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Family Fun Shines at Longwood Gardens’ Light Nights

April 27, 2012
Illuminating fun awaits families at Longwood Gardens this summer at Light Nights.

Illuminating fun awaits families at Longwood Gardens this summer at Light Nights. Each Light Night has a specific light-related theme and includes crafts, an outdoor concert, and other family friendly activities. Light Nights are from 5-9 pm and are free with Gardens admission.

Light Nights are part of Longwood Gardens’ summer -long celebration of light. Longwood is presenting the garden-wide exhibition, LIGHT: Installations by Bruce Munro, June 9-September 29. This is Munro’s first garden installation in the US and will showcase seven large-scale outdoor installations, two installations within Longwood’s grand 4-acre Conservatory, and a collection of illuminated sculptures in Longwood’s historic Music Room. Other Light programming includes SmART Nights on select Thursday evenings. SmART Nights feature some of the region’s brightest minds sharing interesting facts and findings (without too much scientific lingo) about the science of light.  SmART Nights conclude with a participatory StorySlam facilitated by the creative minds of First Person Arts, where guests are invited to share their own bright ideas. Other summer events include Longwood’s famed illuminated fountain shows Wednesday through Saturday evenings, and the popular Fireworks & Fountains Shows set to music six evenings during the summer  May 26, July 3, 21, August  11 and September 1,  29). For complete a complete list of all upcoming events, visit longwoodgardens.org.

Light Nights Lineup

Friday, June 15
Theme: Sun Light

Work collaboratively to create light sculptures using water bottles and glow sticks, and make a sun catcher craft. The evening concludes with a performance by four-time Grammy-nominated children’s folk-rock group Trout Fishing in America.

Friday, July 13
Theme: Firefly Light

Make a shadow puppet, learn about insects that light up the night, and catch and release nature’s nightlights, fireflies!  The fun continues with percussionist Billy Jonas, who uses ordinary objects, such as buckets, brooms and key chains, to delight audiences.

Friday, August 10
Theme: Lantern Light

Decorate a lantern and see it illuminate the night and join fellow guests in creating a light sculpture with glow sticks and water bottles. Kick up your heals to end the evening with Appalachian clogging by Fiddlesticks.

Note: Guest may bring a blanket or chairs to this Light Night only.

Friday, September 14
Theme: Star Light

Get an up-close look at stars and constellations in the night sky by looking through telescopes with astronomers.  Later in the evening, enjoy the juggling talents of Gizmo Guys Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker.

Ticketing and Hours

Timed Tickets are required for Gardens Admission and can be purchased online at www.longwoodgardens.org. Admission prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and $8 for ages 5-18 (or with valid student ID). Ages 4 and under are free.

Gardens hours are:
June 9–September 1: 9 am–6 pm Sunday-Tuesday; 9 am–11 pm Wednesday–Saturday
September 2 –September 29:  9 am–5 pm, Sunday–Tuesday ; 9 am–9 pm, Wednesday–Saturday

Bruce Munro

British light artist Bruce Munro has been commissioned to make large decorative pieces for corporate, but his heart lies in the large-scale art installations, for which he is gaining an impressive international reputation. Munro’s work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as well as in the windows of the fashionable Harvey Nicholls department store in Knightsbridge. In early 2011 his Light Shower and Water Towers installations at the 13th century gothic Salisbury Cathedral drew international praise, and he was subsequently invited to exhibit at the Biennale Kijkduin in The Hague, opened by HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.  For more information on Bruce Munro and his work, see www.brucemunro.co.uk

About Longwood Gardens

In 1906, industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace.  Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains and a 4.5 acre conservatory. It is also home to an impressive array of horticulture education programs for all ages and levels of interest. The Gardens have long-served as the backdrop for showcasing top performing artists. Since Pierre du Pont first welcomed his good friend John Philip Sousa to the Conservatory Gardens in 1922, Longwood has hosted some of the finest artists from various performing genres, including Martha Graham, Van Cliburn Medalists, Symphony Orchestras, Grammy-winners and more. Longwood Gardens is located on Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA and is open daily. For more information on the gardens and its programs, visit www.longwoodgardens.org