Dissecting the Origins of Childhood Obesity

In Delaware, 40 percent of kids from ages 2 to 17 are overweight or obese.


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Every morning, before George Datto III, M.D., puts on his white coat and heads to work at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, he packs a lunch for his 10-year-old son Gregory.

“Usually, it’s a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, a cheese stick, an apple and a bottle of water,” he says. “He gets pretzels two days a week.”

Datto is chief of the Division of Weight Management, a program dedicated to helping obese children achieve a healthy weight and avoid high blood pressure, asthma, joint problems and other illnesses.

“We see 10-year-olds who are diabetic and hypertensive,” he says. “These problems are nonexistent in children who are not obese.”

Nemours, A.I.’s parent foundation, established the first pediatric weight management program in the nation in 1988. A.I. also is a training ground for doctors who treat children with serious weight issues.

Datto is an advocate for providing kids with the support they need to maintain a healthy weight. That starts in his own home, making certain his son gets a balanced, nutritious lunch. He also would like to see mandatory gym class in schools, five days a week for 45 minutes a day.

“Kids need to run around,” he says. “Phys ed makes that happen.”

In Delaware, 40 percent of children ages 2 to 17 are overweight or obese, according to the Delaware Survey of Children’s Health, sponsored by Nemours. In children and adolescents, obesity is defined as having a body mass index greater than the 95th percentile.

While obesity rates for African-American boys and white girls declined slightly from 2008-2011, rates for white boys are on the rise. Hispanic children of both genders are the most likely to be overweight, the survey found.

So what makes kids gain more weight than is good for them? In most cases, it boils down to math. Children consume more calories than they burn.

The remedy sounds simple: a healthy diet and regular exercise.

But weight gain is a complex issue. Researchers now believe that kids who don’t get enough sleep produce more of the hormone that fuels hunger, so they eat more than they should.

“Sleep is crucial to a healthy metabolism,” Datto says. “If your child is over the age of 6 and takes a nap during the day, he is not getting enough sleep. And if you are up late at night you probably are eating late at night.”

Learning more about nutrition is essential for both parents and kids. For instance, many moms and dads think of fruit juice as a positive choice. Truth to tell, most juice contains added fructose and other sugars, while lacking the beneficial fiber found in fresh fruit.

“Children should have no more than one cup of juice a day,” Datto says. “Water or milk is best—and after age 2, nonfat milk is best.”

Skipping breakfast also has been linked to weight gain. Datto suggests stocking grab-and-go breakfasts for days when families are on the run, such as power bars, no-fat yogurt and single-serving boxes
of Cheerios. 

It’s up to moms and dads to make certain there is healthy food in the house.

“Your job as a parent is not to provide what a child wants,” he says. “A parent’s job is to provide what a child needs.”

Getting Kids Off to a Nutritious Start

Many of the children Lou Marshall teaches haven’t learned to read yet. But they are old enough to understand that strawberries are as sweet as candy and are much better for you.

Marshall is founder of Yummilicious, an interactive enrichment program that takes nutrition directly to kids at preschools and early education centers.

Marshall, an artist from Kennett, came up with the concept when she was commissioned to paint murals in schools and child-care centers.

“The kids wanted me to eat lunch with them—and I thought that was a great idea, too,” she says. 

She discovered that kids are hungry for information. 

“Children want to learn about food,” Marshall says. “How could I paint a message that fruits and vegetables are good for you? How could I teach a class that gives kids the knowledge they need to make good choices?” 

Soon her imagination sprouted a cast of characters who take a fun and fanciful approach to eating green stuff. 

There’s Granny Smith, who reminds us that apples are delicious and full of fiber. Broccoli Rob says raw veggies make a crunchy snack. Jack O’Lantern reminds us that pumpkin seeds are edible, too.

“If you talk about carrots that have super powers that are good for your eyes, it’s a lot more fun than saying, ‘You can’t leave the table until you finish your carrots,’” Marshall says.

