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Breakfast with the Arts: Part 2

The Art of Nature and the Home

The Garden Cafeteria at Winterthur is reconfigured during Sunday Brunch to create a more intimate dining space focused on food and the glories of the gardens. Diners must stroll past the dessert offerings first, tempting them to forgo other buffet items. This would be unfortunate,

Images courtesy of Winterthur

Images courtesy of Winterthur

since the eclectic buffet items regularly change and include such varied options as sushi, crisp salads and fresh fruit. Boomers who visited the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair will find memorable Belgian waffles on the menu. Sparkling champagne beautifully enhances the omelets made to order.

Sunday Brunch is served from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The Holiday Brunch menu at Winterthur offers special seasonal temptations, including Berry Muffins with Nutmeg Sugar, Sweet Cream & Currant Mini Scones with Fig & White Raisin Baked Apples and Smoked Salmon on Mini Potato Pancakes with Dill Sour Cream & Fried Capers.

Yuletide at Winterthur allows visitor to experience traditions of the past and dazzling displays in this special wintertime tour. Be transported to a 19th-century market square to see how preparations for winter festivities began, and in celebration of the exhibition Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition, see the scrumptious evolution of the holiday meal from the colonial period to the early national period. Enjoy Winterthur’s unique version of a winter wonderland as you meander through a re-created woodland path offering vistas of the Winterthur Garden enveloped in snow.

Whether you are taking in the breathtakingly decorated trees, the colorful and exquisite room and food displays, or the winter wonderland of the garden, Yuletide at Winterthur is a feast for the eyes.


5105 Kennett Pike

Winterthur DE

(302) 888-4600       

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2008, under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All copyrights reserved.


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Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods Creates the Perfect Setting for an Enchanted Summer Day

Photo courtesy of Winterthur

WHAT: Winterthur’s Enchanted Summer Day

WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 11:00 am–3:00 pm

WHERE: Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

Fairy princesses, enchanted woodsmen, and all magical beings are invited to run, skip, and play at Winterthur’s Enchanted Summer Day on Saturday, June 16 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Enjoy a full day of crafts, games, and face-painting as the Celtic tunes of roving musicians fill the air. Craft a silly crown while you marvel at a magician’s amazing sleight of hand. Create magic wands and magnificent mice at the arts and crafts table, and savor delicious ice cream from Woodside Farm Creamery. Dance around the Maypole, or learn how to pot a basil plant in the fantastical surroundings of this special children’s garden.

Families are also invited to explore the museum on the Once Upon a Family Tour or in Winterthur’s Touch-It Room. Capture your favorite moments from the day with a digital camera and enter your photos into the Enchanted Summer Day photo contest. The winner will receive a family membership (or renewal) to Winterthur—good for a whole year. This is a rain-or-shine event; if raindrops threaten, the magic moves inside. Most Enchanted Summer Day activities are included in Winterthur’s regular admission. For more information about the event, visit

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In the spring of 2001, one multi-millionaire made national headlines by becoming the first space tourist.  Hundreds of Delawareans can do something even more fantastic-they can “travel” through time while never leaving the State.  Local historical museums and sites invite you to participate in a wide range of activities.  Visit a Native American longhouse, climb into the cockpit of a C-141 Starlifter, learn to make candles, soap and care for livestock.  All this can be yours, as you become a Delaware Time Traveler.

First Stop: Greenbank Mill

Located on Red Clay Creek in Wilmington, Greenbank Mill has a rich and varied history.  At one time there were many mills along the once abundant stream; today, only the Greenbank Mill remains. The original mill dates back to the 17th century and according to local legend, George Washington’s army used flour and baked goods from the mill. In the 1800’s a second stone building was added to process wool.

Greenbank Mill

Wilmington, DE


Talk to Union and Confederate Soldiers

Fort Delaware State Park, a Union fortress was originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia.  At one time it served as a prison for Confederate prisoners of War.  From the parking area in Delaware City, visitors take a one-half mile ferry ride to Pea Patch Island aboard the Three Fort Ferry.  A jitney provides transportation from the dock to the fort, where authentically –clad historic interpreters begin your journey back to the summer of 1863.

The day is filled with hands-in history, which might include helping the blacksmith hammer out parts for a cannon or working with the laundress. Visitors can become “civilian inspectors” reporting on conditions at the post.  Cooks, Laundresses, Blacksmiths, sutlers, soldiers, and politicians may be in attendance.

Fort Delaware State Park

Delaware City, Delaware

Visit the Nineteenth Century at Hagley

Hagley Museum is where the du Pont story begins in the Brandywine Valley, and features the original du Pont mills, estate, and gardens on 235 acres along the Brandywine River.

Indoors, you can explore the first du Pont home built in America in 1803.  The Residence reflects the tastes of the five du Pont generations that lived there.

On Blacksmith Hill, part of the workers’ community has been restored.  The din of old power tools in operation can be heard in the restored 1880s machine shop. Learn about the 19th century industrial age by visiting the working roll mill and steam engine.

Hagley Museum and Library

Wilmington, Delaware

Climb Into the Massive C-141 Starlifter

The Air Mobility Command Museum at the Dover Air Force Base houses a growing collection of planes and artifacts.  Many visitors don’t realize Delaware was the home of the first operational WASP (Woman Airforce Service Pilots) during WWII.  One exhibit details what it took to become a female pilot for the military during those early years.  Two original uniforms, designed by the WASPs themselves, are on display.  These were the first blue Air Force uniforms.    

The Air Mobility Command Museum

Dover, Delaware


Portions of this story were first published in the News Journal in 2001 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All copyrights reserved.