Jan 1: Start the new year off right by taking a traditional noontime dip for charity during the annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos and Hometown Pet Show at the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. For more, call (800) 962-SURF, or visit exerciseliketheeskimos.com.
Jan 13-15: Children love the chance to explore science, engineering and inventing during Hagley’s Invention Convention. With the tinkering corner, fun science shows and the chance to earn a pretend Hagley patent, it’s a great way to get your little inventor started. For more, call 658-2400, or visit hagley.org.
Jan 23-24: The Delaware Asian Culture Center’s Chinese New Year Spectacular features dance, orchestra and drama performances at the Merriam Theater at the University of Arts in Philadelphia For more, call (215) 336-1234, or visit ticketmaster.com or newyeargala.ntdtv.com.
Jan 20: Lose the blues and dance the night away with live entertainment, plus live and silent auctions at the Winter Blues Ball. The event, to benefit the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s capital campaign, will be held at The Den at Bear Tap Dunes. For more, visit winterbluesball.com.
Jan 26: Guests will be swept off their feet during the ninth Champagne Gala dining experience for Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth. The event, held at Harry’s Savoy Grill in Wilmington, begins at 6:30 with an hors d’ oeuvres reception and a silent auction. A
sit-down dinner follows. Dinner will be prepared around selected champagne showcases.
Individual tickets as well as corporate sponsorships are available. For more, call 652-3948.
Historical Sites and Museums
Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village
866 N DuPont Hwy, Dover, 734-1618,
Thru Jan 30: “Preserving the Landscape”
Delaware History Center
504 Market St., Wilm, 656-0637, hsd.org.
Thru Jan 6: “Complex Relations: Delaware at the Time of First Contact.” On display in
conjunction with the Lewes 375th anniversary, this exhibition explores the interaction between arriving European settlers and those living in what we now call Delaware.
Thru Jan 6: “The Dansey Flag,” an exhibition featuring the only known Delaware regimental flag from the Revolutionary War.
Delaware State Museums
Eight sites throughout the state open to the public for free: Delaware Archaeology
Museum, Museum of Small Town Life,
Delaware State Visitor Center, New Castle Court House Museum, John Dickinson
Plantation, The State House, Johnson Victrola Museum, Zwaanendael Museum, 739-4266, destatemuseums.org/default.shtml.
Thru July 31: “Fighting the Dragon: Firefighting in the State of Delaware” showcases the work of volunteer firefighters. At the Delaware
Visitors Center and Galleries.
Thru Jan 6: The Decorative Dessert Table at John Dickinson Plantation
Hagley Museum and Library
Route 141, Wilm, 658-2400. hagley.org
Thru Jan 1: Christmas at Hagley
Thru Jan 1: “A Most Useful Endeavor: School Girl Samplers
U.S. Route 1 near Kennett Square, Pa, (610) 388-1000, (800) 737-5500, longwoodgardens.org.
Thru Jan 7: Christmas blooms at Longwood Gardens with thousands of poinsettias accented with amaryllis, narcissus, begonias, cyclamen, tulips, and many other flowers the 4.5-acre heated Conservatory. Outside more than 420,000 lights illuminate the night sky in a colorful display.
Jan 20-March 31: Welcome Spring previews warmer weather with daffodils, tulips and other old-fashioned favorites blooming in the
Orangery and Exhibition Hall.
National Constitution Center
535 Arch St, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, (215) 409-6600, constitutioncenter.org.
Thru Jan 1: “9/11: A Nation Remembers,”
original photographs by Jonathan Hyman
UPenn Museum of Archaeology
33rd and Spruce sts, Philadelphia,
(215) 898-4000, museum.upenn.edu.
Thru Feb 26: “Under European Eyes:
Conquistadors and Arts of the New World”
Thru Oct: “Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun” tells of Tutankhamen’s boyhood home.
Winterthur, an American Country Estate
Route 52, (800) 448-3883 or 888-4600, winterthur.org.
Thru Jan 1: Yuletide at Winterthur
Thru Jan 7: “Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen”
Jan 30-Feb 11: One Stitch at a Time exhibition by the Brandywine Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America
Art Museums and Galleries
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal St, Dover, 674-2111, biggsmuseum.org.
Thru Feb 25: Delaware Tall Case Clocks
Brandywine River Museum
Route 1, Chadds Ford, Pa, (610) 388-2700,
Thru Jan 7: A Brandywine Christmas, featuring “The Imaginary Beasts of Royal Lacey Scoville,” 38 whimsical watercolors.
Jan 27-Feb 25: Winter Weekends for Families. The family guide and discovery game create an interactive museum visit.
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilm, 571-9590, delart.org.