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editor’s note I marvin bond
Marking Inauguration Day as Recreation News turns 35 It was Inauguration Day in 2005, and my job was feeding the huge parade floats into the main line of marching in the big parade. This was the second of three presidential inaugurals I would work on during my time with the Hargrove Company, the Washington-area firm that has had a major role in every inauguration since Harry Truman’s in 1948. Hargrove produced the décor for the inaugural balls, created parade floats, and handled countless special events surrounding the inaugurations. The 2005 inauguration was the first after 9/11 and security was even tighter than usual. Despite the security requirements, the short turnaround for the entire project, and the 24-hour days, the three presidential
inaugurations remain personal milestones. The inauguration is also a massive undertaking that involves many military and civilian federal workers. While preparations can certainly be an inconvenience to anyone attempting to get around Washington, the ceremony is more than a milestone event in our history. An inauguration is the transfer of power that defines our democracy and has, for centuries, differentiated us from many other countries in the world. The Woodrow Wilson House in Washington has an interesting exhibit through Feb. 26 that explores the presidential campaigns of 1916 and 2016. You can decide which was
more contentious and challenging to the country.
Turning a calendar page The turn of the calendar reminds me that I’m in my 10th year of editing Recreation News. A decade seems like a convenient milestone to take stock, as well as to look ahead. Over the past 10 years, travelers turned increasingly to the Internet to help plan everything from home improvements to vacations. Recreation News responded with a website that includes responsive design, making it easier to enjoy content on phones, tablets, and personal computers. The website includes our digital edition, which is downloaded about 40,000 times each month, as well as themed content from current and past issues and exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else. We’ve expanded our print and online content to include the farthest reaches of the Mid-Atlantic region and retained our popular cruise coverage. We now feature regular sections on North Carolina, another popular destination for our readers. Our columnists provide ideas for family travel and enjoying wine and food, and keep you up to date with the cultural scene and regional music festivals. Interestingly, the pendulum seems to be swinging back as studies show that travelers are increasingly using printed materials again as they travel. As Recreation News enters its 35th year of publication, we remain
the largest travel newspaper in the Mid-Atlantic. That’s a laudatory achievement, but also a tremendous responsibility to find the best travel opportunities for you, to tell stories that give you ideas, and to pique your interest about ways to use your leisure time — one of the most precious commodities you have. Enjoy the content in 2017, but most of all, use it to enrich your life with travel experiences that will last a lifetime. As you turn your own calendar page, we hope you’ll continue to enjoy Recreation News and we wish you a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!
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Get moving for health screenings, information, and fun activities at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 7–9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. (nbcwashington. com/news/health/nbc4-health-andfitness-expo) ... Events commemorating the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. include a wreath-laying at his memorial Jan. 18. (nps.gov/mlkm) ... Free events during the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration include the swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol (limited free tickets, viewing via jumbotrons on the National Mall) and the inaugural parade. (washington.org/dc-guideto/presidential-inauguration) — gwen woolf
publisher’s note I karl teel
What will you do with another YEAR? time? If so, you are trading your most precious commodity for one of less value. Let’s try and avoid that one again. Did you use vacation time to do chores rather than have great experiences? Let’s try some time management and relegate the chores to a less valuable part of the schedule. Our hope is that we can help make the most of your time in the upcoming year. I am definitely doing a bucket list item and many other getaways and experiences. Want to know which destinations and experiences suit my fancy or reside on my bucket list? Keep reading future issues and you’ll find out. Have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. You’ll only get one shot at 2017. Make it count. I always thought the New Year should begin later, say April 1. After all, that is when everything begins anew. Plants and trees coming back to life, animals come out of hibernation and build nests for young, migratory birds return, the days are getting longer, and life seems more abundant. Another idea keeping it closer to the original mark would be around the December winter solstice. That is when the earth is farthest from the sun and the shortest day of the year. From that point forward, for the next six months, days get longer and sunlight increases daily. It’s the beginning of a cycle. There’s just nothing magical about Jan. 1 in and of itself, other than it’s exactly a week from Christmas, so people who take the week off have a holiday to cap off the year. I guess starting a new year after finishing a long holiday season is OK after all. So, are you getting ready for another lap around the sun? How will it be different from prior ones? For one thing, none of us are immune to aging, and each lap puts another year on our personal calendars. For younger folks, that brings new opportunities as they