Trip to ‘Downton Abbey’ costume exhibit is May 14

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CAPE MAY – The Friends of the Physick Estate will take a bus trip to the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del. on Wednesday, May 14 to see original costumes from one of the most popular public television series in history, "Downton Abbey."

"Downton Abbey" is the Masterpiece Theater series from writer and creator Julian Fellowes, which just concluded its fourth season on PBS. Set on one of England's great estates, it features the lives of the fictional Crawley family and their servants. The story follows them through tumultuous years beginning with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, through the devastation of World War I and into the jazz age of the 1920s.

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur Museum is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family's life in Wilmington. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country's best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world.

The trip includes a 25-minute narrated tram car tour through 60 acres of the Winterthur gardens, weather permitting; a one-hour guided introductory tour of the main museum rooms; and a guided tour of the Winterthur gallery containing the "Downton Abbey" costumes exhibit.

The bus departs from the Bayshore Mall, 3845 Bayshore Road, North Cape May (on the side close to the Big Lots store) at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. Lunch is on your own at the Winterthur Museum cafeteria.

Cost is $50 for Friends members and $55 for non-Friends members. Become a Friend of the Physick Estate and save on this and future programs. For information or to purchase tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.

This trip is sponsored by the Friends of the Physick Estate in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

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