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Travel matters MORE THAN YOU might THINK All of us want to create those memorable experiences Karl Teel talks about in his column this month. Whether it’s the spontaneous day trip, a weekend getaway, or a well-planned vacation, we are all looking to create life memories with friends and family. That strong motivation has been an important factor in pushing America along the road to economic recovery. That was one significant takeaway from the various state tourism conferences the Recreation News staff attended during the fall. The conferences are an opportunity to catch up with old friends, unearth the places and events that wil be important in the coming year, and get the latest forecasts of travel activity. As the nation has been emerging from the recession, tourism has played a significant role. In fact, the $129 billion in direct taxes generated by tourism in 2012 would be enough to fund all police and fire departments in the United States. The travel industry has been a leading job creator during the recovery.

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One reason is that tourism is labor intensive. A manufacturer may be able to relocate plants overseas and a service company can set up a call center almost anywhere, but tour guide, hotel registration, and hundreds of other tourism jobs are anchored to a distinct location. Economists say there are now more people working in the travel industry than there were in 2008, the benchmark they use for measuring recovery in an industry. Only the relatively recession-proof health care and education sectors can make a similar claim. So, as you take Karl’s advice and resolve to make more travel memories in 2014, you will be continuing that record of recovery, boosting employment, providing tax revenue, and actually enjoying it. That’s an economics lesson I can live with!

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Day trips make the year’s journey fun It’s a validation that you deserve the break, and how liberating is that? Some day trips are planned while others are spontaneous. It can be a festival or event that you really looked forward to, and you were tickled to hear the weather report predicting the perfect day. It can be the need to burn up some accumulated time off to go fishing and stumbling into the ideal spot with a perfect sunrise. It can be that day off to entertain out-of-town guests. How many of us only visited the Smithsonian when showing guests around, and then swore we needed to visit more often after rediscovering what a national treasure it is? We are constantly surrounded by opportunity. No matter how hectic a life, there’s always some time you can or should get away and treat

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your mind and soul to a break. Similarly, there is something for everyone in this region: a festival to attend, a mountain bike trail to ride, a river to paddle, a restaurant to try, a museum to enjoy, or a band to hear. My New Year’s resolution is simple — to try to take advantage of more of these moments. You will only do 2014 once. There are no dress rehearsals. It will be done live. Some of it you will have no control over, but a lot of it you will control. I hope your resolution is to make 2014 the best you can. I hope I’ve stirred your thoughts and triggered some ideas. And, now, the pages of Recreation News can provide some tools for that spontaneous fun. Happy New Year!

Gliding gently across the bay as my son and his girlfriend sat on the bow of the boat watching the vibrant fall colors on a warm autumn day. Gazing at the unusual art at the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore while enjoying time with my wife. Relaxing with a bottle of wine as we watch the sunset over the On our cover Indian River. What do these scenes have Timberline is just one of West in common? Memories of the Virginia’s destinations for snowy past year. Memories of little fun. (AKA Flash Photography/ getaways. Snapshot memoTucker Co. Tourism) ries. Sure we had some TIMONIUM kicking vacations — a European getaway, a cruise, and a Caribbean vacation — and all were memory makers. The Fr classic week or more Parkeien   g

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Hot springs resorts provide Historic Healthy Relaxation People in search of good health during the Victorian Age often sought the healing waters of natural hot springs and the health resorts associated with them. They soaked in the mineral-rich springs and drank the magical waters. Some claimed miraculous cures for all sorts of ailments, while others enjoyed temporary relief from their aches and pains. Resort towns — sporting big hotels, fine restaurants, and a variety of recreational options — were built around the springs. Eureka Springs, located in the Ozarks of Arkansas, was such a place. After thousands of visitors set up tents and make-shift shanties around Basin Spring, one of 60 natural springs in the area and the one associated primarily with Na-



tive Americans, the town was born on July 4, 1879, and named “Eureka.� Within a couple of years, boarding houses, bath houses, and hotels sprang up all over the hilly, picturesque town, swelling the population to more than 10,000. The railroad brought well-heeled visitors from faraway places to indulge in special treatments, drink the water, take long walks, ride horses, and enjoy musical and literary events at the hotels, as well as theatrical productions at the Opera House. A St. Louis chemical company conducted an official analysis of the water, giving it high marks. Medical doctors endorsed the Ozark spring water, too. The Eureka Springs Historical Museum and the Historic Bank of Eureka Museum chronicle the

entire story, and the Eureka Springs & Northern Arkansas Railway excursion provides a glimpse of the past, April through October. The entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tourist boom of the Victorian jewel lasted for several decades, but Eureka Springs was in a state of decline by the 1960s. That’s when the creativity of the hippy movement infused new life into the little town. The result was a plethora of quaint bed-and-breakfast inns, trendy restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries — a strong draw for today’s tourists who are discovering “Little Switzerland� in the Ozarks for the first time. We stayed at the Piedmont House Bed & Breakfast, a former rooming house, with a hearty breakfast served at the All Seasons Inn across the street. Located on the trolley line but within walking distance of the Historic District, both inns are a part of All Seasons Luxury Properties. Dressed in Victorian attire, Michelle McDonald with EurekaVanTours. com introduced us to the best restaurants, shows, and attractions during our two-day visit — including lunch at the famous Myrtle Mae’s, a tour of the town, and a show at the Pine Mountain Theatre. We learned about the town’s colorful spas, including the

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Moon Day Spa & Salon, located in the Crescent Hotel overlooking Eureka Springs, the Palace Bath House & Spa, and the Basin Park Hotel on Spring Street — all historic properties that date to the 1880s. Following our steak dinner at the Crescent Hotel, we took the ghost tour, featuring the infamous Norman Baker, whose unorthodox treatments didn’t always work for his patients. The hotel also stages paranormal events from time to time. Another way to experience Eu-

reka Springs is to walk along its historic promenades and explore its parks. The Eureka Springs Preservation Society outlines six different walking tours and maps in its brochure. Over the years the historic town has attracted some colorful residents and visitors, including prohibitionist Carrie Nation, who operated the Hatchet Hall boarding house for three years in the early 1900s. The surrounding Ozarks offer an abundance of outdoor adventures

— trout fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, bicycling, and cave explorations. Eureka Springs has some amazing attractions, too. The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Habitat is home to two dozen rescued tigers. “The Great Passion Play” runs May through October, and live musi-

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A taste of western Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tourist Delights in 11 Days Michelle Teel

Canals, bicycles, bridges, and Old World architecture are just part of the charm of Amsterdam.

Europe offers so many sights and experiences that selecting an itinerary can be both challenging and rewarding. Despite careful research and planning it may be impossible to satisfy everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desires. Given a relatively short time of 11 days, we balanced diversity with a relaxed pace for our October trip. Taking a few days in some cities gives time to absorb the local flavor and not feel pressed to keep moving. Day trips to other cities helped to satisfy the desire to see everything because it seems so close. Amsterdam is a great starting point for European adventures. Flights to Schipol International Airport are frequent and comparatively less expensive than other hubs, and allow you to easily branch out to a variety of other locales. In many ways, Amsterdam is like New York City. (Indeed, New York City was originally a Dutch colony named â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Amsterdam.â&#x20AC;?) A historic port rich in history of trade, Amsterdam has become a melting pot of cultures. The average resident speaks five languages and usually has family roots somewhere else. Perhaps this helps create the welcoming air visitors feel right away. With so many travelers, and so many languages from nearby regions, it seems virtually everyone there, resident or guest, speaks English as a second language. Travelers speaking only English find comfort and ease in travel despite being in a foreign country and rookie European travelers feel little intimidation. Built on reclaimed marshland, Amsterdam

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sits below sea level, with water constantly being drained by the steady labor of windmills â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the scenic hallmark of Holland. About every fourth street is actually a canal, making Amsterdam the Venice of northern Europe. Strolling along the scenic canals, you see numerous house boats, bridges, and 16th through 18th century buildings that appear surrealistic, tilting left and right, front and back, almost as if they were built of wax and were melting. This, of course, is from hundreds of years of settling in a marshy environment. Do not miss taking a canal boat tour. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a great way to hop from one museum to the next. After a few days in Amsterdam, we rented a car and drove to the sea coast of France by way of Belgium. Antwerp offers an excellent place to enjoy an afternoon in the historic Centrum. As a rule of thumb, most of what you want to see in any European city is in the old historic core, invariably called the Centrum, or some variety of that name. Antwerpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centrum has an enormous square with a marquee fountain and well-preserved buildings. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little easier to pop in and out of Antwerp than the capital city, Brussels, which is well worth seeing, but merits a much larger chunk of your schedule. Closer to the coast, Brugges is a gem of a city. Everyone we spoke to mentioned we had to see it, and for good reason. An excellently preserved medieval city, it offers a fortress wall, canals, a moat, windmills, historic town square, cobblestone streets, and a variety of restaurants where you can dine outside on the square and just absorb the view. If you are traveling within an hour or two of Brugges, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well worth a detour to check it out.

