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Mountains take ‘Centre’ stage in beautiful Centre County Mount Nittany is one of Centre County’s most recognizable natural landmarks. Rising above State College and the area known as Happy Valley, Mount Nittany is a favorite destination for hikers and those who enjoy spending time in the outdoors. For more than 30 years, the Mount Nittany Conservancy has been dedicated to the conservation and protection of the mountain. In 2011, the organization decided it needed to raise awareness of the organiza• • • • •

tion and its mission. Avid runners on the board proposed a Mount Nittany race, but the State College area already has a plethora of 5K races, a 10K race, a half-marathon, and even an ultra-marathon. What the area didn’t have was a traditional marathon, so the Mount Nittany Marathon was organized and run for the first time in 2013. This year’s marathon will take place on Aug. 31. The marathon doesn’t actually take place on Mount

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New tour at Penn’s Cave Approximately 18 miles east of State College, Penn’s Cave is offering a different type of mountain attraction. Dubbed “Nature’s Rollercoaster,” the Cave Rock Mountain Tour is a two-and-a-half hour Jeep ride that takes guests on off-road trails and obstacles such as ravines, moguls, and vertical climbs. Insider tip: The tour also includes stops so guests can get an up-close look at the timber wolves and mountain lions at the attraction’s Wildlife Park. “We go from the cave to the mountain top,” says the cave’s Terri L. Schleiden. “The Cave Rock Mountain Tour is attracting people who otherwise might not come to Penn’s Cave. We’re seeing grandparents bringing their older grandchildren. Last year a hip hop artist took the tour and loved it so much, he wrote a song about it and recorded a video.” continued on page 46


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30 ~ Calendar of events 34 ~ Lancaster outdoors

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12 ~ Kent County marks the War of 1812 13 ~ Relax in Chesapeake Beach 14 ~ Back to the beach 15 ~ Geocache challenge 16 ~ Cruise bargains It’s one of those movie scenes I’ll never forget. Joe Pesci, as Vinny, enters the southern small town diner in the classic movie My Cousin Vinny. He asks the waitress for a menu, and she hands him a single sheet of paper with seven words total: menu, breakfast $1.99, lunch $2.49, dinner $3.49. Given the early hour, he opts for breakfast. It’s hard to imagine how such a simple scene could contain so many insights into life. Compare the average diner menu from Brooklyn, N.Y. — Vinny’s hometown — with its page after page of every imaginable item with the movie’s simplifed menu. In the small town, breakfast was just “breakfast.” Nobody questioned it. Each morning it was the same thing. It worked for them. This spurs dialogue where Vinny finds out what constitutes breakfast in a typical small Alabama town and learns all about grits; what they are, how they are cooked, etc. This knowledge later becomes pivotal in a courtroom cross-examination. Just as interesting is the implied fact that nobody questions the lack of choice. Is it because they are like lemmings? Is it because there is no “need” for other choices? Is it that choices simply are not being offered and something that works is simply good enough? Travel brings about situations where we stumble into learning about other regions, cultures, and elements of geography. You ask questions that you didn’t even know you had. While you can gain insights to other areas by reading, watching videos, or talking with others that have been there, nothing beats the knowledge into which you simply

stumble. My wife and I have had some of our best experiences in travel when we accidentally got lost and stumbled upon interesting places. The bottom line is this: You have to actually travel and go places for these experiences. Believe me, I truly enjoy watching National Geographic specials as well as listening to firsthand accounts of places I’ve not seen, but it just serves to fuel the fire of desire to see more — and to see it for myself. The menu for travel is virtually endless. The choices truly offer something for everyone. It’s often too hard to make selections when the menu is overwhelming. Perhaps that is why items are clustered together under subheadings. And sometimes, it’s the simplest of choices that can bring about profound new understanding. The simple menu: breakfast, lunch, dinner. It shows just how deep and different the world’s locations can be. I’d like to sample it all. Flip through the pages of this issue, and see what tickles your taste buds for travel. Enjoy!

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Celebrating our National Anthem: Here’s the rest of the story This month we preview activities marking the culminating events of the War of 1812 — events of special significance in Maryland that left an important legacy to our nation. The story of Francis Scott Key anxiously awaiting the outcome of the British bombardment of Fort McHenry is often repeated. The fact that he joyfully wrote a poem to express his feelings about the American victory that ultimately became our national anthem is well known. But that’s not the end of the story. Key’s published poem became popular and was soon set to the music of a popular tune of the day. Carr Music Store in Baltimore first published the lyrics and music in 1814 and you can see a rare first edition of the sheet music at the Maryland Historical Society along with the oldest surviving manuscript of Key’s poem. My personal, though distant, links to the story began in 1959, when my father became pastor of a Baptist church in Baltimore and the church music director was a direct descendant of the Carr Music Store family. He was the first to tell me the story of Francis Scott Key and his personal connection

I didn’t know this part of the story until nearly 30 years ago when Jane and I moved to Linthicum Heights, a small community that traces its roots back to 1647 and is named for an earlier member of the Linthicum family. Our home turns 100 years old in 2014, meaning it was built in the centennial year of The Star-Spangled Banner. Members of the Linthicum family still live here, although today, Linthicum Heights is better known for neighboring BWI Airport than for the congressman who worked to give America a national anthem. And lest you think Congressman Linthicum did nothing else, he was also a leader in the fight to repeal Prohibition and modernized the Foreign Service as chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Re-acquaint yourself with the story by visiting Fort McHenry. Check out the new IMAX film about the battle and the song at the Maryland Science Center. Sports fans can even learn how the anthem came to be so much a part of sporting events with a visit to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum where you can see an excellent new film. Reed Hellman sums up these and other activities celebrating the bicentennial in this issue. gave it an importance that remains in my mind to this day. But the story continues, because the popular, though often difficult to sing, national anthem remained just a song for more than a century. Enter John Charles Linthicum, a teacher-turnedlawyer and Maryland congressman who was born in 1867 and served in Congress from 1911 to 1932. In 1918, Linthicum first introduced a bill to make The Star-Spangled Banner the national anthem. Even so, it was not officially made the national song until 1931. Then, the bill’s passage was largely due to the public outcry created by columnist Robert Ripley.

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The ‘Old West’ in Nebraska Guest ranches, cavalry posts, and fur traders After dining on a delicious Nebraska steak at MJ’s Ranch House in Crawford, Neb., we headed into the sunset in search of Our Heritage Guest Ranch, where we would spend the next two nights. Candace, the owner’s daughter who was visiting from college, led us out of town in her own vehicle. As we drove northwest of town over the lonely dirt roads, the sky, already orange when we left Crawford, turned a deeper orange and then a fiery red that hung like a curtain over us. As we crossed the prairie, the brilliant sky hovered for a long time, finally melting into the darkness. At the railroad crossing, we spotted the sign to the ranch and headed toward the lights, still following the lead car and finally coming to a stop between the main house and the barn. My companions took rooms in the barn and I claimed the little two-bedroom house, where owner Jean Norman’s mother, now a youthful 97, had grown up. Norman, an attractive modern woman with a pioneer spirit, is not only an independent rancher but an artist and talented decorator. The guest house is casual and comfortable, with a western theme featuring cowboy artwork, stenciled walls, and a bold patterned rug. A black-and-white picture of Norman’s father and some ranch hands hangs by the front door. Several trains passed by the house during the

night, and at daybreak I was ready to snap pictures of the trains carrying coal from Wyoming to the eastern states. They stretch as far as you can see. (The next evening we met a frequent guest named Bill who spends weeks at a time photographing the passing trains.) As I walked around the ranch before breakfast, Cowboy, a golden, spirited horse, trotted around the fenced-in area next to the barn, while Sophie, a Lassie look-alike, took a short break from her nine puppies to get acquainted. The 4,000-acre ranch, about 16 miles northwest of Crawford, is also home to herds of Black Angus cattle, and a variety of horses, cats, and peacocks (the ranch’s alarm clocks). Norman served a delicious breakfast of bacon, scrambled eggs with herbs, muffins, and orange juice in the kitchen of the guest house. Then, we left the ranch for a day of touring in the surrounding hills. Our first stop was Fort Robinson State Park, an active military post for the U.S. Army Cavalry for 74 years (1874-1948). Crazy Horse was assassinated here in 1877, and the Cheyenne Outbreak followed during the winter of 1878-79. Today, the 22,000-acre park offers a historical museum, as well as a variety of accommodations, dining, and recreational activities. (We took in the beautiful scenery on a horseback ride to Soldier Creek.)

The Museum of the Fur Trade, our next stop, has an outstanding collection of objects that were exchanged by Europeans and Americans with Native Americans, from glass beads to blankets, and from knives to guns. It is also the site of an authentic reconstruction of the Bordeaux Trading Post (18371876). Later in the day we visited the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College. The center was named for the Nebraska author who wrote a plethora of books about prairie life (Old Jules, Cheyenne Autumn, The Horsecatcher, Crazy Horse, and others). The center is dedicated to the study of the culture, history, and ecology of the High Plains. In the evening we dined at the Drifter Cookshack at the High Plains Homestead, near the Badlands. Operated by Mike and Linda Kesselring, High Plains also offers lodging in several historic structures. (northwestnebraskahighcountry.com)

Remains of Spanish fort found in North Carolina Archaeologists have been studying a large Native American village called Joara, which dates from 1400 to 1600, for the past 20 years. Called the “Berry site” after the location’s landowner, Joara is five miles north of Morganton, N.C. continued on page 8

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TRAVEL LINE continued from page 7 Last year workers unearthed evidence of a Spanish fort, including a European-style moat. The fort was built in 1567 by Juan Pardo and his Conquistadors, approximately 27 years after Hernando de Soto passed through the area in search of an overland route to Mexico. Spanish pottery shards, glass beads, olive jar fragments, iron chain mail armor, blue majolica medicine jar remnants, and other artifacts dating to the time of the occupation were also found here. According to historical records, Fort San Juan was one of six military forts that stretched from Santa Elena near present-day Parris Island, S.C., to western Tennessee. The largest of the forts, San Juan is the only one that has been discovered so far. The fort, which predates the Lost Colony, Jamestown, and Plymouth Rock, is the oldest known European settlement in America’s interior. However, its existence was short-lived. After living peacefully with the Catawbas for 18 months, the

tribe killed all but one of the 30 Spanish soldiers stationed here and torched the fort. The reason for the massacre is unknown. This summer, college students are digging at the site under the direction of Dr. David Moore, who has been involved at Joara since he wrote his doctoral thesis on the subject. The Berry site is open to the public one day each summer but visitors may stop by the Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, N.C., any time. An interpretative center is being developed at the park. (exploringjoara.org and warren-wilson.edu.)

Around the Mid-Atlantic You might enjoy some afternoon tea and learn about the choices your grandmother or greatgrandmother faced during the 1920s by signing up for “Downton Abbey: The Fabulous Flapper Tea Program,� at Historic Green Spring in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 3, 1:00-3:00pm. During the Flapper Era, women undid their corsets, shortened their skirts, voted, danced, smoked, and even drank liquor. Along with a traditional English tea, there will be a discussion of the Flapper Girl through the charac-

ters of Downton Abbey. Tickets are $29 per person. (703-941-7987) Plenty of unique travel experiences are available through summer’s end in Virginia’s Historic Triangle area. “London Rocks� has made a permanent return to the Globe Theater at Busch Gardens. Created by more than 500 international artists and craftsmen, the show takes visitors on a musical journey through British rock ‘n’ roll culture. At nearby Water Country USA, there’s a new, action-packed water slide called Colossal Curl. And, dinosaur lovers are flocking to the Virginia Living Museum to see “Dinos Live,� created by Billings Productions, the leading producer of animatronics in North America. In the Revolutionary City of Colonial Williamsburg, visitors can sample treats from the historic kitchen gardens during The Taste Studio’s Chef’s Garden Tour and Tasting series throughout August and September. Also, A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South, the newest exhibit at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, features objects created or imported to the Chesapeake Bay area, the Carolina low country, and the southern backcountry. (visitwilliamsburg.com) You can make the most of your visit to the Historic Triangle by tailoring a package to your travel needs. For example, the Williamsburg Flex plan includes everything from Colonial Williamsburg to Historic Jamestown and Busch Gardens to Water Country USA, while the Williamsburg Bounce plan is limited to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, and Water Country USA. (visitwilliamsburg. com)

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The view from these ramparts the Inner Harbor and beyond. It will be a weeklong celebration, signaled by the arrival of Navy ships and tall ships sailing past the Fort McHenry. Public tours of the ships start on Sept. 11, and that day also sees the 200th March of the Defenders. Friday brings Star-Spangled Festivals to the Inner Harbor Village and Fort McHenry Village. Saturday’s events feature the Blue Angels performing a Star-Spangled Air Show, followed by the Star-Spangled Spectacular Patriotic Concert that evening and a massive fireworks display after dark. A two-hour concert on Sept. 13 at Pier Six Pavilion will be hosted by John Lithgow and feature Kristen Chenoweth, Little Big Town, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. PBS

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will broadcast the program. On Sunday, Sept. 14 — the 200th birthday of our national anthem — you can join Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley for “By Dawn’s Early Light,” a 9:00am flag raising.