mature. For older folks, it may bring medical challenges, perhaps more aches and pains and a little less energy. This can be countered with another year of wisdom, though. Time is the great equalizer and void of prejudice. Bill Gates may have a million-fold more wealth than I, but will never live a million times longer than me. One can argue that the wealthier can devote all of their time to enjoyment, whereas, like most folks, I need to spend a good chunk of my time working to provide the necessities and luxuries of life. Let’s assume you are closer to my financial situation than Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. What are you going to do with the upcoming year — more of the same? Maybe you are already optimally using your time, and that’s great. On the other hand, what’s wrong with a little audit of the situAAA COLOR CARD CO. ation? (814) 793-2342 Last year, did you aaacolorcard.com get even one of your Raised Ink • Flat Foil “bucket list” items acFull Color Flat Ink complished? If not, let’s Fast Turnaround start with a commitment 1000s Logos in Stock to one of them. Did you Providing Quality Business Cards Since 1976. have unused vacation
On our cover A warm cabin with a cozy fire is a welcoming end to a day of family fun in the snow. (Snowshoe Resort)
Two area Polar Bear Plunges await brave participants this month. The annual “Keep Winter Cold” Polar Bear Plunge, Jan. 28 at National Harbor, invites people to jump into the Potomac River and chill down to fight climate change. This event raises funds for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. (nationalharbor.com/event/11am-polarbear-plunge) ... The Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge is set for Jan. 26–28 at Sandy Point State Park on the east end of the Bay Bridge. More than 10,000 plungers raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland. Families can enjoy the Peewee and Family Plunge being held Jan. 28 at 11:00am. (intera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1164129) — ami neiberger miller
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Family-friendly ski resorts offer day trip and overnight fun Enjoy snow sports and great mountain views at some of the area’s family-friendly ski areas this winter. Whether you want to take a day trip on the weekend for snow tubing, or plan an overnight adventure with ski lessons, here are some nearby options. u Roundtop Mountain Resort in nearby southern Pennsylvania offers skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Parents and kids ages 5 and up can tube on up to 800-foot-long tubing lanes that are serviced by a covered Magic Carpet lift. If parents are busy on the slopes, Play-Care is a daycare option for children ages 18 months to 12. (skiroundtop.com) u Liberty Mountain Resort, also in southern Pennsylvania, offers skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and tubing. Kids can learn snow sports at the Children’s Learning Center, and Riglet Park is designed to teach children ages 3 to 7 how to snowboard. There’s a Mountain Adventurers program for tweens with basic ski skills. The “Ski With
Me” program coaches parents in how to teach their child to ski. Children ages 6 months to 10 can also go to Play-Care while their parents have fun. (libertymountainresort.com) u Whitetail Resort, the third southern Pennsylvania ski area, includes a terrain park for snow boarders, 23 trails for skiing, and nine chair lifts. The Kids’ Mountain camp offers skiing lessons for ages 4 to 12 and for snow boarders ages 6 to12. Classes for adults also are offered, and the resort prides itself on teaching adaptive skiing and snowboarding for people with special needs. Ski lessons using American Sign Language are new this year. (skiwhitetail.com) u Bryce Resort, in the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, has plenty of winter sports activities. Kinder School teaches children ages 4 1/2 to 7 how to ski and ages 6 to 7 how to snowboard. The Horst Locher Ski and Snowboard School helps first-time skiers and snowboarders learn the basics (age 8 and up). The resort has a large ski team
and offers racing clinics. (bryceresort.com) u Massanutten Resort, also in Virginia and just a bit farther south on I-81, boasts on-site lodging (condos and hotel rooms), skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, and a huge indoor water park, as well as live music on the weekends. The water park was named one of the 10 best indoor water parks in the U.S. by USA Today and Parents Magazine. So after hitting the slopes, change into your swimsuit and enjoy some water park time. (massresort.com) u Canaan Valley Resort, in West Virginia, is a skier’s resort. With 47 downhill slopes, it benefits from more than 120 inches of snowfall per year. The snow tubing run offers 1,200 feet of slippery fun. Stay overnight at the lodge or in a cabin or cottage (pets are allowed). Enjoy a dip in the indoor heated pool or a trip to the spa after giving your kids money for the arcade. Kidz Korner offers childcare for ages 2 to 6 (must reserve a week in advance) while parents are in the powder zone. (winter.canaanresort.com)
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the-scenes guided tour, available weekdays, is viewed through the lens of our First Amendment freedoms. Each participant receives a Newseum private tour badge. (202-292-6690, privatetours@ newseum.org) On display through March 12 is Annenberg Space for Photography’s REFUGEE, an exhibit continued on page 5
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On Jan. 20, the eyes of the world will be on President-elect Donald J. Trump as he is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The inauguration ceremony and all the other festivities planned for that week, including the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, will draw a huge crowd. Some activities, such as the swearing-in and the parade, are free, but others, including various balls and galas, require a ticket.
