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Here at Recreation News Media, particularly in the Publisher’s Note, you’ll read numerous reasons why you should take a getaway. It’s good for the mind and soul, it’s good for productivity, it’s a good use of your finite amount of time in life, it’s good for relationships, and it’s good for mental health. We strive to provide ideas on where to go, what to do, and how to maximize the experience. But, sometimes, the limit isn’t knowledge and knowhow, the limit is the budget. We hear you loud and clear. Check out our new sister website, GovPerk.com. It’s packed with specials, particularly for government workers and contractors. It’s a perk of the job. Lots of discounts on travel and destinations allow you to go more often, or in better style, than you may have been able to do otherwise. GovPerk.com also has discounts on mobile phone service, television and Internet service, real estate, entertainment, health services, and legal services. And, you know what you can use those savings for? More travel! Check out GovPerk.com today. And, of course, check out RecreationNews.com for feature stories and more to help you decide where to go. Don’t have much time or money? Check out our weekly email blast, The Weekend Update, filled with ideas on how to make the most of your weekend. It comes out every Wednesday at 1:05pm, just after lunch on “hump day.” At that point, you are now closer to the weekend than the start of the work week, so begin looking forward to fun. The Weekend Update features at least a dozen events in the area, many of them free. There are wine festivals, nature hikes, music and theater events, expos and seminars, and plenty of other options. You also get a chance to win a getaway

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 ~ Publisher’s Note 4 ~ Editor’s Note 5 ~ Culture 6 ~ Travel Line 8 ~ North Carolina views 10 ~ Spring in Fayetteville 12 ~ Great Greenbrier River Race 14 ~ Morgantown parks 15 ~ Wine Doctor 16 ~ Hardy County motorcycle rides VA-1 ~ Shenandoah Artisan tour VA-3 ~ Family Travel VA-4 ~ Welcome to Lynchburg VA-5 ~ Rooms with a view in Nelson VA-6 ~ The art of Clifton Forge VA-8 ~ Outdoors in Rockbridge County VA-10 ~ Explore Orange County VA-12 ~ Northern Neck Artisan Trail VA-14 ~ Swamp Stomp Half-Marathon VA-16 ~ -Yorktown’s new museum 17 ~ Calendar of Events 21 ~ Adventures in Taste 21 ~ Music Festival 22 ~ Caribbean Corner 24 ~ Raystown Lake’s skills park 25 ~ Hike or float in Indiana County 26 ~ Gettysburg Antiques Show 28 ~ Garrett County’s change of season 29 ~ World War I round-up

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April is like going home again For me, the April issue of Recreation News is a bit like going home again as we produce our annual Virginia pull-out section and the first of our two North Carolina sections for the year. Though I’ve lived in Maryland since my pre-teen years, I was born

in North Carolina and spent my early years in Virginia. The connections go back generations, as my father was born in North Carolina, as were his parents, and my mother was a Virginian, as were her parents. Needless to say, I’ve spent a lot of time traveling in both the Tar Heel

In Newport News, Va., the Virginia Living Museum will celebrate Earth Day on April 22, with special activities for its animals and guests. Observe the animals as they receive toys, treats, and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. Learn ways to help the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. There will be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways, and earthfriendly animal shows. Plus, visitors can bring old batteries, cell phones, and sneakers for recycling. In support of Earth Day, the horticulture staff will hold their annual Spring Native Plant fundraiser sale April 22–23 and 29–30. The sale also will introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and educate gardeners about plants that are better left in the wild. Shoppers can choose from an array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles. Many are excellent for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife.

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State and the Old Dominion through the years and accumulated plenty of perspective to share with both our writers and our readers. This month, we’ll take a look at five favorite views in Eastern North Carolina, with some insights I hope you’ll enjoy. We’ll even give you the scoop on the best views to enjoy during the 80th season of the outdoor drama The Lost Colony. And, if you’re a fan of those Andy Griffith re-runs, don’t miss Carol Timblin’s Travel Line column about the real Mayberry. North of the border, in Virginia, we take a look at neat things to do outdoors in the Lexington area, in Orange County, and in Chesapeake and the Great Dismal Swamp. We’ll find you a room with a view in Nelson County, a new museum in Yorktown, and a historic theater in Clifton Forge, and take a stroll along the Bluff Walk in Lynchburg.

Finding World War I connections As we approach the centennial of America’s entry into “the war to end all wars,” we take a region-wide look at special programs and exhibits you can enjoy and sites to visit to learn more about WWI. I think you’ll be surprised at how many localities have discovered connections to the war effort and the impact the war had on the Mid-Atlantic.

Put on your explorer’s cap In an area like Washington, D.C., with so many people moving in and

out, it’s obvious that not everyone has ties to this region. I hope we at Recreation News provide you with reasons to explore the Mid-Atlantic. If you’re a long-time resident or native, we hope to help you recall a pleasant memory from an earlier trip. But what I really hope is that we encourage you to visit interesting places in the area you’ve always wanted to go or maybe never knew existed. Whether it’s a trip to long familiar places or a brand new adventure, you’ll be making good use of your most limited and valuable commodity: your time. Time and again, studies show we leave millions of hours of leave unused. Take the time. Take a trip. And share with us at #LivePlayDo.

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Virginia Arts Festival shines with diverse lineup in Tidewater An all-female rhythm and blues trio mentored by Prince. A 13-yearold jazz pianist. A dance about hair. An operatic ghost story. A blockbuster military tattoo. Oh, yes, there’s Swan Lake, too. The Virginia Arts Festival brings a cultural feast of world-class performances in contemporary and classical music, dance, and theater to the Hampton Roads area in Southeastern Virginia every spring. The event, now in its 21st season, draws some 60,000 spectators over several months. “Virginia Arts Festival attracts large audiences every year to enjoy great artists who have defined virtuosity for decades and to discover phenomenal new performers and new works,” said the festival’s Rob Cross. “Festival patrons hear and see artists and performances that are not often presented in Hampton Roads and new productions that are revealed for the first time on Virginia stages.” There are more than 40 performances from which to choose this month and in May, with venues in large and small halls in Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg. Check vafest.org for the full schedule, bios of performers, and ticket and accommodations information. Among the highlights is a per-

formance on April 14 by the group KING, protégés of the late pop star Prince. The group was nominated at this year’s Grammy Awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album for its debut album, We Are KING, competing with the likes of musical giants Beyoncé Knowles and Rihanna. (Beyoncé won.) The jazz pianist Joey Alexander is just 13, but he’s already a sensation, nominated for Grammys and featured in national TV shows and magazines. He’ll perform May 27.

World premieres Two world premieres are on tap during the Virginia Arts Festival. The dance company Urban Bush Women will perform Hair & Other Stories on April 22. The work, which combines dance with storytelling, is about physical appearance in advertising compared with real life, especially in terms of race, gender, body image, and even black women’s hair. An opera called Kept: A Ghost Story (May 25 and 28) is based on a 19th-century tale about the dark secrets awakened with a lighthouse keeper’s marriage. The opera was produced through the John Duffy Institute for New Opera, an ongoing festival project. Also sure to thrill audiences is Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, with final performances of Swan Lake

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The National Museum of American History kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month on April 1 with a display on “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald. (americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz) Two new exhibitions deal with the impact of war on troops: Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War opens April 6 at the National Air and Space Museum (airandspace.si.edu) and The Face of Battle: Americans at War opens April 7 at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. (npg.si.edu) The National Cherry Blossom Festival has the city all aflutter. Highlights include the National Cherry Blossom Parade and Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on April 8. (nationalcherryblossomfestival.org) — gwen woolf

April 1–2, accompanied by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra playing the Tchaikovsky score. The Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble will perform Dido and Aeneas, starring Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, on May 13. The theatrical show combines dance and music. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with The Choral Arts Society of Washington, will present the masterwork Berlioz Requiem on May 20 with JoAnn Falletta conducting. More than 300 musicians will participate. Other noted artists include violinist Itzhak Perlman, performing movie scores with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, on April 13, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on May 5. The FunHouse Fest, curated by musician Bruce Hornsby, will be June 23–25 in Williamsburg.

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The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now opens April 7 at the National Portrait Gallery and focuses on the psychological impact and consequences of modern warfare on those who serve. Portraits of deployed soldiers in combat and off duty, and representations of empty bedrooms and of lives lost, help the viewer connect. Six featured artists offer an emotional and psychological perspective of battle and its repercussions. The exhibition will be on view through Jan. 28. Suitable for older children. (npg.si.edu) — ami neiberger-miller

The tattoo will put on a spectacular show April 27–30 honoring those who served their countries. Tributes, military marching bands, artists from WWI allied countries, and historical images are among the highlights. As part of the festivities, the tattoo will mark the 100th anniversary of the Naval Station Norfolk with performances, video, and a musical salute by the Navy’s Fleet Forces Band. Norfolk is the world’s largest naval base. The tattoo, which features more than 1,000 performers from around the world, has been called the No. 1 U.S. destination for travelers by the American Bus Association. Before the performance, fans can meet the performers and enjoy music, food, and craft beers at “Tattoo Hullabaloo” on Norfolk’s Scope Plaza. The arts festival also has its quirky side. The Pants Down Circus Rock Show will be held April 8. There will be a Fringe Festival, May 12–13, in Virginia Beach and another in Norfolk, May 25–28. The Virginia Beer Festival will be May 20–21 on the Norfolk Waterfront.

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The real Mayberry calls Andy Griffith fans to Mount Airy, N.C. Television icon Andy Griffith grew up as an only child in Mount Airy, N.C., then a blue-collar town near the Virginia state line. He began performing in his church choir and at his elementary school, was a member of the Carolina Playmakers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and played the role of Sir Walter Raleigh in The Lost Colony outdoor drama. His Broadway role in No Time for Sergeants, as well as his monologue, What It Was, Was Football, thrust him into the national limelight, where he stayed for the remainder of his long career. The Andy Griffith Show focused on a mythical town called Mayberry and its cast of endearing citizens. It became a launching pad for the careers of a young Ron Howard, who played Griffith’s son, Opie, and Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle, and it gave us Don Knotts’ iconic character, Barney Fife. Fans came to love the idea of Mayberry so much that they started looking for it in Griffith’s hometown. Eventually, Mount Airy morphed into “Mayberry USA.” Today, visitors drop in at Floyd’s City Barber Shop or the Old Mayberry Jail, take a ride in a vintage squad car, and perhaps enjoy a pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch or a grilled cheese at the Bluebird Diner. (The jail is even a popular venue for nuptials.) Over the years, Emmett Forrest, Griffith’s childhood friend, amassed a vast collection of memorabilia that’s on display at the Andy Griffith Museum, housed in the elementary school they attended. The school’s auditorium, where Griffith first performed on stage, houses the Andy Griffith Playhouse. The museum has other exhibits, too, including one on Chang and Eng Bunker, the Thai-American conjoined twins who lived in the area and whose condition became the basis for the term “Siamese twins.”

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Mayberry Days During Mayberry Days, Sept. 19–24, and the Autumn Leaves Festival, Oct. 13–15, thousands of visitors descend on Mount Airy. Fans come to meet the handful of surviving stars from the show, including Betty Lynn, who portrayed Barney Fife’s girlfriend, Thelma Lou. A resident celebrity, she turned 90 last year. On Thursday evenings, musicians gather at the Historic Earle Theatre and Old-Time Music Heritage Hall in town for a jam session, free and open to the public. Many other music events take place at the Earle throughout the year. (surryarts.org) Mount Airy is included in a seven-county area that’s a designated American Viticultural Area, with more than 30 wineries and vineyards open to the public. The annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, coming up May 20 in nearby Elkin, celebrates local wineries and vineyards. (yvwf.org) If you hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 217.3 near Mount Airy and drive south to Milepost 384.7, you’ll come to the happening city of Asheville, N.C. Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics runs through July 4 at Biltmore House. The exhibit is inspired by George Vanderbilt’s love of literature and showcases more than 40 award-winning movie costumes from films based on favorite books in his collection. Several original books from his 22,000-volume library are on public display for the first time. George’s wife, Edith, started Biltmore Industries on the grounds of the Grove Park Inn, also in Asheville, more than 100 years ago. Omni Grove Park Inn has turned the English-style cottages, collectively called Grovewood Village, into guest experiences. Beginning in April, free guided tours of the buildings will be offered on Saturdays at 1:00 pm. On display are looms and equipment used by Biltmore Industries, which became world-famous in its day. Asheville’s Burial Beer Co. is now brewing at Forestry Camp, its second location, in buildings that once housed Civilian Conservation Corps workers who built the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Skyline Trail that leads to the top of Hickory Nut

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Around the Mid-Atlantic The grand opening celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown continues through April 4, culminating the museum’s 10-year transformation from the Yorktown Victory Center. The museum’s inaugural special exhibition — AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America — debuts June 10 and follows the postwar stories of veterans of the Siege of Yorktown and how they went on after the war to shape the America we know today. A series of plays, performances, and public lectures, June through November, feature Revolutionary War veterans James Armistead Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Henry Knox, as well as issues facing modern-day veterans. (historyisfun.org)

Other travel news There’s still time to buy tickets for the 41st Spoleto Festival USA, which takes place in Charleston, S.C., May 26–June 11. It offers 17 days of performances by renowned and emerging artists in the fields of opera, theater, and dance, as well as chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. Performances take place in the city’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces. (spoletousa.org) UK Countryside Tours’ brand new “Telling the Stories of England” escorted journeys offer exclusive and private behind-the-scenes experiences designed to inspire Americans to explore Britain’s diverse regions. Designed by leading academics and singular experts in their fields, the heritage and cultural tours of England are organized around the themes of art and culture, history and heritage, and houses and gardens. The tour company works with 12 universities, 49 country houses, 25 castles and monuments, 27 magnificent gardens, 12 cathedrals, and 45 museums, as well as seven major libraries, eight art galleries, six historic battlefields, and seven national parks. Group tours are offered for seven days/six nights and range in price from $3,000 to $10,000. (Round-trip international airfare is not included in the price.) There are options for independent travelers, as well as customized itineraries. (ukcountrysidetours.com)

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Water, photos featured in favorite Eastern North Carolina views Eastern North Carolina’s coastal plain is pierced by waterways large and small that eventually drain into the sounds and bays that separate the Outer Banks and other barrier islands from the mainland. So, it’s

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u The view from the 142-year-old Currituck Beach Light House may not be as well known as that from some other Outer Banks light stations, but we think it is spectacular. The last of the Outer Banks lights to be constructed and located on the northern end of the barrier island chain, the view from the top of the Currituck Beach Light House gives the best perspective we’ve seen on the geography of the region. Climb the 220 steps to the top of the light, but stop along the way to check out the museum-quality exhibits. Looking west from the observation platform the Currituck Sound,

once a mecca for wealthy waterfowl hunters, separates the island from the mainland. To the east, the gray-green Atlantic rolls in against a beach lined with rental vacation homes. To the south, the islands, beach communities, and fishing villages flow to the horizon. Immediately below is Historic Currituck Village, with its historic buildings, shops, Wild Horse Museum, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife education, and Whalehead Club mansion. To the north, you see the wilds of a nature preserve and might catch a glimpse of the wild horses that roam the area. (currituckbeachlight.com)

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u An Outer Banks tradition, the outdoor drama The Lost Colony opens its 80th season in May. For the best view of the magical telling of the story of Sir Walter Raleigh’s colony, the play’s Bill Coleman said, “Don’t sit too close, because this is a big picture show with action on three sides. It’s the original 3-D production with no special glasses needed.” He advised choosing a premier seat in the center of the audience. For a bonus view in the amphitheater, stop at the rear of the seats before dusk and look at the peaceful Roanoke Sound. Show time is 7:45pm and seats begin at $20. Though the play stays true to Paul Greene’s script, technology and some dramatic tweaks make it “a 2017 telling of a 1587 story,” Coleman said. Insider tip: Look for the great effects when a Colonist catches fire! (thelostcolony.org)

u The Albemarle Sound is exceptionally wide and is one of the largest estuaries in the state, situated opposite the central Outer Banks communities of Duck and Nags Head. Among the mainland communities bordering the sound, Edenton is one of the best known and familiar to us as the birthplace of Marvin’s father. A favorite view is from the Roanoke River Light House, now located on the Edenton waterfront. The view from the light, believed to be the last extant example of a rectangular frame building on a screw-pile base, gives a sense of the vast Albemarle Sound. A walk around the outside deck gives a land-side view of what has been called one of the South’s prettiest towns. The lighthouse was originally located in the sound and marked the entrance to the Roanoke River. (visitedenton.com) u Still further south along the

North Carolina coast, the town of Southport is home to the ferry that carries vacationers to Bald Head Island. The ferry carries no cars, because transportation on Bald Head Island is by foot, bike, or golf cart.

