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Explore the quaint towns and fishing villages of the Outer Banks
A Weeklong Getaway for Four to North Carolina’s Outer Banks!
North Carolina from coast to mountains • Morgantown’s arts scene • Take a wine tasting trolley tour • Crisfield means crabs • Bedding down in Rehoboth • New Southern Maryland historic horse trail • Two children’s museums to see
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Somerset County celebrates the month of the crab with style
The Chesapeake Bay blue crab is the center of attention during Crab Month in Crisfield, Md.
It could simply be a trick of the imagination, but hard crabs seem to taste even better in Crisfield. Maybe it’s the town’s proximity to some of the Chesapeake Bay’s most pristine waters, or the long local tradition of harvesting the bay’s aquatic bounty. Regardless, few places celebrate crabs with the verve and creativity of Crisfield, Md., the “Crab Capital of the World.” In late summer and early autumn, the crabs are usually plentiful and heavy, and if the town is the world’s crab capital, then September can be called “Month of the Crab.” This year’s prediction of an abundant harvest gives Somerset County ample reason to celebrate, and the festivities range from an all-you-can-eat crab feast to a fair and afternoon of races dedicated to the hard crab. Inaugurate the month a week early on Aug. 27 with Crabplace. com’s “Crab and Cruise,” combining a Somerset-style crab feast with a cruise out into the Chesapeake. Re-
gional and guest chefs will prepare the feast and participants can add a disc jockey and dancing for a full evening’s entertainment. A tradition on the long Labor Day weekend, Crisfield’s 69th annual National Hard Crab Derby and Fair features contests, carnival rides, live entertainment, beauty pageants, a parade, fireworks, and crab races. The unique crab-themed festival begins Thursday evening, Sept. 1, with a carnival, runs through the weekend, and ends Sunday night, Sept. 4, with a gospel concert and fireworks. Enjoy the Miss Crustacean Pageant, hard crab picking contests, and the National Hard Crab Derby, with nearly 400 of the bay’s feistiest crabs competing for the prized Governor’s Cup. Many events are free, although there is a $3 admission fee on Saturday and additional fees apply for the Saturday night concert and some of the other events. continued on page 27
Find your next “crabby” adventure in Somerset County, Maryland!
Come participate in one of our summer events: • July 20 — 40th J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake • Walking and Watermen’s Heritage Tours • September 2-4 — 69th National Hard Crab Derby and Fair • September 3-5 — 57th Skipjack Races and Festival • Island Cruises and tours
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National Aquarium: An ocean of wonder with 20,000 inhabitants Who would have expected it? Nestled amid the shops, restaurants, and the attractions of Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor is the home to 20,000 animals of 750 different species. The National Aquarium in Baltimore accommodates this with its four floors of exhibits. And it’s not just an aquarium, it’s also home to many environments, including an Amazon River forest, an Atlantic coral reef, an “Australia: Wild Extremes” display, the Blacktip Reef, Dolphin Discovery, a jellyfish habitat, and more. Displays at the National Aquarium include: Living Seashore, Maryland Experience, Shark Alley, Surviving Adaptation, Tropical Rain Forest, Waterfront Park, and 4-D Immersion Films. And, the National Aquarium’s local conservation efforts are inspiring — and a great way to be involved in improving the local environment and contributing to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The Living Seashore is the aquarium’s newest award-winning exhibit. It offers guests the opportunity to touch the bell of a moon jelly or the wing of an Atlantic stingray. The Blacktip Reef has 3,000 pieces of handmade coral and is home to a giant 500-pound sea turtle named Calypso. National Aquarium
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The awe and wonder continues
As a 13-year-old, I caused a bit of a stir in Yellowstone National Park. We were staying at the Old Faithful Inn and I had wandered outside after dinner to watch the famous geyser erupt without actually telling anyone where I was going. It wasn’t long before I could hear my name being called by rangers and other guests who were apparently convinced I had strayed from the boardwalk and fallen through the crust of earth. Neither parents, relatives, nor rangers were happy with me that night, but the power and beauty of nature that lured me to see the amazing sight one more time seemed irresistible. It’s a sight that wouldn’t have been there in 1962, or still be there today, without the commitment
America has made to our national parks. As the National Park Service marks its centennial this month, its mission is more complex and its resources more strained than ever before. Right here in the MidAtlantic we are a shining example of the diverse responsibilities of the NPS. Within the region we have the natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have the splendor of the major monuments and historic sites in Washington. We have some of the most important battlefields in our nation’s history: Brandywine and Yorktown, as well as Manassas, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Appomattox.
At national park sites you can walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia or George Washington at Valley Forge. You can view the huge flag that flies at Fort McHenry or climb the steps to the home of Frederick Douglass. There are countless smaller or lesser known sites worth finding and visiting, all preserved for our enjoyment and enrichment. The National Park Service is the steward of much of our American heritage: the natural beauty and grandeur of places like the Grand Canyon, battlefields where Americans fought and died, and homes and other locations that mark important aspects of our culture. Check out FindYourPark.com to find National Park Service sites near you or that interest you. You can learn what others have to say and share your own impressions, too. While the park service is charged with preserving much of our heritage, we are the ultimate stewards
of the natural beauty and history that we pass on to generations yet unborn. Take time to learn about the National Park Service Foundation, which provides support for park programs or the various “friends” organizations that work with specific park sites. Of the more than 400 National Park Service sites, only 127 actually charge a fee. While those fees are reasonable and annual passes and senior benefits are also available, free is always best. The park service offers free admission to all parks Aug. 25–28 as part of the centennial celebration and also on Sept. 24 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Have you found your park?
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Winery, Shopping, Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, Art galleries, Theaters, Museums, Performing Arts, Farmers’ & Artisans’ Markets, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Quaint Beaches, Local Seafood and more.
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Our nation’s National Park Service: The deal of the century! would be off limits. Our entire country from those “amber waves of grain” to the “purple mountain’s majesty” would lack protection. Who would keep our nation’s natural beauty and heritage safe? Who would keep it open for all to enjoy? The lyrics to Woody Guthrie’s famous folk song, “This Land Is Your Land,” sum it up quite well: This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York island From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me. Today, there are 407 national parks to visit, embrace, and enjoy for learning, inspiration, and relaxation. And, the cost is very low. You can actually feel your tax dollars at work for you. Consider nearby Assateague National Seashore — only $20 for a carload of people for a whole week. A mere $15 gets you into the Grand Canyon. Active duty military and their dependents can get a free pass. For $80, you can get an annual pass that gets you, your vehicle, and up to three adult guests into all the parks for free. And if these rates aren’t good enough, there are 16 free admission days annually. National parks are all over the place, contain the absolute best real estate in the country, and are open for the enjoyment of all. They are indeed the bargain of the century, and there’s no better time to enjoy them than during their centennial birthday year. How many are you going to visit?
Let’s face it, when it comes to the government, there are a lot of things people complain about and the complaints come from both sides of the political fence. It’s the nature of the beast, so to speak. Some of the criticism is well deserved, while some may be more agenda-based or partisan in nature. There are two things that I believe are universally true about what our government does very well. One is keeping us safe in day-to-day living — you don’t need to worry about interviewing a pilot prior to boarding a plane, you don’t need to interview an engineer prior to crossing a bridge, and, assuming it was legally built to code, your home is not likely to crumble. On our cover The other thing that it not only does well, but The beaches of the that is wildly successful, is our system of national Outer Banks provide parks. This month, the National Park Service turns great family getaways. 100 years old. Let’s celebrate. (Outer Banks Tourism) It takes very little digging to see just how the NPS impacts all of our lives. First, imagine life without it. The Grand Canyon would be privately owned, dotted with lavish homes of billionaires and off limits to the eyes of most of us. Old Faithful would be closed down for an enStarting from $350.00 ergy company to plunOur pool technicians use state of the art der. Massive amounts equipment to find and pin point your leaks. of forest lands could be Our process includes a variety of mowed down for materimethods including: als. Beautiful beaches Pressure testing plumbing
TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 ~ Crabby Somerset County 3 ~ National Aquarium adventure 4 ~ Editor’s Note 5 ~ Publisher’s Note 6 ~ Travel Line 8 ~ Family Travel 9 ~ Get away to Raystown Lake 10 ~ Greene County fairs 12 ~ Gettysburg outdoors 14 ~ Culture 15 ~ Music Festival 16 ~ Bethany Beach boardwalk art NC-2 ~ North Carolina coast to mountains NC-8 ~ Fun in Fayetteville NC-10 ~ Fishing the Brunswick Islands NC-11 ~ Antiquing in Wilson 17 ~ Calendar of Events 21 ~ Hit the beach 22 ~ Southern Maryland horse trail 24 ~ Morgantown arts 26 ~ Wine trolley tour
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Celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial at a Mid-Atlantic site Did you ever imagine touring Washington, D.C., with President Abraham Lincoln? Or witnessing the burning of Washington in 1812 when President James Madison was in office? Did you ever walk in Ben Franklin’s footsteps in Philadelphia? Recall the epic battles of Gettysburg, Antietam, and Fredericksburg? Share stories about making moonshine in Thurmont, Md.? These and many other Find Your Park Experiences, taking place this month in the Mid-Atlantic, offer unique opportunities to explore national parks and celebrate the National Park Service, which turns 100 on Aug. 25. (And, Aug. 25–28, admission is free at all national parks.) You can also share your national park story online at FindYourPark.com. Here are some details on National Park Centennial activities you may enjoy this month. (nps.org) u Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pa. One way to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial is to take a walk around Ben Franklin’s neighborhood to learn more about this famous American author, inventor, scientist, and politician. (A free mobile app for the “In Franklin’s Footsteps” audio tour is available.) Begin your tour at the Franklin Court Printing Office and then proceed to the Franklin Courtyard, where there is a steel outline of his large home. Next, visit the library and museum of the American Philosophical Society. Then, head over to Independence Hall and pause to look at the Liberty Bell, which no longer rings, but is a symbol of American independence. (Play the “Ring the Liberty Bell” activity on the app to hear how it sounded.) End your tour at Christ Church Burial Ground, the final resting place of Franklin, who died April 17, 1790, at the age of 84. Guided tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 4 at 10:00am. (215-965-2305)
u Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore, Md. When the National Park Service was created in 1916, the citizens of Baltimore watched the military review of soldiers at Fort McHenry. “Fort! Flag! Freedom!” free living history programs are offered Wednesday–Sunday, through Aug. 21. They feature special musket, artillery, and flag talks, fife and drum concerts, talks on civilian life, and children’s activities. On the afternoon of Aug. 6, the fort will host a free tattoo ceremony featuring patriotic music, military pageantry, and military history by the U.S. Navy’s band, drill team, and color guard. The drill team will perform modern rifle exercises and precision marching, while the Fort McHenry Guard, dressed in 1814 uniforms, will demonstrate handto-hand combat exercises and fife and drum music from the War of 1812. The program will conclude with members of the audience folding the huge Star-Spangled Banner Flag. (410-962-4290) u Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, Md. A great way to celebrate this unique park centers on stories about sawmilling, charcoal and iron mining, and moonshining. Settlers began making whiskey in the area in 1734. A 1929 raid found 25,000 gallons of mash in 13 vats, with the capacity of 2,000 gallons each, at the Blue Blazes Whiskey Still, resulting in the death of the deputy sheriff and the conviction of two moonshiners. A small still is located at the park’s Distillery Run. Visitors are invited to a free program, “Moonshine in the Catoctins: Family Stories,” at the Thurmont Public Library on Aug. 9. Then, the history of the National Park Service will be discussed during a free program at the visitor center Aug. 25. Did you know that President Franklin Roosevelt used one of the park cabins, Bear’s Den, during World War II? (301-663-9388) u Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick, Md. The house at Thomas Farm was bombarded during the Battle of Monocacy, also known as “the battle that saved Washington, D.C.” In the summer of 1864, the Confederate Army, under the command of Gen. Jubal Early, waged war on the Union forces in Frederick. Outnumbered three-to-one, the Confederates lost. On Aug. 20, rangers and volunteers will provide access to the house on Barker Valley Road, and living historians will demonstrate life in the 19th century. The program is free. (301-662-3515)
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Hikers making the climb on Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.
u Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Md. The Antietam National Battlefield will celebrate Living History Weekend, Aug. 13–14, with military demonstrations at the visitor center and Burnside Bridge and a civilian camp at Mumma Farm. Artillery Weekend, Aug. 27–28, will feature demonstrations of loading and firing of Civil War artillery, as well as cannon firing. Both programs are free. (301-432-5124)
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u Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pa. Beginning Aug. 25, National Park Service Founders Day, a series of events will celebrate the centennial at Gettysburg. The National Park Service Centennial Ball, sponsored by the Victorian Dance Ensemble with music by the Philadelphia Brigade Band, will be held Aug. 26 at the museum and visitor center. During Living History Weekend, Aug. 27–28, Civil War historians encamped on the Gettysburg battlefield will share information about the historic site and demonstrate the tools, tactics, and firepower of the Union and Confederate armies that waged war here. (717-334-1124) u Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Fredericksburg, Va. “Solemnity, Grandeur, and Everyday People: 100 Years of National Parks,” the last of three free summer programs this year, will be held on the evening of Aug. 20 at the Sunken Road, next to the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. Park rangers will discuss the history of the National Park Service around the campfire. Bring lawn chairs and flashlights. (540-693-3200) u Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Va. The artists of Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville, Va., will celebrate the centennial with a special exhibit at the Skyland and Big Meadows lodges, starting Aug. 4 and running through Oct. 31. The Hawksbill Viewing Platform will be rededicated on Aug. 20. And, on Aug. 27, the Byrd Visitor Center, Mile 51 (snpbooks.org), will host a photography seminar. (540-999-3500) u Centennial Events, Washington, D.C. “Union Jack O’er the Capitol: The Burning of Washington in the War of 1812” is a ranger-led program about the British invasion of the capital city when President James Madison was in office. This free tour, covering 2-1/2 miles, leaves from the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument at 3:00pm Aug. 6, 13, 20, 24, 25, and 27. (202-525-0337) “World War II: The American Front” focuses on the battles fought in North America involving submarines and saboteurs and the Japanese invasions of the Alaskan Islands. The free tour departs at 11:00am and 3:00pm Aug. 7 and 21 from the World War II Memorial. (202-359-7080) “Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington” is a two-hour walking tour of the president’s life and death in D.C. The free tour departs at 11:00am Aug. 13 from the base of the Washington Monument and ends at Ford’s Theater. (202-308-8148) Join a park ranger at the Washington Monument Lodge at 9:00am Aug. 13 for an exciting trek around the National Mall and learn about the city’s icons. “Stories of the Wall,” a free program about some of the 58,315 names listed on the wall, will occur at 3:00 and 7:00pm Aug. 25 at the Three Servicemen Statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (202-438-5377 or 202-426-6841) Carol Timblin welcomes travel stories at email@example.com.
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Nearby Children’s museums delight both young and old You may have herded your brood through the Smithsonian museums and eyeballed the space shuttle with delight, but you won’t want to overlook children’s museums in the area tailored specifically to children and offering hands-on learning and play opportunities. Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (discoverymuseum.net) in Winchester, Va., is loaded with fun, plus a heavy dose of science and engineering. Now in its new and beautiful four-story building in booming downtown Winchester, the museum’s first floor offers a dinosaur learning zone, musical instruments, and a fun play area. Stop by the Apple Packing Shed (the name does not do it justice — it should be called “Toddler Nirvana”) where little ones can haul apples in buckets, load them on pulleys,
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roll them on conveyor belts, and push them in carts, all while learning about the region’s famous apple industry. The water tables were a hit with my 5-year-old daughter, who happily splashed while learning about watersheds. We also enjoyed building our own roller coasters and doing hands-on science activities. Admission is $8 per person and parking is metered. After you finish at the museum, you’ll want to cruise the Winchester walking mall for lunch and shopping. Insider tip: The Winchester Book Gallery has a delightful children’s section. The nearby Museum of the Shenandoah Valley offers a variety of children’s programs, so check its schedule, too, if in the area. For the Kids, By George Children’s Museum (forthekidsbygeorge.org) is located in Martinsburg, W.Va., and offers a variety of hands-on activities for kids to put them in touch with the heritage of the local community. (And, if your child loves trains, this is a great place.) My child delighted in following the colorful footprint trails to the different activity zones which span 6,000 square feet of space. The entry hall (the old waiting area for the Caperton Train Station) is dominated by a young George Washington in a canoe suspended overhead. The museum is part of the Washington Heritage Trail in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.
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Real trains cruise the rails near the museum and thunder past. If you can pry your little ones away from the exhibits, they can watch the tracks from the safety of the pedestrian bridge above, where children can thrill in the rush of the real locomotives chugging by. One of my child’s favorites was a series of galleries showing daily life and homes of different eras, all interconnected with child-size tunnels she could crawl through. She visited a wigwam, cooked in a cabin, and had a grand time. We didn’t try the 3-D bike rides, but they sounded cool. Check the museum’s calendar. There was an Irish dancing demonstration and lesson the day we visited. Separately from the museum, we toured the roundhouse across the tracks and learned about efforts to preserve it. Admission is $6 per person. Parking is free. Other local children’s museums include the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore (port-
discovery.org), the Chesapeake Children’s Museum in Annapolis (theccm.org), and Rose Hill Manor Children’s Museum and Park in Frederick, Md. (rosehillmuseum. com).
Learning by doing at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum.
Last summer it was hot at the beach in the National Building Museum — now it’s cold as ice. “ICEBERGS” gives visitors a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the museum’s enormous Great Hall. Climb inside an iceberg to a viewing area for a bird’s-eye view, and exit with a ride down one of two rather slippery and fast slides. You can also traverse an undersea bridge, and relax among caverns and grottoes on the ocean floor on ice blobs (beanbag pillows). You can sample Japanese kakigori shaved-ice snacks, too. (nbm.org) — ami neiberger-miller
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Get your cool on during Jazz in the Garden concerts by top Washingtonarea artists Friday evenings in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden through Sept. 2. (nga.gov) . . . Need a laugh? Check out Laughing Matters, an exhibition at the National Museum of American History featuring the stories of ground-breaking comedians Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett, and Miss Piggy, through Oct. 31. (americanhistory.si.edu) . . . Help the National Park Service celebrate its centennial with an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum called Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks, through March 2018. (postalmuseum.si.edu) — gwen woolf
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Plan a getaway to Raystown Lake Raystown Lake, the largest lake that is entirely within Pennsylvania, has been a prime vacation destination since its creation in 1973. At 8,300 acres in size, it’s ideal for fishing and watersports, with seemingly countless coves to explore along the shoreline. Activities such as boating, swimming, mountain biking, kayaking, scuba diving, camping, and fishing continue to draw visitors who enjoy the outdoors. Raystown Lake remains so pristine in appearance because much of the surrounding land is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and is not available for development. Instead, the shores of the lake are tree-lined and home to plenty of wildlife. Perhaps the best way to explore the lake is by spending a week on it. Rent a house boat from Seven Points Marina and float around discovering new coves, fishing and swimming, and enjoying sunsets and spectacular views with all the comforts of your own living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Nearby camping at the state park located right on the shoreline is another option and even offers an elevated view.
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Plenty of trails to explore Explore the area’s numerous trails by hiking, Take a ride on real trolleys weekends backpacking, horseback riding, or mountain bikMemorial Day through October! ing. Huntingdon County is home to the Allegrippis July 30 — Homecoming Trails, with more than 30 miles of stacked-loop Aug. 13 — Johnstown Car Day trails, the Standing Stone Trail with its scenic terSept. 3 & 4 — Snow Cone Weekend rain, portions of the Great Eastern Trail system Sept. 10 & 11 — Grandparents’ Day Weekend which runs from New York to Florida, the Mid-State Sept. 17 — Caboose Day Trail, and Terrace Mountain Trail. Sept. 24 — Ragtime Music Festival Roughly a quarter Huntingdon County’s land Oct. 8 & 9 — Fall Spectacular Oct. 15 & 16 — Pumpkin Patch Trolley is publicly owned and accessible with more than Seven Points Marina Fall/Winter events — check website or call 814-447-9576 139,000 acres in the Rothrock and Tuscarora Rent a houseboat to really enjoy the lake state forests; Canoe Creek, Greenwood Furnace, RockhillTrolley.org Rockhill Furnace, PA experience. Penn-Roosevelt, Trough Creek, Warrior’s Path, and Whipple Dam state parks; and other federal TripAdvisor’s 2015 lands and community parks. for families in Huntingdon County also has Pennsylvania’s largest concentration of caves and caverns, with more than 150 sites. This represents one-third of all of Pennsylvania’s caves. For the true adventure seeker, spelunkers have much #PATravelHappy to choose from. For the tourist seeking to gaze FIND US: at the wonders with the benefit from a trail and cave guide, visit Lincoln Caverns or Penn’s Cave, where no special Woodloch.A story about bringing family together. • Cabins for Getaways • Camping equipment is needed for Providing unrivaled hospitality, endless activities & • 100s of Miles of Hiking Trails guided tours. Marvel at amenities, and nightly entertainment with • Fishing • Boat Tours • Caves the geologic wonders a contagious spirit of fun and togetherness. • World Class Mountain Biking and learn about the • Call us to plan: (888) 729-7869 caves’ history. :ƨƨƝƥƨƜơƜƨƦ_800:ƨƨƝƥƨƜơ Huntingdon County Nestled in the picturesque Northern Pocono Mountains also boasts year-round
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One festival, plus two fairs, equal family fun in Greene County Most event organizers don’t want it to rain on the day of their outdoor event. But in Greene County, Pa., organizers of the Rain Day Festival are betting on rain.
Greene County, tucked into the southwest corner of Pennsylvania and nearly four hours from Washington D.C., has a number of summer events that capture classic Ameri-
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cana. Perhaps none is more than the unique than the Rain Day Festival, held in downtown Waynesburg, the county seat. “It’s a street festival held right near the courthouse square,” said Athena Bowman, who coordinates the event. “The streets are filled with vendors and there’s plenty of entertainment and kids’ games.” The Rain Day Festival is held yearly on July 29, which, according to town lore, is the day in 1874 that a farmer came into the Daly & Spraggs Drug Store and told proprietor Byron Daly that it would rain. Daly started to place bets with the salesmen who came in. Daly kept up the tradition, placing bets for a new hat that it would rain on July 29. Daly’s son, John, kept the holiday going, by betting a new hat on Rain Day. John Daly was known for keeping a night vigil, usually in a yellow coat, hat, and umbrella, on the courthouse wall waiting for rain. “He was almost always rewarded for
his efforts and would give a gentle smile, put up his umbrella and head for home after the first drips fell,” according to John Owen, who chairs the borough’s special events commission. The stories of these bets were picked up by regional and national papers — helping to spread the word of this unique local tradition. Daly made hat bets with local notables and those of national fame, including Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. The tradition of betting hats has stayed throughout the years, Bowman said. Exactly who the borough placed a bet with this year is being kept a surprise. Along with the potential of playing in the rain, visitors can take time to enjoy a number of musical acts, carnival games for kids, and an umbrella decorating contest. Most of the umbrella decorations, naturally, focus on hats, Bowman said. “The event goes off, no matter the
weather,” she said. “Even though it may rain, it does not hinder people from coming out and celebrating in the street.” (raindayfestival.com)
Hoping for sunshine, too While Greene County residents are hoping for rain on July 29, they’ve also got their fingers crossed for good weather for the rest of the month. Pennsylvania is known for its county fairs, with more than 125 community gatherings held throughout the summer and fall in the Keystone State.
Greene County is home to two, the Jacktown Fair and Greene County Fair. Both are classic county fairs, with agriculture at their heart. The Jacktown Fair confidently bills itself as a must-see event, with its famed slogan: “You Can’t Die Happy Until You’ve Been to the Jacktown Fair.” The Jacktown and Greene County fairs offer agriculture contests such as animal judging and baking competitions that are ingrained in Pennsylvania’s county fair tradition. At the same time, you’ll find midway adventures, nightly entertainment,
tractor pulls, and chainsaw carvings to grab visitors’ attention.
Outdoor fun The Warrior Trail provides both the opportunity to stretch your legs and walk through history. The trail, maintained by the Warrior Trail Association, follows a path used for 5,000 years by Native Americans. The modern-day trail is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The trail starts along the Monongahela River and runs east to west, about 5 miles north of the MasonDixon Line. Blazed with yellow dots,
the trail cuts across a 45-mile stretch of southern Greene County. It also extends for another 22 miles into Ohio. Known for its rural charm, the county has a number of covered bridges, general stores, and quiet back roads that make a perfect retreat from hectic daily lives. The classic Americana festivals and places to hike are icing on a summer cake.
Learn more Green Co. Tourism: greenecountytourism.org
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Rural Greene County is home to covered bridges and country barns painted with advertisements.
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Skyview Drive-In Car Show Carmichaels
Greene County Fair Greene County Fairgrounds, Waynesburg
Aviation Days Greene County Airport, Waynesburg
Clarksville Festival Clarksville
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Flashlight Drags Greene County Airport (Also on Sept.18 & Oct. 9)
Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival Mason-Dixon Park, Mt. Morris
Art Blast on the Mon Ice Plant Pavilion, Greensboro
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50’s Fest & Car Cruise Downtown Waynesburg
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Rejuvenate indoors and outdoors around Gettysburg Seven score and 13 years ago, our forefathers hiked to Gettysburg for a monumental battle. Today’s visitors to Gettysburg don’t have to wage war, but they’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that scenic Adams County offers the ideal backdrop for their own hiking, golfing, and other recreational pursuits.
