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Valentine’s Day in the Brandywine

Hagley Museum and Library and Longwood Gardens offer unique ways to celebrate

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February 12, 2012

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of sweets and fun at Hagley Museum and Library on Sunday, February 12, from 12:30-4 p.m. Hagley welcomes adults and children to enjoy crafts, snacks, and activities during Victorine’s Valentine’s Day program.

This year, Hagley is asking families to create two Victorian-style valentines at its “Scrap” Valentine’s Day Card workshop—one to keep and one to give to a resident of a local nursing home. Program is included in the cost of admission.

Indulge your sweet tooth with gingerbread hearts baked on a woodstove and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate complete with toppings like mint, butterscotch, marshmallows, and whipped cream! From Feb. 12-14, the Belin House Organic Cafe offers cream of tomato soup, raspberry lemonade, and $1 desserts.

Explore an exhibit on candy-themed treasures including antique Valentines, cookbooks, and vintage candy bar wrappers. Children can decorate a candy bar wrapper of their own to give to their favorite Valentine and write love poems with a quill pen.

This annual event honors the memory of Victorine du Pont Bauduy, the eldest daughter of the DuPont Company’s founder, who spent time as superintendent of the Brandywine Manufacturers’ Sunday School during the nineteenth century. While Victorine lost the love of her life only ten weeks after her marriage, she found love again in her passion for teaching. Learn more about her story, read her love poems, and find out how she fell in love again at Victorine’s Valentine’s Day.

Bring your sweetheart to Longwood Gardens for brunch in the 1906 Fine Dining Room to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 12, 2012, 11:30 am–3:30 pm. Choose from a $28 fixed price three-course meal or order à la carte. Featured menu items include stuffed brioche French toast, portabello mushroom and spinach omelet, braised short rib of beef, pear charlotte, chocolate orange crème brûlée, and Longwood’s famous mushroom soup. Reservations recommended; contact www.OpenTable.com. After your meal, enjoy the Orchid Extravaganza in the four-acre Conservatory. Explore a magical world of orchids where thousands of colorful blooms drape from walls, flow from baskets, and form captivating archways. It doesn’t get any more romantic than this!