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The Roanoke River Light House was moved to the Edenton waterfront, providing views of both Albemarle Sound and the picturesque town.

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Spring brings tattoos, blues, and daredevils to Fayetteville Fayetteville this spring is all about festivals. From traditional family-centric street fairs to the creative magic of tattoo artists, patriotic displays, a celebration of the blues (with brews), and a few thrills on a zip line, it’s a busy season in the North Carolina sand hills. The action begins with The AllAmerican Tattoo Convention, April 14–16. The world’s largest tattoo convention boasts 125 tattoo artists from across the country. They’ll demonstrate their unique art form throughout the weekend, with their best work entered into contests. Contest categories are as varied as Most Patriotic, Best Asian-

Inspired, Best Portrait, and Best Hand or Neck Tattoo. There is even a special category for veterans who are tattoo artists. Other entertainment includes aerial yoga performances, a demonstration by Fayetteville’s Rogue Rollergirls Rollerball Team, and the All-Veteran Parachute Team. (allamericantattooconvention.com)

Biggest festival Completely shifting gears, the annual Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is April 28–30. The largest community event of the year, it welcomes more than 200,000 people to town. Familyfriendly, it features three stages with live entertainment. This year’s head-

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liner is Parmalee, which takes to the stage for the Friday night kickoff. The free performance is followed by fireworks. The rest of the weekend is filled with a street festival, a 100-plus showcase of local artists, a new interactive show with jugglers and pirates, a performance stage with nationally known Shadow of the Belly Tribal Belly Dancers, martial arts demonstrations, and a variety of music, ranging from rhythm and blues to southern soul to fusion rock. And, of course, there will be dozens of food vendors. (www.faydogwoodfestival.com) While strolling through the festival, look for the many sculptures placed throughout the downtown. They are part of the Arts Council Work in Progress exhibition. Whimsical, abstract, or symbolic, the 11 pieces entertain the eye and engage the mind. Download a free map to find them. (theartscouncil.com/publicart) On May 20, hundreds of flags will fill the grounds of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Each flag in the Field of Honor represents someone who is currently serving or who has served in the military, and has a tag identifying the person who sponsored the flag and the person the flag honors. The display remains until June 30. (ncfieldofhonor.com) While at the Field of Honor, take a moment to stop by the Special Operations Force K9 Memorial. The statue

of a military combat dog in full battle kit sits at attention, guarding the museum and statue of Iron Mike. The stones around the statue name all of the dogs in friendly armies killed in action since 9/11.

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photographs. For 100 days, beginning April 8, 100 of the photographs will be displayed on 100 store front windows. The view down six blocks of Wilson’s Main Street is amazing, as the work of 100 different photographers from 31 countries explore the theme “Main Street: A Crossroad of Cultures.” Walking along the street, the view is always changing and transports you to dusty crossroads and vibrant cities both near and far. The festival also includes an additional 51 large-scale photographs shot by Wilson youth, a Before Facebook exhibit that presents more than a century of family-oriented images, and Eyes on Taiwan, an large-scale indoor exhibit showcasing the work of 10 contemporary Chinese photographers. Unlike the previous four favorites, this view comes to an end July 16. (eyesonmainstreetwilson.com)

continued from page 9 “Ahead you see the glimmer of the village around Bald Head harbor,” said Perry Morrison, who’s spent many vacation days on the island. “It has the feel of a Nantuckettype village. Old Baldy is the nonoperational lighthouse off to the right and a fun place to visit.” Boarding the ferry is the first step to decompress and, with no cars, you’re in paradise. (ncbrunswick. com) u Leaving the coast, there’s a very different view in Wilson, along I-95, where world famous photographer Jerome De Perlinghi heads the organization that presents “Eyes on Main Street,” Wilson’s outdoor photo festival. The event transforms Nash Street into a vibrant gallery of large-scale

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Blues and brews The hugely popular Blues-n-Brews Festival returns June 3 for its 15th year. The daylong party features dozens of craft brews and hot blues bands. Admission includes a souvenir glass and samples from area brewers. Plenty of food and breworiented merchandise will be on sale, too. Non-drinking admission is also available. (cfrt.org/blues-andbrews) Lastly, channel your inner swashbuckler at the expanded ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure. The zip line is already ranked as one of the top 10 in the country. It’s a two-hour adventure that flies over ravines and waterfalls and through forests, and takes you up into the treetops and over swinging bridges. ZipQuest has added two new adventures. NightQuest is an after-dark zip adventure lit only by your headlamp and the moon. SwingShot is a swing that releases you 3 1/2 stories above the ground to swoop over Carver’s Creek. (zipquest.com)

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Our Forefathers’ aim in visiting what would

become America was at first mere curiosity. But now it feels right to sacrifice for a cause as noble as the rolling hills here are beautiful. They stopped because of abundant water and fertile soil. They stayed to build upon the nation’s great ideals. As you visit, make sure to explore the treasures of a community that embodies service and sacrifice at every turn. Contact us to start planning your visit at 1-888-98-HEROES or VisitFayettevilleNC.com.

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Great Greenbrier River Race promotes fun in Pocahontas Co.

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Runners complete one leg of the Great Greenbrier River Race. Participants can do all three legs or run as teams.

Going into its fourth decade, the Great Greenbrier River Race, set for April 29, merges the challenges of a triathlon with a family-friendly attitude that stresses fun along with fitness. The race starts and ends in Marlinton, W.Va., and has become a five-star event, combining a 3-mile run, a 4-mile paddle, and a 10-mile bike ride. The race’s course follows the beautiful Greenbrier River and parallel Greenbrier River Trail through scenic Pocahontas County. “You can have up to four people on a team, so we have lots of families enter,” said Brenda Cochrane, of the sponsoring Greenbrier River Trail Association. “Last year, our youngest racer was under 6 years old. We had 20 racers under 12 years old, and our oldest was 80.” The starting leg, a 3-mile run, takes the racers along the Greenbrier River Trail, a 78-mile long rail trail operated by the West Virginia State Park system. A packed crusher run surface, 1 percent grade, and classic mountain river scenery create an engaging venue. Runners go out a mile and a half, then back to town to begin the 4-mile paddle down river to the blue bridge in Buckeye. One of the longest un-dammed rivers in the east, the Greenbrier traverses one of the most remote areas in the state.

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Racers may use canoes, kayaks, or standup paddle boards to cover the distance. Taking out from the river, racers mount bicycles and ride south about a mile along the river trail, then turn back north to Marlinton, making a 10-mile bike ride to the finish line and legions of spectators, families, and cheering fans. The celebration continues with live music, a meal for all of the racers, and the awards ceremony. Insider tip: The race’s many categories ensure that many participants will receive prizes.

ing, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. Because it is next to the river for most of its length, trail users have frequent access to opportunities for swimming and fishing. The great prizes, music, and food have attracted a loyal following of racers and fans. Known for its hospitality, Marlinton welcomes the racers, and many teams have made the Greenbrier an annual occasion. State park cabins, motels, privately

owned cottages, and bed-and-breakfasts are available nearby. Register for the race at tristateracer.com. Look under “April 2017,” and pull up the 31st annual Great Greenbrier River Race.

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Team and solo participants Held the last Saturday in April, the race was originally a team event requiring four members, including canoeists, a bicyclist, and a runner. As the event evolved, more and more people chose to do it solo. Last year saw some 300 solo participants and 100 teams. Some teams consist of a single family and can even include the family dog. The race is well organized and awards are given for first-place overall and first, second, and third place in seven solo categories and eight team categories, including a separate category for challenged athletes. In a solo entry, one person does all three events. In a team entry, up to four people compete, each covering one or two events, but not all three. Started in 1986, the race was initially an effort to raise awareness and interest in the trail after devastating floods. Since then, it has become a major fundraiser for the Greenbrier River Trail Association. Funded improvements have included water pumps, enhanced trailheads, restrooms, shelters, interpretive signs, and resurfacing. The trail accommodates bicycling, backpack-

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Discover. Explore. Experience. The heart of the Eastern Panhandle. Martinsburg-Berkeley County, WV

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7 ways to park yourself in Morgantown Spring is here, and one of the loveliest small cities to visit in springtime is Morgantown, W.Va., perhaps best known as the home of West Virginia University. What makes this town so special for outdoor lovers is its many scenic parks, along the river and in the mountains. Connected via a riverfront walk — the Caperton Trail — along the Monongahela River, several of the parks may be visited in one day. The paved rail trail runs 6 miles and is ideal for walking, cycling, or skating. Near the heart of the city, the Hazel Ruby McQuain Park features lovely trails and, in the spring, is an amazing venue to see the annual profusion of cherry blossoms. An added bonus: It’s far, far away from the crowds in Washington, D.C. This riverfront park is also a place to be for those who love the arts — an outdoor amphitheater features live concerts, as well as movies and a variety of outdoor festivals. To the north, and also on the Caperton Trail, the Core Arboretum is a 91-acre mix of hills, forests, and fields. The arboretum is filled with native plants, shrubs, and trees, including some that are more than 200 years old. Enjoy guided wildflower walks in the spring, or simply relax and watch the birds on one of the trailside benches.

The adjacent 36-acre Krepps Park is ideal for having a picnic, taking a summertime swim in the outdoor pool, or letting your canine companion romp around in the dog park. Toward the southern end of Morgantown, the 170-acre White Park is accessed via a rail-trail connector path. Sports is the name of the game here, with softball fields, baseball fields, and the Morgantown Ice Arena available. Mountain bikers will relish the numerous short, interconnecting single-path trails. There also are 5 miles of wooded hiking trails with secluded views of small waterfalls and picturesque vistas of the town’s reservoir.

Amazing view For the most amazing view of the city, Dorsey’s Knob Park, just a 2-mile drive from White Park, is home to Sky Rock. This rocky precipice stands 600 feet above the surrounding countryside with a panorama of the river, the city, and the verdant mountain ridges. The park also features a variety of trails and a disc golf course. East of the historic downtown area, Marilla Park is an ideal spot for kids and teenagers. It features an outdoor skate and BMX bike park, a recreation center, an outdoor pool

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Coopers Rock State Forest provides beautiful views, as well as excellent rock climbing opportunities.


with waterslides, and youth basketball courts. Farther east — 8 miles outside the city — Coopers Rock State Forest is one of the most beautiful parks in the state. The 12,716-acre park features countless scenic views of the Cheat River Gorge, more than 50 miles of wooded hiking and biking trails, a 6-acre pond stocked with trout, and amazing cliffs and enor-

mous boulders. The rock faces contain dozens of shear climbing routes, and for those who wish to try this high-adrenaline sport, Coopers Rock Climbing Guides offers halfday classes for beginners. (coopersrockclimbingguides.com)

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Terroir plays vital role in wine production Where exactly does a wine get its character? Certainly, the winemaker, with his or her personal winemaking style, somewhat dictates what the final wine will be like. However, there is something else that is far more important regarding what a finished wine will taste like — “terroir.” This all-encompassing buzzword or concept has always been important to “Old World” (European) producers, but is now being embraced big time by the “New World” (everywhere else). So, what is terroir? Simply put, it is the natural environment of a piece of land that grows grapes. This reflects all aspects of climate, soil, and topography. When it comes to climate, numerous factors play a part. Temperature is a big one. Within wine grape growing regions of the world, those that are closer to the equator experience higher temperatures and those further away have cooler temps. Hours of sunlight, its intensity, and heat units can play a huge part in the resulting grapes and, ultimately, the wine — especially red — produced from them. Rainfall is another key issue to climate. Some regions get more, while others do not, and irrigation is imperative. Surprisingly, wind is key in really warm growing areas as it helps cool the area by “air-conditioning” the vineyards. It’s also great in keeping moisture from building up between berries in bunches where the grapes grow tightly together, thus deferring rot from forming. Soil is huge for obvious reasons. After all, the grapes grow in it. Did you know, though, that all grapevines do not like “wet feet”? Rich soils that retain moisture (great for other fruits and veggies) waterlog their roots, which like to be stressed and have to go searching long distances for water. Well-drained soils

(both surface and sub-soils) such as gravel and clay work best. Certain varietals require more of some nutrients (chemical components) in the soil than others. Finally, topography plays a huge part in terroir. What is referred to here is the lay of the land or aspect, elevation/altitude, and the degree and direction of any slope or incline affecting when the vineyard gets sun (morning or afternoon). All of these can impact on the raw material and, ultimately, the final wine.

