European riders will compete in Winterthur races


April 30, 1995|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

The Winterthur Point-to-Point Races in Winterthur, Del., May 7 is an opportunity to see areas of the Winterthur estate not often seen by the public. This year's race-goer will find many new attractions, too.

An international race will bring some of Europe's best riders to compete in a 3 1/8 -mile flat race. Race-goers can also enter their pets in a canine jumping event similar to equestrian jumping events with competitions for small, medium and large dogs. There's a new family tent with activities for children and a marketplace with area shops and crafts people.

Also new are skyboxes, elevated tents with fine views of the races, and the first annual Paddock Party Friday evening, featuring hayrides through the garden, a barbecue dinner and dancing to the music of Sin City Band. Admission to the Paddock Party is $45 in advance. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door for $50.

There are six feature races May 7, beginning with the international race at 2 p.m. The other five are run over post-and-rail fences. Gates and marketplace open at 9:30 a.m. Canine events are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. The tailgate picnic competition is at 11 a.m. In keeping with its theme, many competitors will come dressed as "Famous Families." Other prerace activities include pony races, an antique carriage parade and 25 bagpipers dressed in full ceremonial regalia who will play during opening ceremonies at 1:45 p.m.

Advance tickets to the races cost $15 through Saturday; $20 on race day. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Winterthur is on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington. For information, call (302) 888-4600 or (800) 448-3883.

For the birds

The Delmarva Birding Festival is a great way to learn more about our feathered friends. It is slated for Friday through May 7 during peak migration season (March through mid-May). Forty-one trips and programs are scheduled in Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.

Nesting pelicans might be seen by bird-watchers from a pontoon boat ride on Assawoman Bay, or rare piping plovers from a van safari through Assateague Island National Seashore, or a variety of warblers during a canoe trip through the cypress swamps of the Pocomoke River. At Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where bald eagles and many species of waterfowl can be found, participants may choose either a long or short bike trip, a bus trip, a Birding for Beginners program, a children's marsh-trail walk and other programs. There are also children's craft programs, nature presentations by park rangers and programs on plant care. Headquarters for the weekend's activities will be the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury. Space for trips and programs is limited, so early registration is advised. Call (410) 742-4988.

Water music

If you're on the lower shore next weekend, you may wish to look in on Springfest '95 in Ocean City, four days of free musical entertainment, arts and crafts and food, under the big-top tents at the Inlet from Thursday through May 7. There will also be vintage autos and trucks, sky diving, a stunt kite competition and a boat show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (410) 289-2800 or (800) OC-OCEAN.

Salisbury celebration

A third big attraction is the Salisbury Dogwood Festival. The fun begins Friday evening with a block party at Riverwalk Park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday's events expand into the downtown area and include an international marketplace, arts and craft show, an Eastern Shore Showcase and Folklife Festival, dance performances and other entertainment. There's a dance Saturday night at the Civic Center. The final day, designated "Sunday in the Park," is an opportunity to relax and enjoy music and food. Admission is free. Call (410) 749-0144.

'Old Dover Days'

"Old Dover Days" will bring visitors to Delaware's capital next weekend for three days of history and family fun.

It begins with a country dance and block party on Legislative Mall Friday evening. Saturday's festivities kick off with the traditional parade at 9:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies on the Green. The day continues with Maypole dancing, two stages of continuous entertainment, 14 Colonial crafts demonstrations, presentations by Colonial characters, a pancake breakfast, an art show, a craft fair and an international food festival. One of Saturday's highlights is a walking tour of 10 private homes and six private offices from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. All sites are in Dover within walking distance. Tickets cost $6. Some other featured attractions are a 19th-century baseball game, a Victorian ice cream parlor, a Civil War encampment and Renaissance camp. The day concludes with a pops concert by the Dover Symphony.

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