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Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 06/01/12 - 06/03/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Planning your next trip? Order now to receive the Official State Travel Guide with trip itineraries, accommodation and attraction listings and much more at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/travel-guide/

NASCAR Race Weekend at Dover Downs International Speedway
June 1 - 3, 2012
NASCAR comes to Dover June 1-3 with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Dover offers a variety of fan friendly and family value ticket packages. Call 1-800-441-RACE (7223) for ticket packages. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/bhAtr

Shop for local produce and goods at Farmers’ Markets across the state. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/bhAL1.

Catch a Wilmington Blue Rocks Game!
June 1 - 3, 2012
Game times: Friday (7:05 p.m.); Saturday (6:05 p.m.); Sunday (1:35 p.m.) 
For more information, visit http://ow.ly/bhBcy.

Where North Meets South: Slavery and the Civil War Tour
Saturday, June 2, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the natural and cultural heritage of Sussex County, Delaware during a series of bus tours with Former Delaware State Archivist Russ McCabe! All tours begin and end at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal in Lewes and consist of multiple stops corresponding to topic. Tickets are $30. Purchase in advance by calling 302-645-7670 (ext. 10). Limited spaces are available.

First Saturdays in the First State at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, June 2, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Explore a variety of special programs and events developed at each historic site for the first Saturday of each month in Dover. Themed exhibits will be open throughout the various sites including the John Bell House, Biggs Museum of American Art, and the Welcome Center. For more information on times and exhibits, please visit http://ow.ly/a6ADV.

The Star Spangled Banner Project at the Delaware Public Archives
Saturday, June 2, 2012
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
With the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812 being observed in 2012, the Delaware Public Archives will be hosting a program entitled “The Star- Spangled Banner Project” on Saturday, June 2, 10:30 a.m. This program will be presented by Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss, Senior Textile Conservator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/bhBlF.

Southside Shootout Skimboarding Contest at the Indian River Inlet
June 2 - 3, 2012 
Various times
Come see this thrilling Skimboarding competition. For more information, call 302-227-4011.

19th Century Baseball Game at Fort Dupont State Park
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and watch a match of 1860's base ball between the Diamond State Base Ball Club and Cecil Base Ball Club of Chesapeake City. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/bhBy8.

Picnic in the Park at the Canalfront Park in Lewes
Sunday, June 3, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy delicious picnic-style food prepared by Lewes’ finest eateries including: R & L serving wine, Dogfish Head serving brews, live entertainment and children’s activities. For more information, call 302-644-0108.

Steamin’ Day at Auburn Heights Preserve
Sunday, June 3, 2012
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Take a ride in an antique auto, climb aboard the Auburn Valley Railroad, sample free steam-popped popcorn from our vintage popper, watch a Firing Up Demonstration, view the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars, tour the 1897 antique-furnished Auburn Heights mansion -- and much more. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/bhBIl.

Downtown Rehoboth Restaurant Week
June 3 - 9, 2012
Restaurant week features fabulous 3-course dinners all over town. Restaurants will be offering menus with $30 or $20 prix-fixe dinners for a full week in June.  Some restaurants are even serving special lunch menus! For more information, call 302-227-2772. 

Bonus trip ideas:

Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history

Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale

Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo

For additional event calendars, visit:

http://visitdelaware.com

http://visitdover.com

http://visitsoutherndelaware.com

http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com

 

posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2012 6:55 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

A day in Kent County

We grabbed our sneakers, sun block, and cameras and headed out to Dover, Delaware to begin our daylong journey of experiencing Kent County. The agenda included history, scenic drives, plus local brews and seafood!

Delaware Public ArchivesTo start the day, we parked at the Delaware Public Archives, a great central location with free parking for those enjoying First State Heritage Park. They named this the “park without boundaries” and they mean it! Not just physical boundaries but, time travel boundaries! We saw, touched and experienced the Legislative Hallhistory of our state and nation at the Old State House, Biggs Museum of American Art, Johnson Victrola Museum, Legislative Hall..whew to name a few! Historical interpreters and tour guides in period clothing brought it all to life and we left with a better understanding of the history in our backyard and an inspiration to be as revolutionary as our founding fathers.

Next up…lunch! We stopped at 33 West in downtown Dover but, some other great spots include Frazier’s and McGlynns Pub and Restaurant.