The goal is to establish healthy eating habits that children can carry with them throughout life.

“We start with the kids because often the parents don’t know about nutrition,” Marshall says.

Children also learn what a healthy plate should look like. Half the plate should be fruits and vegetables, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. The other half should be divided between proteins such as fish, skinless poultry or lean meats, and grains such as lentils, brown rice or barley.

“When kids go home, they can ask their parents to fix their plates like that,” she says. “It’s an opportunity to get the whole family eating healthier meals.”

From Fat to Fit

Andy Staton is buff and trim. He tests himself in Iron Man triathlons and other endurance events. Last year, he completed the Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim, a grueling, 41.8-mile race in which runners cross the Grand Canyon twice.

At 41, he is a successful real estate agent in Rehoboth Beach and vice chair of the Delaware Real Estate Commission.

Yet every time he looks in the mirror, Staton sees the fat miserable kid he once was.

“No one enjoys being overweight,” he says. “As a fat person, people judge you wherever you go.”

Staton hopes to inspire youngsters who are overweight to embrace healthy eating and exercise. 

“Starting young means kids can avoid a lot of social misery, as well as health problems,” he says.

He established the Andy Staton Foundation, which has donated more than $50,000 to programs that promote nutrition and fitness for kids, including Girls on the Run and the Sussex County Health Promotion Coalition.

“It is my personal mission,” he says. 

As a kid, Staton ate a steady diet of pizza, cheeseburgers, cookies and cola.

“My parents were not overweight and didn’t understand the implications of having bad food in the house,” he says.

By the time he was in high school, he weighed 285 pounds. His mom tried to help by taking him to a doctor, who prescribed diet pills. 

“I tried it for a month and it didn’t work, so I quit,” he recalls.

He was 15 when he looked out his bedroom window and saw three burning letters on the front lawn: F-A-T.

“Fat kids are bullied every single day,” he says. “I was that fat kid.”

After college, Staton continued to put on pounds. He was 5-feet, 9 inches tall and weighed 320 pounds. His waistline measured 54 inches.

He tried various diets and weight-loss programs. He would lose a few pounds, then gain them back.

Staton was 30 when he hired a personal trainer who stressed both nutrition and exercise. That proved to be a winning combination.

He occasionally indulges in a cheeseburger, but he has learned to burn those excess calories by putting in more time at the gym.

“My message to parents and kids is that you just can’t change what you eat,” he says. “You have to work out, too.”

He still enjoys pancakes, but instead of flour pancakes topped with butter and sugary syrup, he starts the day with pancakes made with fat-free cottage cheese, egg whites and a packet of sugar-free, maple-flavored oatmeal. 

“It’s quick, easy and tastes great,” he says. 

Today Staton weighs 170 pounds. He has a 32-inch waistline. He is energetic, working hard, playing hard and devoting time to community service.

“I can truthfully tell every fat kid that you can change your lifestyle,” he says. “If I can do it, so can you.”  

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  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

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
Website »

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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The 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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March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

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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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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TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

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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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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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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Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

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  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
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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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Painting with Wood, an exhibition of “wood veneer paintings” by Robert Bruce Weston, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from April 5-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening...

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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PAR-take in a fun day "fore" a GREAT cause! Got game? Bring it at The Trauma Survivors Foundation's Annual Golf Outing April 25th. Spectacular event with PLENTY of chances to win...

Cost: $200 per golfer, $780 per foursome

Where:
Odessa National Golf Course
1131 Fieldsboro Road
Townsend, DE  19734
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Sponsor: The Trauma Survivors Foundation
Telephone: 302-377-7451
Contact Name: Dennis Carradin
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Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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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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March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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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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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The 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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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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NANTICOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HOLD HEART FAILURE SUPPORT GROUP Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a heart failure support group on Thursday, April 25 from noon to 2:00 pm in the Nursing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Rd
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
Telephone: 3026296611 ext 2428

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Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

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Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, the largest plumbing distributor in the U.S., is proud to sponsor the third annual Celebrity Cook-off to Fight Hunger on April 25, 2019 from 5:30...

