Walk-in fireplaces, glowing candles, cuddling together under a down comforter…
It’s “Winter” in The Brandywine Valley.
The activities move inside here, in the winter on some days. That’s when you go to see Jamie Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum. Over his remarkable seven-decade career, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) created thousands of drawings in graphite and watercolor, a body of work that he rarely exhibited. Be sure to come see Andrew Wyeth: Lines of Thought on view through March 15.
Imagine Brandywine returns January 25 through April 12, 2015
A multidisciplinary approach to magazine cover illustration will be featured in this exhibition by pre-k through ninth grade students from Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square, PA.
There will be Read-Aloud Tous for Young Children - for children ages 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult., featuring story time in the gallery followed by an art-making activity Thursdays, February 5 through March 12; Tuesday, March 17; and Thursday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. Please check http://www.brandywinemuseum.org/calendar_events.html for details on workshops, lectures, concerts and more. Free Sunday Mornings Museum admission is free on every Sunday morning (except Memorial Day weekend) from 9:30 a.m. to noon, until 11/22/15.
Winterthur will be closed January 7 – February 28, and reopen March 1 with a full slate of new exhibitions, house tours, and programs. The Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum starts on March 4th and runs through the 7th. Go beyond the introductory tour and schedule the Once Upon a Family, Fashionable Furnishings, Antiques & Architecture, or Winterthur Then and Now tours when you schedule your Spring visit and if you haven’t seen the gardens, you’re in for a real treat!!
Hagley-admission is free from January 17, 2015, to March 13, 2015, with the exception of specially ticketed events such as the Game Dinner and Invention Convention. Enjoy the picturesque winter landscape along the Brandywine. Experience the warmth of the Steam Engine house and industrial noise of the Machine Shop. Visitors can tour the du Pont ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, and lunch at the Belin House Organic Café.
January 17, 18, & 19 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.-brings the Invention Convention is back and February 14th is Victorine's Valentine's Day. Mark March 20th, on your calendar – when the "Unraveling Stories" Exhibition Opens. Explore the stories in the details of a 10’x12’ handmade hooked rug.
Don’t forget that Kennett Square is the “Mushroom Capital of the World’ and check out The Woodlands at Phillips http://www.thewoodlandsatphillips.com/ for lectures, cooking and even a mushroom related painting class, as well as the Mushroom Cap, www.mushroomcap.com for absolutely everything mushroom.
And on those warm days we have frequently, in winter, there are acres and acres of grounds for you to do the strolling on at Longwood and so many more Brandywine Valley gardens. . Starting on January 24th, Longwood is transformed into a lush oasis as 5 thousand orchid blooms fill the Conservatory through March 29th. OrKid Days this year are Jan. 19, Feb. 16 & Mar. 14, with concerts and hands-on activities for the whole family, at no extra charge.
Be sure to plan a visit in March, too, to see the rare sky-blue poppies in bloom.
Innovative displays are featured until March 24th with Orchid Extravaganza. but the Orchid Extravaganza Sale, is held APRIL 1-4, 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Purchase orchids displayed in Orchid Extravaganza at discounted prices while supplies last at The GardenShop.. There’s a full lineup of concerts this winter, January 31, 8:00 pm Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits artists. February 28, 8:00 pm Anat Cohen Quartet. March 5, 8:00 pm Danú . March 21, 8:00 pm Fred Hersch Trio, and more to come in the Spring & Summer.
All require additional tickets. Don’t forget the regularly occurring organ and other afternoon concerts included with admission, as well, and mark your calendar for a summer or fall visit, when Nightscape – a Light. Sound. Spectacle, will be on view from July 1st to October 31st. Buy your tickets early as it’s guaranteed to be a sell-out.
But, also be sure to schedule a long enough stay to take a day to go to Philadelphia for the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show the world's largest indoor exhibition “Hollywood & the Movies” , this year from (Sunday, February 28 – Sunday, March 08, 2015, at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
The Brandywine Valley has it all!