John Dickinson PlantationAfter lunch, we hopped back in the van and drove about 10 minutes away to John Dickinson Plantation, the beautiful home and estate of the “penman of the revolution.” John Dickinson Plantation ExhibitWith lush landscapes and really well maintained structures, it is as if you are whisked away into the 18th Century and completely forget that modern life is nearby.  We toured the grounds and made our own sasha’s, which is not a dance move! But, is a really cool lesson on herbs and spices from the olden days! We can’t wait to go back and watch their cooking lessons!

Air Mobility Command MuseumNext stop was the Air Mobility Command Museum, which is about a 5-minute drive away from John Dickinson Plantation. Besides the fact that this museum has vintage historic aircrafts and is located on the Dover Air Force Base, so we got to see C-5’s practice landings and take offs. But, the volunteers and curators are all people that worked on these planes, flew them during wartime and lived and breathed the history of these exhibits. Definitely, go inside Air Force Two for a tour and make sure to climb up to the control tower for awesome views!

So, now that we experienced history and scenic drives. Our last remaining stops were to taste the local flavor!

Fordhan and Old Dominion Brewing CompanyFordham and Old Dominion Brewery was about a 15 minute drive from the Air Mobility Command Museum and again, more free parking! The tour and tasting is $5 and totally worth it, you even get a souvenir pint glass to take home. The tour guide was able to break down the science of brewing into ways that non-brewers could understand and we even got some free tasting of their old-fashioned root beer!

Sambo's TavernOur last stop was at Sambo’s Tavern in rural Leipsic, Delaware. From the newspaper and mallets on the table to the pitchers of beer, this was a great restaurant with local flavor! Crabs, shrimp, oysters, scallops, were all caught fresh and served with famous hush puppies! But, it was the views of the sunset over the dock that made it a perfect end to a fascinating day!

So, our jam-packed day trip to Kent County came to an end but, lucky for us there is still more to see and do in Central Delaware. We didn’t even get to Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Amish Country or Bombay National Wildlife Refuge…yet. Time to start planning the next trip.

 

posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:40 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

NASCAR Race Weekend Revs up in Delaware

NASCAR Dover International Speedway

Thousands of race fans will flock to Delaware this weekend, to witness NASCAR’s biggest stars as they take on the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway.  Action kicks off on Thursday, May 31, 2012 and continues till the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on Sunday, June 3, 2012. The FanZone, located outside turn 4 of the track is the go to spot for meet and greets with the drivers, live music, driving simulators and much more!

There is plenty going on at the track but, if you are looking to hit the town, Dover has a lot to offer, within just a few miles off the track. Here are some of the top favorites!

Air Mobility Command Museum

 So, you like fast cars? How about vintage aircrafts? Visit the Air Mobility Command Museum; located on the Dover Air Force Base, home to rare and historic aircrafts.  Stop by to tour Air Force Two and if you’re lucky you might see a C-5 aircraft practice a touch-and-go overhead. Cost: Free. 

 Fordham Brewing Company is located just minutes from the Monster Mile! Dating back over 300 years, this savory brewery is one of the featured locations on the newly enhanced Delaware Wine and Ale Trail. Take a tour and taste their current brews. Tours are available on Friday and Saturday and the cost is $5. 

 Gaming and tax-free shopping is just a short walk from the track. Visit Dover Downs and Hotel Casino for table gaming, delicious dining options and a little A/C or walk just a couple more yards to the Dover Mall for tax-free shopping. 

 Check out some of the sites where U.S. history was made at First State Heritage Park. Take a walking tour and hear stories of the men and women that impacted the history of Delaware and our nation. Cost: Free. 

 If you want to hit the beach, Delaware’s award-winning beaches and boardwalks are about 30 miles south of the track. Check out our top 10 Delaware beach destinations at http://ow.ly/bf4Uz.    

It’s going to be an action-packed weekend on and off the track. So, don’t raise that checkered flag just yet. With so much to do and see in Delaware, we hope you visit again soon! Order a free State Travel Guide for trip ideas and itineraries at http://ow.ly/bf6oN

 

posted on: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 11:14 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 05/25/12 - 05/27/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend. For the top 10 Delaware beach destinations, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/beaches/. We hope you have an awesome holiday weekend. 