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beach resort, and charming small town. We enjoyed a stay at a hotel right on the beach and were amazed at how vast the beach extended at low tide. At this point, the English Channel is a mere 13 miles wide and, on a relatively clear day, you can actually see the massive tall white cliffs of Dover, England, a sight we recall from the The Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rock opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quadrophenia.â&#x20AC;? This spurred one of those must-do changes in the itinerary, and next thing we knew we were on a ferry boat to Dover, where we stopped at a pub for fish and chips with mushy peas and a pint of ale. Our end destination was Paris, but we wanted to see some sights on the way. The first stop was Amiens, a college town along the Seine River with historic cathedrals and a quaint village. While it provided a great afternoon and lunch stop, we felt it merited more time than our schedule allowed as we headed to our next stop, Giverney. Famous as the home of impressionist painter Claude Monet, scenic yet familiar sights abound. A tour of Monetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate offers views of the Japanese water gardens with lily pads and the arched bridges and enormous flower gardens that he painted so frequently. Stay overnight at the small hotel or one of many bed and breakfast inns within walking distance of the gardens. After almost a week on the road, we were ready to set camp for a few days in Paris. This city boasts one of the highest levels of tourism in the world, with sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur, the Seine, the Left Bank, the Sorbonne, the Tuileries, and countless museums, cafes, and shops. Many of the famous sights are within walking distance of each other, and others are often easily reached via the MĂŠtropolitain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Paris subway. You can spend a year


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Virginia Arts Festival offers more than 50 performances April and May calendar filled with entertainment of all genres Now in its 18th season, Virginia Arts Festival presents nearly two months of springtime wonder and excitement April 2-May 29, showcasing the performing arts through music, dance, and theatrical works. In addition, associated outdoor festivals offer individuals and families the space to enjoy the tastes and sounds under beautiful Virginia skies. Many of the featured entertainers are

national or international artists. “Every season is remarkable and it is a wonderful challenge to determine the schedule every year,” said Rob Cross, who directs the festival. Noted classical pianist Lang Lang, who opened the 2008 Olympics, will offer a 2014 festival preview concert on Feb. 13 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. The festival officially begins on April 2 and Virginia Arts Festival

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ends May 29 with more than 50 performances in venues from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach. The two months of weekly festival performances and events makes it easy to plan to enjoy classical, jazz, chamber, or folk music, one of the theatrical performances, or a spectacular visual event like the International Military Tattoo. Insider tip: The Virginia Arts Festival website ( has itineraries, packages, travel ideas, hotel, and dining information. “If you enjoy hearing the human voice, you have to come try it; if you like people who dance or if you appreciate great talent, you have to try it,” said Gus Stuhlreyer, who has been attending the festival for about 10 years. One highlight of the festival this year includes the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performing on April 2 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. Founded in 1936 and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, this legendary orchestra’s program will share four poignant classical pieces. You can be transported to biblical times on April 19 by percussionist Stewart Copeland, of the rock band The Police. Copeland, who is also an accomplished composer, will offer an orchestral rendition of “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” This selection is from the 1925 MGM epic silent film and will be accompanied by the Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra. Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell will play with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for three shows, May 2-4. Conducted by Joann Falletta, the orchestra will perform in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News. The Virginia International Tattoo (not to be confused with body art) is an experience of sight and

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sound that combines military bands, dancers, choirs, bagpipers, and drill teams that leaves audiences in awe and amazement. The four scheduled performances at the Scope Arena in Norfolk are a strong indication of this event’s popularity. The Dance Theater of Harlem will give two performances on May 17 and 18 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. This dance team, beloved around the world, will perform with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Chorale to resident choreographer Robert Garland’s new work, “Gloria.” The Richard Alston Dance Company, based in Britain, will offer contemporary dance. Two spectacular performances are scheduled for May 21 at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk and another on May 23 at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. Extraordinary guitarist John Abercrombie, who is one of six jazz

performers featured at the festival, will close out the series on May 24 at Attucks Theater in Norfolk. Taste and see the difference between light and dark ales, or whatever pleases your palate while quenching your thirst, at the Virginia Beer Festival. Participants can sample beers from around the world, enjoy scrumptious food, and hear live music. This exciting event happens on May 17 and 18 in the very scenic location of Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk. Whether in an intimate café, church sanctuary, large arena, or an outdoor setting, the festival makes a connection through creative expression like no other. One patron, Gaylene Kanoyton, who also has been attending the festival for 10 years, sums up the event as “multicultural, exciting, and affordable.”





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Baltimore celebrates AfricanAmerican history with events Reginald F. Lewis Museum activities on tap throughout January and February Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month with your family this January and February at Baltimore’s family-friendly events and Reginald Lewis Museum

celebrations. The best location in the city to learn more about this aspect of history is the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture (, which focuses on African-American history as a whole and Maryland’s African-American history in particular. The museum is a Smithsonian affiliate and is the East Coast’s largest African-American museum. Find it near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President streets. You can visit permanent exhibitions at the museum throughout the year to learn how slave labor enriched the country financially but harmed society. Also, you can learn how African-Americans used music, visual arts, literature, and dance to endure slavery. This winter is an especially good time to visit, as the museum has special events planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month.

Hear the stories

The Youth Film and Culture Festival takes place Feb. 1.

Stop in for the once-a-month “Saturday’s Child” series. On Jan. 18, master storyteller Janice Curtis Greene will recount stories of Rosa Parks, who courageously and peacefully fought for her right to sit in the front of a bus. On Feb. 15, teaching artist Culture Queen will lead children in an interactive workshop with drama, movement, art, and music. Crystal Marable will visit on March 8 to read her

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Observe Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Jan. 20 with a 1:00pm parade in Anacostia, wreath-laying services at the King and Lincoln memorials, and a national day of community service ( . . . See “Grand Procession: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection” at the National Museum of the American Indian through Jan. 5 ( . . . Enjoy Howdy Doody, Charlie McCarthy, and other famous puppets in “Artifact Walls — Puppetry in America” through March 28 at the National Museum of American History (americanhistory. — gwen woolf

travel line continued from page 7 Eureka Springs is less than two hours from the major airports at Branson and Springfield, Mo. (

“Taking the Waters” in the Mid-Atlantic In Bath County, Va., The Omni Homestead Resort and the nearby Jefferson Pools offer parallel experiences. ( The Jefferson Pools are named for Thomas Jefferson, who visited the springs in 1818. The same bathhouses he visited are still used today. Two springs from the Allegheny Mountains provide the water for the Jefferson Pools and The Omni Homestead Spa, where swimming in the indoor pool is a favorite pastime. The new Canyon Ranch SpaClub offers a variety


