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Here’s Everything to Do Around Delaware This Month

Photo courtesy of the Rehoboth Art League

Mark your calendar for these incredible art events, theatrical plays, bike tours and more throughout the First State during May.

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

Through May 2: Four exhibitions at the Rehoboth Art League conclude this month. The Old and the New: A Retrospective showcases works by Aina Nergaard-Nammack; Pipes of Perception presents an installation of drawings and video from Tad Sare; and Caitlin Gill’s Micro/Macro exhibition explores humans’ relationship with the natural world. Plus, a memorial exhibition honors the late work of abstract artist Lee Wayne Mills. Rehoboth Beach, rehobothartleague.org

May 4–8: Acting couple Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis present Smile, a fun-filled cabaret show at the Delaware Theatre Company. McClure is a Tony-nominated Broadway performer best known for his role in Chaplin, a musical based on Charlie Chaplin’s life. Wilmington, delawaretheatre.org

May 5, 7: Head over to the Milton Theatre for the Musical Theatre Ensemble Spring Showcase. The two shows feature students from the Milton Theatre Musical Theatre Ensemble and Triple Threat training program. Milton, miltontheatre.com

May 7-28: Combines:  The Andromeda Series, Jack Knight displays his exhibit of wall sculptures, at the Mezzanine Gallery. Knight is a recipient of the Delaware Division of the Arts 2021 Artist Fellowship in Sculpture. Wilmington, arts.delaware.gov 

May 6, 13, 20, 27: Spend your Thursdays at Milton Theatre Quayside for its Quayside @ Nite programming. Enjoy live music in an outdoor setting featuring a beer garden and food stall. This month’s performers include Barrelhouse, Hot Sauce Band, Scrapple and Lower Case Blues, respectively. Milton, miltontheatre.com

May 11: Enjoy a round of golf while supporting the Beebe Medical Foundation during the 16th Annual Baywood Golf Classic. Baywood Greens provides 18 holes across two unique greens. Your entry fee includes breakfast, use of the greens, contests, lunch and more. Rehoboth Beach, beebehealthcare.org

May 14: Bourbon and Bluegrass brings the styles and music of the Kentucky Derby to the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Listen to the Philadelphia-based acoustic bluegrass and folk band Noggin Hill while sipping six Kentucky bourbons and enjoying the surrounding gardens. Winterthur winterthur.org

May 14–15: Stanton’s 4th Wall, a Delaware-based theater and comedy troupe, perform What’s That on the Telly? at the Smyrna Opera House. The comedy show brings 30 famous television comedy sketches to life onstage. Smyrna, stantons4thwall.com

May 18–22: Actor Harry Hamlin returns to the Delaware Theatre Company to perform Icarus, the Sun and the Limelight . Watch this show and others through the theater’s subscription series. Wilmington, delawaretheatre.org

At the Rehoboth Art League, view Meltdown, an exhibition including works by six distinct artists from the Washington Wax Group./Photo courtesy of the Rehoboth Art League

May 20: Del Nature hosts a 20s and 30s Club Sunset Yoga event at the Ashland Nature Center. Listen to the sounds of nature as you stretch at sundown. Afterward, connect with others over a campfire. Hockessin, delawarenaturesociety.org

May 22: The Rehoboth Arts Festival returns to the beach this spring. Tents are constructed throughout Grove Park, where enthusiasts can purchase items and chat with local artisans. Rehoboth Beach, rehobothartleague.org

Through May 23: The Delaware Contemporary presents three installations focusing on different artistic mediums. Definitive Work is a showcase of first-year students from Delaware College of Art and Design exploring the poetry of spoken-word artist Jasmine L. Combs. Jason Urban and Leslie Mutchler present their improv-inspired exhibition Advanced Geochromatic Studies, focusing on colors in every facet of life. A full-scale replica of a military-grade helicopter known as RIDEM by Gene Hracho combines the artist’s passion for physical craft alongside his upbringing in a working-class environment. Wilmington, decontemporary.org

May 26: The Peninsula Golf & Country Club tees off for a charitable round of golf. The Children’s Beach House Charity Golf Event includes contests and games, a Bloody Mary bar, a lunch box and more. The event benefits the nonprofit organization, which helps children with special needs. Millsboro, cbhinc.org

Through June 6: An opening reception May 7 celebrates several new works and exhibitions at the Rehoboth Art League. Printmaker and book artist Terry Schupbach-Gordon showcases her exploration of disability through different bodies and voices with Claiming Grace ; the Tubbs Gallery presents the works of six distinct artists from the Washington Wax Group titled Meltdown; from the art league’s permanent collection comes Springtime at the Homestead, focusing on the historic Peter Marsh Homestead; and Preservation Matters, which highlights the hard work it takes to restore and keep art pieces from degrading over decades. Visitors are encouraged to “adopt” art pieces from the exhibition that are in need of restoration. Rehoboth Beach, rehobothartleague.org

Calendar compiled by John Eustice