Happy Hour Entertainment at World Cafe Live
Friday, May 25, 2012
5:00 p.m.
Join us in Upstairs Live every Thursday and Friday for Happy Hour entertainment! For more information, go to http://ow.ly/b9ZWu

Historic Lewes Farmers' Market
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Visit Historic Lewes and shop local with over 35 vendors offering fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked good, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs. Plus, learn from local chefs, master gardeners and sustainable agriculture experts. The 2012 season runs every Saturday from May 26 - Sept. 29th 8:00 a.m. - Noon. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/ba0BH.  

Seaford Heritage Weekend
Saturday, May 26 & 27, 2012
Celebrate the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War. There will be re-enactments and demonstrations, vintage car show, mansion and museum tours, live music, food vendors, carriage rides, and much more. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/ba0vX

Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival
Saturday, May 26, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The festival celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, long considered by many to be a natural wonder of the Delaware Bay.  Enjoy arts, crafts, boat rides, exhibits, games, music and  great food. A shuttle bus will be available to transport visitors to and from the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/ba0pU

Brewery tours at Old Dominion Brewing Company
Saturday, May 26, 2012
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/ba08j.  

Life and Times of the Osprey Open House
Saturday, May 26, 2012
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the resident Ospreys and other birds in this open house at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. Watch the Ospreys and their nest through a spotting scope then take a walk and see the nest up close. Identify other birds around the tidal marsh by their appearance or by their tracks. For more information, please call 302-656-1490. 

Spring Wildflower Tour at Mt. Cuba Center
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m.
Tour the gorgeous gardens at Mount Cuba Center. For more information go to, http://ow.ly/b9ZOB

Historic Autos at Winterthur

Recurring every Saturday during the month of May

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles. Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aXExy.  

Cirque Montage at Freeman Stage
Saturday, May 26, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Cirque Montage creates a whimsical world of animated characters that defy the perception of what is possible. The acts weave together in a collage of traditional cutting edge circus arts. Cirque Montage will excite and thrill audiences of all ages! BYOC--"Bring Your Own Chair". For more information, go to http://ow.ly/ba0gp.  

Free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum. For more information, please call 302-571-9590. 

Lantern Tour at Indian River Lifesaving Station
Sunday, May 27, 2012
8:30 p.m.
You are invited to take a step back in timefor an evening lantern tour of the museum. Led by an interpreter dressed in the uniform of the turn-of-the-century Life Saving Service patrol, the tour will detail the courage and hardship the surfment endured as they patrolled the beaches every night. The program ends with a nighttime trip to the beach for a patrol with lanterns. Participants should dress for the weather. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/ba0KZ

Refuge tour at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Discover the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Walk a trail, identify birds, and learn about the different habitats. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/ba0SX

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history
Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale
Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo

For additional event calendars, visit:
http://visitdelaware.com
http://visitdover.com
http://visitsoutherndelaware.com
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com

 

posted on: Friday, May 25, 2012 5:17 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Celebrate the Enhanced Delaware Wine and Ale Trail

Tweet the TrailJoin the who's-who of Delaware's Twitter-verse alongside of representatives from Delaware wineries and breweries plus, craft beer and wine connoisseurs at Tweet the Trail on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Abbott’s Grill in Milford from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the enhanced Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Be the first to hear about the new passport and prize for the trail, mingle with wine makers and brewers and try for your chance to win exciting prizes! (We hear that a mini-wine fridge may be one of the prizes but, shh..you didn’t hear that from us!)  

Come raise a glass and toast the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail and the breweries and wineries that make the First State taste so good! Register for this free event at www.visitdelaware.com/rsvp and join the conversation at #TweettheTrail.

 

posted on: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:04 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 05/18/12 - 05/20/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Plus, check out our latest blog post on shopping for local delicacies at Delaware Farmers’ Market at: http://ow.ly/aXDxh

Wilmington Grand Prix
May 18 - 20, 2012
The 2012 Grand Prix is set for May 18-20 with three days of festivities. Saturday’s Men’s and Women’s Professional Criterium Races will be the seventh stop on USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar and the Wilmington Grand Prix Gran Fondo, a 100-kilometer course traversing 11 cultural attractions featuring two timed climbs and a hilly terrain. The course will be challenging and fun with unprecedented access to ride through Dupont estates and attractions. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aXDPl

29th Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale
May 18 - 20, 2012
Shop for deals and fabulous finds in downtown Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aXDWJ

Little Shop of Horrors performed by Clear Space Theater

Recurring until May 27, 2012
Friday - Saturday performances at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday performances at 3:00 p.m.