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Presidential homes The Washington area boasts three presidential homes: the White House, the President Woodrow Wilson House, and Mount Vernon. Tours for the White House must be scheduled through your congressional representative. However, the White House Visitor Center, located at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, welcomes visitors every day except New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Its exhibits include features on first families, White House architecture and interiors, ceremonies and celebrations, and more. There also is a short film on the most famous home in America. (202-208-1631) Several virtual tours of the White House also are available on YouTube, including one that is introduced by first lady Michelle Obama. The President Woodrow Wilson House on S Street, where Wilson and his wife lived following his retirement, is hosting Evolving Elections: Comparing the 1916 and 2016 Presidential Campaigns, Wednesdays through Sundays until Feb. 26. A century apart, both elections are considered contentious. The free exhibit features 1916 campaign buttons, pennants, and memorabilia from the Tony Atkiss Collection and the Wilson House Collection. Among items on display are Wilson’s spiral “election” walking stick, 1916 campaign sheet music, and memorabilia from his 1917 inauguration. Interactive technology allows visitors to engage with campaign ads, footage, and songs from 1916 and 2016. Guided tours of the house, where Wilson delivered a radio address on Nov. 11, 1923, are included in the price of admission. (woodrowwilsonhouse.org.) Visitors are invited to join “Lady Washington” for a cozy
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featuring photographs by internationally acclaimed photographers Lynsey Addarieio, Omar Victor Diop, Graciela Iturbide, Martin Schoeller, and Toms Stoddart. The exhibit includes images of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world and includes refugees recently settled in the United States. An accompanying original documentary captures the photographers on location in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States. Spending several hours at the Newseum? Check out the dining options offered by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Self-service hot entries, sandwiches, snacks, and desserts are available in the Food Section on the Concourse Level, and the Express Bar sells quick snacks. The Source, rated No. 3 in The Washingtonian’s “100 Top Restaurants,” features a traditional Japanese izakaya menu in a casual setting on the ground floor and contemporary interpretations of various dishes on the second floor, plus more than 2,000 bottles of wine. The restaurant is open for dinner every night but Sunday and offers a Saturday brunch. The Newseum Store sells unique one-of-a-kind items that are inspired by the museum’s artifacts, exhibits, galleries, and current and world events. The Smithsonian’s Museum of American History features an ongoing exhibit, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, which includes a number of inauguration-related artifacts, including the carriage Ulysses S. Grant rode to his second inauguration. Beyond inaugural items, you can see the wooden lap desk on which Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the top hat worn by Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination. (americanhistory.si.edu) You can also view a fascinating online exhibit by visiting americanhistory. si.edu/presidency. January is an ideal time to visit U.S. presidential sites in the Washington area. These include the iconic memorials to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And, two islands in the Potomac River are named for Theodore Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. You also can visit the historic Ford’s Theatre, where John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln, just about
every day of the month, with guided tours on selected Sundays. Performances of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? begin Jan. 21 and run through Feb. 19. (fords.org) The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, named for President John F. Kennedy, offers a full array of performances during the month of January. The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, a three-play cycle directed by Tony Award winner Richard Nelson that puts the spotlight on the 2016 election, runs Jan. 7–22. (kennedy-center.org/ calendar)
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Regional ice festivals offer escape from winter doldrums
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The Butler, Pa., Carved in Ice festival lives up to its name with ice sculptures that last through winter.
