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Recreation The Official Publication for Government Employees Associations &

August 2015

Volume 33/Number 8



A Fabulous Fayetteville Getaway for Four

High-flying fun and adventure in Fayetteville, NC


Annual Discount & Housing Guide pull-out section • Along the Carolina coast • Maryland Lighthouse Challenge • Gettysburg food tours • North Carolina BBQ • Maryland Renaissance Festival • Central Pennsylvania fairs • Historic Edenton

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North Carolina: It’s like going home again I’ve lived the majority of my life in Maryland, but I was born a Tar Heel in what was then the small mountain college town of Boone, N.C. My father had been born on the other end of the state in the Edenton area. I returned to North Carolina for college, as do many in the Mid-Atlantic, and spent four years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. So, while I haven’t lived in North Carolina for a long time, my roots run deep in the state and I’ve spent a lot of time there. A few years ago, our readers indicated an interest in learning more about The Tar Heel State. Many had vacationed on the Outer Banks or along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Others had children in one of the many colleges and universities in the state and wanted to know more about the area. Recreation News responded and we have produced special North Carolina sections in April and Au-

gust in each of the past three years. I confess I’ve especially enjoyed the opportunity to return to places that have been important in my life and to discover new destinations in the state as well. Our other writers have likewise enjoyed exploring North Carolina’s attractions, its natural beauty, and its culinary offerings. This month, we return to the Carolina Coast and explore the northernmost section of the Outer Banks and the state’s southernmost beach communities. Just west of the Outer Banks, we look at historic Edenton on the shores of Albemarle Sound. And, we check in with the areas along I-95 to find the locals’ favorite spots for authentic North Carolina barbeque. Perhaps the most surprising of the North Carolina destinations in this issue is Fayetteville. While many Americans realize Fayetteville is the home of the huge Fort Bragg, it’s a pleasure to learn of the area’s many attractions, its festivals, and its Civil War history. It is also home to some amazing military museums and events that resonate with anyone

who has served in uniform. Of course, the North Carolina section is only part of what you’ll find in this issue, with coverage stretching from State College, Pa., and Gettysburg to the lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay and the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Enjoy the trip!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 ~ Editor’s Note 3 ~ Publisher’s Note 4 ~ Travel Line 6 ~ Fun in Fayetteville 8 ~ Historic Edenton 9 ~ BBQ along I-95 10 ~ Basking in the Brunswick Islands 11 ~ Northern Outer Banks 12 ~ Fairs of Central Pennsylvania 14 ~ A Taste of Gettysburg 16 ~ Cruise Corner 17 ~ Fall in Southern Delaware 18 ~ Maryland Lighthouse Challenge 20 ~ Maryland Renaissance Festival 21 ~ St. Mary’s County events 22 ~ Shenandoah Valley music 24 ~ Calendar of Events 28 ~ Adventures in Taste 28 ~ Wine Doctor 29 ~ Culture 30 ~ Music festivals

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Finding your vacation gateway As I cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, that’s where it happens. At that point, I transition from the first part of my trip, leaving the office and familiar home turf, and officially enter that second portion of the trip, the “I am on the approach to my vacation” zone. It serves as a gateway, both geographically as well as psychologically. There are many such gateways I’ve recognized over the years. The aforementioned is my beach gateway, but I have a few mountain ones, too. Route 70 West, crossing Frederick, Md., is my gateway to parts of West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Heading south from I-66, the hustle and bustle of metropolitan D.C. gives way to farmlands and rolling hills as the Shenandoah Valley welcomes me, with mountains to the left and right, just like a pair of open arms. I can almost hear the mountains say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” Heading to points further north, it’s passing New York City. The interesting granite formations along the highway become less and less altered by graffiti artists as more and more tree-lined outcroppings conjure images of the beauty that lies beyond in New England. On journeys further out, different gateways exist. Airport traffic, parking shuttles, security check lines, baggage lines, and the general cattle rush clearly seem to represent the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day lives we are seeking to escape. At what point does your vacation really start to feel like a vacation? Is it when you get that first cocktail in a lounge or on the plane? Is it after landing? After claiming your luggage? For me, it’s after I arrive at my room, drop the luggage on the floor, and plunk my butt down on the bed, even if it’s just for a few moments. It’s a time of transition. It’s that gateway where

you depart the workaday humdrum and stress and glide into that relaxed zone where your daily menu contains tantalizing items to select from. Scientists still can’t exactly tell us why humans need to sleep or what happens in your sleep biologically. All they know is that, without enough, your health fails. Vacations, getaways, and time off hold similar qualities. How many times have you been consumed on a project and start to get less and less efficient until you stop, get up, walk away, and do anything to flush your mind so you can return with renewed clarity and energy? We all need that. Studies repeatedly show that those who fail to take vacations are substantially less productive workers than those who do. If that wasn’t the case, our capitalist system of commerce would have eliminated that facet of life long ago. So, when are you taking your next vacation or getaway? Where is your gateway, geographically or psychologically, and are you ready to cross over to the other side? Relaxation, adventure, fun, family time, and a host of positives await you. You need it. And so do your co-workers. Enjoy!

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Exploring Maine, the Maritimes, and the Mid-Atlantic’s charms A recent trip to Maine and the Maritimes proved to be one of my most memorable summer vacations. Not only did we experience two nations in one vacation, but we also enjoyed scenic beauty at every turn, participated in some incredible activities, and had our fill of fresh lobster. After flying to Boston, we traveled to Ogunquit, Maine, where we spent two restful nights at the Cliff House soaking in the spectacular ocean views and the fresh air. Built in 1872 on 70 acres overlooking the Atlantic, the resort will undergo a complete transformation this winter before reopening in 2016. During the first evening of our visit, we enjoyed a stellar performance of Sister Act at the Ogunquit Playhouse, now in its 83rd season. Following a morning of leisure at the Cliff House Spa the second day, we continued our tour of Ogunquit with a Carol Timblin

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Lobster Roll Crawl, thanks to Wells Seacoast Taxi. Our first stop was Lobster Shack in Perkins Cove, followed by Jake’s Seafood in Wells. Next was Shore Road Restaurant & Market in York Beach, with our final stop at Fox’s Lobster House, located across from the Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick. We sampled chowders, lobster rolls with mayonnaise or butter on toasted buns, steamers and fried clams, and all the trimmings. Every place had both a unique ambience and presentation of food. The conclusion? Lobster doesn’t get any better — plus, the blueberry pie topped with blueberry ice cream was heavenly. On our way to our next stop in Portland, we traveled through some of Maine’s most beautiful coastal towns, including Kennebunkport, which was celebrating former first lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday. Our Portland headquarters was The Westin Portland Harborview, an ultra-modern hotel that occupies the site of The Eastland and still contains the old hotel’s original boilers. The Westin’s Top of the East rooftop lounge affords the best view of the city and the harbor. And, Congress Squared restaurant — also known as C2 —where we enjoyed champagne with fresh herbs and a fabulous chef’s table dinner, was outstanding. Portland’s Ambassador Pass is the best way to navigate the city and see many of its attractions. We took the trolley tour, which included Fort Williams Park and the Portland Head Light, but rain put an end to our plans to tour the harbor. However, it was a great afternoon for visiting the boyhood home of world-famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who penned Paul Revere’s Ride, Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha, and other classics. The house was built in 1785-86 by Gen. Peleg Wadsworth, the poet’s grandfather, who served in George Washington’s army. We ended our Portland visit with Maine Foodie Tours, enjoying a walking tour that showcased the city’s exciting restaurant scene. Next on our agenda was the overnight voyage from Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, aboard the Nova Star, a state-ofthe-art vessel offering ONLY 1 HOUR FROM DC/BALT BELTWAYS! cabins, dining, casino, musical entertainment, shopping, and a Near Historic children’s Harpers Ferry, WV play area (through Oct. 14). Upon arrival in Yarmouth, Becky and Josh Cottreau, who 888-491-6615


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own The Song of the Paddle, met us with kayaks for a two-hour excursion around the harbor. Next, we enjoyed an Acadian lunch at The Hatfield House prepared by owner Laura Muise and her staff. The house was built in 1793 by Abigail Price, a freed slave. At the Historical Acadian Village overlooking Pubnico Harbour, which highlights how Acadians lived in the early 1900s, we sampled Rappie pie and learned about blacksmithing, boat building, lobster traps, and other crafts. That evening, we dined on Digby’s worldfamous scallops at Churchill’s Restaurant at Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa. Opened in 1929, the resort offers golf, tennis, shuffleboard, croquet, swimming, kayaking, Aveda spa treatments, and other activities. Before our ferry crossing to New Brunswick the next day, we visited the Historic Gardens at Annapolis Royal, which are a tribute to Acadian history. We spent the last two days of our trip at Algonquin Resort, a site that sparkles with sheer luxury following a $30 million renovation. Built as a health resort in 1889 and located at St. Andrews-by-theSea, New Brunswick, it offers golf, tennis, a fitness center, swimming, fishing, ghost tours, spa treatments, and gourmet dining at Braxton’s. At low tide we drove across the ocean floor to Minister’s Island, the summer home of Sir William Van Horne, the Canadian Pacific Railway’s first president, and then took an Island Quest adventure in search of whales, harbor seals, and birds. All too soon it was time to return to Portland for our flights home. Along the way we stopped in Freeport, Maine, home of L.L. Bean, for one last lobster roll at a street stand. We were not disappointed. You, too, can design your own “Two-Nation Vacation” just the way you want it. (visitportland. com,, tourismnew,

Around the Mid-Atlantic According to a Vatican news release, Pope Francis plans to spend five days, Sept. 22–27, in the United States visiting Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. While in Washington he will meet with President Barack Obama and address a joint session of Congress. In New York, he will address the United Nations General Assembly, attend a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and celebrate mass at Madison Square Garden. In Philadelphia he will greet organizers of the World Meeting of Families. The fourth annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival, featuring hard shell crabs, shrimp, craft beers, and music, will be held Aug. 8 at the Emlen Physik Estate. The event was named one of the Five Best New Jersey Summer Festivals. The family-friendly event will also feature lawn games and acrobats. Admission, parking, and trolley service are free. Wine lovers might check out Cape May’s selfguided Wine & Brewery Trail and enjoy samples of wines at the Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven continued on page 31





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Outdoor adventures in the Sandhills and Fayetteville, N.C. I felt like Peter Pan, swooping through tall oak trees and above a waterfall, alighting on a platform high above the forest floor. I hadn’t been sprinkled with fairy dust; I was strapped into a secure harness and rolling along strong cables at ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure in Fayetteville, N.C. With unique features such as the waterfall and swinging bridges to clamber across, ZipQuest ranks as one of the top zip lines in the country. If you crave more excitement after the

for their own gardens. Ponds and waterways attract herons, egrets, hawks, and migratory birds. The nature trails have plenty of places to sit and relax, including hammocks overlooking the river. With something always blooming, it’s as attractive to photographers as to bees. On Tuesday mornings, tai chi is practiced in the garden. On Thursday nights in September, there’s an openair concert. You’ll find an unusual, practical, and whimsical inventory at the gift shop. ( )

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sandy beach and a fishing pier. There are separate pools, including a shallow kiddie pool. You’ll find water slides, lazy river rides, boat rentals, a games arcade, and other attractions. It also has a crew of certified safety staff and lifeguards. The campground also has vacation apartment rentals. Another good option for families is Clark State Park, which provides fun with its Kids in Parks Track Trail. The self-guided adventures include learning about bugs, “nature hideand-seek,” and an animal-themed exercise trail. The Saturday morning Nature Hour explores natural history, usually in a hands-on format. Guests are invited to the Thursday afternoon dinner time for alligators, snakes, and turtles at the park’s nature center.