In December, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History opened “Q?rius” (pronounced “curious”), a state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot learning center for teens. Aimed at students in grades 6-12 and their families, Q?rius is described by the Smithsonian as “part lab, part collections vault, part DIY garage, part hangout, and all fun.” Among the activities is the opportunity to investigate more than 6,000 museum objects such as bones and fossils with the same types of scientific instruments used by Smithsonian researchers. There’s also a 100-seat theater for scientific demonstrations, presentations, and films. ( — theresa gawlas medoff

of spa experiences, including Aquavena, a European-inspired oasis with experiential rains, herbal laconium, the Chill, and aromatic steam focused on “healing by water.” The year-round Spa Garden is also a popular spot for spa activities. In the winter, visitors may enjoy skiing, ice skating, snow tubing, snowboarding, and guided snow mobile tours. There’s also golf, tennis, lawn games, hiking, Segway touring, hayrides, fly-fishing, falconry, horseback riding, and winter skiing. More than a hundred years before Eureka Springs’ boom, people were “taking the waters” in Virginia and West Virginia. During the 1700s, George Washington and his brother Lawrence frequented the waters at Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where the George Washington Bathtub Celebration is held every March. ( Just 90 minutes from Washington, the resort town remains popular today, with three active spas, great restaurants and shops, a variety of accom-

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children’s book “Graceful Gabby Finds Love in Blue.” Participants will create African crowns and enjoy a tea party. To view student artwork, visit the museum between Jan. 12 and March 2 for the sixth annual high school juried art show. Students based their work upon the theme, “Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy: Have We Progressed?” Celebrate the MLK holiday on Jan. 20, noon to 4:00pm, with music and crafts. Actor David Mills will create a living history performance. Special admission for the celebration is $5. The Youth Film and Culture Festival on Feb. 1 uses film, theater, African dance, and poetry to help youth address relevant issues in their lives. The event, presented by The Griot’s Eye, also showcases completed works of several talented area youths. Black History Month at the museum culminates in a free open house day, sponsored by Verizon. Take advantage of the opportunity on Feb. 22. Also in Baltimore, join in the fun at the Martin Luther King Day Parade, which kicks off at noon on Jan. 20. Stake out a spot along the parade route, which begins at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, and ends at Baltimore Street. The event features marching bands, floats, cheerleading squads, and equestrian units.

modations, and plenty of recreational choices. The historic spa at the Berkeley Springs State Park offers saunas, massages, and walk-in tubs that accommodate almost any budget. The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., which dates to 1786, is the only five-star mineral spa in the world. ( The spa focuses on hydrotherapy and the use of mineral-based products indigenous to the area, resulting in revitalization and relaxation for spa-goers. Plus, the Greenbrier Clinic, staffed by internal medicine specialists, provides diagnostic and preventive health care. Situated on 10,000 acres in southern West Virginia, The Greenbrier offers more than 55 indoor and outdoor activities, including golf, tennis, off-road driving, falconry, bunker tours, and gambling at the Casino Club. Carol Timblin welcomes travel information at

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Wake up to a white winter wonderland in West Virginia All you need are some warm clothes and a sense of adventure to enjoy winter in West Virginia. Strap on your skis, saddle up the ATV, or snap onto a zip line to enjoy some cool weather fun. With an average annual snowfall of more than 15 feet in the highlands, West Virginia is a winter playground. The Mountain State’s ski season lasts well into March, offering a great opportunity for travelers seeking to recover from the hectic pace of the holidays. As an added incentive, many resorts offer discount packages on skiing and lodging at this time of year. The state’s eastern panhandle is just a short drive from the Washington area and the slopes and adventures in Southern West Virginia are an easy trip. Canaan Valley and Timberline in Tucker County, Snowshoe in eastern West Virginia, Winterplace in the south-

ern part of the state, and Oglebay in the northern panhandle offer a variety of fun and exciting winter activities for the whole family. Downhill skiing, snowboarding, air boarding, and snow tubing appeal to adrenaline junkies of all ages and skill levels. Rental equipment is available on site and instructors are available to assist beginners and novices.

Off the slopes Looking for something different? Some resorts also offer snowmobiling. Fire up the engine and take off on a highspeed jaunt through the woods. Most anyone can drive through the groomed trails while the more experienced can head to the backcountry for some new adventure. For some quiet solitude in the forest, head to resorts such as Elk River Touring Center in the Monongahela National Forest or White Grass Ski Touring Cen-

ter in the Canaan Valley for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing options. Insider tip: Not all winter adventure involves traversing the snow. Zip line canopy tours, while a bit chillier in winter, offer breathtaking views that are very different than in the warmer months when leaves are on the trees. Adventure Park at Harpers Ferry and Harpers Ferry Canopy Tour — roughly an hour’s drive from Washington — provide a weekend’s worth of entertainment in the form of zip lines, rope bridges, Tarzan swings, and other activities to satisfy adventure seekers. The Bridge Walk, a 1.5-mile guided tour of the catwalk beneath the 876-foot-high River Gorge Bridge goes at a slower pace, but provides an equal amount of heart-stopping scenery. The bridge is one of the longest steel single-span arch bridges in the world. continued on page 16

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Back on the ground The Mountain State’s rough-and-tumble terrain was made for year-round off-road adventure, and has hundreds of miles of trails built for ATVs, UTVs, and dirt bikes. At Burning Rock Ludovic Moore

Outdoor Adventure Park in southern West Virginia, trails are open year round. The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System covers 600-plus miles of off-road trails in seven counties and is open 365 days a year. ACE Adventure Resort, also in the southern part of the state, ends its white water rafting season as the temperature drops in mid-November but continues to offer activities like zip-lining. You can take a Night Sky zip line tour using a headlamp. The shapes and shadows are entirely different at night and it seems like you’re moving faster through the tree canopy. After a chilly day outdoors, there’s nothing like retreating to your own cabin to relax by a roaring fire. Winter lodging options range from gas-lit pioneer cabins to luxury rooms and cabins equipped with hot tubs and other modern conveniences. West Virginia state parks have cabins at great winter rates, many with access to amenities at park lodges, and there are plenty of privately owned cabins as well. Editor’s note: Hemlock Haven and Country Road Cabins in the southern part of the state offer romantic packages and are near the New River adventure activities. LTD Vacation Rental Cabins near Seneca Rocks and The Woods resort near Martinsburg are good choices closer to Washington.

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Canaan Valley’s sports are calling this winter New highway corridor shortens trip from the D.C. region The Canaan Valley is a snow sports lover’s mecca with three ski areas in the high mountains of West Virginia. If you haven’t been to the region in the past couple of winter seasons, then you are in for a treat. To begin with, the valley is closer. Not physically, of course, but time-wise. A couple of new sections of Corridor H have opened, bringing the valley’s yearround activities about 30 minutes closer. Corridor H is the $1.45 billion highway cutting across West Virginia that has

been under construction for nearly 50 years. The highway now connects Wardensville to Bismark, near Mount Storm, making the drive from D.C. to Canaan less than three and a half hours — about the same as driving to Wisp or Seven Springs. Next, there are new and better places to stay. The recently completed lodge at Canaan Resort boasts 160 modern rooms, including eight suites, with amenities such as balconies, fireplaces, a conference center, gift shop, a grab

and go café, and wi-fi in the common areas. Over at the adjacent Timberline Ski Resort, a slope-side “ski-in, ski-out” hotel features 22 rooms and suites with optional Jacuzzis. Timberline features 36 trails, a 1,000-foot vertical drop, two terrain parks and four lifts. The mountain is evenly divided into about one-third beginner slopes, one-third intermediate, and one-third expert. Beginners will adore Salamander; this two-mile trail is continued on page 18

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Most skiers and snowboarders, however, come for the challenging advanced terrain, such as the steep, double diamond slopes Off the Wall and The Drop. Seasoned skiers also love the opportunity to mix it up amongst the trees by glade skiing along several areas of the mountain. Canaan includes 42 slopes, an 850-foot vertical drop, a terrain park, and four lifts. The resort is a favorite for intermediate skiers with 40 percent of the slopes rated “blue.” The slopes are wide open and well groomed. The trails in the Weiss Meadows area offer fantastic views of the mountains, meadows, and the valley. Experts still have plenty of challenges, such as the sheer Face slope and