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The Gettysburg Battlefield offers lots of opportunities for exercise, as well as reflection and learning.
With Gettysburg’s renowned courses, resorts, and even putt-putt golf, anyone can swing a golf club here. Stay and play at the Carroll Valley Golf Course at Liberty Mountain Resort. Course designers incorporated meandering streams and Catoctin Mountain views into the diverse and challenging holes. Even non-golfers will marvel at the spa, the casual-elegant dining options, and the accommodations in one of the resort’s three luxury lodges, including the brand-new Highland Lodge. (libertymountainresort.com) One round will explain why Golf Digest gives The Links at Gettysburg 4-1/2 stars. There’s water on almost every hole, an “Amen Corner” rivaling Augusta National’s, and a breathtaking red rock cliff surrounding the green at hole No. 3. (thelinksatgettysburg.com) Mountain View Golf Club in Fairfield also features a full grass practice range, short game area, and putting green. (mtviewgc.com) Penn National is a golf course community with two highly rated courses. The Founder’s Course is open yearround, while the Iron Forge Course is visually stunning with views unmarred by trees. (penngolf. com) With a name like Mulligan MacDuffer Adventure Golf and Ice Cream Parlor, you know the whole
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gang will have fun. Two challenging, 18-hole miniature-golf courses beckon. And what’s a round of minigolf without ice cream at the end, hand-dipped or blended in a milk shake? (mulliganmacduffer.com) Like the big courses, the redesigned Adventure Golf at Granite Hill Camping Resort presents mini-golf challenges amid stunning scenery. Start by the waterfall and follow cascading streams through 19 holes. End with a lakeside stroll or paddleboat excursion. (granitehillcampingresort.com)
Hit the trails Whether you’re an avid hiker in boots or a casual stroller in sneakers, the glorious trails of Gettysburg and Adams County offer fresh perspectives on the region’s history and natural beauty. Education and adventure begin at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve. Start at the nature center, for a briefer on the plants, rocks, and animals of these Blue Ridge Mountains foothills. Then, choose your hike from 10 miles of trails. Clearly marked paths, ranging from breezy
to wheezy, lead to quarries, streams, forests, logging roads, and rock outcroppings with sweeping vistas. (strawberryhill.org) In 1863, soldiers marched miles to get to Gettysburg, “and then they had to fight the battle,” says Katie Lawhon at Gettysburg National Military Park. “They were footsore, but that’s how they experienced the bat-
tlefield, and it’s a great way to see it today.” Short, easy walks lead to Gettysburg National Cemetery and spots where the tide of battle turned. Walkable historic avenues pass the park’s 1,300 monuments, including 400 considered major works of sculpture. (nps.gov/gett) continued on page 15
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Through artists’ eyes: A new look at Gettysburg A multimedia artist who projects haunting images on monuments at night is among a group of artists telling stories about the Gettysburg battlefield in new ways. Jeff Beekman combines Civil War imagery with the landscape to give a fresh perspective on the July 1–3, 1863, Pennsylvania battle that was a turning point in the Civil War. Gettysburg, an 84-mile drive from Washington, D.C., is among 50 national parks hosting Artist-inResidence programs. Artists from across the country get inspirational locations in which to work, and the public gets a chance to interact with paint-
ers, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, and poets. Now in its second year, the Gettysburg program has expanded to eight artists and a lengthier duration. “We’re really fortunate that the Gettysburg story is pretty compelling,” said the park’s Katie Lawhon. The goal is to use different approaches to attract new audiences as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year. At Gettysburg, the artists spend a month between March and November living in the Klingel
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House, an 1823 log home on the battlefield, and immersing themselves in projects that interpret the park and its history. You can chat with the artists as they work in the field, or see them at several public presentations during the month, including First Fridays at the historic Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station. (The next First Friday event is Aug. 5.) At one event, filmmaker Leigh Rydberg showed the storyboards she created for her planned film about Minnesota soldiers at Gettysburg. At another, photographer Robert Beech discussed his work making tintypes of Civil War reenactors using 19th-century techniques and replicating iconic Gettysburg photographs. The artists seem to enjoy their residencies. Poets Robert and Michelle Evory blogged: “This morning we watched the day break at the Pennsylvania Memorial Monument, picked up a large coffee to go, and watched the sun light the western hillside from Little Round Top.” At night, they reveled in “the full moon rising over St. Barbara’s trumpet at the Louisiana monument on Seminary Ridge, the sun turning the golden fields to blood from McPherson’s barn.” They added: “It has been an endless journey of discover that will influence our art and lives (in ways) we could not have imagined before our stay.” Work by the resident artists won’t be exhibited or sold by the park, but interested buyers can speak to the artists directly. Many of the artists have donated works to the park. The National Park Arts Foundation and the Gettysburg Foundation are behind the project, in cooperation with the National Park Service. The Arts Foundation, which selects the artists, has been inundated with requests for residencies and is already taking applications for next year’s program. continued on page 16
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continued from page 13 Three nearby state parks entice with beautiful trails. At Caledonia, follow historic, rugged trails past charcoal hearths. Lovely Codorus features equestrian and mountain biking trails. The Appalachian Trail passes through Pine Grove Furnace, where “thru-hikers” — the folks attempting the entire trail — celebrate reaching the halfway point by downing a half gallon of ice cream at Pine Grove General Store. (dcnr.state. pa.us/stateparks)
“Camping” means many things to many people, and Gettysburg has it all, from rustic to all-amenities. Pitch your tent, for a taste of life as a Civil War soldier, or enjoy air conditioning, laundry facilities, and pool access in a deluxe cabin.
Take in a food tour Whether you’re camping or staying in a classic hotel, take time to sample Gettysburg’s food scene. Savor Gettysburg Food Tours offers a classic downtown food tour that includes tastings at seven unique eateries. There’s also a wine-and-
dine tour that couples four winery tasting rooms with a handcrafted artisanal food experience. Check the website for other offerings. (savorgettysburgfoodtours.com) Experiencing the Adams County countryside is “a great way to expand on the rich history of this region,” says Carl Whitehill, who promotes the area. “Why not come here and spend a few days outdoors, rejuvenating in nature as well as exploring history?”
Learn more Gettysburg Tourism: destinationgettysburg.com
n GET A DIFFERENT VIEW OF GETTYSBURG The images of Gettysburg are burned into the consciousness of anyone who has visited the battlefield area: the expanse of grass across which Confederate Gen. George Pickett’s men charged; the rocks of Little Round Top that provided cover; the cemetery where so many rest. But those who didn’t escape injury or die on the field mostly ended up in one of the makeshift hospitals around Gettysburg where the wounded were taken for treatment. The sheer scope and three-day length of the battle tested the capacity of the crossroads town, as did the huge numbers of corpses that littered the ground. Gettysburg’s Seminary Ridge Museum tells an important part of the story. Narrower and complementary to that told by the National Park Service, Seminary Ridge Museum’s tale brings you inside the building that played such an important role on the battle’s first day, July 1, 1863. Union Cavalry Gen. John Buford found himself defending the ridge and the town against arriving units of Confederate forces who had expected no resistance. Buford viewed the arriving enemy from the seminary’s cupola and, after initial engagement, was forced to retreat to the ridge and was reinforced there. The Confederates overran the position in the afternoon and the first day ended with a Confederate advantage, but set up later engagements with famous names like Little Round Top, Culp’s Hill, and Cemetery Hill.
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enjoy The Festy Experience Call it a “boutique” music festival. The Festy Experience is meant to be on the small side, and offers a safe outdoor environment for the whole family while hosting live Americana, bluegrass, and country music. This year’s event, scheduled Oct. 7–9, will be in a new, expanded location in Arrington, Va., in Nelson County between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. “It’s quite a charming little festival with a very solid personality,” said Collean Laney, who promotes the nonprofit event. The seventh annual event moves 20 miles from the Devils Backbone Basecamp to a new location at the Nelson County Preserve, about a 150-mile continued on page 27
“This building is our biggest artifact,” said the museum’s Dru Neil. “You are standing in the place where the events you read about in the exhibits actually happened.” The seminary building, which houses the museum, was one of Gettysburg’s largest field hospitals. In the building, you learn about the first day of the battle, about the medical care that took place there, and about the meaning of freedom in our world today. It is well worth the climb and cost to take the cupola tour and see the 360-degree view that Buford surveyed before the battle commenced. On Fridays and Mondays at 11:30am through August, museum admission includes an outdoor living history program, “Soldiers at the Barricade,” which looks at individual soldiers who fought on Seminary Ridge. The weekend of Sept. 16–17 is Legacy Weekend, marking the date the last patient left the hospital, and includes special battlefield programs and lectures. (seminaryridgemuseum.org)
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Spangler Farm The 80-acre George Spangler Farm was also pressed into service as a field hospital and a reported 1,800 Union and 100 Confederate soldiers were treated there. Confederate Gen. Lewis Armistead reportedly died in the farm’s summer kitchen.
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Check out the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival brings in more than 100 artists to showcase and sell their work. The event, scheduled for Sept. 10 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, takes place in downtown Bethany Beach. The featured artists bring unique creations representing a variety of different mediums including
paintings, photography, woodwork, metalwork, clay, baskets, jewelry, and porcelain. This year’s festival will debut a self-guided tour: “Discover the Arts and Antiques of the Quiet Resorts.” The “Discover the Finer Things” guide will feature a tour map in the centerfold of the publication, and businesses that create and sell fine arts and antiques will also be featured.
length oil portrait of Maj. Gen. George C. Mead, Moses Jacob Ezekiel’s bronze bust of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Samuel A. Murray’s bronze statue of Adm. George Melville. There also are pen-and-ink sketches of Confederate soldiers by Allen C. Redwood and the battlefield headquarters at Antietam by Rufus F. Zogbaum, a carved walnut cane made from a limb of a tree at Devil’s Den, and a wooden drum-style canteen. In addition, the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg is having periodic Presidential Paint and Wine Nights, which includes special tours and instruction for beginner artists. Participants, who often are first-time visitors to the site, sit outdoors and re-create one of President Dwight Eisenhower’s paintings. The next event is Sept. 22. Buy tickets through the Adams County Arts Council at classes@ adamsarts.org.
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Art joins history Two other artistic events support the centennial theme of engaging new audiences at Gettysburg. The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center has a new exhibition that features some of the most celebrated artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition, With Brush, Mold, Chisel, and Pen: Reflections on Civil War Art, runs through 2019. It is sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and the park. Highlights include Xanthus Russell Smith’s Opening of the Battle of Gettysburg and Death of General Reynolds, July 1, 1863, Thomas Hicks’ full-
The guide and map will be distributed at the festival, as well as in the Chamber of Commerce Information Center throughout the year. Two charitable events will round off the day at the boardwalk. A silent auction and a scholarship giveaway will take place on the bandstand, featuring works of art generously donated by the festival’s artists. (bethanybeachartsfestival.com)
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Before you go Artists-in-Residence program: nationalparksartsfoundation.org Gettysburg National Military Park Museum: gettysburgfoundation.org Gettysburg Tourism: destinationgettysburg.com
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You find yourself in the fictional Mayberry from Griffith’s TV series as you walk the streets or attend the annual Mayberry Days, Sept. 21–25. But Mount Airy also hosts an Autumn Leaves Festival, Oct. 14–16, which showcases both the rich musical heritage of old-time, bluegrass, and gospel, as well as the arts and crafts of 200 craftsmen who line the streets and demonstrate their talents. The festival also features “food for the soul,” ranging from ham biscuits to barbeque, collards, and cornbread. (yadkinvalleync.com) Franklin is among the towns scattered throughout the Appalachian Mountains. It’s a destination for antiquing, but it also preserves its cultural past with a Cherokee Heritage Trail, including the Nikwasi Mound, and a Civil War Trail that recalls the final surrender of Confederate troops who did not hear of the surrender of Lee and Johnston’s armies until early May. The town boasts three museums, including the local historical museum, the Scottish Tartans Museum — the only one of its kind in the United States — and the Gem and Mineral Museum, which recalls the area’s gem-mining history. (discoverfranklinnc.com)
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While there are a variety of accommodations available along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, vacation home rentals are among the most numerous. Jackie Hill, of Sun Realty, offers some tips that can make the process smoother: u Decide whether a vacation home is the best option for you. Compare the cost effectiveness of a vacation home rental with other accommodations for your family or group. u There are a wide variety of options, so let the real estate agent know what special things you want, such as a pool, elevator, rec room, hot tub, etc. u Select the home that provides the activities, location, and pricing you want; one that is small enough or large enough; and one in the right area for the things you want to do. u The earlier you make a reservation, the better the selection. Sun Realty will reserve homes a year in advance, so you can reserve the same home for your next visit if you like. u Hill notes that you can reserve your accommodations online, as more than half of Sun Realty’s clients do, but first-time visitors may want to call or take advantage of the online chat or email feature to get personal advice. (888-853-7770, sunrealtync.com)
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Reconnect with the ones you love this fall on the Currituck Outer Banks, NC.