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How terroir is used A wine producer, by examining the topography carefully, doing a soil analysis, and matching a particular sub-climate or microclimate to a specific grape variety, can decide what will work best in a specific site. Interestingly, terroir plays a bigger role in “uni-varietal” wines (those made up of only one grape variety) than those that are blended from several. Once grape varieties from different locales are mixed, the effect of their individual terroirs gets more homogenous or less defined. Individual wine regions and subregions around the globe possess certain terroirs that are indicative in the characteristics of the wine they produce. Within those regional terroirs, specific vineyards and properties carry a little more complexity or detailed terroir of their own.

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Try riding and relaxing in welcoming Hardy County Motorcycle rides — plus a hand of poker, a little music, and some camping — are warm-weather pastimes in Hardy County, W.Va., a neck of the woods that’s welcoming to residents and visitors alike. Folks like Steve Stevenson — you’ll spot him on his big Yamaha cruising around Lost City — will tell you about local rides. And, he’ll share an outlook on life that will help you slow your own pace down enough to enjoy the broad valleys and high ridges of the eastern Appalachian Mountains. Situated across the border from Winchester and Frederick County, Va., Hardy County is, Stevenson said, simply stress-free. “My wife and I get on the bike and there’s nothing else that makes any difference except the time we’ve ridden.” He once joined a half-million other motorcyclists at the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota,

but he’s lived in Hardy County for more than 30 years. “In this area, there are a lot of nice little places to ride, and nice relaxing places you can go to. Some people camp, and there’s a little local motel with a few rooms.” Stevenson — and his friends and family in the area’s small communities — organize annual rides, and might even spontaneously suggest a ride while you’re there. “I’m all for relaxing,” Stevenson said. “Get out of the city and relax. Come out here and ride all day on the backroads.”

Ride for a cause Each year, on the Saturday before Father’s Day, motorcyclists gather at the Mathias-Baker Fire House starting at 10:00am. They meander along a route that tops out at 100 miles as part of a fundraiser for the fire department. The ride, which has been held for a decade, is in memory of

a local, lifelong firefighter. Out-oftowners are welcome. In addition to being a fundraiser for the firehouse, the ride is also a “Poker Run.” Bikers pick a card at three stops along the ride, plus they draw a card at the beginning and at the end. The biker with the best hand wins, said organizer Robert Landacre. And, the winner usually gives all or part of the money back in the spirit of giving that surrounds the ride. Later in the season, the Broken Spoke restaurant in Needmore, W.Va., organizes a ride as a benefit for a scholarship in memory of a young girl who was killed in a car accident. Many bikers camp out at one of several local campgrounds, making a weekend of riding rounded out with music, food, and stories from locals. This year’s ride is Sept. 9.

day after the organized ride on Father’s Day weekend. Every Father’s Day, Landacre and his brother pick a ride and invite whoever wants to go. It’s not what Landacre calls “an organized ride,” but it’s bound to be interesting. Last year, the group rode out to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum located in Weston. The facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid-1800s, but today is a tourist attraction. The history of the building holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the “curative” effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill. Get the details by catching up to Landacre — or someone else — at the fire house.

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FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

BEER, BOURBON, AND BBQ FESTIVAL

Through April 1. Beers, bourbons, lots of barbeque, and live music. 2200 York Road, The Cow Palace, Timonium, Md. 410-878-9900, beerandbourbon.com/maryland/show-info

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April 8, 11:00am–2:00pm. Come meet the Easter Bunny, Quacks the Waterpark Duck, Southern Maryland superheroes, and other characters. Free treats and prizes for children. Kellam’s Field, Chesapeake Beach, Md. 410-257-2230, chesapeakebeachmd.gov/events_easter.htm

EGG HUNT April 8, 10:00am–noon. Fun for the entire family. Kids ages 3 to 10 can search for candy-filled eggs, visit with the 4-H rabbits, play family games, and dye eggs. Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-887-2503, cromwellvalleypark.org

BUNNY BONANZA April 12, 10:00am–2:00pm. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy handson crafts and exhibits for all ages. Heritage Farm Museum, Claude Moore Park, Sterling, Va. heritagefarmmuseum.org

EASTER DECOY AND ART FESTIVAL April 14–15. Local and national carvers and artists exhibit their work. Awards are given in various carving categories, art, and photography. Hand-carved and/or painted wooden Easter eggs designed by various exhibitors will be offered in a silent auction. 6733 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague Island, Va. chincoteaguedecoyshow.com

CHESAPEAKE EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 15, 11:00am. Children should bring a basket or bag for the egg hunt. Children may join Peter Cottontail for a picture. Free to the public. Chesapeake City Park, 900 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, Va. 757-382-6411, cityofchesapeake.net

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION April 22, 9:00am–5:00pm. Watch the animals receive toys, treats, and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. Learn ways to help the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste, and learn how to build and garden green. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, Va. 757-595-1900, thevlm.org

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION April 29, 11:00am–3:00pm. Earth Day art show, birds of prey demonstration, guided hikes, native plant sale by Lauren’s Garden Service, environmental games, and crafts. Benjamin Banneker Park, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410-887-1081

April 1, 8:30am–12:15pm. Free public event with experts in the cancer field. Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. aacr.org

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL Through April 2. The excitement of this four-day festival returns. Features narrative and documentary films in all genres. Citywide, Annapolis, Md. 410-280-0445, visitannapolis.org

LIGHT CITY BALTIMORE Through April 8. Featuring seven nights of free, family-friendly attractions, including 28 large-scale original works of light art. More than 50 concerts,100 performances, and six innovation conferences dedicated to sparking social change called Labs at LightCity. Baltimore, Md. baltimore.org/campaign/light-city-baltimore

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Through April 16. Four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Washington, D.C. 202-638-8374, nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

CHICKEN WING FESTIVAL April 1, 11:00am–7:00pm. Taste the best and most inventive chicken wing recipes from the area’s best chefs, all while enjoying a local and regional craft beer selection. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, Md. 410-280-0445, visitannapolis.org/events

LEWISBURG CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL April 9. Downtown shops and eateries, along with professional confection makers and local nonprofits offer individual chocolate samples for a ticket. Washington Street, Lewisburg, W.Va. 800-8332068, lewisburgchocolatefestival.com

TOM TOM FOUNDERS FESTIVAL April 10–16, 9:00am–11:00pm. With more than 60 bands, 200 speakers, and 400 community organizations, the festival spills through outdoor spaces, theaters, galleries, and concert halls. Charlottesville, Va. 239-297-6297, tomtomfest.com

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL April 15, 10:00am–5:00pm. Explore the sights, sounds, and tastes from 30 cultures across the globe. Hampton’s Mill Point Park and Queen’s Way, Hampton, Va. hampton.gov/parks/icf

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT FESTIVAL April 15. A highlight of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the free event features music, water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment, and fireworks. Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/fireworks

MY LADY’S MANOR STEEPLECHASE RACES April 15. The afternoon includes four steeplechase races. In addition to the races, guests will enjoy live bluegrass music, food vendors, and horse-themed merchandise tents and exhibits. Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9466, ladewgardens.com

BLACKSBURG CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL April 15, 11:00am–4:00pm. Live bands, wine and beer garden, kids’ activities, chocolate and wine pairings, and more than 20,000 pieces of artisan chocolate at approximately 50 tasting site locations along the festival route. Blacksburg, Va. 540-818-1770, rotarychocolate.weebly.com

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL April 1, 12:30–4:00pm. Enjoy traditional Japanese music, dance, arts, and martial arts demonstrations. Concessions and various cultural vendors will be available. Red Wing Park, 1398 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, Va. 757-385-2990, vbgov.com

LOVE FEST April 2, 2:00–6:00pm. More than 100 Zumba and MixxedFit instructors coming together to rock the stage and celebrate fitness, music, culture, and camaraderie. Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 757-315-1610, visithampton.com/hrcc

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SPRING CRAFT FAIR April 8, 11:00am–4:00pm. “Pig Cookin” contest, barbecue cook-off, live music, vintage car cruise-in, Civil War and Revolutionary War encampments, demonstrations in weaving and blacksmithing, pig bike ride, and chainsaw art. Spencer Penn Centre, 475 Spencer Penn Road, Spencer, Va. 276-957-5757, thecentreatspencerpenn.com

EAST COAST SHE CRAB SOUP CLASSIC April 8, 12:30–2:30pm. Savor some of the area’s finest soup and cast your vote. Winners will be announced at the end of the event, receiving plaques and bragging rights for the year. 24th Street Park, Virginia Beach, Va. 800-822-3224, visitvirginiabeach.com

SEA GLASS AND COASTAL ARTS FESTIVAL April 8–9. Enjoy 35 plus artisans from all over the East Coast. Ophiuroidea, St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-8057, ophiuroidea.com

ANACOSTIA RIVER FESTIVAL April 9, 1:00–5:00pm. The festival features a wide variety of activities, including outdoor recreation, musical performances, photography exhibition, and bike parade. Anacostia Park Southeast, Washington, D.C. bridgepark.org/anacostia-river-festival

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT HOME Tuesday, April 4, vs. Charlotte, 7:00pm Saturday, April 8, vs. Miami, 12:00pm Wednesday, April 13, vs. Atlanta, 8:00pm

The Wizards play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-661-5050 or visit nba.com/wizards.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT HOME Wednesday, April 5, vs. New York, 8:00pm Sunday, April 9, vs. Florida, 7:00pm

The Capitals play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-397-SEAT or visit washingtoncaps.com.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT HOME Monday, April 3, vs. Blue Jays, 3:05pm Wednesday, April 5, vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm Friday, April 7, vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Saturday, April 8, vs. Yankees, 4:05pm Sunday, April 9, vs. Yankees, 1:35pm Friday, April 21, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Saturday, April 22, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Sunday, April 23, vs. Red Sox, 1:35pm Monday, April 24, vs. Rays, 7:05pm Tuesday, April 25, vs. Rays, 7:05pm Wednesday, April 26, vs. Rays, 7:05pm

The Orioles play home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore. Call 888-848-BIRD or visit baltimore.orioles.mlb.com.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT HOME Monday, April 3, vs. Marlins, 1:05pm Wednesday, April 5, vs. Marlins, 7:05pm Thursday, April 6, vs. Marlins, 4:05pm Monday, April 10, vs. Cardinals, 7:05pm Tuesday, April 11, vs. Cardinals, 7:05pm Wednesday, April 12, vs. Cardinals, 4:05pm Friday, April 14, vs. Phillies, 4:05pm Saturday, April 15, vs. Phillies, 1:05pm Sunday, April 16, vs. Phillies, 1:35pm Friday, April 28, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Saturday, April 29, vs. Mets, 1:05pm Sunday, April 30, vs. Mets, 1:35pm

The Nationals play home games at Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-397-SEAT (7328) or visit washington.nationals. mlb.com

D.C. UNITED AT HOME

Saturday, April 1, vs. Philadelphia, 7:00pm Saturday, April 8, vs. New York, 4:00pm D.C. United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-587-5000 or visit dcunited.com

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FILMFEST D.C.

HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK

WINEFEST WEEKEND

April 20–30. The city’s oldest film festival returns this year. Features a wide range of films from around the globe, including features, documentaries, comedies, shorts, and award winners. Multiple venues around Washington, D.C. filmfestdc.org

April 22–29. House and garden tours offered throughout Virginia in the nation’s largest “open house.” vagardenweek.org

April 29–30. Wine lovers can taste and buy more than 400 diverse wines at 15 venues throughout St. Michaels. stmichaelsmd.org

PORK IN THE PARK FESTIVAL

FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

BETHESDA LITERARY FESTIVAL April 21–23. Downtown Bethesda celebrates the diversity of modern literature at the popular Bethesda Literary Festival, now in its 18th year. Events are held at various downtown Bethesda, Md., venues. 301-215-6660, bethesda.org/bethesda/bethesda-literary-festival

DCTC CAR SHOW AND AG FEST April 22, 9:00am–3:00pm. Car show, plant sale, and agriculture festival at Dorchester Career and Technology Center. Family event. Cambridge, Md. 410-901-6950, dctcgreenhouse.com/dctc-spring-car-show-event.html

WATERFRONT SPRING FESTIVAL April 22, noon–6:00pm. Family-friendly festival featuring a kid zone, live music, vendor booths, food trucks, and appearances by Ravens players. Rash Field, Baltimore, Md. 541-601-5104, bmorespringfest.com

NATIONAL MATH FESTIVAL April 22. The family-friendly event will include lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, and children’s book readings. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. dcconvention.com

NEW TOWN CHALK FEST April 22, 10:00am–4:30pm. Led by nationally renowned chalk art professional Holland Winslow. Whether you are a professional, amateur, or young adult, enter to win cash and have a great time. Williamsburg, Va. 757-565-6200, newtownwilliamsburg.com

VIRGINIA AIR AND SPACE CENTER April 22. A 25th anniversary evening celebration featuring a culinary tour of local restaurants, live entertainment, and a variety of exciting auction packages. 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Va. 757-727-0900, vasc.org

VIRGINIA OUTDOOR LOVERS EXPO April 22, 10:00am–4:00pm. Live music, beer, raffle tickets, and giveaways. Free events for everyone from the novice naturelover to the more advanced folks who are looking for that next adrenaline rush. Bisset Park, 23 Berkley Williams Drive, Radford, Va. 540-639-9313

April 22–23. Offers live music, activities for the kids, hot air balloons, unique craft vendors, delicious food, and cold beverages. WinterPlace Park, 6737 Blue Ribbon Road, Salisbury, Md. 410-548-4900, porkinthepark.org

VIRGINIA TECH INTERNATIONAL FAIR April 23, 8:00am–6:00pm. International and cultural student groups celebrate and share their traditions and heritage as a way to foster meaningful interactions throughout the Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg community. Blacksburg, Va. international.vt.edu

FACING CHAOS April 27. The ninth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival, featuring award-winning writer and slam poet Tyehimba Jess. Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center, Howard Community College, Columbia, Md. 443518-4568, hocopolitso.org

VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO April 27–30. The largest spectacle of music and might in the United States offers an astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show-stopping drill team maneuvers, and colorful and elegant dancers. Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va. 877-741-2787, vafest.org/tattoo

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS April 28–30, May 5–7. A fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas, as well as participate in Thomas and Friends-themed activities. Baltimore, Md. 866-468-7630, borail.org

CAPE MAY’S SPRING CELEBRATION April 28–May 7. Celebrate the arrival of springtime in America’s first seaside resort, with private homes tour, ghost tours, murder mystery dinners, food and wine events, and living history programs. Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404, capemaymac.org