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Harman’s marks 75 years of creating memories Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins is celebrating 75 years of providing relaxing vacations for families and honeymooners. The fourth-generation family owned business specializes in creating lifelong memories for guests. Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins are located on the banks of a private access trophy trout stream in Hopeville Canyon, W. Va. Within the Monongahela National Forest, the cabins are near Seneca Rocks and Smoke Hole Caverns in the heart of the Spruce Knob - Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. Nestled in the foothills of the Dolly Sods Wilderness, the lodging location offers access to outdoor activities such as private trophy trout fishing, hik-



ing, horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing, rock climbing, skiing, golfing, and wildlife viewing. The private trophy trout stream is managed for catch-and-release fishing, providing anglers with the opportunity to catch a trout of a lifetime along its mileand-three-quarter length. Guests catch multiple trout greater than four pounds throughout the year. Harman’s stream management plan has been developed with years of experience to provide an optimum fly fishing adventure. Because of its great reputation, Harman’s trophy trout fishing has been featured on The Outdoor and Sportsman Channel via “Fly Rod Chronicles TV” and

in Fly Fisherman Magazine as well. Over the years, Harman’s has gained a reputation as one of the most affordable and naturally beautiful wedding locations. Say your vows on the big deck overlooking the North Fork River with a backdrop of the beautiful rock cliffs of Hopeville Canyon. A once-in-a-lifetime commitment deserves a once-in-a-lifetime setting. Harman’s is also a corporate retreat destination for meeting planners looking for small-scale, customized and unique corporate team building experiences. Come to Harman’s for your next outdoor adventure, romantic getaway, or corporate retreat. You’re not roughing it with Harman’s!

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SENIORS EXERCISE FOR A BETTER LIFE Exercise for free Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am. Cora B. Wood Senior Center, 3601 Taylor St., Brentwood, MD 301699-1238, FITNESS CENTER SENIOR CLASSES Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex, Landover, MD 301-583-2626,

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WASHINGTON AREA ROADSKATERS Check website for dates and times. Skaters leave from White House, Washington, DC. CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in DC metropolitan area. 703-7513971,

FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Jan. 19, 2:00-4:00pm. The program highlights two works by Benjamin Britten in the 100th Anniversary season of his birth. The performance includes a symphony by Britten’s friend and artistic kindred spirit, Shostakovich, and Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings.” George Mason University’s Harris Theatre, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 888-945-2468, ALISA WEILERSTEIN, CELLO Jan. 19, 7:30pm. Selections from Debussey, Schubert, Auerbach, and Rachmaninoff. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC 202-416-8000, “EXTREME CHOPIN” Jan. 19, 8:00pm. Pianist Brian Ganz performs an all-Chopin recital with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda, MD

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FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164, WANDERBIRDS HIKING CLUB Sundays. Various hikes and locations in Virginia. 703-242-0315,

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JAZZ MASTERS WITH JOHN EATON Jan. 11. Each seminar covers one of the giants of the genre, such as Gershwin, Porter, or Berlin. You’ll learn about the composer’s life, writing style, and musical hallmarks. 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA

HOLIDAYS AT HAGLEY Through Jan. 6. Features exhibits, events, and daily programs based upon early du Pont family holiday celebrations and traditions of New Year’s and Twelfth Night. Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 302-658-2400, NEW YEAR’S DAY CRUISE Jan. 1, 11:00am-2:00pm. Sit back and relax as you are treated to a creative brunch buffet, live entertainment, and the elegant ambiance of Odyssey. 600 Water St., SW, Washington, DC 866404-8439, NEW YEAR COMEDY ACT Jan. 3, 10:30am-12:30pm. Calling all seniors to come and “laugh in” the New Year with Moms Mabley’s comedy act performed by Charisma Wooten. Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover, MD 301-446-3420 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEKEND Jan. 17-19. Events include: Demo Days by Freestyle, Wintergreen Rail Jam, kickoff of The National Ski Areas Association’s Safety Awareness Week, and a DJ mixing up the tunes. 11 Grassy Ridge Rd., Wintergreen, VA 877-567-2119,


CHESAPEAKE CITY WINTERFEST Through Jan. 3. A blizzard of holiday lights and spectacular lighted displays along the waterfront. Hemphill St., Chesapeake City, MD 410-885-5298, HOGS FOR HOPE Jan. 1, noon-5:00pm. New Year’s Day Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast to benefit Hope House Foundation. Belmont House of Smoke, 2117 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 757-623-6161, NAUTICAL AND WILDLIFE ART FESTIVAL Jan. 18-19. Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, MD 800-OC-OCEAN, SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL Jan. 24-26. Visitors can browse thousands of new designs in jewelry, fashion, accessories, and more, while enjoying live music and sampling gourmet goodies. The Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 703-378-0910, BURNS NIGHT HAGGIS-TASTING PARTY Jan. 25, 4:00-6:00pm. Enjoy other traditional Scottish foods, music, and the “Address to a Haggis” as you discover the unique characteristics of the “Great chieftain ‘o the pudding-race.” 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA 703-642-5173

BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS SAILING CLUB Offers day sailing events and seminars in Baltimore, Annapolis, and DC, and sailing excursions on Chesapeake Bay, year round. Membership free. 410-394-9483, QUANTICO ORIENTEERING CLUB Hosts map and compass activities most weekends in the greater DC area. Suitable for all ages and skill levels; free beginner instruction. POTOMAC APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB Leads weekly hikes and work trips in greater DC area. Contact PATC for more information. 703-242-0965, APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.


ANNUAL ORNAMENT SHOW AND SALE Through Jan. 5. This is the perfect place to find unique and affordable gifts for friends and family. 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons, MD 410-326-4640, ext. 16, INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW Jan. 10-12. This family friendly event includes a motorcycle stunt show, celebrity appearances, an exotics pavilion featuring rare high-end motorcycles, and customs at the world’s largest custom bike competition. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl., Washington, DC 800-368-9000 WASHINGTON WINTER SHOW Jan. 10-12, 11:00am. The charity antiques show will feature fine antiques, distinguished events, and a loan exhibition. American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC FISHERMEN’S AND AQUACULTURE EXPO Jan 17-19. Seminars, fishermen’s gear, equipment, and more. Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, MD 800-626-2326, PROM AND BRIDAL SHOWCASE Jan. 19, 1:00-4:00pm. Fashion shows for viewing, food and cake sampling, and vendors from fashion and photography to food, flowers, music, and transportation will be on hand. 2311 Ritchie Rd., Forestville, MD 301-350-8660 PROGRESSIVE BALTIMORE BOAT SHOW Jan. 23-26. This year’s show features hundreds of boats for all budgets and lifestyles, dozens of interactive educational seminars, and non-stop entertainment features for boaters and families. Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 410-528-5400,



LADY ANTEBELLUM Jan. 12, 7:00pm. Seven-time Grammy Award-winning trio. Roanoke Coliseum, 710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA 540-853-5483, TOBY WALKER Jan. 16, 8:00pm. Walker combines the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock, and old time jazz into his own unique style. Baldwin’s Station, 7618 Main St., Sykesville, MD MACEO PARKER Jan. 26, 7:30pm. Explosive funk and R&B saxophonist whose indefatigable playing is a centerpiece of groundbreaking music by James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince. 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA 703-255-1900,

Popular/Other THE FRESH BEAT BAND Jan. 17, 6:30-9:30pm. The band will perform hits from its Nickelodeon live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation. 4320 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 757-6834444, ARI HEST WITH SARAH SISKIND Jan. 18, 7:30pm. With his smoky, soothing voice and introspective lyrics, this acoustic singer/songwriter channels “poignant, acoustic reverie” in captivating shows. Wolf Trap Farm, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA 703-255-1900


Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral IL DIVO Jan. 4, 8:00pm. “A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live.” Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 West Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 410-685-5086, ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Jan. 11, 8:00pm. The program includes classic pieces from Beethoven, Bach, Schoenberg, and Brahms. 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA 757-594-8752, DAVID GREILSAMMER, PIANO Jan. 11, 2:00pm. Works by Mozart, Rameau, Couperin, Cage, and Scarlatti. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC 202-416-8000, “LIFT EVERY VOICE” CONCERT Jan. 12, 4:00pm. Join the St. John’s community as some of the finest regional vocalists, including the Queen sisters, Chozen, and the All Children’s Chorus perform inspiring gospel spirituals. 60 College Ave., Annapolis, MD 410-626-2536, TRADITIONAL CELTIC MUSIC Jan. 15, 7:30pm. Iona blends musical elements from all the Celtic cultures. 201 Market St., Virginia Beach, VA 757-385-2787,