An unusual view Visitors can even get the same view of Fort McHenry that the British bombardment fleet had. A 35-minute boat tour provides a unique perspective through the eyes of Francis Scott Key. Tours depart from the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, on the hour, 10:00am-4:00pm, through Sept. 30. The National Anthem Tour by Sea, a narrated 60-minute cruise, leaves from the Light Street Finger Piers and tells the story of the War of 1812 in Maryland, the state’s pivotal role in that conflict, and the birth of two of our nation’s most enduring icons. For a completely different perspective, enjoy a helicopter ride over Fort McHenry with “O’er the Ramparts.” While circling above the fort, you’ll see Federal Hill, marinas, and the sweeping Baltimore Inner Harbor skyline. Flights depart from Tipton Airport at Fort Meade, through Nov. 30. At Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Museum, the Family of Flagmakers: The Women Who Created the Star-Spangled Banner exhibit focuses on the life of Mary Pickersgill — the maker of the Star-Spangled Banner flag — her family, household, and neighborhood. The ongoing exhibit presents several interac-

tive areas including stations where you can measure yourself against the flag’s stars, touch reproduction fabric, and attempt to hoist the flag’s weight. For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, presents a 3,200-square-foot exhibition featuring more than 75 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs. This major exhibit investigates the history and representation of the U.S. flag as an icon, and honors Grace Wisher, a young African-American indentured servant in Mary Pickersgill’s household. Few people know that Wisher helped create the StarSpangled Banner. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28, 2015.

From IMAX to visionary art On the other side of the harbor, the Maryland Science Center presents a new IMAX film exploring the origins of the War of 1812. StarSpangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty charts the war in the Chesapeake, the British torching Washington, D.C., and the bombardment of Fort McHenry. “All of the footage had to be shot in the IMAX format, so the reenactments are all new,” said the Science Center’s Jim O’Leary. “People are standing for the national anthem at the end and even staying to watch the credits, so we know it’s making an impression.” For a completely different view of our nation’s anthem, the American

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Visionary Art Museum presents “A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk,” through September. This free outdoor art celebration offers an engaging and informative format that playfully welcomes visitors’ feet and wheelchairs to 520 linear feet of Key’s creation. AVAM has transformed the sidewalk into an up-close-and-personal viewing experience of a “visually creative interpretation, line by line, of our national anthem.” The Maryland Historical Society is home to the oldest-known surviving manuscript of The Star-Spangled Ban-

ner, showcased in the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery along with paintings and artifacts that tell the story of Baltimore’s defense. The manuscript recently returned from a short exhibit with the original Fort McHenry flag at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Currently on view at the Historical Society’s galleries in Baltimore is The Star-Spangled Banner. A Patriotic Song, published by Carr Music Store in Baltimore in 1814. It is one of the few remaining copies of the first edition set to music. Baltimore’s professional sports

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community is also joining the celebration. The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum features O Say Can You See: The Star-Spangled Banner in Sports, a 3-D film charting the history of our national anthem being played at sporting events throughout America. Beginning with the first game of the 1918 baseball World Series, the anthem has been a regular feature at American sporting events. The museum’s film, using new projection technology, features a composite playing of the song pulled from dozens of renditions dating from the 1930s to the present.

The museum’s John Zeigler enthuses, “People really seem touched by the nine-minute film.” Insider tip: Visit Baltimore offers a Star-Spangled Banner Pass with discounted admission to three of the bicentennial sites including Fort McHenry, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

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The Maryland Tourism Office has released a new travel guide for the StarSpangled Banner National Historic Trail, a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. Along with information about visiting the historic sites, the free, full-color trail guide highlights key attractions, state and national parks, lodging, and services along the historic trail, as well as suggested itineraries organized by region. (visitmaryland.org)

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War of 1812 Bicentennial revisits the Battle of Caulkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field The War of 1812 is something of a forgotten conflict. Occurring after the excitement of the Revolution and before the trauma of the Civil War, it best known for producing the national anthem. But, had the fledging United States lost the war, it would have been reabsorbed into the British Empire and baseball games (or cricket matches) would start with the singing of God Save the Queen. Despite its name, the war lasted until 1815. There was fighting along the Appalachian frontier, in Canada, and New Orleans. But the action on the Chesapeake was particularly

dramatic. In August 1814, the British fleet marauded along the Chesapeake, burned much of Washington, D.C., and set sail for Baltimore, intent upon destroying the important port city where American privateer ships were built. Which brings us to The Battle of Caulkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field. The skirmish ended raids by the British on the Eastern Shore, cost the Redcoats one of their seasoned commanders, and gave a huge boost to the morale of the nation after the humiliation of the burning of Washington. As part of the Bicentennial of 1812 celebration, the battle will be reKent Co. Tourism

British regulars and American militiamen meet again on Caulkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field on Aug. 31.

enacted over the weekend of Aug. 30-31 on the actual bicentennial date and battleground between Chestertown and Rock Hall. British ships crossed to the Chesapeake Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eastern Shore, planning to attack local militia to prevent them from reinforcing troops defending Baltimore. Late at night on Aug. 30, 140 British marines and sailors came ashore near Rock Hall. American pickets spotted the British advance and the American commander, Col. Philip Reed, positioned his force of 174 militia and was ready when the Redcoats arrived around midnight. During the hour-long fight, the British could not overwhelm the militia and pulled back. Their dead included their commander, Sir Peter Parker. Reportedly, he was shot by a militiaman whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d climbed a tree and filled his blunderbuss musket with â&#x20AC;&#x153;all the hardware, bolts, nuts, nails, etc. in his barnyard.â&#x20AC;? Only three militiamen were wounded, while the well-trained British suffered more than two dozen killed or wounded. American papers played up the skirmish like a seminal moment in military history. The British report was somewhat different. It claimed that there were 600 Americans, plus a cavalry unit and five pieces of artillery. According to the British, the militia was â&#x20AC;&#x153;routedâ&#x20AC;? and ran away so fast

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and so far that the British decided it was neither necessary nor prudent to pursue. The battlefield is beloved by historians and archeologists, as it is virtually untouched since the action took place two centuries ago. Archeological digs have unearthed musket balls, canister shot, and buttons. Their location pinpoints how the battle unfolded. The field is privately owned and is normally offlimits, but for the bicentennial event, the public is welcome. The weekend starts in Chestertown on Aug. 30, with parades by British and American troop reenactors, encampments, music, and living history events. On Aug. 31, activities move to the battlefield itself. Visitors will see more encampments and exhibits of actual Caulkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field artifacts before the reenactment. In a departure from historical accuracy, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fightâ&#x20AC;? will be mid-afternoon, not midnight.

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Chesapeake Beach makes for a great getaway from the city All of us â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some more than others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; need down time by the water. Yet dealing with Bay Bridge traffic and battling beach crowds can make the getaway no â&#x20AC;&#x153;day at the beach.â&#x20AC;? It can be a wonderful experience, however, if your destination is the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa in Calvert County, Md. This luxury property, with its 72 high-end rooms and suites, has limitless entertainment opportunities. The town of Chesapeake Beach has a long resort history. Trains carried visitors from Washington, D.C., to the area for dances, swimming in the Chesapeake Bay, and general frivolity in the early- to mid-20th century. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resort is located in a quiet town of small boutiques and specialty shops, and situated on a quaint boardwalk overlooking the sparkling Chesapeake Bay. A single overnight trip at the resort feels like a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of relaxation; a week feels like a month of fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We cater to everyone,â&#x20AC;? says

Wesley Donovan, the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are families who come in from out of town to visit, couples and newlyweds enjoying the town, guys getting together for pier fishing, and girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; getaway weekends at the spa.â&#x20AC;? The Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa keeps its guests as busy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or as laid back â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as they choose. An onsite game room and casino features digital pull-tab machines and nightly bingo with a jackpot. The spa, overlooking the bay, provides luxurious surroundings. Treatments, many of which are customized to a guestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes, include massages, manicures, pedicures, full service hair care, and facials. Three onsite restaurants satisfy a variety of appetites, with seafood being the natural specialty. The Rod â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Reel Restaurant, a culinary landmark since 1946, presents menu items such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chesapeake Bay Count Oysters,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baked Maryland Crab Imperial,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fresh Local Stuffed Rockfish.â&#x20AC;?

Smokey Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grill is a barbecue loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; delight, while the outdoor Boardwalk Cafe serves up casual fare and tropical drinks under the palm trees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the summer months, we have music on the beach five days a week,â&#x20AC;? Donovan says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our guests really enjoy it.â&#x20AC;?

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You can spend hours poring over websites and scanning travel guides, but there really is an easier way. Check out ococean.com for the vacation deals page. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find dozens of accommodations offering deals to stretch your vacation dollar. The properties range from resorts to hotels to motels to bed-and-breakfast inns. Deals and savings range from weekday offers to one-night-free opportunities to early booking rates. Some are tied to specific events like the Ocean City Winefest on Sept. 26-27. August also brings the second annual Hotel Week to Ocean City. Special bargains are available at the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lodging properties, Aug. 17-28. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designed to mimic the popular Restaurant

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Virginia Creeper Trail perfect for mountain biking adventure For families looking for a unique weekend experience that offers a break from online devices and video games, the Virginia Creeper Trail is a beautiful getaway in the southwestern corner of the Old Dominion. The Creeper Trail is a multi-purpose trail of nearly 34 miles that winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains from Whitetop to Abingdon. A former rail bed, the trail is perfect for a mountain biking adventure. A popular choice for families is to head to Damascus and ride a very manageable 17-mile stretch that is about half of the crushed gravel trail. Appropriate for all experience levels, it is not uncommon to see multigenerational families along this leg, with grandparents riding alongside their

grandchildren. Local resident Lawrence Dye, 82, has ridden 182,000 miles on the trail since 1990 and will lead a group ride from the Abingdon Trailhead on Aug. 2 at 8:00am. The first 13 miles of the 17-mile journey is nearly pedal-free as riders gradually descend 1,600 feet from Whitetop to Damascus. The grade of the trail is such that riders of all experience levels can mostly take in the gorgeous scenery along the way while propelling ever so slowly down the mountain. The photo opportunities on the trail are almost too numerous to count. There are more than 40 trestles and bridges along the 34-mile trip. On the Whitetop to Damascus leg, cyclists will cross more than 15 of these scenic trestles.

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The ride from Whitetop to Damascus takes up to three hours at a gradual leisurely pace. There are several rest areas along the way, and there is water available, seasonally, at Green Cove. For food options, there are small cafes at various points along the journey, as well as plenty of local options in Damascus. The Damascus cycling shops all have bicycles for rent, and there is a small fee for shuttle service to Whitetop. October is the busiest time of the year, so book early for one of the best fall foliage excursions on the East Coast. There are plenty of hotels and bed-andbreakfast accommodations in the area, including Abingdon’s storied Martha Washington Inn. (vacreepertrail.com)

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Do you have a little football player in training? For families who have a passion for the game of football, a trip to see the Redskins Training Camp is a popular destination every year. In 2013, the Redskins moved to a new training site in Richmond, Va. Through Aug. 11, fans can watch the players in action, and they may even have an opportunity to get autographs or pictures with their favorites players. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket. (visitrichmond.com)

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Geocaching continued from page 15 “If you don’t like puzzles, this may not be a trail for you, but, if you love being challenged, you’ll love this trail,” said Laura Gassler, who promotes the area. Eggleston proudly noted that fel-

low geocachers have voted online that the Martinsburg area has the best caches of any area in the country right after Seattle, Wash., where Geocachers.com headquarters is located. Eggleston was named International Geocacher of the Month in March 2013 by the geocaching community. “People vote for their favorites.

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- karen graham Geocaching also helps businesses in the area. I heard people at a local sandwich shop saying they stopped there to eat while they figured out how to open a cache,” said Eggleston. “I leave my phone number in the caches so I can give people hints. I get phone calls every day.” “We have people coming from all over the country on a regular basis,” said Gassler. “Berkeley County has about 200 caches.” Gassler said the first geotrail, the Villages of Berkeley, which has 14 sites, was opened last summer. She described it as much simpler than the new trail, which opened in March. Tim Eggleston

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“Our first geotrail took people to all the corners of the county. They got to see how beautiful the area is and learn some history lessons about the towns that used to be there or are still there,” she said. Gassler said a lot of local residents enjoyed the trail, too. They became aware of many sites and businesses they didn’t know existed, she added. Some of the sites include the path George Washington took when he was 16 years old, paths Indians used for hunting, and the same road Confederates took after their retreat from Gettysburg. Gassler found out about geocaching after attending a seminar by Eggleston last year. She thought it would be an unusual way to attract tourists to the area. And it’s a hobby that is growing. There are more than 2.3 million active geocaches and more than 6 million geocachers worldwide. She called the first trail a success and noted both trails are a win for everyone. “Geocachers have two great trails and the county is having overnight stays because of them,” she said. A third trail will be launched in June 2015.