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Zipquest offers a variety of day and moonlight adventures above ground. two-hour daytime adventure, try one of the “Zips by Moonlight” nighttime tours. ( ) Mention Fayetteville and many people think immediately of Fort Bragg, the nation’s largest military base, so it’s natural that outdoor activities would be plentiful. Zip lining is just one of the outdoor activities you’ll find in Fayetteville and the surrounding Sandhills region. Laid back or high energy, you can choose from a menu that fits your desired adrenaline level.

On and around the water The Cape Fear River provides recreation on land and on the water. Walkers, hikers, bicyclists, dogwalkers, and joggers enjoy the Cape Fear River Trail. The 5.5-mile path takes advantage of the varied terrain, with portions covering gentle hills and others level. Bring a birders’ guidebook; the trail is home to 150 species of birds. An easier way to enjoy the plants and birds is at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Gently meandering paths link the “wild” areas of pine forests and river bank with themed gardens — daylilies, shade plants, herbs, butterfly — which are designed, in part, to give visitors ideas

A Cape Fear River Boat Cruise is a refreshing option on a muggy day. Captain Freddie Mims offers two- to four-hour cruises on his spacious pontoon boat. Flotilla commander of the local Coast Guard auxiliary, Mims knows the waterways, history, and ecology of the river. Cruises are by reservation, with a minimum of six paying adults and a maximum of 16 people for a cruise. Kids younger than 12 are free. Insider tip: Bring along a picnic to enjoy with the scenery. Both Fantasy Lake Water Park and Lake Waldo’s Beach Campground are all-day options. Fantasy Lake has a theme park atmosphere. The center of activity is the 6-acre, manmade, sand-bottom lake. It’s dotted with many water slides, teeter-totters, and monkey bars over the water, a water volleyball court, and paddleboats. There is a separate area for children 3 to 11, with scaled-down versions of the adult attractions. Safety is a priority, with a large staff of certified lifeguards. Lake Waldo’s Beach Campground is a pet-friendly RV park which welcomes day trippers. It is a lot smaller and quieter than Fantasy Lake. Lake Waldo is a natural lake with a broad,

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Get in touch with your inner special ops soldier at two paintball centers: Both Black Ops Paintball and Black River Paintball promise the ultimate paintball combat experience for all levels of players. Or, try out the Fort Bragg Clay Target Center, which proves that shooting those little clay discs is much more challenging than it looks. For climbers, the Sandhills are relatively flat. But, at the Climbing Place, rock climbers can belay and “chicken-wing.” It has 14,000 square feet of climbing surfaces for all ages and levels of experience. Enjoy the thrill of sky diving without actually jumping out of an airplane at Paraclete XP SkyVenture. With the clever use of a vertical wind tunnel, you’ll simulate a free-fall from 13,000 feet while never being more than a few yards above the floor. Flyers attend an orientation before suiting up and flying with instructors hovering alongside. The basic pack-

age includes two “free falls” of about a minute each, which is the length of a real sky dive. If you decide you want to try the real thing, they also offer tandem sky dive packages. With almost constant good weather and gently rolling terrain, the Sandhills are a natural location for golf courses. Duffers can tee off at 20 courses within an hour of Fayetteville. Designed by pros such as Davis Lane III and Stewart Gooden, they feature 300 uncontested holes on 19 miles of fairways. Plenty of accommodation/golf packages are available.

International focus Sept. 25–27 is the 37th annual International Folk Festival, where you can tour the world without leaving Fayetteville. More than a dozen nationalities demonstrate music, dances, and other cultural arts, while artisan vendors display traditional crafts and the International Café serves cuisine from around the world. When troops return to Fort Bragg from overseas deployments, they bring an appetite for foreign cuisines with them. As a result, Fayetteville has a tasty and varied dining scene. Italian, Mexican, and Greek menus are common, as are sports bars and “American casual.” Visitors also can look for authentic-quality pad thai and biryani or have fun building an entrée at a Mongolian barbecue. And, Fayetteville is one of the few cities with a restaurant serving West African specialties. Fayetteville’s interactive website makes it easy to design your visit based on your interests and accommodations choice.

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The Cape Fear Botanical Garden is just one of the unexpected gems in the Fayetteville area.

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Edenton’s allure lies in its history It’s easy to see why Edenton, N.C., has been dubbed one of the South’s prettiest towns. Its tree-lined streets, historic homes, walkable downtown, and location on Albemarle Sound invite visitors to enjoy its hospitality. Edenton’s allure also lies within its place in the history books. It’s a community of firsts, including the state’s first permanent settlement and first Colonial capital. North Carolina’s oldest known house, the Lane House, built in 1718, can be found here. And, the town lays claim to the first political action by women in the colonies. Joseph Hewes, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, also called this home. Within 1 square mile, Edenton, a four-hour drive from Washington, D.C., has more than 170 historically important buildings, many from the 18th and 19th centuries. Most of these architectural gems are located within a few-block radius of the town’s center. “You can park your car upon arrival and explore the area from your choice of inns located within the historic district in our downtown, one of North Carolina’s Main Street Communities,” said Nancy Nicholls, who promotes the area. “Unique shops, art galleries, and dining options await your perusal.”

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Guided walking tours start at the Historic Edenton State Historic Site on North Broad Street. At this visitor information center, located in the 1892 Louis F. Zeigler House, you can view a short informational video and exhibits on the town’s history. Daily tours visit several historic sites, including St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (circa 1736), North Carolina’s second-oldest church; the James Iredell Sr. House (circa 1773), once home to a justice of the first U.S. Supreme Court; and the Cupola House (circa 1758), a Jacobean-style home with an octagonal cupola and Colonial Revival flower gardens. A tour highlight is the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, the country’s oldest courthouse still in use. “Edenton was originally known as the Town on Queen Anne’s Creek,” explained Keith Furlough, a historic site interpreter. “After the death of Charles Eden, North Carolina’s first governor, the name was changed to

Edenton. It was one of the first four towns established in the state.” Edenton Historic Trolley Tours depart from the waterfront near the Penelope Barker House, which serves as the Edenton Welcome Center. In 1774, Penelope Barker rallied 50 local women to boycott English tea and other high-priced goods in what became known as the Edenton Tea Party. The narrated trolley tour travels by many of the same sites as the walking tour, but also through the Edenton Cotton Mill Historic District, consisting of 57 early-20th-century millworkers’ houses, an office building, factory, and church. On weekends, the Edenton Cotton Mill Museum of History is open in the former mill office with displays of artifacts, photographs, and news clippings about the mill (which operated for more than a century), the mill village, and restoration efforts.

Edenton’s maritime heritage After the 50-minute trolley tour, meander through Colonial Waterfront Park, where interpretive plaques tell the stories of the town’s maritime history and role in the Maritime Underground Railroad. One of those Underground Railroad stories belongs to Harriet Jacobs. Born a slave, she escaped in 1842 via this network after hiding in her grandmother’s attic for years to avoid an abusive master. Insider tip: Ask at the visitor center about the Harriet Jacobs’ tour. The Roanoke River Lighthouse, built in 1886, was moved from its Roanoke River location to the Edenton waterfront in 1995. It is a screwpile lighthouse, a type familiar to lighthouse lovers in the Chesapeake Bay region. The one-and-a-half-story Arts and Crafts bungalow, open for tours, is furnished with circa-1915 mailorder items. From the waterfront, head up Broad Street, the town’s main street, to shop at Edenton Bay Trading Company and other boutique shops, or to catch a movie at the restored 1929 Taylor Theater. Or, stop by the Chowan Arts Council, Edenton’s only nonprofit arts gallery, to view works of local and regional artists. continued on page 10

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Finding the best barbecue along I-95 in North Carolina Barbecue is one of our few truly American dishes. It wasn’t brought over from someone’s homeland or carried here on a wave of immigration. The original word may be French or Spanish, and the dish itself might have originated in Haiti more than 300 years ago, but barbecue reaches its absolute pinnacle in Eastern North Carolina. For many people, “barbecue” refers to an outdoor cooking contraption of some kind, usually fired with charcoal, wood, or gas. In Eastern North Carolina, however, “barbecue” refers to the meat itself, not the thing the meat gets cooked on. The meat is most usually pork (read that as “always, except for the most extreme circumstances”), slow-cooked on a rack over a smoky heat source. Hardwood coals are the benchmark for heat and fruitwood for smoke. Correctly cooked barbecue can be pulled apart with a fork; the interior meat shows a creamy white or slightly tan color and bursts with aromatic juices. The flavor is smoky and strong but pleasant and almost sweet. For folks driving I-95 through North Carolina, eating barbecue can also be a welcome distraction, a recess, and reason to pause the journey. From north to south, we have polled the locals, and these are their choice spots for dining on authentic Eastern North Carolina barbecue.

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Classic North Carolina barbeque can be found all along I-95.

Roanoke Rapids (Weldon) Ralph’s Barbecue 1400 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway 252-536-2102, Four generations of the Woodruff Family have been making barbecue from top-quality, U.S.D.A.inspected pork shoulders, free from any additives or preservatives. Ralph’s serves both chopped and pulled pork. Brunswick stew from the restaurant’s original recipe comes with all entrees.

Nashville (Rocky Mount) Doug Sauls’ BBQ & Seafood 813 Western Ave. 252-459-4247 If you know folks who’ve never tasted Eastern North Carolina barbecue, this is the place to take them. It’s a classic barbecue joint serving classic ‘cue, just west of I-95 in the “original Nashville.” Excellent pulled pork with the requisite side dishes, served in a homey, welcoming atmosphere: Barbecue the way you want it to be.

Wilson Parker’s Barbecue 2514 Highway 301 South 252-237-0972, Serving iconic Eastern North Carolina barbecue, Parker’s has become the benchmark against which all others are measured — “as good as Parker’s” or “not nearly as good as Parker’s.” Visiting Parker’s is a pilgrimage for barbecue fans. The food and the ambiance are singular and the service is fast. Bill’s Barbecue and Chicken Restaurant 3007 Downing St. 252-237-4372 Being located so close to Parker’s has got to be tough on a barbecue joint, but Bill’s is up to the challenge. Starting as a small restaurant, Bill’s was rebuilt after Hurricane Floyd into an 850-seat buffet restaurant operation. Nearly 40 large trucks carry Bill Ellis’s famous pork barbecue all over the

country. Many barbecue lovers believe Bill’s to be the largest barbecue pork and fried chicken restaurant in the nation. Cherry’s BBQ 5139 Webb Lake Road 252-237-2070 Cherry’s is actually about 8 miles out in the country and serves excellent barbecue along with homemade desserts. The restaurant isn’t open every day, so you should check the schedule.