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT HOME Wed., Jan. 1 vs. Dallas, 6:00pm Fri., Jan. 3 vs. Toronto, 7:00pm Sun., Jan. 5 vs. Golden State, 6:00pm Sat., Jan. 11 vs. Houston, 7:00pm Wed., Jan. 15 vs. Miami, 7:00pm Fri., Jan. 17 vs. Chicago, 7:00pm Sat., Jan. 18 vs. Detroit, 7:00pm Mon., Jan 20 vs. Philadelphia, 2:00pm Wed., Jan. 22 vs. Boston, 7:00pm

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Theater “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” Through Jan. 1. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St., NW, Washington, DC “LYLE THE CROCODILE” Through Jan. 10. An extraordinary crocodile that can tap dance, perform household chores, and rescue cats from burning buildings. Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD 301-280-1660, “GYPSY” Through Jan. 19. Set during the 1920s fading vaudeville circuit, “Gypsy” portrays the rise of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 703-573-7328, “HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES” Jan. 1-31. A comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. Couples share their husbands’ common workplace and comedy results as the shared experience becomes complicated. Route 19 and Walnut St., Church Hill, MD 410-758-1331, STAND UP COMEDY Jan. 3, 8:00-9:30pm. Produced and hosted by local professional comedian Rahmein Mostafavi. 1009 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 540-657-8811, COMEDIAN SHERYL UNDERWOOD Jan. 3-4, 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00pm. DC Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant, 1140 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 202296-7008, THE CAPITOL STEPS Jan. 4, 8:00pm. Find out who has put his foot in it this time and what scandal is song-worthy. The Alden, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA 703-790-0123 “THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE “ Jan. 10-11, 7:30pm. This classic musical, set in the rip-roaring 1920s, tells the tale of a small-town girl who arrives in New York City determined to experience all the city has to offer. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD 301-280-1660, BLUE MAN GROUP Jan. 10-12. The group returns to thrill Baltimore again with its high-octane theatrical experience. The Hippodrome Theatre at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 410-837-7400, “50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL” Jan. 14-15, 7:30-9:30pm. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is led on a hilarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach, VA 757-385-2787,

“BUFFALO SOLDIER” Jan. 25, 11:00am and 2:00pm. Based on the true story of our nation’s longest surviving Buffalo Soldier and veteran of the Spanish-American War, this dramatic play with music tells the heroic story of the 9th and 10th Cavalry units. 125 E Mellen St., Hampton, VA 757-722-2787, “RICHARD III” Jan. 28-March 9. For the first time in the history of the Folger Theatre, the production will be “in the round.” Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, DC

Dance STEPHANIE MIRACLE Jan. 26, 8:00pm and Jan. 27, 4:00pm. Stephanie Miracle’s choreography creates a dramatic, off-kilter collage of image, texture, and sound. Dance Place, 3225 8th St., NE, Washington, DC CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE Jan. 29, 7:30pm. Padmarani performs and teaches Bharatha Natyam, an ancient form of Indian temple dance. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach, VA 757-385-2787, DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30-11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD THE WASHINGTON BALLET Call for performances and times. 3515 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 202-362-3606,

Exhibits Featured Exhibitions “CHRISTMAS TRAINS” Through Jan. 2. The Air Mobility Command Museum will host a holiday display of garden scale train layouts with three trains operating at the same time. Air Mobility Command Museum, 1301 Heritage Rd., Dover, DE “100 YEARS AFTER THE ARMORY SHOW” Through Jan. 5. The Phillips celebrates the centennial of New York’s controversial 1913 Armory Show with works from its permanent collection by several leading artists represented in that landmark exhibition. 1600 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 202387-2151, “NORTHERN MANNERIST PRINTS” Through Jan. 5. The exhibition includes every major artist of this extraordinary style and features many of their masterpieces. The National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh Sts. at Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 202-737-4215, “VAN GOGH REPETITIONS” Through Jan. 26. This exhibition takes a fresh look at the artistic process of Vincent van Gogh. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 202-387-2151, “BLACK BOX: GERARD BYRNE” Through Feb. 16. Gerard Byrne uses film, video, and photography to explore the way that we develop this collective fantasy in selections from his on-goFEATUR ing project “Case Study: Loch IN G • Retail Trad Ness.” The Baltimore Museum e S ho wHundreds of Vend of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Bala Variety of ors Selling Horse timore, MD 443-573-1700, artProducts/S ervices for All Ages and Every Dis ci • Stallion A pline venue • Mounted Demon • Parade of strations • Educationa Breeds l Seminars


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“HOLLYWOOD COSTUME” Through Feb. 17. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, “Hollywood Costume” explores the central role costume design plays in cinematic storytelling. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, VA 804340-1400, “MIA FEUER: AN UNKINDNESS” Through Feb. 23. A haunting vision of nature consumed, transformed, and twisted by human need. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW, Washington, DC 202-639-1700, “FACE IN THE CROWD” Through March 9. Alex Prager’s latest body of work by the same title, elaborately-staged crowd scenes, both poignant and revelatory, alongside earlier photographs and video works. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW, Washington, DC 202-639-1700,

“WORKT BY HAND” Through April 27. An exhibition that explores the presentation, contextualization, and interpretation of historical quilts. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 202-783-5000, “BOOK BINDINGS FROM THE GILDED AGE” Through May 18. This focus show of approximately 20 rarely seen examples from the Walters’ rare book collection will explore techniques and materials that were employed to showcase the book binder’s craft. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 410-547-9000, “AMERICAN MODERNS, 1910-1960 “ Jan. 2-5, 10:00am-4:00pm. Features 57 paintings and sculptures that highlight changes in American art and culture from 1910 through 1960. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington, DE OIL PAINTINGS BY ED BEAR MILLER Jan. 2-Feb. 2. His latest batch of oil paintings contains more of his staple realist renderings of Key Bridge and the Long Railroad Bridge. Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St., NW, Washington, DC 202463-0203, UDVAR-HAZY OPEN HOUSE Jan. 25, 10:00am-3:00pm. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at historic artifacts, documents, and works of art that are not on public display and see what it takes to collect, preserve, and restore them. Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly, VA 703-572-4118 “RYAN MCGINNESS: STUDIO VISIT” Jan. 25-Oct. 19. The exhibit will explore this contemporary artist’s creative process for his 2009 painting Art History Is Not Linear. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, VA 804-340-1400, “GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM” Jan. 29-Sept. 14. More than 30 vivid paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture present an overview of the revolutionary art movement that flourished in Germany. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, MD 443-573-1700, “THE BUSINESS OF ILLUSTRATED CALENDARS” Jan. 25-May 18. This exhibition introduces visitors to the oncethriving, lucrative business of illustrated calendars. Brandywine River Museum, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford, PA 610-3882700,

History OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00 and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD 301-953-1376 “OUR ONE COMMON COUNTRY” Jan. 24, noon-1:00pm. James B. Conroy describes in fascinating detail what happened when leaders from both sides came together to try to end the hostilities of the Civil War. A book signing will follow the lecture. The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA 855-649-1861 ARTIFACTS ROADSHOW Jan. 25, 10:00am-12:30pm. Bring your military memorabilia for a free review by the Virginia War Memorial’s curator, Jesse Smith, and Robert House of Classic Firearms. 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond, VA 804-786-2060,

Lectures/Workshops/Classes CREATIVE AGING Through Jan. 5. The program encourages people with memory impairment or chronic illness, and their caregivers, to connect with each other through art therapy. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 202-387-2151, PRUNING ORNAMENTAL TREES AND SHRUBS Jan. 9, 7:30-9:00pm. The program includes techniques and tools used in pruning presented through lecture and demonstration. 7251 Eden Brook Dr., Columbia, MD 410-381-9600, BASIC GLASS FUSING Jan. 15, 5:30-8:30pm. Students will learn to cut glass, select the correct types of glass, and design a project. The Artisan Center, 54 West Church St., Martinsville, VA 276-656-5461, WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP Jan. 18, 9:30am. Instructor Marnie Maree will give a morning demonstration then lead an afternoon of painting and a critique session. 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA 703-6425173, “MAD SCIENCE” Jan. 26, 11:00am and 1:00pm. Hot air balloons, vortex generators, and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park, MD 301-864-6029