Family friendly beaches, the legendary wild horses of Corolla, historical sites and warm coastal breezes are just a few of the reasons why there’s never been a better time for your family getaway.
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The Mount Airy Museum honors native son Andy Griffith with a selection of memorabilia from his long entertainment career.
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Located comfortably between the mountains and the coast, Alamance County offers residents the opportunity to enjoy everything that North Carolina has to offer. From arts to recreation, our active and engaging communities are highly regarded. Come see for yourself. Home is calling.
Historic Edenton offers breathtaking scenery, small town charm and limitless recreation opportunities, all within reach of major urban areas and world-renowned beaches. Discover a new kind of living along the Albemarle Sound in one of “One of America’s Prettiest Towns.” *Forbes.com
Discover Franklin, NC with magnificent waterfalls and breathtaking mountain vistas. Try your hand at gem mining, shop one of our unique stores, find a fishing hole, explore the mountains – there are outdoor adventures around every corner. There’s no hustle and bustle of city life; our pace is slow and relaxing. What Will You Discover Today?
The Jamestown/High Point area’s central location, mild climate, affordable cost of living and abundant opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation, the arts, shopping and fine dining – all come together to provide an enhanced quality of life. Lovely neighborhoods and beautiful parks and lakes serve as the backdrop for a vibrant community.
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Live Leland, NC, “Life is Good Here.” A stone’s throw from Wilmington and a gentle drive from the beaches of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands lies the town of Leland. You’ll appreciate all it has to offer. From business to leisure, it’s a great place to live.
We’re drawn to open spaces. Natural settings that stir the soul and remind us of our place in the world. The Outer Banks of North Carolina, a chain of barrier islands shaped by wind and water. Connected by the elements. Open spaces and endless possibilities. Get in touch with us.
You decide. Enjoy outdoor activities year round. Consider the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area. With dozens of golf courses, equestrian trails, historic landmarks to visit, nature trails and festivals, create a lifestyle with as little or as much as you please. Request your FREE 2016 Destination Guide.
Surry County, NC, located in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region, is home to four rivers, several walking trails, greenways and Pilot Mountain State Park. Nearby is the Blue Ridge Parkway, Stone Mountain State Park and Mitchell River Gamelands. The Mount Airy, Dobson, Elkin and Pilot Mountain communities look forward to welcoming you.
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Fayetteville: A garden, a market, and six museums worth seeing “Fayetteville is not just a military town,” says Adriana Quinones, horticulture director at the 77-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, N.C. Yes, it’s the home of Fort Bragg, a sprawling 163,000-acre Army base that borders the city. Yet this city of 230,000 in Cumberland County, just off I-95, attracts 2 million tourists a year, not counting visitors staying with friends and family, say local tourism officials. A lot is going on in the region, including the botanical garden’s amazing mix of familiar and unusual plants and its special strolling sections. Insider tip: Plan to see the garden’s exhibit of giant-size sculptures created from Lego pieces by Sean Kinney. The exhibition runs from Sept. 30–Jan. 8. Admission is
charged, but children 5 and younger are free. Five new videos produced for the visitor bureau showcase the county’s attractions. They follow a group of tourists as they make their way around the region. Activities featured in the videos include zip lining at ZipQuest, playing miniature golf, hiking in the Carvers Creek State Park, participating in paintball, indoor rock climbing, and skeet shooting. Known as “America at Every Turn,” the series features music by the University of North Carolina Drumline. (attractions.visitfayettevillenccom) For the adventurous, ZipQuest offers eight zip-lines providing a twohour ride over 60 acres of privately owned forest. Participants may ride one or all eight, and the guides
A giant-size fox is among the Lego sculptures on display at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden Sept. 30–Jan. 8.
provide an exceptionally thorough safety awareness program for newbies. You can have a more down-toearth outdoor adventure hiking in Carvers Creek Park, just 10 miles from downtown. The Rockefeller House overlooks a mill pond lake at the park. James Stillman Rockefeller, great-nephew of patriarch John D. Rockefeller, donated his 1,420-acre Long Valley Farm, which helped create the 4,332acre state park. Built in 1938, the 6,200-square-foot home — his winter retreat — is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although the house is closed to individual travelers, group tours are allowed with advance notice.
At the farmers market The Saturday farmers market downtown features a variety of products, and many of the 50 vendors will share their stories and gladly pose for photos. You will find produce (primarily locally grown), cakes, frozen pork and chicken, freshly fried pork skins, roasted coffee beans, pottery, cloth handbags, and handicrafts. Tony Vazquez, owner of Symphony Coffee Roasters, told me how he imports raw beans that arrive in Charleston, S.C., in 150-pound bags and are shipped to his business in Hope Mills. He explained the “green-to-brown” roasting process. A coffee addict, I returned home with an 8-ounce bag of his whole beans from Guatemala. I then met Cherry Hargrove, whose business card reads “Ms.
Cherry Delightful Desserts.” She boasts about her signature product, a sweet potato/butter pecan cake with cream cheese frosting, and she loves to be photographed. Beth Aspray, a former elementary school teacher turned potter from Autryville, sells an array of handmade items, and I gave in to the urge to purchase a blue-and gray-colored soap dish and ceramic garden markers for mint and chives.
Museums recall military and local heritage Since this is military country, museums honor service members at various locations. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum and the North Carolina Veterans Park are located in Fayetteville, and the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum is in Fort Bragg. The Transportation and Local History Museum next to the farmers market has all kinds of retro stuff on display, including vintage cars and a re-created 1920s gas station. There’s also the cleverly named Fascinate-U Children’s Museum and the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Park, both in town. The Fayetteville Passport, a handy guide to the area’s attractions, is available at Fayetteville’s three visitor centers or online. And, yes, the city owes its name to the Frenchman who sided with America in the Revolutionary War.
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The entrance to the Great Lawn at the botanical garden is inviting.
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Among Fayetteville’s attractions are military museums such as the JFK Special Warfare Museum at Fort Bragg.
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become America was at first mere curiosity. But now it feels right to sacrifice for a cause as noble as the rolling hills here are beautiful. They stopped because of abundant water and fertile soil. They stayed to build upon the nationâ€™s great ideals. As you visit, make sure to explore the treasures of a community that embodies service and sacrifice at every turn. Contact us to start planning your visit at 1-888-98-HEROES or VisitFayettevilleNC.com.
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Hook, line, and sinker Anglers need look no further than North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands Situated between the Cape Fear River and the South Carolina border is a 45-mile stretch of serene beaches and charming coastal communities known collectively as North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. This eclectic, laid-back destination is ideal for vacationers seeking a coastal getaway without the big crowds and flashing neon attractions. Brunswick County’s six barrier island towns each offer their own unique experience, including adrenaline-pumping water sports, unspoiled natural habitats, popular festivals, and some of the best fishing on the Eastern Seaboard. Best of all, island hopping is a breeze, so it’s easy to take advantage of all the great experiences that this coastal paradise has to offer.
With a wide variety of scenic locations and waters teeming with everything from giant trophy fish to delectable flounder and tuna, the Brunswick Islands area is truly an angler’s paradise. One of the easiest ways for beginners to start reeling them in is surf or pier fishing, where you can always find a friendly resident or fellow angler to offer some helpful advice. Surf fishing is always available in and around Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, and Caswell Beach. Nearly all the barrier islands have landmark fishing piers that also offer snacks, bait, tackle, gifts, and beach gear rentals. continued on page NC-12
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Four for Wilson: Antiques, barbeque, flowers, and whirligigs You’re cruising along I-95, making decent time, when you need a break. You turn off at Exit 121 and, lo and behold, there is Wilson, once renowned for its cotton and, not so long ago, recognized as the largest tobacco market in the world. The possibilities in this North Carolina town might just be the perfect rest stop. A few minutes at the Wilson Visitors Center yield three options: A three-hour tour, a daylong visit, or something much longer. But, you’re looking at your watch and reminding yourself that you need to get back behind the wheel. For nature lovers, the Wilson Botanical Gardens is a destination in itself, and its Children’s Secret Garden would no doubt entertain those along for the ride in the backseat. The Wilson Rose Garden boasts more than 1,100 rose plants ranging from historic old garden roses to modern hybrids. And then there are the redwood trees, soaring overhead here on the East Coast. Scattered about town and also in a special park are the late Vollis Simpson’s must-see giant whirligigs, North Carolina’s official state folk art.
Amazing antiquing Maybe the best reason for stopping in Wilson — aside from sampling Parker’s legendary pork barbecue meals, washed down with sweet tea — is to go antiquing. Since the early 1930s, Wilson has been the place to go for all things English. Local resident Robert Boykin said that early antiques dealers in
Wilson “picked up on a trend” just as Colonial Williamsburg (about a three hours’ drive to the north) was undergoing its dramatic restoration. As past president of the International Society of Appraisers of Antiquities, Boykin pointed out local dealers carry a full line of American antiques as well, offering items that range from postcards and “smalls” to corner cabinets and decorative fine arts. But the accent is decidedly British. “We’re strong in 18th-century English,” said Tom Boone. As proprietors of Boone’s Antiques, Tom and his brother Doug are carrying on the 61-year-old family tradition in seven buildings on 4 acres. “You could spend all day here.” In addition to English furniture and porcelain, Boone’s offers Chinese and American furniture, and Oriental rugs, as well as “brass and glass, the usual stuff.” Be it a $2 glass purchase or an impressive piece of furniture for $50,000 (yes, they ship worldwide), Boone’s, like other establishments in the town, focuses on “investment-grade, real highend quality” wares, not collectibles. “We do a lot of rentals to movie sets as well,” he added. Stop by Langston’s Auction Gallery and, with proper timing, attend one of Bobby Langson’s regular estate sales or holiday auctions. Or, explore any of the other dozen or so antiques and antiquesrelated businesses, primarily clustered along U.S. Route 301. Whatever the case, Sandra Homes, Wilson’s tourism director, hopes to entice visitors to stay longer than planned. “We’re going to blow you away with
our quaint Southern charm,” she said. Maybe it’s a good thing there are 24 hotels in Wilson.
Learn more Wilson Tourism: wilson-nc.com
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Beaches and fishing piers A couple of standout locations include Oak Island, which has two fishing piers and two marinas, along with 10 miles of beaches. The recently re-opened Oak Island Pier has weathered multiple hurricanes, but is once again open for business and
remains one of the more popular spots for landing king mackerel, trout, and flounder. Next to the pier is The Flying Fish Café, which offers panoramic views of the ocean and delicious cuisine. Another great option is the 1,000foot Ocean Crest Pier, also on Oak Island. The longest fishing pier on the southern Cape Fear Coast, Ocean Crest boasts a tackle shop, adjoining restaurant, and an onsite weather station that measures wind
Kayaking the coastal waterways is one more way to enjoy North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.
speed, air temperature, and water temperature. Sunset Beach’s 900-foot pier is situated on Brunswick’s southernmost island, and has a snack bar, game room, and air-conditioned pier house with bait and rentals. After your fishing excursion, explore Sunset Beach’s 1,200-acre Bird Island Reserve, where you can bike, stroll, or boat along pristine salt marshes and tidal creeks.
Deep blue fishing If you’re ready to tackle deeper waters and bigger fish, there is a wide selection of charter boats available for 10- to 24-hour excursions. Experienced guides will take you to the warm, fast-moving waters of the Gulf Stream, located about 30 miles offshore. Here, you can land the big trophy fish that frequent these waters, such as blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo, snapper, king mackerel, and even sharks. The more low-key guided kayak fishing charters are for those who want to try their luck along the area’s many shallow bays, creeks, and saltwater marshes. In addition to hooking trout, flounder, and redfish, these trips are a great way to experience the area’s abundant wildlife. While cruising along the waterways, it’s not uncommon to spot heron, otters, turtles, and deer.
Competitive fishing Serious, competitive anglers may want to consider the Brunswick Islands’ annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament in Southport (Sept. 29–Oct. 1). Now in its 34th year, the tournament regularly attracts nearly 400 boats, with anglers competing for up to $25,000 as they fish for record-sized tuna, wahoo, and dolphin. Another great way to sample the area’s delectable seafood and unique coastal culture is the Annual Oyster Festival, Oct. 15–16. Located next to the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach, the festival is one of the area’s oldest and most popular events. Visitors can enjoy mouth-watering local cuisine, arts and crafts, live music, children’s activities, an oyster-eating contest, a shag competition, an oyster-shucking contest, and the famous Oyster Stew Cookoff. Weather and water temperatures are both ideal during the late summer and early fall, making now the perfect time to visit North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Just be sure to bring your sense of adventure and appetite.
