Arts & Life

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the
Delaware Division of the Arts,
a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

State Fair numbers improve thanks to great weather, strong concerts

The 2014 Delaware State Fair is reporting a strong comeback this year thanks to good weather, a robust concert lineup and a new multi-day discount pass. A series of dry days and cool nights helped fuel a 25 percent rise in attendance. Nearly 282,000fairgoers showed up for the 95th celebration of Delaware's agricultural industry. ...More

Delaware Symphony Orchestra announces new board chair

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra has a new Chair of its Board. Charles Babcock has been named to succeed Bruce Kallos, who died suddenly earlier this month following a short illness ...More

Kent County dedicates new Korean War memorial

A memorial to the eleven Kent County residents who died in the Korean War will be unveiled at the county’s Memorial Park in Dover on Sunday on the 61st anniversary of the cease-fire between North and South Korea effectively ending America’s military role in that three year conflict. ...More

History Matters: Delaware during World War II exhibit

In this month’s History Matters, Delaware Public Media visited the Delaware Public Archives for a look at its “Delaware during World War II” exhibit, which examines the First State’s role on the conflict both overseas and on the home front. ...More

Delaware State Fair tries out some new features

The 10-day event opened last week with all the rides, animal exhibits and deep fried candy bars one expects from a state fair, but it's also kicking the tires on some new features. ...More

Wilmington’s Bob Marley tribute festival reaches 20th anniversary

First State reggae music fans will be jamming at Tubman Garrett Park on Wilmington's Riverfront next Saturday, July 26, as they celebrate the legacy of Bob Marley. The music legend lived in Delaware's largest city for several years and is the inspiration for the Annual Peoples' Festival for Peace, Tribute to Bob Marley, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. ...More

State Dept. of Agriculture offers new way to use State Fair as teaching tool

When the Delaware State Fair starts Thursday, attendees will be able to participate in a new activity designed to teach them about the central focus of the event - agriculture. The Fair Scavenger Hunt allows families to search for clues in the animal barns, on equipment row and other buildings and gain a deeper understanding of the First State’s farming industry. ...More

Doors set to open on 95th annual Delaware State Fair this week

The annual Delaware State Fair kicks off this week. The Harrington fairgrounds will open to visitors Thursday morning. Attendees can expect the usual food and fun, including live music, exhibits and competitions like the 4-H Talent Fair, plus some new features. ...More

DNREC confirms Rehoboth Beach man landed record-setting fish

DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that William “Butch” Emmert caught a 56.9 pound dolphinfish, also known as the popular food fish mahi-mahi, on July 6th as part of the recent Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament. ...More

Arts Playlist: Annual Delaware Shakespeare Festival tackles Hamlet

The annual Delaware Shakespeare Festival is back for another season at Rockwood Park in Wilmington. It kicked off Friday and will run through the end of the month. DSF’s yearly celebration of the Bard broke attendance records last summer and so this year the organization is upping the ante by staging what is arguably the Bard’s most famous work, ‘Hamlet,’ Shakespeare’s longest and most performed play. ...More