TOURS O THER CAPE MAY, NJ Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, NJ. 800-275-4278, MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, MD 410-675-6750, “ICE!” AT GAYLORD NATIONAL HARBOR Through Jan. 5. An extravagant walk-through experience is carved from more than 2 million pounds of colorful ice and is kept at a chilly 9 degrees. Gaylord National Harbor, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 301-965-4000, “DARE TO TASTE THE SPIRITS” Jan. 9, 8:00pm. Guided tours take participants into the haunted pubs, taverns, and bistros of Ellicott City, even to areas restricted to dining guests where the friendly guides share local tales of the paranormal. 8267 Main St., Ellicott City, MD 410-313-1900,

SUMMIT POINT RACING Park features three road-racing circuits used for amateur automobile, kart, and motorcycle racing, high-performance driver education, and emergency training for local and federal law enforcement. Summit Point Motorsports Park, Summit Point, WV 304-725-8444,

FULL WOLF MOON HIKE AND CAMPFIRE Jan. 18, 7:00-9:00pm. Let its light guide your way to the back trails of the park, then gather around our campfire to warm up with hot chocolate. Robert E. Lee Park, Towson, MD 410-8874156,

ANNUAL PENGUIN SWIM Jan. 1, 11:30am. Dip into the chilly Atlantic Ocean to benefit local hospital Atlantic General. 91st St. and the ocean, Ocean City, MD 410-641-9644,

INVENTION CONVENTION Jan. 19-21, 10:00am-4:00pm. Children and families discover and examine the ways science affects life. A create-an-invention workshop challenges kids to imagine a creation and then build it. Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE

WEEKEND ANIMAL ENCOUNTER Jan. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Activities may be a story, craft, or outdoor exploration. 13555 Beaver Dam Rd., Cockeysville, MD 410-887-1815, EMPTY BOWL PROJECT Jan. 7, 11. Purchase a bowl, fill it with soup donated by local restaurants, and help the hungry. 94th St., Ocean City, MD 410524-9433,

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2014 is Maryland’s banner year Celebrating the 200th birthday of our country’s national anthem “It’s really going to be a banner year,” enthused Jill Finberg of the Star-Spangled 200 organization. “We say it’s Maryland’s ‘banner year’ celebrating the 200th birthday of our national anthem.” The government of the United States spent the early years of the War of 1812 in largely ill-fated attempts to carry the war north in the hope of bringing Canada to the American side. By 1814, the British fleet blockaded the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay and began marauding up and down its shores. And so, Maryland’s critical role in the war became prominent. The bicentennial year brings many opportunities to learn about that role with exciting events, exhibits, and a whole StarSpangled Banner Trail to explore. The Maryland Historical Society’s exhibit “In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812” is a great starting point for understanding the state’s involvement in the war, from the British description of Baltimore as a “nest of privateers” to the ill-fated defense of Washington to victory at Fort McHenry. Another exhibit about the era profiles Maryland’s international femme fatale, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, who married Napoleon’s younger brother Jerome.

Star-Spangled Banner Trail But there’s more to the story than the rockets’ red glare in Baltimore and a 19th century beauty.

The Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail connects historic sites in Maryland, Washington, and Virginia that played a role in events leading up to Francis Scott Key witnessing the Battle of Baltimore and writing the poem that became our national anthem. The trail is a 560-mile land and water route through communities affected by American and British troops moving across the region. Those moves ultimately led to the burning of the capital city, but failure on the part of the British to capture Fort McHenry. More than 25 visitor centers and regional information hubs have Star-Spangled Banner Trail orientation kiosks. Insider tip: Two tools help your discovery process. The Adventure Planner section at provides a downloadable map and guide. The Chesapeake Explorer mobile app allows you to search by location or activity, follow a recommended tour, or build your own tour. The trail is organized to allow you to choose or build itineraries based on interests or geography. Several sites along the trail routinely have events and activities for kids of different ages, making them great ways for families to explore and learn together. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in Calvert County, Md., is on the site of the state’s largest naval engagement and offers many family activities throughout the year. “We try to have programs that appeal to ev- 301.387.4000 301.387.4000

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Eastern Shore adventures Caroline County offers perspectives from land, water, and air When driving to the Maryland and Delaware beaches, it’s easy to fixate on the goal at hand — not getting stuck in Bay Bridge traffic and making good time to the beach. That kind of tunnel vision makes it easy to overlook one of the most interesting parts of the Delmarva Peninsula: landlocked Caroline County, Md. Here you can cycle for days and days, paddle quiet streams, stroll through beautiful flowers, and even fly like a bird. In the heart of the Eastern Shore you’ll find everything from the serene to the extreme. On the serene side, Tuckahoe State Park includes more than 20 miles of multi-use trails through tranquil forests and wetlands next to a 60-acre lake. The park also has a physical fitness path, rental cabins, and 53 campsites. Rent a kayak or canoe and get out on the man-made lake, a dammed, submerged woodland dotted with muskrat mounds. Gnawed trees and logs show signs of active beavers. And the year-round resident Canada geese honk at paddlers as if to say hello. The lake is also a haven for great blue herons and the occasional bald eagle. On the 5.4-mile Tuckahoe Creek Water Trail, which flows south from the lake, you’ll find a diverse and rich ecosystem. Insider tip: The close proximity to the coast means you’ll find shore birds, raptors, and songbirds under the canopy of trees. At the adjacent Adkins Arboretum, take a self-guided nature walk along five miles of paths. The 400-acre native plant preserve is open yearround with guided walks on the first Saturday of each month. At the arboretum, you’ll see wildflowers in the spring, the rich forest canopy in the summer, the vibrant colors of the fall foliage, and serenity of the woodlands in the winter.

From bike to flight For a slightly faster pace, take a bicycle ride on Caroline County’s smooth, flat country roads where farm fields stretch out to the horizon. Biking couldn’t be easier thanks to the county’s cycling map which includes 11 routes ranging from 14.5 to 48.2 miles. The shortest route starts and ends in Denton, the county seat situated along the waters of the

Choptank River. The town includes the Museum of Rural Life, a variety of specialty shops, antique stores, and fine dining at Denton’s newest restaurant — Harry’s on the Green. The longest biking route runs around the Northern perimeter of Caroline County going through the towns of Henderson, Greensboro, and Ridgely, home of Highland Aerosports — where the adventurous learn to fly! The 14-year-old flight park fulfills the dream of the mythical Daedalus. Instead of wings of wax, Dacron sail cloth and aluminum tubing come together to form one of the most pure forms of flying machines: the hang glider. Highland teaches hang gliding using the aerotow method in which the glider is towed aloft behind an ultralight aircraft in the same manner as a sailplane is towed by a singleengine plane. In a tandem harness holding both the instructor and the student, the glider climbs to 2,500 feet. The instructor initially handles the launching and landing and allows the student to control the glider after releasing from tow. With each additional flight, the student takes over more of the launching and landing control until the instructor feels the student is ready to fly solo. With 2003 Hang Gliding Instructor of the Year Sunny Venesky at the helm, it is not uncommon to continue the journey upwards as Venesky steers the wing into updrafts called thermals. Gliders have reached heights of almost 10,000 feet at Highland, soared for hours, and have flown more than 50 miles to the ocean. At altitude, the view is spectacular. To the west is the Chesapeake Bay, the Bay Bridge, and a coastline dotted by marshes. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean. And below are the towns, farmland, forests, and rivers of Caroline County. It’s a view that is sure to require another detour from beach-bound traffic.