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PEACH FESTIVAL AND HERITAGE FAIR Aug. 6. Food, games, pie-eating contest, vendors, music, and antique vehicles. Taylor House Museum and Downtown Main Street, Berlin, Md. 410-641-1019, taylorhousemuseum.org BOCCE FEST Aug. 16, noon. Nothing beats a day of bocce, craft beer, and live music on the grounds of the 16 Mile Brewery. 413 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, Del. playboccefest.com FREDERICK WINE FESTIVAL Aug. 6. A celebration of innovative wineries from across the state of Maryland, local chefs, and hand-crafted artisans. Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, Md. 301-600-2489, celebratefrederick.com
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GARRETT COUNTY FAIR Through Aug. 6. Carnival rides, food, games, livestock, mud bog, demolition derby, live music, and tractor pull. Garrett County Fairgrounds, McHenry, Md. 301-387-5400, garrettcountyfair.org VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS FESTIVAL Through Aug. 7. Events spanning antiques, music, performing arts, local history, and outdoor activities at one of the grandest Virginia traditions. Abingdon, Va. vahighlandsfestival.org CAROLINE-DORCHESTER COUNTY FAIR Aug. 3–6. Contests, games, live music, and livestock. 8230 Detour Road, Denton, Md. 410-479-4030, caroline-dorchestercountyfair.org ALBEMARLE COUNTY FAIR Aug. 4–6. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children’s rides, contests, and programs for the entire family. 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, Va. 434-293-2725, albemarlecountyfair.com FAIRFAX COUNTY 4-H FAIR AND CARNIVAL Aug. 4–7. Old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, animal shows, 4-H exhibits, live entertainment, fair food, and a free concert. 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Va. 703-324-5203, fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fryingpanpark/4-h-fair.htm ROTARY CLUB OF ANNAPOLIS CRAB FEAST Aug. 5, 5:00–8:00pm. Crustacean lovers feast on the Chesapeake Bay’s bounty at this 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. 410295-3201, annapolisrotary.org CRAFT BEER AND CRAB FESTIVAL Aug. 6, 11:00am–8:00pm. Local craft beers to wash down favorite summer picnic foods including steamed crabs, crab cakes, and pulled pork sandwiches, along with food trucks serving up delicious festival fare. There are also family activities in separate areas and live music all day on the outdoor stage. Cape May, N.J. capemaymac.org INTERNATIONAL DRAGON FESTIVAL Aug. 6, 9:00am–3:00pm. Led by the rhythmic beat of a drum, teams of 20 synchronized paddlers, one drummer, and one steersperson race 500 meters up the river in 40-foot canoes rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. 5000 Old Osborne Turnpike, Richmond, Va. 804-285-9495
HOWARD COUNTY FAIR Aug. 6–13. Livestock shows, commercial exhibits, petting farm, rides, horse shows, entertainment, home arts, and horse and tractor pulls. Howard County Fair, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, Md. 410-442-1022, howardcountyfair.org QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY FAIR Aug. 8–13. Enjoy livestock shows, a rodeo, food, entertainment, and more. 4-H Park Road, Centreville, Md. 410-490-9464, queenannescofair.com RICHMOND JAZZ FESTIVAL Aug. 11–14. Experience the world’s best jazz, great food, outstanding wine, and outdoor cigar lounge. 1700 Hampton St., Richmond, Va. 804-644-8515, jazzatmaymont.com OLD TIME COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 11–13. A family-style bluegrass and old-time music festival. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy vendors offering homecooked meals, arts and crafts, old cars, tractors, and music. 20529 White Point Road, Leonardtown, Md. 301-475-8191, lilmargaretsbluegrass.wordpress.com MARYLAND BBQ BASH Aug. 12–13. A barbecue-themed street festival featuring live music, top-quality barbecue, sponsor displays, crafters, a farmers market, beer and wine garden, and children’s entertainment. Bond and Thomas streets, Bel Air, Md. 443-945-7465, belairmaryland.org/events-2/md-bbq-bash CHINESE FESTIVAL Aug. 12–14. Exhibits, gourmet food, and cultural performances attract thousands of visitors every year. This year’s festival features Chinese cloisonné, paper cutting, and tea culture. Chinese American Community Center, 1313 Little Baltimore Road, Hockessin, Del. 302-239-0432, chinesefestival.org MUSIC AND JERK FESTIVAL Aug. 13. Featuring the best of jazz, rhythm and blues, pan, reggae, and soul. Wine tasting by Linganore Winery, jerk fest, and arts and crafts. Bowie Baysox Stadium, Bowie, Md. 301-2216517, internationalartsandjerkfestival.com BLACK DOG BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 13, noon–6:00pm. Dance the day away with a vivacious mix of old friends, new friends, and the sounds and wines of summer. Chateau Morrisette Winery, 287 Winery Road SW, Floyd, Va. 540-593-2865, thedogs.com
ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL Aug. 6. This event features handmade items from more than 100 Mid-Atlantic artisans. Bake sale and food vendors. 239 Ocean Parkway, Berlin, Md. 215-888-7147, oceanpines.org/pineeer-arts-crafts-festival
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SEAFOOD FEAST-I-VAL Aug. 13. Enjoy live entertainment, craft sales, door prizes, and Chesapeake Bay cuisine, including steamed Maryland blue crabs, crab soup, and fried clams. Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, Md. seafoodfeastival.com
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MARYLAND STATE FAIR Aug. 25–Sept. 5. Complete with daily home arts, farm and garden, livestock, and horse exhibits, as well as rides and games, fair and farm fresh food, live entertainment, and live thoroughbred horse racing. Timonium, Md. marylandstatefair.com
SUPER CHEVY SHOW Aug. 19–21. Car shows, drag racing, classes, and all things Chevy. Swap meets, vendors, and races at Maryland International Raceway. 27861 Budds Creek Road, Mechanicsville, Md. 317-602-7137, mirdrag.com
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOUNDERS DAY Aug. 25. Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Free admission throughout the park. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Gettysburg, Va. 717338-4468, nps.gov/gett
AUGUSTOBERFEST Aug. 27–28. A festival highlighting Hagerstown’s German Heritage. Bavarian food and entertainment. Hagerstown City Center Central Parking Lot, Hagerstown, Md. 301-739-8577, augustoberfest.org
ANTIQUE CAR SHOW Aug. 21. Antique car show with more than 100 vehicles, plus car parts corral. Food available. Rose Hill Manor Park and Children’s Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. 301-600-1650, rosehillmuseum.com
FREE ENTRANCE DAYS IN NATIONAL PARKS Aug. 25–28. All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Check website for additional information and for park locations. nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm
C&O CANAL DAYS Aug. 27–28. A townwide festival featuring carnival rides, concerts, street dance, classic car cruise-in, arts, crafts, food vendors, antique tractors, and tractor barrel rides. Byron Park to C&O Canal Cushwa Basin, Williamsport, Md. 301-223-7711, williamsportmd.gov
WESTERN MARYLAND TRUCK SHOW Aug. 26–28. Three days of big rigs, fun, food, and country music. Featuring Jason Michael Carroll. Grantsville Park Miller Street, Grantsville, Md. 301-689-0070, westernmarylandtruckshow.com
HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE Aug. 27, 3:00–4:00pm. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Join an illustrated talk about the history of the National Park Service. Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, Md. 301-663-9330
VINTAGE CAR SHOW Aug. 27, 9:00am–3:00pm. More than 600 vintage vehicles on display competing for prizes. Chesapeake City, Md. chesapeakecity.com
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FREE FILM FESTIVAL Aug. 27–28. Enjoy a sampling of films from park sites around the nation. Thomas Stone National Historic Site, 6655 Rose Hill between Routes 225 and 6, Port Tobacco, Md. 301-392-1776, nps.gov
HIGHLAND COUNTY FAIR Aug. 27, 31–Sept. 3. Features a carnival and midway with games and rides for all ages, music, livestock shows, and a demolition derby and truck-and-tractor-pulling contest. 386 Myers Moon Road, Monterey, Va. 540-468-2179, highlandcountyfairva.com MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Weekends and Labor Day, Aug. 27–Oct. 23. Travel back in time as you immerse yourself in the culture of a 16th-century English village, complete with King Henry VIII and his court. The festival includes entertainers, 10 stages, a 3,000-seat jousting arena, craft shops, food and beverage emporiums, games, and attractions. 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Md. 800-296-7304, rennfest.com
MOUNTAIN VALLEY CLUSTER DOG SHOW Aug. 3–7. Daily buffet breakfast and lunch onsite, plus dog supplies of many types for sale. Free admission. Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem, Va. 540-375-3004, salemciviccenter.com OUTDOOR ANTIQUES SHOWS Aug. 6, 9:00am–4:00pm. Something for every taste and every level of collecting sophistication. During the show, patrons enjoy live music, a delicious lunch, and cool sweet treats. Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, Del. historiclewes.org/events/2016-antiques-show
PRO SPORTS BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT HOME Tuesday, Aug. 2, vs. Rangers, 7:05pm Wednesday, Aug. 2, vs. Rangers, 7:05pm Thursday, Aug. 2, vs. Rangers, 7:05pm Tuesday, Aug. 16, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Wednesday, Aug. 17, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Thursday, Aug. 18, vs. Astros, 7:05pm Friday, Aug. 19, vs. Astros, 7:05pm Saturday, Aug. 20, vs. Astros, 7:05pm Sunday, Aug. 21, vs. Astros, 1:35pm Monday, Aug. 22, vs. Nationals, 7:05pm Tuesday, Aug. 23, vs. Nationals, 7:05pm Monday, Aug. 29, vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm Tuesday, Aug. 30, vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm Wednesday, Aug. 31, vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm
The Orioles play home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore, Md. Call 888-848-BIRD or visit baltimore.orioles.mlb. com.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT HOME Friday, Aug. 5, vs. Giants, 7:05pm Saturday, Aug. 6, vs. Giants, 7:05pm Sunday, Aug. 7, vs. Giants, 1:35pm Tuesday, Aug. 9, vs. Indians, 7:05pm Wednesday, Aug. 10, vs. Indians, 4:05pm Friday, Aug. 12, vs. Braves, 7:05pm Saturday, Aug. 13, vs. Braves, 7:05pm Sunday, Aug. 14, vs. Braves, 1:35pm Wednesday, Aug. 24, vs. Orioles, 7:05pm Thursday, Aug. 25, vs. Orioles, 7:05pm Friday, Aug. 26, vs. Rockies, 7:05pm Saturday, Aug. 27, vs. Rockies, 1:05pm Sunday, Aug. 28, vs. Rockies, 1:35pm
The Nationals play home games at Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-397-SEAT (7328) or visit washington.nationals. mlb.com.
D.C. UNITED AT HOME
Saturday, Aug. 6, vs. Philadelphia, 7:00pm Saturday, Aug.13, vs. Portland, 7:00pm Sunday, Aug. 21, vs. New York, 3:00pm Saturday, Aug. 27, vs. Chicago, 7:00pm
CHESAPEAKE CITY CAR SHOW Aug. 27. From woodies to Caddies and everything that is antique in cars. This outdoor event continues to grow, with more than 500 cars on display in and around the historic district. Chesapeake City Historic District, 100 Bohemia Ave., Chesapeake City, Md. 800-757-6030
BEGONIA SHOW AND SALE Aug. 27–28. The sale offers a wide variety of begonias, including subtropical species. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173, fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring
SETH MACFARLANE Aug. 6, 8:00pm. Grammy-nominated funnyman Seth MacFarlane, best known as the creator of Family Guy and Ted, shows off his impressive musical abilities by singing pop standards with the National Symphony Orchestra. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900, wolftrap.org
AEOLUS QUARTET Aug. 14. Award-winning music played with a unity of vision. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-280-5640, marylandhall.org
SEASONAL WALK Through Sept. 30. Walks by Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club. Start/finish point is Safeway, Downtown Silver Spring, 909 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 301-946-5496, sugarloafers.org SUMMER WILDFLOWER WALK Aug. 7, 1:00–3:00pm.Adults can take a free hike in the park to discover the wildflowers of late summer. Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-887-2503, cromwellvalleypark.org IRON GIRL COLUMBIA TRIATHALON Aug. 7. This inspirational event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle, and celebrating unique grace during each journey toward the finish line. Several race categories. Centennial Park, Ellicott City, Md. 410-964-0202, ulmanfund.org/irongirl GARDEN TOUR AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL Aug. 13, 3:00–4:30pm. Stroll the vibrant summer gardens with a master gardener docent. Then, come to the historic house for an ice cream social. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173, fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring CLUSTERED SPIRES HIGH WHEEL RACE Aug. 13. Racers make as many laps as they can on a halfmile course in beautiful downtown Frederick. Enjoy the antique bicycle display in front of city hall. Frederick, Md. highwheelrace.com APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. amc-dc.org BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS SAILING CLUB Year-round. Offers day-sailing events and seminars in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., and sailing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. Membership free. 410-394-9483, mdsailing.com CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. 703751-3971, centerhikingclub.org
National Park Days A NIGHT AT THE PAW PAW TUNNEL Aug. 5, 8:00pm. Visitors go back in time to meet historic characters from the tunnel’s past during a two-hour lantern-led program. The tunnel, 14 years under construction, is the largest structure along the C&O Canal, and is 25 miles south of Cumberland, Md. Free, but reservations required. 301-722-8226 STAR GAZING PARTIES Aug. 13 and Oct. 1. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park invites visitors to view and learn about the nighttime sky. Thoburn Redoubt property, located on Bowman’s Mill Road, Middletown, Va. 540-869-3051, nps.gov/cebe
D.C. United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-587-5000 or visit dcunited.com.
