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.

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

Princess of Sylmar favored to win 77th Delaware Handicap

A local horse is favored to win the 77th running of the Delaware Handicap this Saturday. Princess of Sylmar, from nearby King of Prussia Stables, is the favorite in a six horse field for the $750,000, Grade I race at Delaware Park. ...More

ESPN to show more of Little League Softball tourneys in Sussex County

ESPN is expanding coverage this year of the two Little League Softball World Series tournaments in Roxana. The the network to air the semifinal and championship games of both the Senior and Big League softball tournaments on August 8th and 9th. ...More

First State full of July 4th fireworks displays

Fireworks remain synonymous with Fourth of July celebrations and Delaware has plenty of pyrotechnics adorning First State skies Friday. While some special events, like the Fireworks Express to Hockessin require reservations, many of the state’s cities and towns are packed with free fireworks shows to mark the holiday. ...More

Budding musicians exchange notes at Delaware’s Pipe Organ Encounter

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida and Delaware Public Media's Ben Szmidt visited this week's Pipe Organ Encounter in Delaware and found that, despite waning popularity due to changing tastes in church music and their size and cost, there is still a vibrant community of organists and students eager to learn the instrument. ...More