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Looking forward to 2016

2016 is going to be a great year for Recreation News readers. We’ll be covering some new territory and discovering different things to do in areas we’ve visited previously. I think you’ll enjoy the armchair experience, but, more importantly, I hope it gets you on the road to a new destination for a day trip, weekend getaway, or vacation. This month, we’re sharing insights into some unexpected culinary destinations. Places such as Harrisonburg, Orange County, Lynchburg, and Smithfield might not come immediately to mind as stops on a foodie tour of Virginia, but you’ll be surprised at what Reed Hellman found there. Winter sports are always popular at the turn of the year when ski resorts from West Virginia to Western Maryland to the Pennsylvania Poconos are in full swing. But there are many off-the-slopes options to explore as well. Snow sports enthusiasts are blessed to live so close to the Canaan Valley, where the average annual snowfall boggles the mind of those of us residing nearer the Chesapeake Bay. In March, we’ll visit railroad attractions throughout the Mid-Atlantic that preserve the heritage of the region. From the birthplace of commercial

railroading in America to scenic excursion trains to museums and other railroad-themed attractions, we’ll be riding the rails and hope you’ll enjoy the journey. March also brings the first of our four annual Civil War sections. In April, we’ll produce the first of two North Carolina sections and feature a Blue Ridge Parkway story that spans that and our popular Virginia pullout section. We’ll be covering both states from the mountains to the beaches. I’m really excited about our May issue, which will include a roundup of attractions that reflect the extensive aviation heritage of the region. From the Wright brothers to our nation’s astronauts, we have the places to explore our role in aviation. July will shine a spotlight on Mid-Atlantic caverns and agritourism attractions — both great family fun. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out what the second half of the year has in store.

Remembering a contributor Those who contribute their talents to Recreation News are the backbone of our publication and we felt the loss of one of them in November. You might not recognize the name of Karen Carra because her byline did not appear on stories you’ve read. Karen’s contribution was behind the camera and her credit line appeared on a host of pictures that accompanied stories written by her husband, Matthew Graham. Matthew and Karen have been a go-to team for adventure travel stories for years and have tackled just about every adventure the MidAtlantic can offer for this publication. They’ve traveled much of the world as well, summiting Kilkimanjaro in 2014. Karen was active in the Washington dance scene in the 1980s and ’90s and had even performed aerial works more recently. Karen died in a tragic hang gliding accident on Nov. 8, even though she was an experienced hang glider and paraglider. We extend heartfelt sympathy to Matthew and their family.

More to love The new year also brings changes to, where we’re improving the mobile experience. While you can enjoy the website from your computer, your tablet, or your phone, more than half of our digital audience is using a mobile device. This year, you’ll find additional content and videos to enhance the experience. Our social media platforms, including our Facebook page, offer features such as Waterfall Wednesdays, as well as special contests and giveaways. Recreation News continues to offer a fabulous getaway contest each month and next month we’ll help The Omni Homestead celebrate its 250th anniversary year with a terrific getaway prize, but remember, you have to enter to win. That’s a peek behind the curtain for 2016. We hope you’ll enjoy the ride and take advantage of all Recreation News has to offer. Most of all, we wish you and your family the happiest of New Years!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 ~ Editor’s Note 3 ~ Publisher’s Note 4 ~ Travel Line 6 ~ Dining around the Old Dominion 8 ~ Chambersburg’s salute to winter 10 ~ Woodloch is top family resort 11 ~ Schedule a visit with Punxsutawney Phil WV-2 ~ West Virginia winter guide WV-4 ~ Northern Panhandle playground 13 ~ Cruise Corner 14 ~ Calendar of Events 18 ~ Family Travel 19 ~ Culture 21 ~ Wine Doctor

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Long holiday weekends bring opportunities across the region With New Year’s celebrations behind us, we can look forward to the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend surrounding the federal holiday, Jan. 16, which honors the slain civil rights leader. Serve DC is matching residents interested in giving a day of service with volunteer opportunities and community-based organizations in the nation’s capital. ( Many special events are planned around the holiday, too, in towns and cities all over the country. In Washington, D.C., the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade is planned for the morning of Jan. 18, followed by a special service at the Washington National Cathedral that afternoon. Also planned are the “Let Freedom Ring” concert at the Kennedy Center and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. (Dates and times are to be announced.) In Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell will ring at noon in keeping with a tradition suggested by King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, when the national holiday was created in 1984. The symbolic ringing of the bell recalls the closing words of Dr. King’s “Dream” speech: “When we allow freedom to ring — when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gen-

tiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are free at last.’” In Atlanta, home of the Martin Luther King Memorial ( and The King Center (, a week of special youth programs, educational seminars, community dialogues, and service projects will culminate with the annual “Salute to Greatness” at the Hyatt Regency Jan. 16. Also, the National Park Service will lay a wreath at King’s grave Jan. 18. Throughout the week visitors are encouraged to visit the King home and learn about his strategic role in the civil rights movement.

At the beaches The long holiday weekend is also an ideal time for taking a mini-vacation to the beach, the mountains, or another travel destination, since special rates and packages may be available. In Ocean City, the Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival, showcasing painters, sculptors, model ship builders, and multimedia artists, will take place Jan. 16–17 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Simple Truth will play modern and classic rock at Harborside Jan. 16, followed by Opposite Directions Jan. 17. ( The music of Sondheim, Sinatra, and Streisand

will be featured during “The S* Show,” a concert at Camp Rehoboth Community Center, Jan. 16–17, to benefit the camp and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. ( The Dream Bowl III, a college football all-star showcase of the best Division II and III players from around the country, is planned for Jan. 14–18 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. The ever-popular Virginia Restaurant Week will begin Jan. 10 and run through Jan. 19, with more than 60 participating restaurants offering fixed price menus starting at $10. The Coastal Wine Fest, Jan. 16–17 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, will feature area wineries, educational seminars, specialty foods, a craft beer garden, a grape stomp competition, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. (

On the slopes Winter sports enthusiasts will be hitting the slopes during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at many area resorts, which offer a variety of activities and special packages. The free Stage Wisp Concert Series No. 3 is planned for Jan. 15 at Wispers Bar at Wisp Resort in McHenry, Md., and the BlackStrap Rail Jam Series No. 1 competition, open to skiers and riders, will take place at the resort’s Central Park Jan. 16. And get this: As part of Pacific Group Resorts Inc.,