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Popular/Other TIDES AND TUNES SUMMER CONCERTS Through Aug. 18. Free beachside concerts. Rain or shine. Food and drink available. Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis, Md. 410-295-0104, amaritime.org STAGE WISP CONCERT SERIES Through Aug. 31. Grab the family and the lawn chairs and head to the Stage Wisp Concert Series. This free concert is great for the entire family. 296 Marsh Hill Road, McHenry, Md. 888-2815943, wispresort.com GOO GOO DOLLS Aug. 26. Enjoy the sounds in an outdoor amphitheater. The Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com BONNIE RAITT WITH RICHARD THOMPSON TRIO Aug. 27. Raitt plays the songs that have defined her legendary career and earned her 10 Grammys. Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900, wolftrap.org
Theater DICKENS IN THE SUMMER Aug. 4, 1:00 and 6:00pm. This performance features two onehour shows — A Child’s Journey with Dickens and Mr. Dickens Is Coming. Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Del. 302-888-4780, winterthur.org THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Aug. 4, 7:00pm. In Shakespeare’s madcap romp of mistaken identity, two sets of identical twins have a very confusing day in the wild and mysterious town of Ephesus. Performed by the Delaware Shakespeare Festival. Freeman Stage at Bayside, 31750 Lakeview Drive, Selbyville, Del. 302-436-3015, freemanstage.org
Dance ANALOG Aug. 13–14. An interactive performance by S.J. Ewing & Dancers using computer-generated projections to explore the common ground between movement and technology. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, Washington, D.C. danceplace.org SUNDAY BALLROOM DANCE One Sunday each month, 4:00–6:00pm. Dance instructors teach specific dances, followed by an open dance session where participants can practice what they’ve learned or refine steps. Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas, Va. center-for-the-arts.org ADULT DROP-IN DANCE CLASSES The Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-371-9656, danceinstitute.org DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30–11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. fridaynightdance.org
Exhibits Featured Exhibitions 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. 302736-7400, history.delaware.gov SNOWY LANDSCAPES Through Aug. 3. Prints drawn from the more than 500 works donated by René and Carolyn Balcer include Japanese landmarks such as the Heian Shrine in Kyoto, Mount Fuji near Tokyo, and the rural area in Yoshida. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS INTERPRET DIASPORA Through Sept. 4. In this juried and invitational exhibition, 44 artists share personal and universal stories of migration, from historic events that scattered communities across continents to today’s accounts of migrants and refugees adapting to a new homeland. The Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-994-5200, museum.gwu.edu
n BABY DINOS AT THE VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM This summer’s “Dinosaur Discoveries” exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Va., features your favorite dinosaurs with their “mini me” versions. Young visitors are especially attracted to the baby dinos in the exhibit this year. Their natural movements and sound effects give them a realistic appearance as they peek from their nests or make their way through the underbrush. Beware the Dilophosaurus on the outdoor trail. He provides both thrills and chills! “Everybody loves them and there’s nowhere you can go to see a dinosaur in real life,” said the museum’s Fred Farris. “That’s why these exhibits work. This is the closest you’ll ever get. They roar, and their skin looks real, and they are placed in a naturalistic setting. It’s very convincing to that young age that loves dinosaurs.” The exhibit also features a live Gila monster, a distant descendant of the Jurassic and Cretaceous superstars. Daily live animal programs and two planetarium programs, “Zula Patrol: Down to Earth” and “Dinosaur Prophecy,” continue the dinosaur theme. Dinosaur Discoveries runs through Sept. 5. (thevlm.org)
MARTIN PURYEAR: MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS Through Sept. 5. Exhibit includes 72 objects, including 14 sculptures, spanning Puryear’s career from his college days to the present. The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW, Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, americanartsi.edu
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MARYLAND CAMPAIGN 1862 Through Aug. 31. Join leading historians, Antietam Battlefield guides, NPS volunteer interpreters, and living history presenters discussing the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War. Part of the Summer Lecture Series. Jacob Rohrbach Inn, Sharpsburg, Md. 301-432-5079, jacob-rohrbach-inn.com
BROOMBERG & CHANARIN Through Sept. 11. Large-scale photographs show bullets that collided and fused midair during the Civil War along with highprecision prisms — the sort made in Germany during World War II that enabled scopes on firearms and the ability to kill an enemy from a great distance. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
CANAL BOAT EXCURSIONS Through October. Board the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction packet boat, to experience what it was once like to travel up and down the C&O Canal. Cruise on the historic canal at a mule’s pace and experience rising and falling 8 feet in a lock. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, Potomac, Md. 301-767-3714, nps.gov/choh
IN THE LIBRARY Through Sept. 16. The exhibit presents more than 60 examples of literature related to the Paris Salon drawn from nearly 250 years of exhibitions. The National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, nga.gov THE CAPRICIOUS LINE Through Sept. 18. These drawings reflect the diverse issues Edward Koren addressed, ranging from parenting to man’s relationship with nature, during his career at The New Yorker. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Del. 302-295-2212, visitwilmingtonde.com
KEEP THE SPIRIT OF ‘45 ALIVE CONCERT Aug. 13, 7:00–9:00pm. The Let’s Dance Band is a contemporary swing band with 20 members who perform period big band music that will have guests out of their seats and dancing to the melodies of a bygone era. National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, Va. 540-586-3329, dday.org
ANDY WARHOL ICONS Through Sept. 18. In these works, Warhol played on notions of celebrity in some of these most important works of pop art. Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. virginia.edu/artmuseum
CIVIL WAR SOLDIER FOR AN EVENING Aug. 19, 7:00pm. Join ranger Jeff Driscoll for a hands-on interactive experience on the basics of Civil War drills. For adults and kids. Belle Grove Plantation Manor House, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, Va. 540-869-3051, nps.gov/cebe
CONTEMPORARY CHILDREN’S BOOK ART Through Oct. 9. Displays the broad range of subjects, styles, and working methods that make children’s book illustration a remarkably creative, lively world. The Brandywine River Art Museum, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org
COMMEMORATION OF SECOND MANASSAS Aug. 26–28. A variety of historian-led walking tours and living history demonstrations. All ranger-led walking tours will last 60 to 90 minutes. 12521 Lee Highway, Manassas, Va. 703-361-1339, nps.gov/mana DON’T RUN UNTIL THE VERMONTERS DO! Aug. 27, 2:00pm. Join park ranger Jeff Driscoll as he explains the role of these soldiers from the Green Mountain State. Meet at 7712 Main St., Middletown, Va. 540-869-3051, nps.gov/cebe
GORDON PARKS: BACK TO FORT SCOTT Through Oct. 30. This exhibition examines the realities of life under segregation in 1950s America, as seen through the lens of groundbreaking photographer Gordon Parks (1912–2006). The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804340-1400, vmfa.museum
OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, pgparks.com
WINE AND SPIRITS IN DELAWARE Through Dec. 31. The exhibit utilizes graphics as well as historical objects from the collections of the state of Delaware to tell the story of Delaware’s wine and spirits trade from the time of European settlement to the present day. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302-645-1148, history.delaware.gov
MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376
THE NEW WORLD DISCOVERS ASIA Through Jan. 8. The first largescale Pan-American exhibition to examine the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the Colonial Americas. Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 302-888-4803, winterthur.org ROMANTIC ECHOES FROM JAPAN Through Jan. 15. The BMA presents an exquisite selection of late 19th- and mid-20thcentury kimonos and obis that have never been shown before. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org JURIED SHOW OF WASHINGTON AREA ARTISTS Aug. 3–28. The exhibit is deliberately eclectic, from Martin Swift’s provocative chiaroscuro to William Ferris’ luminous spirituality. Foundry Gallery, 2118 Eighth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-232-0203, foundrygallery.org
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WILL AND JANE Aug. 6–Nov. 6. Merchandising, parodies, and spinoffs through the centuries have put William Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a first-name basis with the world. Explore the stories of “Will” and “Jane” and the nature of literary celebrity. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, folger.edu
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Lectures/Workshops/Classes FOUR STOLEN CANNON IGNITED THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR Aug. 31, 6:00–7:00pm. J. L. Bell discusses and signs copies of his book. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-785-2040, societyofthecincinnati.org ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, artbma.org SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, mataboutyou.com
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TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880, carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org
TOURS U STREET WALKING TOUR Aug. 27–Sept. 24. Explore the neighborhood that was shared by African-American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels. Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C. 202-484-1565, washingtonwalks.com
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CAPITOL HAUNTINGS Aug. 27–Sept. 24. You might discover that you’re sharing the neighborhood and the buildings with some otherworldly visitors. Learn more on this decidedly unnerving and historical walk. Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C. 202-484-1565, washingtonwalks.com CAPE MAY, N.J. Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-2754278, capemaymac.org
MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-675-6750, preservationsociety.com
O THER VIRGINIA CRAFT BEER MONTH Aug. 1–31. Participate in chauffeured tours along organized trails, sample local brews at restaurants during “tap takeovers” or beer dinners, and join the celebrations at festivals hosted throughout the month. Check website for details and locations. virginia.org/craftbeer STAUNTON RESTAURANT WEEK Aug. 2–7. Taste the local flavor offered by locally owned eateries, full-service restaurants, and downtown businesses specializing in food (prepared or fresh), wine, or beer. Throughout Staunton, Va. 540-332-3867, stauntondowntown.org HAMPTON CUP REGATTA Aug. 6–7, 11:00am–5:00pm. Considered the loudest pistonpowered racing boats in the world. Other weekend festivities include food and beverage vendors, souvenir programs, children’s area, racing-enthusiast clothing and collectibles, autograph sessions, and racer meet-and-greets. Hampton, Va. 757-727-8311, hamptoncupregatta.com NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY Aug. 7, 9:00am–2:00pm. Make your own crafts, listen to songs of the sea, meet the lighthouse keepers, shop for nautical merchandise, and more, all on the grounds of the Cape May Lighthouse. Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404, capemaymac.org OPEN COCKPIT DAY Aug. 13. Tours to the flightline begin at 11:15am and the last tour of the planes departs at 2:15pm. The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Martin State Airport, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122
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Bewitched and BEDazzled at two Rehoboth Beach B&Bs Everyone loves the beach, in-season or offseason, and there’s always a great time to be had. If you have a friend with a beach house, that’s great. If not, try a bed-and-breakfast. They are more intimate, less crowded, and more interesting than hotels. Recently, we stumbled onto two B&Bs side by side and under the same ownership: Bewitched and BEDazzled. Bewitched is named for the iconic television series from the ‘60s and ‘70s. BEDazzled is named for the Golden Age of Hollywood, showcasing stars such as Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, and Judy Garland. Both properties are brimming with movie star memorabilia, including autographed photos and artifacts and exquisite antique furniture. Check out the website (rehobothbandb.com) and select your favorite room.
Great location Located in the heart of all the action in Rehoboth and just two blocks to the boardwalk and ocean, these B&Bs are the places to be. Bewitched and BEDazzled sit on a beautiful, quiet, tree-lined street that leads to the beach. Elegance, delicious food, and romantic accommodations marry character, fun, and comfort. The inns even provide beach towels and chairs. Afterward, perhaps soak in the sunken hot tub, sunbathe on the massive deck, or enjoy the outdoor shower. Restaurants to suit every taste are all an easy stroll away. With 20 years of innkeeping experience,
Inez Conover and Sharon Marquart have it under perfect control. They are a great source for information on local restaurants, festivals, local shopping, and fine arts. The two B&Bs can accommodate quite a few people between them, perfect for large groups such as wedding parties. (Marquart has been an ordained minister for 25 years, so there’s a resident wedding officiant, too.) The deck in back joins the two locations and can handle a breakfast outdoors for 30 people. And, more good news — there is parking in the back, too. The B&Bs are both dog- and child-friendly, and are the only B&Bs in downtown Rehoboth Beach that accept dogs. Those who don’t love dogs are never bothered, because there is no doggy smell. Dogs must be bathed and groomed within seven days of arrival. During the stay, dog owners may use the dog tub for post beach clean-up for their pets. The B&Bs’ elegance, quietude, charm, hospitality, comfort, and attention to detail have garnered awards and recognition from the Huffington Post, Delaware Today magazine, and Delaware Bride. The inns received a “Green Leader Gold Award” and the AAA “Three Diamond” award. The innkeepers’ goal is to provide a serene,
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Maryland’s newest heritage trail is just a hoofbeat away Since the first settlers set foot here in the early 1600s, horses have been a part of life in Southern Maryland. Hoofbeats Through History: The Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail, the region’s new heri-
tage trail, is a network of destinations highlighting the important role horses played in the area’s culture and heritage. The project encompasses sites where the cavalry camped during
the Civil War, stops along an early stagecoach route, and a path of the Pony Express, plus plantations and manor houses dating back to Colonial days, when horses pulled carriages and plowed fields. Several sites exemplify Southern Maryland’s role in the thoroughbred racing industry, and others showcase Maryland’s state sport (jousting) and the long tradition of the fox chase. At several destinations, visitors can even examine centuries-old equine-related artifacts unearthed in the area. The trail website (somdhorsetrails.smadc.com) includes descriptions, stories, photos, and directions for the key sites, online galleries of documents and articles, and an interactive map.
