This Week’s Buzz: October 23rd – October 29th

Between Something and Nothing

Your typical weekend morning. Hot coffee, kids goofing off, washing machine running, TV on. I’m looking at the pile of clean dishes ready to be put away, the mountain range of laundry – some to be folded and sorted, some to be washed, all to be managed. I’m looking at the to-do list – get soccer snacks, finish out book fair paperwork, finalize Halloween costumes, call the guy about the thing, email about this and text about that … and husband wonders “what should we *do* today?”

Me: Umm, there’s plenty to do around here.

Him: No, I mean do something. Like go somewhere. Like do something.

Me: …. okay ….

but with little
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Buzz This Week
Monday, October 23rd

  • 11am Baby Story Time at the Route 9 Library
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  • 11am Stroller Rollers at Bellevue State Park
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Tuesday, October 24th

  • 10:30am WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur
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  • 11am Toddler Tales at the Woodlawn Library
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Wednesday, October 25th

  • 9:30am Guess How Much I Love You? at the Copeland Hall in Wilmington
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  • 10:30am Animal Adaptations at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 7pm Halloween Parade on Market Street in downtown West Chester, PA
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Thursday, October 26th

  • 10:30am CHILDREN’S READ-ALOUD TOUR at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 10:30am Story Time in the Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center
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  • 6-8pm Halloween Open House at the Kennett Fire House
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Friday, October 27th

  • 9:30am-6:30pm The Perfect Gift/Christmas Shop Foundation at The Pavilion in Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum, wear your costume.
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  • 5-8pm $5 After 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum, Harry Potter Science
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, October 28th

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 9:30am-4pm The Perfect Gift/Christmas Shop Foundation at The Pavilion in Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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  • 10am-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: MAKER DAY at Hagley
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  • 10am-8pm Halloween Comic Fest & Spookabration 2017 at The Comic Book Shop
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  • 11am-3pm Saturday Hayrides at the Mt. Cuba Center
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  • 11:30am-4pm Hayrides at Hagley
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  • 12pm & 2pm Great Pumpkin Express on the West Chester Railroad, reservations
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  • 2pm Honk! Performance at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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  • 6pm Community Overnight at the Museum: Halloween Edition at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, Reservations
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Sunday, October 29th

  • 11:30am-4pm Hayrides at Hagley
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  • 12-3pm Harvest Fest at Concord Mall
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  • 12-4pm Autumn Hayrides at Brandywine Creek State Park
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  • 12-5pm Halloween Comic Fest & Spookabration 2017 at The Comic Book Shop
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  • 12:30pm, 2pm, & 3:30pm Halloween Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • 2pm Honk! Performance at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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  • 3pm Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat Main St. in Newark
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  • 3pm Costume Parade for the Whole the Family at Linvilla Orchards
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  • 3pm 2017 Kennett Square Halloween Parade
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Save the Date
  • November 7th Meet the Author and Book Launch of How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe and Put It Back Together Again by David Teague at the Hockessin Book Shelf
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  • November 10th Holiday Day Camp at the Brandywine Zoo, registration
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  • November 10th School Day Off Camp at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, Reservations
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  • November 11th Heart In The Game’s FREE EKG Screenings for DE Studentsat UD’s STAR Campus
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  • November 11th All Saints Catholic School Huge Once a Year Clothing and Toy Resale!
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  • November 11th St. David’s 49th Annual Craft Fair at St. David’s Episcopal Church, N. Wilm. Free admission & parking!
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  • November 14-19 The Wizard of Oz at the Playhouse in Wilmington
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This Week’s Buzz: October 9th – October 15th

Connected Community

In Delaware – especially in Wilmington and the surrounding towns – we are all connected somehow. You can’t grab a gallon of milk at Walgreens without running into someone from your high school; you can’t take your kids for their flu shots without seeing the mom you chaperoned that field trip with. A visit to the orthodontist may as well be happy hour – in the waiting room, you’ll see a Girl Scout mom, two other moms from school, and a teenager who is a lifeguard at your pool who gives you the look because he’s pretty sure he’s only ever seen you in your bathing suit. If you have more than one kid in braces, forget it. You see the orthodontist more than you see your parents.

