Iconic Ninth Street Book Shop Set to Close

Wilmington's only general-interest bookstore will shutter in January if the owners can’t find a buyer.


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Jack and Gemma Buckley, left, serve patrons in their Wilmington store.

 

The Ninth Street Book Shop has been a labor of love for two teachers who went downtown to buy furniture one day in 1977 and bought a bookstore instead.

“We just did it on a whim,” Gemma Buckley said. “Our parents thought we were crazy. Within a month, we went from walking into that store to owning it.”

The 1980s were wonder years for Wilmington. As Gemma Buckley put it, “Oh, my God. People would come out in wave from the DuPont Building. The whole city just hummed. You had so much pedestrian traffic.”

They started seeing a big dropoff in 1992. “That’s when DuPont started cutting and relocating,” she said. “Before that, workers felt they could take a whole lunch hour and patronize a local shop. Now they don’t because a lot of them are juggling lots of balls. The mindset is you just stay at your desk. I think they almost make people feel you could be expendable if you aren’t there as much as you should be.”

When The News Journal and Hercules and then DuPont pulled up stakes and left the city, dozens of retail shops got caught in the undertow, but Ninth Street adapted.

“The News Journal was an immediate and significant impact. DuPont really hurt. They took 10,000 people out, and these were better-paying positions,” she said. “They were people who had a different mindset. They appreciated being downtown as a place you could get things done on your lunch hour. After they left, there was less reason to come downtown, so eventually there were fewer services here. It was a chicken-and-egg thing.”

The Buckleys mortgaged their house — again. “It’s pretty much a perpetual thing,” Jack Buckley said.

They did everything to attract the businesspeople who were left — evening hours, joining the art loop, running gift-wrapped books outside to customers who wanted to buy but didn’t want to park.

New office towers brought people but they installed their own restaurants and services so workers never had to go outside. As Jack Buckley put it, “We are an office park. They can park there and they can work there and they can eat there and then they can go home. They don’t have to think about being in the city.”

Now, at least 60 percent of Ninth Street’s clientele is working poor and lower-middle-income readers.

“We have very well-to-do people who come in, and we have homeless people who will come in,” Gemma Buckley said. “Sometimes, the homeless people will be talking to someone on their cell phone and they’ll say, ‘I’ve got to go. I’m at my bookstore.’ My bookstore!! Thank you!”

Some regular customers who are homeless shop for a couple books each month when they get their checks.

“The working poor is more important to us than our business clientele,” Jack Buckley said. “The working poor is the heart of our business.

Ninth Street Book Shop, a name that suited it better before its move to Market Street, has become a downtown institution over 40 years.

When DART wanted to move a favorite bus stop in 2012, the shop became the unofficial headquarters of a bus riders’ movement that gathered more than 2,800 signatures on petitions to stop the move.

When ultra-conservative national talk show host Mike Gallagher wanted a local bookstore to host his Wilmington stop on a cross-country tour, the Buckleys, whose politics lean left, instantly agreed, with one caveat: “We would call up all our outspoken lefty friends and ask them to show up and protest at the store,” Jack Buckley said. “The show was a great success with people of all political stripes attending. Mike pulled up to signs and chants.

He interviewed lots of locals and signed lots of books.”

There have been surprises:

  • The day a customer brought an anatomy book up to the sales counter and pointed out that someone had cut all the feet out of the pictures.
  • The Saturday the naked toreador showed up on Ninth Street. “This guy’s naked and he takes off his cape, which was just a big old raincoat, and he’s like this with the DART bus,” said Jack Buckley, motioning like a toreador. When a woman took umbrage, Gemma Buckley said, “But could you see that at Christiana Mall?”

While the Buckleys clearly love what they do, the businesses has had its ups and downs. “I need 150 people a day to walk into my store to be successful, and we haven’t been near that number in a long time,” Jack Buckley said.

A quick history:

  • Ninth Street Books started out life as the Paperbook Gallery on Orange Street, a long, narrow shop filled with hanging plants leftover from the last owner. “Plants outsold books some months,” Jack Buckley said. “At first, we really couldn’t have made it without the plants.”
  • It made several hops around downtown, including a long stop at the now defunct Ninth Street Plaza. There, they experienced four of the five break-ins in store history, all in a row and all by the same perpetrator, who didn’t take anything.
  • As Ninth Street traffic slowed to a trickle in 2012, the Buckleys announced they were closing, but loyal readers rallied to keep them. Customers called city officials. Contacts were made. The shop found a smaller home in a Buccini/Pollin building at Eighth and Market. Four hundred customers voted the Ninth Street name should remain, and it did.

Two plate glass windows at the new store offer a fishbowl view of all that’s going on at the corner. It’s not pretty.