SHENANDOAH APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL April 28–May 7. A series of more than 40 events includes band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, dinners, luncheons, wine festival, a 10K race, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah, two large parades, and celebrities. Winchester, Va. thebloom.com

CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL April 29. Offering 50 craft beers, with 25 breweries represented by local and popular national brands. Also, a wide variety of delicious food from the buffet on the beach. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, Md. 866-312- 5596, cbresortspa.com

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April 29–30. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisanal and organic products, and lectures on culinary and wine trends. National Harbor, Md. nationalharbor.com

Restaurant Weeks

TALBOT RESTAURANT WEEK

April 2–8. Participating restaurants offer prix fix lunches and dinners, many with special menus showcasing their finest dishes. Harrison Street, Easton, Md. 410-770-8000, talbotrestaurantweek.com

WILMINGTON RESTAURANT WEEK April 3–8. Fifteen restaurants to select from, offering everything from Thai to Chilean to Italian. Participating restaurants in Wilmington, Del. cityrestaurantweek.com

OCEAN CITY RESTAURANT WEEK April 23–May 7. Participating restaurants offer special fixed price menus, in addition to their regular menus. Throughout Ocean City, Md. 410-289-6733, oceancityrestaurantweek.com

NOW SHOWING

PEEPSHOW April 7–19, 10:00am–7:00pm. Vote for your favorites from nearly 200 marshmallow sculptures, dioramas, mosaics, and videos, crafted from or inspired by sugary sweet Peeps. 91 W. Main St., Westminster, Md. 410-848-7272, carrollcountyartscouncil.org

WORLD PEEPS EATING CHAMPIONSHIP April 8. Peeps Day includes a variety of activities, along with contests and prizes. A Peeps diorama contest will be held before the eating contest. National Harbor, Md. nationalharbor.com

CARROLL COUNTY HOME SHOW April 8–9. Meet expert suppliers who can help you discover new ideas and options to transform your home and property. Free admission. Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster, Md. 443-417-0101, carrollcountyagcenter.com

OCEAN CITY BRIDAL SHOW April 9, 1:00–4:00pm. The beach’s top wedding vendors attend this tropical bayside venue. Enjoy free appetizers, dessert samples, entertainment, dance demos, and bridal fashion. Seacrets, Ocean City, Md. 410-289-7699, roxbeachweddings.com/ocean_city_bridal_show


HOME AND LIVING EXPO

NIGHT ON THE WILD SIDE

TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD

April 9–10. All things home-related, food trucks, mobile boutique, gypsy catwalk fashion show, upcycle design challenge, and kids’ zone. Rockingham County Fairgrounds, 4808 S. Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, Va. 540-860-1281, valleybuilders.org

April 20, 5:00–8:00pm. Promotes public awareness of and support for the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge. There will be food, adult beverages, narrated tram tours, and friendly critters to welcome you. National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Laurel, Md. friendsofpatuxent.org

April 30, 3:00pm. The tribute features the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Capitol Theatre, Chambersburg, Pa. thecapitoltheatre.org

SADDLEBRED HORSE SHOW April 21–22. Show benefits the Old Dominion Futurity, featuring three-gaited, five-gaited, fine harness, park, pleasure prospect, equitation, academy, children’s, and fun classes. Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Va. 540-464-2950, horsecenter.org

COUNTRYSIDE ARTISAN STUDIO TOUR April 21-23. A free, self-guided driving tour of artists’ studios in Montgomery County, Md. countrysideartisans.com

GARDENS, GALLERIES, AND GRAPES April 22-23, 10:00am-5:00pm. Shenandoah County’s annual Open Door Tour features 80 artisans and a host of demonstrations at 24 locations throughout the county. Visitshenandoahcounty.com

ANNAPOLIS SPRING SAILBOAT SHOW April 28–30. The perfect place to explore what defines a sailing lifestyle, or to finally make plans to spend the upcoming lazy days of summer sailing. Annapolis, Md. annapolisboatshows.com

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

KENWOOD SEASONAL WALK

Through May 9. Start at 7:00am and finish by 6:00pm. Walk during daylight hours only. Start/finish point is at Starbucks Coffee, 4611-E Sangamore Road, Bethesda, Md. 301-946-5496, sugarloafers.org

SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK April 22, 11:00am. The group will explore an easy half-mile trail that meanders through several types of habitat. Ranger Loncosky will acquaint participants with the wildflowers that are blooming and explain why they grow in particular places and when they flower. Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, Md. 301-663-9388, nps.gov

MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL KITE EXPO April 28–30. Great spectator and participant event that brings three fun-filled days of kite flying on beautiful beaches. Second to Sixth streets, Ocean City, Md. 410-289-7855, ococean.com

ROAR FOR KIDS April 29. The event will be a fun-filled day with a meaningful purpose, featuring a 5K run, low-mileage fun walk, and a family festival. After running or walking, participants will enjoy the family festival, featuring music, face painting, a balloon artist, a coloring station, a bean-bag toss, oversized croquet, refreshments, and the Mascot Challenge. Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Md. 443-923-7300, roarforkids.kennedykrieger.org

ADAM THOMPSON 5K RUN/WALK April 30, 8:00am. The race honors the memory of Adam Thompson, a first-year Harford Community College student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, Md. 443-412-2449, harford.edu/adam

MUSIC

HELL CLIMB 10K April 1, 9:00am. A 6.5-mile hill climb from the base of Mountain Lake to the cool clear air at the summit. Runners will ascend more than 1,800 feet as they follow Mountain Lake Road. Giles County Tourism, 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, Va. 540-330-7051, triadventure.com/hell-climb-10k

Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral UMD WIND ORCHESTRA: EXOTIC BIRDS

April 1, 8:00–11:00am. The 5K or 1K will benefit the Salvation Army. Norfolk Waterfront/Harbor Park, Norfolk, Va. 757-880-8843, kettlekrush5k.com

April 7, 8:00–10:00pm. Faculty member Rita Sloan joins UMWO for a performance of Messiaen’s showpiece Oiseaux Exotiques — a mixture of songs from birds. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 301-405-2787, theclarice.umd.edu

SOTTERLEY’S 5K TRAIL RUN

TCHAIKOVSKY’S SYMPHONY NO. 5

KETTLE KRUSH 5K

April 1. All proceeds benefit Sotterley’s critical educational programming. Sotterley, Hollywood, Md. 301-373-2280, sotterley.org

WILDFLOWER WALK April 8, 10:00am. Virginia Native Plant Society docent tour guide and wildflower expert leads arboretum visitors to notable arboretum wildflowers. ECJ Arboretum, 780 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, Va. 540-568-3194, jmu.edu/arboretum

AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE April 14–16. Free to the public; regular admission to enter the garden. Interesting and unusual African violet varieties on display and for purchase. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va. 804-262-9887, lewisginter.org

April 9, 2:30–4:00pm. Well-known to Virginia Symphony Orchestra audiences, composer Kenneth Fuchs presents a world premiere. This is a continuation of more than 30 years of collaboration between Fuchs and music director JoAnn Falletta. Sandler Center, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach, Va. 757-385-2787, sandlercenter.org/index.php

MUSSORGSKY’S PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

April 22–23. Grammy-winning Z uil l B ail ey plays a 300-year-old cello. A kids’ instrument petting zoo will be available before the afternoon performance, and tickets for children are free. Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org

Popular/Other

MORNING BIRD WALKS April 14, 8:30–10:00am. The early bird gets the most sightings. Join a naturalist for this early morning bird walk on the second Friday of the month starting in March. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Md. 410-887-1815

April 18, 7:00pm. John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Road, Charlottesville, Va. 434-243-4960, johnpauljonesarena.com

UNITED STATES SAILBOAT SHOW

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ANNAPOLIS SPRING SAILBOAT SHOW

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CRUISERS UNIVERSITY:

Through April 2. The third in a trilogy of literary adaptations along with Gatz (The Great Gatsby) and The Sound and the Fury. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW, Washington, D.C. shakespearetheatre.org

THE FANTASTIKS April 21–May 21. Chesapeake Shakespeare presents its first musical, brimming with memorable songs and the story of young love and meddling fathers. Chesapeake Shakespeare, 7 S. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 410-244-8571, chesapeakeshakespeare.com

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA Through April 23. This presentation will be the very first time that modern audiences will be able to hear Antony and Cleopatra spoken the way Shakespeare’s audiences would have heard it when it was first performed in the early 1600s. The Great Hall at St. Mary’s Community Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-662-9455, baltimoreshakespearefactory.org

FUN HOME April 18–May 13. A refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-628-6161, funhomemusical.com

Dance WINDMILLS INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL April 1, noon–6:30pm. Nine traditional dance groups performing dances from northern, central, and eastern Europe. International cuisine and ethnic food and vendors. 851 Hollins St., Baltimore, Md. 443-694-8161

REVISION DANCE COMPANY

April 1–2. The contemporary dance work poses unanswerable questions on themes of individuality, community, and expression. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE, Washington, D.C. 202-269-1600, danceplace.org

DANCETHOS WITH GIN DANCE COMPANY April 8, 7:00pm. With dances ranging from intimate and evocative to fierce and explosive, tender and introspective to energizing and whimsical, this performance is sure to have something for every audience member. Kreeger Auditorium at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, Md. dancethos.org

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Ongoing. Always on display at the Folger, the 1623 First Folio includes almost all of Shakespeare’s plays. It is also our only source for 18 of them, including Macbeth, The Tempest, and As You Like It, which would otherwise have been lost. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, folger.edu

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TREASURES FROM OXFORD

CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND

Through April 30. A selection of 50 manuscripts and early printed books, ranging in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries, is being brought to America for the first time. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, folger.edu

Through June 18. Each artist offers pointedly political perspectives on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443573-1700, artbma.org

ON PAPER: FINDING FORM

THE ART OF LOUISE B. WHEATLEY

Through April 30. This exhibition celebrates one of the strengths of the BMA’s collection: contemporary drawings that combine an interest in pure, refined geometric form with a desire to use materials expressively. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org

Through July 30. This intimate exhibition celebrates the 40-year career of Maryland artist Louise B. Wheatley. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org

April 1–2, 9:30am–5:00pm. The event will consist of both Union and Confederate reenactors portraying the 1861 “Camp Ruffin” and 1864 Battle of Smithfield troops, respectively. Other activities include weapons demonstrations, guest speakers, and food vendors. Historic St. Luke’s Church, 14477 Benns Church Blvd., Smithfield, Va. 757-357-3367, historicstlukes.org

SHANGHAI PASSAGES

Through April 30. The artists represent an alternative and contemporary vision to the traditional realism of the Delaware Valley. Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., Dover, Del. biggsmuseum.org

Through Oct. 3. Unique to Shanghai, longtang are a type of community, started in the late 19th century, in which the traditional Chinese courtyard home is adapted to the urban townhouse format. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-3401400, vmfa.museum

REMEMBERING AUSCHWITZ

WOODBLOCK PRINTS BY KAWASE HASUI

Through May 29. Four interrelated exhibits explore the concept of memory and commemoration by focusing on a town that became synonymous with the Holocaust. Stories of the local community of Holocaust survivors are included. Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, Md. 410-732-6400, jewishmuseummd.org

Through Oct. 3. Created by Hasui between 1924 and 1953, the works displayed here, which depict scenes of mountains and hills across Japan, represent the country’s yet-untouched austerity, serenity, and beauty. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum

SYNE LANGUAGE

TAMAR GUIMARÃES AND KASPER AKHØ

SHARKABEL

Through June 11. The 14-minute black-and-white film is a meditative look at the mediums who communicate with the dead and engage in psychic healing practices. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org

Through December. The exhibit is based on the book by Ray Troll and features the author’s whimsical fishy paintings of both living and extinct species of shark. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different type of shark. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com

DETECTING FAKES April 1–Jan. 7. Visitors will see more than 40 examples of fakes and forgeries from the Winterthur collection and public and private sources, and discover the motives for their creation and the evidence used in their detection. Winterthur Museum, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Del. winterthur.org

REINSTALLATION CELEBRATION April 7, 7:00–9:00pm. View the museum’s newly acquired artifacts and redesigned display cases. Before the evening ends, settle into a comfortable space and listen to the sounds of the flute quartet Fortitude, and enjoy the captivating performance of a storyteller. Benjamin Banneker Park, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410-887-1081

ST. MICHAELS ART April 8–30. Explore the 75-year art career of St. Michaels watercolorist Barbara Jablin, from her early work as a courtroom artist and illustrator to today’s exquisite paintings. A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels, Md. amgravelygallery.com

History AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM Through April 4. Celebrate the opening of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Features an introductory film, timeline, immersive exhibition galleries, and living-history experiences that show the epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage. Yorktown, Va. 888593-4682, historyisfun.org

CIVIL WAR AND EMANCIPATION DAY April 8, 10:00am–4:00pm. Family-friendly programs explore the roles of education and voting during and after the American Civil War. Activities will include speakers, a keynote address, performances, displays, and hands-on activities. Historic Tredegar, Richmond, Va. 804-649-1861, ext. 124, acwm.org/calendar-events

OPENING OF NEW CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM April 17. The new Classic Motor Museum will be open Thursdays through Sundays, beginning April 17.

FAIRFAX CIVIL WAR DAY April 29, 10:00am–5:00pm. Living history programs, infantry and cannon firings, scholarly talks, military drills, historic house tours, Civil War music, wagon rides, youth activities, and barbecue. Proceeds benefit the restoration of Historic Blenheim. Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Va. fairfaxva.gov/ government/historic-resources/civil-war-interpretive-center

Lectures/Workshops/Classes MR. PRATT PRESENTS: RON CHERNOW April 8, 6:00–10:00 pm. An evening to celebrate this great American historian and storyteller. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour and seated dinner featuring Chernow’s works and related conversations. 3800 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. prattlibrary.org/mrpratt

TOURS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE April 9, 1:00–5:00pm. Tour the environmental center and boat shop. Free admission and light refreshments. Maritime Museum, 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, Md. hdgmaritimemuseum.org

O THER SHREK ON ICE April 1–2. The figure skating portrayal of the green ogre who lives happily in the swamp and falls in love with Princess Fiona. The Gardens Ice House, Laurel, Md. 301-922-4958, gardensfsc.org

OPEN COCKPIT SEASON April 8, 9:00am–1:00pm. A day of aviation fun providing visitors the opportunity to sit in the pilot seats of airplanes. Visitors can climb aboard a 1950s Martin 404 passenger plane and B57A Canberra built onsite by the Glenn L. Martin Company. Maryland Air Museum, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122, mdairmuseum.org

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Maple syrup: How sweet it is!