Kenly Stormin’ Norman’s Barbeque 404 S. Church St., Exit 107 919-284-0061, Stormin’ Norman’s is one of those locally owned and operated barbecue joints that builds a devoted local following. You’ll find fresh, handchopped barbecue and fried chicken.

Smithfield Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood 3506 U.S. Highway 301 South, Exit 90 919-934-5564 Since 1979, Holt Lake has been offering quality pork, chicken, and seafood meals. Aimed at families, the menu offers family-sized portions, broiled seafood, and children’s plates. Be sure to check out the desserts. White Swan Bar-B-Q & Fried Chicken 919-894-4446, White Swan has six locations, including U.S. Highway 301, Exit 90, in Smithfield. The restaurant uses a 50-year-old secret recipe, using a covered cooker that holds in the pork’s smoked flavor. A basket of hushpuppies is served with each platter. Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q 924 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Exit 95 919-934-8721, This is the home base of Smithfield’s 36 continued on page 23

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Life’s just a laid-back beach in Brunswick County, N.C. When the Provision Company restaurant opened in Holden Beach, N.C., in 2002, the manager stuck a few old license plates up on the walls as impromptu decorations. Thirteen years later, tags from every state but Rhode Island adorn the walls of this laid-back bar and restaurant. The far-reaching popularity is well-deserved. Try the conch fritters, adventurous and delicious as an appetizer, then move on to the customer favorite — the shrimp burger. Sip a craft brew and watch the shrimp boats on the IntraCoastal Waterway, then wander down to the dock and book your own boat ride for a look at the beautiful homes situated on both sides of the waterway. Holden Beach, a six-hour drive from the D.C. area, is just one of the five barrier islands that make up 45 miles of wide beaches in Brunswick County. The others are Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle, Oak Island, and Bald Head Island. All have avoided commercialization, yet still hold enough

activities to keep the attention of vacationers, including families.

Small town, big party Get out of the sun and into the town of Southport at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Southport has a 200-year history as a small maritime community that celebrates Fourth of July in a big way. In Colonial times, ships anchored in the harbor and fired their cannons. Today, more than 50,000 people descend on the town to celebrate Old Glory and independence. Southport was also the filming location for the romantic thriller Safe Haven, adapted in 2013 from the

Nicholas Sparks novel. You can take a walking tour from the Southport terminal and ferry, and stroll to familiar sites from the movie with the online Safe Haven sites tour. (visitnc. com/story/safe-haven-movie-sites) For an on-the-water experience in Southport, explore the marshes, estuaries, black water rivers, and ancient cypress swamps via kayak with the Adventure Kayak Company.

Where to stay There are a few hotels on the islands — the Sunset Inn in Sunset Beach offers a bed-and-breakfast atmosphere, and the homemade breakfast bread is amazing — but most visitors to Brunswick County stay in vacation rental homes. Families and groups can get a great deal, especially if they book ahead of time, but spontaneous decisions can work as well, so check for sudden openings if you can pack your bags quickly. Insider tip: Local real estate agents say visitors can get a good deal on waterfront vacation rental homes on the many canals on the Intracoastal Waterway side of several islands. Boaters have a handy dock and nonboaters can enjoy the yachts and other boats moving up and down the waterway. Silver Coast Winery is a good place to escape into the woods on Ocean Isle. If you really want an insider’s look at the winery, find a resident who is a member of the Wine Club or, better yet, become a member yourself and join the special “backroom party” that features

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For casual dining, try the Garden of Readin’, a used book store and tearoom, or 309 Bistro and Spirits. Other dining options include Waterman’s Grill, renowned for seafood, and The Table at Inner Banks Inn, which serves American regional fusion cuisine and has an exceptional Sunday brunch.

conversation with winemaker Dana Keeler. (Keeler has to be one of the most unpretentious winemakers in the world, saying about a red blend: “Well, that wine had a pothole in it, so I filled it with merlot.”)

Adventures for the mellow and the brave The musings penned by visitors into notebooks inside the legendary Kindred Spirit mailbox on Bird Island range from the enthusiastic to the heartfelt. From the access point on Sunset Beach, the mailbox is a 1-mile walk, run, or bicycle ride (the beach is wide, hard-packed, and can hold a standard bike). The Shallotte River Swamp Park Adventure opened this year and offers a variety of challenging fun from canopy tours to an 860-foot zip line to a high ropes course. “If you want a day off from the beach, we’re the ‘other thing to do,’” said the park’s George Howard, “and we don’t just have one activity, but a whole day’s worth.” (shallotteriverswamppark. com) For another rigorous adventure, climb the fisherman’s ladder of the 153-foot Oak Island Lighthouse, built in 1957. It’s not your typical lighthouse tour because, instead of a spiral staircase, you climb a series of ship’s ladders — 131 rungs in all — for an outside balcony view. Rumor has it that about one in 10 people “chicken out,” but climbers as young as 9 and as old as 87 have successfully made it to the top. Will you?

For more information Brunswick Co. Tourism: Inner Banks Inn, which is pet friendly, has a variety of accommodations in several historic buildings. Or, make a reservation at the Captain’s Quarters Inn or Granville Queen, both located in Edenton’s historic district. “Edenton is a perfect getaway, where 300 years of history meets relaxation on and off the water,” Nicholls said.

For more information Edenton Tourism: 410-638-6901 | fax: 410-638-6902

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Currituck County: Go wild in the ‘Land of the Wild Geese’ Bouncing along in an open-air safari truck across the sand in Currituck County, N.C., Terry Rowell, a guide for Back Country Safari Tours, demonstrates his skill at both storytelling and driving. As his passengers search for wild horses, he shares a mixture of Currituck’s history and its current juicy local news. Over the course of the meandering afternoon safari, he also rescues a rat snake, fishes a perfectly intact whelk shell from the incoming tide, and calls a naturalist colleague to get the scoop on where the stallions and their mares might be hanging out that day. The beach and unpaved sand tracks in this part of the county are the treasure of the Corolla area, the northernmost part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. “Currituck means ‘Land of the Wild Geese,’” explained Rowell, noting it’s a word derived from the Algonquian Indian word “carotank.” Indeed, hunting geese and ducks for profit and sport was an important part of the area’s history. But today, in a nature preserve, visitors pass the hauntingly beautiful trunks of the cedar trees that stood here 850 years ago. As the oceans and sand dunes migrate and resettle, nothing ever stays the same here, except for a spirit of wildness that will leave you vowing to return.

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Corolla’s local people know the land the best, and there’s a story behind many quirky personalities. In the tiny community of Carova — accessible only via unpaved beach — the only real driveway is paved with aluminum cans. “When the owner is ready to repave, he just puts cans down and drives over ’em,” explained Rowell. Down the road (or, better put, down the sand), we see the Dennis Anderson house. Anderson is the owner of the Grave Digger monster truck and his crew helped design vehicles for Back Country Safari Tours. His house is surprisingly modest except for the color: a swagged-out bright green that exactly matches Grave Digger, the truck that Anderson pieced together from old parts back in 1982. Also in Corolla is Steamers, a restaurant where the chefs are personable, talented people who offer what they call a “takeout gourmet.” Steamer pots to go, they can be enjoyed at a beach house, on the dock, at a picnic table, or in the back of a monster truck. Or, sit down inside, where you can eat steamed shrimp and grab a cold beverage from the fridge. While most accommodations are vacation home rentals in this area, the Inn at Corolla Light provides updated rooms on Currituck Sound with

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Travel your way Back Country Safaris lets you see Corolla the way you want — go fourwheeling, kayak, hike, or even take a Segway tour. Rowell is the kind of naturalist who is not only full of information but full of affection for this community — and for its horses, which are constantly in the throes of their own dramatic competition for mates and survival in harsh conditions. “That stallion there is not exactly relaxed,” explained Rowell as we happened upon the male horse and four mares. “See how he’s marking his territory and staying close to his mares? That means another stallion might be nearby.” We never saw the other stallion — there are only 83 horses left to roam the 16,000 acres from the beach to the dunes and sand trails where houses, horses, and four-wheel drive vehicles co-exist.

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Plenty of country charm to greet you in Central Pennsylvania County fairs are a perfect slice of Americana and perhaps no state does them better than Pennsylvania. After all, there are more than 100 agriculture-themed fairs in the state. You can find 4-H competitions, tractor pulls, animal shows, and midway rides at every turn. The local fair is woven into the fabric of rural life that still dominates

much of Pennsylvania. With agriculture as the state’s leading industry — and tourism not too far behind — it makes sense that county fairs attract a faithful following. “It is something that pulls people together every year,” said Vicki Brown, who serves on the Huntingdon County Fair Board. “It gives families the chance to be in touch

with agriculture.” Much of Pennsylvania is blessedly rural. But perhaps one of the best places to see all of the country charm that the Keystone State has to offer, yet stay close to urban amenities, is the area smack in the middle of Pennsylvania occupied by Centre and Huntingdon counties. Centre County’s State College,

home to Penn State and just hours from Washington, D.C., is an eclectic mix of college town and farm charm. Just across from Beaver Stadium, where the Nittany Lions play their college football games, cows graze contentedly in lush grass. Penn State is Pennsylvania’s land grant institution, meaning it is home to modern agriculture research that

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is passed on to farmers and backyard gardeners alike. So, along with a powerhouse football team, you’ll also find cows and other livestock on campus to train the next generation of agriculture leaders. Insider tip: The general public benefits from this research — in a rather sweet way. No trip to State College is complete without a stop at the Penn State Berkey Creamery for a scoop or two of a favorite flavor. Yes, it’s a full-fledge ice cream shop, but behind the scenes, students working in and around the creamery are learning the latest in food science. Penn State also trains would-be ice cream entrepreneurs on the tried and true methods of marketing and making ice cream. “One of the best things about our area is that visitors can enjoy a more metropolitan flare in the greater State College area — including a variety of cultural and culinary offerings. And then, by simply driving a few miles outside of town, they’ll find nature at its finest, with a variety of agricultural attractions and nature-based activities,” said Betsey Howell, who promotes the area.

Living life at the fair Perhaps the best way to experience the country charm of Centre County is to spend a day at the Centre County Grange Fair. Each fair in Pennsylvania has its own unique twist on entertainment. What sets the Grange Fair apart from the rest are the tents. The Grange Fair is the largest agriculture encampment in the nation. More than 2,000 people either set up tents or RVs and live there for the entire week of the fair. Tent sites are hot commodities, and are often passed down in wills from generation to generation. For the Grange Fair faithful, the event feels like a family reunion.

