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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware April 18 to April 20, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

“An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware” exhibit at First State Heritage Park
Friday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Friday), 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Saturday), 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Sunday)
The exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Focusing on two Delawareans who played important roles in this illegal and clandestine enterprise-Samuel D. Burris and Thomas Garrett-the exhibit explores the actions of a number of brave people who made principled decisions to follow their consciences rather than what they viewed as the unjust laws of the state and nation.

Costumes of Downton AbbeyCostumes of Downton Abbey® exhibit at Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Friday - Sunday
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. Timed tickets for the exhibit are required.

Great Delaware Kite Festival
Friday, April 18, 2014
Entrants can register on the field beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Competitions take place approximately from 10:30 a.m. - Noon
This popular annual event is free and open to all ages and all levels of kite-flying ability. For those who have not made their own kites and want to participate, Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites and there is space to practice before the competitions. Additionally, there will also be food vendors, face painting and community organizations set up around the field.

"Anything Goes" at New Candlelight Theatre
Friday and Saturday
6:00 p.m.
It's de-lightful, it's de-lovely, it's Anything Goes! Nothing says "classic" like Cole porter's captivating musical set on the high seas. This unforgettable score includes timeless hits such as You're the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You, Easy to Love, It's DeLovely, and, of course, Anything Goes. Join us on the top deck for this high spirited, toe tapping Tony Award Winning Musical with original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse.

Indian River Life saving StationVoices of the past at Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, April 18, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Take a step back in time and experience the Indian River Life-Saving Station and its crew as it was at the turn of the century.

Wildflower Walk at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Discover the variety of wildflowers blooming in the Tulip Tree Nature Preserve. To register, call 302-655-5740. Cost: $3 per person.

Auburn Heights Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bring an Easter basket and join the hunt for more than 2,500 eggs hidden around the mansion. Enjoy rides aboard the Auburn Valley Railroad, meet the Easter bunny, check out the electric trains and antique autos in the Marshall Steam Museum, and sample fresh steam-popped popcorn from our vintage popper. This event requires pre-registration by phone or online.

Easter Bunny Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday and Sunday
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Easter Bunny hops aboard the train for a 1½-hour round-trip ride to Ashland, and all kids will get a special treat. Bring your camera and have the Easter Bunny pose for a picture with your child.

Harvest Ridge WineryHarvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bicycle Tour on the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 19, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join Tina Watson for an eight-mile bike ride on the Refuge. The group will make several stops for bird identification and to discuss wildlife management techniques. Bicycle should have hybrid tires. Don't forget your helmet and check the air in your tires! Meet at the Visitor Center.

"Campfire Circle: Night Sounds" at Cape Henlopen State Park Amphitheater
Saturday, April 19, 2014
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join in stories and activities to learn about nocturnal animals and how they communicate at night. Bring marshmallows and sticks for roasting after the program! For ages 5 and up with an adult. Meet at the campground amphitheater.

Bonus trip ideas:

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

 

Categories: Things to Do, Weekend Events

posted on: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 1:42 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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