Winterthur’s Yuletide Tour will Inspire and Delight Visitors

Open late Tuesday evenings till 9 p.m., with tours, shopping, and dining; Tour to feature Sable, a painting by Jamie Wyeth never displayed before to public

Winterthur, DE October 18, 2006—Vintage fashions, traditional trees, family celebrations, and Christmas wrapping customs will delight visitors to “Yuletide at Winterthur: Wrapped in Holiday Style,” on view from November 18, 2006 to January 7, 2007 at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. This year, Winterthur will open on Mondays and stay open late on Tuesday evenings for tours, shopping, and dining during the Yuletide season.

“We want to give our visitors inspirations for their own celebrations,” said Ellen Taviano, Yuletide director. “You’ll see stylish ways to decorate your house and wrap your gifts. You’ll also glimpse classic and contemporary holiday styles with our display of decorated trees, dating from the 1740s to today.” Yuletide at Winterthur is sponsored by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

“Our founder, Henry Francis du Pont, was a pioneer of American style, and took great care with both his decorating and his entertaining,” continued Taviano. “Room settings on the tour inspired by du Pont family celebrations include one devoted to New Year’s calling, a holiday custom still practiced by the du Ponts today, and a 1940s Christmas day celebration.” In addition, The Court, an indoor collection of historic house façades, which was used for movie screenings in the days before DVDs, will be on view.

Style icon Thomas Jayne, an interior designer often noted as one of America’s top decorators, has decorated four rooms that blend traditional and contemporary holiday decorations. His rooms, set for a young family on Christmas Eve, show the visitor how to mix antiques with 21st century lifestyles and tastes. One room will feature two paintings by Jamie Wyeth, New Year’s Calling and Sable, the latter of which has never before been on view to the public. These rooms will also be featured in the December issue of Traditional Home magazine.

This year, for the first time, Winterthur will be open late on Tuesday evenings. The last tour will start at 8 p.m., with dinner available in the Garden Cafeteria from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the stores will remain open until 9 p.m. Special lectures and activities will take place each week, including “Dressing for the Red Carpet” panel discussion sponsored by the Fashion Alliance on November 28 at 6:30 p.m.; “Foundations of Fashion: Underwear in Film and in Fact” lecture by Kristina Haugland, Associate Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art, sponsored by Bare Essences at 6:30 p.m.; and “Fashionably Late @ Winterthur” on December 12th and 19th, featuring a wine tasting and jazz music at 6 p.m.

Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen, Winterthur’s latest exhibition, also brings style to the holiday season at the museum. The exhibition features 36 exquisite period costumes worn by Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Elizabeth Taylor, Nicole Kidman, and other, in the film adaptations of such classic novels as Dangerous Liaisons, Sense and Sensibility, and A Room with a View. This exhibition was organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with Cosprop, London, England. Fashion in Film is made possible by Wilmington Trust with additional support from the Diane and Harry Levin Foundation, United Distributors, and Veuve Cliquot.

Admission to the Yuletide tour costs $20 for adults; $18 for students and seniors; $10 for ages 2-11 and also includes Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen, the garden and narrated tram (weather permitting), and Enchanted Woods™, the children’s garden. Tickets may be purchase online at www.winterthur.org/yuletide.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, and until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays during the Yuletide tour. Winterthur, located on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware and five miles south of US Route 1, is closed on Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Winterthur is committed to accessible programming for all. For information, including special services, call 800.448.3883, 302.888.4600 or TTY: 302.888.4907. Online, go to www.winterthur.org.

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