What do you do when the holidays are over, and you’re looking at two more months of ice and snow? You make the most of it! January and February are the perfect times for ice festivals because it’s a sure thing that the weather will cooperate — especially if you like it cold. There are a number of festivals in Pennsylvania and Maryland for those looking for ice-filled fun. Chambersburg, Pa., will be hosting its 15th IceFest this year Jan. 26–29. The event, sponsored by M&T Bank, includes ice carving, a doublewide ice slide, the Icing on the Cake contest, the Polar Dunk Plunge, and the Snowfall Ball. It attracts more than 10,000 people to the city. “On Thursday and Friday nights, we’ll have carvers using chainsaws and torches — the tools of the trade — to create giant ice sculptures,” said IceFest co-chair Penny Shaul, who estimates that there will be about 70 ice sculptures of various sizes on display. “The giant sculptures will be lit by LED lights, which make them really magical to see at night.” While the event is a favorite of locals, almost half of the crowd is made up of visitors, including those arriving on tour buses from as far away as New Jersey. Not only do they enjoy
watching the carving and warming up with a hot meal as part of the chili cook-off, but they also appreciate the other amenities that the town has to offer. “There is truly something to interest everybody here,” said Shaul, who added that Chambersburg has a vibrant arts scene that is showcased during IceFest. “Many of our local businesses and organizations put together their own events to coordinate with the festival because it’s such a big draw.” If you’re ready for some ice-fueled excitement, here are some options:
JANUARY u Jan. 13–14, Fire and Ice Fest, Reading, Pa. Indoor and outdoor activities include ice carving, fire performers, a chili cook-off, an ice wine bar, live bands, and food trucks. (readingfireandicefest.com) u Jan. 13–15, 22nd annual Fire and Ice Festival, Somerset, Pa. This year’s theme is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The event features food vendors, ice sculpting, a beer, wine, and spirits tent featuring local libations, the Children’s Center, and a LEGO building competition. (facebook.com/fireicefestival) u Jan. 26–29, IceFest ’17, Chambersburg, Pa. See story above. (icefestpa.com)
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FEBRUARY u Feb. 3–26, Crystal Cabin Fever, Lakeville, Pa., in the Pocono Mountains area Features interactive ice display made from more than 100 tons of ice. Includes 50-foot dual-run ice slide, ice carving demonstrations, and more entertainment. Open Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. (sculptediceworks.com) u Feb. 4, February First Saturday: Fire in Ice, Frederick, Md. Enjoy more than 50 ice sculptures, fire dancers, fire pits featuring s’more stations and hot chocolate, and an ice playground in downtown Freder-
ick. (downtownfrederick.org) u Feb. 4, IceFest, Sykesville, Md. Returning for the second year, the winter festival features ice sculptures, an ice skating rink, an ice playground, and a visit from a Maryland Zoo penguin to downtown’s Main Street. (facebook.com/sykesville) u Feb. 11, Butler Carved in Ice, Butler, Pa. The second annual ice festival and chili cook-off includes blocks of ice transformed into one-of-akind works of art displayed in Diamond Park until winter’s end. Last year’s special guests included live human versions of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf from Frozen. (visitbutlercounty.com)
u Feb. 17–20, Lititz Fire and Ice Festival, Lititz, Pa. Now in its 12th year, the festival includes 50plus ice sculptures, the Winter Wonderland carnival, a downtown block party, a vendor fair, Party in the Park, and a chili cook-off featuring more than 30,000 ounces of chili in support of more than 25 charities. (lititzfireandicefestival.com)
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“The Big Easy” is a fascinating STOP It’s truly an interesting nickname: “The Big Easy.” On the one hand, the casual and relaxed attitude fits the name well. On the other hand, New Orleans is vibrant destination with an explosion of experiences for all of your senses. Situated as the largest port on the largest river in North America, you should expect this to be an interesting destination. Louisiana’s largest city (roughly a third the size of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area), serves as a port for major cruise lines such as Carnival, Norwegian, and Crystal, as well as smaller local lines such as American and P&O. It’s always great to have a port
of departure worthy of exploration itself, creating two getaways in one. Flying into New Orleans is easy and cheap. Many discount airlines serve both New Orleans and the Baltimore-Washington area. Getting from the airport to town is a simple flat-rate $36 cab ride that takes about 20 minutes and brings you to the heart of town. While the city is divided into several unique districts, the French Quarter is by far the most famous and the place we recommend staying. It is also