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Chesapeake Beach continued from page 13 private North Beach nearby. Three boardwalks in town encourage casual strolling. Insider tip: Visitors can also enjoy fossil hunting at Bay Front Park and lace up their sneakers for running, walking, and biking on the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail. Joyce Stinnett Baki, who promotes the area, offers insights on two of her favorite museums, both walkable from the resort, that are Chesapeake Beach highlights. “The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum features photos, memorabilia, and artifacts about the railway that once serviced Chesapeake Beach and the resort area that was located here at the turn of the century,” Baki explains. “The Bayside History Museum gives

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insight into the cultural history of beaches and bayside communities. Both museums are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.” At the Bayside History Museum, visitors will find exhibits such as “The War of 1812,” and “A Day at the Beach.” At the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, all ages will learn about the “stuff” we leave behind in the exhibit, “Artifacts: Learning the Facts of Life and History from the Stuff They Left Behind.” “We do a little bit of everything here in Chesapeake Beach,” says Donovan. “Our resort is a wonderful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city!”

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Stand up and paddle! Standing atop the oversized surfboard, you stroke the long oar through the water. The board wobbles a bit as it moves forward. Keeping a slight bend in the knee, you absorb the unstable motions of the board. Everyone had said that stand up paddleboarding would be a great core workout. However, it’s nothing but easy. Simply stand and paddle — the elongated craft glides atop the water. With only a couple of small skegs (fins) on the bottom, the board can go places where kayaks and canoes would run aground, like into the shallows of rivers and marshes. It’s so much fun you consider buying one. But then, there’s the problem of storage and transportation … and cost. Prices begin around $500 and can easily top $1,000. And,

really, there is no need to buy an SUP, because these trendy watercraft are available for rent nearly everywhere. In Washington, D.C., the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown rents SUPs. Here, on the tidal Potomac, paddle around Teddy Roosevelt Island, taking in the lush vegetation and the multitude of great blue herons, egrets, and other wildlife. Coming out from behind the island, the view of the monuments from the water can’t be beat. At National Harbor Boathouse, cruise across this wide section of the Potomac River and along the shore of Old Town Alexandria. Both locations also offer fitness classes on the boards. Yoga classes atop SUPs are available at Key Bridge. (boatingindc.com/boat-rentals)

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Front Royal Canoe Co. offers stand up paddle boarding on the Shenandoah River.

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Insider tip: Just down the Potomac on Virginia’s Northern Neck, Westmoreland State Park now offers stand up paddleboard rentals for only $15 per hour. For a bit more of a challenge, try surfing the waves on the Gunpowder River, north of Baltimore, Md., at Ultimate Watersports. An SUP is, after all, a great big surfboard. Lessons on the choppier waters are available, as are rentals. And, don’t forget your dog and your downward dog. Ultimate Watersports features tours of the flat waters of Dundee Creek with your dog onboard, as well as SUP yoga. (ultimatewatersports.com) Middle River SUP, east of Baltimore, now offers a floating pier to launch paddleboards onto Sue Creek. (410-687-2000)


From ocean to mountains Further afield, SUPs may be rented from the shores of the Atlantic

Ocean to the mountains of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Delmarva Board Sports in southern Delaware offers excursions, including tours around Fenwick Island, Beth-

any Beach, and Cape Henlopen State Park, which is a great spot to catch sight of a dolphin. (delmarvaboardsportadventures.com) Dolphin tours are also available in Virginia Beach at Beach Eco Tours. (beachecotours. com) Nestled amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is the scenic Shenandoah River. An SUP is an ideal way to explore this oft-shallow river with a tour from Front Royal Canoe Company. (frontroyalcanoe.com) In West Virginia, ACE Adven-

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Plan a late summer getaway to the Shenandoah Valley Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national parks trace their roots to the Yosemite Land Grant, signed 150 years ago this summer as the first law to preserve wild lands. Nearby Shenandoah National Park is consistently among the most visited and best known of the parks and offers a great combination of outdoor adventures, beautiful scenery, the Skyline Drive, and interesting accommodations. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not into camping, there are plenty of great places to stay in and around the park. Skyland and Big Meadow lodges, right on Skyline Drive, offer plenty of amenities, great food, and nightly entertainment during the season. Skyland, located at the highest point on the Skyline Drive, boasts 28 buildings on 16 acres with both cabin

and lodge accommodations and dining room. Big Meadows includes a lodge, five cabins, and six multi-unit buildings as well as the Spotswood Dining Room, New Market Taproom, and Craft Shop. Both lodges offer some value-added packages that make for a great getaway. The Linger Longer package includes two nights, breakfast each morning, and your choice of three activities that can include horseback riding, a canoe trip, hiking, a tour of Luray Caverns, wine tasting, or cooking demonstrations. The lodges also offer a Bed and Breakfast package, a Sweetheart package, and a Blue Ridge package. You can save 25 percent by booking 14 days ahead, or 15 percent if you book seven days ahead. The lodges also offer military, AAA, and

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River adventure Adventurers who want to tackle the Shenandoah River for canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or rafting have many options, but two outfitters offer lodging as well. Shenandoah River Outfitters near Luray offers a host of trips and add-on amenities like riverside lunches and steak cookouts, but also offers camping, nine river cabins, and a cottage. (shenandoahriver.com) Front Royal Canoe Company also provides relaxing river trips and added paddle boards this year. You can also stay in the outfitterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Skymont Cottage, Camp Overall House, or Three Chimneys Cabin. (frontroyalcanoe.com) More traditional motel accommodations are available at the Quality Inn Skyline in Front Royal, near the north end of the Skyline Drive. To the west of Luray, the Quality Inn Shenandoah Valley in New Market is convenient to I-81 if you want to extend your trip further into the Valley to visit the New Market Battlefield, the attractions at Shenandoah Caverns, or the several local wineries. The motel also includes the Johnny Appleseed Restaurant, a Shenandoah Valley


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Water park and more Massanutten Resort offers hotel and condo lodging in a setting that includes four-season activities ranging from two golf courses to a huge indoor/ outdoor water park, to mountain biking to snow skiing and a spa. There are plenty of packages to choose from depending on your recreational interest. Massanutten also holds major events, including the Mountain Jubilee on Aug. 30 which features plenty of live music, food vendors, and a beer garden. (massresort.com) There are numerous bed-and-breakfasts scattered throughout the Luray, Front Royal, and New Market area as well. Take your pick of accommodations and activities for a late summer getaway to the Shenandoah Valley.

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Safes kept out 19th-century heat, humidity, and vermin Museum of the Shenandoah Valley mounts landmark exhibit Long before walk-in closets and stainless steel refrigerators, wooden cabinets known as “safes” were used to store food, clothing, and other household goods. Now referred to (albeit inaccurately) as “pie safes,” these treasures are admired by many and seriously collected by a few. Because of renewed interest, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, located in Winchester, Va., is hosting the first-ever exhibit of storage safes. From now through March 29, 2015, “Safes of the Valley” at the museum showcases 45 locally made examples, dating from 1829 to 1940. “This exhibit is a great lesson in design and nature,” said the museum’s Cory Garman. Char-

acterized by their distinctive punched tin panels, these safes provided ventilated storage space, helping to protect items stashed inside from heat, humidity, and vermin. Because of these detrimental conditions, closet safes were in especially great demand in the 1800s. “By the mid-19th century, every household had one,” Garman noted. Not only dry goods, but also surplus food (“this area was an agrarian community”), required special storage. Nearly all of the safes in this landmark exhibit are on loan from private collections, and many have never before been publicly exhibited. They are arranged in a commodious series of adjoining

gallery spaces; the design of the museum’s construction in general reflects the architecture and feel of barns of the surrounding area, and so the safes seem right at home. For the most part, safes in the exhibit are grouped geographically by county of origin, thereby making it possible for visitors to observe a wide variety of styles and to determine what was needed (or coveted) by households in each locale.

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Common themes There are local preferences, to be sure. But some themes extend throughout the entire Valley when it comes to safes. Overall, popular motifs include a variety of stylized eagles, diamonds, and pinwheels. Tobacco leaves and classical urns frequently turn up, not just to satisfy the maker’s whim, but to appeal to paying customers. Political and patriotic themes abound. Ranging from folksy to fine, the cabinets were commonly crafted of pine and poplar, although walnut examples are occasionally seen. As to style, there are wide pieces and high ones, some with legs designed “to keep the critters out” and others with squatty bun feet, some with carefully wrought inlay and others with painted surfaces. The exhibit makes it possible to

appreciate the wide range of variations. Just for fun, the safe exhibit includes an opportunity for visitors to try their hands at punching designs into little squares of tin; the resulting “masterpieces” are a personalized, free souvenir. Coupled with a tour of Glen Burnie House and Gardens, located adjacent to the property, the museum is a worthwhile way to spend the better part of a day. Insider tip: Take time to visit the Museum Cafe by Bonnie Blue to enjoy the pulled pork barbecue. The spacious museum is a relaxing two-hour drive from the Capital region and is tucked away in a still bucolic corner of Winchester. Ron Blunt

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If you feel inspired to take home a bit of the Shenandoah Valley’s charm, there are a multitude of antique shopping possibilities. All it takes is a vehicle with a spacious trunk. There are a number of notable antique shops in Old Town Winchester. (If you haven’t been here in the last few years, you haven’t been here.) Taking to the open road, there is Blue Peacock Antiques, with ample off-street parking outside and a large collection of “smalls” and local furniture, reasonably priced, for sale inside. Travel further south to the Strasburg Emporium, where the selection ranges from flea market finds to greater treasures. Odds are good that a local safe is in the sprawling establishment’s extensive inventory and within the reach of any budget. If you get off of I-81 and onto Route 11, you’ll find countless more antiquing opportunities.

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were chosen to participate. The good news for the public is the art covers “every price range,” Jones says. Paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, mixed media, pottery, glass, and wood crafts are among the types of art expected. In addition, there will be youth art exhibits and demonstrations. Throughout the free festival, which runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day, 28 groups with Williamsburg eclectic musical sounds will entertain. There also Williamsburg’s will hands-on children’s activities, food, and bevMerchants Square on erages. Duke of Gloucester Merchants Square, which is ringed with shops Street is the place and restaurants, has been celebrating its 85th anto be, especially for niversary this year with weekly Summer Breeze “An Occasion for the Concerts. The free outdoor concerts from 7:00 to Arts,” Oct. 4-5. Some 9:00pm on Wednesdays continue through Aug. 27. 20,000 visitors are expected to mill around “It’s delightful,” says Barbara Brown about the a sea of outdoor tents concert experience. Brown, who promotes Coloand stages to shop for nial Williamsburg, says people bring lawn chairs art, interact with artand coolers and sit back and enjoy the music. ists, and listen to live On Saturdays from 8:00am to noon, the square music. hosts the Williamsburg Farmers Market where you “It’s Williamscan choose from a colorful array of fresh, locally burg’s premier music grown fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs, and arts festival,” herbs, honey, baked goods, and cut flowers. says Allison Jones, Colonial Williamsburg offers ghost walks who is with AOFTA, a nightly, where you hear about the other-worldly nonprofit organization residents that still haunt the taverns and historic that is sponsoring the buildings. The Tavern Ghost Walk, leaving from show for the 46th year. Shields Tavern, is considered the more family“It’s a big community friendly experience. “Ghosts Among Us,” leaving event.” from the Greenhow Lumber House, is for the harJones says the dier soul. artworks are of high There are other evening programs for those quality in the juried who want to supplement their Williamsburg expeshow. Of 250 aprience. Mr. Hallam’s Traveling Players do a nightly plicants from across show of Moliere’s comedy Scapin on the outdoor the nation, 150 artists Charlton Stage. You can also serve on the “jury” deciding the fate of Grace Sherwood, a 1706 figure, in Cry Witch at the Capitol. The Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square has current films and live performances. For pure relaxation you can mellow out at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. Some of the options are modern versions of age-old treatments. • Freshly made fudge There also are pack• Hand dipped chocolates ages aimed at men, • The region's largest selection of candy teenagers, and moth• Caramel & fancy apples ers and daughters. • Over 200 fabulous chocolate bars!

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Jamestown and Yorktown You can learn everything you always wanted to know about 17th- and 18th-century weapons and tactics during “Arms and Ar-


tillery” month in August at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. There will be daily firings of different kinds of weapons, including muskets, swivel guns, falcons, and mortars.

At Jamestown, you can learn about European weapon makers from gunsmiths to swordsmiths, try on metal breastplates and helmets, and check out Powhatan Indian weapons and techniques.

An Occasion for the Arts

At Yorktown, you can see a Continental Army encampment, participate in wooden musket drills and building siegeworks, and learn how farmers became soldiers. Jamestown Settlement, in partnership with The Mariners’ Museum, is planning a yearlong exhibition opening Sept. 19 called “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe.” You’ll be able to trace the evolution of the dugout canoe from the days of the Powhatan Indians to multi-log trade vessels to work and racing boats. More than 100 objects will include wood samples, tools, sale models, and photographic images. Yorktown’s Riverwalk Landing is the site of free evening outdoor concerts. Following up on the “Shagging on the Riverwalk” beach music series in June and July, there will be a military band concert series on Tuesdays, Aug. 12-26, and a “Rhythms on the Riverfront” series on Fridays in September and on Oct. 3. You can bring blankets or lawn chairs, and food will be available. Yorktown Market Days are Saturdays from 8:00 am to noon, offering fresh produce, meat, seafood, baked goods, art, and entertainment. A fall festival on Oct. 11 will extend to 3:00 pm and include hayrides, a pumpkin patch, children’s hay maze, and face painting.

Learn more An Occasion for the Arts: aofta.org Williamsburg: colonialwilliamsburg.com; visitwilliamsburg.com Jamestown-Yorktown: historyisfun.org; visityorktown.org

An Occasion for the Arts brings artists and artisans of all kinds to Williamsburg, Oct. 4-5.