It was my habit, late each winter, to join a crew of backpackers trekking in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. Capped by the notorious Mount Washington, arctic-like temperatures and brutal weather approximated the conditions found on mountains three or four times the elevation. Late in February or early in March, a high-pressure dome can bring a stretch of clear skies and steely cold, the perfect elements for a three-day ascent. Although 500 feet lower than its neighbor, Mount Adams is a beast to climb any time of the year. In a swirling snow squall, a trail from the north led us along a stand of winter bare trees. Through the drifting haze, the trees looked to be all roped together, leashed one to the other with some kind of cable, strung trunk to trunk about waist-high. Partially obscured by the winddriven whiteout, the sight was eerily mysterious and vaguely ominous. It took a long moment to realize that I was looking at a sugar bush, a stand of sugar maple trees tapped for their sap. Those “cables” were tubing, connected to a metal tap driven into each tree, collecting the sap. The myriad tubes led downhill to a gathering point where the sugar-rich sap was processed into maple syrup. Although maple syrup production centers in Vermont and Quebec, the western, upland portions of the Mid-Atlantic also support the stands of maples required to harvest commercial quantities of sap. A typical Appalachian sugar bush is a family business, handed down through generations, but often enhanced with modern technology. Traditionally, wooden taps driven into holes bored into

the trees directed the “maple water” into a collecting bucket, hung from the tap. Considerable lifting, hauling, and carrying brought the maple water to the “sugar camp” for processing. In a more contemporary operation, 30 acres of red and sugar maples can take 7,000 metal taps at two to three taps per tree, feeding into 17 to 18 miles of tubing. A vacuum system, similar to a cowmilking machine, pulls a vacuum on the tubing and draws the maple water into a central sugar house. The sap is then heated to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup. Some syrup makers use a reverse osmosis system to remove a portion of the water from the sap, saving on labor and firewood. The amount of sugar in the sap varies widely, from tree to tree, day to day, and even within a single tree. Making a gallon of syrup can require from 20 to 50 gallons of maple water, depending on the sugar content. Slow, carefully controlled boiling achieves the right color, clarity, consistency, and level of sucrose. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service issue standards for classifying maple syrup: u Grade A, with either golden color and a delicate taste, amber color and a rich taste, dark color and a robust taste, or very dark color and a strong taste u Processing grade u Substandard Along with containing all maple sap, to be considered “Grade A” the syrup cannot have any “off” flavors, must be a uniform color, and be clean and free from turbidity and sediment.

Maple syrup season in the Mid-Atlantic usually begins around the second week of February and runs until the end of March. Ideal conditions require nights with below-freezing temperatures and days that are above freezing, enabling the maple water to run freely. This year, however, has been anything but ideal. For example, the grove of maples at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella, Md., failed to produce any quantity when tapped for the annual end-of-February maple syrup festival.

BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES 1 packet dry yeast 4 cups warm water 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon oil 1 tablespoon molasses 4 cups buckwheat flour (I use buckwheat ground at Wye Mill in Wye Mills, Md.) 1 teaspoon salt In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast into the warm water, stirring with a fork until dissolved. Add the flour and mix until smooth. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the mix stand overnight. The next morning, add salt, molasses, soda, and oil, and mix thoroughly. Bake on a lightly greased, hot griddle until golden brown, turning once. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit his website, reedhellmanwordsmith.com, or email questions and comments to rhway2go@yahoo.com.

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Cumberland’s DelFest ‘like a family reunion’ for area Bluegrass fans Bluegrass music as old as the hills and as new as today will liven up the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Md., for DelFest on Memorial Day weekend. Cumberland is in Western Maryland, about a 2 1/2-hour drive from Washington, D.C. The 10th annual music festival, scheduled for May 25–28, is always a crowd-pleaser, with 35,000 fans attending over the course of the event. A majority of attendees are from Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, but overall last year hailed from 45 states and 13 countries. Bluegrass legend Del McCoury, who has entertained audiences for more than 50 years, is the star behind DelFest, which is produced in association with High Sierra Music. Back in the day, McCoury played with the likes of Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys. Over the years, he has performed everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to the Bonnaroo Music Festival. The York, Pa., native continues to appear on TV shows, has received nine Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and as recently as 2014 won his second Grammy with The Del McCoury Band. Other festival headliners include the Trey An-

astasio Band, Gov’t Mule, and The Travelin’ McCourys (with Dierks Bentley).

Like a family reunion “DelFest is like a family reunion,” said Chris Harris, who promotes the festival. “We have a lot of repeat customers whose kids have literally grown up with the festival. There are some 10-year-old kids that have been to every DelFest. So, we are very family-friendly.” Among the special aspects of the festival are the spontaneous collaborations that occur. Del McCoury pops in to play with some of the groups, and his son, Ronnie McCoury, regularly sits in on 10 to 12 sets during the weekend. There is also an artist-at-large, who appears in numerous shows. “There’s a mix of music, but it all comes back to the relationships with the McCoury family,” said Harris. “You won’t find another festival that can mix something as traditional a Junior Sisk with something as progressive as Gov’t Mule or Trey Anastasio (former front man for Phish). Del is the glue that holds it all together.” Among other performers scheduled to appear are Bela Fleck and Chris Thile, Leftover Salmon,

Hot Rize, The Infamous Stringdusters, Steep Canyon Rangers, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Sierra Hull, Jeff Austin Band, Cabinet, Donna the Buffalo, Fruition, Sara Watkins, Noam Pikelny, Billy Strings, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, and Dre’s Gospel Collective. There also are late night jams that require a special ticket. Artist bios and other details are on the event’s website, delfest.com. The atmosphere is relaxed, and includes the Kidzone with activities, an arts and crafts fair, movement play shops (such as yoga), and a variety of food and beverage vendors. Attendees have the option of on-site camping, or lodging in nearby Cumberland, which has many shopping, arts, and dining opportunities. Prior to the festival is a four-day DelFest Academy, during which all-star musicians teach various instruments to students of all levels.

The festival What: DelFest When: May 25–28 Where: Cumberland, Md. Info/tickets: delfest.com

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Riders sharpen their skills at the 2-acre Mountain Bike Skills Park at Raystown Lake.

It’s a blustery day in central Pennsylvania; cold enough that the sky is occasionally spitting what sure looks like snow. But Mitch Moore, an athletic-appearing fellow in his 30s, isn’t about to let the chill air spoil his ride. He’s come here to the Raystown Lake area from Lewistown, Pa., about a 90-minute drive, to try out the Mountain Bike Skills Park, which debuted July 1. “It’ll definitely help improve my skills,” said Moore when asked about the park. “I’m more of a trail guy than this kind of stuff here, but I came to try it — it’s something different to ride. I’ll hit up the trails after I’m finished here.” The trails Moore are referring to are the Allegrippis Trails (raystown. org/allegrippis-trails), 36 miles of multi-use stacked-loop trails that opened in 2009 and immediately began drawing mountain bikers

from the Mid-Atlantic, Canada, and beyond. (The trails are about a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C.) They’ve been ranked by Men’s Journal magazine as some of the best for mountain biking in the country, which doesn’t surprise Brent Rader. A passionate member of the local mountain biking community, Rader calls the Allegrippis Trails “a good time. There are trails at different skill levels, so you can build up. It’s an amazing system, atypical for the region. Because they’re machine-cut trails, they’re rolling — most of the trails in the state are rocky and really technical. So it’s really fun to be able to come out here and go fast.” The 2-acre skills park, which is free to use and sits on public land next door to the largest lake in the Keystone State, helps riders get continued on page 27

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This year, Huntingdon, Pa., which is a 20-minute drive from the Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park, turns 250 years old and will mark the occasion with a variety of festive events. “On Friday, June 9, our town will come together for a traditional hometown parade,” noted Tammy Stuber, one of the organizing committee members. “The next day, Mayor Dee Dee Brown will lead a dedication ceremony at our town monument called the “Standing Stone,” once used in as a meeting place marker for Native Americans. Upon conclusion of the ceremony, the town will open up for a street fair festival including food and craft vendors, historic demonstrations, kids’ activities, and entertainment for all ages.”

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Take on 3 trails and a float in Pennsylvania’s Indiana County What are your favorite outside pursuits? Hiking? Kayaking? Road or mountain biking? Indiana County, Pa., may claim to be the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, but come warmer weather the focus shifts to different outdoor activities. Spring is a great time to get out on the water, especially in a canoe or kayak. One of the most popular “floats” in the area is to put in at the Conemaugh Dam and paddle your way down to Saltsburg, about a fourhour ride. One really nice aspect of this trip is that you can rent everything you need from Saltsburg Kayak & Canoe Outfitters, and they will transport you to the put-in point. Your trip ends where Loyalhanna Creek and the Conemaugh River meet to form the Kiskiminetas River. This is also where the outfitter is located, making it an easy in and out. While there are long periods of relaxed floating and picturesque views, there are also a few areas where the water picks up and you

have to pay attention, which makes for a fun change of pace. Still, those fairly new to the sport should feel comfortable with this level of challenge. “This is really a great beginners’ river,” said Johnathan Crowe, who manages the outfitter with his wife, Courtney. “There are a couple of Class 1 and Class 2 rapids, mostly in spring, but you are still able to do it on your own without a guide.” Insider tip: If you like history, take the time to wander through Saltsburg after your trip. The outfitter is located in the George Altman building, built in 1912, and the Rebecca B. Hadden Stone House Museum, which documents the history of the area, is located just across the street.

an easy half-mile loop to a more challenging 2-mile trail that offers a view of the Yellow Creek Dam. There are also 18 miles of singletrack mountain biking trails in the 2,981-acre park. Walking some of the trails is like taking a trip back in time. The West

Penn Trail retraces the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal and Portage Railroad route, while the Hoodlebug Trail, which runs 10 miles from Black Lick to Indiana, follows the path of the Indiana branch of the 1850s continued on page 27

Off the water If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, or on the pedals, there are numerous places to hike and bike in Indiana County. Yellow Creek State Park offers 5 miles of hiking trails, ranging from

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Fresh air and antiques draw visitors to Gettysburg show Even now, the townspeople of Gettysburg are preparing for the third Saturday in May, the day when a mighty throng will once again converge on this quaint Pennsylvania town. Hailing from the North, the South, and all points in between, some 10,000 people will likely fill the streets of the historic downtown area. Their mission: not to engage in battle (although there may be a bit of bartering), but to find the perfect treasure.

Yes, it’s time for the Gettysburg Outdoor Antiques Show. Set for May 20, 7:00am–4:00pm (rain or shine), the show is marking its 50th year, according to its manager, John Angstadt. Known for its reputation of offering “high-quality antiques,” the twice-a-year event is popular with shoppers and dealers alike. Shoppers, Angstadt explained, range from curious novices to serious collectors. Many are day-trip-

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Gettysburg hosts a number of activities this spring, including: u Living History Weekends at the Eisenhower National Historic Site Living history from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War is featured every weekend through October. u National Junior Ranger Day, April 15 Activities for inquisitive young minds include trying on Civil War-era costumes and pretending to be a Secret Service agent at both the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National History Site. u Gettysburg North-South Marathon and 10-Miler, April 23 More than half the course traverses the battlefield, offering a unique way to see hallowed ground. (gettysburgnorthsouthmarathon.com) u Doors Open Gettysburg, May 6, 11:00am–4:00pm The National Park Service will open eight buildings on the Gettysburg battlefield to the public for a rare look at structures ranging from recently restored to those in need of repair. u Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, May 18–20 This internationally acclaimed festival hosts bands and fans from around the world at Granite Hill Camping Resort. (gettysburgbluegrass.com)

Twice each year, The Gettysburg Outdoor Antiques Show draws dealers and buyers to Lincoln Square. pers, but others take advantage of nearby accommodations and linger a while in the popular travel destination. Dealers (“we’re holding steady at 125”) travel from “up and down the East Coast, mainly the Mid-Atlantic, but from as far south as Florida and as far west as Illinois.” They set up their booths on the sidewalks that line Carlisle, Chambersburg, Baltimore, and York streets, as well as on Lincoln Square. Items typically for sale include, among other things, vintage clothing, sports memorabilia, and china, as well as toys, postcards, and Civil

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Check out New Oxford, too As for those seeking to go antiquing the other 363 days of the year, the town of New Oxford is a scenic 10-mile drive east of Gettysburg along Route 30, the historic Lincoln Highway. Known as the “Original Antiques Capital of South-Central Pennsylvania,” New Oxford is home to more than a dozen antiques stores. Those offering a variety of wares range from single-dealer shops with staggered hours to three co-ops, with approximately 150 dealers, that are open seven days a week. Dedicated antiquers, as well as those wishing to pass several hours (or more) in a relaxing atmosphere, are likely to find New Oxford a pleasant stop. Many dealers offer a general line of furniture and “smalls;” others specialize in primitives, art, and militaria. Antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries mingle with vintage decorative items from the 20th century. Oak furniture, estate jewelry, and Victoriana are also offered for sale here. And, if that is not enough, the eclectic repurposed buildings of New Oxford’s antiques shops are intriguing in themselves, including a former shoe factory that is now thought by some to be haunted.

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Raystown continued from page 24 good enough to “go fast” on the trails. Fun features like berms (corners with banked outer edges) and a “whale tale” (a little bump following a large bump with a jump over it) test abilities in a safe setting. Out on the trails riders who take a tumble could be 10 remote miles from help; the skills park is across from the visitors center and a handy supply of band aids, if need be. But right now, wiping out seems the furthest thing

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from Moore’s mind. “I like the flow of the skills park,” he said. “I like the berms, in particular.” As he prepares to ride off down the intermediate track, Moore yelled back over his shoulder, “It’s a good time, for sure.” Insider tip: The annual Dirt Rag Dirt Fest, with mountain biking demo and expo areas, skills clinics, group rides, live music, beer tasting, and camping will return to Raystown Lake, May 18– 21. (dirtragdirtfest.com)

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continued from page 25 Pennsylvania Railroad. What’s really unique about the Hoodlebug Trail is that it is both rural and residential; it also passes right by Disobedient Spirits, where you can quickly quench your thirst before getting back on track. The Hoodlebug also connects to the Ghost Town Trail, a well-maintained, crushed limestone trail that runs for 36 continuous miles through Indiana and Cambria counties. Named for the mining towns that used to exist along the route, you can still see traces of bygone times, including the Eliza Furnace at Vintondale, one of the state’s best-preserved iron furnaces. The furnace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A perfect way to end your day in the area is with a stop into Levity Brewing Co., located less than a mile from the Hoodlebug Trail. Opened in January 2016, the business — which believes in serious beer for the light at heart — attracts a lot of people who love the outdoors and sharing their adventures over pints of Possum Glory, Hoodlebug Brown, or Headlamp Stout.