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West Virginia winters offer more than just downhill skiing West Virginia is renowned for fantastic skiing at four mountain resorts: Canaan Valley, Timberline, Winterplace, and Snowshoe. These resorts boast an annual snowfall of up to 180 inches a year, and consistent cold temperatures allow for an abundance of snowmaking. All of this snow and cold weather gives winter lovers more than enough opportunity to ski or snowboard down hundreds of slopes of powder and packed powder. But, not all the action in West Virginia involves swooshing down a ski slope. The Mountain State is a land for serene cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and many unique chilly adventures. Cross-country ski rentals and
miles and miles of trails are available at Timberline, Canaan Valley, and Snowshoe. The Elk River Touring Center, 5 miles from Snowshoe, offers a more intimate setting for first-time cross-country (also known as Nordic) skiers away from the crowds. The center features an easy 3-mile loop that borders the national forest, plus 21 miles along the Highland Scenic Highway. The largest Nordic area is the White Grass Touring Center in Canaan Valley. The center maintains more than 37 miles of trails and offers rentals, sales, and instruction for both Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. White Grass also specializes in telemark skiing. Tele-skiing frees up a skier to explore ungroomed
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Learn to snowshoe For snowshoeing, Snowshoe Resort obviously is the place. There are 27 miles of marked trails through the forest of Cheat Mountain. Follow the path to the Sunrise Backcountry Hut for a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate, or stay for dinner and a night out in the woods. The charming log cabin sleeps eight and has two bedrooms, a loft, and a bathroom. Other trails lead to lakes, valleys, and a mountaintop fire tower. Unstrap the snowshoes and climb to the top for a crisp, breathtaking view of the resort and the surrounding countryside. Blackwater Falls State Park in
Tucker County, also in the Canaan Valley, likewise offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. However, the most fun to be had at this small state park is sledding. The park features the longest sledding hill — a 1/4-mile long — on the East Coast. Insider tip: A big surprise to many is that the hill is groomed and is serviced by a conveyor lift. No having to walk back up the hill. Unlike snow tubing parks where the tubes are confined to lanes, this is a genuine sledding hill that is open to explore and may require steering. Sled rentals are available. A warming hut offers snacks and hot drinks. Visitors also can try another of winter’s favorite pastimes — ice skating. The covered outdoor ice rink at Canaan Valley Resort features views of the valley on one side and the Allegheny Mountains on the other. The Greenbriar Resort in Southern West Virginia boasts a new 140-foot by 70-foot outdoor rink with an adjacent fire pit. For those who wish to explore the winter wonderland with a little power, Snowshoe Resort offers snowcat and snowmobile tours. continued on page WV-8
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A winter warm-up in Upshur Ask the folks at the Upshur County visitor center and you’ll get an enthusiastic recommendation to visit Ron Hinkle Glass. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but the ride into the country is well worth it.
“They’re working the glass right there while they’re doing demonstrations,” said Sean Harris at the visitor center. The workshop’s glass blowing furnace echoes the warm welcome provided by Heidi Russell, who says it’s best to call to see if the artisans are blowing glass or doing demonstrations the day you plan to visit. “The guys will talk your ear off explaining what they’re doing and answering questions,” Russell said. “If they’re not too Ron Hinkle Glass busy, they might ask Among the creations at Ron Hinkle Glass are the your favorite color “almost edibles,” such as these peaches, in glass and create someof course.
thing you inspired.” Ron Hinkle started in the glass business as an after-school job in the 1970s and opened his own business in 1993. One of his artisans has been with the company for 20 years while another arrived a year ago after working four years as a studio artisan at Tamarack, West Virginia’s artisan/ retail center in Beckley. “Ron Hinkle Glass is both preserv-
ing the heritage of West Virginia glass-making and providing a great experience for visitors to Upshur County,” said Laura Meadows who promotes the county. You can purchase the art glass objects at the shop or at the facility’s website.
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A new generation re-imagines The Bavarian Inn experience It began with all the right ingredients: a location on a scenic bluff overlooking the Potomac River, the unique concept of bringing the ambience of old Europe to the region, and founders with the vision and ability to deliver that vision. We still remember our first visit there. It felt like we drove through a time machine directly from Washington, D.C., into Bavaria. We saw a small German village of timber-framed chalets,
the old stone lodge, a backdrop of the Potomac River valley, and a restaurant offering interesting items such as venison, boar, pheasant, and rabbit. The wine cellar had just become a Wine Spectator award winner, able to provide a perfect complement to the meals. The experience was enhanced with an attention to detail. Everything was in perfect shape, with upscale touches such as a fireplace in the bedroom.
