It's March, the first day of spring! This is a fresh month to shed your worries and begin anew. Here are three cool events that will keep in a wonderful mood this weekend.
1. Winterthur reopens for 2013 season
Today, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library will welcome the arrival of spring, as the 1,000-acre garden and estate reopens to the public for the 2013 season with new attractions, including its newly renovated Tour Reception Area.
On the March Bank, visitors will be greeted by lovely flowers that include waving white snowdrops (Galanthus) and cheery yellow winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis). On the nearby east terrace, thousands of "tommies" (Crocus tommasinianus) will illuminate the courtyard in a symphony of lavender. The fragrant yellow blossoms of witch-hazels will also serve as another reminder that the cold frost of winter has yielded to the warm thaw of spring. Garden tram tours will be available for the enjoyment of guests — weather permitting. And the Enchanted Woods, a fairy-tale garden for children, will be ready to charm and entertain youngsters.
Friday will also mark the beginning of ticket sales for Winterthur's 35th annual Point-to-Point event, a day of elite horse racing held on May 5.
Winterthur's general admission is honored for two consecutive days and includes a tour of some of the most notable spaces in Winterthur's 175-room house as well as: access to the Winterthur garden and galleries, special exhibitions, a narrated tram tour and the Campbell collection of soup tureens, and the Enchanted Woods children's garden.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Reopening of Winterthur for 2013 season
WHEN 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (library hours) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (museum and garden hours) on Friday, March 1; hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (library hours) Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (museum and garden hours) Tuesday through Sunday
WHERE Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington
COST General admission is $18 adult; $16 senior citizen; $16 student (with valid ID); $5 children (ages 2-11); free for infants (under 2) and members
INFO winterthur.org or 888-4600
2. Remarkable duo to gig in Arden
Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal are two gifted instrumentalists who've found a way to make global chamber music for a 21st century audience, and you can see for yourself during their Delaware debut at the Arden Gild Hall on Saturday.
"Chamber Music" is a collaborative album, released in 2009, between Sissoko, a Malian who plays the kora, a traditional lute-harp instrument from his native home Mali, and Vincent Segal, a French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello.
Page 2 of 2 - The album has distinguished itself as one of the most elegant and beautiful recordings of world music in recent years. At a time when cross-cultural music has tended toward highly-caffeinated electric pop and dance music, Sissoko and Segal remind us that there's room — and maybe even a need — for quieter, more refined world music.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2
WHERE Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden
COST $20 ($21.69 with service fee)
INFO ardenconcerts.com or 475-3126
3. Stellar photo exhibit
The 80th Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography will feature a plethora of stellar photographs at Arsht Hall on the University of Delaware's Wilmington campus on Sunday.
This year 3,474 images were submitted by 433 photographers from 37 countries and 300 of the best prints will be on display, from noon to 5 p.m. Photos span a wide range of themes from fashion to wildlife. An additional 200 accepted digital photographs will be shown in a projected image presentation as well, with presentations held at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
WIEP is a juried exhibition presented by the Delaware Photographic Society, based in Hockessin.
IF YOU GO
WHAT 80th Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography
WHEN 12-5 p.m. Sunday, March 3
WHERE Arsht Hall (on the University of Delaware's Wilmington Campus), 2700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington