Adding new material again, we’re ready for SPRING 2019!
Thanks, Dover, for the wonderful holiday shopping season at our place!
Now we'll settle in to our winter routine. We look forward to seeing all your relatives that come to stay and tourists, too! This week we had some people from the UK who were visiting just to see as many state capitals as possible (which felt like summer), proof that tourist season doesn't really have an end of season.
We are one of the few places that sells postcards and most of the ones we sell are professionally printed with our designs. History is our passion, which is really fun when where we are is the most historic location in Delaware.
We are changing our hours; Monday through Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-4 like usual but Sundays will be closed until sometime in April or May, as tourist season picks up. Jan was here to be open on Sundays all throughout the summer until Chirstmas of 2017 and that worked out just fine.
Feel free to comment about our hours here or in person! Happy New Year!
We are doing the Haunted Tour of Old Dover Saturdays in October and the first date (October 7th) has sold out!
Jan Crumpley, Ms. Jan Crumpley, artist and owner/operator of Parke Green Galleries in downtown Dover, is hosting a series of ghost tours on the Green this coming October, just in time for the Halloween season. Ms. Crumpley conceived of this tour in response to the huge curiosity she has encountered among visitors and locals alike regarding Dover’s legendary ghost lore. “Although our museums and walking tours already do an outstanding job in sharing Dover’s rich history,” Ms. Crumpley said, “the Haunted Tour of Old Dover will focus exclusively on ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the Delaware night.” Based on the research of local historian John Alstadt, the tour will feature, among others, the ghosts of Judge Samuel Chew, Elizabeth Rilee the Irish Maid, and Revolutionary War hero Colonel John Hazlet, along with spirits that whistle, open doors, rearrange pictures, and communicate with cats. Local folklorist, humorist, and storyteller Dan Beck will serve as tour guide. The Haunted Tour of Old Dover will be offered Saturday evenings (October 14, 21 & 28) at 7:00 pm throughout the month of October. For more information call
The City of Dover Parks and Recreation puts on a 16 week concert series that is supposed to begin tonight (rain may win out, though). Here's the Schedule for the summer:
Still time to color and win a prize!Read More
We had an inquiry if we sell key chains from the contact the website form today. The answer is yes, like most things we carry, they are not on the online store here because they are too small/inexpensive to sell just one of because the shipping would be more than the item. However, if you'd like one, we can figure the price for shipping and you can choose to buy it. Just give us a call!
Also, we are way overdue for a walk through video in the store!
Time for the Summer Concert Series Thursday nights on the Green!Read More
Feb 16 - They're BACK!
May 10 - SOLD OUT, but they were ordered at the end of March but not shipping until June! I promise we'll double our order & order them again when they arrive!
Call us to be put on the waiting list, we'll call you when they're in! (302) 674-1787Read More
Here's our new magnet for Delaware! This also comes as a larger tree ornament.
I'll be adding these to the online store later today! Available now at the Delaware Store!
Here's our holiday season newsletter, featuring Tom's NOT SO LONG AGO memories that are so charming!Read More
Waiting - we don't like to wait! But we placed our order BEFORE we ran out and there was a breakdown at the foundry, but we know they are on their way SOON!
Please leave a comment and we'll get in touch with you when they arrive!
Happy Second Birthday to US!
It’s hard to believe it was two years ago that we held our grand opening. We have been through so much change and growth during that time.
We love coming to work each day and creating works for you to enjoy. Whether you are purchasing a gift or decorating a room, we so appreciate your support.
Currently, we have two guest artists, Maria Liberto Bessette and Linda Chatfield. There are also two walls that are available if you or anyone you know is looking for gallery space. Check with either Jan or me for details.
Both of us are also busy creating unique works for you that feature some of our most special places in Delaware. We did Christmas cards this year which is a first for us. They are framable and make great hostess gifts.
