White House decor Brian Miller

Historic Odessa’s Christmas designer takes on the White House

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The designer responsible for the literature-themed holiday decor at Historic Odessa got a bigger canvas to work with last week: The White House. Brian Miller of Dover was one of 175 volunteers chosen from applicants around the country to help create the 2022 edition of holiday cheer at the president’s home. For 17 years, he’s interpreted children’s literature to decorate …

Prelude to Brandywine Hale Byrnes House Battle of the Brandywine Virginia artist Bryant White

Hale Byrnes House to unveil painting of witness tree

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  The Hale Brynes House this weekend will unveil a painting featuring an American sycamore tree under which George Washington once held a council of war with the Marquis de Lafayette. The Newark nonprofit commissioned the painting because the 300-plus-year-old witness tree — called that because it was alive during a historical moment — may soon die or be removed. …

Winterthur gingerbread model

Winterthur adds 150 pounds of sweet to Yuletide

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  A 150-pound gingerbread recreation of the Winterthur mansion will greet guests heading out on its Yuletide tour this year. The gingerbread house, which sits on a 4-foot-by-8-foot base, was delivered Thursday by Bredenbeck’s Bakery of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. Its cakes have been featured on TLC and the Food Network. Diana Anello, head sugar artist for Bredenbeck’s, said she wasn’t …

Delaware Shakespeare bilingual Twelfth Night

DelShakes’ bilingual musical ‘Twelfth Night’ ends this weekend

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Three years ago, Delaware Shakespeare decided to stop out on a ledge and produce a musical version of “Twelfth Night” for its 2020 community tour. Then writer Liz Filios of Philadelphia had another inspiration: What if the musical was also bilingual, partly because they have Spanish-speaking audience members? Go for it, DelShakes Executive Editor David Stradley told her. They asked …

Delaware Art Museum Pre-Raphaelite

Tate Museum exhibit to travel to Delaware Art Museum in 2023

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

    An exhibit from the Tate Museum in London will travel to the Delaware Art Museum in October 2023. It’s a major get for the Wilmington institution, which will be the exhibit’s only stop in the United States. The Tate show “The Rossettis” will focus on the family of British Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and will feature several …

The Revisionists

‘Revisionists’ is latest addition to haunted NCC scene

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Some might call “The Revisionists: A Haunted Victorian Walk” a charming amble about the grounds of Rockwood Park. Producer Gregory Shelton calls it “a live-action mobile theater macabre play.” The latest addition to New Castle County’s lineup of Halloween thrills, “The Revisionists” is part whodunnit and part spooky frights meant for those aged 13 and older. “It’s not blood-and-guts slasher …

Hagley Museum Nation of Inventors

Hagley’s ‘Nation of Inventors’ hopes to inspire creativity

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  More than a year after Hagley Museum’s splashy new “Nation of Invent0rs” exhibit was expected to open, it swung the doors wide Saturday. The showcase, built around the museum’s huge collection of patent models, traces the history of American ingenuity since Colonial days, looking at the contributions of industry, entrepreneurs, immigrants and women. While the museum is hailing the …

UAEVOTE $90,000 arts grant Urban Artist Exchange

You can help Wilmington win $90,000 arts grant

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

By hitting a few keys on your cell phone or computer, you can help the city of Wilmington win a $90,000 grant that will pay for a 10-week live music series in 2023, 2024 and 2025. But you have less than a week to participate. The Levittt AMP grant is designed to help small cities provide cultural events. The money …

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Delaware Symphony, musicians hail contract as ‘new chapter’

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  Strike up the band: The Delaware Symphony and its musicians union have reached a contract agreement that both sides are hailing as a milestone in their relationship. The American Federation of Musicians Local 21 — whose members perform with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra — have unanimously approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement renewal. It will be in effect until …

Chautauqua tent show

Chautauqua tent show expands to Historic New Castle

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  Sharpshooter Annie Oakley is headed to Historic New Castle as part of Delaware’s annual Chautauqua tent show, which for the first time will offer a full slate of live performances upstate in addition to the traditional Lewes site. But don’t expect Annie to shoot up either place. “Oh, no,” says Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theatre in Philadelphia. …