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Buzz This Week
Monday, October 9th

  • The New Castle County Public Libraries will be CLOSED  today for the Columbus Day holiday.
  • 10am – Registration open for next Monday’s Makin’ Music Performance at Glen Eagle Shopping Center
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  • 10am-3pm Delaware Children’s Museum Open Today!
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  • 10am-7pm Riverwalk Mini Golf Open!
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  • 1-5pm Ramsey Farm open to the public today.
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Tuesday, October 10th

  • 10am & 10:45am Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens
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  • 10:30am WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur
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Wednesday, October 11th

  • 10:30am & 11:15am Montessori Play and Learn at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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Thursday, October 12th

  • 10:30am CHILDREN’S READ-ALOUD TOUR at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 10:30am Story Time in the Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center
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Friday, October 13th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm $5 After 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 6-8pm Parent’s Night Out: Friday The 13th Myth Busters at the DEEC in Wilmington
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  • 7pm Haunted Hayrides at Brandywine Creek State Park
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, October 14th

  • 9am-12pm Grand Opening Celebration at the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center
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  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am-5pm Pumpkin Days at the Tyler Arboretum
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  • 11am-3pm Saturday Hayrides at the Mt. Cuba Center
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  • 11:30am-4pm Hayrides at Hagley
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: PUMPKIN CATAPULTS at Hagley
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  • 2pm Honk! Performance at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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  • 7pm Haunted Hayrides at Brandywine Creek State Park
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Sunday, October 15th

  • 9-11:30am Chores And Breakfast at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am-2pm ART+SCIENCE FESTIVAL at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 10am-5pm Pumpkin Days at the Tyler Arboretum
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  • 11:30am-4pm Hayrides at Hagley
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  • 2pm Honk! Performance at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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Save the Date
  • October 19-21 The Great Pumpkin Carve in Chadds Ford, PA
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  • October 20 & 21 Boo at the Zoo at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • October 28th Community Overnight at the Museum: Halloween Edition at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, Reservations
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  • October 29th 2017 Kennett Square Halloween Parade
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  • October 29th Halloween Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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This Week’s Buzz: October 2nd – October 8th

Must Be Nice

I have spent every spare minute this week volunteering to chair the bookfair at my kids’ school which is valuable and important and makes a difference to the school that has made every difference to my kids. After the inital set-up and before the final close-out, the primary responsibilities of the Book Fair Chair are greeting students and volunteers and teachers, operating the clunky register provided by Scholastic, and helping kids do the math. “Oh, you want 19 books and 42 smelly erasers? And you have $15 in one ten-dollar-bill and a baggie of coins? We’re going to need a volunteer over here.” Luckily, the volunteers get paid in genuine delight and sincere thanks from the little kids who get to bring home a brand new book – most purchased by money sent in from home, and a few by funds provided by our school and our school district to ensure that books are in the homes of every child.

Since I own my own business, I’ve kept my laptop and phone handy so I could work-work in between classes and sales.

And then someone says
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Truck and Tractor Day at Winterthur
Saturday, October 7th
A fun day filled with lots of large equipment sure to delight the wheel-oriented kids in your family. Explore dozens of tractors, modern farm vehicles, and the Winterthur fire trucks – and meet the firefighters.
Hayrides, arts & crafts, climbing, concessions and more on Winterthur’s 1,000 acre estate.
For tickets, call 800.448.3883 or purchase online.

Buzz This Week
Monday, October 2nd

  • 11am Stroller Rollers at Bellevue State Park
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Tuesday, October 3rd

  • 10am & 10:45am Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens
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  • 10:30am WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur
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Wednesday, October 4th

  • 10:30am & 11:15am Jitterbugs at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 7pm – Mindful Music & Movement for Expectant Mothers at the Music School of Delaware, Wilmington branch
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Thursday, October 5th

  • 10:30am CHILDREN’S READ-ALOUD TOUR at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 10:30am Story Time in Enchanted Woods at Winterthur
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  • 10:30am Story Time in the Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center
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Friday, October 6th