This year’s fair, which runs Aug. 21–29, features nightly grandstand entertainment of country, bluegrass, and contemporary music. Rides on the midway are open throughout the afternoon and evening, and visitors can watch Centre County kids and adults compete for bragging rights for having the best Holstein, tastiest homemade desert, or best aim in the horseshoe pitching contest. Just down the road in Huntingdon County, fairgoers are also treated to classic fair entertainment including draft horse pulls, animal competitions, and a demolition derby. The Huntingdon County Fair, held Aug. 9–15, also features nightly musical acts and the crowning of the fair queen. “I’ve been going to this fair for the past 60 years,” Vicki Brown said. “It’s all about getting together with people, the excitement of bringing a 4-H project, the fun of friendly competition, and the good-old fair food.” The Huntingdon County Fairgrounds is also home to a farmers’ museum that traces the agriculture and rural life history of the region. The museum, open during the fair and every Tuesday the rest of the year, has an extensive display on how families tilled the ground and tended to day-to-day tasks a generation ago.

crafts, along with goods crafted in South America, the native home of alpacas. “We raise them for their fleece, and they are a real gentle, docile animal,” said Robert Baker, who owns the farm. “We welcome visitors to stop by and take their picture. And while they are here, we help to educate them about alpacas.” continued on page 15

Finding friendly alpacas There’s also plenty of modern farming happening in Huntingdon County. On a hillside farm outside Calvin, Pa., visitors are welcome to stop by, pet, and get their photos taken with 50 friendly alpacas. Terrace Mountain Alpacas invites visitors to learn more about these inquisitive animals, which are becoming popular farm animals. Terrace Mountain also sells homemade alpaca

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Gettysburg food tours give visitors a tasty view of the city Gettysburg, Pa., offers tours for almost every interest. You can explore battlefields, hunt down ghosts, or learn about harvesting fruit and making wine. But one of the most interesting tours allows visitors to enjoy food samples from a wealth of local restaurants, while feasting on little-known historical tidbits at the same time. Savor Gettysburg Food Tours, which was created by Lori Korczyk, offers participants a choice

of two walking and eating options: the Historic Downtown Tour or the Savory Sweets Tour. During the Historic Downtown Tour, visitors spend three hours on a leisurely walk through the city, taking short breaks to enjoy delicacies from seven local restaurants, including One Lincoln, Hauser Estate Winery, Garryowen Irish Pub, Café St. Amand, Mr. G’s Homemade Ice Cream, Café on the Square, and the Gettysburg Baking Com-

pany. Each stop offers a sample of its most popular item, ranging from blue crab macaroni and cheese to an authentic Irish shepherd’s pie. “The tour is something new and exciting for people to do, even if they’ve been coming to Gettysburg for 20 years,” said Korczyk. “People tend to go back to the same restaurants again and again, and this gives them a chance to try something different.” Insider tip: Park at the garage on Race Horse Alley, right off of Lincoln Square, instead of at the two-hour street meters. It only costs 75 cents per hour.

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A walking tour is a great way to get to know a town while touring with people of like interests. On a recent Savory Sweets Tour, for example, conversations ranged from a discussion of the merits of milk versus dark chocolate to favorite candies from the past, especially while visiting Sweeet! The Candy Store in Gettysburg, which carries a wide range of hard-to-find treats that were popular in years gone by. Anyone remember Cow Tales or Necco Wafers? The Savory Sweets Tour also includes stops at The Gettysburg Baking Company (where you


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just have to try the pecan diamond), Reid’s Orchard & Winery, The Brick House Inn Bed & Breakfast, Sunset Ice Cream Parlor (named one of the Top 10 ice cream parlors in the U.S.), the Ragged Edge Roasting Company, and the Fudge Shack (where you can sample fudge made from an 1830s English recipe). Starting in mid-July, Korczyk also will be offering a Wine, Cider, and Dine Tour for those who want to sample the area’s libations, as well as its food options. While there is a lot of noshing on both tours, there’s also a fair amount of easy walking, so you don’t need to worry about getting too full to enjoy the experience. Each tour also travels by many of the town’s most memorable sites, including the home of Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade, who was the only civilian casualty of the Civil War battle; a cannon named Penelope, which is forever enshrined in the sidewalk (watch your step); and the

David Wills House, where President Abraham Lincoln put the finishing touches on the Gettysburg Address. “These tours are a great way to learn where everything is, especially if you’re visiting Gettysburg for the first time,” said Korczyk. If you’re planning to do any shopping, it’s also a good idea to take one of these tours early in your visit, because coupons in the tour’s program guide provide extra savings at all of the locations in case you want to go back for a full meal or take home some delicious gifts. Tours are held Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and group and private tours are also available. Tickets are $39 per child and $59 per adult.

The area’s charms extend below ground as well. Visitors can enjoy the region’s only caverns tour by boat as well as a wildlife park at Penn’s Cave. Lincoln Caverns offers a one-hour

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Get outdoors this fall and enjoy Southern Delaware’s charms September is one of the best times of year to enjoy Southern Delaware. The beaches are uncrowded, hotel and rental rates are lower, and the weather and water are sublime. Plus, there are many festivals and outdoor activities to enjoy beyond the beaches.

Fall festivals aplenty ◆ Riverwalk Freedom Festival, Sept. 5–6, Milford The 14th Annual Riverwalk Freedom Festival features the Smile for Freedom 5K, then Operation Giveback (to support active duty military and veterans) with fireworks, live entertainment, and food vendors. There will also be craft vendors, bike and car shows, and a kids’ corner. (

◆ Freeman Stage Arts and Jazz Festival, Sept. 13, Selbyville A day not to be missed at The Freeman Stage at Bayside. Stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva’s finest artists. Pull up a chair and groove to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore. The Arts and Jazz Festival will make the last weekend of the summer one of the most memorable. Free for all. (freemanstage. org/event/arts-jazz-festival) ◆ The Farmer and Foodie Festival and Art Crawl, Sept. 13, Georgetown Stop by the Georgetown Circle for the Farmer and Foodie Festival celebrating the local farming community. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, beer and wine tastings from local breweries and vineyards, carriage rides, live entertainment, pumpkin decorating for the kids, and a backyard barbecue competition. (

◆ Nanticoke Indian Powwow, Sept. 6–7, Millsboro The noun “powwow,” from the Narragansett Eastern Algonquian language, is defined as any gathering of Native American people. Skilled Native American artisans travel across the country to ◆ Millsboro Country Festival, Sept. 20, attend various powwows to display and sell their Millsboro handmade goods. It is a welcome opportunity to The Millsboro Country Festival stars The Tenvisit with friends and relatives, renew acquainnessee Mafia Jug Band. The fun starts at 11:00am tances, and trade or sell Native American arts at Millsboro Little League Field. There will be red18756_Fall Rec News_5x7.qxp_Layout 1 6/26/15 3:30 PM Page 1 and crafts, including jewelry,SODETOUR pottery, moccasins, neck games and kids’ games, Fast Action Motor ribbon shirts, shawls, dream catchers, and paintings. ( ◆ Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, Sept. 6, Bethany Beach Join more than 100 skilled artisans at a premier fine arts festival set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean on the beautiful Bethany Beach boardwalk and surrounding streets. (bethanybeacharts ◆ Woodland Ferry Festival, Sept. 13, Woodland The festival takes place along the Woodland Church Road in the small community of Woodland, home of the historic Woodland Ferry. Local nonprofit organizations present information on the Nanticoke River, its watershed, and area history. There will be fun activities for kids and entertainment. (visit events/woodland-ferryfestival)

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People have been fascinated with lighthouses for centuries: Architects admire their structure; artists capture them in sculpture, canvas, and photos; adventurers love to climb them. The Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society, in partnership with lighthouse organizations throughout Maryland, bid enthusiasts to “See the Lights” during the 10th Anniversary Lighthouse Challenge. The event takes place Sept. 19–20 in the form of a driving tour of the state’s land-accessible lighthouses. These include the Choptank River Replica, Concord Point, Cove Point, Drum Point, Fort Washington, Hooper Straight, Piney Point, Point Lookout, the Seven Foot Knoll, and the Lightship Chesapeake. There is no fee to take the challenge. However, some of the lighthouses have a climbing fee, and some are in state or national parks, which may have an entrance fee. The chapter posts a list of

anticipated fees on its website, as well as a driving map to each location. A complimentary souvenir will be handed out at each lighthouse, whether or not the participants choose to climb it. “The challenge brings participants to the lighthouse from all over the country — 27 states were represented one year,” said Karen Rosage, the event chair. “It’s an educational and fun-filled event as folks travel around the bay. If they visit all (of the sites) they get a special souvenir proclaiming that they’ve ‘seen the lights.’” In addition, the organizers are offering three bonus sites. These are the Sandy Point Shoal, the Blackistone Lighthouse Replica, and Millers Island Lighthouse (which will be viewed from the Dock of the Bay Restaurant in Sparrows Point). Other lighthouse festivals and events take place throughout the country for those who might want to plan a vacation around them. They include the 12th annual Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival, July

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Hike, bike and swim The Breakwater Junction Biking/Hiking Trail is an historic rail trail connecting Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Few visitors realize that just beyond the hustle and bustle of the outlets there is all of this pristine coastal beauty to explore. Named after the rail line that once ran between Lewes and Rehoboth and carried passengers to the Methodist resort camps along the Atlantic Ocean, the hiking/biking/strolling trail runs for approximately 5 miles through coastal marshes, woods, and farm fields. The crushed stone trail is

Cruise Corner continued from page 16 One biggie is obstructed views. Does your balcony or window face a beautiful sunset or the tail of a lifeboat and its propellers, or, perhaps some less-obtrusive obstruction like a big beam or pulley? Also, consider privacy. Some balconies lend themselves to nice romantic private settings, while others can be seen from different decks. Thankfully, all ships seem to have diagrams and floorplans with room numbers available online, not just to see the cabin you are considering, but equally important, what is above it, below it, visible from it, and convenient to it. We had a nice balcony on an upper level with plenty of privacy, but it was directly below where they stored the lounge chairs, so each morning we were greeted by the sound of moving furniture. Similarly, never get a room above or below a bar, nightclub, galley, or public restroom. Remember, also, that not all rooms are available as triple or quad occupancy. After considering these points, keep in mind

d OTHER LIGHTHOUSE TOURS Captain Mike Richards offers a variety of Chesapeake Bay lighthouse tours aboard the M/V Sharp’s Island, sailing out of Tilghman Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. You can choose from sunset cruises to two lighthouses, half-day trips to five lighthouses, full-days cruises to 10 lighthouses, or a special two-day cruise on Aug. 8–9 that covers 14 lighthouses. ( You can also visit the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, a national historic landmark, on docent-led tours Aug. 1, 16, 29; Sept. 5, 13, 26; and Oct. 10. Built in 1875, Thomas Point is the last screwpile lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay still in its original location. (

smooth and easy to navigate and has interpretive signs about the local flora and fauna. It features an 80-foot-long railroad bridge constructed in 1913 which provides the hiker with beautiful views of coastal marshes and a World War II “Ghost Tower� that was part of the East Coast’s defense system. Sept. 19 is the day for Southern Delaware’s premier cycling event, the Tour de Sussex Bike Tour. Starting at the Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown at 8:00am, rain or shine, participants can ride distances of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. Register by Aug. 31 and pay $65, or between Sept. 1–19 for $75. The fee includes SAG support, T-shirt, lunch, maps, and rest stop refreshments. The rest stops are fantastic this year

and include Dogfish Head Brewery, Irish Eyes, Papa Grande’s, and beautiful Trap Pond State Park. “Escape Lewes� is a Sept. 27 event for the adventurous athlete. It includes an open water 5K and 1-mile swim. The starting line is a bit unusual because it involves jumping off the Cape MayLewes Ferry! Categories include Wetsuit and Non-Wetsuit, and Junior, Masters, and Triathlon Club categories. It is a flat open-water swim that takes place in the Delaware Breakwater in the National Harbor of Refuge.

that all of a ship’s different amenities lead to a variety of prices, resulting in the dozens of categories of price. Like anything else in life, pay for things that are important to you, avoid paying for things that mean nothing to you, and get all the cost-free desires fulfilled that you can. If you ever attempt to catch one of those greatdeal-last-minute cruises, just remember you are usually choosing from the picked-over cabins. We once met a couple who were being celebrated for having more than 100 sailings on the Celebrity Cruise Line. Their advice: “Get on the ship, no matter which room, since cruise ships have so much to offer in the public areas.� Consider the elements that are important to you, look at the deck plans, and ask questions of your travel agent or cruise line representative. Good decisions eliminate unpleasant surprises and make your vacation exactly what it should be — relaxing, fulfilling, and enjoyable. Bon voyage!

