Easter displays and activities crowd the calendar

DAYTRIPPING

April 04, 1993|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Floral displays, egg hunts, parades, music and horse races fill the Easter weekend calendar. At Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., the conservatories are filled with the sights, sounds and scents of Easter.

Walkways of the main conservatory are lined with Easter lilies and tall-stemmed white calla lilies during the Easter display, which opened yesterday and runs through April 18. Outside, daffodils, tulips and other spring blooms appear in the landscaped gardens. Quiet walks can be taken on the new woodland trails through Peirce's Park, Longwood's historic arboretum, and most of the outdoor fountains will be in operation by Easter. The main outdoor display takes place along Flower Garden Walk, where all the spring favorites -- pansies, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips -- should be in full bloom by mid-April.

The sounds of the season can be heard in the Conservatory Ballroom, where organ concerts will take place today and Saturday. The St. Andrew's School Concert Choir will perform there on Easter Sunday. All concerts will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Other spring highlights include breakfast with the Easter Bunny, followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday (call [215] 388-6771 for reservations); the concert by the Cheshire County Youth Choir from England at 11 a.m. April 15; and the Northeast Regional Daffodil Society Show on April 17 and 18.

The gardens are on U.S. 1, three miles west of Kennett Square. They are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. indoors and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. outdoors. Admission is $10 for adults; $2 for ages 6-14; free under age 6. For information, call (215) 388-6741.

Family-style Easter

A family-style celebration will take place at Delaware's Winterthur Museum on Easter Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. Visitors can join the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt and other family activities in the garden. Mother Goose will be there to read stories, and Saskia Van Oot will tell the tale of St. George and the dragon. At 2 p.m., the annual hunt for candy eggs will take place in the Pinetum. Activities are included in the general

museum admission of $7 for adults; $4 for seniors and students ages 12-18; and $3 for ages 5-11; free for ages 4 and under. The museum will be open Easter from noon to 5 p.m.

A champagne brunch will be served at the Garden Restaurant in the Visitor Pavillion from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The price is $16.95 for adults; $8.95 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under. Reservations are required. Call (302) 888-4826.

Winterthur is on Route 52, six miles north of Wilmington. Call (302) 888-4600 or (800) 448-3883.

Catoctin egg hunt

The annual Easter egg hunt at Catoctin Mountain Zoological Park near Thurmont will be held Saturday morning. Gates open at 9 a.m., and activities are scheduled until noon.

Hunts are held in various age categories for children ages 2-12. Joining the fun will be a very large Easter Bunny, other costumed characters and magicians. The petting area will be open, animal programs are planned, and volunteers will bring animals out into the visitor's area on leashes.

Admission is $4. Visitors are advised to wear boots or galoshes because of soggy grounds. The park is on U.S. 15, 12 miles north of Frederick. Call (301) 271- 7488.

White House Easter events

Children ages 3-6 are invited to attend the annual Easter egg hunt and egg roll at the White House on Easter Monday (weather permitting). This year there will be two egg hunts, with activities scheduled on the White House lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and across the street on the Ellipse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Easter egg roll was started by first lady Dolley Madison in the early 1800s, and it has since become an annual event. In past years, the event has often been attended by the president and the first lady, and various children's performers have been on hand to entertain. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Lines form at the Ellipse. Admission is free. Call (202) 456-2322.

Strawberry Hill Races

The Strawberry Hill Races are the major event of the spring season in Richmond, Va., and this year a weeklong festival precedes the 61st running of the races Saturday.

Festivities begin at noon today with the Richmond Ride. Eight police officers encourage others to bring their horses and join them for a ridethrough the downtown area, Hollywood Cemetery, Maymont Park and other scenic areas of the city for the benefit of the Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad. Tonight, the second annual Strawberry Jam offers an evening of live music and fun in the historic Old Main Street Station, 1500 East Main St., from 6 p.m. to midnight. Call (804) 775-1777.

A spring luncheon with Nathalie Dupree, cookbook author and ** PBS television personality, will be held Wednesday at the Richmond Marriott. Judy Collins will perform in concert with the Richmond Symphony at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mosque. Tickets cost $23.50, $21.50 and $19.50. Call (804) 648-8100.

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