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Wisp season pass holders can ski free at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia and Ragged Mountain Resort in New Hampshire, and receive up to six complimentary lift tickets at each resort. ( The holiday weekend at Wintergreen, Jan. 15–18, includes Demo Days by Freestyle, Wintergreen Rail Jam, and the kickoff of the National Ski Areas Association’s Safety Awareness Week, plus great music slope-side, live entertainment at The Edge, and NASTAR. Winter Escape rates that weekend start at $169. (

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Presidents Day We can look forward to another special weekend when we celebrate Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13–16. Special events are planned for the entire weekend at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. On Feb. 16, visitors get in free and may engage in several special activities. Breakfast with George Washington, featuring food demonstrations, samples, and music, will start at 9:00am. The wreath-laying ceremony at Washington’s tomb is scheduled for 10:00am, followed by “As I Know Him” encounters with the first president’s contemporaries at 11:00am. In the afternoon, visitors may learn more about the president during the program on “General Washington, We Honor You.” Alexandria, where George Washington was a regular visitor, will host the annual George Washington Classic 10K Race Feb. 14, and military demonstrations and reenactments are planned for the same day at Fort Ward Museum. The next day, Old Town Alexandria will host the annual George Washington’s Birthday Parade. At the Lincoln Memorial, in the nation’s Spend an afternoon cyclingcapital, there will be along a wreath-laying ceremony winding country roads and a reading of the Gettysburg Address Feb. 15, startor exploring scenic, forested ing at 1:00pm. paths at Tuckahoe State Park. Colonial Williamsburg will celebrate the holiday all weekend, with a series of special programs that are included in the price of admission. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison


Skiers and boarders can look forward to special events during Martin Luther King weekend at Wintergreen Resort. will meet the public Feb. 13. That evening, there’s a concert at the Governor’s Palace (special ticket required). The next day, Feb. 14, Washington will reflect on his long career, and Virginia Gov. Patrick Henry will talk about his friendships and political relations with key revolutionary leaders, including Jefferson and Washington. In the afternoon there is the Salute to Presidents, featuring fife and drums and a cannon firing. (

Spring vacations Are you thinking spring vacation already? You can find useful information and special deals on cruises, special tours, and resort destinations on many travel sites. When planning your next cruise, check out the travel agencies you’ll find in the

Cruise Corner feature in Recreation News. is a great site for packages and special deals on hotels and resorts, cruises, international tours, and more. helps you find desirable accommodations at affordable rates around the world. You can realize savings when purchasing CityPass for visits to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Toronto. (citypass. com) Traveling solo? Check out solotravelerblog. com. Over 50? Visit or Safe travels. Carol Timblin welcomes travel news at ctimblin@

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Dining around the Old Dominion F our locales you migh t not exp ect to attract food ies Well before John Smith’s Jamestown colonists discovered the Chesapeake’s bounty, Virginia’s First People were thriving on a rich and varied bill of fare. Today’s Virginia still relies on its geography, fertility, and favorable climate to offer foods that can intrigue everyone from casual noshers to the most demanding epicures. A dining tour of the Old Dominion could begin most anywhere, but going to Orange County takes you far enough south to be in the heartland and may offer some surprises. “We’ve gotten a focus on high-end restaurants,” explained the county’s Leigh Mawyer. “They augment our wonderful B&Bs and historical Civil War sites.” Mawyer pointed to Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyards where executive chef Spencer Crawford, born and raised in Central Virginia, takes full advantage of Palladio’s horticulturist and

flourishing private nurseries of herbs, culinary flowers, and vegetables. In downtown Gordonsville, Restaurant Pomme uses Virginia’s bounty to create an authentic classic French dining experience using local ingredients. Also influenced by French culinary tradition, executive chef Randy Cooper at Elmwood at Sparks blends quality Virginia products with innovative dishes and has become a pioneer of Virginia country cuisine. For a complete change of pace, The Barbeque Exchange, also in Gordonsville, features hickory-smoked, slow-roasted pork shoulders and spareribs, cooked in a specialized wood-burning cooker. The Light Well, in the center of Orange, offers high-quality food and beverages at moderate prices in a casual atmosphere. Located in a historic and restored 1908 building, it attracts locals and visitors alike.

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Shenandoah Valley farm-to-table

Across the Blue Ridge and out into the agriculture-rich Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg has earned its title as Virginia’s first Culinary District. With just over 50,000 people, the town supports more than 60 locally owned restaurants along with an array of national chains. More than 15 food-related businesses, including a year-round farmers market, specialty shops, food tours, and cooking classes, add to the mix. Adding to the numbers, the local food and beverage community takes an active role in the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, revitalizing the historic city center and transforming it into a destination for culinary tourists. In the midst of world-renown Shenandoah Valley agriculture, “locally-sourced” and “farm-to table” have special significance in Harrisonburg and surrounding Rockingham County. Traditional farming and dairy opO range C o. T ourism erations aid and abet modernist cuisine. International influences enhance the region’s gastronomic palette, with 52 languages and all colors and ethnicities present in the melting pot. Two common threads tie together many of Harrisonburg’s newer restaurants: An emphasis on using locally produced ingredients whenever possible and repurposing once-thriving downtown commercial space. Restaurant Pomme in Gordonsville offers a Farther south, LynchFrench culinary experience. burg’s downtown is also alive with culinary options, many of them international or ethnic. “We’ve got Germany, Switzerland, India, Italian, and England,” said Sergei Troubetzkoy, ISLE OF WIGHT, VIRGINIA director of tourism. “Also, an Irish pub and Mexican tequila … and, we’ve also got the third oldest community market in the nation. It’s open year-round, and since 1783 it has never closed.” Diners at Lynchburg’s restaurants can find everything from made-to-order gourmet salads to such culinary gems as scallops casino and crab-stuffed trout or southern-fried quail and duck spring rolls. Downtown shoppers can also find Cao Artisan

Chocolates, making fine chocolates on premises; the White Hart Café, a locally owned coffee roaster selling its Black Water Creek blends; and a growing number of food trucks that join together in a local park for Food Truck Thursdays from March to October.

