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Mother’s Day at Longwood Gardens

Image Courtesy of Longwood Gardens

Image Courtesy of Longwood Gardens

Brunch is already sold out, but you still have the opportunity to buy timed admission tickets to the popular Mother’s Day event at Longwood Gardens. Take advantage of their extended hours and make reservations to savor a gourmet dinner in 1906, enjoy live music during the early evening, or take in a breathtaking sunset in the 86-acre Meadow Garden. Longwood’s outdoor Gardens will be in spectacular bloom and are expected to feature cascading wisteria, magnolia trees, and thousands of tulips.

1906 features a special prix fixe menu as well as à la carte options. Weather permitting, outdoor dining on the deck may be available.  Please feel free to stop by the dining room the day of your visit to check availability.  1906 is no longer accepting reservations.

On Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, 2015; open 9:00 am–8:00 pm.

The Café will be open 10:00 am–8:00 pm, no reservations necessary.

Performances in the Conservatory

Saturday, May 9, 2015

12:00–3:00 pm

Duo from Kennett Symphony of Chester County

5:00-7:00 pm

Gloria Galante’s Harp Duets

Sunday, May 10, 2015

12:00–3:00 pm

Duo from Kennett Symphony of Chester County

5:00-7:00 pm

Favorite opera arias from Opera Delaware soloists

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Breakfast with the Arts: Part 3

 Weekday Breaks for Art

Wikipedia: DelawareArt Museum: Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

Wikipedia: DelawareArt Museum: Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

Those looking for light bite to start the day should check out the Thronson Café in the Delaware Museum of Art. The café and its terrace both overlook the Copeland Sculpture Garden. Assorted coffees, muffins, bagels, juices and the popular fruit parfait provide the perfect art beak in a busy day.

The Thronson Café is open Wednesday though Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday noon to 3:00 p.m.

The Delaware Art Museum’s collections are predominantly drawn from late 19th and early 20th century American illustration, as well as works from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The basis of the museum’s collections is the works of Howard Pyle and his pupils, N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, and Stanley Arthurs. Starting in 1961 Helen Farr Sloan, the wife of artist John French Sloan, began donations that eventually totaled 5,000 objects.

Since the 1970s the museum has added works by modern artists, such as Jacob Lawrence, Louise Nevelson, Robert Motherwell, George Segal and Jim Dine.

For More Information:

Delaware Art Museum

2301 Kentmere Parkway

Wilmington, DE

(302) 571-9590

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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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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Breakfast with the Arts

Soft jazz accompanies the murmur of quiet conversation in the Museum Restaurant, located in the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art. At Winterthur, guests appreciate sweeping vistas of the world famous gardens, while equally pleasing views of the buffet tempt their palate. Weekday noshers can enjoy the beauty of nature enhanced by sculpture at the Thronson Café, at the Delaware Museum of Art.

Three different museums offer decidedly different atmospheres, and an exciting array of breakfast and brunch options in which to nourish the mind, body and soul.

The statue of Rocky Balboa in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Wikipedia: Luigi Novi

The statue of Rocky Balboa in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Wikipedia: Luigi Novi   

Fine Music, Art and Food 

Bright, calming and airy, Granite Hill is the museum’s pinnacle eatery. Here, you’ll find an approachable French bistro menu filled with seasonal appetizers, entrée salads, omelets, and the freshest fish, as well as specialty cocktails and wines. The classic yet comfortable atmosphere encourages diners to relax and savor the seasonal offerings selected to appeal to all of the senses.

Sunday Brunch is available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art provide an equally tasteful way to start the week with a contemplation and mediation of the arts. The Medieval and Asian Art Galleries make particularly appealing oases of contemplation in the bustling city.  Grand architectural spaces, including a Medieval cloister from the Abbey of Saint-Genis-des-Fontaines and a portal from the Abbey Church of Saint-Laurent in France, provide the setting for individual works of art including illuminated manuscripts; sculptures and reliquaries; stained glass

This opportunity for introspection can also be found in the adjacent Asian collection, with its unique example of Indian stonework. The 16th-century shrine devoted to the Hindu God Vishnu provides a chance to experience the serenity of the elaborate carvings. The symbolism of these carvings (for example the use of the lotus flowers, an enduring symbol of rebirth) would have been understood by worshipers in a largely illiterate society.

The elaborate Indian shrine contrasts dramatically with the ascetic beauty of the Buddhist shrine, where tea often played an important component to worship.

When visiting the Philadelphia Museum, be sure to pick up a copy of “Today at the Museum” for a schedule of the day’s programs and tours.

Granite Hill Restaurant

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street

Philadelphia, PA

(215) 763-8100

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