Lewes Tulip Celebration starts blooming Friday

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LEWES — The Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Lewes Tulip Celebration will start today and run until April 11 in partnership with Lewes in Bloom. The broad-based chamber committee, chaired by event founder Mayor Ted Becker, includes Lewes in Bloom co-chairs and founder, representatives from City of Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission and the Zwaanendael Museum.

This year, Lewes in Bloom funded the purchase of 24,210 tulip and 4,000 spring bulbs that were planted in fall 2020 by 50 members of Lewes in Bloom over a period of 400 volunteer hours.

Protocols that are being implemented this year include mandatory face coverings and social distancing when visiting the public gardens where the tulips are planted. Tiptoe To The Tulips Trolley Tours will not be available this year.

The timing of the tulips’ appearance is an inexact science and either milder or colder weather in advance of the event dates can increase the probability that the dates of the celebration may not exactly coincide with the tulips blooming, The event dates span two weekends.

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.

The event organizers created the Tiptoe To The Tulips Map that is available at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center located in the historic Fisher-Martin House in Zwaanendael Park. The visitor center is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be open Saturday, April 3 and 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The map lists more than 20 locations where the bulbs were planted. It also has a schedule of activities associated with the Tulip Celebration.

Today and Saturday, Lewes in Bloom will be selling tulips in front of Citizens Bank on Second Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They also have an Instagram Photo Spot in Mary Vessels Park for photo selfies.

The Lewes Historical Society and Lewes in Bloom are partnering to offer three, 60-minute tours on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The tours begin at the Cannonball House’s back garden, behind 118 Front St. The tour cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets here.

Tulip arrangements by the Sussex Gardeners will be on display in the Zwaanendael Museum. The museum is open for self-guided tours Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – Tours at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. All days and times by advance reservations only. Call 302-645-1148 for a reservation. “Your Dutch Faces Here” cutouts will be outside the museum for photo selfies on April 2, 3, 9, 10 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is weather dependent.

Cape Artists of Lewes Gallery and Peninsula Gallery both have exhibitions that are taking place during the Tulip Celebration. On Saturday, the Cape Artists are hosting an Open House with light refreshments, featuring Welcome Spring artwork, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their gallery located at 110 W. Third St.

The Peninsula Gallery presents “Local Favorites” Art Exhibition from Saturday to April 25 at 520 East Savannah Road. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Two florist shops in Lewes are participating in the Tulip Celebration. Floral Inspirations, located on the beach side of the canal at 524 E. Savannah Road, in the shops under the Beacon Motel, will be doing flower arranging demonstrations on April 2, 3, 9, 10 from noon to 3 p.m. They will have a wide variety of colorful spring tulips on hand for purchase as well.

Owner/designer Mayumi Williamson of Flowers by Mayumi, located in the historic business district at 128 Second St., will be hosting a drop-in floral arranging demonstration on April 8 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Lewes Historical Society’s Maritime History Walking Tour will be April 10 at 10 a.m. beginning at the Ryves Holt House, 218 Second St. The tour cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets here.

Lewes Historical Society’s Architectural History Walking Tour is April 11 at 4 p.m. The tour cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets here.