  • 10am-6pm 11th Annual Delaware Auto Show at the Chase Center
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  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm $5 After 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 5:30-10pm Parents’ Night Off Camp: Halloween at the Museum at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, October 7th

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am-2pm Nottingham Country Fair and Color Fun Run, Chester County PA
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  • 10am-4pm Fall Harvet Festival at the Newlin Grist Mill
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  • 10am-4pm Truck and Tractor Day at Winterthur
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  • 10am-5pm Harvest Moon Festival at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am-6pm 11th Annual Delaware Auto Show at the Chase Center
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  • 11am-3pm Saturday Hayrides at the Mt. Cuba Center
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  • 11am-4pm Harvest Fest at St. Thomas the Apostle in Glen Mills, PA
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  • 12-5pm Fall Harvest Weekend at Highland Orchards in PA
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  • 2pm Honk! Performance at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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  • 6:30pm DESIGNER HANDBAG BINGO hosted by IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY SCHOOL
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Sunday, October 8th

  • 10am-5pm Harvest Moon Festival at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am-6pm 11th Annual Delaware Auto Show at the Chase Center
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  • 10:30am-3:30pm 15th Annual West Chester Chili Cook-Off 
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  • 2pm Honk! Performance at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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  • 3-8pm Mayor’s Harvest Festival in Newark, DE
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Save the Date
  • October 13th Parent’s Night Out: Friday The 13th Myth Busters at the DEEC in Wilmington
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  • October 13th & 14th Haunted Hayrides at Brandywine Creek State Park
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  • October 14th Hayrides at Hagley
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  • October 14th & 15th Pumpkin Days at the Tyler Arboretum
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  • October 19-21 The Great Pumpkin Carve in Chadds Ford, PA
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  • October 20 & 21 Boo at the Zoo at the Brandywine Zoo
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This Week’s Buzz: September 11th – September 17th

Hurricane du Jour

Social media and digital communications have made it so easy to stay in touch with the high school friends that moved away, the college roommate in her new neighborhood, the kids you grew up with who live afar. And that means that even if we’ve never been to Houston or Miami or coastal Carolina, all know someone that lives in southeastern Texas, or Florida, or somewhere where the water is rising faster than they can bail it and the wind is blowing stronger than they can outrun it. When we see it on the news or our Facebook feeds, we are reminded of Mr. Rogers: when disaster strikes, look for the helpers.

I have three kids though, so I feel
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Buzz This Week
Monday, September 11th

  • 10:30am Book Babies at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 11am Stroller Rollers at Bellevue State Park
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Tuesday, September 12th

  • 10am-3pm TEDxWilmingtonSalon – Personal Finance. Community Results, Reservations
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  • 10am – 9pm NEW! Route 9 Library and Innovation Center Open in New Castle
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  • 10am & 10:45am Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens
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  • 10:30am WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur
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Wednesday, September 13th

  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Last Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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Thursday, September 14th

  • 9:30am Terrific Toddlers: Monarch Madness! at Brandywine Creek State Park, reservations
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  • 10:30am Story Time in the Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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Friday, September 15th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, September 16th

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am-3pm Archaeology Festival at the Newlin Grist Mill
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  • 10am-4pm First Fall Festival Weekend at Millburn Orchards, Grandparents Day – Granparent is Free admission with grandchild
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  • 11am Princesses Wear Pants Storytime at Barnes & Noble, Concord Pike
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  • 1-9pm Farm2Fork Fundraiser Event at the Read House & Gardens
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  • 3-5pm Archery For Families at the Ashland Nature Center
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Sunday, September 17th

  • 10am-4pm HAGLEY CAR SHOW PRESENTED BY GLENMEDE, tickets
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  • 10am-4pm First Fall Festival Weekend at Millburn Orchards, Grandparents Day – Granparent is Free admission with grandchild
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  • 12pm Last Summer Picnic Special Ride on the West Chester Railroad
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  • 12-5pm Family Fun Day and 20th Year Anniversary Celebration at the Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Maritime Center, Free Admission
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  • 12-4pm Faerie Fest in Rockwood Park
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  • 12-4pm – Wine and Dinosaurs Event at the Museum of Natural History
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  • 12-5:30pm 38th Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival in West Chester
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Save the Date
  • September 21st – School Day Off Camp at the Museum of Natural History, registration
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  • September 22nd – Brew at the Zoo – Adult Fundraiser at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • September 22-24 Australia’s Strange Fruit Performances at Longwood Gardens, tickets
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  • September 24th Tree Festival at the Mt. Cuba Center
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  • September 24th – Rock the Park in Chester County PA
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  • September 29th Hayride Express Ride on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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This Week’s Buzz: August 21st – August 27th