~       ’        ~ earning never felt so good. With the help of our historians, The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers you healing therapies that emerged throughout the ages. From 17th-century Native American practices to 21st-century modern therapeutic skin care, each century will leave you rejuvenated. And the best part, no homework. Stay and make some history. Book one of our hotels at 1-855-484-7776 or at colonialwilliamsburg.com. Explore the nation’s beginnings at Jamestown where America’s first permanent English colony site is preserved at Historic Jamestowne, and Jamestown Settlement living-history museum provides a glimpse of 1607 life.

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of this meticulously restored 18th-century colonial capital city, Colonial Williamsburg, where patriots ignited the cause for freedom and laid the groundwork for creation of this great nation.

At Yorktown, discover the lives of people who witnessed the Revolution at Yorktown Victory Center living-history museum, and walk the ground where America’s independence was won in 1781 at Yorktown Battlefield.

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If you love cool forests, fast-moving mountain streams, historic small towns and all things arts-related, you’ll want to visit Abingdon, Va., during the annual Virginia Highlands Festival that runs Aug. 1–10. This action-packed celebration of Blue Ridge Highlands artistic life includes entertainment galore, with resident artists, actors, musicians, outdoor adventure outfitters, and foodies making fun in the summer sun. “The streets of downtown Abingdon come alive during the annual Virginia Highlands Festival and visitors travel from all over the country to be a part of the fun,” says Kevin Costello, who promotes the area. “We are excited about the 66th anniversary of the festival and can’t wait to see everyone ‘getting their kicks’ in Abingdon.” Stay awhile in this gem of a mountain town and enjoy its celebration of nature’s gifts. Historic lodging places range from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to the elegant Martha Washington Inn and Spa. In addition to juried arts and crafts, photography, and fine arts, the Virginia Highlands Festival has live music, theatrical productions at the Barter Theatre (America’s longest-running Equity theater), living history, themed tours, nature hikes and bike trips, and a variety of films screened outside. One of the great focal points of the festival is the antique show that displays furnishings and decorative arts from Virginia and out-of-state vendors. Sophisticated little Abingdon is close to the tallest mountain peaks in Virginia, fabulous outdoor recreation, and extraordinarily helpful outfitters. Before the Revolutionary War, in 1760, trailblazer Daniel Boone camped here. Then, the area

was a crossroads of American Indian trails — well-trod paths later to be known as the Great Wilderness Road and the first passageway to the American West. In the 1930s, Robert Porterfield founded the Barter Theatre (sonamed because locals bartered produce for admission during the Great Depression). Porterfield held the first Virginia Highlands Festival in 1948 on the front porch of the Martha Washington Inn to celebrate the area’s cultural heritage. The Barter Theatre became known as the place where playgoers and playwrights such as Tennessee Williams could trade “ham for Hamlet.” It’s now the State Theatre of Virginia. At least once a year, the Barter accepts food donations in exchange for admission and gives them to an area food bank. Many famous actors began their careers here, and now visitors can learn about them on fascinating tours of the Barter’s performance spaces. Special art showings and living history events enhance the Highlands Festival and town tours talk of restless spirits. The William King Museum of Art, located in a 1913 former school building, houses three main galleries, studios, and a sculpture garden. The museum will feature a photo exhibition during the festival. Music during the festival is just part of the attraction at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The facility is a great orientation to the performing and traditional arts in this area. Heartwood is a launch point for the Crooked Road Music Trail, which guides you to major music hot spots in southwest Virginia. Heartwood’s contemporary galleries are devoted to both the Abingdon Tourism

heritage of Appalachian roots music and the work of regional artisans. Live music starts early each Thursday night with open jam nights on first, third, and fifth Thursdays. During the Virginia Highlands Festival, several musical performances are scheduled on Heartwood’s acoustically superior stage. This year, the festival’s signature art is a song called Open Road, written by local artist Kat Rush and performed by the band Barlow Gin and the Hatchetmen from nearby Bristol. Celebrating regional culture at the start of the Highlands Festival, a “Celtic weekend,” Aug. 1-3, will include performances by nationally recognized Celtic folksinger Sharon Knight and beloved Celtic rock band Barleyjuice. Local Appalachian pipers and drummers will open the Saturday music events with a parade celebrating Scots-Irish heritage. For some heart-thumping action, check out the outdoor and conservation-themed events during the Highlands Festival. Bike the 33.4mile Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, from Abingdon through Damascus to Whitetop, Va. The Rails to Trails Conservancy inducted the Virginia Creeper Trail into its Hall of Fame this spring. Insider tip: Guests at the beautiful Martha Washington Inn and Spa can take advantage of the hotel’s Creeper Trail Express that takes you for a scenic 50-minute drive to White Top Mountain, with bicycles, helmets, bottled water, and, if you choose, a tasty picnic lunch. Three hours later the express meets you at the finish to bring you back to the hotel.

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The cost is $45 per person or $25 per child under 12. Other great Highlands Festival events include a guided Clinch River float, an edible and medicinal plant walk, fly fishing opportunities, and birding and owl tours. For kids, festival organizers offer many special activities, including workshops on building wooden toys. Suggested festival admission is $1 per day, and certain events require additional ticketed fees.

Before you go Abingdon Tourism: abingdon.com Virginia Highlands Festival: vahighlandsfestival.com

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HOLIDAYS

LABOR DAY ART AND CRAFT FESTIVAL Aug. 29-31. Unique gifts and household items, including oils and watercolors, woodworking, furniture, stained glass, candles, and pottery. Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. 800-OC-OCEAN, ococean.com LABOR DAY AT VERAMAR Aug. 30, noon-8:00pm. Live music from Seven Sons of West Virginia, wine, and food. Veramar Vineyard, 905 Quarry Rd., Berryville, Va. 540-955-5510, veramar.com

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS CARROLL COUNTY 4-H FAIR Through Aug. 1. Exhibitors, entertainment, animal shows, and food. 700 Agriculture Way, Westminster, Md. 410-848-3247, carrollcountyfair.com

CRAFT AND BEER FESTIVAL Aug. 9. Favorite summer picnic foods. Enjoy live music all day on the outdoor stage. Have fun with stilt-walkers, jugglers and acrobats, crafts vendors, a farmers market, and more. Admission to the grounds is free. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org

DC BEER WEEK Aug. 17-24. A celebration of good beer in the Capital Region, from conception to consumption and everyone and everything in between. Various locations throughout Washington, D.C. dcbeerweek.net

ROUTE 11 YARD CRAWL Aug. 9, 7:00am start. More than 40 miles of yard sale bargains along U.S. Route 11 from New Market to Stephens City, Va. (route11yardcrawl.org

OC SANDFEST Aug. 18-22. Performance art with master champion sand sculptors creating 10 giant sand sculptures along the beach from North Division Street to 4th Street. Ocean City, Md. 800-6262326, ococean.com

PEACH FESTIVAL Aug. 9-10, noon-5:00pm. Sample and purchase many peach varieties and products. Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm and Market, 545 Carlisle Rd., Biglerville, Pa. destinationgettysburg.com QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY FAIR Aug. 11-16. Animals, educational exhibits, rodeo, jousting, truck/tractor pulls, chain saw carving, carnival, food and craft vendors, and music.100 Dulin Clark Rd., 4-H Park, Centreville, Md. 410-758-0267, queenannescofair.com AFRICAN LANDING FESTIVAL Aug. 15-17. A commemoration of the arrival of the first Africans in America on English-occupied territory at Point Comfort in Hampton. Hampton History Museum, The American Theatre and Fort Monroe, Hampton, Va. 757-380-1319, www.project1619.org WILDLIFE CONSERVATION DAY Aug. 16, 10:00am-2:00pm. Learn about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, fishing, archery, and firearm demonstrations. Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, Md. 301-497- 5770, fws.gov/northeast/patuxent RVA BREW-B-Q FESTIVAL Aug. 17, noon-5:00pm. This event features an amazing array of central Virginia’s most loved barbeque producers. Enjoy live, local music and an expanded produce and crafts marketplace. 100 North 17th St., Richmond, Va. 804-646-0954, enrichmond.org

VOLUNTEER FIREMEN’S CARNIVAL Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 2. Rides, food, and fun. Carnival leads up to the world famous Pony Swim and Auction. Chincoteague, Va. chincoteaguechamber.com

VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS FESTIVAL Aug. 1-10. A celebration of Blue Ridge Highlands artistic life with entertainment galore, resident artists, huge antique fair, and more. Abingdon, Va. vahighlandsfestival.com ANNAPOLIS CRAB FEAST Aug. 1, 5:00-8:00pm. Crabs, beer, barbeque, and soft drinks at the annual Rotary Club Crab Feast. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md. annapolisrotary.org SOUTHERN MARYLAND BREW AND BBQ Aug. 1-2. Two-day festival featuring a variety of events, attractions, food, and entertainment for all ages. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown, Md. visitstmarysmd.com HAMPTON CUP REGATTA Aug. 1-3. North America’s oldest continuously run hydroplane boat race. Enjoy the children’s area, food vendors, Bay education, and environmental exhibits. East Mercury Bridge at Fort Monroe, Hampton, Va. 757-727-8311. hamptoncupregatta.org PEACH FESTIVAL Aug. 2, 11:00am-2:00pm. Fresh Susquehanna Orchard peaches, Brooms Bloom ice cream, amazing raffles, kids’ zone, church tours, and local vendors. 1 St. Mary’s Church Rd., Abingdon, Md. 443-655-7790 HOWARD COUNTY FAIR Aug. 2-9. Livestock shows, commercial exhibits, petting farm, rides, horse shows, entertainment, home arts, and horse and tractor pulls. Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Rd., West Friendship, Md. 410-442-1022, howardcountyfair.org PLASTIC MODELERS CONVENTION Aug. 6-9. The only national organization that provides an organized structure for scale modelers to meet, exchange tips and techniques, socialize, and enter their projects into competition. Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Dr., Hampton, Va. 757-727-8311, impusa2014.com HAVRE DE GRACE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Aug. 8-10. Music, artisans, entertainment, and a charity auction/raffle. Tydings Memorial Park, Commerce St., Havre de Grace, Md. 410-939-1525, hdgseafoodfestival.org

SHENANDOAH COUNTY FAIR Aug. 22-30. Livestock shows and exhibits, four days of harness racing, tractor pulls, demo derbies, national musical entertainers, various free shows and entertainment on the grounds, and kids’ day. 300 Fairgrounds Rd., Woodstock, Va. 540-459-3867, shencofair.com MARYLAND STATE FAIR Aug. 22-Sept. 1. Food, tame and thrilling rides and games, thousands of livestock, farm and garden and home arts exhibits, live thoroughbred horse racing, and concerts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium, Md. 410-252-0200, marylandstatefair.com MUSIC AND BBQ FESTIVAL Aug. 23, 10:00an-6:00pm. Barbecue competition, battle of the bands, kids’ activities, and craft and food vendors. Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, Va. blueridgemusicandbbq. com MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Weekends, Aug. 23-Oct.19. Travel back in time as you immerse yourself in the culture of a 16th-century English village, complete with King Henry VIII and his court. Revel Grove, Crownsville, Md. 800-296-7304, rennfest.com INDIANA COUNTY FAIR Aug. 24-30. Local farmers, 4H members, and others to show their livestock, crafts, and baked goods in numerous competitions. Other events include tractor pulls, demolition derbies, entertainment, a carnival, and food. J.S. Mack Park, 803 Hospital Road, Indiana, Pa. 724-479-8282, indianacountyfair.com

GARRETT COUNTY FAIR Through Aug. 2. Livestock shows, the midway, rides, food, and games. 270 Mosser Rd., McHenry, Md. 301-387-5400, garrettcountyfair.org KAYPI PERU FESTIVAL Through Aug. 3. Festival highlights include exhibition and sale of handmade crafts, traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and handson activities. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. nmai.si.edu

ANNAPOLIS ART WALK Aug. 21, 5:00-9:00pm. More than 20 galleries in downtown Annapolis host new art exhibits and feature artists working in oil, watercolor, ceramics, woodturning, sculpture, and jewelry. Musicians perform around town and galleries serve light refreshments. Downtown Annapolis, Md. 410-267-7077, artinannapolis.com

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Kids can explore what animal keepers and veterinarians do in a new exhibit.

d ‘WILD AND WELL’ ROLE-PLAY EXHIBIT FOR KIDS Designed primarily for pre-K to 3rd grade children, the new Wild & Well exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News offers hands-on exploration and learning about animal health with a secondary message about human health. In the “Be the Keeper” area, children can cook, clean, and care for native wild animals that live at the museum. The area includes a play kitchen, food bins, animal diet cards, and animal holding cages with life-sized stuffed animals. In the “Be the Vet” area, children can play the role of a wildlife veterinary specialist. They can “diagnose” various native animals and “prescribe” and “perform” treatments to improve their health. The area includes examination tables and tools, treatment materials, life-sized stuffed animals, and a display of actual wildlife X-rays. Videos and slide shows of the museum’s animal keepers and vet tech provide inspiration for the role play. “Kids learn best through creative play,” said the museum’s Fred Farris. “As they play the roles of animal keepers and vets, they will learn about being healthy.” Through Labor Day, the museum is open 9:00am-5:00pm daily. (thevlm.org)