Based on the cult classic 1960’s film of the same name, the hit pop-rock musical Little Shop of Horrors follows Skid Row floral assistant Seymour, who loves two things: exotic plants and his affable co-worker Audrey. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/aJ0zz

Set sail on the Kalmar Nyckel (Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal)
Friday, May 18, 2012
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sail aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Up to 49 souls can experience this three or one and a half-hour sail aboard this 17th Century Dutch pinnace that brought the first permanent European settlers to the Delaware Valley. Her design, construction and operation are authentic, and her soaring rig, operational cannon and carvings are exciting for all to explore. No sailing skills are required, but while underway, you may participate in the operation of the vessel and help hoist and trim sails, as many hands make light work. Souvenirs, snacks, and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aXF1b.

Friday Night Fights at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino
Friday, May 18, 2012
First fight begins at 7:30 p.m.
Main fight: Franklin "Yah Yah" Lawrence vs. "Merciless" Mike Mollo. For more information, call (800) 711-5882.

Mad-Sweet Pangs at World Cafe Live
Friday, May 18, 2012
8:00 p.m.
Join us at World Cafe Live at the Queen as we welcome Mad-Sweet Pangs!! Come to a show and forget everything you know about folk, rock, blues, country, jazz, history, yourself, or anything else for that matter. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/aXFgT

A Day in Old New Castle
Saturday, May 19, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The oldest Home and Garden tour in the nation - stroll through carefully tended gardens and private homes dating from the 18th century.  Visit public buildings, learn about New Castle's role in Delaware and the United States, see antique automobiles, and enjoy period musical performances. Dine in local restaurants or picnic at Battery Park. For more information, call 877-496-9498. 

Maritime Day Celebration in Lewes
Saturday, May 19, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Delaware’s rich maritime heritage on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958. The Ferry engine room and bridge will be open for tours plus, visitors can experience maritime exhibits and art. For more information, call 800-643-3779.

Fifer Orchards - Strawberry Festival
Saturday, May 19, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Spend a day on the farm with live music, u-pick strawberries, hay rides and delicious foods! For more information, go to http://ow.ly/aXE81.

Historic Autos at Winterthur
Recurring every Saturday during the month of May
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles. Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aXExy.  

R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival at Fordham Brewing Company
Saturday, May 19, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
In recognition of American Craft Beer Week, Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing is hosting the R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival on May 19, 2012, from 12-6pm, at the brewery located in Dover, Delaware. Featuring many of the brewery’s specialty beers, including Oak Barrel Stout and Hop Mountain, this all-ages event includes a kid’s area, local dining fare and artisans, Bier Dawgs, and the brewery’s root beer and ginger ale. Over the course of the day, four live bands, Bond & Bentley, The Grilled Lincolns, Pasadena and the Rovers, will take the stage. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/aXEqO.  

20th Anniversary Biggs Museum Gala: An Affair with the Arts
Saturday, May 19, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening full of celebration with open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing and silent auction. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aXE5L

Ghostbusters Night at the Blue Rocks!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
6:05 p.m.
There's something strange in the neighborhood and you're invited to come check it out! Who you gonna call? The Blue Rocks for tickets! The Blue Crew is taking on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 6:05 PM, and the Ghostbusters are going to be on hand to make sure no ghosts try to disrupt the game! For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aXEkq

Hagley's Creek Kids - Innovation on the Brandywine
Sunday, May 20, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Discover the innovative technological advances the Du Pont company made throughout their history! The first Creek Kid event of the summer will focus on the science and technology of Du Pont, from gunpowder to nitrocellulose to polymers. Families can try hands-on science experiments, crafts, and activities throughout the afternoon. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/aXEGn.  

Bonus trip ideas:

Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history/

Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale/

Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo/

For additional event calendars, visit:

http://visitdelaware.com/

http://visitdover.com/

http://visitsoutherndelaware.com/

http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/

 

posted on: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 6:38 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Shop for local delicacies at Delaware Farmers’ Markets!