Cost: Suggested $20 donation

Where:
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
302 Hansen Access Rd.
King Of Prussia , PA
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Sponsor: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting
Telephone: (610) 935-6675
Contact Name: ​RSVP by April 20th to Jennifer
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Join the DelArt Readers, a community-led book club passionate about art-inspired literature. RSVP encouraged, but not required. Email ejarvis@delart.org. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 KentemereParkway
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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  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
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By August Wilson  Directed by Walter Dallas  “…universal enough to touch a chord in every human heart.”  — The New York Times In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning...

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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By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Stephen Pelinski A cunningly crafted comedic thriller about deceit, double-crosses…and stamps. A pair of half-sisters, mourning their recently deceased mother,...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Painting with Wood, an exhibition of “wood veneer paintings” by Robert Bruce Weston, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from April 5-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening...

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 »

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Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

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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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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Ocean Waves Quilt Guild 2019 Quilt Show, “Birds, Blooms and Butterflies” - Sussex Academy, 21150 Airport Rd, Georgetown, DE - Over 300 quilts on display, Merchants’...

Cost: $10/one day $15/rwo day

Where:
Sussex Academy
21150 Airport Rd
Georgetown , DE  19947
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Telephone: 301-325-5795
Contact Name: Anne Rogerson
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March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 26 DCAD admissions representatives will host prospective students and parents and accept transcripts, conduct portfolio reviews, give campus tours and provide any...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Randle Reed

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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

  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
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
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The 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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Over 300 quilts on display, including quilts by our featured artist, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, internationally awarded quilter, author, fabric and pattern designer who will have a vendor booth and...

Cost: $10/one day, $15/two day

Where:
Sussex Academy
21150 Airport Road
Georgetown, DE  19947
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Sponsor: Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Inc.
Telephone: 301-325-5795
Contact Name: Anne Marie Rogerson
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Every Friday | 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Read a story fromFairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes, explore art, and create. Ages 2+. Family Friendly.  

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

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

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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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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Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

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


Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

More information

  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
Website »

More information

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

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By August Wilson  Directed by Walter Dallas  “…universal enough to touch a chord in every human heart.”  — The New York Times In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning...

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

By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Stephen Pelinski A cunningly crafted comedic thriller about deceit, double-crosses…and stamps. A pair of half-sisters, mourning their recently deceased mother,...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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“Not taking your Doodle to Dewey is like not taking your kids to Disney,” said one participant of this annual event. The 14th Annual DoodlesinDewey for Food&Friends will be...

Cost: $10 per person

Where:
On the beach
Saulsbury St
Dewey Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 301.467.5523
Contact Name: Amy Scott
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(CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED)             SATURDAY APRIL 2 7, 2019             8:00AM – 2:30PM   ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Aldersgate UMC
2313 CONCORD PIKE/RT.202
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Aldersgate UMC

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Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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The Earth is what we all have in common. Rediscover the wonders of our world during this year’s City Nature Challenge. Explore what makes our planet unique through live animal presentations,...

Cost: Free with admission

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

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

Ocean Waves Quilt Guild 2019 Quilt Show, “Birds, Blooms and Butterflies” - Sussex Academy, 21150 Airport Rd, Georgetown, DE - Over 300 quilts on display, Merchants’...

Cost: $10/one day $15/rwo day

Where:
Sussex Academy
21150 Airport Rd
Georgetown , DE  19947
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Telephone: 301-325-5795
Contact Name: Anne Rogerson
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Hear internationally-acclaimed Adam Foss lay out a vision for criminal justice reform and the important role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. The 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of...

