2019 Tulip Festival
The Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Lewes Tulip Celebration will be blossoming on April 5-14, 2019. It is a partnership with Lewes in Bloom, The Lewes Historical Society, Lewes Parks & Recreation Commission, the Zwaanendael Museum, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market and the Lewes Chamber restaurant members participating in the third annual “Lewes TWO-Lips Culinary Week”. The broad-based committee, chaired by chamber-member and Mayor Ted Becker, is working on all aspects of the multifaceted event. This year’s celebration is receiving financial sponsorship by chamber-member Fulton Bank for the seventh consecutive year The timing of the tulips’ appearance is an inexact science and to that end, the committee expanded the time frame of the event to enhance the chances that the tulips will be visible during the event. The event dates (April 5-14) span two weekends with special events planned on Saturday, April 6. On both April 6 & 7, the Tulip Celebration’s Photography Contest submissions will be displayed in a tent in Zwaanendael Park from 11a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and then it will be displayed inside the Fisher-Martin House from Sunday, April 7 – 14. On April 6, Lewes in Bloom will be staging a sale in Zwaanendael Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with potted tulips among other plant-related items for sale. On the following Saturday, April 13, their sale will be in front of Citizens Bank. There are other activities taking place in Zwaanendael Park on April 6 such as, the Lewes Beekeeping Club sharing good family-friendly information, honey samples from their bees, a demonstration hive, and tools of the trade including a bee suit and smoker. They will offer seed packets of flowers to get your pollinator gardens started this spring. Tulip arrangements by the Sussex Gardeners will be on display in the Zwaanendael Museum from April 5-19 during museum hours (10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.). The third “Lewes TWO-Lips Culinary Week” is collaboration with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and its members in the restaurant sector, chaired by chamber board member Rich Garrahan, co-owner of the Crooked Hammock Brewery. This Culinary Week format does not follow a traditional “Restaurant Week.” Each participating business will identity a “specialty” menu offering that will be available from Friday, April 5 - Thursday, April 11. Patrons who order this specially designated item will fill out a raffle form that will enter them in the contest with all the others who order these items during the culinary week. The grand prize drawing will include a two-night stay at the Dogfish Inn (date restrictions apply) with gift certificates and merchandise donated by the participating restaurants. Check back for a complete list of the participating restaurants closer to the event. The number of tulips and other spring bulbs planted in the City’s parks and other public locations expanded to more than 20,000. The locations of the plantings will be identified on the map produced in association with the celebration. More than 100 varieties will be on display. They were all planted by Lewes in Bloom volunteers, an organization of volunteers who promote the beautification of Lewes by planting flowerbeds and planters throughout the City and maintaining them during the entire growing season. Lewes in Bloom is coordinating a new feature to this year’s Tulip Celebration. The tulip planting locations as well as Lewes’ historic landmarks will be included on the Tiptoe To The Tulips Map and the Tiptoe To The Tulips Shuttle Tours coordinated with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry with docents from Lewes in Bloom – John Hanson and Cindy DeEmedio. The trolley tours are only scheduled for April 6 & 13 at 11:15 and 12:30. The Tulip Shuttle Tours are $10, seating is limited and reservations can be made by after March 25 by calling the Lewes Chamber of Commerce - 302-645-8073. The tours depart from the Fisher-Martin House which is the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 120 Kings Highway, next to the Zwaanendael Museum. For more detailed information, contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at (302)645-8073.