Tis the season for fresh fruit and produce! Farmers’ Markets are sprouting up all around Delaware and are ready to offer visitors farm fresh products plus, unique locally and homemade items including artwork, quilts and much more.   

Delaware Farmers Market

Let’s be honest, this is the best kind of shopping and a perfect stop while traveling to get out and stretch your legs! Grab a delicious pastry, a little coffee from a local shop and leisurely stroll along the market tables filled with locally grown goodies. From honey to sausage and unique plants to delicious sweet corn, Delaware’s Farmers’ Markets are some of the best in the entire country! Many locations even have local restaurant chefs on hand to show visitors new ways to cook the fresh off-the-farm produce, meats and cheeses! 

Some of the top favorite Farmers’ Market stops among Delaware travelers are the award-winning Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market, the Riverwalk Farmers’ Market in downtown Milford and the Co-op Farmers Market in Newark (specializing in natural and organic goods). But, that’s only the beginning, visit the Delaware Tourism Office’s event calendar and search Farmers’ Markets for additional listings and events at local farms. 

 

posted on: Friday, May 11, 2012 4:44 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 05/11/12 - 05/13/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Plus, enter for your chance to win a private tour of the “Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition” exhibit at Winterthur Museum and Gardens for up to six people with the exhibition curator, Leslie Grigsby, Winterthur’s senior curator of ceramics and glass at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/win-travel-and-share/

Wilmington Flower Market
May 10 – 12, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The three fun-filled days in May at Wilmington’s Rockford Park is a local tradition that Flower Market is most well known for. You will find a large selection of plants, flowers, merchants, crafts, rides, games, entertainment and food. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aJ0B0.

Spring Wildflower Tour at Mt. Cuba Center
Recurring
Thursdays - Saturday at 10:00 a.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
Spring is a glorious time at Mt. Cuba Center. Experience large drifts of woodland flowers as they ebb and flow through the forest floor weaving a tapestry of pink, blue, and white. Columbines, Quaker ladies, and a plethora of trilliums will greet you as you stroll through the region’s premier native plant garden. For more information, call 302-239-4244 or visit http://ow.ly/aJ0JF

Fun Friday! - Italian Festival! in Lewes
Friday, May 11, 2012
Restaurants in the historic district will be selling a wide variety of your favorite Italian foods during the festival and the specialty shops and businesses will be featuring their own Italian-themed specials that day. Plus, live music! For more information, go to http://ow.ly/aJ0wL

Festa Italiana at the Zwaanendael Museum
Friday, May 11, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Activities will include an exploration of bocce, a ball game of ancient-Roman origin; and programs on noted Italian explorers including Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Marco Polo, Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) and Giovanni da Verrazzano. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-645-1148.

Little Shop of Horrors performed by Clear Space Theater 
Recurring until May 27, 2012
Friday - Saturday performances at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday performances at 3:00 p.m.
Based on the cult classic 1960’s film of the same name, the hit pop-rock musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS follows Skid Row floral assistant Seymour, who loves two things: exotic plants and his affable co-worker Audrey. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/aJ0zz

Candlelit Cemetery Tour at the historic Christ Church Cemetery
Friday, May 11, 2012
Begins at 8:00 p.m.
Encounter characters from the past to hear not only tales of the tombstones, but also tales of joy & sorrow from those who are laid to rest within the walls of the churchyard. lantern tours is $5 space is limited; please call to reserve your lantern at (302) 739-9194.

International Migratory Bird Day - Spring Bird Count
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Begins at 7:00 a.m.
Enjoy the scenic views of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center to participate in the Spring Bird Count. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aJ0EX.  

Live Race Season at Delaware Park
Recurring weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
First race post time is 1:15 p.m.
Beginning May 12th, join Delaware Park in celebrating their 75th Anniversary of live harness racing. For more information, call (302) 994-2521. 

Brewery Tours at the Old Dominion Brewing Company
Saturday, May 12, 2012 

12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aJ0De or call 302-678-4810.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at one of Delaware’s delicious and affordable restaurants! Search through the statewide listings at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/restaurants/.  