Cost: Free with registration

Where:
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1502 W. 13th St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Westminster Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 302-658-8419
Contact Name: Elizabeth Bacon
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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Newport, DE: Take a step on the wooly side Saturday, April 27th from 10am-4pm for Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm’s 15th annual Shearing Day & Herb Sale!   Witness living...

Cost: Free

Where:
Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm
500 Greenbank Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm
Telephone: 302-999-9001
Contact Name: Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm
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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
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Over 300 quilts on display, including quilts by our featured artist, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, internationally awarded quilter, author, fabric and pattern designer who will have a vendor booth and...

Cost: $10/one day, $15/two day

Where:
Sussex Academy
21150 Airport Road
Georgetown, DE  19947
View map »


Sponsor: Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Inc.
Telephone: 301-325-5795
Contact Name: Anne Marie Rogerson
Website »

More information

TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
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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Plastic Cup Boyz brings its stand-up comedy to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show cost from $39 to $59.

Cost: $39-59

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always...

Cost: Adults $ 5, Seniors $4, Kids $3; free for under 3yrs and for members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Every Sat. & Sun.: Creature Features, Noon- 12:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled,...

Cost: Adults $ 5, Seniors $4, Kids $3; free for under 3yrs and for members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Usher in warmer spring weather at WILMUSIC Fest at Wilmington University’s new Brandywine campus on Saturday, April 27th, from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. This outdoor music festival is FREE to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wilmington University Brandywine campus
10 Beaver Valley Road
Wilmington , DE  19803
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Sponsor: Wilmington University
Telephone: 302-295-1164
Contact Name: Laurie Bick Jensen
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Mark your calendars and pick out your best black tie attire for the glamorous Miss DE for America and Mrs. DE America Pageant. This is an event where Hollywood meets pageantry as national and local...

Cost: $65

Where:
The Grand Opera Theater
818 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC
Telephone: 202-374-8488
Contact Name: R. Thomas
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  Grab your cowboy hat and boots for this Western Themed Gala that includes live music, dancing, food, drinks, and silent auction. Join Joseph Patrick Fabber Memorial Foundation for a night...

Cost: $80 per ticket, $150 for 2 tickets

Where:
True Grit Stables
22328 Blue Bayou Way
Georgetown , DE  19947
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Sponsor: JPFMF
Telephone: 302-682-7566
Contact Name: Margaret McClure
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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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  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
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Mr. Phil Kelsall from Blackpool, England,  is noted for his distinctive Dixon-inspired "Blackpool style" of playing, he has made numerous appearances on television and radio playing the Towers's...

Cost: $10 - $20

Where:
The Dickinson Theater at John Dickinson H.S.
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Telephone: 302-995-5630
Contact Name: Bob Dilworth
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By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Stephen Pelinski A cunningly crafted comedic thriller about deceit, double-crosses…and stamps. A pair of half-sisters, mourning their recently deceased mother,...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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By August Wilson  Directed by Walter Dallas  “…universal enough to touch a chord in every human heart.”  — The New York Times In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning...

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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Dead Man Walking Saturday, April 27, 2019  | 7:30 pm Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 2 pm The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE A powerful tale of grief, mercy, and...

Cost: $29-99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: OperaDelaware
Telephone: 302-442-7807
Contact Name: Mary Wilcosky
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Plastic Cup Boyz brings its stand-up comedy to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show cost from $39 to $59.

Cost: $39-59

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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Featured concert of the 2019 Steel Band Festival

Cost: Free

Where:
Loudis Recital Hall
Amy E. du Pont Music Building
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2577
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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Plastic Cup Boyz brings its stand-up comedy to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show cost from $39 to $59.

Cost: $39-59

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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“Not taking your Doodle to Dewey is like not taking your kids to Disney,” said one participant of this annual event. The 14th Annual DoodlesinDewey for Food&Friends will be...

Cost: $10 per person

Where:
On the beach
Saulsbury St
Dewey Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 301.467.5523
Contact Name: Amy Scott
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