Literacy Crusader Creates Reading Assist Institute

One mom’s efforts to help her son learn to read continue to help other kids.


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Photograph by Joel Plotkin

Ginger Biasotto created the Reading Assist Institute.


He would do what he usually did when confronted with a similar challenge: Rely on time-tested tricks and subterfuges so that no one knew or suspected he didn’t know how to read. The electrician’s supervisor had just handed him a piece of paper with information about a project. “What do you think?” his boss asked. The man scanned the page, pretending to take it in. He looked interested and thoughtful. Then came the trick. “I did what I always do,” he says. “I asked someone else who was reading it what they thought.”

Ginger Biasotto’s heart breaks a little every time she tells a story like that. She is hurting for the man and those like him, who must embrace a charade to avoid being exposed—and ridiculed. She hurts for the children who struggle every day in school with basic tasks simply because their brains are built to do thousands of things—except read easily. And she aches for her son, Andrew, whose own battles with the written word led her to become a crusader on the literacy front and to create the Wilmington-based Reading Assist Institute, which aims to help young students with learning disabilities navigate the treacherous—for them—reading waters.

Beginning this school year, RAI is receiving a huge boost, thanks to the arrival of 15 full-time AmeriCorps volunteers who will provide reading instruction and encouragement for kids in the Colonial School District. They will work one-on-one, using a curriculum that Biasotto developed during decades of research of methodologies that have produced real results in Delaware and around the country. It’s a big step and one that she hopes will convince the state that this type of intensive tutoring should be universally available to students for whom reading is an overpowering adversary.

“You can’t know how excited I am,” Biasotto says. “It’s like learning my dream is going to become a reality. I had given up years ago hoping that schools would take this project on. They were underfunded and overcrowded. Now, here are 15 people who can change the world.”

During the mid-’70s, Biasotto was a teacher in Delaware, and a colleague gave her a book by Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a physician and pioneer in the field of learning disabilities. At the time, Andrew was floundering in school, due to his difficulties, and Orton’s book was a revelation for Biasotto. “I read it like a novel,” she says. “It was very exciting to me.”

Andrew was heading into seventh grade when Biasotto took him to a psychologist in Philadelphia, who told her there were five schools in the world capable of addressing his particular learning needs. One happened to be in Baltimore, so that’s where Andrew went. “He jumped six years of reading in two years,” she says. Andrew went on to graduate from Salesianum School and Stockton University.

“That was the beginning,” Biasotto says of her son’s experience in Baltimore. “When Andrew started learning, I felt like I found a cure for cancer. I knew so many children who were struggling, and I received so many calls from parents. I wanted to help.”

The problem was finding a way to turn that passion into reality. Eventually, Biasotto was charged with creating a curriculum and training volunteers so that they could work one-on-one with students in need. That was 1979. Today, RAI serves about 200 students a year, according to executive director Vickie Innes. RAI tutors work in schools and in homes, helping to unlock the mysteries of reading. Schools are beginning to identify candidates who could benefit from RAI’s intensive instruction as early as first grade.

“Learning to read for many is much more difficult than people think,” Innes says. “About 20 percent of the population won’t pick up reading through traditional classroom instruction. They will need intensive teaching to learn.”

The AmeriCorps volunteers will undergo a thorough training program to learn the Orton-Gillingham method (named for Dr. Orton and Anna Gillingham, a Columbia University professor) and apply it to students. Each volunteer will work with six students a day in 45-minute blocks. Though the grant that provides funding for the program is a one-year outlay, Innes reports that RAI can continue to apply for future money. The ultimate goal is to increase RAI’s reach throughout the state.

AmeriCorps volunteers can do that, but so can Delaware residents like Karen Roof. A former teacher, Roof decided to volunteer for RAI after hearing Biasotto speak. “She was very inspiring,” Roof says. One day a week, she works individually with three students—usually in second through fourth grades—in 45-minute sessions. Four other volunteers work with children the rest of the week. Roof has gone through a 30-hour training class and receives periodic instruction in new techniques. By building relationships with the young readers, she is able to earn their trust and help them progress.

“They come in kind of down because they can’t read well,” Roof says. “After I work with them, they get to know me, and I get to know them. Some of them don’t read well. Others don’t read fast. Some just hate to read. “I try to bring a positive attitude. The big thing is, if they don’t get it the way you present it, you have to try again. It’s not their fault. We can’t give up.”

The arrival of the AmeriCorps reinforcements allows RAI to take that attitude further into Delaware schools and impact even more students. In Biasotto’s perfect world, every child in the state learns to read, no matter what his or her difficulties may be. The new conscripts offer a great opportunity, and Biasotto is hopeful great things will come from their efforts.