 

posted on: Saturday, May 5, 2012 11:24 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 05/04/12 to 05/06/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Plus, enter for your chance to win a private tour of the “Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition” exhibit at Winterthur Museum and Gardens for up to six people with the exhibition curator, Leslie Grigsby, Winterthur’s senior curator of ceramics and glass at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/win-travel-and-share/.

Annual Dover Days Festival
May 4 – 6, 2012
Various times
Celebrate Delaware’s rich history and heritage at the annual Dover Days Festival with traditional maypole dancing, walking tours, major civil war encampment and free admission to numerous museums. Plus, much more! For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aEyv2.

Delaware City Paranormal Expo
May 4 – 6, 2012
Various times
Delaware’s inaugural paranormal conference is being held in Delaware City, Delaware. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend and participate in paranormal group networking sessions, workshops, seminars and classes.  In addition conference goers will also be able to mix and mingle with various exhibitors, vendors, and merchants throughout the weekend and sign-up to conduct paranormal investigations at various locations in Delaware’s New Castle County. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aExpm.

Lewes Merchants Spring Sidewalk Sale
May 4 - 6, 2012

Explore downtown Lewes as all of the local merchants line their goods up on the sidewalk. Walk away with great finds at bargain prices. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aEEBA.

May Market in historic New Castle
Friday, May 4, 2012 – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The annual May Market in New Castle, Delaware is an anticipated event for avid gardeners with outdoor tens offering beautiful and unusual plants, shrubs, herb baskets and much more! Local vendors will also be selling baked goods and a variety of craft items. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aEy0B.

Brewery tours at 16 Mile Brewing Company
Saturday, May 5, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Tours start at the top of each hour)
Get the behind the scenes treatment with a tour of 16 Mile Brewing Company and sample their different brews along the way. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aEAYv.

17th Annual British Car Show in Lewes
Saturday, May 5, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Here they come again!  Beautiful, stylish British cars of yesteryear..all displayed on the inviting, tree-shaded grounds of The Lewes Historical Society (between 2nd & 3rd Streets on Shipcarpenter Street).  This year's featured marque is the Triumph Spitfire.  Partake of some food and beverages from the Society's Hiram's Pub open on the grounds, and don't forget the parade of cars down the streets of Lewes at the show's conclusion. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aEzC7.

Historic Autos at Winterthur
Recurring every Saturday during May 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
In May enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles. Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aEA0y.

Point-to-Point at Winterthur
Sunday, May 6, 2012
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us at the 34th annual Winterthur Point-to-Point as the culinary arts come hoof to hoof with elite horse racing. Celebrity chefs Dana Herbert and Jennifer Behm serve up cooking demonstrations and tastings, and we'll raise a glass in toast to Winterthur's new exhibition Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition at the Hunt Brunch Tent and the Tasting Tent. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aEArV.

Iron Hill Museum’s Archaeology Festival
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Noon – 4:30 p.m.
The festival will feature historical demonstrations, and opportunities for visitors of all ages to work with professional archaeologists on excavations relating to earlier uses of the site and to view the state's artifact collection. Children's activities will include archery and clay pot making, along with other crafts. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aEAgr.

Birding Field Trip - Spring Migration at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, May 6, 2012
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join volunteer naturalists Bill Fintel, Sally Fintel, and Ed Sigda for this exciting May field trip where the goal will be to see 100 species of birds. Many of the birds encountered visit Delaware only for a few weeks during the year, so this is a very special time to be birding. Space is limited - please call the refuge at 302-684-8419 to reserve your spot.

Plen Air Coastal Delaware
May 6, 2012 – May 12, 2012
Various times
Plein Air Coastal Delaware is a painting and photography competition, show, and sale featuring the beauty of the Delaware Coast interpreted by the finest artists of our nation and beyond. For four days, artists will paint, draw, and photograph areas along the Delaware Coast including the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth, Milton, Bethany, Dewey, and Delaware seashore parks. Subject properties include boats, beach scapes, landscapes, churches, boardwalk scenes, estates and cottages, historic sites, and more! For more information, visit http://ow.ly/aECy8.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history/
Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale/
Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo/

For additional event calendars, visit:
http://visitdelaware.com/
http://visitdover.com/
http://visitsoutherndelaware.com/
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/

 

posted on: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 12:13 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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