The Long and Short of It

The signs are everywhere. NFL preseason. School supplies. Candy Corn in Aisle 2. A few leaves floating in the pool or blowing through the backyard. Fall is coming. Sunset tonight is 7:51 pm. Yesterday is was 7:52. The days are getting shorter every day.

But the days are long too. Boy are they, when you are trying to squeeze in a few hours of work (volunteer or otherwise) and the laundry is piling up and the kids are squabbling and the texts are flying in about who got which teacher and you don’t know what’s for dinner and you are just certain you have no stamps and the kids have *got* to get to those thank you notes before next week when it’s back to backpacks and homework.

The long and the short of it is
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Buzz This Week
Monday, August 21st

  • Solar Eclipse Events & Programs at the New Castle County Libraries
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  • 9:30am-4:30pm Solar Eclipse Party at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • 12:30pm Total Eclipse in the Park! at the Brandywine Creek State Park
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  • 2-4pm SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY WITH KENNETT LIBRARY
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Tuesday, August 22nd

  • $2 Admission every Tuesday in August at the Museum of Natural History
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  • 10am-3pm Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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Wednesday, August 23rd

  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 7pm Last Summer Hayride for the Season at Brandywine Creek State Park, Pre-registration
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Thursday, August 24th

  • 10am Book Babies at the Kirkwood Library
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi in Wilmington
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Friday, August 25th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm $5 after 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, August 26th

  • 8am Riverfront 5K for Youth Sports + Blue Rocks Game – Run Saturday and get Blue Rocks tickets for Tuesday’s Game.
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  • 8am-2pm Greenfest 7! A recycling event at Mount Pleasant Elementary School
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  • 8am-7pm Tomato Celebration at Linvilla Orchards
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  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am & 1pm Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel in Wilmington, reservations
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  • 12pm Delaware Burger Battle 2017 at Cauffiel House in North Wilmington
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: ROCKING ROLLER COASTERS at Hagley
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  • 1-7pm Wilmington Taco Festival on the Riverfront, Children 6 & under free
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  • 4:30-9:30pm Yorklyn Pool and Tennis Club 50th Anniversary Party and Auction (PRE-SALE)
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Sunday, August 27th

  • 10am-2pm BIG BUGS and BUTTERFLIES Closing Celebration at the Tyler Arboretum
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  • 10am Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel in Wilmington, reservations
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  • 3-9pm Every Sunday is Family Night at Toscana to go, Dinner Done!
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • September 2nd – 110th Arden Fair in North Wilmington
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  • September 2nd – Back To School Party And Marshmallow Roast at Ashland Nature Center
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  • September 3rd – Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
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  • September 9th & 10th Audition Days for DELAWARE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (youth to age 18), Call the Wilmington Branch at 302.762.1132
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  • September 9th & 10th Brandywine Festival of the Arts in Wilmington
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  • September 9th & 10th Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, PA
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This Week’s Buzz: August 14th – August 20th

The Next Frontier

Because I’ve been at this parenting thing awhile, friends and friends of friends that have become friends, are starting to send their children away to college. I keep seeing it on Facebook … tearful moms, nervous dads, lots of hugs, cute dorm decor. They are sending their kids off to the next frontier, where they will have to solve their own problems and choose their own breakfasts and hopefully mom and dad won’t be tracking their iPhones. UD students move in later in August. Some schools have already started.

Incoming first year students at the University of Virginia move in to their dorms on Friday.