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It’s the 16th century again at the Md. Renaissance Festival The Maryland Renaissance Festival begins its 39th season Aug. 29 and runs Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day Monday through Oct. 25 at its festival grounds in Crownsville, near Annapolis, Md. The first three weekends, Aug. 29–Sept. 13, the festival reduces pricing for all attendees. No coupons or special purchasing is required. The 27-acre Village of Revel Grove offers more than 200 professional performers on 10 stages, authentic combat-armored jousting in the outdoor arena, and streets filled with village characters. His Most Royal Highness King Henry VIII oversees the happenings. More than 140 artisans exhibit crafts in Renaissance shops, five taverns feature cool libations, and 42 food and beverage emporiums provide a vast array of treats to enjoy. Walk the grounds and take in the

sights or get into the spirit of the era in your own Renaissance costume.

Entertainment, art, and food galore There is almost continuous entertainment on 10 stages featuring many returning favorite performers. For more than 30 years, Shakespeare’s Skum has provided rollicking renditions of the Bard’s most popular plays in 20 minutes. Sword swallower extraordinaire Johnny Fox is participating in his 35th season at the festival. The Freelancer’s Joust Troupe thunders down the field. The witty and raucous Pyrates Royal offer their lively sing-a-longs. And, you can keep company with King Henry and his royal court as they walk through the village, entertained by minstrels, magicians, musicians, jugglers, and daring feats of skill. Throughout the season the most pop- 410-638-6901 | fax: 410-638-6902

ular Renaissance acts from across the country appear in limited-run engagements The Maryland Renaissance Festival’s reputation of unique and predominately handmade wares by the artists in their Renaissance shops is well deserved. You’ll find metal work, wood sculpture, jewelry, furniture, clothing, footwear, ceramics, stained glass, headwear, and glass art from the many demonstrating craftsmen in the shops and studios. The King’s kitchens prepare a feast of delicious fare such as 1-pound smoked turkey legs, steak on a stake, fresh crepes, stuffed chili peppers, gyros, succulent ribs, a fresh seafood raw bar, and sweet concoctions. Sandwiches feature chicken, fish, crab, beef, and pork to be enjoyed with an array of ales, ciders, and wines.

Six themed weekends All nine weekends of the Maryland Renaissance Festival are full of performances recreating the 16thcentury English village, but six of the weekends include additional performers or special guests in special themed weekends. Children’s Weekend is Aug.

29–30. One child age 7 through 15 is admitted free with each adult ticket purchased. Children 6 and younger are always free. The Saturday Singles Party is Sept. 5, where visitors can meet other singles and join in special activities. Sept. 6 is the Sunday Renewal of Vows Ceremony, which is open to all. Sept. 7 is Seniors Day. All wise elders 62 and older are admitted free on Labor Day. A Celtic Celebration is planned for Sept. 12–13. Celtic music will be featured throughout the realm at various stages and taverns, and caber toss demonstrations will be happening on the joust tournament field. Pirate Weekend, Sept. 19–20, allows visitors to enjoy rousing special guests, as well as the raucous Pyrates Royal on stage and in taverns. Show up as your favorite pirate. And, Sept. 26–27, the international recording artists Mediaeval Baebes return by popular request for special performances at the Blackfriar’s Theatre.

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August means summer fun in Maryland’s St. Mary’s County From beer and barbeque to fun on the water, music festivals, and Shakespeare, you’ll find more summer fun than you can shake a stick at in St. Mary’s County, Md., this month. And that doesn’t even count the National Lawn Mower Races! Here’s a round-up of great Southern Maryland fun:

Aug. 1–2. National Lighthouse Day See local artists on site, take museum tours, and learn lighthouse history, 10:00am–5:00pm. Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum, and Historic Park, Piney Point, Md. (

July 31–Aug. 2. Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ Festival Three-day barbecue and music festival; competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, Md. (

Aug. 6–8. Lil’ Margaret’s Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival Three days of bluegrass music, arts and crafts, old cars, and lots of home cooking. (Also, 30 amp camping hookups will be available.) Goddard Family Farm, 20529 White Point Road, Leonardtown, Md. (

July 31–Aug. 1. St. Mary’s County National Lawn Mower Racing Gates open at 5:00pm Friday and 2:00pm Saturday. Racers from across the country will compete in the 11th annual event. Bowles Farms, 22880 Budds Creek Road, Clements, Md. (

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27. Sunset Cruises on the Chesapeake Bay Join Captain Phil at 6:30pm each week during the summer for unforgettable two-hour sunset cruises. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the salty breeze and a little cheer (BYOB). Reservations required. Fish the Bay Charters, Dameron, Md. (

Aug. 1. Governor’s Cup Yacht Race The oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake, this race starts in Annapolis and ends in St. Mary’s City. Free. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City, Md. (

Aug. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22. Shakespeare in the City Pack a lawn chair and picnic and spend an evening under the stars on the State House Green enjoying one of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies.

Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, Md. ( Aug. 15. Children’s Day at the Museum Children’s games, entertainment, and activities for the whole family beginning at 11:00am. Food, music, and free boat rides for kids. St. Clement’s Island Museum, Colton’s Point, Md. ( Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. Coastal Arts Market From 9:00am-3:00pm, the arts market features handmade, affordable art from local and regional artists and artisans, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and wood, plus handmade quilts, clothing, soap, and furniture. All products sold must be handcrafted. Port of Leonardtown Park, 23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, Md. ( Aug. 28–30. Country Life Outdoors Festival Experience a one-of-a-kind event featuring exciting entertainment, contests, exhibitors, seminars, displays, hands-on fun, and an atmosphere of “everything country.” St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Road, continued on page 27 I august 2015 I recreation news 21

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Musical fun runs the length of the Shenandoah Valley You’ll find music in the air everywhere as summer rolls to its conclusion in the Shenandoah Valley. Festivals and special concerts dot the land-

scape from Winchester on the north to Staunton on the south. The Patsy Cline Music Festival, Sept. 2–6 in

Winchester, honors Cline, who grew up in the area and was the first female solo performer elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Events include a free kickoff with music and Our llamas love other entertainment on visitors! Sept. 4 at Apple Blossom Mall and the Sept. 5 Block Party, with entertainment, in front of the Patsy Cline House. On Sept. 6, the Drifters and Bill Haley’s Comets will be among the bands at • Farm tours • Fiber classes We are now a trail site on the • Fiber yarn & other products Artisan Center of Virginia! the Rockin’ in the Park Concert. (celebratingA working & teaching llama farm 540-436-3517 The Shenandoah ley Music Festival turns to Orkney Springs Toms Brook, VA with five concerts in August and September. The U.S. Air Force Strings entertain on Aug. 6 and The Lettermen play on Aug. 7. The weekend concludes on Aug. 8 with Gimme Abbey, a Beatles tribute and a Rolling Stones tribute in one show. The Oak Ridge Boys bring their country music to the festival on Sept. 5 and the season comes to a close Sept. 6 with the Bluegrass MiniFest, featuring the


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popular Seldom Scene and four other bluegrass bands. ( The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton celebrates the lives and homelands of those who settled the early frontier, and also celebrates American Roots Music with mini-bluegrass concerts from 5:00–7:00pm Aug. 2, 16, and 30. The concerts feature favorite Washington-area bands, and tickets include admission to the museum’s outdoor exhibits. Food and wine are also available. (

The Staunton Music Festival, Aug. 14–23, presents nearly 30 concerts, lectures, and workshops with 60 of the world’s finest chamber musicians performing in historic venues. There are free concerts each day at noon and ticketed evening performances. (


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continued from page 9 locations in eastern and central North Carolina; a half-dozen are within the loom of I-95. The chain serves credible chicken, pork barbecue, and shrimp dishes and very good Brunswick stew.

Fayetteville Cape Fear BBQ & Chicken 523 Grove St. 910-483-1884, Locallly owned and just off of Business I-95, this is the place where then-Sen. Barack Obama ate while he was campaigning. There are also locations in Clinton and Elizabethtown. If barbecue is not your thing, then try the gizzard plate or collard sandwich.

Hope Mills Fred Chason’s Grandsons 5339 Marracco Drive (910) 860-4899 Calling itself “the most authentic soul food buffet,” Grandsons offers pork barbecue, fried chicken, and custom-made sausages. Along with more than five types of prepared beans, the buffet also boasts roast beef, ham, and ribs.

Lumberton Papa Bill’s Bar-B-Q 2805 W. Fifth St., Exit 17 910-739-3011 A locally renowned drive-thru with a single pic-

and Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1) through November. It all takes place in Blackfriars Playhouse, which is the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater in London. Accommodation packages are available at a number of Staunton lodgings, allowing visitors to see several plays over a weekend. (

Non-musical fun Shakespeare’s plays aren’t musicals, but Staunton’s American Shakespeare Center presents rollicking versions of classics such as Antony

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EDIBLE FEST Aug. 8, 10:00am–5:00pm. Chef demos, tastings, regional artisans, live music, DIY sustainable living demos, local beer and wine, and kids’ activities. Orange, Va. HAMPTON CUP REGATTA Aug. 8–9. Join 25,000 spectators for a weekend of on-the-water thrills, chills, and racing excitement. Up to 80 hydroplane boats and Jersey Speed Skiffs from the United States and Canada are expected to compete. Hampton, Va. 757-727-8311,

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HOWARD COUNTY FAIR Aug. 8–15. Livestock shows, commercial exhibits, petting farm, rides, horse shows, entertainment, home arts, and horse and tractor pulls. 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, Md. 410-442-1022,


QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY FAIR Aug. 10–15. Bring the family and support the youth and agriculture in Queen Anne’s County. Enjoy livestock shows, a rodeo, food, and entertainment. 100 Dulin Clark Road, Centreville, Md. 410-490-9464,

VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS FESTIVAL Through Aug. 9. The festival celebrates the heritage of all of southwest Virginia by showcasing local arts, crafts, and skills, as well as featuring the works of talented artists and performers from all over the U.S. and the world. Abingdon, Va.

