`Festival of Trees' Travel to Easton for a "Festival of...

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November 22, 2001|By Karin Remesch

`Festival of Trees'

Travel to Easton for a "Festival of Trees" that includes more than 75 decorated trees, breakfast with Santa, a holiday homes tour, model train and dollhouse displays, and a dance for daddies and daughters.

Start out Saturday with a hearty Breakfast With Santa at the Easton Fire House, 315 Aurora Park Drive. Then head to the Tidewater Inn, 101 E. Dover St., for a dazzling display of trees. Afterward, tour five historic and new homes - from a brick Georgian mansion with a Williamsburg-style decor to a 1 1/2 -story cottage nestled in a pine grove. And don't miss a display of model trains, ships and dollhouses at the Avalon Theatre, 42 E. Dover St. End the day at the Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Tidewater Inn. Can't squeeze it all into one day? Don't worry, the homes tour continues Sunday, and the trees are on display through Tuesday. Also, enjoy a fashion show Monday at the Tidewater Inn.

Festival hours are 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is $1-$5, including displays at the Avalon Theatre. Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, is $5 and $7. The homes tour, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, is $25 advance, $27 at the door; includes festival admission. The Daddy-Daughter Dance, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, is $5 and $20. The fashion show, 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday, is $40 and $50; includes festival admission. Proceeds benefit the Talbot Hospice Foundation. Call 410-819-FEST.

`Home for the Holidays'

Share the warmth and joy of a du Pont family Christmas during "Home for the Holidays," an annual yuletide tour at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Winterthur, Del. In honor of Winterthur's 50th anniversary, this year's tour focuses on how the du Pont family celebrated Christmas at their country estate in the pre-World War II era. The tour takes visitors to the dining room, bedecked with flowers and elaborate table displays, where the family enjoyed Christmas dinner, and to the parlor, where presents were opened later in the day. Also featured are several decorated Christmas trees, including a 14-foot dried flower tree - an evergreen trimmed with hydrangeas, yarrow, statice and other flowers.

Tours are offered through Jan. 6. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5-$15. The museum is on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington. Call 800-448-3883.

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