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Things to Do Around Delaware This Month

Starting Nov. 20, A Longwood Christmas offers guests breathtaking displays of trees, wreaths and other floral designs./Courtesy of Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau

We give you our top picks in entertainment this month, plus virtual and socially-distant events around the state to add to your calendar.

What to Watch

The Child

Courtesy of Disney+

Set in the Star Wars universe, the Mandalorian and the Child (affectionately named Baby Yoda by fans) continue their journey in season two of The Mandalorian, streaming on Disney+ Oct. 30. The pair recruit allies and challenge enemies as they travel through a dangerous galaxy after the Galactic Empire’s collapse.

Hit the Slopes

Courtesy of Bravo

Bravo expands its Housewives franchise with another group of women ready to bring the attitudes and antics. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City premieres Nov. 11, featuring six successful women who, outside of running multimillion dollar businesses and going on shopping sprees aplenty, still find time for drama.

What to Play

Game On

Courtesy of XBOX

The newest gaming consoles are here just in time for the holidays. Get in line for the Xbox Series X and Series S or PlayStation 5 on Nov. 10 and 12, respectively. Both consoles boast improved graphics and exclusive gaming titles.

What to Read

Instantly Delicious

Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

For the home cook who relies on their Instant Pot to do the hard work for them, this newest recipe book is the perfect gift for holiday cooking inspiration. Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, bestselling authors of The Instant Pot Bible, are back with Instant Pot Bible: The Next Generation: 350 Totally New Recipes for Every Size and Mode, available Nov. 24.

Mark your calendar

Check the events’ websites to stay up to date on cancellations, reschedules and COVID-19-related guidelines.

Starting Nov. 20, A Longwood Christmas offers guests breathtaking displays of trees, wreaths and other floral designs./Courtesy of Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Nov. 5–15: The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival features a different format this year, with more details to come. But it will still hold true to its mission, screening American and international features, documentaries and short films. Rehoboth Beach, rehobothfilm.com

Beginning Nov. 6: The Delaware Contemporary presents Kernel/Seed/Nut/Spore, an exhibition of artist Ruth Ansel’s egg tempera paintings born from her observation of nature. Seeds, tree rings and unfurling ferns are common themes. Wilmington, decontemporary.org

Nov. 7–8: Shop seaside at the 36th Annual Holiday Fair and Fine Craft Show, featuring creations from more than 20 artisans, including jewelry, glasswork, pottery, sculpture, painting, woodworking, mixed media, and decorative and wearable fiber creations. Held at the Rehoboth Arts League, attendees can stroll the campus’ historic Homestead, Chambers Studio, and the Corkran and Tubbs galleries. Rehoboth Beach, rehobothartleague.org

Nov. 7–14: The Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library’s 57th Annual Delaware Antiques Show goes virtual this year, showcasing artwork, antiques and designs. Admire the finest furniture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more. Guests can also virtually attend the Keynote Lecture from husband-and-wife design team Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer, as well as curator lectures, interactive games and more. Virtual, winterthur.org

Nov. 7–14: The Christmas Shop Foundation of Wilmington is celebrating 100 years of raising funds for local nonprofit programs that enrich lives and help people in need. With over 40 juried exhibitors, this virtual shopping event will feature a wonderful variety of fashion finds, home accents and decor and holiday giving opportunities for everyone on your list. Virtual, christmasshopfoundation.org

Nov. 11: The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press hosts a virtual lecture on sugary-drink consumption and its impact on child and teen obesity rates and health conditions. In Getting Hyped for the Game: Teen Beliefs about Sports and Energy Drinks, professor Amy Bleakley explores teens’ thinking and how advertising influences consumer perceptions. Virtual, library.udel.edu/events

Nov. 17: Gaining funding for a nonprofit is essential—and challenging. The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press wants to help you succeed with Locating Grants for Nonprofit Organizations: A Panel Discussion, a virtual event that discusses finding, applying for, writing and giving grants. Attendees will also see a demonstration of the Foundation Directory Online, the library’s database for finding funding opportunities. Virtual, library.udel.edu/events

Nov. 17: Rebecca Romney, rare-book specialist, bookseller and TV personality from the History Channel’s Pawn Stars, visits the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press to talk about her trade and the basics of book collecting through a virtual presentation: Building Bridges: Expanding the Reach of Rare Books in the Next Generation. Virtual, library.udel.edu/events

Nov. 21–22: The Center for the Creative Arts’ Annual Artisans Show transforms into a marketplace where you can peruse the works and wares of more than 40 regional artisans from the Delaware Valley. Yorklyn, ccarts.org

Beginning Nov. 20: The family tradition continues at Longwood Gardens with A Longwood Christmas. Take a tour of towering trees dressed in one-of-a-kind ornaments, view floral trees and wreaths, and end the day with a spectacular light display. Tickets and member reservations are required and should be secured in advance. Kennett Square, longwoodgardens.org

Beginning Nov. 21: Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library kicks off its Yuletide season, where guests can enjoy a variety of activities: relax by the fire pit, watch a 3D light show, hop on the Christmas tree hayride and more. The conservatory and the home’s fifth floor will also once again be filled with dazzling holiday displays. Wilmington, winterthur.org

Beginning Nov. 27: Get into the holiday spirit with Clear Space Theatre Company’s Elf the Musical. Based on the 2003 film, Elf stars Buddy, a young orphan who crawls into Santa’s gift sac and is carried away to the North Pole. A human raised by elves, he’s in for a surprise when he travels to New York City to find his birth father. Rehoboth Beach, clearspacetheatre.org

Beginning Nov. 27: The Grand has hosted many drive-in concerts and movies this year, and is now taking the concept into the holiday season with their Winter in Wilmington Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show, running Nov. 27–Jan. 3 at the Wilmington Riverfront. thegrandwilmington.org

Through Jan. 8: Following Delaware Contemporary’s major fundraising event, Art & Couture: A Contemporary Centennial presents Suffragists, an exhibition featuring fashion designs by artist Shawn Baron Pinckney. The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and modern-day suffragists. Wilmington, decontemporary.org

Calendar compiled by Meg Ryan

To be included, email photographs and event details to editorial@delawaretoday.com or send to: Calendar, 3301 Lancaster Pike, Suite 5C, Wilmington, DE 19805. Space limitations force us to be selective. Deadline for the January issue is Nov. 30.