WARREN STREET FESTIVAL Aug. 14–15. The festival includes food, gospel and R&B music, activities, and a car show and parade. 435 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, Va. 540-4838254,

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Aug. 1. Multiple bands performing. Camping available. Twolick Valley Rod & Gun Club, 487 Dogwood Road, Cherry Tree, Pa. 724-254-4649

BLOOMSBURG NATIONALS WEEKEND Aug. 14–16. Three days of classic cars, a swap meet, a car corral, automotive thrills, great fair food, and family fun. Carlisle, Pa. 717-243-7855,

SOUTHERN MARYLAND WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 1. Showcasing wines, local artisans, and great performances by regional jazz, rhythm and blues. and funk musicians. Calvert County Fairgrounds, Prince Frederick, Md. 410-535-4583, GARRETT COUNTY FAIR Aug. 1–8. Livestock shows, the midway, rides, food, and games. 270 Mosser Road, McHenry, Md., 301-387-5400 CARROLL COUNTY 4-H FAIR Aug. 1–8. Country fair with exhibitors, entertainment, animal shows, and food. 700 Agriculture Way, Westminster, Md. 410-848-3247, RICHMOND JAZZ FESTIVAL Aug. 6–9. Experience the world’s best jazz, great food, outstanding wine, outdoor cigar lounge, and the beautiful rolling hills of Maymont. 1700 Hampton St., Richmond, Va. 804-644-8515,

AMERICA ON TAP BEER FESTIVAL Aug. 15, 2:30–6:00pm. Sample more than 100 exceptional beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, food, and an assortment of great vendors. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington, Del. CARIBFEST Aug. 15, 11:00am–10:00pm. An exciting one-day cultural explosion of Caribbean, Latin, African, and folklore music, with cuisine and visual and performing arts. 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Va. 757-766-0532 DOGFEST Aug. 15–16, 10:00am–4:00pm. A wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners, dog lovers, and the general public. All activities are free and everyone is welcome. Shepherdstown, W.Va. 304-876-2786,

ROTARY CLUB OF ANNAPOLIS CRAB FEAST Aug. 7, 5:00–8:00pm. An all-you-can-eat and drink event that is arguably the largest crab feast in the world. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Md. 410-295-3201,

RVA BREW-B-Q FESTIVAL Aug. 16, noon–5:00pm. This event features an amazing array of central Virginia’s most loved barbeque producers, from the well-known establishments to the hole-in-the-wall weekend warriors. All Richmond area craft breweries will be on hand. 100 N. 17th St., Richmond, Va. 804-6460954,

SPAM JAM Aug. 7–8. A remote music venue accessible only by train. There will be three departure locations: Elkins, Cass, or Cheat Bridge, W.Va. 866-6976028,

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FAIR Aug. 17–22. From concerts and sideshows to tractor pulls and the demolition derby, this fair has it all. 4808 S. Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, Va. 866-496-7050,

HAVRE DE GRACE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Aug. 7–9. Concert on Friday featuring Ronnie Milsap. Experience the true taste of the Chesapeake Bay at the area’s premiere seafood festival. 300 Commerce St., Havre de Grace, Md. 410-939-1525,

ANNAPOLIS ART WALK Aug. 20, 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, jewelry, and handcrafts. Musicians perform around town and galleries serve light refreshments. Galleries throughout downtown Annapolis, Md. 410-267-7077,

WORCESTER COUNTY FAIR Aug. 7–9. Traditional county 4-H fair with livestock, a horse show, live entertainment, and craft and food vendors. Byrd Park, Snow Hill, Md.

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VIRGINIA STATE PEACH FESTIVAL Aug. 21, 4:00–11:00pm. Features music concerts, fresh local peaches, craft fair, historical demonstrations, and food vendors. Wayside Park, 332 Wayside Park Road, Stuart, Va. 276-692-6174

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COMCAST OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL Aug. 21–23. How to Train Your Dragon 2, Interstellar, and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as music, food, and family fun. Begins at 5:30pm; movies start at dusk. 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Md. 703-298-4453, NORFOLK LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 22. The sun goes down, the stars come out, and the largest outdoor dance floor in Hampton Roads heats up. Town Point Park, Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Va. 757-441-2345, CRAB AND BEER FESTIVAL Aug. 22. An all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza, complete with more than 60,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts and crafts, live music, and family fun. National Harbor Marina, 168 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, Md. 301-2034170, GETTYSBURG BREWFEST Aug. 22. The festival will feature 50 of the best craft breweries from the Mid-Atlantic and the U.S. Gettysburg, Pa. THE BREW SKIES FESTIVAL Aug. 22. A unique, family-friendly celebration of West Virginia’s increasingly expanding craft beer movement with local artisans, craft and food vendors, and a wide range of musical performances. Timberline Four Seasons Resort, 254 Four Seasons Drive, Davis, W.Va. 304-866-4801, ROANOKE WING FEST Aug. 22, 11:00am–7:00pm. Local wing restaurants compete for best wing in town. Dr. Pepper Park at The Bridges, 9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke, Va. 540-206-2414, AUGUSTOBERFEST Aug. 22–23. A festival highlighting Hagerstown’s German heritage, with Bavarian food and entertainment. North Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Md. 301-739-8577, ext. 116, COUNTRY LIFE OUTDOORS FESTIVAL Aug. 28–30. Experience a one-of-a-kind event featuring exciting entertainment, contests, exhibitors, seminars, displays, hands-on fun, and an atmosphere of “everything country.” 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, Md. 301-475-4200, FUNKFEST Aug. 28–30. Music, food, merchandise, and dance contests all contribute to a festive, “funky” vibe. 24th Street and Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-491-7866, MARYLAND STATE FAIR Aug. 28–Sept. 7. Rides and games; traditional fair and local farm fresh food; exhibits; live thoroughbred horse racing; and entertainment. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville Timonium, Md. 410-252-0200, ext. 227, DOWNTOWN SUMMER SLIDE FESTIVAL Aug. 29, 11:00am–4:00pm. Events include live music, a beer garden, food trucks, and kids’ activities. Hagerstown, Md. 240-347-0465, MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Aug. 29–Oct. 25. The festival includes entertainers, 10 stages, a 3,000seat jousting arena, craft shops, food and beverage emporiums, games, and attractions. 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Md. 800-296-7304, INDIANA COUNTY FAIR Aug. 30–Sept. 5. Weeklong event offers local farmers, 4H members, and others the opportunity to show their livestock, crafts, and baked goods in numerous competitions. Other events include tractor pulls, demolition derbies, live entertainment, a carnival, and food. 700 Carter Ave., Indiana, Pa. 724-479-8282,


PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW Through Aug. 1. One of the largest shows in the area dedicated to just photography — for beginners and professionals alike — capturing people, places, and nature. 405 Main St., Stevensville, Md. 410-643-7424,


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STEAM AND GAS ENGINE SHOW Aug. 7–9. Get a glimpse of antique farm equipment in action. Features antique car and equipment parades, a flea market, steam and gas engines, and more. 5946 Federalsburg Highway, Federalsburg, Md. 410673-2414, NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY Aug. 15, 11:00am–4:00pm. Learn all about honey bees, buy local honey, listen to music, and check out everything honey-related. Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, Va. ANTIQUE CAR SHOW Aug. 16, 10:00am–3:00pm. Antique car show, plus car parts corral. Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. 240-422-0368, PRESIDENTIAL PASO FINO HORSE SHOW Aug. 22–23. Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Va. 540-464-2950,

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES PERENNIAL PLANT SYMPOSIUM Through Aug. 1. There will be access to a national network, amazing speakers, fantastic private tours of gardens, nurseries, and garden centers, and a trade show. Baltimore, Md. WHITE MARLIN OPEN Aug. 3–7. The world’s largest billfish tournament. Come watch fish weigh-ins Monday through Friday at Harbour Island Marina. Ocean City, Md. 410-289-2800,

Popular/Other OLD FIDDLER’S CONVENTION Aug. 3–8. The event highlights mountain music, old-time, bluegrass, and clogging, and attracts contestants from across the state and from foreign countries. Galax, Va. AFTER HOURS CONCERT Aug. 7, 5:30–10:00pm. Beach music, dancing, and food vendors in Withers Park. 200 Withers Park, Wytheville, Va. 276-223-3378, MUSIC AT THE MARINA Aug. 9, 7:00–8:30pm. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy sweet music in the great outdoors beside the historic Potomac River. 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Va. 703-730-8205, BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 15, noon–7:00pm. Featuring Balsam Range, the 2014 IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Va. YVONNE JOHNSON AND JAZZ GROUP Aug. 16. Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St., Alexandria, Va. 703-549-1334, THE BEACH BOYS Aug. 23, 3:00pm. America’s favorite surf rockers bring the “Fun, Fun, Fun” with their iconic summer soundtrack. Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900,

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Wednesday nights, through Aug. 12, 7:00–9:00pm. Wine and beer will be available for sale during the concerts. 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, Md. 410-939-4800, CRAIG ALSTON CONCERT Aug. 22, 6:00–8:00pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy an evening of jazz in the park. Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410-887-1081, MELISSA ETHERIDGE Aug. 26, 8:00pm. Etheridge will take the stage at the Music Center at Strathmore to perform songs from her latest album, as well as careerdefining hits. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100,

Theater DELAWARE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Through Aug. 2. This year’s featured production is Taming of the Shrew. Rockwood Park, Wilmington, Del. SHAKESPEARE IN THE CITY Aug. 14–22. Pack a lawn chair and picnic and spend an evening under the stars on the State House Green enjoying one of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies. 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, Md. 240-8954990,

FAMILY NATURE HIKE Aug. 5, 22. A park naturalist from the nature center will guide you in a hike through the surrounding woods, helping you enjoy the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6702, MOVIES ON THE BEACH Aug. 7. Free movies on the beach for the entire family. Bring your beach chair or a blanket and enjoy the night beside the ocean. 27th Street Beach, Ocean City, Md. 800-626-2326, BLACKWATER GRAND PRIX RACE Aug. 7–8. Timberline Four Seasons Resort, 254 Four Seasons Drive, Davis, W.Va. 304-866-4801, PIRATES & WENCHES 5K RUN/WALK Aug. 9. Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Rock Hall Elementary PTA. Rock Hall, Md. NIGHT SONGS: SINGING INSECTS Aug. 9, 1:00–4:00pm. Explore the world of singing insects: grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids. Find out how and why they make their songs, and make music of your own. 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-8825376, TOUR DE FREDERICK Aug. 14–16. A premier three-day cycling weekend throughout the rolling hills of Frederick County. Multiple rides throughout the event. Various locations throughout Frederick County, Md. 301-788-4393, RUN FOR THE TRAIL Aug. 15. The Indiana (Pa.) Road Runners’ 7K run, 2-mile fun run, and Walk Dilltown events. Access to Ghost Town Trail at Route 403 North, off of Route 22, Dilltown, Pa. FOSSIL FIELD EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 24. The program begins at the Cove Point Lighthouse at 9:00am with a trained guide. Participants learn how to find and identify fossils. Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, ext. 41, EAST COAST SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS Aug. 16–23. Each year, several hundred surfers from “menehunes” to masters compete for East Coast surfing titles, prizes, history, and the sheer love of surfing. Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, Va. COLOR DASH AND SPLASH 5K Aug. 29. The event will take participants through the town of Crumpton, where they will be doused with colored powder, followed by a finish in the splash zone. 300 Third St., Crumpton, Md. 240-682-0209,

Trails to Blaze! Hikers will fall in love with Coopers Rock State Park, more than 50 miles of hiking trails from easy leg stretchers to long day hikes. The reward is a breathtaking 1,200-ft. overlook into the mile-wide gorge. Bring your wheels and discover some of the best dirt bike trails that come with a 30-ft. canopy of leaves for cool summer riding!

