Autumn’s artistry takes many forms throughout the Brandywine Valley from world-class museum exhibitions to the bounty of our lush landscape; at every turn, the wonder of the season comes to life.
The legacy of arts and culture in the Brandywine Valley is pervasive and expressed in a myriad of ways this fall. Hagley Museum & Library hosts one of the finest craft fairs in the region October 17, 2020 . Nearby Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, gets mysterious as they present Ghost Tales & Spirits on October 16. After hours the stunning grounds transform to ghostly woods – take a moonlit walk to discover the secrets of Winterthur’s past and the spirits that still lurk there. Prepare for goosebumps as you move through the shadowy corners of some of Winterthur’s most storied rooms. Light fare and spooky spirits will be available. Roll back to the era of Drive-in movies the weekend of October 23-25 at Winterthur’s Point to Point Fields. Fill the car and take in a film under the night stars: Friday 10/23 Secretariat; Saturday 10/24 Hocus Pocus; Sunday 10/25 Little Women. Movies can be viewed from cars, or on the grass with blankets and lawn chairs. BYO food and drink or enjoy fare from the food tent for purchase.
Autumn’s Colors are awash throughout Longwood Gardens – October 1 through November 14, 2020. The crisp fall landscape come alive and calls for slowing down and appreciating the abounding beauty. Main Fountain Garden performances will run through November 1 as well. Beginning October 22, 2020 celebrate the iconic fall flower at Longwood’s Chrysanthemum Festival. A highlight of this festival is the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum – a single plant bearing more than 1,000 blooms on a single stem!
Autumn at Longwood … a work of art.
Brandywine River Museum of Art is known for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of the Wyeth family. The Wyeth’s were known for their love of the harvest/Halloween season and founded a seasonal artistic tradition in the Brandywine Valley. It began in the 1970’s when Andrew and Jamie Wyeth began carving pumpkins to decorate a local restaurant. Decades later, the tradition continues, albeit outdoors, at Chadds Ford Historical Society‘s Great Pumpkin Carve, October 22,23& 24, 2020 Over 50 talented artists carve giant pumpkins which will be lit and displayed all three nights. This year a drive through format will be in place to keep everyone distanced and safe!
There is no shortage of spirits throughout the Brandywine Valley. Locally sourced and crafted with care, the art of wine-making and brewing is celebrated along the countryside. Craft beer and artisanal wines are made with passion and pride that can be tasted in each sip. Check out over 20 breweries at BVBrewScene.com and explore vineyards and wineries s this fall harvest season. While the many events and activities normally in place may be suspended or amended, there are still experiences and delicious beverages still to be enjoyed – don’t miss out!
Stay the night to enjoy autumn’s artistry in all its glory in the beautiful Brandywine Valley and receive a Seasonal Celebrations gift bag with special offers to enhance your visit.