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AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 29-31. The largest outdoor musical event on the East Coast, the American Music Festival brings together local, regional, and national acts. Virginia Beach, Va. 800-822-3224, beachstreetusa. com PATSY CLINE MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 30. Musical entertainment provided by Liz Ruffner, Springfield Exit, and an Elvis impersonator; also features craft vendors, souvenirs, and food. Winchester, Va. celebratingpatsycline.org NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL Aug. 30, 10:00am-10:00pm. The National Book Festival features a variety of interactive family-centered activities about the importance of lifelong literacy, cultural preservation, and preserving digital culture. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. loc.gov/bookfest CALVERT COUNTY JOUSTING TOURNAMENT Aug. 30, 11:00am-6:00pm. The 148th tournament featuring Maryland’s official state sport. Christ Episcopal Church, Port Republic, Md. christchurchcalvert.org VIRGINIA SCOTTISH GAMES Aug. 30-31. Includes piping and drumming, highland dancing, and fiddling competitions along with sheep-herding demonstrations, an antique car show, a living history encampment, children’s activities, live entertainment, and plenty of Scottish food and drink. Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, Va. vascottishgames.org

NOW SHOWING STEAM AND GAS ENGINE SHOW Aug. 1-3, 10:00am. Get a glimpse of antique farm equipment in action with antique car and equipment parades, a flea market, steam and gas engines, tractor games, and live entertainment. 5946 Federalsburg Hwy. Federalsburg, Md. 410-673-2414, threshermen.org FOUR-COUNTY QUILT SHOW Aug. 2-4. Hundreds of quilts, national and local vendors, and the Country Store Emporium. Frederick Fairgrounds Eventplex, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. fourcountyquilters.com ANTIQUES SHOW Aug. 2, 9:00am-4:00pm. Nearly 60 high-quality dealers participate in the show that features 18th-century to early 20th-century antiques. Lewes Historic Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, Del. 302-645-7670, historiclewes.org


ANNAPOLIS CAR SHOW Aug. 2, 11:00am-4:00pm. 2540 Riva Rd., Annapolis, Md. 410-2242100, theannapoliscarshow.com CRUSIN’ ON THE RIVER CAR SHOW Aug. 9. Classic cars and live entertainment along the Potomac River. 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, Md. 877-NTL-HBR, nationalharbor.com HUNTING AND OUTDOOR EXPO Aug. 22-24. The largest hunting and outdoors show in the state of Maryland. 8440 Fairgrounds Rd., La Plata, Md. 301-932-1234, countrylifefestival.com BEGONIA SHOW AND SALE Aug. 23-24. The sale offers a wide variety of begonias, including subtropical species. Free. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173, fairfaxcounty.gov/ parks/greenspring

BRANDYWINE BRINGS IN THE BLUES Aug. 15, 6:00-9:00pm. In the courtyard of the museum, music by Philadelphia Blues rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter Steve Cal. Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford, Pa. brandywine.org SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUES FESTIVAL Aug. 23-24, 11:00am-8:00pm Listen to the Blues at the Calvert County Fairgrounds, Prince Frederick, Md. somdblues.org ALEXANDER JAZZ FESTIVAL Aug. 28-31. The festival opens Thursday night with jazz guitarist Frank Vignola, followed on Friday night by trumpeter Etienne Charles. Saturday’s concert features a tribute to Dave Brubeck in the afternoon and a concert by pianist Monty Alexander that night. Sunday features vocalist Dee Daniels. 40 E. Dover St., Easton, Md. 410-819-0380 

Popular/Other MUSIKFEST Aug. 1-10. National acts from Alan Jackson to ZZ Top entertain in mostly outdoor venues in Bethlehem, Pa. musikfest.org

CHARLES STREET 12 RUN Aug. 9, 8:00am. Runners will enjoy running through Charm City’s most charming neighborhoods and past Maryland’s most esteemed religious, historical, and educational institutions. 800 Kenilworth Dr., Towson, Md. 410-308-1870, charlesst12.com CHOPTANK RIVAH RUN Aug. 15, 8:30am. This fun, 2-mile paddling event is for children and adults and features a poker run and great prizes. Martinak State Park, 137 Deep Shore Rd., Denton, Md. 410-479-8120, carolinerecreation.org MOUNT NITTANY MARATHON Aug. 31. Race runs mostly through the Penn State campus to benefit the Mount Nittany Conservancy. State College, Pa. mtnittany.org/marathon BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS SAILING CLUB Year-round. Offers day sailing events and seminars in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., and sailing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. Membership free. 410-394-9483, mdsailing.com QUANTICO ORIENTEERING CLUB Hosts map and compass activities most weekends in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Suitable for all ages and skill levels; free beginner instruction. qocweb.org POTOMAC APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB Leads weekly hikes and work trips in greater Washington, D.C., area. Contact PATC for more information. 703-242-0965, patc. net APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. amc-dc.org SENIORS EXERCISE FOR A BETTER LIFE Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am. Exercise for free. Cora B. Wood Senior Center, 3601 Taylor St., Brentwood, Md. 301699-1238, pgparks.com FITNESS CENTER SENIOR CLASSES Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex, Landover, Md. 301-583-2626, pgparks.com WASHINGTON AREA ROADSKATERS Year-round; check website for dates and times. Skaters leave from White House, Washington, D.C. meetup.com/washingtonarea-roadskaters CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in D.C. metropolitan area. 703-7513971, centerhikingclub.org FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164, ava.org/clubs/freestate WANDERBIRDS HIKING CLUB Sundays. Various hikes and locations in Virginia. 703-242-0315, wanderbirds.org SWIMMING AND WATER EXERCISE PROGRAMS Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-8:00am. Glenarden/Theresa Banks Complex Pool, 8615-A McLain Ave., Glenarden, Md. 301772-5515

MUSIC Jazz/Blues/Country RICHMOND JAZZ FESTIVAL Aug. 7-10 Jazz, great food, outstanding wine, outdoor cigar lounge, and the beautiful rolling hills of Maymont Park. 1700 Hampton St., Richmond, Va. 804-644-8515, jazzatmaymont.com BLUE GRASS FESTIVAL Aug. 14-17. Festival features six or seven groups daily in the middle of Granite Hill Campground near Gettysburg, Pa. gettysburgbluegrass.com

THE BAND PERRY Aug. 28, 8:00pm. Wolf Trap, The Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900, wolftrap.org

LADEW TOPIARY GARDENS 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-263-5544, marylandhall.org MONTPELIER ARTS CENTER 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, Md. 301-953-1993, arts.pgparks.com NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART National Mall between Third and Seventh Sts. at Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, nga.gov NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-695-1864, civilwarmed.org THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-387-2151, phillipscollection.org REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM OF MARYLAND AFRICANAMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 443-263-1800, africanamericanculture.org SHAKESPEARE GALLERY Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, folger.edu SURRATT HOUSE MUSEUM TOURS Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton, Md. 301868-1121, surratt.org

Theater THE BFG Through Aug. 10. Integrates puppetry, rich visuals, and imaginative storytelling as Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant go on a magical journey to save the children of England. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md. imaginationstage.org CIRQUE DU SOLIEL: AMALUNA Through Aug. 24. Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. 201 Harbor View Ave., National Harbor, Md. 877-NTLHBR, cirquedusoleil.com DIRTY DANCING Through Sept. 14. An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-628-6161, thenationaldc.com

Films SCREEN ON THE GREEN Mondays through Aug. 11, beginning at dusk. Bring a blanket to the National Mall on a warm night and watch a classic film on a gigantic movie screen. National Mall, between 7th and 12th Sts., Washington, D.C. 877-262-5866 COMCAST FILM FESTIVAL Aug. 15-17. A three-night drive-in film festival featuring fun, games, and amusement. The Lego Movie on Friday, Gravity on Saturday, and Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Sunday. 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, Md. 866-448-3456, filmfestnih.org

Dance DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30-11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. fridaynightdance.org THE WASHINGTON BALLET Call for performances and times. 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-362-3606, washingtonballet.org

Exhibits Resources and Institutions Directory AMERICAN CIVIL WAR CENTER AT HISTORIC TREDEGAR 490 Tredegar St., Richmond, Va. 804-788-6480, tredegar.org AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AT THE KATZEN ARTS CENTER Ward Circle, Massachusetts and Nebraska Aves., Washington, D.C. 202-885-1300, american.edu/cas/katzen AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore, Md. 410-244-1900, avam.org THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY AT EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404 or 800-2754278, capemaymac.org CARROLL ARTS CENTER TEVIS GALLERY 91 Main St., Westminster, Md. 410-848-7272, carrollcountyartscouncil.org HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Independence Ave. and Seventh St. SW, Washington, D.C. 202633-1000, hirshhorn.si.edu

THE TEXTILE MUSEUM 2320 S St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-667-0441, textilemuseum. org TUDOR PLACE HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDEN 1644 31st St., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202-965-0400, ext. 109, tudorplace.org VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org

Featured Exhibitions RALPH FASANELLA Through Aug. 3. Brings together 19 of the artist’s most significant paintings and eight sketches on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Sts. NW, Washington, D.C. americanart.si.edu ARCHITECTURAL BOOKS Through Aug. 17. Some books survey a variety of architectural works, while others focus on a specific building. National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh Sts. at Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C .202-737-4215, nga.gov A REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT Through October. More than 30 vivid paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture present an overview of the revolutionary art movement that flourished in Germany. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org VIDEO ART EXHIBITION Through Oct. 12. The first museum exhibition to focus on women’s impact on the field of video art. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. nmwa.org RYAN MCGINNESS: STUDIO VISIT Through Oct. 19. The exhibit will explore this contemporary artist’s creative process for his 2009 painting “Art History Is Not Linear.” The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum

d MILES AND MILES OF BARGAINS The northern Shenandoah Valley communities along U.S. Route 11 are marking the 10th anniversary of the Route 11 Yard Crawl on Aug. 9. The annual event stretches 43 miles through nine towns from New Market to Stephens City, Va. The event has been so successful it has spawned its own merchandise, such as T-shirts and tote bags, and even has a mascot. (route11yardcrawl.org) The success of the Route 11 event did not go unnoticed, and bargain lovers in Spotsylvania County, Va., established their own Route 208 Sale Trail last year. The 2014 event is Sept. 12-13 along 24 miles of Route 208 from Route 1 to Lake Anna. It may continue across Lake Anna in Louisa County as well. (208saletrail.com)

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BASEBALL AND BECOMING AN AMERICAN Through Oct. 26. Features more than 130 original objects, including game-worn uniforms, game-used objects, correspondence, newspaper accounts, board games, awards, baseball cards, signed baseballs, Jewish ritual objects, and ballpark giveaways. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E., Philadelphia, Pa. 215-923-3811, nmajh. org HERALDRY IN SHAKESPEARE’S ENGLAND Through Oct. 26. The roots of genealogy took off during Shakespeare’s time. See pedigrees and family trees, books explaining heraldry’s complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents written by professional heralds seeking to regulate heraldic practice in a fast-changing society. Exceptional treasures include the original drafts of William Shakespeare’s own coat of arms. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. folger.edu FRONT ROOM: SETH ADELSBERGER Through Nov. 2. A variety of luminescent and textured paintings from Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger demonstrates the artist’s innovative approaches to painting over the past five years. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org PRINTMAKERS OF WORLD WAR I Through Nov. 9. This exhibition focuses on how artists — many of whom witnessed combat firsthand as official war artists — represent the moods and transformative experiences particular to this global conflict. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum SAFES OF THE VALLEY Through March 29. Landmark exhibition of mostly privately owned food safes from the Shenandoah Valley. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Va. themsv.org EXALTED NATURE Aug. 23-Nov. 16. To spend even a moment with one of Charles Burchfield’s hallucinatory watercolors is to experience the artist’s visceral response to nature. Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford, Pa. brandwine.org

PRO SPORTS BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT HOME Fri., Aug. 1 vs. Mariners, 7:05pm Sat., Aug. 2 vs. Mariners, 7:05pm Sun., Aug. 3 vs. Mariners, 1:35pm Fri., Aug. 8 vs. Cardinals, 7:05pm Sat., Aug. 9 vs. Cardinals, 4:05pm Sun., Aug. 10 vs. Cardinals, 1:35pm Mon., Aug. 11 vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Tues., Aug. 12 vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Wed., Aug. 13 vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Mon., Aug. 25 vs. Rays, 7:05pm Tues., Aug. 26 vs. Rays, 7:05pm Wed., Aug. 27 vs. Rays, 7:05pm Thurs., Aug. 28 vs. Rays, 7:05pm Fri., Aug. 29 vs. Twins, 7:05pm Sat., Aug. 30 vs. Twins, 7:05pm Sun., Aug 31 vs. Twins, 1:35pm

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ARMS AND ARTILLERY Aug. 1-31. Interpretive programs allow visitors to encounter a range of 17th- and 18th-century arms and artillery — and firings, too. Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Va. and Yorktown Victory Center in Yorktown, Va. 888-593-4682, historyisfun.org

AVIATION SPEAKER SERIES Aug. 4, 7:00pm. Carl Bobrow, museum specialist with the National Air and Space Museum/Smithsonian Institution, will offer a presentation on Gen. George Owen Squier, a pioneer in military aviation. Lockheed Martin Auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd., Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122, mdairmuseum.org

NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE Aug. 15, 7:00pm. Learn how the settlement history and the agriculture and iron industries shaped the use of slavery in the Shenandoah Valley. 652 N. Buckton Rd., Middletown, Va. nps. gov/cebe/index.htm THE FOSSIL FIELD EXPERIENCE Aug. 16, Sept. 6, Oct. 4., 9:00am. The program begins at the Cove Point Lighthouse where participants, with a trained guide, will learn how to find and identify fossils. Enjoy time on the beach until 11:30am, and at 1:00pm, meet the guide at the museum to discuss fossil finds. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com  WWII TUNES Aug. 16, 3:00-5:30pm. An afternoon of World War II and 1940s USO-type musical entertainment. Learn dance steps with instruction at 2:00pm; then drift back to the 40s to enjoy the show. Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 North Market St., Frederick, Md. 301-600-1650, rosehillmuseum.com WWII WEEKEND Aug. 16-17. Encamped soldier and civilian re-enactors, displays, family activities, living history, veterans, World War II trivia box hunt activity, and food booth. The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 North Market St., Frederick, Md. 301-6001650, rosehillmuseum.com LIBERATE NEW OXFORD Aug. 20. Allies and Germans fight over New Oxford, Pa., which poses as a 1940s French village. liberationofoxford.com UNDAUNTED WEEKEND Aug. 23, 11:00am-9:30pm. Join in the fun with a War of 1812 re-enactment, demonstrations, food, music, and fireworks. Bladensburg Rd., Bladensburg, Md. 301-887-0777, marylandmilestones.org BRITISH INVASION Aug. 25, noon-3:30pm. Through a series of vignettes, meet a runaway slave, the mistress of Mount Welby, a militiaman, a royal marine, and others, followed by popular 1812 music. Reservations required. Oxen Hill Farm, 6411 Oxen Hill Rd., Oxen Hill, Md. Nps.gov/oxhi BATTLE OF CAULK’S FIELD Aug. 30-31. Re-enactment weekend marking the bicentennial of the 1812 battle on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. On the same ground and date as the original battle. Other activities all weekend. kentcounty.com/1812 OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, pgparks.com MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Rt. 197 and Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376

STAINED GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, mataboutyou.com ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, artbma.org SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880, carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org

TOURS CAPE MAY, NJ Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-675-6750, preservationsociety.com SUITLAND BOG TOURS Aug. 2 and Sept. 13, 10:00am-2:00pm. This bog is now a unique wetland within the Washington Metropolitan Area. Suitland, Md. 301-627-7755, pgparks.com WALKING THROUGH TIME TOUR Aug. 9 and 23 and Sept. 13. Learn about the life and personalities of the City of Fairfax in this 90-minute guided walking tour through the Old Town Fairfax National Register Historic District. Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, Fairfax, Va. 703-385-8414, historicfairfax.org

O THER SUMMIT POINT RACING Park features three road-racing circuits used for amateur automobile, kart, and motorcycle racing, high-performance driver education, and emergency training for local and federal law enforcement. Summit Point Motorsports Park, Summit Point, W.Va. 304-725-8444, summitpoint-raceway.com HOWARD COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK Through Aug. 4. Farm to Table Restaurant Week with restaurants featuring local meats, seafood, produce, and wine. 6741 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, Md. 410-313-1900, visithowardcounty.com

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The Orioles play home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 West Camden St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Call 888-848-BIRD or visit baltimore. orioles.mlb.com.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT HOME Fri., Aug. 1 vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Sat., Aug. 2 vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Sun., Aug. 3 vs. Phillies, 1:35pm Tues., Aug. 5 vs. Mets, 7:05pm Wed., Aug. 6 vs. Mets, 7:05pm Thurs., Aug. 7 vs. Mets, 7:05pm Fri., Aug. 15 vs. Pirates, 7:05pm Sat., Aug. 16 vs. Pirates, 7:05pm Sun., Aug. 17 vs. Pirates, 5:05pm Mon., Aug. 18 vs Diamondbacks, 7:05pm Tues., Aug. 19 vs. Diamondbacks, 7:05pm Wed., Aug. 20 vs. Diamondbacks, 7:05pm Thurs., Aug. 21 vs. Diamondbacks, 4:05pm Fri., Aug. 22 vs. Giants, 7:05pm Sat., Aug. 23 vs. Giants, 4:05pm Sun., Aug. 24 vs. Giants, 1:35pm

The Nationals play home games at Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC 20003. Call 202-397-SEAT (7328) or visit washington. nationals.mlb.com.

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Sun., Aug. 17 vs. Colorado, 8:00pm Sun., Aug. 31 vs. New York, 2:30pm DC United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC 20003. Call 202-587-5000 or visit dcunited.com.

Sit in the pilot’s seat of different planes during the Aug. 9 Open Cockpit event at Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum in Baltimore.

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BETHESDA CHEVY CHASE RESTAURANT WEEK Through Aug. 4. Restaurant week offers prix fixe lunch for $12 or $16 and three-course dinner menus for $33 at dozens of Bethesda area restaurants. Bethesda, Md. bethesda.org/ bethesda/restaurant-week HISTORY PADDLES Thursdays in August, 9:00am. Take a kayak tour of the Lewes Harbor and Delaware Breakwater Harbor to hear about shipwrecks, pirates, lighthouses, and more. The trip includes the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal and Delaware Bay. Lewes, Del. 30274-KAYAK BALTIMORE RESTAURANT WEEK Aug. 1-10. Enjoy special three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for either $20 or $30 and two-course lunch menus for just $15 at participating locations in Baltimore, Md. baltimorerestaurantweek.com NATURE QUEST CANOE TRIP Aug. 2-3, 1:00-3:00pm. Rangers and participants will search for the Nature Quest Marker while also enjoying time on the lake looking for wildlife such as turtles, beavers, and eagles. Robert E. Lee Park, Towson, Md. 410-887-4156 OPEN COCKPIT SEASON FINALE Aug. 9, 11:00am-3:00pm. Visitors can experience air travel of the 1950s and board the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1952 Martin 404 passenger airliner and can sit in the pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat of one of the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jet fighter aircraft. Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, 701 Wilson Point Rd., Baltimore, Md. 410-682-6122, mdairmuseum.org

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Appreciating the great outdoors in Lancaster County Summer’s siren song calls us outdoors. In Lancaster County, Pa., summertime is best lived outside, exploring the rich landscape with a plethora of activities designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities and interests. The area’s verdant farms are a chief draw this time of year. Corn “high as an elephant’s eye,” creates challenging mazes to conquer at places like Cherry Crest Adventure Farm and makes green, leafy tunnels

bordering the county’s plentiful bike routes and rail trails. Float down the refreshing Pequea Creek in the county’s southern end, or leap into exhilarating zip line tours through the canopy of trees at Refreshing Mountain in the northern part of the county.

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venture Center may, at first glance, seem to provide a cool respite on a steamy summer day. But once visitors get airborne, the heart-pumping thrill of the zip line and the physical tests are an instant warm-up. The treetop cargo nets resemble hammocks, but there is no resting here. Challenges abound from simply being willing to climb into the branches, to leaping from tree to tree. “Our customers range from families with children to retired World War II vets who just want to check zip lining off their bucket lists,” says the attraction’s Sunny Redcay. Visitors can combine or choose from a Challenge Adventure Tour with different levels of obstacles ending with a swoop over a pond or an Aerial Excursion Tour with more dramatic running speeds from platform to platform, ending in a 40-foot rappel to the forest floor.

By Land Those who prefer more earthbound adventures may enjoy the farm-themed activities at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm or take on the puzzling challenge of its corn maze. Or, simply survey the county’s cornfields from the comfort of the open cars at the Strasburg Railroad or the informative bus tours at the Amish Farm and House. But for a taste of Lancaster County that doesn’t often make the cover of the tour books, head west to the Susquehanna River to the dramatic outcrop known as Chiques Rock. Not only a great place to hike and climb, the county’s new Northwest River Trail makes for the perfect bike path. For those without wheels, Chiques Rock Outfitters provides rentals. Insider tip: In a clever move, owner Jim Cox of Chiques Rock Outfitters has set up two locations: one

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Water Welcome In addition to paddling or floating down the mighty Susquehanna, visitors to Lancaster County have the option to play on smaller bodies of water like the Pequea Creek. Sickman’s Mill has welcomed generations of tube riders to cool off in the refreshing two miles of waterway under the generous shade of magnificent sycamores. Trina Armstrong says the site’s traditional tubing trip takes between 45 minutes to an hour and 45 minutes, depending on the water levels. “You will be completely out in nature until almost the end of the trip. There are a series of small rapids interspersed with calmer areas throughout the length of the trip,” she says, noting that visitors “will hear birds chirping, see dragonflies, and sometimes other wildlife (bald eagle, heron, deer, mink) if they are lucky.” Visitors who would like a more active water experience can make reservations for a longer trip (three to five hours) with raft-like “Kayak Tubes” on an 8-mile stretch of the creek, which also includes the highlight of floating under a covered bridge.

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Raystown Lake celebrates 40 years of recreational opportunities A 40th birthday is cause for celebration, and Raystown Lake Region just marked this important milestone as one of Pennsylvania’s premier outdoor attractions. Created in 1974 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and dedicated by then-Vice President Gerald Ford on June 6 of that year, the lake project continues to serve as a recreational site for outdoor enthusiasts. The 8,300-acre man-made lake’s shoreline is 98 percent undeveloped, with nearly unlimited recreational opportunities both on and off the water. “Once you get to Raystown you’ll be finding yourself saying, ‘Ahhh...this is the life.’ Come and relax amongst the Pennsylvania forests surrounding the 118-mile shoreline of Raystown Lake,” said Matt Price, of the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau.

On and off the lake The lake is the main feature of a visit to the Huntingdon County region. There are several beaches, unlimited boating opportunities, fishing and waterskiing, and hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country ski trails. “Bring your bikes. Bring your boots. Or just bring your camp chair. We invite you to enjoy the view of the pristine shoreline of Raystown Lake. Ride our 33 miles of the world-class single-track Allegrippis Trail system. Fish and try to beat the Pennsylvania state records from our waters. Hike our hundreds of miles of wooded trails, paddle to your hear’s content on our water trails, or ride your bicycle on state-designated road routes,” Price said. If anyone knows and understands the beauty of the area, it is Ed Stoddard, also of the Visitorss Bureau. He first came to the area as a visitor numerous times before he decided he couldn’t leave and made it his home. “It is an outdoor getaway with miles of scenery. Once you see the beauty here, it makes it hard to leave,” he said.

Range of accommmodations According to both Price and Stoddard, one of the great elements of Huntingdon County is the wide choice a visitor has in accommodations. More adventurous folks might opt to rent a houseboat and stay out on the lake for the duration of their trip or pitch a tent at one of the many campgrounds. There are also hotels, bed-andbreakfasts, and modern cabins. “It is the only place in Pennsylvania where you can rent a houseboat and stay overnight,” said Stoddard. There are also other sights to see while in the Huntingdon County area. The Swigart Museum is dedicated to the history of the American automotive industry. The museum has a collection of more than 150 automobiles. There are usually 30 to 35 on display at a time, including Herbie, the loveable Volkswagen Beetle that Americans fell in love with thanks to the popular “Love Bug” movies. There’s also a 1940 Cadillac owned by Cary Grant, and others too numerous to list. The popular Stone Town Gallery and Cafe showcases local artists. Owner and stained glass artist Deb Tumlin started the gallery in 2011. It has expanded since then from just five local artists to more than 75.

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It’s festival time throughout Adams County, Pennsylvania The battlefield that bears one of the most famous names in military history is just one reason to make the short drive to Gettysburg and surrounding Adams County, Pa. “The battlefield will always be the biggest draw to Gettysburg, and we know that,” said Carl Whitehill, who promotes the area. “But what our visitors don’t often realize is how much else there is to do here.” Long a popular historical day trip, Gettysburg is worthy of a getaway for couples or families, with plenty to interest both.

Events to check out The local calendar is brimming with interesting events in August and September. The 2014 Peach Festival, held at Hollabaugh Bros. Inc. Fruit Farm and Market is one of the farm’s most popular festivals. Visitors are invited to sample and purchase the many peach varieties and products, Aug. 9-10. Could anything be better on an August afternoon than a wagon ride and a dish of peach ice cream? The Blue Grass Festival at Granite Hill Camping Resort and Bed & Breakfast is held Aug. 14-17 “This is the campground’s biggest event,” said Granite Hill’s Becca Riley. “The festival goes on

right in the middle of the campground, so basically you can hear the music from every site.” Six to seven groups perform daily, and there is a bounce house for the kids, miniature golf, and food and merchandise vendors. Day tickets can be purchased, with campers getting a discount. But, Riley cautions, “Campsites are on a first come, first served (basis) and we always have a very good turnout.” Advance reservations are accepted. New this year, the Gettysburg Brew Fest will be held Aug. 23 from 4:30-8:00pm on the Lutheran Theological Seminary Grounds. A variety of craft brews and hard ciders from Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region will be available for sampling. Insider tip: The Seminary Ridge location provides some of the best views of the battlefield and is also the site of the Seminary Ridge Museum, which opened last year in the building where Union cavalrymen watched the Confederates advance toward Gettysburg. Still in the mood for sipping and samplings? The 10th Annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival takes place Sept. 6-7 on the grassy area of the campus of Gateway Gettysburg. Some 20 Pennsylvania wineries will be pouring and there will be an abundance of food, crafts vendors, and live music.