Crime in the central business district is low, Jack Buckley said, but what he terms “bad behavior” is a staple there. Salty language. Acting out. The occasional sleeping vagrant. As he put it: “Loud. Offensive. Profane. A lot of that goes on and that’s a big deterrent. Every day we see it. Domestic issues being blasted out right on the mall. The arguments that go on … I saw a man kick in the side of a woman’s car.”

Customers who walk into that often do an about-face, he said: “You see that little look on their face. ‘Oh, oh, this bothers me a little bit.’ And they’re not coming back. Your block has an X on the front of it now.” He thinks a police patrol would turn that around.

When they come to work in the morning, the Buckleys occasionally find a person camped out under their graceful black awning. “You feel bad for them, but, at the same time, maybe other people don’t want to come in here,” Gemma Buckley said. “It’s not that they don’t have a right to be there. From a human rights perspective it’s OK, but, from a business perspective, it’s a problem.”

At 67 and 69, the Buckleys decided this holiday season would be their last. After 40 years of rarely having more than one day off in common, they are hoping someone else will find the prospect of owning a bookshop as joyful as they did.

“We’re getting to the point where they are no guarantees,” Gemma Buckley said. We want some quality time together. We’re not sure how long we’re going to have our health. We have hobbies. We have interests. And, when you’ve got a business six days a week, you can’t take days off together. Our son calls us the Cal Ripken of marriages — all day, every day, never miss a game.”

Gemma Buckley, who knows thousands of customers by name, teared up when she said, “I’m going to miss the people. I’m so grateful to all the people who have been so loyal.”

“Ninety-nine percent of this whole thing has been positive,’’ Jack Buckley said. “I’d love to pass this on. Leaving the city without a bookstore, I feel bad about that. There’s always been one here for a long, long time. This city deserves one.”

Landlord Rob Buccini said his company was honored to work with the Buckleys, whose presence he said was a major part of the transformation of Market Street. “The goal would be to help them in any way possible to sell their business, as we see the benefit of having the local bookstore on our historic main street, ”Buccini said. “In the unfortunate case that it did not sell, the space would be the only corner retail space we have available in our Market Street and a prime location, and we feel confident it would be filled.”

Doug Hodges, a Random House representative who has Ninth Street on his sales list, said it is one of his favorite bookshops. “The store looks great with good fixtures and great displays. They are up-to-date with systems …” he said. “The best thing has been Jack’s and Gemma’s enthusiasm for books. They communicate that enthusiasm and joy to their customers. I am going to miss seeing them.”

“The city’s in a transitional phase. Just like we took a limited leap of faith, it would take someone else to take a leap of faith,” Gemma Buckley said. “The store has potential. It has a lot going for it. It would take somebody who would definitely have to love what they’re doing because it’s certainly not going to be a big revenue store. You can survive. Thrive? Coming soon, hopefully.”

“The city’s got to bounce back,” her husband said. “You’re not going to turn this town into Pittsburgh overnight. Retail’s going to be the drag. If they get residential, I think it’s possible we can have lots of places to eat lunch and lots of places to drink coffee, but retail’s going to drag. If you go to a mall, it’s all about women’s clothing. When we see people walking into our store with another’s store’s bag, that means they’re shopping. We don’t see that often.”


This story originally appeared on DelawareBusinessTimes.com.

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Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
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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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Main Event Entertainment is celebrating its 20thbirthday by giving away FREE arcade play, a chance to win a full-size PAC-MAN arcade game and more! Beginning Nov. 7, Main Event will give its fans...

Cost: $0

Where:
Main Event Entertainment
2900 Fashion Center Blvd.
Newark, DE  19702
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Telephone: (302) 722-9466
Website »

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NOVEMBER GIFT CARD SALE HAPPENING NOW! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus all month long!  The perfect gift for anyone on your list, plus a little extra for them or you!...

Cost: varied

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

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Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at From Here to There, October 6, 2018-January 6, 2019. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make...

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

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

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Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

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The mid-term election is a moment of truth for the Trump administration, with control of congress and numerous state governments on the line. Political analyst and commentator Matt Kerbel will make...

Cost: $18-$23

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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Telephone: 610-356-2787

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Interlace, an installation of sculpture and paintings by Kevin Bielicki, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 2-30, 2018. Bielicki received a 2018 Artist Fellowship in Visual...

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: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Forgeries—false works claiming to be genuine—aren’t expected to have much worth. As such, it may be surprising to learn that items once deemed worthless frauds and illegal acts can serve as...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 S. College Ave.
Special Collections Gallery
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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Linda Ford ~  "The Journey Continues" Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 PM New work by Linda Ford includes encaustic paintings, oil...

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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For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: $0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

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In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C....

Cost: Free for members; Included in Museum Admission charge for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilminton, DE  19806
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TO BE DETERMINED Hugh Atkins & Jenna Lucente November 1 - 28, 2018 Opening reception: November 2  |  5 - 9 PM, during Art Loop Hugh Atkins The figures in these...