Our hearts are with the Charlottesville community and the people who – in Virginia and everywhere – stand up for what is right even in the face of those holding flaming torches and swastika flags. Our hearts are with the officers charged with keeping the peace. Our prayers are with their mothers. We are sending them the strength to tuck the extra long dorm sheets around the beds so very tightly in order to set their children loosely upon their new frontier, armed with love and history and family and not torches and fear.

Many of us will be
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Buzz This Week
Monday, August 14th

  • 10am Registration Open for Aug. 21st Performance of Makin’ Music at Glen Eagle Square Shopping Center
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, August 15th

  • $2 Admission every Tuesday in August at the Museum of Natural History
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  • 10am-3pm Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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Wednesday, August 16th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in White Clay Creek State Park
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Thursday, August 17th

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi in Wilmington
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  • 6-9pm 3rd Thursday on State Street in Kennett Square
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Friday, August 18th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm End Summer Bash at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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  • 7pm Blue Rocks Game – Fireworks after the game
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, August 19th

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 9am-4pm 2017 Middletown Olde Tyme Peach Festival
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  • 10:30am-2:30pm SUMMER SATURDAYS AT HAGLEY
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  • 1-3pm Family Program: Gathering for August Quarterly at the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage in Wilmington
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  • 4-7pm Escape the Powder Yard, Free event for teens at Hagley
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Sunday, August 20th

  • 12-4pm World Helicopter Day at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • 1:30pm Blue Rocks Game – Sunday Family Funday
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  • 6-9pm Longwood member Night at The Creamery in Kennett Square
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • August 21st – Solar Eclipse Events & Programs at the New Castle County Libraries
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  • August 21st – Solar Eclipse Party at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • August 26th – Yorklyn Pool and Tennis Club 50th Anniversary Party and Auction (PRE-SALE)
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  • August 27th Big Bugs and Butterflies event at the Tyler Arboretum
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  • September 2nd – 110th Arden Fair in North Wilmington
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This Week’s Buzz: August 7th – August 13th

Road Trip Back in Time

As our family road tripped this week, I was reminded of the road trips of my youth – the station wagon, sitting in the “way back” sometimes, waist-only seat belts and paper maps, once a very long ride with no AC. No EZ Pass so we kids would always wake up at the tolls. John Denver and Simon & Garfunkel on the 8 Track.

Today? Two kindles, an iPod touch, two mini iPads, a laptop and two iPhones accompanied us over the river and through the woods. Podcasts for the grownups, head phones for the kids, and a navigation screen on the console and Waze should we want to try a different route. Quite a bit different than it was a generation ago. The kids can hardly believe it when we tell them about it.

I propose a 70s and 80s theme park, where we can…
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Buzz This Week
Monday, August 7th

  • August is Peach Month at Highland Orchards
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, August 8th

  • $2 Admission every Tuesday in August at the Museum of Natural History
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  • 10am-3pm Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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  • 2-8:30pm Family Movie Triple Feature! at the Kirkwood Library
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Wednesday, August 9th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in White Clay Creek State Park
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Thursday, August 10th

  • 9am-4pm Railroading Summer Day Camp at the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 6-8pm WSTW Family Fun Night at the Brandywine Zoo
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Friday, August 11th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 2-4pm Friday Family Films for Fun and Ice Cream Party and Sidewalk Chalk Show at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 5-8pm $5 after 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 6pm & 7:30pm The Okee Dokee Brothers at Longwood Gardens
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, August 12th

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: MATHEMATICS IN NATURE at Hagley
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  • 6:30-10pm Night at the Museum at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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Sunday, August 13th

  • 12-4pm Touch a Truck event in West Chester
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • August 18th – End Summer Bash at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • August 19th – Family Program: Gathering for August Quarterly at the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage in Wilmington
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  • August 20th – World Helicopter Day at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • August 20th – Longwood member Night at The Creamery in Kennett Square
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  • August 21st – Solar Eclipse Events & Programs at the New Castle County Libraries
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  • August 21st – Solar Eclipse Party at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • August 26th – Yorklyn Pool and Tennis Club 50th Anniversary Party and Auction (PRE-SALE)
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This Week’s Buzz: July 31st – August 6th

The Ultimate Courtship Ritual

Have you seen those nature documentaries that show how a bird fluffs up its coat of many feathers and does some backwards crazy dance on a tree branch to attract a mate? Or the fish that creates beautiful artistic display on the ocean floor, timed perfectly between the tides, also to attract a mate?