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Connoisseurs recognize the Smithfield Ham as one of the world’s great delicacies. On par with Spain’s serannos and Italy’s parmas and prosciuttos, a genuine Smithfield has a distinctive dark pink color and pungent flavor — robust, salty, and rich with hardwood smoke. A Smithfield Ham is very much

a product of American history and environment. By Virginia state law, a genuine Smithfield Ham must be made from a peanut-fed razorback hog and cured within the town limits of Smithfield, following the traditional process. The Taste of Smithfield sells Smithfield Hams and other products and is “a delightful experience for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with both indoor and outdoor seating,” said Judy Winslow, who promotes the area. “They even have a giant smoker outside to enhance their meats.” Hams are not the only delight to be found on the banks of the Pagan River. Smithfield has made a conscious effort to retain its small-town serenity and charm. The town boasts a 9-squareblock registered historic district and

numerous shops and specialty stores. Don’t miss the sweet potato biscuits at The Smithfield Inn, which offers sumptuous meals and lodging in one of the town’s older structures, built in 1752, the year of the town’s founding. Smithfield Station, on the banks of the river, offers rooms and a restaurant accessible by boat or car.

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Explore Chambersburg, Pa. O ne of F rankl in C ounty’ s many gems includ es a winter ice festiva l Just north of Hagerstown, Md., at the Pennsylvania line, Franklin County spreads out before the traveler, as eager to please as a home-cooked dinner. Here, the table is a feast of winding roads, acres of farmland, American history, art, culture, and small-town ambience. On a map, the outline of Franklin County resembles a lone, ragged, and creviced mountain of the Pacific Northwest. In truth, the terrain could not be more gentle and homespun. Hills roll softly, red barns dot the landscape, and fields team with crops. Chambersburg, the largest borough in Franklin County, is centrally located and is a calm and effortless drive north along I-81. As the county seat, its population is just more than 20,000. The heart of Chambersburg is Memorial Fountain, holding a place of honor in the town square where Routes 11 and 30 intersect. Designed by founder Benjamin Chambers in the latter part of the 18th century, it is the site of many town events.

A larger-than-life statue of a Union soldier faces south from the square’s edge as a reassuring symbol guarding against the return of the Southern invaders who, on July 30, 1864, burned a good deal of the town, including its courthouse. It is for this reason that locals will refer to the impressive architecture of homes and buildings as constructed “before the fire” and “after the fire.” One of the many charms of Chambersburg is its walkability. The visitors bureau, located on South Main Street, offers walking tour maps and information. The town, laid out around the square, looks almost like a movie set of small-town America. An imposing statue of Benjamin Franklin sits atop the courthouse dome, a beacon in the bright sunlight and accolade to the resilience of Chambersburg residents. Rebuilt shortly after the original was burned, the courthouse used the salvageable columns of its predecessor. The Chambersburg Heritage Center in the renovated Valley National Bank, originally built F rankl in C o. T ourism

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in 1915 with its marble, Beaux-Arts style, which serves as a multi-exhibit tribute to the town’s history. Today, Chambersburg teems with small shops, bistros, and hundreds of artisans who showcase their work at festivals and community events.

IceFest 2016 “It was the (Chambersburg Area) Arts Council that had the idea to showcase a different type of (winter) art,” said Penny Shaul, a downtown merchant who owns Here’s Looking at You, a women’s clothing boutique. She is one of the many organizers of IceFest. ( Sponsored by M&T Bank, this is a yearly event that has grown to be the second-largest ice festival in Pennsylvania. Kicking off Jan. 28 and running through Jan. 31, this frosty outdoor exhibit features more than 70 ice sculptures (including a 40-foot double ice slide) that are illuminated and set up along the sidewalks near the square. “IceFest gives people a reason to get out,” Shaul continued. “Everybody’s pretty much bored out of their minds by the end of January.” The festival also includes a chili cook-off and a Snowfall Ball. Some food tents are set up, but the organizers also encourage visitors to patronize the local restaurants. One such establishment is Bistro 71. Here is a cozy, upscale American eatery that boasts a diverse menu featuring such delectable offerings as lamb lollipops and crab mounds. The distinctive taste of the onion soup is enhanced with beef tenderloin. “I love the ambience: That’s what drew me here in the first place,” noted server Vanessa Bigler, a people person who thrives on a full house and great service. “The food is awesome. We have light fare all day and our own exclusive martini menu for every palate,” she added. F rankl in C o. T ourism

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Creative ice sculptures line the square in Chambersburg.

The choices for overnight accommodations in Chambersburg are varied and plentiful. Few, however, offer the charm of the Craig Victorian Bed & Breakfast. (craigvictorian. com) This grande dame of gracious architectural interest dates to 1880 and is operated by innkeepers Roger and Barbara Sackett. Seven

large sleeping rooms, fit for Queen Victoria herself, are authentically decorated in period furnishings, while providing 21st-century amenities. “All of our guests say they feel at home when they visit,” Roger Sackett explained. Little wonder, when full American

breakfasts, from fresh fruit, homemade muffins, waffles, and eggs to muffins and coffee, are served at the family dining table where the guests feel like long-lost relatives. It is hard to imagine a few days’ stay where former strangers hug one another goodbye. And, since Franklin County, and

particularly Chambersburg, is a feast for exploration year-round, Roger Sackett’s words ring true when he says, “If you have a chance, come back!”

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Woodloch draws families for year-round ‘togethering’ fun Like many resorts in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Woodloch Pines began as a familyowned resort on a lake. Today it remains a family-run business, thanks to Harry and Mary Kiesendahl, who purchased a small resort on Lake Teedyuskung in 1958 from another family. From that original 12-acre resort with room for 40 guests, Woodloch has grown into a 1,200-acre family of resort properties that can accommodate 1,000 guests. Today, John Kiesendahl and other family members operate the resort. What hasn’t changed in more than five decades is the distinctive attraction for families, many who return year after year and generation after generation. Why the loyal customers? “We are home-grown fun,” said the resort’s Erica Bloch. “There really is

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and you) program is available as a package for couples through May and includes art classes, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes, nature excursions, zip-lining, and geocaching options. On Tuesdays, for example, guests can take advantage of a two-hour demonstration of event cooking and wine pairing that provides tips on preparing hors d’oeuvres, small plates, and tapas, as well as wine pairing techniques.

