It's time to pick spring flowers and Easter events


April 03, 1994|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Easter means sunrise services, fragrant flowers, music, egg hunts and baskets filled with surprises. Fun for the whole family takes place at Winterthur Museum and Gardens near Wilmington from noon to 3:30 p.m. Activities focus on nature: The Delaware Nature Society will be there to tell you about local wildlife and animals, and an insect zoo will be brought from the Brandywine Zoo. An interactive play is scheduled at 1:30 p.m., and you can join the Easter Bunny for a candy-egg hunt at 2 p.m. Food can be bought in the nearby refreshment tent. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and ages 12 to 16; $3 for ages 5 to 11; free for children 4 and under. Tickets for the event can be bought at the booth in the visitor parking lot, and a tram will take you to the festivities in the Sundial Garden. Winterthur is on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington. Call (800) 448-3883.

A 4-acre Easter garden fills the conservatories at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. Easter lilies and tall white calla lilies line the walkways in the main conservatories. Outdoors the gardens are planted with tulips, daffodils and other spring flowers. The St. Andrew's School Concert Choir will perform today at 2:30 p.m. The concert is included in the garden admission of $10 for adults; $6 for ages 16-20; $2 for ages 6 to 14; free for under 6. The Easter display remains on view through April 10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. indoors, and outdoor gardens open at 9 a.m. daily. The gardens are on U.S. Route 1, three miles northeast of Kennett Square. Call (610) 388-6741.

Early risers can begin their day by attending the annual Easter sunrise service at the Grotto of Lourdes, the first national Catholic shrine in the country, six miles north of Thurmont on Grotto Road. An ecumenical service will be held at 6:30 a.m., and Mass follows at 7:30 a.m. The service will be held outdoors, weather permitting; otherwise it will be held in the chapel. Two more Masses are scheduled at noon and 5 p.m. Call (301) 447-6122.

The annual White House Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll is open to children ages 3 to 6 tomorrow, weather permitting. Free time tickets will be available at the Visitor Pavilion, E and 15th streets, at the north end of the Ellipse, beginning at 8 a.m. The egg hunt and egg roll will take place on the south lawn of the White House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While waiting for the time specified on your ticket to enter the White House grounds, you can join the family Easter celebration across the street on the Ellipse. There will be free activities for all ages from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including musical entertainment, magic shows and storytelling. Mickey Mouse and Cookie Monster will be there, and Tom Chapin, Nicolette Larson, the Washington Ballet, Parashoot Express and others are scheduled as part of the stage entertainment. Call (202) 456-2200.

Waterman's life

The Smith Island Players will offer a view of the waterman's life during a musical revue at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bennett Senior High School Auditorium in Salisbury. The group will sing, dance and poke fun at everything from crabs and oysters to island living. The evening will begin with a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items. The event is being held for the benefit of the Smith Island Visitors' Center, scheduled to be built this year. Tickets cost $15 for one or $25 for two; children under 12 pay $5. Samples of Smith Island cooking will be available. Call (410) 514-7651.

Daffodil days

The London Town Publik House and Gardens in Edgewater will hold the 14th Annual Daffodil Show Friday through Sunday. Presented by District II of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, it will have more than 300 varieties of daffodils in single-stem vases and in elaborate floral arrangements. Prizes will be awarded to the best entries in 11 categories. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors; free for ages 6 to 18. Call (410) 222-1919.

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