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Bring on the New Year with a taste of spirits Toasting the New Year has become a nearly universal tradition. Frequently, the libation used for that toast is alcoholic. In America, beer and wine are the most frequently consumed alcoholic beverages, but recently, distilled and compounded spirits — “hard” alcohol — have regained popularity. In the introduction to his exhaustive tome, “International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture,” Dwight B. Heath writes: “Alcohol has long been one of the most popular chemicals used by human beings to enhance their moods, and it has been one of the most widespread throughout history. Ironically, it is a tranquilizer, appetizer, disinfectant, anesthetic, food, solvent, and economic commodity, as well as a potent symbol — all in various ways in different cultures.” That’s the long way of saying that alcoholic beverages — for good or for evil — have had a very important and diversified role in human society. Most cultures throughout the recorded history of mankind have had some form of alcoholic beverage. The only society that I have been able to locate that does not have an indigenous alcoholic beverage is the Inuit of the high Arctic. Traditionally, they did not have access to any naturally occurring sugars, a necessity for fermentation, the first step to producing alcohol.

From ancient times The art of distillation was known in the ancient

world. The Chinese produced a distilled spirit from rice beer, and arak has been produced from sugar cane and rice in the East Indies since 800 B.C. Many experts credit the Arabs, or Saracens, of the Middle Ages with originating our modern distillation process, as well as the words “alcohol” and “still.” The Scots and the Irish both claim to be first to produce a grain spirit called “whiskey” during the Middle Ages, but we cannot accurately determine the actual originator. Cognac brandy was much appreciated in England by the late 1600s, indicating that distilling wine into brandy had been going on for some time in France. Some of the earliest European settlers in this country also practiced distillation. Albert W.A. Schmid writes in his “Hospitality Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers, and Spirits”: “America being a great grain producer, it was natural that the distinctive American spirit was to be a grain spirit — bourbon. The primary criterion for locating a distillery in those days was the water supply.” George Washington operated the largest distillery in Colonial America, which you can visit today at Mount Vernon. Today, cocktails — mixed drinks — are showing a resurgence in popularity. Famed Baltimorean H.L. Menken explored the derivation of the term “cocktail”: “In many English taverns the last of the liquor drawn from barrels of ardent spirits, otherwise the cock-tailings [the dregs coming out of the barrel’s cock or spigot], were thrown together in a common receptacle. This mixture was sold to toppers at a reduced price so naturally they would call for cocktails.”

Vodka currently reigns as one of America’s favorite distilled alcohols. Traditionally made in Russia from potatoes, today’s vodkas come from all over the world, can be made from a variety of ingredients, and appear on the shelves in a variety of flavors. Tradition also figures strongly in single malt Scotch, another alcoholic beverage experiencing a rebirth of popularity. In “Josie’s Well,” a piece in a 1970 issue of Holiday magazine, essayist John McPhee wrote about the legendary Laphroaig Scotch, calling it “…so smoky, so heavy, so redolently peaty that a consumer feels he is somehow drinking a slab of bacon.” Laphroaig is blended into nearly three dozen other Scotches including Glenlivet, considered by many to be Scotland’s finest. Captain Smith Grant, owner of the The Glenlivet distillery, is quoted as saying: “It just happens to come out like that…I think it’s 99 and a half percent the water — the water and a certain fiddle-faddle in the manufacture.” Locally, increased interest in fine spirits has led to a spate of new craft distillers throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Virginia distillers A. Smith Bowman in Fredericksburg, Copper Fox in Sperryville, Still House in Culpeper, and Catoctin Creek in Purcellville are representative of distilleries that use traditional methods but have updated their products to suit contemporary tastes. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Maryland. Visit his website at or e-mail your questions and comments to

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Would you like to see a designer fashion runway show and buy the clothing at discounted prices? You can do just that at the Crystal Couture Show and Sale in Crystal City, Arlington, Va., 6:0010:00pm, Feb. 4 to 8. “The Crystal Couture Show and Sale is part show and part sale and an excellent way to shop, sip, and enjoy the company of friends,” explained Angela Fox, show coordinator. “It makes fashion accessible, affordable, and creative.” This free event, choreographed by Maggie Francois, includes a fashion show and high-end bargain trunk sale. Attendees can view clothing from 50 of the D.C. area’s most stylish boutiques and designers. Browse through racks of discounted offerings while watching models on the runway wearing the pieces. See something you like? Buy it directly off the runway! And, sip a glass of wine while you watch. After the show, take advantage of free makeup and hair makeovers. Visit with a professional wardrobe consultant if you have style questions. C.A.T. Walk Boutique, owned by Carol Lyn, is one of the participating shops. Lyn works with

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overseas designers who sell only to boutiques, and not department stores. “This way, my customers can be assured they won’t find their item mass produced. Ninety-nine percent of my customers say ‘you have clothing I’ve not seen anywhere before’,” said Lyn. Another boutique displaying its wares is JEM Collection. Jennifer Elizabeth Miller, owner and designer, creates original scarves. She’ll share the many ways of wearing a scarf to finish an outfit, including around your neck, as a shawl, as a tunic, or even on your head like a hood. “Crystal Couture is a great way for D.C. residents to buy off the runway designs from local designers and get to know them,” said Miller. This event will be held at 251 18th Street South on the 11th floor. Take advantage of free parking or take the Metro. This is a fashionista’s dream date!

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Surprising Alsatian wine French wines are renowned the world over. From classy Bordeaux to high-end Burgundy, wines from France carry that certain panache. One of the most interesting and perhaps underrated regions sits in the east of the country straddled by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine River in Germany to the east. The region is Alsace. This approximately 75-mile stretch of wine country running from Strasburg in the north to Mulhouse in the south is a magical place with quaint villages, superb food, and wonderful wine. Located almost at the northern limit of where wine grapes will grow, it’s no surprise that most of the vino here is white. Red grapes simply need more heat to be prolific. The “big four” grape varieties here are Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris (also called Tokay d’Alsace), and Muscat. Lesser known varieties include Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, and Chasselas. The only red planted is a little Pinot Noir of Burgundy fame, but the resulting wine tends to be quite light because of the northerly locale.

Distinctive bottles Although all Alsatian wine is packaged in the distinctive elongated, flute-type bottles so common in Germany, numerous styles exist. Traditionally, the wines were marketed with a producer’s name, grape variety, and vintage year on the bottle — quite easy to understand as compared to many other French wine regions! There is a “Cru system” here as well that qualifies certain

vineyards as better than others because of their “terroir,” the consistently good fruit they produce, and, ultimately, the great resulting wine. Grand Crus can only be produced from the “big four” varieties. Beyond that, there are some interesting variations. “Edelzwicker” is an Alsatian wine produced from a blend of grape varieties, but, by French law, cannot state the varieties on the label. The wine carries a fictitious or branded name instead. “Crémant d’Alsace” is a sparkling wine made in the “champagne method” (2nd fermentation in the same bottle). However, it has lighter spirits to it than regular champagne method sparklers due to a lower “dosage” (addition of wine, yeast, and sugar to created bubbles). Two specialty wines in the region are fabulous, but are relatively rare, expensive, and often packaged in half bottles. “Vendange Tardive” is a wine made from lateharvest grapes. By leaving the fruit on the vines later, they dry out. This concentrates the sugar and acid and yields a sweeter, richer wine. “Selections de Grains Noble” are rarer and more expensive still. Created from grapes that have been attacked by “Noble Rot” or botrytis (a fungus that eats out the pulp of grape turning them into raisin-like entities that really concentrates flavors and sugar), these babies are to die for.

Foodie heaven When it comes to food, Alsace has the most “starred” restaurants in the entire country and, with its proximity to Germany, there is certainly

some influence. With traditional dishes like backeoffe (substantial meat casserole), tarte flambée (a pizza-like concoction topped with crème fraiche, cheese, onion and bacon), charcroute garnie (seasoned sauerkraut topped with meats and veggies), onion tarts, kugelhopf (almond and raisin cake), and fruit tarts, there’s plenty to match the delicious wine to. Let’s not forget the famous, pungent Muenster cheese made from ripe cow’s milk. Of course, Alsatian wine works with more than just Alsatian cuisine. Riesling works as an aperitif, or with veal, fish, and seafood; Gewurztraminer with exotic dishes and smoked fare; Pinot Gris with game birds and richer fish; and Muscat alongside pungent cheese and Thai food. Some of the better Alsatian producers include Zind-Humbrecht, Domaine Weinbach, Deiss, Tempe, Mann, Hugel, Trimbach, Leon Beyer, Boxler, Josmeyer, Schoffit, and Schlumberger. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2013. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, award-winning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. Website: Twitter: Blogspot: Doc’s Grapevine: www. Facebook: Editor’s note: The wine doctor’s new, awardwinning “comic, wine mystery” novel, “Pinot Envy,” is now available online and at bookstores.