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Spring comes to Garrett County Springtime in the mountains can be quite the adventure. You never know if you’ll be surprised by a blanket of snow or delighted with carpets of blooming wildflowers, all of which makes living in the moment almost an imperative. Garrett County, Md., perched high in the Allegheny Mountains, offers so many possibilities in the springtime that it’s easy to have a

Plan B, C, and D at the ready in case the weekend weather dictates a pivot. Whatever the weather, there’s a way to be outside enjoying the bounty of the region. Canoe or cast your fishing line on the county’s lakes and rivers, zip through treetops on ropes courses or a mountain coaster at the Wisp Resort, bike or hike the plethora of trails snaking

through the county, or sample the area’s specialties with wine, cheese, and craft beers. To welcome spring visitors, several Deep Creek Lake area hotels and businesses are offering the 3-2-1 Lodging and Activity Promotion through May 11. Six lodging companies are offering three-night stays for the price of two, as well as special activity deals including discounts on dining, wine and beer tastings, spirit purchases, and amusement center activities. (visitdeepcreek.com)

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Whether your preference is to paddle, motor, or just wade, Garrett County’s waterways offer a bounty of options. While only the most hardy are waterskiing in wetsuits during the spring, Deep Creek Lake remains a draw for fishing and kayaking. Smaller lakes such as Broadford and Herrington Manor are also popular fishing spots. And, there’s the trout fishing on the Casselman, Youghiogheny, and Savage rivers that bring out the anglers. Check out the Maryland Depart-

ment of Natural Resources’ website to plan your trip. (dnr.maryland.gov/ fisheries) Another option is a guide, such as Don Hershfield, of Streams and Dreams, who can help you out. (streams-and-dreams.net)

Mountain park play Springtime at Wisp Resort means a mountainful of adventures, from ground-grazing ropes courses for the little ones to treetop zip lines to the thrill of a mountain coaster rushing downhill. Other activities, including archery and gem mining, round out the family fun. Nearby, play centers such as Smiley’s Fun Zone offer bumper cars and go-carts. (wispresort.com)

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rious Cranesville sub-arctic swamp, bog-loving species emerge and shelter in a boreal 1,600-acre wonderland. Whether you choose to hike to hear the springtime roar of the state’s largest waterfall at Swallow Falls State Park or navigate the technical challenges of Fork Run Recreational Area on a mountain bike, the Garrett Trails website can guide you to mapped trails with varying degrees of difficulty to help you explore the wealth of the county’s beauty. (garretttrails.org) Developed by local enthusiasts, the trail systems can be explored on foot, horseback, or mountain bikes, depending on which trail you choose. Beginners and those unfamiliar with the area can opt for guided tours with local natural photographer Crede Calhoun, of All Earth Eco Tours. (deepcreeklakefamilyactivities.com)

Eat and drink local Spring’s culinary pleasures in Garrett County include local Firefly Farms goat cheeses and High Country Creamery cow cheeses, local wines from Deep Creek Cellars and beer from Mountain State Brewing Company, newly boiled-down maple syrup from a number of family farms topping buckwheat pancakes, and the pungent taste of just-harvested ramps. For ramp aficionados, the annual Ramp CookOff will be held April 29 at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park. From raw to roasted, this Appalachian delicacy will wake up your taste buds, just as the rest of Garrett County serves up a mountain spring.

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Marking the centennial of WWI In my home town of Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum and Memorial documents America’s role in the conflict with artifacts and educational programs. It opened on Nov. 11, 1926 (originally Armistice Day, now Veterans Day), and later became a National Historical Landmark. This year marks the 100th anniversary of America’s declaration of war against Germany on April 6, 1917, and the Mid-Atlantic region offers numerous opportunities to explore the area’s crucial role in the war and its impact on the home front. President Woodrow Wilson called it “The war to end all wars,” but failed to win Congressional approval for our country’s participation in the League of Nations to assure future peace. Check out these opportunities to experience World War I in the Mid-Atlantic:

DELAWARE State museums Various locations 302-645-7670, history.delaware.gov Seven events at four museums, set for April 1–June 22, feature the theme “Service, Suffrage, and Swing: World War I Era in Delaware.” These include the annual Chautauqua tent show in Lewes, where reenactors will portray historical persons linked to WW1; a band concert is planned for June 6. In addition to the Lewes Historical Society, venues include the State House, Johnson Victrola Museum, and the Zwaanendael Museum. Delaware Historical Society Wilmington, Del. 302-655-7161, dehistory.org A permanent exhibit includes some World War I artifacts, but a special exhibit on the war is planned for November.

MARYLAND College Park Aviation Museum College Park, Md. 301-864-6029, collegeparkaviationmuseum.com A Smithsonian affiliate, this museum gallery explains how powered flight developed as an aerial weapon, and how military pilots received training at College Park and influenced aviation. Laurel Museum Laurel, Md. 301-725-7975, laurelhistoricalsociety.org Laurel’s museum has invited historian Wayne Dzwonchyk to discuss artifacts and tell WWI stories on April 6. An exhibit, Laurel’s WWI: From Here to Over There, runs through Dec. 17 and explores the impact of the war on Laurel’s residents with artifacts, posters, poignant letters sent home, and trench art. Soldiers trained at Camp Laurel (now Laurel Park for horse racing) and Camp Meade (later Fort Meade). Mallows Bay Charles County, Md. charlescountymd.gov/discoverquest On the Maryland side of the Potomac River is

the graveyard of more than 100 ships sunk in Mallows Bay. These date from the Civil War and WWI. Wooden vessels built for the government in WWI were scuttled here because of shoddy work and the end of the war. Visitors must access what’s called the “Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay” by canoe or kayak from a new park. A WWI weekend, April 21–23, features art, guided kayak tours, and relevant exhibits at six historic sites.

NORTH CAROLINA The Museum of Cape Fear Historical Complex Fayetteville, N.C. 910-486-1330, museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov The museum will showcase an exhibit, North Carolina in the Great War, Oct. 3–Nov. 12. Almost 61,000 North Carolinians were drafted, and 2,375 men died. By the time the conflict ended, Tar Heel soldiers were awarded 200 medals. There will be a 10-panel exhibit, artifacts, and an encampment for kids 9 to 12 designed to make their history books come alive. 82nd Airborne Division Memorial War Museum Fort Bragg, N.C. 910-432-3443/5307, 82ndairbornedivisionmuseum.com A permanent gallery on WWI highlights the organization and training of the division, as well as its combat roles, with displays of uniforms, weapons, and equipment. Separately, the museum is showing artifacts once belonging to Sgt. Alvin York, the highly decorated war hero. A Century of Service exhibit is scheduled May 22–26. It chronicles 100 years of the 82nd’s service from day one. And, beginning in August, the museum will show how the Army made draftees into “doughboys.” continued on page 30

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increases its hours to Mondays through Saturdays from May through November. Among other items, it displays trench knives from 1917 and 1918.

North Carolina Museum of History Raleigh, N.C. 919-807-7900, ncmuseumofhistory.org On April 8, a 10:00am wreath-laying ceremony with WWI reenactors is scheduled on the grounds of the state capitol building. It will be followed by officials opening the exhibit North Carolina and WWI, which includes interactive displays, multimedia, 500 artifacts, period photos, and a trench diorama.

Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village Airville, Pa. 717-927-9565, maandparailroad.com Historian Jason Griffeth gives a lecture on “Europe at War, 1914-1917,” which centers on America’s declaration of war, military mobilization, and the Versailles Treaty, at 7:30pm on May 19 at the Stewartstown United Methodist Church. Over the weekend, encampments are scheduled at the village with uniformed reenactors.

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Pennsylvania Military Museum Boalsburg, Pa. 814-466-6263 On the weekend of April 22–23, the museum hosts a history encampment, “The Great War Remembered: WWI,” about the life and horrors on the Western Front. A special focus will be on gas warfare, tanks and arms, and nurses’ stories. The film The Battle of the Somme will be show on Sunday.

American Military Edged Weaponry Museum Intercourse, Pa. 717-768-7185, discoverlancaster.com The museum is open Saturdays in April, but

U.S. Army Heritage and Educational Center Carlisle, Pa. 717-245-3972, usahec.org Open year-round, the center’s free 1-mile Army Heritage Trail includes a replica of a WWI trench system.

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Caroline County 804-633-3490, visitcaroline.com Artifacts such as a WWI officer’s toilet kit and

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Military Aviation Museum Virginia Beach, Va. 757-721-7767, militaryaviationmuseum.org Housed in authentic hangars, the venue’s collection of 21 WWI planes from the U.S., United Kingdom, France, and Germany includes an original Curtis Jenny. The paintings of WWI aviation artist Henri Farreat also are on display. The museum presents its Flying Proms Symphony Air Show performance June 10. Its annual biplane and triplane WWI event is Oct. 7–8. An encampment will display the museum’s vehicles, armor, and arms. National Museum of the Marine Corps Triangle, Va. 877-635-1775, usmcmuseum.org A permanent gallery on WWI focuses on weapons and uniforms from the conflict. The museum also has a fully restored Liberty Truck that was used to transport war material, plus WWI aircraft. Additionally, there are photos of the Marines’ mobilization for the war and a life-size model of handto-hand combat. Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center Portsmouth, Va. 757-393-8543, portsmouthartcenter.com The center’s exhibit To Face the Unknown: Portsmouth and the Great War runs July 4–Oct. 9. It will include photos, newspapers, uniforms, propaganda posters, and media, plus talks and symposiums. The nearby Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum will offer its WWI collections and encourage cross visits. Virginia War Museum Newport News, Va. warmuseum.org The extensive displays of WWI items include a Whitworth gun, a Holt artillery tractor, and a 1917 tank. The city was an embarkation point for more than 47,000 horses and mules, more than 261,000 American soldiers, and 438 ships sent to the war zone. The mobilization comes to life June 17-18 with a WWI encampment at Endview Plantation. The Army’s Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis (now Joint Base Langley-Eustis) features an escort TRIPS & TRAVEL

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Gardens, galleries, and grapes event in Shenandoah County They’re flinging open the doors to Shenandoah County artists’ studios, wineries, farms, markets, and lots of other locations for the annual Open Door Tour, April 22–23. Some 24 locations, from the Strasburg area in the north to New Market in the south end of the county, will welcome visitors with art, demonstrations, tastings, and live music. Most venues are open 10:00am–5:00pm each day. Shenandoah County, at the western end of I-66, is just about an hour from Washington, D.C. Both I-81and U.S. Route 11 run the length of the county, providing easy access to the locations on the tour. This year marks the fourth for the event, also known as “Gardens, Galleries, and Grapes,” and offers visitors a weekend opportunity to get a more intimate look at the county’s offerings. “People can visit our galleries and wineries most any time,” said Jenna French, who promotes the county. “But, the tour is an opportunity to visit artists in their homes and studios that are not normally open to the public. It’s a real one-on-one experience that shows you what goes into their work.” Aside from checking out the work of the 80 art-

ists at the 24 stops along the trail, you can pet a llama and see shearing at Posey Thisisit Llama Farm and taste wine from the county’s wineries. At Country Gardens in Toms Brook, you’ll learn about bees, poultry, and ducks, and raised and container gardening. The historic Edinburg Mill hosts an artisan event with 40 participants offering everything from bird feeders to watercolors. The stops continue down the length of the county and offer a wide variety of experiences, including watching the tasty Route 11 Potato Chips being cooked and bagged near Mount Jackson. S henandoah Co. Tourism

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Exploring ‘America’s Favorite Drive’ on the Blue Ridge Parkway The Blue Ridge Parkway winds through some of the most scenic beauty Virginia and North Carolina have to offer. This mountainous byway beckons to D.C. families seeking a quick getaway. If your tastes tend toward the wacky, Dinosaur Kingdom II at Natural Bridge, Va., is hilarious and fun. Yankee and Confederate troops are juxtaposed in battle with dinosaurs as prehistoric figures meet Civil War history. Discover Stonewall Jackson battling a vicious spinosaurus; see Abraham Lincoln after he’s lassoed a pteranodon chewing up the Gettysburg address. Admission is $6 for ages 6 to 12 and $10 for age 13 and up. (dinosaurkingdomii.com) Located conveniently across the street from Dinosaur Kingdom II is the Natural Bridge Zoo, where you can see live animals after getting your fill of dinosaurs eating Yankees.

It’s a private zoo that focuses on threatened and endangered animals, including elephants, tigers, giraffes, zebras, and tortoises. A petting zoo lets you reach out and touch animals. Walk among brightly colored Australian budgerigar parakeets (budgies) as they fly freely in an aviary. Elephant rides are offered on the weekends, noon–3:00pm. The Close Encounters Tour lets guests feed animal babies, get acquainted with a python, and scratch porcupines. Admission is $8 for ages 3 to 12, $12 for ages 13 to 64, and $10 for seniors. (naturalbridgezoo.com) And, if you still haven’t gotten your fill of animals, the Virginia Safari Park is a 180-acre drive-thru zoo, also near Natural Bridge. Steer your car through more than 1,000 roaming animals and feed them from your car. Hop out of your car at the Safari Village Walk-Thru to feed gi-

raffes, observe tigers, walk through a petting zoo, and watch kangaroos. Admission is $12.95 for ages 2 to 12, $19.95 for ages 13 to 64, and $18.95 for seniors. (virginiasafaripark.com) Mabry Mill, along the parkway at Meadows of Dan, Va., is home to a historic and working grist mill that turns out flour. Step back in time as you watch blacksmithing, carding, and other demonstrations by National Park Service staff. The mill’s restaurant serves breakfast all day and is renowned for its pancakes. Free music performances are offered on Sundays in the summer. (mabrymillrestaurant.com)

The National Park Service operates several visitor centers along the parkway, all with a special emphasis on cultural life and the geology of the area. Completing special activities allows children to earn their Blue Ridge Parkway Junior Ranger badge. If your family enjoys outdoor activities, there are a variety of hikes available in both Virginia and North Carolina, with seven waterfall hikes listed by the National Park Service. The park service also operates a number of campgrounds, open May 6–Oct. 31, along the parkway. (blueridgeparkway.org) (nps.gov/blri)

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big red shoe, and the James River as it sweeps around Percival’s Island. Walkers see an energetic city with interesting stops such as El Jefe tequila bar, Waterstone gourmet pizza, Ice Cream Dream, and Riverviews Artspace.