Many pieces are small and Taylor is working on driftwood Santa’s made from driftwood collected on various beaches. We hope everyone will think of us and shop small this holiday season. We offer personalized attention and can help you decide which piece you can’t live without. Whether you’re collecting paintings of Delaware’s coastline or have a favorite landmark in mind, check out our selections first where price and quality are always a plus.
Look forward to seeing all of you starting with our First Friday events, this Friday, November 6. We have lots planned this month so follow us on Facebook for more details.
How quickly 2 years has passed while we’ve been making art and selling gifts & souvenirs on the Green! I love making art every day here in Downtown Dover. We’ve added two other artists to our Gallery, Linda Chatfield & Maria Bessette. Tom Smith keeps us doing retail properly. We love the history of the place, being on the spot where Delaware ratified the Constitution in 1787. We get to meet a lot of tourists and more & more locals are finding us, which is always a pleasure.
You are invited to come enjoy the old heart of Dover, the Green - which is a National Park. I love to paint the architecture but another feature that happens most days during the Golden Hour (before sunset) is the bolt of light down Bank Lane over the Green, I call this “Green-hinge”. It looks marvelous at any time of year.
My Window On State Street
The Delaware Store
The signs are all there. Winter is marching toward us and the weather has “turned” as the old timers would say. Turned means the predictable sunny days are gone and now our days are coldish, kind of damp, overcast, and deep burgundy. Soon it will be Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the New Year. This time of year the days rush by. For me, they have been rushing too fast.
Too much work to finish and too little time. We have been rearranging the Delaware Store because we need more room - so we have expanded into the front room of Jan’s Studio and she has moved into the more spacious are for her studio. At the same time, Christmas merchandise is arriving and we have our customers coming in as usual. I am a bit nervous about how it will turn out, but anxious for all of you to see it, soon.
By soon, I mean the deadline for this change to be completed is First Friday, November 6th. We are open until 8:00 p.m. that evening. Saturday, November 7th is also the First State Heritage Park’s 18th Century Market Fair that takes place on the Green. Please check their web site for details (destateparks.com/park/first-state-heritage/ ). Just for you, our loyal customers and friends, we will be offering you special promotions.
The First State Club
Just For You
We have been too slow to launch the start of the First State Club, but that is going to change, starting right now. We said a newsletter would arrive, and here it is. As members of the First State Club you are cordially invited to attend the opening of our new space at the Delaware Store. We increased our shop by 1/3 and look forward to seeing you on Friday, November 6th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
There is also a promotion just for you, save 15% on anything in the shop. That promotion continues Saturday, as well. Now there is a good reason to come see us and use your savings at the Delaware Store!
Open Monday-Thursday 10-5,
Fridays 10-7, Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 12-4!
This & That
- Coloring Contest! Caesar Rodney riding to break the tie for Delaware’s part in the Revolution! Color the page and get a free postcard from the Delaware Store and a spot on the wall in Parke Green Galleries, if you like!
- All the artists are making small, unique works that are just right for stocking stuffers! Need that office Christmas gift under $20? Or even $15? Buy one of a kind artwork from a local artist.
- Do you & yours collect ORNAMENTS? Need to remind your friends & relatives of their Delaware home? We have ornaments throughout the galleries & shop! Many can be personalized! Make some 2015 Christmas memories!
- Would you like to join Jan’s POST CARD CLUB? Come by for more information!
- Workshops & Art Classes in 2016!! Come by for more information!
- Starting November 29th, we’ll be OPEN Sundays until Christmas!
Snow day, we'll be back on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 10am until 5pm, the usual.
Come get extra savings on the Inventory Sale!Read More
And we are OPEN! Also, this is my first post from the mobile app! Cloudy but warmish, no wind at all.
Spend some Santa money HERE & SAVE!Read More
2015 Linen Calendar SALE!Read More
Wishing you the best holidays this year! Bring on 2015!! Here's why...Read More
Check out our new one minute VIDEO!Read More