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Major spring music events on tap A preview of some annual favorites Once the winter blues subside, musicians start warming up for the coming yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crop of music festivals. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a round-up of music festivals on the horizon this spring. The National Shamrock Fest on March 22 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., is one big party celebrating St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. More than 30 bands, DJs, and acts will perform on seven stages, with pub games, an Irish village, and a midway as added attractions. The festival has been ranked the â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. 3 Saint Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival in USâ&#x20AC;? by Beer Taste magazine, which should tell you something about the liquid refreshments of choice. ( The Crooked Road Festival, March 20-22 at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., will celebrate old-time bluegrass and mountain gospel music with concerts, workshops, and demonstrations. The event is held in collaboration with The Crooked Road: Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heritage Music

Trail. ( The Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival will be held March 23-24 at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. The festival includes concerts, clinics presented by leading brass and percussion experts, and a youth competition. ( The Boscovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Berks Jazz Fest, presented by the Berks Arts Council in Reading, Pa., is March 28April 6. The 24th annual festival promises to have an extensive lineup of performers and groups. ( Coming up April 26 is the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival, which takes place on an island in the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. Bands, food, and drink are featured in what is billed as a family-friendly event. ( The second annual Charm City Folk and Blue-

grass Festival in Baltimore, Md., is scheduled April 26. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event at Union Craft Brewing sold out early, so the 2014 festival will be moved to Druid Hill Park. ( The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival takes place May 10 in Abington, Va. More than 20 bands and 150 musicians from the Crooked Road region are featured in performances and workshops in the daylong event. ( Live music, a parade, a carnival, fireworks, and even a pepperoni roll bake-off await at the West Virginia Three Rivers Festival, May 22-24 in Fairmont, W.Va. ( The town of Herndon, Va., will host the 34rd annual Herndon Festival May 30-June 1. The downtown festival will feature three stages devoted to headline performers as well as local and regional singer/songwriters, plus arts and crafts and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. (

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Regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s museums provide fresh artistic palette Major exhibit openings planned for 2014 The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk is not only brushing up its facilities, but framing its works in dif-

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approach will be unveiled at a grand reopening in April. The renovation at the Chrysler is one of the developments in the regional art world as museums plan their 2014 exhibitions. At the Chrysler, the museum is being modernized, reconfigured, and expanded. Two new wings will increase space for the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrated glass collection and its collection of American and European painting and sculpture. Other galleries also will be enlarged, and there will be more room for special exhibits, new media pieces, and 21stcentury works. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holdings will be displayed in terms of similar themes and subjects rather than the usual chronological way. This method of matchmaking, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;activation,â&#x20AC;? aims to inspire insights about commonalities over the centuries. Another goal is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;occasionally surprise visitors with an unexpected visual experience that keeps their experience lively,â&#x20AC;? says the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bill Hennessey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Collection Re-imagined,â&#x20AC;? opening April 12, will be the first exhibition in the renovated museum, which has 30,000 objects spanning 5,000 years and numerous cultures. The yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lineup includes two whimsical shows: â&#x20AC;&#x153;70 Years of Smokey Bearâ&#x20AC;? (Aug. 9-Feb. 1, 2015) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worn to Be Wild: the Black Leather

Jacketâ&#x20AC;? (Oct.4-Jan. 4, 2015), about the evolution of a fashion icon. The museum is closed during construction except for its two historic houses and glass studio. (chrysler. org)

Coming up in Washington The National Gallery of Art is showcasing one of the most famous works from antiquity, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dying Gaul: An Ancient Roman Masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum, Rome,â&#x20AC;? through March 16. The museum plans shows in May focusing on three popular artists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking Inâ&#x20AC;? (May 4-Nov. 30) examines the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penchant for the window as a subject. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Degas/Cassattâ&#x20AC;? (May 11-Oct. 5) explores Edgar Degasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; influence on Mary Cassattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. ( The Smithsonian American Art Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forgetâ&#x20AC;? (May 2-Aug. 3), marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the artist who championed the working class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World of James Castleâ&#x20AC;? (Sept. 26Feb. 1, 2015) features a sampling of the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly acquired collection of works by the artist, known for finding beauty in the ordinary. ( At the National Portrait Gallery,

“Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio” (through Jan. 15, 2015) documents how the war affected life in Washington. A new show, “American Cool” (Feb. 7-Sept. 7), features people who embody what it means to be “cool.” ( The Phillips Collection’s most comprehensive presentation of its art collection in nearly 40 years will be brought together in “Made in the USA: American Masters from The Phillips Collection, 1850-1970” (Feb. 22-Aug. 31). ( The National Museum of Women in the Arts will view quiltmaking through a feminist perspective in “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” (through April 27). “Judy Chicago: Circa ’75” (Jan. 17-April 13) will look at a prominent feminist artist who sought to change society. (

Exhibitions elsewhere The Baltimore Museum of Art is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014. On Nov. 23, it will reopen its historic Merrick Entrance and its renovated Dorothy Mcllvain Scott American Wing, featuring a new presentation of the museum’s collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Another top exhibition, “German Expressionism: A Revolutionary Spirit” (Jan. 29-Sept. 14), will offer an overview of the

revolutionary art movement in early 20th-century Germany. ( The Walters Art Museum, also in Baltimore, will explore creations inspired by the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging in its big show, “Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics” (Feb. 23May 11). ( The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va., also visits Asia with “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Bejing” (Oct. 18-Jan. 11, 2015). More than 180 works will include court paintings, religious sculpture, ritual objects, fine ceramics, jade, textiles, and furniture. There’s still time to see “Hollywood Costume” (through Feb. 17), a once-in-a-lifestyle chance to see clothes worn by memorable film characters. ( The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va., will present “From Picasso to Magritte: European Masters from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts” (Jan. 25-Aug. 23), drawing from prominent and innovative artists over a 150-year span. ( The early years of a music icon from Winchester, Va., are illuminated in “Becoming Patsy Cline” (through July 6) at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. “Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art” (Sept. 7-March 1, 2015) showcases works

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by 270 artists from every state and 38 other countries. The museum recently announced a 10-year master plan for future development, including the reopening in May 2014 of the Glen Burnie House after preservation, reinterpretation, and restoration of the garden work is done. (themsv. org) The Philadelphia Museum of Art will offer a rare opportunity to view some of Korea’s artistic masterpieces in “Treasures from Korea: Arts and John Dean

Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 13921910” (March 2-May 26). “Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love” (April 27Nov. 30) will showcase ensembles by the late fashion designer. ( The museum will join other Philadelphia venues to showcase objects of English origin when the city hails Shakespeare’s birthday in 2014. Numerous venues and cultural events will celebrate “Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450.” ( John Dean

The Walters Museum’s Japanese ceramics exhibit features interesting vases such as this one.

The White Form is part of the Walters Museum salute to Japanese flower arranging.

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Beautiful Townhouse facing Deep Creek Lake; full lake access, picnic area, and indoor heated pool. 3 BR, 2.5 BA w/sleeper sofa, fully furnished kitchen, linens and towels provided. Enjoy spectacular lake, mountain and ski slope view from upper and lower decks, gas grill, fireplace with free wood, jacuzzi tub in master bath. Sleeps 8 comfortably. One mile from Wisp Ski Resort w/ skiing, snow boarding and tubing, and a mountain roller coaster. Peak ski season $175 per night, 2 night min, weekends $400 (Fri/Sat) w/3rd night free. Ask about 4day, 5day and weeklong vacations. Year round resort. Email: Bob-bythebay@ for pictures, questions or reservations. 240-286-6400 or leave message @ 410-414-7595

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