Golf and spa treatments, too Woodloch Springs is an 18-hole championship golf course, stretching 6,579 yards, and is dedicated to growing the game of golf with familyfriendly play. A newer offering at the resort, The Lodge at Woodloch, opened in 2006 and has reaped awards as a destination spa. There are 58 rooms at the Lodge, or resort guests can use day spa guest passes to access the facilities and treatments. The Lodge has indoor and outdoor whirlpools, an indoor pool with hydromassage water walls, fitness and wellness classes, and spa treatments that change with the seasons. The resort’s all-inclusive opportunity includes three meals per day with various dining options, but there are also alternative plans with fewer or no meals. Special rates are offered through February. Active duty military guests are eligible for a 10 percent discount. With all the growth, the most important tradition at Woodloch dates back to the Kiesendahl’s purchase in 1958 — treating guests “as if they are company in our own home.” It’s no wonder Trip Advisor named Woodloch Pines the best resort for families in America and No. 6 in the world for 2015.

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Is a visit with Punxsutawney Phil on your bucket list? My introduction to America’s most famous groundhog came long before the movie Bucket List or even the earlier Groundhog Day. I was a scholarship kid in boarding school about 1963 and one of my roommates was from an odd-sounding place called Punxsutawney, Pa. It turned out his father was one of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, who wear the top hats and take care of that once-ayear weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil. Each Feb. 2, Phil makes his prediction about how much longer winter will last from atop Gobbler’s Knob. Not being shy, he makes his prognostication in front of about 20,000 hardy souls who make the cold early morning climb and countless more who view his performance on live streaming video or at least on the evening news. The ritual turns 130 years old in 2016, and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. The folks in Punxsutawney keep adding to the festivities to lure new and returning visitors to the experience. A winter festival starts Jan. 30 with street performers, music, ice carving, and other entertainment. You can have breakfast with Phil, visit the vendors in Barclay Square, and enjoy chainsaw carving demonstrations. There are walking tours to find the 32 6-foot-tall groundhog sculptures around town known as “Phantastic Phils.” The 13 wineries of the Groundhog Wine Trail even hold a wine festival in Clearfield Jan. 30. The focus moves from downtown Punxsutawney to Gobbler’s Knob Feb. 2. The gates open at 3:00am and thousands of Phil’s fans can enjoy a bonfire and other festivities, as well as an unusual 6:30am fireworks display. The highlight remains the moment when those top-hatted and tailed members of the Groundhog Club gather around Phil’s stump to announce his prediction: Will it be an early spring or six more weeks of winter? Katie McDonald is director of the Groundhog Club, which plans the major events. “Lots of first-timers come because of the movie Bucket List,” she said.

Those from out of the region are often surprised at the cold, but it’s something you have to do to understand. After all, where else are you going to see fireworks at 6:30am?” Whether you make the trek to Punxsutawney in February or wait for a warmer time, there is plenty to do. At the weather Discovery Center you can climb into a tornado or even create a thunderstorm. Around town, you can find the “Phantastic Phils,” and, if you’re lucky, you can see the great one himself at Phil’s Burrow at the library. Gobbler’s Knob itself is open to explore all year. Groundhog Club Headquarters has rare and historical artifacts about the celebration and the famous Punxsutawney Phil. There’s even an official souvenir shop, of course. I confess I’ve never made it to see the ceremony, but maybe the 130th time will be the charm.

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Grab a helpful 2016 winter guide to the Mountain State West Virginia’s mountains and winter just naturally go together, so it’s a good thing the state’s tourism folks put together a guide to “West Virginia’s Best of Winter.” The online guide ( lets you choose the categories that interest you and pinpoints them on a map of the state. The state’s skiing and snow sports centers are included, of course. There are five ski resorts that offer a variety of winter activities and a number of cross-country operations, both privately operated and in state parks. But there is much more to do than hurtling down a snowy slope. Mountain Trail Rides can show you the Canaan Valley’s winter scenery from atop a horse or on a romantic

sleigh ride. Or, take an ATV on the legendary Hatfield McCoy Trails System. Ice skaters can hit the rinks in Morgantown or the Canaan Valley to show their prowess with jumps and speed. February brings the International Water Tasting Festival in Berkeley Springs and a test of your engineering and creativity at the Duct Tape Sled Race at Blackwater Falls State Park. The challenge is to build the speediest “mystical creature” sled with only cardboard and duct tape. There are plenty of wintertime food and drink locations to explore as well. In nearby Martinsburg, watch Defluri’s chocolatiers at work. Browse through the factory

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Northern West Virginia: The Mid-Atlantic’s playground The Mountain State, West Virginia, serves as playground for the Mid-Atlantic. It’s more relaxed, greener, and whiter in winter than its neighbors. It’s also a fun-loving place, with more festivals, fairs, and celebrations per capita than any other state.

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Canal cruising: The journey continues A canal yacht vacation on Locaboat (locaboat. com) was relatively easy to pull together from a transportation perspective. Iceland-based WOW Air ( has bargain basement airline deals to Amsterdam and other European destinations from Baltimore-Washington International Airport for as little as $99 oneway. The Locaboat personnel based in Holland set up a taxi to take us from the airport in Schiphol to the Locaboat base, which is located approximately 30 minutes from the airport. We were even able to make a stop at a large grocery store to pick up a few necessary supplies and groceries. Insider Tip: Take with you some provisions that are small, yet will save you from having to purchase more than you need for your week-long holiday. Good examples include about 10 trash bags, picnic-size salt and pepper shakers, a small bottle of dish soap, a couple of dish towels, a sponge, a small bottle of cooking oil, storage baggies, and the like. Upon arrival at the Loosdrecht boat base, located on a huge marshy lake filled with wildlife, the Locaboat personnel teach “the crew” how to operate the boat and navigation basics. (It’s

a good idea to take notes directly on the map as they go over the route, as what you learn will come in handy and sleep deprivation from the overnight flight may affect your memory.) While some travelers may choose to overnight at the boat base, we chose to start off right away.