The fall Gettysburg Antique Show fills the downtown sidewalks with antique finds of all kinds on Sept. 27, 7:00am-4:00pm. Savvy shoppers get there early.

Remembering a different war A more recent war is on the minds of the folks in New Oxford, roughly 10 miles from Gettysburg. There, on Aug. 20, the town’s center square will be transformed into a quaint French village during the World War II German occupation in 1944. “This is a huge event in terms of the number of re-enactors involved,” said Elaine Gerwig, the event coordinator. “We have 200 German (soldiers) and over 100 Allies. The German encampment is at our train station where they stay for the weekend. They make their way from the station up to the town, just as it was in the war.” The Allies camp at the Eisenhower farm in Gettysburg and at Borough Hall, a former high school built in 1938. At 8:00am, they convoy over to the village, which is filled with German propaganda posters and other props to make it look like a French town of the 1940s. They ride in jeeps and tanks and re-enact the liberation of the French town. A battle ensues to

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Entertainment is the aim of the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival being held at Granite Hill Campground, Aug. 14-17.

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the deafening sounds of cannons and other weaponry. At long last, the town in liberated. Church bells ring amid general celebrating.

There’s a USO dance the night before in the gym at Borough Hall featuring a swing band, a girl trio, and Lindy Hop dancers.

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As summer turns to fall, Whitehill hopes to hear more of what visitors are constantly telling him: “I didn’t realize there was so much to do here!”

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Late summer in Indiana Co. means fairs and festivals Agriculture is a big deal in Indiana County, Pa., so it’s no wonder there are three agricultural fairs to celebrate the harvest. The Indiana

County Fair is the biggest of three, according to Denise Liggett, who promotes the area, although the fairs all pay homage to agriculture, the Indiana Co. Tourism

number one industry in Pennsylvania. “Our fairs embrace the heritage of agriculture and our youth who will carry on the tradition of farming and agriculture that is so important to our rich history and our future,” she said. The Indiana County Fair, Aug. 24-30, features local and nationally known performers, demonstrations and exhibits, contests, and good old country fair food. The Ox Hill Fair is Sept. 1-6 and the Cookport Fair is Sept. 8-13.

Apples and Appalachian folk traditions

The Artists Hand Gallery and Espresso Bar in Indiana, Pa., is a great stop in Jimmy Stewart’s hometown.

Fall harvest brings lots of apples to Indiana County. The Smicksburg Apple Fest takes place Sept. 13-14. With the theme “It’s All About Apples,” the fest features demonstrations of making apple butter and apple cider, children’s activities, local apples for sale, and more than 20 local specialty shops selling — you guessed it — all things apple, including apple dumplings, pies, fudge, cider, and butter. Insider tip: While in Smicksburg, check out the local Amish shops for primitive crafts and local art work and sample the vintages at the local

winery. The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Sept. 5-6 in downtown Indiana, presents the work of artists, craftspeople, and musical performances and is dedicated to preserving the folk music, art, and culture of the region.

A taste of Hollywood Indiana, Pa., is also the hometown of one of America’s favorite actors, the late Jimmy Stewart, so it’s fitting that this year’s Governor’s Arts Awards will be held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania — the first time the event has ever been held on a college campus. Stewart was the first recipient of the award when it was created in 1980. The Sept. 28 event will also showcase local artists and performers in free events the entire weekend. “We are making this a communitywide event. ... We will have special activities downtown, events and performers in town as well, and special sales and vendors,” Liggett said. A stop at the Jimmy Stewart Museum is a good bet anytime. The venue features artifacts from Stewart’s childhood and his service in continued on page 45

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Fayetteville features numerous militaryrelated museums Fayetteville, N.C., proudly claims it’s the hometown for the U.S. Army, and for good reason. With nearly 55,000 active duty soldiers, Fort Bragg — just outside town — is the largest military base in the country. Fort Bragg is the home of the Airborne Infantry and Special Operations (the Green Berets and Delta Force). Their long and storied sagas are told at museums and memorials in the area. The most comprehensive is the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. It’s dedicated to the history of parachute and special operations from 1940 to the present. The entrance is guarded by “Iron Mike,” a 16-foot statue of a World War II-era paratrooper in full battle kit. Inside, a massive collection of memorabilia traces the history, starting with how the idea of dropping troops into battle developed during World War II. Walk-through dioramas let you feel what it was like to move through a German-occupied French village or imbed with Special Forces during the Gulf War. Docents are more than wellversed in the museum’s collection; many of them are veterans of the missions. Insider tip: Ask for Al Alvarez, who is often

there. He dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day. (asomf.org) continued on page 41 Fayetteville Tourism

The 82nd Airborne Museum is among the many military museums in Fayetteville, N.C.

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Mustangs and mystery along North Carolina’s Outer Banks Once you cross the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge onto North Carolina’s Outer Banks you can follow Route 12 north toward Duck and Corolla where the rhythms of Currituck Sound have controlled the pace of life for centuries. This is the northernmost of the Outer Banks where 16th- century Spanish explorers herded horses ashore and were forced to leave the mustangs when attacked. Once the paved road ends you can take your fourwheel-drive onto the beach in search of the wild horses though they are mostly found in the area of sand streets behind the dunes. It makes more sense to take a wild horse tour from one of the local outfitters like Back Country Safari, which departs from the Inn at Corolla Light, or the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which departs from the organization’s museum store. Outfitters offer a variety of vehicles for touring and Bob’s Wild Horse Tours even lets you drive a Jeep while following a guide. The horses and other wildlife are an integral part of the rhythms of life in this part of the Outer

Banks, and the Wildlife Education Center in the Corolla Heritage Park offers exhibits, an excellent film, and onsite educators who explain the intricate relationship between land, sound, and sea. Climb to the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, also in the Heritage Park, for a fantastic view of the barrier islands. Accommodations in the Corolla area are mostly vacation home rentals, however, the newly renovated Hampton Inn is right on the beach with great views from virtually all rooms. The hotel has an inviting pool and beach, and is convenient to restaurants and shopping. The Inn at Corolla Light sits on Currituck Sound and most rooms have great sunset views. It’s also convenient to everything you need, including Fat Crabs, where the owner, a Vienna, Va., native, dishes up local seafood and four different steamers you can eat in or carry out. The community of Duck, between Corolla and Kitty Hawk, is home to the Sanderling Resort and its onsite restaurants. The low-rise buildings face Currictuck Co. Tourism

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pools and large fire pits on the near side of the dunes. Beach views are best from the second floor solarium and outdoor deck or the convenient deck atop the dunes. The well-equipped spa includes an indoor pool and gift shop. Insider tip: Head to the No. 5 Bar on the second floor of the resort’s Lifesaving Station Restaurant for great views of the sound and the signature drink made with pecan-infused bourbon. Duck offers plenty of shopping and an eclectic selection of restaurants.

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are phenomenal stories in the 150 people who arrived in 1585 as well as the mystery of why they had disappeared when a supply ship arrived in 1590. The play, in its 77th season, boasts numbers of prominent actors among its alumni, including Andy Griffith. The ship that moves across the back of the stage is the largest hand prop in the American theater. Why does the performance continue to attract playgoers? “It’s the unsolved story and it’s what we are all about — people looking for a better way of life,” Massey speculates. Insider tip: A great way to add to the experi-

ence is the cast dinner and backstage tour offered before performances on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The play runs through Aug. 22. On the way back, there’s plenty of time to reflect on the mystery or just relax with the rhythms of the sound and sea.

Learn more Currituck Co. Tourism: visitcurrituck.com Manteo Tourism: outerbanks.cmo/manteo The Lost Colony: thelostcolony.org

An easy day trip from the Sanderling, Roanoke Island is a journey into one of the shadowy mysteries of America’s beginnings, for it was here that Sir Walter Raleigh sent his first colonists in 1585. Start your own exploration at Festival Park in the charming town of Manteo. The interactive exhibits show how the colonists came to the area and how the site was selected to hide from Spanish ships. The big mystery, of course, is what happened to Raleigh’s “lost” colony. One exhibit takes a “CSI” approach, allowing you to theorize what happened based on available evidence. Just as interesting are the outdoor exhibits — the full-size Elizabeth II launched in 1983, the American Indian Town, and the re-created settlement and smithy where a carpenter explains how settlers could build a Tudor-style house in six days and challenges visitors to a game of ninepins. Manteo offers restaurants and shopping before heading to the other end of the island. There, closer to the actual settlement site, the National Park visitor center offers artifacts and exhibits and a walking trail to the reconstructed earthen Fort Raleigh, originally created by the 1585 or 1587 colonists. The 10-acre Elizabethan Gardens are a pleasant diversion, with shady pathways through gardens reminiscent of the Elizabethan era. There are plants from the gardens for sale as well. No summertime trip to the island is complete without taking in a performance of The Lost Colony, with its huge cast in the beautiful outdoor setting facing Albemarle Sound. Charles Massey, a veteran of outdoor dramas, promotes The Lost Colony. “We see ourselves as an unsolved mystery,” he says, noting that there

The Elizabeth II is a replica of one of Sir Walter Raleigh’s ships that brought colonists to Roanoke Island in the late 1500s.

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beside a pool filled with cascading water from one of the sculptures. (ncveteransmemorial.org)

continued from page 39 Outside, the Special Operation Forces K-9 Memorial honors the more than 50 combat-trained dogs who have been killed on missions since 9/11. The dogs go through extensive training in patrolling and parachuting. (Yes, they jump with their handlers.) They share the daily discomforts and dangers with their human partners, and they are credited with saving many lives with their ability to literally sniff out danger. The life-sized statue of a Belgian malinois wears full battle gear. Pavers around the statue name each dog, the country where it was serving, and the year it was killed in action. (sofk9memorial.com) Opposite the museum is the North Carolina Veterans Park. It’s a deeply poignant tribute to North Carolinians who’ve worn uniforms from the Revolution to the present. Hand prints from veterans from all 100 of the state’s counties rest on pillars, surrounded by free-form sculptures made from salvaged surplus military equipment. Visitors reflect upon the meaning of “service” at a quiet area

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On-base sites There is more history on Fort Bragg itself. The 82nd Airborne Museum is dedicated to that legendary division. Many artifacts were donated by the soldiers who participated in the actions. While people remember the military actions, the museum also highlights the division’s humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew. Outside, there’s a display of military aircraft. (82ndairbornedivisionmuseum.com) The JFK Special Warfare Museum details the activities of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations regiments. The Special Forces are well-known, but the roles played by the other units don’t get regular attention. With the motto “Persuade, Change, Influence,” the Psychological Operations (Military Information Support Operations) units use information distributed through civilian outlets to promote U.S. policy in non-violent ways. The Civil Affairs units work to establish civilian administration and infrastructure in war zones. (jfkwebstore.com)

Two events this summer are special for the Fort Bragg community. Airborne Heritage Day, on Aug. 16, commemorates the first official Army parachute drop on Aug. 16, 1940. The base and museum plan special events including parachute demonstrations. The weekend of Sept. 24-26 is the annual International Folk Festival. It celebrates the worldwide make-up of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg’s community, as soldiers and their families have traveled the world and returned with new cultural experiences.

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More than 30 memorials and monuments commemorating specific units and actions are scattered throughout Fort Bragg. A brochure is available at the Fayetteville visitor center. To get onto the base, civilians need to show valid driver’s licenses or passports and must enter through the All-American Gate.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is smokin’ with Musikfest Musical stars from A to Z — Alan Jackson to ZZ Top — are headliners at Musikfest, a giant music festival coming up Aug. 1-10 in Bethlehem, Pa. Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Weezer, Jason Derulo, The Moody Blues, Steely Dan, The All-American Rejects, and The Avett Brothers are among other nationally known performers on tap. The festival, now in its 31st year, draws a million spectators from more than 40 states during its 10day run. The southeastern Pennsylvania town of Bethlehem is a 185-mile drive from Washington, D.C. Musikfest

Keith Urban is among the headliners at this year’s Musikfest.

This year’s Musikfest will feature 300 artists from around the globe. Among the performers are the band Southern Hospitality; singer-songwriter Sam Hunt, who has co-written songs with Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney; Postmodern Jukebox, which takes pop songs and transforms them into vintage jazz, swing, and doo-wop tunes; and Rick Vito, once part of Fleetwood Mac but now known as King Paris, who performs rock, world, and blues music. Other performances range from hip hop, reggae, and zydeco to classical music and marching bands. “One of the things that makes [Musikfest] special is the opportunity to go from stage to stage and hear all these different styles of music,” says Mark Demko, who promotes the festival. Calling itself the largest free music festival in the nation, the event hosts free concerts on 13 of its 14 stages. Concerts at the Sands Steel Stage are ticketed, but more than 500 performances cost nothing. Some performances take place with 250-foot-tall furnace stacks as a backdrop at the SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, created on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant. Other venues include churches, performing arts centers, parks, and plazas throughout Bethlehem’s Historic District. Most of the concerts are given outdoors.