MUSIC Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral U. S. AIR FORCE STRING BAND Aug. 6, 8:00pm. The Air Force Strings consists of 20 active duty airmen musicians performing a wide range of musical styles, from classical symphonic selections and Broadway show tunes to classic rock, bluegrass, and patriotic compositions. 221 Shrine Mont Circle, Orkney Springs, Va. 540-459-3396, DREAMS UNLEASHED Aug. 9, 7:30–9:00pm. Enjoy a 10-piece all-female band that plays a little bit of everything, including classical and jazz. Fairwood Community Park, 12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, Md. WOODBRIDGE FLUTE CHOIR Aug. 14, 7:00pm. The concert will feature Emma Resmini as flute soloist in the world premiere of Russell Nadel’s Balkan Dances, commissioned by the flute choir. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, D.C.

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Preston County Buckwheat Festival Sept. 24-27

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Dance FURIA FLAMENCA Aug. 1–2. Discover how the Arab-Islamic world fused with the culture of Granada in Spain to help give birth to the gypsy dance form of flamenco. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, Washington, D.C. 202-269-1600, ADULT DROP-IN DANCE CLASSES The Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-371-9656,

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

Exhibits Featured Exhibits DELAWARE AND THE WAR OF 1812 Ongoing. Designed to raise awareness of the important role that the state played as the front line in the defense of the economically vital Delaware Valley, the exhibit utilizes maps, illustrations, and artifacts from the state’s collections to examine the history of the war within Delaware and its surrounding waters. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302-736-7400,

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM Through Aug. 30. An exhibition highlighting the many accomplishments of African-Americans and other minorities whom defied stereotypes, and gravity itself, to pursue their passion and pave the way for future generations of artists. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. ROUGH STONE TO LIVING MARBLE Through Aug. 30. An exhibition exploring the workshop of 19th-century sculptor William Henry Rinehart, a Maryland-born artist whose works were among William T. Walters’ earliest acquisitions. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, ARTISTIC JOURNEY OF YASUO KUNIYOSHI Through Aug. 30. The exhibition traces Kuniyoshi’s career though 66 of his finest paintings and drawings, chosen from leading public and private collections in America and Japan. The Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th Street and F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Through Aug. 8. Exhibition of original 2-D and 3-D artwork made with found objects. This Maryland Federation of Art exhibition at Circle Gallery is juried by Harriet W. Lesser, curator of Strathmore. 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Md. 410-268-4566,

POSEY QUILT, EARLY 19THCENTURY Through Sept. 7. An early 19th-century American pieced quilt made of silk dress fabrics from a variety of early American women and Posey family members. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-337-2288,

SONDHEIM ARTSCAPE PRIZE Through Aug. 9. The annual prize and exhibition shines a light on talented artists living in the Baltimore region, awarding $25,000 to the winning artist selected by a panel of jurors. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION Through Sept. 13. This exhibit explores how 20th-century photographers captured the immediate and the transitory, distilling key narratives into evocative images of the American experience. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-387-2151,

OUR TEXTILES, OUR STORIES Through Aug. 21. Featuring more than 100 pieces that span 3,000 years and five continents, this exhibition showcases The Textile Museum’s world-renowned historic collections and key loans of contemporary art textiles and fashion. 2320 S St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-667-0441, THE QUEST FOR LONGITUDE Through Aug. 23. This landmark exhibition tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude at sea, helping to solve the problem of navigation and saving seafarers from terrible fates including shipwreck and starvation. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-4600, CARTOONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION Through Aug. 23. This exhibition features a fascinating collection of more than 30 works created between 1880 and 1945, selected from the museum’s rich collection of American illustration. Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, Pa.

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WOMEN TO WATCH 2015 Through Sep. 13. This exhibition explores the relationships between women, art, and nature, examining contemporary women artists’ complex views and inventive treatments related to the theme of nature. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, FRONT ROOM: SARA VANDERBEEK Through September. Featuring sculpture and photography, the installation is inspired by VanDerBeek’s research on the BMA’s collection. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443573-1700, ON PAPER: SPIN, CRINKLE, PLUCK Through September. This exhibition showcases eight prints and drawings whose images are the result of a specific action or intention rather than a depiction of the action. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,


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BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT HOME Saturday, Aug. 1, vs. Tigers, 7:05pm Sunday, Aug. 2, vs. Tigers, 1:35pm Friday, Aug. 14, vs. Athletics, 7:05pm Saturday, Aug. 15, vs. Athletics, 7:05pm Sunday, Aug. 16, vs. Athletics, 1:35pm Monday, Aug. 17, vs. Athletics, 7:05pm Tuesday, Aug. 18, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Wednesday, Aug. 19, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Thursday, Aug. 20, vs. Twins, 7:05pm Friday, Aug. 21, vs. Twins, 7:05pm Saturday, Aug. 22, vs. Twins, 7:05pm Sunday, Aug 23, vs. Twins, 1:35pm Monday, Aug. 31, vs. Rays, 7:05pm

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Monday, Aug. 3, vs. D-backs, 7:05pm Tuesday, Aug. 4, vs. D-backs, 7:05pm Wednesday, Aug. 5, vs. D-backs, 7:05pm Thursday, Aug. 6, vs. D-backs, 4:05pm Friday, Aug. 7, vs. Rockies, 7:05pm Saturday, Aug. 8, vs. Rockies, 7:05pm Sunday, Aug. 9, vs. Rockies, 1:35pm Friday, Aug. 21, vs. Brewers, 7:05pm Saturday, Aug. 22, vs. Brewers, 7:05pm Sunday, Aug. 23, vs. Brewers, 1:35pm Tuesday, Aug 25, vs. Padres, 7:05pm Wednesday Aug. 26, vs. Padres, 7:05pm Thursday, Aug. 27, vs. Padres, 7:05pm Friday, Aug. 28, vs. Marlins, 7:05pm Saturday, Aug. 29, vs. Marlins, 7:05pm Sunday, Aug. 30, vs. Marlins, 1:35pm

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


Saturday, Aug. 1, vs. Salt Lake, 7:00pm Saturday, Aug. 22, vs. San Jose, 7:00pm D.C. United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-587-5000 or visit

BEARD WARS Through Nov. 30. This photography exhibition faces off portraits of Civil War generals against those of league members. The Valentine, Richmond, Va. 804-649-0711, INGENUE TO ICON Through Dec. 31. In this special exhibition, more than 60 dresses and perfectly paired accessories, archival materials, and portraits illustrate the evolution of 20th-century fashion through the lens of one of its most prominent women, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202686-5807,

CIVIL WAR WEEKEND LECTURES Aug. 22. Three speakers will address post-Civil War topics concerning African-Americans and Civil War chaplains as part of the WinchesterFrederick County Civil War Weekend. Free. Parish Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, 810 Fairfax St., Stephens City, Va. OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376



BASIC CIVIL WAR SUMMER CAMP Aug. 10–14. Children will participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldiers’ lives during the American Civil War. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, Va. 703-367-7872,

A CONVERSATION WITH MISTY COPELAND Aug. 1, 1:00pm. Copeland will give an author talk and have a book signing of her memoir and her children’s book. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 443-263-1875,

WWII WEEKEND Aug. 15–16, 11:00am–4:00pm. Features encamped “soldiers” and “civilians,” displays, family activities, living history demonstrations, veterans, mini golf course, children’s activity area, and food. The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. 301600-1650,

BREECHES BUOY RESCUE DRILL Aug. 15, Aug. 29. Demonstration includes firing the Lyle gun, a small cannon, and a rescue from the “wreck pole.” Indian River Life Saving Station, Dewey Beach, Del.

St. Mary’s continued from page 21 Leonardtown, Md. (countrylife Aug. 7, Sept. 4. Leonardtown First Fridays On the first Friday of the month year round, 5:00–8:00pm, Leonardtown retailers offer live music, poetry readings, book signings, cooking classes, wine tastings, and a host of dining and shopping specials. Leonardtown Square and around the town. (

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The light has a 20-second flash cycle — on for three seconds, off for 17 seconds — and operates from dusk to dawn. In the evening, as you settle in

STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860,

Aug. 8. Beach Party on the Square Fun in the Sun from 4:00-9:00pm. Sand volleyball, fire truck hose downs, paddleboards, live music, food, and contests. Free. Leonardtown Square and Leonardtown Wharf Park. ( Sept. 12. Art, Work, Shop Explore art venues and studios around The Leonardtown Arts & Entertainment District for a full day of hands-on, arts workshops with professional artists. Brush up on your skills, gain some experience, or try something completely new. Leonardtown, Md. (

ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880,

TOURS GARDEN TOUR AND TEA Aug. 13, 1:00–3:00pm. Tour some of the demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will relate stories of Green Springs Gardens. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in the 1784 historic house. Reservations required. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-941-7987 TROLLEY TOURS OF HISTORIC LEWES Through Sept. 7. A variety of tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays capture the essence of “Delaware’s saltiest town.” Lewes Historical Society, Lewes, Del. CAPE MAY, N.J. Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-675-6750,

O THER CHUGGINGTON: A TRAINTASTIC ADVENTURE Through Aug. 2. Brings the hit children’s television series to life as young participants become “trainees” and work to earn recognition through a series of exciting and educational challenges based on the show. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-752-2490, BALTIMORE COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK Through Aug. 15. Check website for participating restaurants throughout Baltimore County, Md. MARYLAND BATTLE OF THE BEAST Through Sept. 30. Full-fledged rodeo, bull riding, and barrel racing. Bleacher seating; bring a blanket to sit in comfort. Fun for the entire family. 10530 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge, Md. 301-898-9841, OPEN COCKPIT DAY Aug. 8, 11:00am–2:30pm. In addition to visiting the indoor exhibits, visitors can sit in the pilot seats of the museum’s outdoor flightline of airplanes and a Huey helicopter, and climb aboard the 1950s passenger plane. Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122

with a gourmet pot from Steamers, you can count the flashes, fall into the rhythm of Corolla, and stay another day.