Scenic beauty and easy navigation We were immediately amazed by the beauty that surrounded us on all sides. Windmills, charming towns, and pastoral scenery wrapped itself around us. We traveled on the canal toward Amsterdam, until we reached Weesp as the afternoon faded. The route was relatively easy to navigate. We were traveling at the end of the fall season when there was very little boat traffic. This was both a blessing and a curse because, while there were plenty of slips to dock in at the marinas where we overnighted and the canals did not have many fellow boaters, there were longer waits at some of the bridges and locks because the schedule is seasonally adjusted. continued on page 22

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HOGS FOR HOPE Jan. 1, noon–5:00pm. Enjoy live music and traditional New Year’s good luck foods, including all you can eat Hoppin’ John, Belmont greens, and Brunswick stew, in addition to the pig pickin’ and roasted oysters. Belmont House of Smoke, 2117 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, Va. 757-625-6160,

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B&O’S MAGICAL HOLIDAY EXPRESS Through Jan. 3. A holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-752-2490, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEKEND Jan. 15–18. Events at Wintergreen Resort will include Demo Days by Freestyle, Wintergreen Rail Jam, kickoff of the National Ski Areas Association’s Safety Awareness Week, and a DJ. Wintergreen Resort, 11 Grassy Ridge Road, Wintergreen, Va. 877567-2119, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE Jan. 18. The annual celebration not only honors King, but pays homage to others continuing his legacy. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Md. 410-752-8632,


FIRST FRIDAY Jan. 1, 5:00–8:00pm. A huge selection of gallery events, changing exhibits, restaurants, and live entertainment. Downtown Fredericksburg, Va. 540-373-1776,

ISLAMIC ARTS FAMILY FESTIVAL Jan. 9–11. This museum-wide extravaganza, inspired by the exhibition Pearls on a String, will feature dancers, storytellers, musicians, and artists. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, COASTAL VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL Jan. 16–17, noon. The event celebrates Virginia wine, with tastings, educational seminars, and entertainment. Up to 90 vendors, including 30 Virginia wineries, will be on hand. Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, Va. DINO DAY Jan. 23, 9:00am–3:00pm. This family festival features fun educational activities, informative presentations by prominent scientists, a variety of dinosaur merchandise available for purchase, and delicious food for visitors of all ages. Virginia Museum of Natural History, 21 Starling Ave., Martinsville, Va. 276-634-4141,

DRIVE-THRU CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW Open nightly through Jan. 3, 6:00–10:00pm. Hundreds of LED lights dance to the music on your radio. Big Butler Fairgrounds, 1127 New Castle Road, Prospect, Pa. GARDEN OF LIGHTS Through Jan. 9. Hundreds of wrapped trees, beautifully lit gazebos, cascading fountains, and elaborate displays make this light show truly unique. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Md. 301-962-1400,


GREAT SCALE MODEL TRAIN SHOW Jan. 2–3. See and buy the most extensive selection of model railroad items and accessories in the U.S. Appearances by Choo Choo Blue and LEGO Man, train rides, and indoor carousel rides. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-7522490, DELMARVA BRIDAL SHOWCASE Jan. 3. Event features cakes, gowns, diamonds, and limos. From rehearsals to receptions, every wedding need in one room. 500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, Md. 410-548-4900,

MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT FESTIVAL Jan. 23. Enjoy a day of relaxation and wellness. Meet vendors from a variety of trades. Admission includes workshops, giveaways, and a meal from Caffe Gellato. Cecil College, Elkton, Md. 443-907-1451

CAMPING RV EXPO Jan. 15–17. The show has approximately 12 RV dealers from all over the region with the newest and latest models to choose from. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va. 804-337-6479,

WINTER WILDLIFE FESTIVAL Jan. 29–31. The event includes educational workshops, engaging excursions, an exhibit hall, and children’s activities sure to captivate all participants. First Landing State Park, 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-412-2300,

HUNTING AND FISHING COLLECTIBLES SHOW Jan. 23. Show featuring decoys, oyster cans, gunpowder tins, rods, reels, and fishing licenses. Level Fire Hall, 3633 Level Village Road, Havre de Grace, Md. 410-378-3528,

LUMINARY WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Through Jan. 1. Celebrate the holiday season with the season’s spectacular drive-thru display featuring a million twinkling lights. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6700, ANNMARIE GARDEN IN LIGHTS Through Jan. 2. One of Southern Maryland’s holiday traditions, Annmarie Garden In Lights, will be stepping it up this year with more one-of-a-kind light sculptures. Dowell Road, Dowell, Md. 410-326-4640, ZOOLIGHTS, POWERED BY PEPCO Through Jan. 2. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

VOW BRIDAL EVENT Jan. 24, 11:00am–4:00pm. Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 757-315-1610, BALTIMORE BOAT SHOW Jan. 28–31. Find the boat of your dreams and everything to go with it at Maryland’s longest-running indoor boating event. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410649-7360, MONSTER TRUCKS THRILL SHOW Jan. 29–30. Competing are Monster Medic, Tow Mater, Illuminator, and others. The show features motorcycle daredevil Ed Beckley. 500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, Md. 410-548-4900, VIRGINIA HOME SHOW Jan. 30–31. Business people from the central Virginia area will show products and describe services available for homeowners to improve their homes, beautify their homes, gardens, and yards, and make their homes more energy-efficient. Meadow Event Park, 13191 Dawn Blvd., Doswell, Va. 804-748-7469,

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES POLAR PONY PLUNGE Jan. 1. There will be much fun all around. Plungers are encouraged to dress up in the zaniest, craziest costume they can come up with. Assateague Beach, Chincoteague Island, Va. 757-8940924, SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE GLACIER PLUNGE Jan. 9, 10:00am–3:00pm. Take the plunge into freezing water and swim to the Glacier for a variety of prizes. The event also features a fire pit, arctic volleyball, and a post-plunge party at The Landing Restaurant. 775 Ashmeade Road, Moneta, Va. 540721-9622, WINTER WONDERLAND CANAL WALK Jan. 16. There will be both 10K and 5K trails. AVA rating is 1B. C&O Canal Towpath, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, Md. 301-3850054,

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POLAR BEAR PLUNGE Jan. 30. This event benefits Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities, as they enjoy the life-changing benefits of participating with Special Olympics of Maryland. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Parkway, Annapolis, Md. 410-2421515, SHIVER IN THE RIVER Jan. 30, noon–3:30pm. Shiver in the River will start with a cleanup along the banks of the James River. The second portion of the event is the James River Jump and celebratory festival. 500 Tredegar St., Richmond, Va. 894-665-2908, APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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,

MUSIC PILGRIM TRIO Jan. 29, 8:00pm. The trio performs a wide range of numbers including Russian folk tunes, klezmer romps, and Yiddish classics. Cellar Stage of Faith Community Methodist Church, 5315 Harford Road, Baltimore, Md.

CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. 703751-3971, FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164, MOUNTAIN CLUB OF MARYLAND Leads weekly day hikes, overnight backpack hikes, bike and canoe trips, cabin, car, and tent camping, and the maintenance of trails. POTOMAC APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB Leads weekly hikes and work trips in greater Washington, D.C., area. Contact PATC for more information. 703-242-0965, QUANTICO ORIENTEERING CLUB Hosts map and compass activities most weekends in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Suitable for all ages and skill levels; free beginner instruction. WASHINGTON AREA ROADSKATERS Year-round; check website for dates and times. Skaters leave from White House, Washington, D.C. WANDERBIRDS HIKING CLUB Sundays. Various hikes and locations in Virginia. 703-242-0315,


Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND CONCERT Jan. 8, 8:00–10:30pm. Hailing from Norfolk, Va., this band has created a blend of rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic twang, soaring harmonies, and high-energy, horn-laden grit of Southern soul. Barter Theatre, 127 W. Main St., Abingdon, Va. 276-628-3991, EXTREME CHOPIN RECITAL Jan. 9. Pianist Brian Ganz, in partnership with the National Philharmonic at The Music Center at Strathmore, will highlight 10 of Chopin’s seldom heard songs in this all-Chopin recital. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100, FALU’S BOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRA Jan. 15, 8:00pm. This ethereal ensemble combines the timeless elegance of Bollywood’s musical golden age with an inventive modern style. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900, SUMEIDA’S SONG Jan. 22–23. Performed in English, with a chamber orchestra, by the DC Public Opera. Eastern Market North Hall, 225 7th St. SE, Washington, D.C.

THE POLAR EXPRESS Through Jan. 3. The National Aquarium’s 4-D Immersion Theater brings The Polar Express to life, allowing visitors to get close to the sights, smells, and sounds of the action. National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-576-3800, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL Through Jan. 3. Tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry, and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 800-514-3849, THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI Through Jan. 3. Based on O. Henry’s famous story, this heartwarming holiday musical follows a couple as they struggle to afford gifts for each other. Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Frederick, Md. 301-694-4744, WEST SIDE STORY Through Jan. 24. Considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, West Side Story makes its triumphant Signature debut. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va. 703-8209771, COMEDIAN SHERYL UNDERWOOD Jan. 8–9. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-296-7008, UNDER THE SKIN Jan. 20–Feb. 21. A funny and moving new play explores the curious nature of family dynamics and the true meaning of giving a part of yourself away. Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, Md. THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES Jan. 22, 8:00pm. Literature’s legendary sleuth, from the brilliant mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, takes the stage in this riveting tale of mystery. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 888-945-2468, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD Jan. 28. Join Daniel on an interactive musical tour through the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. ASL-interpreted. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-6002828, ANNAPOLIS OPERA PRESENTS CINDERELLA: AN OPERA FOR CHILDREN Jan. 30. Set to the energetic and fun-filled music of Gilbert and Sullivan, this classic fairytale is specially adapted for young audiences. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-267-8135,

Dance DANCE CLASSES FOR CIVIL WAR BALL Jan. 7, 14, 21, 7:30–9:30pm. In preparation for the Civil War Ball at Gadsby’s Jan. 23, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia reel, and more from an expert dance master. Take one class or all three. 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, Va. 703-746-4242,

PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Jan. 24, 3:00pm. Join esteemed players from one of the nation’s finest orchestras in a rare evening of chamber music. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900,

LATIN BALLET OF VIRGINIA Jan. 15, 7:00–9:00pm. Alma Latina spans the globe creating a portrait of the hopes, dreams, and successes of a people with soul-filled rhythms in dance and music. The ArtBank of Southside Virginia, 2171 Lawrenceville-Plank Road, Lawrenceville, Va. 434-577-2833

FOLK DUO MAGPIE Jan. 8. Award-winning musicians, songwriters, musical historians, and social activists, Magpie presents highly entertaining, provocative, deeply moving music. 6200 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-857-2771, THE DEL MCCOURY BAND SINGS WOODY GUTHRIE Jan. 22. The most awarded artist in bluegrass pays tribute to a legendary folk poet. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-600-2828, A DULCIMER WINTER TEA Jan. 24, 1:00–3:30pm. Enjoy an afternoon of warm tea and beautiful music. Musician Jody Marshall showcases the distinctive sounds of the hammered dulcimer with her wide-ranging repertoire. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-941-7987. KRISTIN CHENOWETH TOUR Jan. 29. Broadway and TV star Kristin Chenoweth performs. Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 410767-0857,

SUNDAY BALLROOM DANCE One Sunday of each month, 4:00–6:00pm. Great instructors teach specific dances, followed by an open dance session where participants can practice what they’ve just learned or refine steps. Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas, Va.









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BRITISH BAND TRADITION SHOW Jan. 23. Two of Great Britain’s most respected military musical institutions take the stage in full regalia, bringing to life the magnificent pageantry of British tradition and history. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 888-945-2468,


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HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Independence Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest, Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, LADEW TOPIARY GARDENS 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570, MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-263-5544, MONTPELIER ARTS CENTER 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1993, NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-695-1864, THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-387-2151, REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM OF MARYLAND AFRICANAMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 443-263-1800,

PRO SPORTS WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT HOME Friday, Jan. 1, vs. Magic, 7:00pm Sunday, Jan. 3, vs. Heat, 6:00pm Wednesday, Jan. 6, vs. Cavaliers, 7:00pm Friday, Jan. 8, vs. Raptors, 7:00pm Wednesday, Jan. 13, vs. Bucs, 7:00pm Saturday, Jan. 16, vs. Celtics, 7:00pm Monday, Jan. 18, vs. Trail Blazers, 2:00pm Wednesday, Jan. 20, vs. Heat, 7:00pm Saturday, Jan. 23, vs. Jazz, 6:30pm Monday, Jan. 25, vs. Celtics, 7:00pm Thursday, Jan. 28, vs. Nuggets, 7:00pm