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sons, Christian and David, assumed responsibility for the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Would there be a new thumbprint on the property? Would they continue as is? These are natural questions, and the answers are all positive. Prior to taking over from their parents, each received a college education followed by working in management at other high-end properties to bring in a more global perspective. The new infinity pool serves as a great example of change. The old pool needed some repairs, as old pools often do. A decision was made to invest capital and upgrade. It was time to pitch the decades-old model of a typical boring hotel pool and respond to the newest consumer demands. The new Infinity 101 Pool and Bar takes advantage of an unobstructed and breathtaking view of the Potomac River from and, as its name indicates, sits 101 feet above the river. It’s a peaceful oasis
where you can enjoy the pool, as well as cocktails and food. The gentle sloped entry even complies with requirements for those with disabilities. In addition to the infinity pool, onsite recreation includes a new putting green, tennis court, and basketball court.
Going green With environmental concerns on many people’s minds, going green is both economically wise and the right thing to do. Working with a committee of many of their passionate, empowered employees, the Asams have turned the concept into tangible realities. The Bavarian Inn is now West Virginia’s second solar-powered hotel. Fortunately, the panels face away from the best views. Less visible green efforts include LED lighting and other modernizations. In the past, The Bavarian Inn was essentially a
night or two and a special dining destination often to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion. Today, its flavor is more of a resort destination worthy of much longer stays. Partnering with other attractions, the inn now offers golf at two nearby courses, biking along the scenic C&O Canal and the Appalachian Trail, whitewater rafting, bike rentals, canoe/kayak rentals, and zip-line adventures. There are also four wineries within a 30-minute drive. Nearby historic sites include Harper’s Ferry, Antietam Battlefield, and historic Shepherdstown, continued on page WV-6
Updates, such as an infinity pool, are among the newest attractions at The Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown.
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Bavarian Inn continued from page WV-5 which is a trendy culinary destination with quaint boutiques and shops. For gamers, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town is also nearby. Somehow, the next generation of the Asam family found a way to retain the Old World charm and culinary delights while taking it to the next level. Today’s travelers seek authenticity. Bavarian Inn keeps its German heritage alive and well, yet integrates it into the region’s other authentic offerings, creating a true destination. The Bavarian Inn remains a great spot for short stays for special occasions or the “splurge” spot where C&O Canal travelers take a break from roughing it and pamper themselves. But, the inn is worth a hard look for longer vacations as a well. Insider tip: Word has it that even more changes are coming on the dining side, with an expansion of the informal pub, Rathskellar, and small plates.
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Lewisburg, W.Va., offers winter getaway for music lovers Need a dose of live music to cure your winter blues? Try the West Virginia Winter Music Festival on Jan. 28 in Lewisburg, about a four-hour drive from Washington D.C. The small historic city is in the Allegheny Mountains of Greenbrier County in the southeastern part of the state. Bands from eight West Virginia counties, many with a strong regional following, will play eclectic genres of music, from blues to rock ’n’ roll. In all, there will be 50 acts performing at seven venues in downtown Lewisburg. The venues include Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Irish Pub, The Sweet Shop, Lewis Theatre, The Asylum, Hill and Holler, and the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center. (The visitors center is designated for middle school and high school musicians to play since it doesn’t serve alcohol.) The music starts at 6:00pm and continues to midnight. Tickets are in the form of $20 wristbands available in advance or at the door of every participating location. The wristband covers admission to all seven venues.
Kristi B. Godby, who promotes Greenbrier County, says a trip to the festival is worthwhile. “First of all, $20 for a wristband for seven walkable locations is a deal,” she says. “If you are not feeling the vibe at one place, walk to the next. With so much variety, you will certainly find your groove.” Godby suggests making it a weekend getaway. “The Fairfield Inn and other nearby hotels offer shuttle services, so no need to try to find a parking spot. You have a guaranteed designated driver and everyone in your party can party,” she says. “Come to downtown early. Lewisburg has 14 places to eat within a three-block area, with everything from a rice bowl at Thunderbird Tacos to a high-end French restaurant, The French Goat.” The festival started in 2013 as a fundraiser for a musician family that suffered a devastating house fire and has continued as a way to support musicians in times of crisis. continued on page WV-8
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Winter sports continued from page WV-2 The snowcat (a snow groomer) offers the warmth of a heated cab as riders plow through the snowy landscape during and exciting after-dark tour. (Hold onto your seat as the cat heads nose
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atop a horse instead of skis, the Autumn Breeze Stables at Snowshoe Resort offers year-round trail rides. In the Canaan Valley, Kim Bennett at Mountain Trail Rides is the second generation in her family to provide the service. There’s plenty of off-the-slopes activity to keep you busy wherever you go in West Virginia this winter.