“I pray a lot, but I have no way of knowing how well they will do,” she says. “They will have mentors, and Reading Assist will do everything necessary to help them be successful. We have to be successful.” 

 

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Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Possum Point Players Summer Camps Theatre Academy for students in grades 6 - 10 will take place July 22 - July 26, 2019. Drama Camp for students in grades 2 - 5 will take place July 29 -...

Cost: 195.00

Where:
Possum Point Players
441 Old Laurel Road
P O Box 96
Georgetown, DE  19947
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Sponsor: Possum Point Players
Telephone: 302-856-4560
Contact Name: Dawn Conaway
Website »

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Fill your artist tool box with the elements of art! Campers will look at and create artwork exploring the process of art-making. Shape, form, pattern, color, and line will be discovered while using...

Cost: $500 Members, $560 Non-Members

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

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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

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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The Friends of the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, Delaware will present the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on Wednesday, July 24 & Thursday, July...

Cost: $35

Where:
Bethany Beach, DE


Sponsor: The Friends of the South Coastal Library
Website »

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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

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

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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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 »

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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

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

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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

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

More information

  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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While reading a book of stories, young Alice falls asleep. Her dream carries her into the pages of her storybook where she meets a chessboard knight, a cool cat, a running rabbit and an egg with an...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
Website »

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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Wednesdays at The Whist Every Wednesday in July and August beginning July 3 Now is your chance to experience exceptional cuisine at The University and Whist Club, located at the historic...

Cost: $8-$42

Where:
The University & Whist Club
805 N. Broom St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 658-5125
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At Bike & Hike & Brews, Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, visitors can stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley's property normally closed to foot traffic from 5:00-8:00pm....

Cost: Admission is $3 per person, and free for members and children five and under. P

Where:
Hagley
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Kelsey Sedlacek
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Music Along the Bank is back by popular demand! Come delight in the sounds of music along the bank of Clenny Run Stream. Bring picnics, family, friends, and lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy some...

Cost: $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

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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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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If you are a Blues musician, or a fun loving person and you want to have a great time enjoying great food (Best Of... 2019) adult beverages and if you want to meet awesome people, come and join The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: 4w5 Blues Jam
Website »

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On our Summer Festival stage, outdoors and under the stars, Delaware Shakespeare presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Shakespeare’s ridiculously bold comedy of wooing and trickery, July...

Cost: $22 Gen Adm, $20 Seniors/Military, $18 Students, Kids 5 & under free

Where:
Rockwood Park
4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Delaware Shakespeare
Telephone: 302-468-4890
Contact Name: JulieAnne Cross
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On the heels of a record-breaking year, the gifted Singer/Ventriloquist Darci Lynne is sharing her passion for performance and bringing her captivating show which is backed by a live band to fans...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Delaware State Fair
18500 S. Dupont Hwy
Harrington, DE  19952
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Sponsor: Personal Publicity
Contact Name: Zara Bettis
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The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Middletown artist Katie Lillard. The exhibition, called “One,” will be on view from July 5-26, 2019. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
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
Website »

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Possum Point Players Summer Camps Theatre Academy for students in grades 6 - 10 will take place July 22 - July 26, 2019. Drama Camp for students in grades 2 - 5 will take place July 29 -...

Cost: 195.00

Where:
Possum Point Players
441 Old Laurel Road
P O Box 96
Georgetown, DE  19947
View map »


Sponsor: Possum Point Players
Telephone: 302-856-4560
Contact Name: Dawn Conaway
Website »

More information

Fill your artist tool box with the elements of art! Campers will look at and create artwork exploring the process of art-making. Shape, form, pattern, color, and line will be discovered while using...

Cost: $500 Members, $560 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

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

More information

The Friends of the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, Delaware will present the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on Wednesday, July 24 & Thursday, July...

Cost: $35

Where:
Bethany Beach, DE


Sponsor: The Friends of the South Coastal Library
Website »

More information

  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Thursdays  Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo, 10:30 am. - 11:15 am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time may include a craft, activity, or live animal...

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

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

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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

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

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


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights...

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

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


Website »

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Start your weekend early on the Queen! Enjoy all the sights of our River Cruise from the ship’s deck with a summer cocktail! Our Happy Hour Cruises take you down the Christina and provide weekly...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

TourRelational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in Haitian Creole.   https://www.delart.org/programs-events/talks_tours/  

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

More information

On our Summer Festival stage, outdoors and under the stars, Delaware Shakespeare presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Shakespeare’s ridiculously bold comedy of wooing and trickery, July...

Cost: $22 Gen Adm, $20 Seniors/Military, $18 Students, Kids 5 & under free

Where:
Rockwood Park
4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Shakespeare
Telephone: 302-468-4890
Contact Name: JulieAnne Cross
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Middletown artist Katie Lillard. The exhibition, called “One,” will be on view from July 5-26, 2019. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
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

Fill your artist tool box with the elements of art! Campers will look at and create artwork exploring the process of art-making. Shape, form, pattern, color, and line will be discovered while using...

Cost: $500 Members, $560 Non-Members

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


Website »

More information

Possum Point Players Summer Camps Theatre Academy for students in grades 6 - 10 will take place July 22 - July 26, 2019. Drama Camp for students in grades 2 - 5 will take place July 29 -...

Cost: 195.00

Where:
Possum Point Players
441 Old Laurel Road
P O Box 96
Georgetown, DE  19947
View map »


Sponsor: Possum Point Players
Telephone: 302-856-4560
Contact Name: Dawn Conaway
Website »

More information

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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

John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

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


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

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

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


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

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

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


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

More information

Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

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

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


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

The Milton Farmers’ Market is held each Friday from April 19th until October 4th  (except September 27th) from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 6 Village Center Boulevard, Milton, DE  19968.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grounds of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Village Center Boulevard
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Farmers' Market
Contact Name: KA Jordan
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Network and mingle with local writers. Open Mic begins at 6:30 p.m. with Emcee Maria Masington. Registration encouraged. Cash bar and light fare available for purchase. Free....

Cost: Free; drinks and food available to purchase.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH THE GRIFFIN THEATRE! Our Soak Up the Sun cabaret is the ultimate playlist for your summer time cruises to the beach or BBQ's in the back yard. Celebrate everything...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Griffin Theatre
1701 South Dupont Highway
Saint Georges,, DE  19733
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Contact Name: Griffin Theater
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On our Summer Festival stage, outdoors and under the stars, Delaware Shakespeare presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Shakespeare’s ridiculously bold comedy of wooing and trickery, July...

Cost: $22 Gen Adm, $20 Seniors/Military, $18 Students, Kids 5 & under free

Where:
Rockwood Park
4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Delaware Shakespeare
Telephone: 302-468-4890
Contact Name: JulieAnne Cross
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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Join us for a day of workshops, discussion, and writing centered on the 2019 theme of Place. All ages and experience levels. Registration required. ...

Cost: $25 Member; $30 Non-Member; $15 Student.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Possum Point Players Summer Camps Theatre Academy for students in grades 6 - 10 will take place July 22 - July 26, 2019. Drama Camp for students in grades 2 - 5 will take place July 29 -...

Cost: 195.00

Where:
Possum Point Players
441 Old Laurel Road
P O Box 96
Georgetown, DE  19947
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Sponsor: Possum Point Players
Telephone: 302-856-4560
Contact Name: Dawn Conaway
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Fill your artist tool box with the elements of art! Campers will look at and create artwork exploring the process of art-making. Shape, form, pattern, color, and line will be discovered while using...

Cost: $500 Members, $560 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Can’t make it to our two-part Precious Metals Clay workshop? Join us for this Saturday morning fold forming jewelry workshop, instructed by artist Hattie Weselyk. In this class, you will use...

Cost: $58/DMNH Members, $68/non-members. Pre-registration required.

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Delaware Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Now through July 28, 2019   Winterthur has a secret. Scattered throughout the various offices, storage rooms, and libraries of our extensive campus is a midcentury modern furniture...

Cost: Included with admission. Members free.

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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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Exhibition June 7 - July 28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 7, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop RELATED PROGRAMMING:  The Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 302-378-4119-
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Celebrate the wonder of wildlife in our gardens. Get to know the insects, birds and animals that call our gardens and yards home and discover the joy of sharing your garden with your natural...

Cost: $10

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

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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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

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

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in English.  Free with admission.   English Tours Saturday, June 22 | 2:00...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH THE GRIFFIN THEATRE! Our Soak Up the Sun cabaret is the ultimate playlist for your summer time cruises to the beach or BBQ's in the back yard. Celebrate everything...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Griffin Theatre
1701 South Dupont Highway
Saint Georges,, DE  19733
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Contact Name: Griffin Theater
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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

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On our Summer Festival stage, outdoors and under the stars, Delaware Shakespeare presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Shakespeare’s ridiculously bold comedy of wooing and trickery, July...

Cost: $22 Gen Adm, $20 Seniors/Military, $18 Students, Kids 5 & under free

Where:
Rockwood Park
4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, DE  19809
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Sponsor: Delaware Shakespeare
Telephone: 302-468-4890
Contact Name: JulieAnne Cross
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