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT HOME Sunday, Jan. 10, vs. Senators, 7:00pm Thursday, Jan. 14, vs. Canucks, 7:00pm Sunday, Jan. 17, vs. Rangers, 5:00pm Friday, Jan. 22, vs. Ducks, 7:00pm Sunday, Jan. 24, vs. Penguins, 12:30pm Wednesday, Jan. 27, vs. Flyers, 8:00pm

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BALTIMORE BLAST AT HOME Saturday, Jan. 2, vs. Silver Knights, 7:35pm Friday, Jan. 8, vs. Waza Flo, 7:35pm Saturday, Jan. 9, vs. Heat, 7:35pm

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SHAKESPEARE GALLERY Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, SURRATT HOUSE MUSEUM TOURS Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Md., 301-868-1121, THE TEXTILE MUSEUM 2320 S St. NW, Washington,



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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, JAY PETERZELL: SOME WOMEN Through Jan. 3. This series of paintings and drawings is his second solo exhibit in Washington. Foundry Gallery, 2118 Eighth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-232-0203, AGE OF LAWYERS Through Jan. 3. This exhibition offers a close-up look at the rapid increase of lawyers and legal actions in Shakespeare’s Britain. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-4600, PAUL SIMON: WORDS AND MUSIC Through Jan. 18. The exhibit will feature autobiographical films, videos of select performances and more than 80 artifacts, chronicling the life, career, and creative inspiration of two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Paul Simon. Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, Md. 410-732-6400, ANDREW WYETH PLANT STUDIES Through Jan. 31. These botanical studies, rarely on public view, demonstrate Andrew Wyeth’s continual sense of discovery in exploring color and form and his abiding passion for nature. Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, Pa.

EVOCATIVE DRAWINGS, PRINTS, AND SCULPTURES Through May 15. Works in the exhibition, either drawn from the collection or promised to the gallery, reveal Louise Bourgeois’ intensely personal approach to art-making and explore her grounding in surrealism and ties to existentialism. The National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C. 202-7374215, ART QUILTS Through June 19. These intricate art quilts include examples of works by the foremost proponent of the art quilt, Michael James, whose stunning Metamorphosis plays with color transitions and the transformation of space. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, MATISSE PRINTS AND DRAWINGS Through July 3.Approximately 20 prints and drawings demonstrate the continuing legacy of the BMA’s relationship with the Matisse family. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, FRIENDS OF LE HATCHERY Jan. 1–31. Exhibit of artwork by the St. Michaels Art League. The Calico Gallery at Le Hatchery, 125 Kemp Lane, Easton, Md. PEANUTS … NATURALLY Jan. 29–April 24. The exhibit takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts’ comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations. The Bel Air Library, 100 E. Pennyslvania Ave., Bel Air, Md. 410-9600230,


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RODIN Through March 13. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée Rodin in Paris, this exhibition will feature more than 200 works by the greatest sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Auguste Rodin. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400,


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ILLUMINATING THE WORLD Through March 27. This international exhibition features 70 pages of The Saint John’s Bible, the first monumental hand-illuminated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in over 500 years. The Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., Dover, Del. 302-674-2111, SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN WORKS, INC. • 800-210-9900

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A COLONIAL CHRISTMAS Through Jan. 3. Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs. Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Va. HISTORIC ANTIETAM STATION OPEN HOUSE Jan. 3–31. Celebrate an integral part of Maryland’s history with this family-friendly event. 17230 Shepherdstown Parkway, Sharpsburg, Md. 301-606-6302,

Lectures/Workshops/Classes ONE VAST HOSPITAL: FREDERICK’S CIVIL WAR Jan. 16. Terry Reimer will discuss her research on Frederick’s use as a hospital after the Battle of Antietam in 1862. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-695-1864, ROBERT E. LEE’S BIRTHDAY Jan. 16, 19, 9:30am–4:00pm. The event features live 19th-century music, a kids’ scavenger hunt with prizes from the gift shop, and refreshments in the visitors center. Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, Va. 804-493-8038, OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376 WHAT’S COOKIN’, MR. BANNEKER? Jan. 2, 1:00–3:00pm. Warm up in Mr. Banneker’s cabin and chat with costumed interpreters preparing a New Year’s dinner at the hearth. 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410-887-1081 HUMANIZING THE PAST Jan 7. Writer Firouzeh Dianat will read poems from historic and contemporary Persian poets in the museum’s special exhibition gallery. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, WINTER BIRDING WITH ANDREW DOLBY Jan. 9, 9:00am–noon. This illustrated presentation will provide identification tips and natural history information for the ducks, geese, and swans that make Stratford Hall their winter home. 483 Great House Road, Stratford, Va. 804-493-1972, NATURE CONNECTIONS: OWLS Jan. 10, 1:00–4:00pm. Discover more about the life of owls with activities for children and families. 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-882-5376, FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE: CLAY Jan. 16, 10:00am–3:00pm. Guest instructor and ceramicist Elizabeth Vorlicek will introduce the techniques and forms of clay-slab building to a multigenerational audience. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, AUTHOR VISIT: CHARLES BELFOURE Jan. 24. The New York Times bestselling author, architect, and historian will discuss and sign his second novel, House of Thieves. Bel Air Library, Bel Air, Md. 410-273-5600,

PRUNING TREES AND SHRUBS Jan. 29, 1:30–2:30pm. Master gardeners offer basic pruning techniques and tips on tool selection to give you the confidence to tackle those pruning tasks in your landscape. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-6425173, MOSS WORKSHOP Jan. 30. Join the Natural History Society of Maryland for an indepth study of selected mosses at Banneker Park. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Oella, Md. 410-887-1081, ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880,

TOURS CAPE MAY, N.J. Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278,

MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-675-6750,

O THER “YART” SALE Jan. 8. Members show and sale, artwork, books, frames, etc. Artists’ Gallery, Columbia, Md. 410-740-8249, SALEM STAMPEDE CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO Jan. 8–10. Events include bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling and bareback and saddle bronc riding among others. Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem, Va. 540375-3004 SCIENCE AFTER DARK Jan. 15, 5:00–9:00pm. Explore alien worlds from the comfort of our home planet, complete with out-of-this-world activities. Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 804-864-1400, MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION Jan. 23. View the new art gallery at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and meet the artists themselves. Refreshments will be provided. 29449 Charlotte Hall Rd., Charlotte Hall, Md. 301-8848171, FOCAL POINT Jan. 29–Feb. 27. The Maryland Federation of Art’s sixth annual juried all-photography exhibition and competition. 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Md. 410-268-4566, FAMILY FUN: HOT COCOA PARTY Jan. 31, 1:00–2:30pm. Take a walk through the winter wonderland with a naturalist, then warm up with a hot cocoa party. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173,