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lynchburg is a 3 1/2-hour drive from Washington, D.C., but is also easily accessible by Amtrak. Winding through the city are 23 miles of off-street cycling and walking trails, allowing energetic visitors to explore the town sans car. Visitors to Downtown Lynchburg might find themselves waking to live keyboard music — brightly decorated pianos are scattered throughout downtown, and a virtuoso elf in a sports jacket comes through in the morning giving each a workout. Runners jog the RiverWalk, crossing a bridge decorated with “love Lynchburg Tourism locks” symbolizing unLynchburg’s riverfront location provides additional recreational breakable love. opportunities. Insider tip: Developers in this town of 80,000 have preserved the downtown’s historic feel. Chat with shopkeepers who will reveal their buildings’ original purposes, whether blacksmith shops or brothels. They also might expound on Lynchburg’s 200-year history, back to a time when it ranked among 2X daily round-trip Amtrak service the nation’s wealthiest from/to D.C. manufacturing cities. While it was an important Civil War transportation, supply, and hospital center, no battle entered the city, and visitors can still enjoy Lynchburg’s gorgeous old homes along the brick streets of seven historic districts. The city’s most famous mansion, Point of Honor, built in 1815, was home to a physician, but Narcissa Chisholm Owen, the mistress of the house, played a role in protecting the city before the Battle of Lynchburg in June 1864. She provided food and

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Rooms with a view: 3 Nelson County B&B’s offer home base Choco Taco almost blends into a furry black throw on the sofa near the parlor’s fireplace. The small black dog snoozes in utter contentment, far from any angst over her rescue-pup past or current canine concerns. That’s the kind of the feeling that Terri Tatarka wants her guests to have at her bed-and-breakfast, WildManDan. Come down to breakfast in your pajamas and socks if you want to — being comfortable and making connections is what it’s all about. The B&B, in a spacious 1870 farmhouse/post office in Afton, is among several new lodging options in Virginia’s Nelson County. All come with lovely views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and serve as home bases for exploring the county’s attractions. Tatarka, a tiny dynamo with a big personality and a hospitality background, runs the “beer-centric” B&B with her husband, Dan. His home-brewing system, using 10-gallon tanks, operates out of an old-style red “Coca-Cola” barn. You can enjoy his brews at the house bar, on the wraparound

porch, and at the outdoor fire pit. Or, take beer classes while visiting. The B&B has five carefully decorated, modern bedrooms, and a separate cabin. The farm-to-table breakfast, perhaps omelets or quiche, starts with dessert — the reasoning being that, like a kid, you feel like you’re getting away with something. (wmdb3.com) Another kind of treat greets guests at the Fenton Inn in Roseland. The entrance suggests a one-story building, but soon the U-shaped structure reveals a surprise in the back: an Old World-style, cobblestoned street layout, complete with village clock, tower, and mini-drawbridge. Owner William Fenton, whose background is in historic preservation at places such as Monticello, skillfully designed and built the three-story B&B from wood on the property. Its features include hardwood floors, handcrafted beds and tables, and interesting room shapes, woodwork, and door designs. Fenton’s wife, Lila, who is from Crimea, deco-

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Discover the arts in western Virginia’s Clifton Forge In the Alleghany Highlands area of the Virginia Mountains Region, off I-64 and along the Jackson River, Jeff Stern describes the spirited rebirth of Clifton Forge: “I’ve never seen a community this size do so much so well.” The town — where Stern is executive director of the reopened Historic Masonic Theatre — boasts a population under 5,000, but has reinvented itself after the downsizing of local industry and the railroad. Local supporters, especially the Alleghany Foundation, get big credit for repurposing an 1892 lumber mill, 1920s hardware store, grocery supplier, and tire plant. The architectural treasure at the heart of the new community vision is the three-story, 445-seat, 1905 His-

toric Masonic Theatre, Virginia’s oldest continuously operating theater when it closed temporarily in 1987. After a $6.9 million painstaking renovation, the storied Masonic has launched a full schedule of performances. Its top floor (once the meeting hall for the Masonic Order) is a rental venue for conferences, reunions, and weddings. The building’s lower area stages smaller performances, and shows from April through October take place in the amphitheater part of the complex. Stern, who had a long history of theater work before taking his present position, said, “These people don’t think small.” The 64-year-old Alleghany Highlands Arts Council has always thought big, bringing in world-class

performers in a wide variety of genres, ranging from violinist Daniel Heifetz, the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Shakespeare Company to country/rock artist Charlie Daniels and actor Ed Asner.

Other venues Crossing adjacent streets, I visited the town’s two other mainstays of the arts scene — the Clifton Forge School of the Arts and the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center.

The two-story school — the dream of three Clifton Forge women — continues to expand its offerings in music and art. Opportunities abound for hands-on learning in areas as diverse as stained glass, blacksmithing, and knitting. After enjoying the gallery’s large exhibit of Henrietta Crandall’s paintings, I purchased a fine needlework piece and art supplies in the school’s shop. Moving on to the 33-year-old Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts

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There’s a lot to love in Virginia Center, I discovered it to be a downtown retail linchpin and exhibition space with an impressive range of local artists’ works. “Some of our exhibits offer comfort and feel familiar,” said Nancy Newhard-Farrar, the center’s executive director. “Some are more adventurous and push the limits. There’s room for both.” It proved to be a great place to satisfy my 2017 gift shopping, with locally made jewelry, ceramics, and paintings.

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hibits, and a gift shop you won’t want to miss. The Cork and Pork Festival in nearby Covington, June 23–24 — the same weekend as the Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon — also features arts and crafts displays and demonstrations. Also in Covington, you’ll find arts and crafts at the 39th annual Streetscene on Aug. 12. And, you can enjoy the “LOVEwork” piece anytime at Humpback Bridge, a one-of-a-kind covered bridge and National Historic Landmark. Insider tip: For a free, 45-minute tour of the Historic Masonic Theatre, register online at historicmasonictheatre.com. Make time for dinner at Cat & Owl, a10-minute drive to Low Moor; there, I met folks who drove an hour for the great steak and seafood. And, during

The free sixth annual Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Railway Festival is scheduled for June 3, 10:00am–5:00pm. Town-wide venues will celebrate heritage with continuous live music and arts and crafts. The event includes more than 80 artisan demonstrations and displays ranging from hooked rugs, fiber arts, and vintage quilts to pottery, woodworking, glassmaking, blacksmithing, and apple butter- and soap-making. A dozen food vendors will offer Celtic, German, Native American, English, AfricanAmerican, and other types of cuisine. Children’s activities, including miniature train A lleghany Highlands rides at the C&O Railway Heritage Center, run throughout the day. The C&O center The renovated interior of the historic Masonic Theatre, also features old rail cars and rail history ex- which has hosted actors like Ben Vereen.

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The days are getting longer and Dave Walsh is back to biking on the Chessie Nature Trail, a rail trail linking the town of Buena Vista with the city of Lexington along Virginia’s Maury River. Our facility offers everything from A three-hour drive from D.C., Lexington is 55 rough camping to full hookups with wooded, waterfront and group minutes east of the West Virginia border and 50 camping areas. Our amenities miles north of Roanoke. include an Olympic-size pool, Walsh, owner of Shenandoah Rides and Rentals, wading pool, tennis courts, ball leads the way for a short ride through the heart of fields, picnic shelters, skating, trails, river fishing, and numerous Lexington, then we find ourselves on the Chessie live entertainment events. Trail — a flat, crushed gravel route accessible for Come for the Outdoors, Come to get Away...Come Change your View! bicyclists of many skill levels. Glen Maury Park Is it our imagination, or are people a bit nicer to 101 Maury River Drive, Buena Vista, VA 24416 (540) 261-7321 or visit www.glenmaurypark.com bicyclists in Lexington? Walsh attributes it to the less dense population in an area where people are taught to say hello to strangers. “This is a bike-friendly community,â€? he said, “and if the drivers don’t know me, well, they know someone who does, so they’re good about sharing the road.â€? Insider tip: Ask Hummingbird Inn ... • Daily 11am-4:30pm Walsh about food, as â? 5 guest rooms â? Acre of grounds April through Oct. â? Jacuzzi tubs â? Pet Friendly well as biking. On his • June-Aug. 10am-5:30pm â? Variety of Outdoor Activities

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custom bike tours, he includes food stops and snacks that range from standard peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to more gourmet selections, such as aged gouda on Asian pears, cherries in a balsamic reduction on crackers, or hard salami and brie. One of his post-ride favorites is a plate of sweet potato fries — and he’ll search the Internet ahead of time to find a place that sells them. For a more restful view with a dash of history, take a carriage ride through town with Shana Layman at the Lexington Carriage Company.

Not your mother’s Natural Bridge This longtime tourist staple has had a makeover, with 1,500 acres now designated as a state park. The Natural Bridge itself — a 90-foot-thick limestone arch standing 215 feet above Cedar Creek — hasn’t changed. But, tour packages are being expanded and revamped, and the attraction is open seven days a week through the spring and summer. Opt for the “Caverns and Bridge Combo� package ($20 for adults; $12 for kids) that includes the onsite caverns, Natural Bridge, Monacan Indian Living History Exhibit, and Cedar Creek Trail. If you want to add a couple of short hikes, try the 3.3mile Monacan Trail and 1.8-mile Buck Hill Trail in the park. The 30-foot Lace Falls are named for the appearance of the water as it cascades over the rocks.

 

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Smallbut-mighty Buena Vista Buena Vista — a small city of 6,800 on the eastern side of Rockbridge County — is home to the 300-acre Glen Maury Park and Campground, which hosts concerts and private events, and also offers hiking trails and an 18-hole golf course. The city cut five new walkable trails in Glen Maury Park during 2016, and plans are underway to connect them as a


There’s a lot to love in Virginia loop. The park already connects with the Chessie Trail. Buena Vista was recently designated a “golf cart-friendly community,” meaning golf carts are allowed on the streets, so be mindful as you travel about town. Also, keep your eyes open for flocks of wild turkeys around the outskirts of Buena Vista. They’re around, but never for long.

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Art-gazing, nibbling, lodging The sixth annual Lexington Rockbridge Studio Tour will be held on Mother’s Day weekend, May 13 and 14, and will feature seven artists’ studios with a total of 25 artists exhibiting and selling their work. The free, self-guided tour includes demonstrations of art techniques, and most studios offer snacks and beverages. The company Roanoke Food Tours offers a

three-hour food tour in Lexington with seven stops: Southern Inn Restaurant, Mano Taqueria, Blue Phoenix Cafe and Market, Pure Eats, The Red Hen, Cheese To You, and Pronto Gelateria. Insider tip: Ask Meg Hall, owner of Cheese To You, to talk to you about how to care for and continued on page VA-11

This two-day event in May features trout-fishing, two bluegrass concerts, games, food, and camping. “We stocked the Maury River with 1,000 trout for the Fish and Pick last year,” said Brian Brown, Buena Vista’s director of economic development, who also appears to be in charge of directing people toward fun outdoor activities in his town.

Relax at Fox Hill, a 38-acre Bed & Breakfast retreat located midway between the Shenandoah Valley cities of Staunton and Lexington. Beautiful mountain views, 3-course breakfast, and pet friendly, too.

Cheers to new beers While Devils Backbone Outpost is the most wellknown brewery in the Lexington area, the craft beer selection is growing by mugs and bounds, now with three breweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. The newest brewery on the trail is the Great Valley Farm Brewery in Natural Bridge, where a gorgeous view is also served. Check out the Blue Lab Brewing Company and Brew Ridge Taps in Lexington, too.

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Explore Orange County with a saddle or a paddle this spring You can escape your frenetic everyday world with a short trip to the sublime hills of Orange County, Va., where you’ll find great outdoor adventures and the home and estate of the third U.S. president, James Madison. Explore mature forests on horseback, hike historic trails, kayak past Civil War crossings, and explore historic sites and wineries. I visited Orange just after Presidents Day when master naturalist and chief guide Laura Maddox led our hike through the old growth forest at Montpelier. This is the estate where the “Father of the Constitution” lived with his wife, Dolley, who helped carve out the place for first ladies in America. Legacy trees more than 200 years old, including cypress and Cedar of

Lebanon, remain on the lawn. The Marquis de Lafayette gave Madison three Cedar of Lebanon seedlings after the American Revolution, and a biblical-looking one stands near the brick mansion. Maddox explained that the term “old-growth forest” means trees in the forest have reached maturity. There were many mature red oaks, white ashes, and tulip trees to admire along a 3.5-mile, slightly hilly trail. She also shared the scent of a spice bush, and said the Montpelier Forest offers the best example of a tulip tree/spice bush community in the Eastern Piedmont of North America. The legendary pawpaw tree, which survived the Ice Age, grows here, too. It’s the only plant the

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zebra swallowtail butterfly eats, so six months a year you’re sure to see these spectacular flying beauties. From Montpelier, it’s possible to connect to another trail that leads to the Market at Grelen, with its popular restaurant and fresh food purveyor. If you haven’t taken the house tour of Montpelier, it’s a must. Guides offer terrific insight into the years James and Dolley Madison lived here. In June, Montpelier will open reconstructed slave quarters after years of archaeological research and input from descendants. See the visitor center exhibit before heading out, and pick up a copy of the book written by President Madison’s personal servant, Paul Jennings, who lived in the White House.

Ride through history Near Montpelier is Oakland Heights Farm. An oversized horseshoe marks its entrance. Fifty horses graze on the hillside here, and owner David Lamb leads trail rides and runs a regular rodeo with his son. The tack room is filled with Western and English saddles of all sizes and displays Monacan Indian artifacts found on this land — the same land and forest where best friends James Madison and Thomas Jefferson frequently rode between Orange and Charlottesville. Ride with Lamb and you’ll also see traces of the Civil War battles fought in Orange County. Lamb has provided horses for presidential parades for years and you’ll know why when you mount one of his gentle equines.

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There’s a lot to love in Virginia In the nearby town of Orange, there are many spots for wining and dining. Both town and county offer sought-after lodging choices with well-informed hosts at bedand-breakfast and country inn establishments. Outside town, Rapidan River Kayak runs year-round excursions on the Rapidan River. Accredited by the American Canoe Association, owner Beth Seale loves to help guests spot the eagles nest along her pad-

Lexington continued from page VA-9 identify “real” cheese. Her thoughtful answer will have you rethinking a favorite food. The Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast Suites in Fairfield — just outside Lexington — offers privacy, a brightly starlit sky, and a friendly greeting from innkeepers Cathy ArcherMiller and Mike Miller. Pile the dog and the kids into the Stable Suite, where you can wake up, walk out the door, and pet Cody, the horse, and Love Bug, the donkey. If you don’t bring your own pet, there are two friendly dogs, Benelli and Ruger, who will greet you if you walk into their area of

dling route. She said she’s often watched eagles from fewer than 75 feet away. Seale points out abundant wildlife in the clear waters just below a millhouse and dam where she puts in the boats. Like the zebra butterflies, she has an affinity for the pawpaw, which grows fragrantly on her land.