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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Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the...

Cost: included with admission

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

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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Website »

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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
Website »

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Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

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 »

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

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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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Since the early 20th century, abstract art has prompted audiences to consider how the materials, shapes and subjects found within an artwork form the viewer’s response to it. Abstract art...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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Self-educated mineralogist George F. Kunz assembled several renowned mineral collections throughout his lifetime. This exhibition highlights the last of his assembled collections, purchased by...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mineralogical Museum
225 Academy Street
Penny Hall
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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In recent years, the Arctic has occupied a central place in urgent climate change discussions. However, the Indigenous peoples of the region have long understood the need to respect an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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Main Event Entertainment is celebrating its 20thbirthday by giving away FREE arcade play, a chance to win a full-size PAC-MAN arcade game and more! Beginning Nov. 7, Main Event will give its fans...

Cost: $0

Where:
Main Event Entertainment
2900 Fashion Center Blvd.
Newark, DE  19702
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Telephone: (302) 722-9466
Website »

More information

NOVEMBER GIFT CARD SALE HAPPENING NOW! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus all month long!  The perfect gift for anyone on your list, plus a little extra for them or you!...

Cost: varied

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

More information

Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at From Here to There, October 6, 2018-January 6, 2019. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make...

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111

More information

Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

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Enjoy a glass of wine, bask in the warmth and beauty of the holiday season, and listen to the melodic sounds of live jazz in the Galleries Reception Atrium every Wednesday during Yuletide. Cash...

Cost: members free, included with general admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 180-044-83883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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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
Website »

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Interlace, an installation of sculpture and paintings by Kevin Bielicki, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 2-30, 2018. Bielicki received a 2018 Artist Fellowship in Visual...

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: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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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
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Linda Ford ~  "The Journey Continues" Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 PM New work by Linda Ford includes encaustic paintings, oil...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Forgeries—false works claiming to be genuine—aren’t expected to have much worth. As such, it may be surprising to learn that items once deemed worthless frauds and illegal acts can serve as...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 S. College Ave.
Special Collections Gallery
Newark, DE  19717
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the...

Cost: included with admission

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

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

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

TO BE DETERMINED Hugh Atkins & Jenna Lucente November 1 - 28, 2018 Opening reception: November 2  |  5 - 9 PM, during Art Loop Hugh Atkins The figures in these...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: $0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

More information

For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

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

In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C....

Cost: Free for members; Included in Museum Admission charge for non-members.

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

More information

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
View map »


Website »

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

Self-educated mineralogist George F. Kunz assembled several renowned mineral collections throughout his lifetime. This exhibition highlights the last of his assembled collections, purchased by...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mineralogical Museum
225 Academy Street
Penny Hall
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Give thanks in the most delicious way by treating your family to our Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Many elements of our buffet are sourced from local farms with whom we are partnered. Featured items...

Cost: Varies

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

More information

In recent years, the Arctic has occupied a central place in urgent climate change discussions. However, the Indigenous peoples of the region have long understood the need to respect an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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Spend Thanksgiving with Harry's Savoy Grill and leave the cooking and cleanup to us! We'll be offering our dinner menu in the restaurant from 1-9PM along with our fabulous buffet in the...

Cost: Buffet: $49.95/adults, $17.95 children, plus 18% service charge

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

More information

Give thanks in the most delicious way by treating your family to our Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Many elements of our buffet are sourced from local farms with whom we are partnered. Featured items...

Cost: Varies

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


Telephone: 302.631.1542
Website »

More information

Since the early 20th century, abstract art has prompted audiences to consider how the materials, shapes and subjects found within an artwork form the viewer’s response to it. Abstract art...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

NOVEMBER GIFT CARD SALE HAPPENING NOW! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus all month long!  The perfect gift for anyone on your list, plus a little extra for them or you!...

Cost: varied

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
Website »

More information

Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at From Here to There, October 6, 2018-January 6, 2019. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make...

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

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


Telephone: 302-658-9111

More information

Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

By Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Jackson Gay  Described as the “comic poet of middle class life,” Ayckbourn creates a black comedy of domestic madness. Susan’s life is far from perfect. A...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Interlace, an installation of sculpture and paintings by Kevin Bielicki, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 2-30, 2018. Bielicki received a 2018 Artist Fellowship in Visual...

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: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Forgeries—false works claiming to be genuine—aren’t expected to have much worth. As such, it may be surprising to learn that items once deemed worthless frauds and illegal acts can serve as...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 S. College Ave.
Special Collections Gallery
Newark, DE  19717
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Linda Ford ~  "The Journey Continues" Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 PM New work by Linda Ford includes encaustic paintings, oil...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Website »

More information

In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C....

