WILMINGTON, Del. — Reenergizing a beloved annual event, the Delaware Art Museum will continue its tradition of a Winter Festival, this year situating it al fresco. DelArt invites the community to celebrate the season during a family-friendly market and entertainment event on the museum grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.
The event is free for Members and $5 for nonmembers. To comply with social distancing guidelines, capacity is limited; therefore, reserved and timed tickets are required. Guests will be asked to wear masks unless seated and eating or drinking. A ticket also entitles the bearer to Museum admission that day.
Guests can shop from regional artisans and local fine food and beverage purveyors, and listen to festive music performed by traveling carolers. In addition to the unique, high-quality wares DelArt has always presented, guests can shop for consumable fine foods and local beverages. Vendor registration is not yet complete, but vendors to date include:
Anna Biggs Designs – hand-carved gold and silver jewelry
Angela Colasanti of VIELA Jewelry — jewelry, keepsakes, and greetings
Flowers By Yukie — wreaths, boxwood trees, holiday plants, and ornaments
SunSobo LLC — all-natural hibiscus and ginger tea
John A. Styer — turned wood
Works of Art — custom pens and fishing rods
Sassy Bee Honey — raw and infused honey, natural bath, body, and beard products, and beeswax candles
Hope’s Caramels — soft, artisan caramels and other caramel products
Crooked Hammock Brewery — beer samples and takeaways
Fusions Taster’s Choice — olive oils, vinegars, and olives
Paper Botanicals by Linda Majewski — paper succulents
The Fairy Potter — hand-built white clay and porcelain fairy cottages
Meaghan Paige — original handmade designs and accessories
Classic Elegance — quality leather goods and seating
Heather Ossandon, HEOS Ceramics — ceramics
Wilmington Brew Works — locally crafted beer
Visuelleculture — knitwear
Director of Operations Heather Morrissey said, “This event has evolved from prior years to accommodate COVID safety guidelines. The biggest change is moving it outdoors, an idea we’ve toyed with for the past few years, and which has become a necessity. We are aiming for a more ‘vintage holiday market’ feel than just pop-up shopping.”
There will be outdoor heaters, but guests are also welcome to enter the Museum to warm up and visit the galleries and Museum Store for more unique gifts.
Should weather interfere with the event, Sunday, Dec. 13, has been selected as the makeup date. DelArt’s weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit delart.org.