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Jan. 14â€“15. The show is a one-stop-shopping bazaar with an extensive array of destination vendors offering show-only travel deals, free giveaways, and action-packed activities, plus educational seminars and cultural performances. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. dcconvention.com
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A BRANDYWINE CHRISTMAS Through Jan. 8. Features a spectacular O-gauge model train exhibition with trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track, a gallery devoted to a delightful display of rare antique dolls dressed in exquisite period clothing, and thousands of whimsical Critters displayed on towering trees soaring up through the museumâ€™s three-story atrium. The Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-388-2700, brandywine.org/museum
YULETIDE AT WINTERTHUR Through Jan. 8. Highlights the holidays through a childâ€™s eyes in the 19th and 20th centuries and feature the exquisite dollhouse as a central attraction. Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 800-448-3883, winterthur.org
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF TRAINS Through Jan. 29, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10:30amâ€“4:30pm. Operating model trains include an N-scale layout, a childrenâ€™s pushbutton Thomas the Tank Engine O-scale layout, an O-scale crazy train layout, and an HO-scale train layout of the first 13 miles of the B&O. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. borail.org
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Jan. 20â€“22. Whether you are looking for a yacht or a jet ski, you will find it at the show. Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 540-548-5555, fredericksburgexpocenter.com
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WINCHESTER ON THE ROCKS
BALTIMORE BOAT SHOW
DOWNTOWN NORFOLK RESTAURANT WEEK
Jan. 15â€“31. A week where you can go restaurant to restaurant and sample signature cocktails, then vote on you favorite. Fifteen Old Town restaurants are involved. Winchester, Va. 540-542-1326, visitwinchesterva.com
BALTIMORE COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK Jan. 20â€“Feb. 4. Baltimore County, Md. baltimorecountyrestaurant week.com
WASHINGTON, D.C., RESTAURANT WEEK Jan. 30â€“Feb. 5. More than 250 of D.C.â€™s finest restaurants will offer three-course lunches for $22 and three-course dinners for $35. Washington, D.C. ramw.org/restaurantweek
NOW SHOWING VIRGINIA HOT ROD AND CUSTOM CAR SHOW Jan. 7â€“8. Everything from wild customs to classic restored cars, as well as automotive culture, will be showcased at this event. There will be something for everyone, including celebrities, kidsâ€™ events, and hot rod personalities. Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 757-838-4203, hamptoncoliseum.org
ART SHOW AND RECEPTION Jan. 8, 1:00â€“3:00pm. See the work of the Vienna Arts Society in various media at the Horticulture Center and Historic House. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173
FISHERMENâ€™S AND AQUACULTURE TRADE EXPO
Jan. 7. Showcases the beloved animations of Tex Avery, creator of characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-600-2828, weinbergcenter.org
Jan. 13â€“15. The only commercial fishing expo in the Mid-Atlantic region. Seminars, gear, and equipment. Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Md. 410-289-2800, ococean.com
Jan. 26â€“29. Hundreds of the latest boat models under one roof for attendees to browse, board, and buy. Features something for every lifestyle and budget, ranging from luxury cruisers and watersport boats to pontoons and fishing boats, plus marine accessories. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-224-7633, baltimoreboatshow.com
SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL Jan. 27â€“29. Contemporary crafts and fine art in a marketplace where artists and craftspeople demonstrate their crafts and sell their unique creations directly to the public. Chantilly, Va. sugarloafcrafts.com
WASHINGTON AUTO SHOW Jan. 27â€“Feb. 5. A huge event displaying more than 700 new makes and models of cars, trucks, minivans, and sport utility vehicles from more than 42 domestic and import automakers. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. washingtonautoshow.com
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HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO Jan. 7â€“8, 9:00amâ€“5:00pm. The health fair provides free health screenings, fun activities, and information on products and services that relate to healthy living. There will be a Healthy Cooking Stage, a Healthy Kids Stage, and a variety of workout presentations. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. dcconvention.com
WINTER BLUES JAZZ FESTIVAL Jan. 12â€“15. Venues include the Williamsburg Winery, Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Williamsburg Lodge, the Williamsburg Art Gallery, and many of Williamsburgâ€™s best local restaurants. Williamsburg, Va. 757-592-4289, winterbluesjazzfest.com
ETHAN SAYLOR MEMORIAL FILM FESTIVAL Jan. 14â€“15. The festival honors the life of Ethan Saylor and celebrates the contributions of people who have Down syndrome as actors, film creators, and subjects/participants in documentary films. Bow-Tie Cinemas Harbour 9 Theater, Annapolis, Md. 240-409-8763, saylorfilmfest.com
WINTER WILDLIFE FESTIVAL Jan. 20â€“22. Enjoy fascinating bird activities, explore the natural areas of the community, and see the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in its natural settings. Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, 1400 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-385-4461, vbgov.com
WEST VIRGINIA WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL Jan. 28, 6:00pm. Itâ€™s a night of live music featuring an eclectic mix of genres from blues to rock â€˜nâ€™ roll by bands from eight West Virginia counties. Fifty acts and seven venues in Lewisburgâ€™s downtown district are part of the festivities. Various locations in Lewisburg, W.Va. greenbrierwv.com
VILLALOBOS BROTHERS February 10, 7:30 pm 34, $31, $28
The Villalobos Brothers use their violins and voices to masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk music.
