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Delaware Art Museum reimagines its annual Winter Festival

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The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is gearing up for its annual Winter Festival.

There’s a new twist on a traditional event this year. 

The Delaware Art Museum’s Winter Arts Festival is now simply the Winter Festival, and taking an al fresco approach.

“Formerly the event focused not only on the shopping experience, but we also were able to have school choirs come and perform throughout the two-day event," said Heather Morrissey, the director of operations at the Delaware Art Museum. "And we also had family art activities and obviously we were inside the Museum. So there was more of an art focus.”

Morrissey she says the Winter Festival will be completely outside in part because of COVID-19 and is scaling back to a single day Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

She adds that the event is also going for a “vintage holiday market” feel, adding festive music performed by traveling carolers to regional artisans and local fine food and beverage vendors.

She says some of the vendors include:  Sassy Bee Honey - selling raw and infused honey and beeswax candles; Fusions Taster’s Choice selling olives, olive oils and vinegars; Works of Art - selling custom pens and fishing rods and; Wilmington Brew Works - seling locally crafted beer, just to name a few.

Morrissey notes there will be outdoor heaters, and guests can enter the Museum to warm up and visit the galleries and the Museum Store. 

There will also be timed ticketing this year, available at the museum’s website. You can also find a list of vendors on the Museum's website.

The rain date for the event is Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from theDelaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.