Cost: Free for members; Included in Museum Admission charge for non-members.

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

More information

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

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

TO BE DETERMINED Hugh Atkins & Jenna Lucente November 1 - 28, 2018 Opening reception: November 2  |  5 - 9 PM, during Art Loop Hugh Atkins The figures in these...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: $0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
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

Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the...

Cost: included with admission

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

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

Since the early 20th century, abstract art has prompted audiences to consider how the materials, shapes and subjects found within an artwork form the viewer’s response to it. Abstract art...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Self-educated mineralogist George F. Kunz assembled several renowned mineral collections throughout his lifetime. This exhibition highlights the last of his assembled collections, purchased by...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mineralogical Museum
225 Academy Street
Penny Hall
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

In recent years, the Arctic has occupied a central place in urgent climate change discussions. However, the Indigenous peoples of the region have long understood the need to respect an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

NOVEMBER GIFT CARD SALE HAPPENING NOW! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus all month long!  The perfect gift for anyone on your list, plus a little extra for them or you!...

Cost: varied

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
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Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at From Here to There, October 6, 2018-January 6, 2019. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make...

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

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

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Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
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By Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Jackson Gay  Described as the “comic poet of middle class life,” Ayckbourn creates a black comedy of domestic madness. Susan’s life is far from perfect. A...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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ThanksGrooving: Miss and Mrs. Golden World 2018 Pageant! Join us for a night of music, food and table games at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Free admission for Total Rewards card members, $35 for...

Cost: Free for Total Rewards members, $35 for non-members

Where:
Harrah's Philadelphia
777 Harrah's Boulevard
Chester, PA  19013
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Linda Ford ~  "The Journey Continues" Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 PM New work by Linda Ford includes encaustic paintings, oil...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

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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Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the...

Cost: included with admission

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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Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

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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TO BE DETERMINED Hugh Atkins & Jenna Lucente November 1 - 28, 2018 Opening reception: November 2  |  5 - 9 PM, during Art Loop Hugh Atkins The figures in these...

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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Newark Methodist Preschool is hosting our 2nd Annual Winter Bazaar on November 24th from 10am - 2pm!! Get all of your Holiday shopping done in one place at our Winter Bazaar! Peruse, Eat and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Newark Methodist Preschool
69 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Newark Methodist Preschool
Telephone: (302) 368-8774
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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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In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C....

Cost: Free for members; Included in Museum Admission charge for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilminton, DE  19806
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Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us to celebrate the upcoming holidays! Bring your pets for a digital photo by Mik Austin, founder of Philly Philms and camerawoman for the Philadelphia Phillies, for just $5.  There will be...

Cost: $5

Where:
BVSPCA
600 South St.
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: BVSPCA
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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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For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all...

Cost: Adults: $19; Seniors (60+): $18; Children (2-12): $17; 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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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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Since the early 20th century, abstract art has prompted audiences to consider how the materials, shapes and subjects found within an artwork form the viewer’s response to it. Abstract art...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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In recent years, the Arctic has occupied a central place in urgent climate change discussions. However, the Indigenous peoples of the region have long understood the need to respect an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Self-educated mineralogist George F. Kunz assembled several renowned mineral collections throughout his lifetime. This exhibition highlights the last of his assembled collections, purchased by...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mineralogical Museum
225 Academy Street
Penny Hall
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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NOVEMBER GIFT CARD SALE HAPPENING NOW! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus all month long!  The perfect gift for anyone on your list, plus a little extra for them or you!...

Cost: varied

Where:
Harry's Hospitality Group
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Hospitality Group
Telephone: 130-247-53000
Contact Name: Meg Morgan
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Experience the musical magic of the season come alive with Christmas favorites on the largest set of handbells on the Delmarva Peninsula.  This multimedia holiday concert is for the entire family!...

Cost: $15

Where:
Bethel United Methodist Church
129 W. 4th St.
Lewes, DE  19958
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Contact Name: Christine Fox-Roberts

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Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at From Here to There, October 6, 2018-January 6, 2019. Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make...

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

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

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Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor
101 Stone Block Row
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
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Kick off the holiday season with Aunt Mary Pat DiSabatino at Harrah's Philly on Saturday, November 24th! That's right, hun.. the queen and favorite aunt of Delco is bringing her...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harrah's Philadelphia
777 Harrah's Boulevard
Chester, PA  19013
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By Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Jackson Gay  Described as the “comic poet of middle class life,” Ayckbourn creates a black comedy of domestic madness. Susan’s life is far from perfect. A...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

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ThanksGrooving: Miss and Mrs. Golden World 2018 Pageant! Join us for a night of music, food and table games at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Free admission for Total Rewards card members, $35 for...

Cost: Free for Total Rewards members, $35 for non-members

Where:
Harrah's Philadelphia
777 Harrah's Boulevard
Chester, PA  19013
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