Point-to-Point returns for its 45th year

An antique carriage parade, a Rolls-Royce display, a tailgate competition judged by a Food Network star, pony races, and a thrilling steeplechase await visitors on May 7, at the 45th annual Point-to-Point at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

This year’s judge is celebrity pastry chef Dru Tevis, winner of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship in 2022 for season 9; he has been the corporate pastry chef for SoDel Concepts since 2018. A resident of Lewes, Tevis received a Grand Diploma in Professional Pastry Arts and graduated class valedictorian from the International Culinary Center in New York City.

“As a Delawarean, it thrills me to take part in an iconic Delaware institution such as Point-to-Point,” Tevis said.

Point-to-Point is a festive day of pageantry, fun for the entire family, and thrilling horse-racing action, with purses totaling $60,000.

The full schedule of events includes the beloved Parade of River Hills Foxhounds, the Keystone Region Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club Antique Auto Display, and the spectacular George A. “Frolic” Weymouth Antique Carriage Parade.

Contests include the always-fashionable Best Dressed Head to Toe and tailgate-party judging, online fantasy-stable betting through StableDuel, and children’s stick-pony races. The Marketplace offers shopping, with wares offered by local merchants, and attendees can enjoy special activities, crafts, and contests provided by community organizations at the Winterthur Hunt.

As usual, the “mane” attraction will be the finest riders and horses on the National Steeplechase Association race circuit, which provide unparalleled equestrian excitement.

“Point-to-Point is a Delaware tradition like no other,” said race director Jill Abbott of Winterthur.

Tailgate parking spaces and guest wristbands are on sale now. For more information and to purchase, visit Winterthur.org/PTP.

Advance sales only. All parking and admission must be purchased by Saturday, May 6, 2023. No will call. No wristbands or tailgate credentials will be mailed after April 28. The event is rain or shine. No refunds.

Proceeds from this year’s Point-to-Point support key environmental and landscape stewardship initiatives such as Winterthur’s Natural Lands program managing woodland, meadow, and wetland habitats throughout the estate; preservation of the Winterthur Garden; and initiatives to invite members and visitors to enjoy almost 1,000 acres of conserved land.

A Point-to-Point Pre-Event will be held on March 30 from 4 to 6 pm at Bluecoast Seafood Grill in Rehoboth Beach to sample the restaurant’s Rail Tent menu. Information about the Rail Tent at Point-to-Point is available at Winterthur.org/PTP.

Also, every Tuesday in March and April is Timber Cup Tuesday at participating restaurants. Guests can purchase a Point-to-Point Timber Cup cocktail and a portion of sales will be donated to the SoDel Cares Foundation and Point-to-Point. A list of participating restaurants can be found at sodelconcepts.com.

Sponsors for the 2023 Point-to-Point event include Draper & Kramer Mortgage Corp., Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar, Woodford Reserve, and Constellation.

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