I’m betting that if you’re reading this blog, you’ve already attracted a mate and likely have produced offspring, which is why you may need this guide to teach you one of the most fundamental of all courtship rituals: finding a new babysitter. That’s right, our Hannah is off to college and although we have tried many many times to bribe her to stay local or take a few gap years and stay on with us, she is moving on. While we are all hoping she will make special guest appearances during holidays and we may even get her back next summer (just say no to internships, babysitters!), it’s time for us to make eyes at the teenage girls at the pool and hope they will find us as appealing as we find them.

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Buzz This Week
Monday, July 31st

  • 10:30am Book Babies at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, August 1st

  • $2 Admission every Tuesday in August at the Museum of Natural History
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  • 10am-3pm Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi in Wilmington
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Wednesday, August 2nd

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in White Clay Creek State Park
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Thursday, August 3rd

  • 10:30am STEAM Storytime – Robots at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 6:30pm FAMILY NIGHT: MOONLIGHT, MOON BRIGHT, at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 6:30-9pm Swingin’ Summer Thursdays in dowtown West Chester
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  • 6:30-8:30pm TLC’s Dog Days of Summer Event at Stateline Woods Preserve
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Friday, August 4th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm $5 after 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, August 5th

  • Peach Party Weekend at Milburn Orchards
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  • 8:45-10am Breakfast with the Beasts at the Brandywine Zoo, Reservations
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  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10:30am-2:30pm Summer Saturday at Hagley
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Sunday, August 6th

  • 11am-2pm PNC ARTS ALIVE FIRST SUNDAYS FOR FAMILIES at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 12:30pm Helicopter Rides at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • 12:30-4:30pm Steamin’ Day at Auburn Heights
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • August 10th – Railroading Summer Day Camp at the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • August 10th WSTW Family Fun Night at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • August 11th – The Okee Dokee Brothers at Longwood Gardens
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  • August 12th Night at the Museum at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • August 13th – Touch a Truck event in West Chester
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This Week’s Buzz: July 24th- July 30th

Fast Times

This summer is literally FLYING by. Swim team season is over. School supplies and fall clothes are in every store. My children have misplaced several beach towels, at least 2/3 of the goggles we started the summer with, and our new favorite at-home activity is finding someone’s missing fidget spinner. What we need up in here is a change of scenery – and so we are headed to the Outer Banks for a vacation unlike one we’ve ever taken before. Four families (that’s 8 adults and 11 kids) in one big house with a pool, pool table, eight bedrooms, four decks, a short walk to the beach, and 42 trips to Costco to get ready. Who’s bringing what and how much it costs has been the driving conversation in a text chain that is spanning what feels like decades. One family is flying in, three families are renting beach stuff, no one has quite enough room in their car, and the big question on everyone’s mind is did we buy enough cereal (maybe) and booze (no). Still – just one more week and I get to dissolve in a week of grapefruit crushes and long lazy beach days with my college friends and their families. Just one night of revisiting old memories and making new ones with these people will make the insane amount of planning worthwhile.

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Buzz This Week
Monday, July 24th

  • 6:30pm Blue Rocks Home Baseball Game on the Wilmington Riverfront
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, July 25th

  • 8am-11pm “Kids Day” at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, DE
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  • 10am & 10:45am Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens
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  • 10am-3pm Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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  • 6:30pm Blue Rocks Home Baseball Game on the Wilmington Riverfront
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Wednesday, July 26th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am Blue Rocks Home Baseball Game on the Wilmington Riverfront
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in White Clay Creek State Park
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Thursday, July 27th

  • 10:30am STEAM Storytime – Motion at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 10am & 11am – MUSEUM EXPLORERS FAMILY WORKSHOP at the Brandywine River Musuem
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi in Wilmington
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Friday, July 28th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 1pm & 7pm Rapunzel at the Grand Opera House
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  • 5-8pm Dog Days of Summer at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, July 29th 