Only ghosts and stories remain
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Bowie Racetrack was once a pioneer of winter horseracing and a destination for dignitaries and diehard fans of the sport. Aside from a rare covered horse bridge that led from the stables to the track, only ghosts and stories remain. Visitors, including dignitaries such as President Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover and celebrities such as Lorne Greene of Bonanza fame, made the guest list and added to its panache. The “Sites and Stories” section of the Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail website keeps these anecdotes alive, and serves as an archive for some of the interesting images and ephemera that remain. Unlike Bowie Race Track, many of the sites along the trails are still in existence and open to visitors today. On May 2, 1692, the first royal governor of Maryland, Sir Lionel Copley, rode into St. Mary’s City upon his magnificent white horse, Draggon, to meet with the legislature for the first time. The moment is immortalized in a mural near the reconstructed Van Sweringen Council Chamber Inn on the grounds of Historic St. Mary’s City. The first horse to arrive in the Maryland Colony (most likely from Virginia), disembarked here in the 1600s, the earliest of many to become a part of daily life in Lord Baltimore’s capital. Today, Historic St. Mary’s City is a lively combination of exhibits, tours, costumed docents, and tucked-away places to discover and explore. The horse history here, including artifacts unearthed on the premises, is
just a part of the overall charm for visitors of all ages. With funding from the Maryland Horse Industry Board, the Southern Maryland Trail is the second regional trail to be completed as part of the board’s Maryland Historic Horse Trails project, a network of heritage trails across the state. Photos, anecdotes, and other historic information collected for this regional trail will become part of a statewide archive of equine history.
Horses still reign today Horses continue to play a role in the region’s culture and heritage, and the website honors this role with a special section on horses today. The section contains a list of the area’s Horse Discovery Centers, carefully selected, licensed stables that welcome people of all ages and experience levels into their barns to learn about horses in a friendly and knowledgeable environment. It also lists horseback riding trails and a summary of active working horse farms, stables, and equine-related events that encourage visitors to enjoy some modern-day horse fun. “The Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail supports the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission’s ongoing mission to promote the horse industry in Southern Maryland, as well as all farms throughout the region,” said the commission’s Susan McQuilkin. “We expect this newest Historic Horse Trail will draw visitors from across the state and beyond,” said the Horse Industry Board’s Ross Peddicord. “Maryland has this great horse history, going way back to the 1600s, and it was all just slipping away. The Historic Horse Trail is an attempt to document that history and make it easy for visitors to access it and enjoy it, and maybe introduce them to the active horse culture we have today.” While the Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail website is the key tool for navigating the trail, a new edition of “For Your Horse: The Southern Maryland Equine Guide,” due out this summer, will feature a summarized version of the trail, plus a directory of regional horse stables and other equine-related resources.
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Since the first settlers set foot here in the early 1600s, horses have been a part of Southern Maryland. Hoofbeats Through History: The Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail, the region's newest heritage trail, is a network of destinations highlighting the role horses played in this area's culture and history. Youâ€™ll visit sites where the cavalry camped during the Civil War, stops along an early stagecoach route and a path of the Pony Express, plus plantations and manor houses dating back to Colonial days, when horses pulled carriages and plowed fields. Several sites exemplify Southern Maryland's role in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and others showcase Maryland's state sport (jousting) and the long tradition of the fox chase. At several destinations, visitors can even examine centuries-old equine-related artifacts unearthed in the area. The website includes descriptions, stories and photos for the key sites, online galleries of documents and articles, and an interactive map. In addition to the history piece, the website lists the area's Horse Discovery Centers, horseback riding trails, active working horse farms, stables and equine-related events that encourage visitors to enjoy some modern-day horse fun.
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Morgantown offers arts scene, great outdoor fun this fall Outdoor enthusiasts are familiar with the area around Morgantown,
W.Va., with its whitewater rafting on the Cheat River and Upper Yough-
The Art Museum of West Virginia University opened last year and includes a wide range of artistic styles.
iogheny, biking along the 48 miles of the Mon River Trail System (which includes 8 miles of paved trails within the city), and hiking and rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest. It is known as a sports paradise, and is not only home to the University of West Virginia Mountaineers, but also to the West Virginia Black Bears, a Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sitting outside in the Monongalia County stadium, which was voted Ballpark Digest’s Short Season A’s Best Ballpark, you might not realize that the town also has an impressive arts scene. The Art Museum of West Virginia University, after a decade of planning, opened to the public in August 2015. The museum, located on the Evansdale campus, is a two-story, light-filled space that wows you when you first walk inside. Entering the Plevin Lobby, you are greeted by a massive, floor-to-ceiling, red, black, and white painting by twin brothers Raoul and Davide Perré,
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better known as How and Nosm, that has been called “the archetype of the ‘wow’ mural.” Designed specifically for this space by the artists, who are known for large-scale graffiti murals throughout the world, the work, Present Moment, commands a viewer’s attention and sets the stage for some very original artwork and exhibitions in the rest of the space. Insider tip: Parking at the university can be difficult, so you might want to ride the PRT, or Personal Rapid Transit, around campus. It will re-open on Aug. 15 and costs 50 cents per ride. I was particularly impressed by the range of folk art displayed in the John and Ruth McGee Gallery, which showcased the work and provided profiles of self-taught artists from Appalachia, including Charlie Lucas, Minnie Adkins, Shields Landon, Noah Kinney, and others. Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening, an exhibit in the upstairs gallery,
Petersburg “Fall Foliage Specials” South Side Depot to South Moorefield. 1 1/2 hour trips Month of October. Saturdays 8, 15, 22 Departs 10am, 12:30pm & 3pm. Sundays 9, 16, 23 Departs 12:30pm & 3pm. Ticket prices: Adults $20, Seniors (60+) $15, Kids $10.
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was also impressive in its ability to merge conflicting styles and themes, including modernism, landscapes, portraits, and contemporary art, in a way that one could see the interconnectedness between the works. I chose to round out the day with a visit to Black Bear Burritos, where you can enjoy a wide range of ethnic food and live musical performances. Relaxing after a day spent appreciat-
ing West Virginia art by listening to Charles Godwin, an “Appalachian troubadour” and talented West Virginia-based singer/songwriter, was the perfect way to cap off a visit to a town that offers a little bit of everything for every kind of interest.
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There’s nothing quite like riding down the Cheat River, balancing yourself on the side of a raft as you approach the tumbling waters of a Class III rapid. You anticipate the moment when water and raft collide and, at your guide’s urging, you start paddling madly to get through the fray. The experience is a scary and exhilarating adrenaline rush. Luckily for people visiting the Morgantown area, the Cheat and its even more challenging cousin, the Upper Youghiogheny, emerged unscathed from the late June floods that ravaged other parts of West Virginia. “It’s been a very wet year, so the water levels are higher than average, but we were lucky that we experienced no major damage,” said Wendy Hart, of Cheat River Outfitters. (cheatriveroutfitters.com) Because the Cheat is a natural-flow river, water levels vary, enabling the company to take everything from duckies to 10-man rafts down the Cheat Narrows. More experienced rafters may want to try the more adventurous Upper Yough, which can be run every Friday, Saturday, and Monday through August when the dam is released. “This a great experience for those who like whitewater rafting but don’t like to do it in the springtime when it’s so cold,” said Hart, adding that the Class IV and Class V river will have more limited release times in September and October.
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Catch the trolley tour to four Spotsylvania County wineries Four Spotsylvania County, Va., wineries and Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg are now offering a carefree, five-hour wine tasting in the scenic countryside just south of historic Fredericksburg. The $65 ticket includes tastings at four wineries, a delicious boxed lunch-sized snack, and a trip through farmland once known mostly for Civil War battlegrounds. The tour starts at and returns to the upscale outdoor shopping mall, the Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Nancy Wimmer, owner of Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg, says the Spotsylvania wine tour has been ex-
tremely popular since it began in the summer of 2015. General manager Heidi Bass says the wine trolley tour is also available for private groups of at least 15 people with advance reservations. Between visits to the four wineries you’ll enjoy views of verdant farmland and areas that have long been preserved by history lovers. Around these parts, early settlers came to find gold (and some did). Here, the legendary Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson fought his last continued on page 31
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Somerset continued from page 2 Deal Island also celebrates its maritime traditions on Labor Day weekend with the 57th annual Skipjack Races and Festival, Sept. 3–5. Culminating in a race for skipjacks, the Chesapeake’s renowned working sailboats, the festivities include a parade, dance, car show, music, regional foods, the Blessing of the Fleet, and boat docking competitions.
350 years of history Along with celebrating crabs, Somerset County also celebrates its 350th anniversary on Sept. 17. Festivities at the Somerset County Recreation and Parks facility in Westover will include music, food, family history and genealogy fun, and fireworks. The anniversary will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the region’s history and maritime traditions. Dock Day on the Bay, Sept. 24, celebrates all things Chesapeake, with displays of commercial and sport fishing boats, historic fishing vessels,
Aquarium continued from page 3 It’s hard to pick our favorite display. Each corner we rounded brought about another fascinating experience and easy-to-spot aquarium hosts offered in-depth knowledge and details for every exhibit. You really need to either make several trips and spend time at each display one at a time, or map out a long day. Insider tip: Day trippers, beware — you’ll likely
Festy continued from page 15 drive from Washington, D.C. This property, off State Route 29 in the Blue Ridge Mountains, occupies 30 percent of the much-larger LOCKN’ Music Festival. The Festy, which seemed a bit cramped on less than 50 acres in the past, now has permanent infrastructure and access to 350 acres, with lots of space for parking, camping, outdoor activities, and vendors, according to Laney. “It’s a good home for us,” she said. About 5,000 people attended last year, and organizers intend to keep the event small to allow more flexibility in activities and no competing music during a concert, Laney said. The Infamous Stringdusters will again host the event and play three sets — including a special set featuring guest singers such as Nicki Bluhm — from their latest album, Ladies and Gentlemen. Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Jim Lauderdale will serve as master of ceremonies. Also on tap are Sam Bush, the father of modern bluegrass; Mary Chapin Carpenter,
fishing gear, and maritime-related arts and crafts. Located in the Somers Cove Marina, the festival will also include seafood cooking and fish cleaning demonstrations, children’s activities, safety-at-sea demonstrations, live fishing, local seafood restaurant sales, live music, and the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The festivities also “go offshore” that weekend with the Taste of Smith Island Dinner, held on Maryland’s only island community. Boats depart Crisfield and ferry partygoers to Ewell, on Smith Island. The dinner features foods native to the island, including the famous Smith Island cake. Municipal celebrations are not the only way that visitors can revel in Somerset’s maritime bounty. Take a close-up look at the world of a Chesapeake waterman through the Watermen’s Heritage Tours, sponsored by the Chesapeake Conservancy. Both land and water tours with knowledgeable local watermen as guides give participants an opportunity to learn about the bay’s unique culture, traditions, and human history. But, some people learn best by doing, and for them, Somerset’s miles of tidal shoreline invite doit-yourselfers to drop a line or go “chicken neck-
ing” to catch their own crab feast. A traditional method of catching blue crabs, using chicken necks tied to the end of a string and dangled into the blue crab’s domain, can catch dinner. The crustaceans latch onto the free meal and gently but steadily retrieving the line can fill a steamer pot. The county’s tourism brochure lists crabbing locations and shops that can supply bait and tackle. Families can try crabbing together at one of Janes Island State Park’s crabbing derbies, held each weekend throughout the summer. As a final crabby tribute, visitors to Somerset County can collect unique crab-themed souvenirs at local shops, including books, jewelry, dishes, apparel, and gifts. Check out visitsomerset.com for a listing of shops and events that make up the Month of the Crab.