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Start 2016 off right with some of these Top 10 vinous resolutions Many folks around the world make New Year’s resolutions that they hope to keep. Common ones include things such as exercising more or eating better. Ever wonder what resolutions wine lovers make? The following are the Top 10 vinous resolutions, in no particular order: u Many consumers say that in the coming new year they vow to drink less and ultimately enjoy it more. That’s not to say the folks who say this are heavy drinkers, but that the absence of wine would make the heart, or rather palate, fonder. Thus, the wine would be more enjoyable as it would be a novelty and something to look forward to. u Many of these same consumers also swear that, by drinking less, they would drink better. In other words, when they do drink, it would be wine of better quality and not just any old plonk. u Those who dine out often resolve to not order the “house wine” in restaurants any more. As a rule of thumb, the “house wine” in an eatery is usually a very commercial or simple wine. It’s meant to go pretty much with everything on the menu and not work exceptionally well with any one item. It also gets the largest markup of any wine on a wine list. So, by “drinking up,” as it were, they spend a few more dollars, but they get a much better quality of wine and generally the markup is lower. u Many people say to enhance their experiences, they would learn more about wine by taking classes or courses. This way, their knowledge and confidence level would be elevated, as well as their enjoyment factor. u Many of these same people say they would subscribe to a wine magazine or website to further their interest and aid in purchasing suggestions.

with other “wineknows,” and chat about their love of vino. u A good number of consumers say they would make it a point to visit a wine region or two in the new year. By doing this, they would learn firsthand how their favorite imbibe was created and get to experience the culture that gave it life, thus enlightening the whole wine sipping trip. u To enhance sipping at home, many vow to take a cooking course so they can create culinary masterpieces in-house to match their wine. Since wine and food are a marriage made in heaven, this is a fabulous idea. u Also on the home front, the purchasing of decent wine glasses is high on many lists. A poor wine glass can detract from even a great wine, so good wine glasses that are created for certain styles and varietals are a must. u Finally, many consumers have decided to

start a wine collection at home. Either renovating a space in the basement or designing and building a proper wine cellar is on the to-do list for the upcoming year. Those with little space or who live in an apartment say they would invest in a “vintage keeper,” those refrigerator-type units that simulate ideal cellar conditions. There you have it … the Top 10 vinous New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Are any of them yours? © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor,” 2015. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, awardwinning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine and consultant. For more information, visit,, thewine, docs-grapevine.html, or EdwardDocFinstein?fref=ts.

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More possible resolutions u There are also folks who vow to join a wine club so they can attend frequent tastings, hobnob

culture continued from page 19 saved the building from demolition in the 1960s. The latest incarnation included infrastructure upgrades, installation of LED lighting, restoration of historic features, and a new red carpet on the grand staircase. Previously covered vaulted ceilings and windows were opened up and the wall paint colors were lightened, giving the museum interior a grand, airy feel. Admission is free, and there’s also a museum shop. Along with the renovation, museum officials are rethinking what a craft museum should be in a digital age. The original inscription chipped in stone over the exterior entrance, “Dedicated to Art,” has an addition inserted in red letters. Now it reads, “Dedicated to the Future of Art.”

Wine is an integral part of celebrations throughout the year and around the world.

Many faces of Rodin Another new exhibition that’s also worthy of wonder is Rodin: Evolution of a Genius, at the Virginia Museum

of Fine Arts in Richmond. More than 200 objects from the Musée Rodin in Paris and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts explore

the master sculptor’s creative process. Experimentation is evident. Some of the same works, or fragments of works, show up in different versions and materials, such as plaster, marble, ceramics, and bronze. Auguste Rodin was the mastermind behind the original designs and supervised his studio assistants in executing the pieces. Rodin’s more well-known works are represented, including The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Burghers of Calais. Visitors are invited to have fun taking selfies in “Thinker” pose. The show runs through March 13.

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Jennifer Angus presents a variety of works featuring insects as part of the WONDER exhibition at the Renwick Gallery.

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cruise corner continued from page 13 Weesp has a beautiful historical center with canals that wind through it and has buildings that date from the 17th and 18th centuries. We dined in a lovely restaurant that served delicious French food. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful and spoke very good English. We overnighted in the heart of Weesp, paid the harbor master a small fee for the overnight mooring, and sailed for Amsterdam in the morning. Reaching the marina in Amsterdam required traveling under 13 bridges! We learned to carefully review the navigation maps and confirm clearances. Sometimes clearance was as little as an inch-

and-a-half from our roof to the underside of the bridge — a bit challenging, exciting, and a little stressful. But the trip was filled with amazing scenery as the bucolic outskirts blended into the suburbs and eventually turned into the heart of Amsterdam, with its inimitable 17thcentury architecture and picturesque sights.

Take an extra day in Amsterdam We recommend at least one extra day in Amsterdam, the melting pot of Europe, where the average resident typically speaks about five languages comfortably, almost always including English. Stroll the streets and take in the 400-year-old buildings that list from side to side because their roots are in reclaimed swampland. View the classics canals which are roughly continued on page 23

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You control your itinerary Part of what makes a canal yacht holiday so wonderful is that the itinerary is in your control. Four to five hours of slowly cruising through the canals is all that is needed to visit any and all of the lovely villages and cities along the way. We chose to cruise the Southern Holland route and enjoyed the stops immensely, but like everyone else that has a limited amount of time we had to wrestle with how to best spend it. We enjoyed the extended stays at certain towns and the depth of exploration it allowed for, but the cost was not spending enough time in some other potential stops along our route. These included Utrecht, Nieuwegein, and Oudewater. These will have to wait for next time. Along the way, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never tire of the constant bucolic scenery, windmills, bridges, locks, farmland, and old villages. Check out the online edition at for additional photos and videos, then visit to book your own trip. Bon voyage!

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