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am & 1pm Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel Ship in Wilmington
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  • 10:30am-2:30pm SUMMER SATURDAYS AT HAGLEY 
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  • 5-9pm Dancing in the Park and Food Truck Festival in Glasgow Park
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  • 7:30pm “Sommerkonzert” (Summer Concert) by the Wilmington Children’s Chorus with the Youth Chamber Orchestra of Fulda, Germany at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin
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Sunday, July 30th

  • 10am & 1pm Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel Ship in Wilmington
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  • 1-3pm Summer Hours for Public Session Skating at the Fred Rust Arena in Newark
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  • 6pm – Family Night at the Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival: Henry Vat Rockwood Park
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • August – $2 Admission every Tuesday in August at the Museum of Natural History
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  • August 2nd – National Night Out Against Crime in West Chester
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  • August 6th – Steamin’ Day at Auburn Heights
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  • August 6th – Helicopter Rides at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • August 10th – Railroading Summer Day Camp at the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • August 11th – The Okee Dokee Brothers at Longwood Gardens
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  • August 13th – Touch a Truck event in West Chester
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This Week’s Buzz: July 10th- July 16th

Half-Time

On my dad’s 50th birthday, I remember him saying “well, the marching band is on the field. It’s halftime.”

Always a sports metaphor in my house (growing up, if we got in trouble we’d be sent to the Penalty Box) – but it’s a turn of phrase I haven’t forgotten in the twenty years hence. In so many ways, it suddenly feels like half-time … my husband and I are in our mid-forties … which feels a lot like the halfway point considering his parents both passed in their early 80s (one just this week). Our kids are rounding the bend or already in the tween years – college is coming up faster than we’d like or we can pay for. And with the 4th of July in the rearview mirror, even summer feels like it’s halfway over.

So how do we spend the time that’s left?
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Buzz This Week
Monday, July 10th

  • 10am Registration opens for the Makin’ Music Performance at Glen Eagle Shopping Center on Monday, July 17th.
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  • 11:30am It’s Awesome to be Pippi – Summer Lunch Theatre at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, July 11th

  • 9:30am Green By Nature Preschool: Splish Splash at the DEEC in Wilmington
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  • 10am & 10:45am Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens
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  • 11:30am It’s Awesome to be Pippi – Summer Lunch Theatre at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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  • 1-3pm Afternoon Adventure: “Ice Cream Dreamin'” at the Newlin Grist Mill
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Wednesday, July 12th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 10:30am Jitterbugs Storytime at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 6-8pm Family Fun Night with WSTW at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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Thursday, July 13th

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 10am & 11am – MUSEUM EXPLORERS FAMILY WORKSHOP at the Brandywine River Musuem
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  • 10am & 1pm PIPPI’S GRAND ADVENTURE at the Grand Opera House
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi in Wilmington
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Friday, July 14th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm $5 Fridays after 5pm – DCM Gym at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 8:30-10:30pm Nighttime Hayride And Nocturnal Wildlife Watch at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5:30-7:30pm Night at the Museum:  In the Dark at the DE Musuem of Natural History
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  • 6:30-8:30pm  Parent’s Night Out: Fish, Fish, Fish at the DEEC on the Riverfront
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, July 15th

  • 10-Year Anniversary of the Can-Do Playground!
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  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10:30am-2:30pm SUMMER SATURDAYS AT HAGLEY: ARCHEOLOGY & EDIBLE DIRT! at Hagley
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  • 5-7pm Family Firefly Fest at the Ashland Nature Center
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Sunday, July 16th

  • 9-11am Family Farmers for a Day at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 12-4:30pm  National Ice Cream Day Celebration at Woodside Creamery
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  • 12-8pm – TURK’S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK in West Chester
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  • 6pm – Family Night at the Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival: Henry Vat Rockwood Park
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Save the Date
  • July 22nd – Food and Brew Festival in downtown Newark
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  • July 23rd Summer Splash at Mt. Cuba Center
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  • July 29th – “Sommerkonzert” (Summer Concert) by the Wilmington Children’s Chorus with the Youth Chamber Orchestra of Fulda, Germany at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin
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