“It’s a great experience for all ages,” says Demko. Sponsored by ArtsQuest, a nonprofit arts organization, the festival is a community effort, with businesses and 2,000 volunteers making it happen. The town has “a wonderful infrastructure” in place for the annual festival, including shuttle services, according to Demko. He suggests festival newcomers download the festival app or check the website for an overview and concert locations. In addition to the music, there will be 45 artisans, selling such items as jewelry, apparel, photography, metal, soaps, and candles. There also will be 60 food vendors, children’s activities, and fireworks. Bethlehem was founded by Moravians in 1741, and a rich Germanic influence remains in the town. That heritage also is reflected in the festival through some of the venue names and international musical flavors. “Music really is the universal language,” says Demko.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love clay as a metaphor,â&#x20AC;? says potter Lori Haldeman, whose hands are deep in gray goo while they shape a spinning pot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You start out with this hunk of clay and end up with something.â&#x20AC;? For Haldeman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;somethingâ&#x20AC;? includes lovely plates, bowls, and pitchers she creates, glazes, fires, then displays at Buxton & Landstreet Gallery & Studios in Thomas, W.Va. On a recent day, Haldeman worked in her studio while two other artists painted in the large, lightfilled gallery. Holly Hinkle drew inspiration from a butterfly she found on the grounds as she applied oil pastels in layers on the canvas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like painting with lipstick,â&#x20AC;? says the artist, known for her colorful contemporary folk art and recycled wood creations. Sandra Wright polished up a rural scene of a man leaning on his cane. She specializes in personal and family portraits, using charcoal, oil, or pastel. The trio is among 70 regional artists whose work is represented at the gallery, a handsome building that used to serve as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;company storeâ&#x20AC;? when Thomas was a coal town at the turn of the 20th century. You can still see the original wood staircase. In back are artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; studios; old church pews serve as temporary resting places for art. The showroom has high ceilings and an array of fine arts for sale, including quilts, paintings, art glass, pottery, jewelry, lamps, handbags, furniture, and even dulcimers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lots of people love just to see the building,â&#x20AC;? says the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heidi Haldeen. Thomas is a village in the Canaan Valley, an area best known for its ski resorts, outdoor recreation, and spectacular mountain views. But the budding arts scene here is also worth a visit. You might say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off the beaten path, but the county is more accessible than ever with the new U.S. 48, which has shortened the drive from Washington, D.C., by at least an hour. In Thomas, buildings from the early 1900s are being rehabilitated for modern uses such as art galleries, shops, and restaurants. The commercial district, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is concentrated on East Avenue (known as Front Street) and Spruce Street. You can take a self-guided tour

and learn the buildingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; histories. One was an opera house, which boasted a first-floor saloon. After restoration, it will become an arts center for live theater, square dancing, and community functions. A stroll takes you into shops featuring artisan-made metal, photography, jewelry, and leather items. Seth Pitt at the White Room Art Gallery uses melted crayons to create unique paintings. Ben Nelson of MUD Ceramics makes customized mugs. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a general store; antiques, Christmas, wine, and music shops; and the TipTop coffee bar. Insider tip: Try the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moscow Muleâ&#x20AC;? cocktail for a kick. A highlight of Front Street is the Purple Fiddle CafĂŠ, where live music rocks the place on weekends. On a recent night, the Hillbilly Gypsies performed crowd-pleasing Appalachian and bluegrass tunes. Other times, you might hear rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll, jazz, funk, reggae, blues, or folk music. A general store in the old days, the cafĂŠ has a casual, family-friendly atmosphere, offering sandwiches, homemade ice cream, and brews. The Purple Fiddle and the Mountain State Brewing Co., also in Thomas, are part of West Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mountain Music Trail, which seeks to preserve traditional music. Besides handcrafted ales, the Mountain State Brewing hosts live music and sponsors Brew Skies, a festival that features West Virginia breweries and local and national musical acts, each July. In nearby Davis, the art of making beer is practiced at Blackwater Brewing Co., an artisanal â&#x20AC;&#x153;brewhausâ&#x20AC;? and eatery, where Lincoln Wilkins makes small batches of European-style beers. WV Highlands Artisans Gallery sells the work of 25 co-op artists. Offerings include paintings, photography, pottery, soaps, hats, and wood art. Parsons, the county seat, holds the Pickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Parsons Bluegrass Festival, July 30-Aug. 2. The area pulls it all together with ArtSpring in May, featuring art and craft demonstrations, studio tours, gallery exhibits, outdoor painting, and street musicians.

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Enjoy dining alfresco with tips from a wilderness gourmand In a former life, I guided wilderness hiking trips for an adventure trekking company. “Gourmet backpacking,” one of our most popular “in-tents” adventures, featured epicurean meals, prepared fresh on the trail. Guides were expected to make, from scratch, almond pancakes for breakfast, fresh guacamole for lunch, and crab fettuccini for dinner. We baked bread in the campfire, expertly grilled marinated tenderloins over open coals, and presented chocolate fondue desserts made with Gran Marnier and wild huckleberries picked by our guests. Even our coffee was specially ground and filter-brewed. Our company trips ranged from overnighters on the nearby Appalachian Trail to a week in the Alaskan bush. We never used the freeze-dried or already-prepared camping meals; it was always fresh made from scratch. We carried minimalist cooking sets with carefully selected pots, cutlery, dining ware, and micro-miniature, single-burner camp stoves that boiled water in scant minutes. A griddle, designed to fit across two of our stoves, completed the cooking outfit. Everything — including the food and clean-up gear — was lightweight and designed to fit easily into our backpacks. It’s been a few years since I guided one of these treks, but I still use my backcountry culinary skills on some very “frontcountry” expeditions. A well-

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planned gastronomic adventure adds a highlight to a day hike, fishing trip, picnic, road trip, or any outdoor escapade that includes an alfresco meal. I have a daypack with one pouch lined with a sheet of waterproof, closed-cell foam, forming a mini-refrigerator that effectively keeps things cool for a full day on the trail or the river. I’ve used frozen tenderloins, pork chops, or chicken breasts — pre-cut in 4-ounce portions in a marinade and herb mix — as cold blocks in my mobile fridge to chill cheeses, pate, crab, and even eggs. (Perhaps the paragon of lightweight, one guide I knew regularly used his spare insulated socks as an effective personal-sized cooler.) Along with a cooler, I carry a thin but durable cutting board for any slicing or chopping. The board also serves as a good prep surface. Vacuum bottles — the newer double-wall metal kind — are nearly indestructible and open the possibilities of hot soups, stews, and grain dishes from minute rice to quinoa to risotto. Couscous is particularly easy and adaptable. Add the grain, seasoning, and boiling water to the bottle as you begin your hike; then, enjoy a hot pilaf for your trailside lunch.

New offerings Coincidentally, just before I completed this month’s column, I received samples of the latest freeze-dried camping foods from Mountain House, a producer of lightweight meals for nearly 50 years. Their new offerings — biscuits and gravy, apple crisp, and fire-roasted vegetables — tap into the growing interest in traditional dishes and flavors. Comparing the new meals to a 1998 pasta primavera pointed out another advancement. Preparing the vintage meal required nearly a dozen steps; the new selections take just three. The adventure that you choose will, to a large extent, dictate your foods and accoutrements. Planning a banquet on hand-painted china and crystal stemware, transporting it all, and preparing an elaborate meal at a remote wilderness site will pose serious, but not insurmountable, problems.

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Conversely, the nearby urban park may offer easy access, washing facilities, covered pavilions, picnic tables, and grills, but only relatively tame adventures and scenery. Safety also governs menu choices. Obviously, raw meats, dairy products, some prepared foods, and anything containing raw eggs should not be left at room temperature, let alone in the hot sun. If you plan to travel more than a few minutes away from reliable refrigeration, use a cooler. Cleanup is the final act of a successful wilderness dining organization. The same bags you used to carry food in can also serve to carry trash out. Extra plastic trash bags cleanly carry out soiled pots and cutlery. True backcountry gourmands always leave a site cleaner than they found it. This month’s recipe focuses on ease of preparation and transportation, but includes cheese and fish. Please chill them properly.

Smoked Salmon Roll-ups (With a “thank you” to Susan Daniel.) Serves 4 4 soft flour tortillas 12 ounces Boursin or similar soft cheese 12 ounces smoked salmon 2 dozen very thin asparagus spears Blanch the asparagus. Spread the cheese moderately thickly on each of the tortillas. Top with smoked salmon, then top with the blanched asparagus. Roll the tortilla into a log very tightly and slice crosswise. No cooking is required, the flavors blend beautifully, the asparagus adds a crunch, and when the roll-ups are sliced and laid on their cut sides, you see the white of the cheese, the pink of the salmon, and the green of the asparagus. This pinwheel effect looks like much more fuss than was required. The secret is to spread all the ingredients evenly so that every piece has all the colors. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit his website at reedhellman wordsmith.com or email questions and comments to rhway2go@yahoo.com. Reed Hellman

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Don’t let better-known fortified wines overshadow the delights of Marsala One of my favorite Italian dishes is veal Marsala, made with the amazing fortified wine of Sicily. Unfortunately, Marsala does not get a lot of publicity here in North America other than as a cooking wine in that dish and in other recipes. As a result, there isn’t much available. Perhaps that’s because it’s overshadowed by better-known fortified wines, such as port and sherry. Whatever the reason, it’s most unfortunate, because the wine is a delight. Its production is based around the seaside city of the same name on Sicily’s west coast. Like port and sherry, it is fortified (grape brandy or spirits are added to it increasing the alcohol) which can vary from 17 percent to 18-plus percent depending on the style and aging. Also, like its counterparts, it comes in both sweet and dry versions and can be red or white depending on the grapes used. It’s made from local, indigenous grapes, with grillo being the most popular for whites, and calabrese, perricone, nero d’avola and nerello mascalese used for the red versions. Some Marsala is aged in a “solera” system, similar to sherry, where different vintages of wine are blended together. Classification of Marsala is based on its color, age, alcohol content, and sweetness. From a color perspective, there are three styles. “Ambra” (amber-colored) is made from white grapes, “oro” (gold-colored) is made from white grapes, and “rubino” (red-colored) is made from red grapes.

Aging matters Aging of Marsala takes place in oak, and its age

classifications are interesting. “Fine” is a wine that is aged for at least one year. It’s a simple, straightforward style often used for cooking. “Superiore” must age for at least two years, but is often kept in wood for up to three. With “superiore riserva,” the wine starts to have more complexity and is worthy of sipping as an aperitif or dessert wine. This is aged for at least four years and often up to six. “Vergine” has a minimum aging requirement of five years, but many producers will stretch that up to seven years. A wine labeled “vergine soleras” is a blend of many different years and aged for a minimum of five years. The ultimate in Marsala is “stravecchio.” At least 10 years of aging is required for this baby. Although alcohol content varies from 17 percent to 18-plus percent, generally, those styles with lesser aging requirements are fortified at the lower end of the spectrum. Certain words on the label indicate sweetness. “Dolce” means sweet (100+ grams of sugar per liter), “semi secco” says the wine is semi-dry (between 50 and 100 grams of sugar per liter) and “secco” tells you the wine is dry (fewer than 40 grams of sugar per liter). Producers to try include Marco De Bartoli, Florio, Curatolo Arini, Pelligrino, and Lombardo. As mentioned earlier, Marsala’s claim to fame here in North America is as a cooking wine. Generally, drier styles work best with such delights as meats (especially smoked), soft cheese such as goat, olives, and nuts. Sweeter versions go well with desserts (especially chocolate), and strong, aggressive cheese such as Roquefort. More specifically, Marsala sauce works wonders with ribeye burgers, beef tenderloin, porterhouse, pork

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Artist Studio Tour The Artist Open Studio Tour also takes place the last weekend in September. It’s a once-a-year event where local artists welcome visitors to their studios for the “behind the scenes” look at how they design and create their art. On Sept. 27, from 11:00am-5:00pm, visitors can stop at the studios and meet informally with more than a dozen artists including potter, painters, and ceramic and fiber artists. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the country roads of Indiana County while traveling from studio to studio. An easy-to-use map provides locations, directions, and descriptions of the artists for self-guided tours. “Indiana County has a wealth of talented artists. This ‘tour at your own pace weekend’ provides a fun experience to shop and view the many fine collections at each artist’s studio,” Liggett said. Indiana County is also home to 24 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, an Under-

chops, and veal cutlets. Check it out with smoked duck in a fruit compote, or try it with turkey cutlets or chicken meatballs. Try searing scallops or shrimps in it, or glaze sea bass or tilapia. For sweets, how about strawberries or dried figs and Marsala? Maybe match it to trifle or truffles. And then there’s tiramisu, baked apples, poached pears, zabaglione, or, one of my favorites, homemade cannoli with mascarpone cream. In fact, quality designations for this historic wine have improved so much over the last number of years you’ll be happy simply sipping it straight up as an aperitif or dessert wine. If you have the opportunity, whether here or in Sicily, give Marsala a go. Versatile and delicious, there’s definitely a style that will appeal to every taste. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2014. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, awardwinning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. Website: winedoctor.ca. Twitter: twitter.com/drwineknow. Blogspot: thewinedoctor. blogspot.com. Doc’s Grapevine: winedoctor.ca/ docs-grapevine.html. Facebook: facebook.com/ edwarddocfinstein?fref=ts

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