need a return visit to satisfy growing curiosities. We marveled at the sharks gliding by in the multi-story aquarium, watched the scuba divers feeding many species right from their hands, saw a huge sea turtle rise to the surface for a gulp of air, and spotted small brightly colored frogs in the rainforest. We couldn’t stop learning interesting tidbits of information. For example, the highly poisonous frogs of the Amazon are not poisonous here. Why? Because they get their poison from the insects they eat in the Amazon, which don’t exist here. Children absolutely love the hands-on experience of touch-
ing stingrays and other species. Did you know that a stingray looks smooth, but feels like sandpaper? The National Aquarium’s website lists special events such as fireworks, sleepovers, special educational talks, animal encounters, immersive programming, behind-the-scenes tours, and targeted events such as weddings or corporate parties. Ask about special offers pricing for military service members through MWR or ITT offices and rates for large groups.
an acclaimed singer and native of Nelson County; country artist Lee Ann Womack; and banjo stars Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Also in the lineup are: North Missisippi Allstars, Anders Osborne, Rubblebucket, Elephant Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sara Watkins, Cabinet, Nikki Lane, Dar Williams, Fruition, David Wax Museum, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Emi Sunshine, Eagle Eye Williamson, The Lil’ Smokies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Gallatin Canyon, River Whyless, Jon Stickley Trio, Old Salt Union, Lord Nelson, Hogwaller Ramblers, and the Garrett Grass Gospel Hour. The variety of offerings of craft food, beer, and retailers will be enlarged this year. Many local food trucks will be on hand, and the festival will update its sustainability program by promoting canned beverages. Unlike mainstream music festivals, parents are encouraged to bring their kids to The Festy, lured by a “very dynamic” activity program, according to Laney. Activities include a kids’ zone, yoga, music workshops with the artists, disc golf, Ultimate Frisbee, kickball, soccer, volleyball, guided nature tours,
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trail runs, hosted bike rides, and a 5K/10K run. A variety of camping possibilities are meant to entice families. Participants can set up their own tents in the forest, camp next to their cars, or park RVs. On-site facilities also can be rented, including tents and shelters for “glamping.” There’s also a camping site for special-needs guests. Day passes are available for those
who wish to stay elsewhere in the area.
The festival What: The Festy Experience When: Oct. 7–9 Where: Nelson County Preserve, 1510 Diggs Mountain Road, Arrington, Va. Tickets/info: thefesty.com, 434-220-4000
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adventures in taste I reed hellman
Bookmark these links for a flavorful treat to enjoy My venerable Oxford English Dictionary defines sausage as: “... a quantity of finely chopped pork, beef, or other meat, spiced and flavoured, enclosed in a short length of the intestine of some animal so as to form a cylindrical roll. ...” The OED goes on to note that there are 150 kinds of sausage, “... distinguished by names indicating the ingredients and method of manufacture.” Two general classes of sausage are the dry, or cured varieties that can require as much as several weeks to process, and the wet or fresh varieties. That certainly defines sausage, but does nothing to illustrate the positively Pavlovian response of sausage fans to their favored food. The Germans are reputed to have 1,200 varieties of sausage and the English have 470. The Turks favor a beef sausage, while the Chinese began with goat and lamb meat. The Mexicans took the Spanish chorizo and turbo-powered it with guajillo peppers. And, in this country, we pickled links and put them in glass jars on the counter of small town gas stations. The word sausage comes from the Old French word saussiche, taken from the Latin salsus, meaning salted. Sausages began through efficiency and economy, and are considered man’s oldest prepared foods. Around 3000 B.C., the Sumerians of today’s Iraq invented sausage as a way to use and preserve edible and usually nutritious meat and animal parts that were not particularly appealing, such as organ meats, blood, and fat. The ancient
Chinese had sausage, and the Greek poet Homer wrote about sausage in The Odyssey. The Romans used it in their festivals, and the early Catholic Church made eating it a sin.
Different sausages need different preparations John Ostrowski is the sausage guru at his South Washington Street shop in Baltimore’s Fells Point. The business was started by his grandfather in 1919, and still uses some of the original recipes. For best flavor, bake Ostrowski’s sausages at 200 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, then put them on the grill. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council recommends that fresh sausages such as fresh bratwurst, fresh Italian sausage, and fresh kielbasa, be cooked thoroughly before eating. Parboil and then fry or grill, or slow cook in a fry pan or grill. To parboil, place sausage links in a heavy skillet. Add water to cover sausage and parboil until the sausage is gray throughout, about 10 to 15 minutes. The sausage then can be fried until nicely browned. Parboiled sausage can also be grilled slowly over coals, turning frequently until gray-brown throughout. If directly grilling fresh sausage, note that it is extremely important to cook them slowly, thoroughly, and evenly over fully lit coals. According to the council, “For a special taste treat, par-boil sausage in beer prior to grilling. To use this method, substitute beer for water. According to Peter LaFrance, author of Cooking and Eating With Beer, stronger flavored beers tend to impart more flavor to sausage. Beers that are heavy on malt will impart a sweeter flavor, which may complement strong sausages. Lagers, when used this way, tend to be more bitter and complement a sweeter sausage well. Onions can be added to the beer while parboiling for additional flavor.” Precooked sausages, such as wieners, knockwurst, cooked bratwurst, and smoked sausage,
can be simply heated. Bake them in a casserole dish, microwave them, grill them, or pan-fry them. Or, steam precooked sausages in a pan of water or beer. Boil the beer or water, remove the pan from the heat, and add the sausage. Cover the pan and let it stand 10 to 15 minutes. Do not add the sausages to vigorously boiling water because it may cause them to split. Also, all sausages should be turned with a tongs or a turner, not with a fork, because puncturing the casing allows the flavorful juices to escape. Thanks to Ostrowski, third-generation sausage maker at Victor Ostrowski & Son Inc. (ostrowski sausage.com), for this month’s traditional recipe.
OSTROWSKI’S KIELBASA WITH SAUERKRAUT Servings: 4 2 pounds sausage 2 pounds sauerkraut 1 bay leaf 1 onion, chopped Salt, pepper, and sugar to taste 1/4 pound bacon 1 tablespoon flour Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Add fresh kielbasa. Bring to a boil again, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 40 minutes. Remove the sausage; retain the essence for the sauerkraut. Simmer the kraut in the essence for 45 minutes to an hour, adding bay leaf, chopped onion, salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. Crisp 1/4 pound bacon in a pan. Add a tablespoon of flour to brown with the bacon in the grease. Stir this mixture into the pot of sauerkraut. Bring to a boil again and simmer for 10 minutes. Cut the sausage into serving pieces and re-heat in the sauerkraut. For more information, visit reedhellman wordsmith.com or email email@example.com.
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Warm-weather sipping trends feature lighter beverage choices In the warm weather, there are certain alcoholic drinks and styles that are more popular than others. Common sense dictates that, whatever the category, “lighter and fresher” are the keys to enjoyment. I’ve also noticed over the past years that folks like to experiment a bit more with new flavors in the warm weather and often try new things. Here’s what’s trending this summer. When it comes to wine, the heat encourages folks to want to sip white rather than red, and this style probably sells best at this time of year. Those with minimal or no oak and good acidity top the list. Enter varietals such riesling, pinot grigio, and sauvignon blanc. Vinho verde from Portugal is a popular summer sipper. Bubbly is widely consumed as well, especially lighter styles such Italy’s prosecco and spumante, France’s crémant, Germany’s sekt, and Spain’s cava. Rosé is no slouch at this time, either. Some reds do show increases in sales, including fruity styles and lighter blended versions. Many of the “light” (lower alcohol/carbs/calories) wines and varietals tend to sell better in the warmer months. Even new flavors of vino are more likely to be on people’s “to try” lists. Certain packaging is also preferred in the summer. Rather than clunky glass bottles, consumers vie for alternatives such as bag-in-the-box, tetrapacks, pouches, and cans. Containers that are more mobile for outdoor activities and easier to dispose of are key. What would summer be without beer? Sales increase drastically at this time of year. Lighter brews with lower alcohol are what are
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Looking for a low-dollar, high-memory, cruise experience? Consider a bay cruise to Smith Island. Named after Captain John Smith, who discovered the island in 1608, it is Maryland’s only inhabited offshore island. Today, tourists visit Smith Island by boat for a day trip or vacation in the communities of Ewell, Rhodes Point, and Tylerton. You can enjoy these unique water-bound communities as well as 800 acres of amazing salt marsh scenery, wildlife, and delicious crab cakes. You will likely see blue herons, snowy egrets, osprey, and native plants, plus other marine animals such as rockfish, seahorses, and the bay’s famous blue crabs. Imagine talking with locals as you enjoy delicious local seafood or as you gaze upon wildlife at this picture-perfect island. You’ll hear explanations of what you are seeing and tasting, as well as some cool local history. Tylerton is separated by water from the other two villages and can be reached by either a char-
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ter boat or kayak. Once there, it’s easy to get around by foot. Ewell and Rhodes Point are only 2 miles apart and connected by a road, so the trip between them is simple whether by foot, bicycle, or golf cart.
The fun of getting there The best way to visit is aboard either the Chelsea Lane Tyler or the Twister via Tyler’s Smith Island cruises. Options range from day trips to a three-day getaway, as well as special charters. You have many options with the Tyler’s, and you’ll be amazed at the hospitality and memories you will take back with you. Every day at 12:30pm, the trip departs from Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield for the roughly 50-minute cruise to Smith Island. Once you arrive, you’ll have about 2-1/2 hours to enjoy the island. Tickets are only $26 for adults and half-price for children 3 to 11 years old, and are available at the Captain Tyler Motel. Rent a golf cart or bicycle from the Bayside Inn if you like to cover a lot of ground comfortably. Kayak rentals are also available to explore the marshlands and creeks. Don’t want to drive to Crisfield? Consider the departures from Point Lookout State park in St. Mary’s County, Md. The cruise is approximately 1-1/2 hours each way. You still get to enjoy the 2-1/2 hour stay on the island and tickets are only $40 for adults and $20 for children 3 to 11. The Point Lookout departures are available Thursday through Sunday at 10:30am. Looking for something more in-depth? For just $375, you can make it a two-day adventure and spend the night. You’ll even get a $20 voucher to use at Bayside Inn Restaurant, Bayside Gifts, or the Bayside Rentals, plus a $50 coupon to dine at Chesapeake Crabhouse and Tiki Bar for dinner. Spend the night at either the Cove or the Captain Tyler Motel, and by day explore nature’s scenery, the narrow streets of the quaint island towns, or the museum. Make it a three-day/two-night trip for just $575. The extra day adds in a cruise to Tangier on the Steven Thomas. Plan you trip today. Cruises run Memorial Day Weekend through Oct. 15. (smithislandcruises. com)
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Spotsylvania continued from page 26 Civil War battle. The county’s namesake, Gov. Alexander Spotswood, had a thirst for the good life, and the Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg are carrying on the tradition with aplomb. The wine trolley tour stops first at Eden Try Estate and Winery, owned by Gary Gratopp and Linda Morrison, who created the partnership. Gratopp’s estate has a large tasting room for parties and is adorned with beautiful ornamental trees and flower beds — his attempt at creating a Garden of Eden. The wines here are named for various characters in the biblical story of temptation. Gratopp says “the winery trolley tour will give visitors the opportunity
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to drink at each stop without driving” — a real benefit considering how generous the wineries are with pourings.
Itinerary for tastings Lake Anna Winery has been growing grapes since the 1980s, when founder Bill Heidig gained inspiration from grape growers in France. He and his wife, Ann, believed Virginia growing conditions were similar to those in France, took a chance, and began supplying area wineries with grapes that soon became award-winning wines. They converted an old barn into a contemporary wine tasting room, retail shop, and large entertainment section where they often have live music. A huge fireplace keeps visitors toasty when there’s a chill in the air. It’s a true family affair as sons Eric, Jeff, and Bill all play critical roles.
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The trolley rolls on to Mattaponi Winery, the only Native Americanowned winery in the region. The wines here are made from 100 percent fruit and offer a surprising variety of tastes. For a small fee, owner Janette Evans offers New York-style cheesecake to complement her wines. The tasting room is a work of art, with hand-hewn tiger maple for walls and other local timber such as knotty white pine. It was created by winemaker and husband, Mike, who grows Christmas trees here, too. Wilderness Run Vineyard, situated on private land once part of the famous Wilderness battlefield, affords a beautiful vista from its tasting room, which spills out onto a veranda. Café tables scattered throughout the tasting area are set with Italian-
imported stools that resemble winebottle corks. Here, Pagan brothers Harry and Jack are making their mark with good wines from grapes grown in their own Virginia Bordeaux-like terroir. They’ve also opened a brewery and are hosting regular music events.
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Need to know Tour information: fredericksburgtrolley.com Reservations and cost: $65 with $2 convenience fee, ticket service Zerve, 800-979-3370 Included: tastings at four wineries, snack box lunch, and discounts to select Spotsylvania restaurants Dates: Aug. 14 and 21 with Sunday tours in early fall Spotsylvania Co. Tourism: visitspotsy.com
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