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adventures in taste I reed hellman

‘Farm to table’ means just that in Virginia’s first Culinary District It’s not hard to find justification for Harrisonburg’s title as Virginia’s first Culinary District. In the midst of world-renown Shenandoah Valley agriculture, “locally sourced” and “farm to table” have special significance. International influences enhance the region’s gastronomic palette, with 52 languages and all colors and ethnicities present in the melting pot. The city of just more than 50,000 people supports 60-plus locally owned restaurants, along with an array of national chains. More than 15 food-related businesses, including a year-round farmers market, specialty wine and beer shops, food tours, and cooking classes, add to the mix. Perhaps more important than numbers, the food and beverage industry is an active part of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, revitalizing the historic city center and transforming it into a destination for culinary tourists. The Harrisonburg Farmers Market, open Tuesdays and Saturdays year-round, could be the phoenix’s nest — the core of the newly risen Culinary District. In an open-air but permanent pavilion, market offerings range from seasonal farm products and foods to fine art, soaps, beadwork, and other crafts. Traditional Salvadoran pupusas line up with Belgian waffles, next to craft-roasted coffee, fresh baked goods, and local cheeses. A quick walk from the market, the Ice House

stands as another pillar of Harrisonburg’s culinary establishment. Inside the repurposed industrial building, Black Sheep Coffee and Brewing shares space with upscale shops. Black Sheep is the archetypical coffee shop, serving fresh-brewed coffees and teas along with fresh baked goods, made in house. Pale Fire brews some 3,000 barrels each year of up to 10 different flavors, and its newly opened brew pub features local produce on the menu.

Local is even in the name The Local Chop and Grill House even has “local” in its name. The menu focuses on “fresh, hand-selected, local, and seasonal foods prepared with progressive flair.” Inside Harrisonburg’s old City Produce Exchange building, the restaurant capitalizes on a vintage atmosphere that includes large wooden doors, an ornate, angled staircase, brick interior walls, and rustic beams. Chef Ryan Zale works with regional producers, selecting by hand many of the foods used in his kitchen. He does his own butchering and makes cheeses and charcuterie. True to the chop house genre, Local serves quality steaks and chops, organically raised poultry, house-made charcuterie and cheeses, organically grown seasonal produce, and fresh baked goods. Food.Bar.Food, one of Harrisonburg’s more adventurous restaurants, serves “Global Comfort Food ... exploring a broad spectrum of styles, traditions, and flavors.” The decor is as creative and attractive as the food and weekly cocktail specials. Taking full advantage of a converted garage, Food.Bar.Food subscribes to the genteel Southern tradition that brunch should be huge, with special dishes and brunch cocktails infused with international flavors. The sparkling cocktails with frozen fruit are a house specialty. Two common threads tie together many of Harrisonburg’s newer restaurants: an emphasis on using locally produced ingredients whenever pos-

sible and repurposing once-thriving downtown commercial space. But, restaurants are only half of the equation. The region’s legion of specialty producers is the other. Three Brothers Brewing is one of a half dozen breweries, wineries, or cideries that quench the region’s thirst. Visiting the brewery can be an education in craft brewing. The tour is geared to visitors’ interests. And, if you need a nosh to go along with the brew, one of Harrisonburg’s armada of food trucks is conveniently parked just outside.

Ice cream and more Up the valley from Harrisonburg, Mount Crawford Creamery is an opportunity for true foodies to actually see the cow that produced the milk they are buying. Milk products do not come any fresher than immediately from the source. Mount Crawford’s milk is simply delicious, even for devout lacto-phobes. Along with several kinds of milk, look for traditional buttermilk, ice cream mix, heavy cream, butter, and other products from regional agriculture. And, don’t forget to visit the cows and their calves. While generally sought for its scent, lavender appears as a flavoring in a number of recipes and foods. The White Oak Lavender Farm stocks a cupboard full of lavender vinegars, jams and jellies, spices, and baking mixes. In the midst of fields of growing lavender, the farm invites visitors to explore the grounds and the petting area, life-size checkerboard, duck pond, labyrinth, distillery, drying barn, and additional gardens.

For more information Harrisonburg Tourism: Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. For more information, visit or email

wine doctor I edward finstein

DRINK like the rich and famous Ever wonder what the favorite imbibe is of some of the most famous people on the planet? Here’s the lowdown on a number of well-known folks and the tipples they can’t do without. Politicians and word leaders have a lot on their plates, so they’re entitled to an alcoholic drink now and then. When she’s not doting over her great-grandchildren, George and Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth II likes to wet her whistle with a gin and Dubbonet. It has to be made with no pips, a slice of lemon, and two ice cubes. It is said that famed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill loved two things: cigars and highballs (whiskey and water). One of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, had great taste: His favorite sipper was none other than Madeira. Current U.S. President Barack Obama keeps

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it mellow by indulging in Bud Light. Actors are a breed unto themselves and many have interesting quirks about them. However, when it comes to favorite imbibes, they’re not that crazy. Although swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow in the movies seems to love rum, his alter ego, Johnny Depp, enjoys bourbon sours. Jennifer Aniston apparently loves margaritas. Liv Tyler, of Lord of the Rings fame, really digs strawberry daiquiris. (I wonder if she got that from her father, Steven?) Not surprising, bubbly actress Marilyn Monroe loved Champagne — it sparkles, just as she did. Would you believe the female part of “Brangelina,” Angelina Jolie, prefers tequila? What a woman! And, Casablanca star Humphrey Bogart was a big fan of scotch — not “gin joints.” continued on page 30

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Beachcombers vie for prizes at glass festival That interesting piece of glass you found washed up at the beach just might be worth $1,000 if you win the coveted “Shard of the Year” competition at the North American Sea Glass Festival, being held Aug. 29–30 in Ocean City, Md. Sharp-eyed beachcombers can vie for cash prizes in several categories at the festival, which will be held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Nearly 60 sea glass artists from a number of states will exhibit and sell their work, and collectors, novices, speakers, and authors are expected to be on hand. Last year’s festival in Cape May, N.J., drew 5,000 attendees. “It’s definitely the premier event for sea glass for the year,” said Valerie Weston, of the North American Sea Glass Association, the group that originated the festival 10 years ago. Weston said the association was formed to educate the public about the differences between genuine and artificial sea glass. Weston said genuine sea glass evolves from household or manufacturing trash that ends up in the ocean. Over years, the glass bottles or dishes break into shards that are smoothed and rounded by tumbling over and over in the ocean’s waves. The result is beautiful sea glass in many colors and patterns with a frosted-looking appearance. The glass can be found on beaches around the world. Artificial sea glass is manufactured, but experts know how to distinguish it from the real thing. “So far they (the manufacturers) haven’t been able to duplicate Mother Nature,” Weston said. From the sea glass, artists craft jewelry in unique designs. Prices can range from $20 to $2,000, according to Weston, an artist who runs Suncoast Sea Glass in Tampa, Fla. The glass also is used to create home decor items, such as mosaics, lanterns, and decorated mirrors. It also turns up in marbles, toys, bottle stoppers, and buttons. Besides exhibitors’ booths, the event will include lectures on the historical significance of Delaware sea glass by shipwreck treasure hunter Bill Winkler Sr.; tips on identifying sea pottery by Patricia Samford, of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab in St. Leonard, Md.; and stories about sea-glass hunting in Greece by Christeena HockinMinopetros.

In addition, collectors are invited to display their pieces in a “no-sell zone,” and the public is encouraged to bring in shards for identification by experts. Admission is $5, and free for children younger than 12. Some of the proceeds will go toward shoreline conservation, preservation, and beautification. What is the lure of sea glass? Weston believes it’s partly “the mystery of the ocean,” the delight of finding things on the shore, and the opportunity to make new creations out of old debris. “Once it tickles your collector gene, it’s a fun thing to do,” said Weston. The hobby is also free, she pointed out.

New and improved Are you intrigued by inventions and inventors? Delve into the subject at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation Hall in Washington, D.C. The new permanent gallery opened recently at the National Museum of American History. The signature exhibition, Places of Invention, looks at locations in America that became centers of invention and the stories of the dreamers behind the innovations. Examples include the rise of the personal computer in Silicon Valley in the 1970s and ’80s; hip-hop’s birth in the Bronx, N.Y., in the 1970s; cardiac innovations in Medical Alley, Minn., in the 1950s; precision manufacturing in Hartford, Conn., in the late 1800s; Technicolor in Hollywood in the 1930s; and clean-energy innovations in Fort Collins, Colo., happening today. A large interactive map invites visitors to contribute their own stories of innovative communities. The “Inventive Minds” section spotlights American inventors and the work of the Lemelson Center. There also will be public programs and research opportunities. A popular attraction is the handson Draper Spark! Lab. Children ages 6 to 12 can work their way through the invention process from start to finish.

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Brew Skies Festival quenches thirst for bluegrass music Mix live music, craft beer, and beautiful scenery and what do you get? The Brew Skies Festival, Aug. 21–22 in West Virginia’s Canaan Valley. Heading into its fourth year, the festival takes place at Timberline Four Seasons Resort near the town of Davis, less than three hours from Washington, D.C., using U.S. Route 48. Both national and regional bands will present 25 performances over the two-day period. Headliners include guitarists Paul Barrère and Fred Tackett of the band Little Feat, the Larry Keel Experience, Woody Pines, and If Birds Could Fly. West Virginia favorites include Qiet, The Soul Miners, and LocalMotive. Bluegrass will be paramount, but there will be a wide range of musical genres, including blues and rock, according to Stephen Dilettoso, of Mountain State Brewing Compay, which sponsors the event. Performances take place outdoors on the main stage behind the lodge at the bottom of the ski slope and on a secondary stage called the Beer Garden. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music, which will be continual. The festival will be a good chance to sample

West Virginia’s craft beers — which are products of a growing industry — because it falls during the first-ever West Virginia Craft Beer Week. Dilettoso said the state now has 11 breweries, with five more on the drawing board. At least nine of the breweries will be represented at the event. The 10-year-old Mountain State Brewing Company in Thomas is one of the biggest and oldest microbreweries in the state, according to Dilettoso. A kids’ section will be available during the family-friendly event, which will also include artisans and food vendors. Lodging options are available at The Canaan Valley Resort will have shuttle service to the festival. Advance tickets are $55 for a weekend pass or $35 for a day pass. At the gate, prices rise to $60 for a weekend pass or $40 for a day pass. Dilettoso said city dwellers will enjoy visiting the Canaan Valley, where the high elevation in the Allegheny Mountains often means cooler temperatures. Timberline Resort is known for its ski slopes, but has activities year-round. The region is full of opportunities for hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, fishing, boating, and whitewater rafting.

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Jay-Z is a very meticulous man. His favorite tipple is a specific brand of Champagne, Armand de Brignac, while his wife, Beyonce, who shares his love of bubbly, also has a real penchant for margaritas. Pop queen Madonna claims she loves pomegranate martinis. And, when he’s not creating another singing show, producer Simon Cowell likes to get down with Sapporo beer. And, who can forget James Bond’s love of marti-

nis, “shaken, not stirred”?

continued from page 28 Musicians and folks in the music biz have a reputation for outlandish behavior and supposedly wild drinking habits. Although Sting is not necessarily considered a “bad boy,” his drink of choice is Jack Daniels on the rocks.

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