A Longwood Christmas - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

A Longwood Christmas

Salisbury, MD.  Last weekend, Grannies Greenthumb and Griffith (and their significant others) took a spin up to Kennett Square, PA, for the opening of Christmas at Longwood Gardens.  An annual event, this year did not disappoint!

The 4.5 acre heated indoor Conservatory means that no matter what the weather, it's a "must see".  With hundreds of amarayllis, narcissus and cyclamen, thousands of poinsettias, a G-gauge Christmas Train, nineteen miles of cord and half a million brilliant lights, it is a winter wonderland beyond description. 

In addition to touring the gardens, the Grannies participated in the first of the daily organ accompanied sing-alongs.  While possibly tone-deaf, the Grannies sang with all the enthusiasm of the season….and no one seemed to mind since the enthusiasm for caroling was universal.

If you're thinking about heading up that way, some additional indoor events (in addition to the festive gardens) to consider might include:

  • Friday, 3 December:  Carillon (bell ringing) performances at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 6:30; Organ sing-alongs at 2, 3 and 4PM; Inspirational Choir of St. Paul's Baptist Church at 7 & 8PM
  • Saturday, 4 December:  Carillon performances at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 6:30; organ sing-alongs at 2, 3 and 4PM; Vox Ama Deus at 7 and 8PM
  • Sunday, 5 December:  Carillon and sing-alongs same time as Friday and Saturday plus a Chanuka Concert featuring the Chopped Liver River Band at 7 and 8PM.
  • Monday, 6 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus members only hours between 5 and 9PM
  • Tuesday, 7 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus Lincoln University Concert Choir at 7 and 8PM
  • Wednesday, 8 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus Calvary Lutheran Church Chancel and Adult Handbell Choirs at 7 and 8PM
  • Thursday, 9 December:  Daytime Carilloneur performances and sing-alongs plus the Curtis Brass Quintet at 7:30PM (suggest purchasing tickets in advance)
  • Friday, 10 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus ChildrenSong of New Jersey at 7 and 8PM
  • Saturday 11 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus the Bel Canto Children's Chorus at 7 and 8PM
  • Sunday 12 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus A Cappella Pops at 7 and 8 PM
  • Monday 13 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus Chester County Choral Society and 7 and 8PM
  • Tuesday 14 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus Chester County Choral Society at 7 and 8PM
  • Wednesday 15 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus the Haverford School Notables at 7 and 8PM
  • Thursday 16 December:  Daytime sing-alongs plus Westminster Presbyterian Church Cancel Choir at 7 and 8PM.

Want something special for the Gran'babies?  We suggest a "Breakfast With Santa" held  December 11, 12, 18 and 19 at the Terrace Restaurant.  Seating times are 8AM and 9:30AM.  Kids age 12 and up and adults are $40 each, Garden Pass Members are $32, children (ages 5-11) are $18 and children 4 and under are free.  Bring your camera and prepare to have a good time.  Suggest call for availabilities.

As always, it's just prudent to check the Longwood website for last-minute changes and/or availabilities before heading out.  While you're on the site, it's also a good time to sign up for their monthly e-newsletter.

The Gardening Grannies are a mature group of avid and Master Gardeners who live, love and garden on the Delmarva Peninsula.  We can be reached at gardeninggrannies@wmdt.com and we look forward to hearing from you.

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