. The Eschenbrenners bought several furnishings from the previous owner, including a buffet, china closet, needlepoint chair and the dining table where guests gather each morning for a sumptuous breakfast. The repast might include Don’s recipe for pork schnitzel with silken Hollandaise sauce, Amy’s fresh-baked coffeecake with applesauce and cinnamon chips, house-made granola and scones with homemade blackberry jam.

“Don takes my banana bread, soaks it in egg and milk overnight and makes French toast,” Amy says. “In a bed-and-breakfast inn, breakfast is very important.”

So are the beds. The Eschenbrenners team high mattresses and reproduction bedframes with antiques chests and nightstands in the inn’s three guestrooms. Each is named for a noted artist. The Cassatt, inspired by the art of Philadelphia impressionist Mary Cassatt, is feminine with ornate wallpaper reminiscent of a watercolor painting and a four-poster bed. The Wyeth is decorated with Victorian antiques and prints of paintings by N.C. Wyeth of Chadds Ford and his teacher, Wilmington illustrator Howard Pyle. The Kinkade is awash in the sunny colors embraced by Thomas Kinkade. The suite includes a kitchenette, bath and screened porch.

Amy Eschenbrenner enjoys the gazebo with a pair of pooches—the inn is a pet-friendly destination.//Photo by Joe del Tufo

A global perspective

Guests come from as far afield as Iceland. A visitor from Mumbai proposed to his American girlfriend at the inn. A guest from Paris, fascinated by football, made arrangements to take in two games, the Blue Hens of UD and the Philadelphia Eagles. “He had never heard of a tailgate party, so we made one for him,” she says.

Every once in a while, a former resident stops by. “One day, a guy from Connecticut popped in and said he lived here during World War II,” Amy says. “He sent me pictures taken on the farm.”

It’s a pet-friendly destination, with a designated dog lounge, where it’s OK for Fido to sit on the sofa. The lounge is outfitted with an assortment of dog beds to accommodate pooches of all sizes, “everything from Bernese mountain dogs to Jack Russell terriers,” Amy says.

Outdoors, the Eschenbrenners built a gazebo, where they can relax and enjoy glimpses of goldfinches, doves, butterflies and an occasional deer jumping the fence.

There is a vegetable garden, where the plantings include zinnias and cosmos for floral arrangements, cantaloupe and watermelon for breakfast, and cucumbers for pickling. Amy grows rosemary to use in soap.

“I feel at peace, very much at home, baking bread and making soap,” she says. “An old house is the place where I am supposed to be.”


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Remember: In a historic home, one of the best sources of furnishings is the previous owner. The Eschenbrenners bought a dining table, needlepoint chair and other pieces from the widow of longtime owner Harry Montgomery. Mine family treasures. Amy Eschenbrenner enjoys dishes and other items that have been handed down through the generations. “When someone wanted to give something away, my hand always went up.” Preserve the past. Rather than cover up the centuries-old signatures of past paperhangers, the innkeepers decided to integrate them into the design. Allocate your space to reflect the way you live. The couple love their dogs and accommodate canine guests, so they designated a small den as a pet lounge. Infuse your rooms with personality. The innkeepers named each of three bedrooms for artists, then decorated them to reflect their styles

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Wilmington, DE  19806
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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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

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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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

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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Public forum to educate, inform, instruct the community on how to effectively interact with law enforcement officials. Panel Guest include: Wilmington Mayor - Mike Purzycki, Retired FBI, Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Perfect Will Ministries
11 Parkway Circle
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Perfect Will Ministries
Telephone: 302-325-2225
Contact Name: Pastor Frank Burton Jr.
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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you see how we have repurposed historic work areas....

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Enjoy a 1 hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
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Public forum to educate, inform, instruct the community on how to effectively interact with law enforcement officials. Panel Guest include: Wilmington Mayor - Mike Purzycki, Retired FBI, Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Perfect Will Ministries
11 Parkway Circle
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Perfect Will Ministries
Telephone: 302-325-2225
Contact Name: Pastor Frank Burton Jr.
Website »

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Public forum to educate, inform, instruct the community on how to effectively interact with law enforcement officials. Panel Guest include: Wilmington Mayor - Mike Purzycki, Retired FBI, Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Perfect Will Ministries
11 Parkway Circle
New Castle, DE  19720
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Telephone: 302-325-2225

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Wither: Exploration of the Forgotten, a photography exhibit by Shelley Koon, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from August 3-31, 2018. The artist will host a free opening reception on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 130-257-78278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

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

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The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
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Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature....

Cost: $10

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

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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

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

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Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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

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Get lost in a book during Mt. Cuba’s Story Time in the Gardens. Children are invited to visit the gardens on Thursday mornings for a story from a nature-themed children’s book. Intended for...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302-239-8883
Contact Name: Sara Stevenson
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Story Time Thursdays 10:30 - 11 a.m. 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: $7 - $0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

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The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the...

Cost: free

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

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Westside Family Healthcare is hosting its 3rd annual community event at our Northeast health center. Designed to provide community-based resources, this event invites community members to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westside Healthcare Center
1020 Forrest Ave.
Dover, DE
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Sponsor: Westside Family Healthcare
Telephone: 302-656-8292
Contact Name: External Affairs
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See the gardens in a new light. Our gardens are open until 8 pm on Thursdays through August.  Stop by after work or spend the entire day and evening.

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302-239-8883
Contact Name: Sara Stevenson
Website »

More information

Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Enjoy live music on the terrace with friends or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights will be scheduled...

Cost: Museum galleries are open with free admission every Thursday from 4–8 pm

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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June 14, 21, & 28 July 12, 19, 26 August 9, 16, 23 & 30 5:00–9:30 pm On all other Thursdays, June–August, join us to stroll through the Follies exhibition or to take a twilight tram tour of...

Cost: members free, $10 per nonmember

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

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Set sail on the Riverboat Queen for an evening of delicious barbecue and a taste of various vintages of bourbon on the water! Enjoy a complimentary Old Forrester Manhattan while boarding, then join...

Cost: $55

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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View art created by breast cancer patients and survivors through in a series of healing arts workshops. This evening will be devoted to learning techniques for restorative and therapeutic artistic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington , DE  19806
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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This summer, community organizations will host a series of public forums focused on racial and social justice, civil rights, and education.For participating organizations, visit delart.org....

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Wither: Exploration of the Forgotten, a photography exhibit by Shelley Koon, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from August 3-31, 2018. The artist will host a free opening reception on...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 130-257-78278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

More information

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

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


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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 »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Departures are at 12:30 & 2:30 PM. Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
Website »

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

It's Date Night! Get your sweetie and come to The Suburban Farmhouse for music, food, and storytelling, presented by Devil's Party Press, Delaware's best local press. Meet the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Suburban Farmhouse
108 Federal Street
Milton, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Devil's Party Press
Contact Name: Dianne Pearce
Website »

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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The event will feature live music performed by "Sweet Steele" and "Cocktails @ 3," delicious food catered by Benvenuto, LLC, and raffles throughout the evening....

Cost: $60 per person

Where:
Sunset Cove
3 Haven Lake
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: The Auxiliary of Milford Memorial Hospital
Telephone: 302-422-5009
Contact Name: Gerry Morris

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Your feast begins as soon as you board the Beautiful Riverboat Queen- your 2 hours cruise will include plenty of time to enjoy continuous crabs, corn on the cob and red bliss potatoes. In addition,...

Cost: $75

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Dueling Pianos at Uptown! features a new duo of talented and entertaining pianists every month. Audience driven so it's never the same show twice! Buy Tickets Here! http://bit.ly/2JioXS1

Cost: $15

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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After performing for sold-out crowds and receiving standing ovations earlier this year, longtime Eagle Jon Dorenbos returns to SugarHouse Casino this summer for two inspirational magic shows. “An...

Cost: $45-65

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has answers for...

Cost: members free, included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


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

More information

More than two dozen environmental organizations will be at Winterthur for this special day celebrating nature and the environment in the First State. The day will include fun, hands-on workshops,...

Cost: Members $10 per adult and $3 per child; nonmembers $20 per adult and $6 per chil

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


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

More information

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The intimate vision of each artist—a mingling of reality and invention—blends the natural world with abstract shapes. Whether in luminous or subdued colors, these forms conjure up a cityscape...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19350
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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Departures are at 12:30 & 2:30 PM. Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
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Escape Brandywine is a new, historically-immersive Escape Room presented by the Chadds Ford Historical Society! Designed like other popular escape room games, Escape...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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MAB offers high quality and affordable ballet training for ages 4 - 18 and Adult Ballet.  MAB is now offering classes in Tap and Jazz.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018.   For more...

Cost: see website

Where:
Mid Atlantic Ballet
506 Interchange Blvd
Middletown, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Ballet
Telephone: 302-266-6362
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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