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the lovely grounds. The Hummingbird Inn is a hop, skip, and a jump from Goshen Pass — Virginia’s oldest state-managed natural area — and the Maury River. Visitors can rock on the wide porches and enjoy the deck overlooking Mill Creek. South River Highlands Country Retreat offers five cabins, dating from 1775 to the early 1900s, and the Hearthstone Lodge, all set on 250 beautiful acres. There are retreat and creative programs throughout the year. Ride, eat, fish, or rock your way to enjoying Lexington, Buena Vista, and the Rockbridge area this year.

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Nelson County continued from page VA-5 The recently opened Ad Astra Bed & Breakfast in Afton caters to the outdoorsy types who flock to the mountains. There are 16 miles of walking trails on the property, two personal trainers who can take folks on hikes, a copperinfused hot tub and spa pool that can be reserved for post-hiking, and garage bays designated for cyclists and fly fishermen. Author Rita Mae Brown, a neighbor, sometimes brings her fox-hunting horses by for a visit. Owner Kristen Obertone drew a design on a napkin that became the “rustic luxe” B&B, where all five bedrooms come with mountain views. Comforts include a two-sided lobby fireplace, an outdoor deck, reading nooks, a dining room, and a large kitchen for

gourmet breakfasts and cooking classes. Obertone, a self-professed “book nerd,” chose the John Steinbeck-inspired name Ad Astra (“to the stars”) and “when pigs fly” symbol for her B&B. (adastrabnb.com)

Seeing the sights A stay in Nelson County offers outdoor recreational opportunities, craft beverage facilities, and museums. Oakland Museum, in an 1838 former tavern and farmhouse, is a major resource for information about the deadly devastation wrought by Hurricane Camille in 1969. Run by the Nelson County Historical Society, the museum holds a Camille commemoration each August. County history is told through exhibits, photographs, videos, books, oral histories, and artifacts, including a 1938 refrigerator with continued on page VA-13

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Plan an adventure on the Northern Neck Artisan Trail Folks who need a break from life’s hustle and bustle can find it in Virginia’s Northern Neck, where farm fields, waterways, and cute villages offer a slower pace. A great way to explore the region is the Northern Neck Artisan Trail.

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Part of a state network, the diverse year-old trail stretches through King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Lancaster, and Northumberland counties. Among the 127 sites are artisan studios, craftrelated venues, agri-artisan farms, restaurants, lodging, and other attractions. The trail provides a connection, support system, and way to maximize available time. Plan your strategy by consulting the trail’s section on artisanscenterofvirginia.org, or pick up a brochure at one of the sites (marked by trail signs). Be sure to check open hours or whether appointments are needed.

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One unusual way to immerse yourself in art is by taking a weekend “glass getaway” at Zekiah Glass in Richmond County, combined with a stay at the adjoining Chestnut Cove Bed and Breakfast. Owners are Bob and Barney Harris. Bob Harris is a retired NASA glassblower, whose work has been exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum. Barney (a nickname for Bonnie) Harris teaches two-day stained-glass classes in a well-organized airy studio. She directs one to four students at a time, mostly novices, in designing, cutting, grinding, and soldering glass. The students’ framed creations go home with them. “I’ve never had anyone leave who wasn’t totally thrilled,” she said. Sometimes students come with a design idea, and she draws it for them. Drawers hold bits of glass in different colors and textures; one is simply

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“Barney” Harris teaches stained glass work as part of a package at Chestnut Cove Bed and Breakfast. labeled “Weird.” Colorful birds, fish, and flowers are frequent subjects, though one man’s choice was a beaver and another’s was Spider-Man (allegedly for his grandson). The two-guest room B&B overlooking Morattico Creek is meant for the convenience of class-takers. The stay comes with a home-cooked breakfast and lunch. An open kitchen is the command post, although family cat Smokey supervises from the living-room sofa. (zekiahglass.com)

Enjoy a craft beverage Stratford Hall, also in Westmoreland, promotes the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail’s multiple wineries and artisans at its annual wine and oyster festival, set for Sept. 16–17. Savor Virginia magazine readers voted it the state’s best wine festival. The majestic 18th-century Lee ancestral home offers tours, a restaurant, an inn, and events

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There’s a lot to love in Virginia through the year. One example is the Traditional Trades Fair on May 27, focusing on furniture making. (stratfordhall.org) The Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail’s Spring Oyster Crawl, April 22–23, features wine and oyster pairings at each of the participating wineries. (chesapeakebaywinetrail.com)

Craft beer, too Two Westmoreland County breweries are newcomers in the craft beverage mix. Montross Brewery, owned by John and Roxanne Warren, offers craft beer and old-fashioned ginger ale (reviving a town tradition) on weekends. Though his background is in wine, brewer John Warren prefers the infinite variations of small-batch beer making. Customers make connections in the rustic tasting room or outdoor picnic tables. (montrossbrewery. com). Ted Saffos joined forces with brewer Mark Turner to participate in the rejuvenation of Colonial Beach, where their Colonial Beach Brewery and tasting room will occupy a renovated Esso gas station when it opens

this spring, complete with a patio for enjoying the selection of brews that include an IPA, Oyster Stout, and Riverboat Red, among others. “We’re using as much Virginia grain as we can, thanks to local producers,” Turner said. Spent grain will be used to make pretzels and for raising beer-fed beef cattle. There are many places to purchase art along the artisan trail. One is The Art of Coffee in Montross, where you can combine lunch with shopping for paintings and crafts. (theartofcoffee.biz) Another option is JarrettThor Fine Arts, a large gallery near the Colonial Beach boardwalk. Owner-artists Joyce and Carl Thor present 30 artists, whose paintings range from traditional to abstract, in rotating shows. Handcrafted jewelry, wooden bowls, and minerals also are available. The Thors, who have traveled the world, say Colonial Beach is a good place for artists, with a thriving art guild and Second Friday Art Walk. (jarretthor.com) The trail’s three state parks (Caledon, Westmoreland, and Belle Isle) also are getting in the spirit, add-

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ing work by local artists to their gift shops this spring. Catch an eagle tour at Caledon State Park on April 30. Belle Isle celebrates National Kids to Parks Day on May 20 with activities all day long. (dcr.virginia. cov/state-parks) The region’s marine heritage is exemplified by exhibits at the

Morattico Waterfront Museum, which has artifacts relating to Native Americans, as well as the crabbing, oystering, farming, and fishing that supported the area. (morattico.org)

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ner’s childhood home in Schuyler and visit the Walton’s Mountain Museum in Hamner’s high school, which features replicas of rooms in the TV series. (walton-mountain.org) Fans recall the show ended with lights going out and family members saying good night to each other. Good night, John-Boy. Good night, Choco Taco.

continued from page VA-11 a foot pedal, a collection of vintage irons, and an old-fashioned wall telephone like John-Boy Walton would have used. (nelsonhistorical.org) John-Boy was a lead character in the TV show The Waltons, based on the life of Earl Hamner Jr., who grew up in Nelson County during the Great Depression. You can see Ham-

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Dismal Swamp Stomp welcomes athletes to Chesapeake in April

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The Dismal Swamp Stomp Half-Marathon is one of the region’s earliest races, but there is also a 5K and a kids’ Cub Run.

You know it’s spring when runners appear along the roads like early-blooming daffodils, preparing for a new season of races and runs. One of the earliest and most popular runs in the region is the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half-Marathon in Chesapeake, Va. This year, runners take to the trail on April 8 for the 11th annual event. It’s popular for both its route and size. Only 2,500 runners are accepted for the USA Track and Field-sanctioned event, which means no gridlock or crowding. Despite its name, you won’t be slogging through mud. The out-and-back route is on a flat, asphalt surface, easy for all levels of runners, and particularly

nice for an early-season run. The race is a rain-or-shine event, but between the good surface and canopy cover from the trees along the route, it would take a nor’easter to cause any real problems. The route is also particularly beautiful. The winding course borders the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and moves along the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. More than 200 species of birds and dozens of kinds of wildlife call the forested woodlands home, so runners will be watched, and perhaps paced, by herons, hawks, and curious critters. (For history buffs, work on the hand-dug canal began in the 1790s. George Washington,

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All year round, Chesapeake is alive with festivals and events of every kind. And this spring is no exception. Our beloved Historic Garden Week offers breathtaking tours of homes and gardens. The guided bird walks at Northwest River Park and the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival provide some of the best birdwatching in the country. And our guided Skywatch through Northwest River Park affords rich insights into the solar system – complete with the occasional owl sighting. From food and wine to walks and runs; from concerts and picnics to farmers’ markets and fireworks; Chesapeake is where life’s best moments happen every day. So join us. And make your weekend an event. Go to VisitChesapeake.com for details and a full calendar of events.

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There’s a lot to love in Virginia Union and Confederate troops, and the Underground Railroad all used the canal.) Insider tip: This year, runners can enjoy realtime technology. They can get free, live splits via mobile devices, Facebook, and Twitter. Each athlete’s bib will contain a QR code that can be scanned with a smart phone. Results will be immediately available on the runner’s mobile device. Each participant receives a custom race shirt as part of the run’s swag bag. Finishers also receive classy custom medals. Cash prizes totaling $4,000 go to the top five male and female runners in each of 13 age groups. For those whose knees are no longer up to 13 miles of pounding, the top three male and female walkers to finish the half-marathon also receive awards (but no cash). The half-marathon is only one foot-powered activity that day. A 5K run starts a few minutes after the marathoners jog off. There are no cash prizes for the 5K, but each of the fastest finishers will receive a special award, in addition to their T-shirts and medals. Back by popular demand, there’s also the kids’ “Cub Run,” a half-mile out-and-back route for kids 12 and younger. Parents are encouraged to jog along with their children. Each participant gets a special medal designed just for the Cub Run. The action continues after the runners finish with a post-race party throughout the afternoon. Runners of legal age can replace their depleted carbs with beer from the Big Ugly Brewery. A local band, the Milk Crate Mafia, will put its own spin on wellknown tunes with acoustic and full electric covers. There also will be a kids’ play area for the junior runners. Registration is online at register.chronotrack. com/r/22706. There is no same-day or onsite registration.

Lynchburg continued from page VA-4 misinformation about the size of Confederate reinforcements to soldiers who were really Union spies. Their report convinced the Union commander to withdraw. Riverfront Park, stretching south from the Amazement Square Children’s Museum, is the epicenter of special events in downtown Lynchburg, including free outdoor movies and concerts during the summer. With 40 regional acts, Lynchstock Music Festival provides an intensive music experience and is the largest music and arts festival in central Virginia. Free to children under 13, the festival takes place at Riverfront Park on April 22. (lynchstockmusicfestival.com)

Foodie alert The Lynchburg Food Fest is coming to Riverfront Park on May 20. Fare from local eateries and food trucks includes handcrafted chocolates, wood-fired pizza, cider donuts, eclectic tacos, and an assortment of gourmet and international food and drink. A perennial favorite, the annual James River Batteau Festival, brings historic flat boats to Percival’s Island on June 17. The event pays homage to the batteaux that carried goods down the river in the 18th and 19th centuries. Festivalgoers enjoy music, games, historic reenactments, and craft demonstrations before and after the fleet of flat boats launch.

blend of history and fun for families and couples. Home to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat, as well as the National D-Day Memorial, Bedford exudes a small town pride and patriotism. For fun, its wine and artisan trails often share the backdrop of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.

Learn more Lynchburg Tourism: lynchburgvirginia.org Bedford Tourism: visitbedford.com

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Amazement Square, the Lynchburg children’s museum, proved its value as a winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the highest honor available to museums from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The award recognized the museum’s outreach to local early learning centers and its programs for providing access to children with special needs. One of the museum’s latest additions is a healthy lifestyle gallery. Here, kids learn about healthy food choices and activities via a superhero theme as they battle bad habit villains. There’s also a new area of activities especially for visitors 3 and younger. (amazementsquare.org) — jane and marvin bond

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Yorktown museum connects visitors with the Revolution The British received a hostile reception in Yorktown in 1781, but the brand new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is eager to welcome modern visitors. And, as if to show there are no hard feelings, the museum hired British native Peter Armstrong as its operations and educational director. The grand opening for the mu-

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seum, which has been in the planning stages since 2007, continues through April 4. The handsome brick building at 200 Water St. replaces the Bicentennial-era Yorktown Victory Center. The new museum has bells-andwhistles technology that would have astounded Gens. George Washington and Charles Cornwallis.

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Interactive exhibits and touchable objects illustrate aspects of the Revolution, inviting you to make a personal connection with those who lived through the war that ended in American independence. One whiz-bang experiential theater with a 180-degree surround screen puts you right in the middle of a sea battle during the Siege of Yorktown, with seats rumbling, wind, smoke, smells, and sounds of ablaze cannons. The experience starts with a 20-minute orientation film, Liberty Fever, which shows how the war impacted five individuals of different stations in life. Permanent galleries tell the story through five major themes: the Colonies’ political and economic relationship with Britain leading up the Revolution; the issues that caused the rift; the war itself, from the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 through victory at Yorktown in 1781; the challenges faced by the new nation; and the emergence of a new national identity and its impact on America and the world. Exhibits include a timeline, paintings, maps, and portraits. There also are dioramas, immersive environments (such as a tavern in a wharf setting), and short films. Nearly 500 18th-century ob-

jects are on display at the museum, including a newspaper broadside of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, a rare 1741 British infantry musket, and an early-American long rifle. Outside, more fun awaits, with two areas featuring living history interpreters. The Continental Army Encampment, just outside the museum building, is triple its previous size and includes a drill field. The Revolution-era farm presents the world of the 18th-century family of Edward Moss. It includes a farmhouse, slave quarters, a kitchen, an orchard, and fields. A popular day trip takes you across the James River Ferry to Smithfield, where history meets you at every turn. Grab a meal or a room at the Smithfield Inn that dates to 1742. And, yes, George Washington really did sleep here. Tour Historic St. Luke’s Church and find the Pocahontas stained glass window and gaze at the world’s oldest ham in the Smithfield/Isle of Wight Museum. And, just for fun, look for the decorated pig sculptures around town.

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Historic Yorktown comes alive all spring and summer with a host of market days, festivals, and concerts to enjoy, most at Riverwalk Landing: u Pirates Invade Yorktown, April 29–30 u Blues, Brews, and BBQ on the River Festival, May 6 u Yorktown Market Days, Saturdays, May 13–Oct. 28 u Summer Concert Series, Thursdays, June 8–July 27 (except July 6)

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