Fulton Bank Sponsors Event
The Lewes Chamber of Commerce continues its partnership with Lewes in Bloom, The Lewes Historical Society, Lewes Parks & Recreation Commission, the Zwaanendael Museum and the Historic Lewes Farmers Market presents the seventh annual Lewes Tulip Celebration, blossoming on April 7-16, 2016. A broad-based committee, chaired by chamber-member and Mayor Ted Becker, is working on all aspects of the multifaceted event. This year’s celebration is receiving financial sponsorship by chamber-member Fulton Bank for the fourth consecutive year.
The timing of the tulips’ appearance is an inexact science and to that end, the committee decided to expand the time frame of the event to enhance the chances that the tulips will be visible during the event. The event dates span two weekends with special events planned on the first weekend - April 7, 8 & 9. The Lewes Historical Society’s Lewes Preservation Awards, presented every other year, will be announced during this year’s Tulip Celebration at a date and time to be announced later.
To date, 15,055 tulips have been planted in the City’s parks and other public locations to be identified on the map produced in association with the celebration. More than 100 varieties will be on display. They were all planted by Lewes in Bloom volunteers, an organization of volunteers who promote the beautification of Lewes by planting flowerbeds and planters throughout the City and maintaining them during the entire growing season. Lewes received top honors in the prestigious 2015 America in Bloom national awards program at their annual awards held in Holland, Michigan on September 26, 2015. Lewes received a top five bloom rating out of a possible five blooms and they also won in their competition category - Champions for small towns with populations under 5,000. Lewes received special mention for its community floral displays.
The tulip planting locations as well as Lewes’ historic landmarks will be included on the Tiptoe To The Tulips Map and the Tiptoe To The Tulips Trolley Tours coordinated with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry with docents from the Lewes Historical Society and Warren Golde, founder and past co-chair of Lewes in Bloom. The trolley tours are scheduled for April 7-9 only. The Tulip Trolley Tours are $10 and reservations can be made by calling the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.