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HUNTING AND FISHING COLLECTIBLES SHOW Jan. 28. Numerous vendors will be exhibiting and selling old vintage decoys, oyster cans, guns, ammo boxes, and fishing lures. Level Volunteer Fire Company, Havre de Grace, Md. 410-734-6238, decoymuseum.com
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINK Daily through March 30. The rink includes holiday decorations, twinkling lights, and festive music. 815 Justison St., Wilmington, Del. riverfrontwilm.com
WOLF MOON NIGHT HIKE AND CAMPFIRE
Popular/Other 1964: THE TRIBUTE Jan. 13. A Fab Four celebration hailed by Rolling Stone as the “best Beatles tribute on Earth.” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-600-2828, weinbergcenter.org
FRANK SOLIVAN AND DIRTY KITCHEN Jan 21. A bluegrass/”newgrass” stew combining instrumental, vocal, and songwriting. The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, Md. 410-559-3616, jcc.org/gordon-center
VANCE GILBERT AND ELLIS PAUL Jan. 21, 7:30pm. The two perform in concert at Cellar Stage Columbia at Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton, Md. uptownconcerts.com
Jan. 13. Enjoy a winter hike on the trails at Banneker. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Oella, Md. 410-8871081
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE Jan. 14. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. Greenbrier State Park, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, Md. 301-733-2060, hswcmd.org
WINTER WONDERLAND CANAL WALK Jan. 14, start between 10:00 and 11:00am; finish by 2:00pm. Start/ finish point is the third parking area at the Carderock Recreation Area at the C&O Canal Towpath, Cabin John, Md. 301-385-0054, sugarloafers.org
Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral TCHAIKOVSKY’S PATHETIQUE Jan. 6–8. The finest British pianist of his generation, Paul Lewis makes his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md. 410-243-1333, bsomusic.org
THE UGLY DUCKLING Jan. 14, 1:00pm. Come early to enjoy the duck petting zoo before the show. The Alden, McLean, Va. aldentheatre.org
MURDER ON THE NILE
Jan. 24–March 5. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch and presented in association with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-5447077, folger.edu/theatre
Exhibits Featured Exhibitions THE NEW WORLD DISCOVERS ASIA Through Jan. 8. The first large-scale Pan-American exhibition to examine the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the Colonial Americas. Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 302-888-4803, winterthur.org
A FEAST FOR THE SENSES Through Jan. 8. This international loan exhibition brings together more than 100 paintings, tapestries, metalwork, manuscripts, and prints from museums in the United States and abroad, including masterpieces from the Walters’ collection. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org
NO MAN’S LAND
WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT HOME Sunday, Jan. 1, vs. Giants, 1:00pm
The Redskins play home games at FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, Md. Call 301-276-6050 or visit redskins.com.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT HOME Friday, Jan. 6, vs. Timberwolves, 7:00pm Tuesday, Jan. 10, vs. Bulls, 7:00pm Saturday, Jan. 14, vs. 76ers, 8:00pm Monday, Jan. 16, vs. Trail Blazers, 2:00pm Wednesday, Jan. 18, vs. Grizzlies, 7:00pm Tuesday, Jan. 24, vs. Celtics, 7:00pm Tuesday, Jan. 31, vs. Knicks, 7:00pm Monday, Jan. 25, vs. Celtics, 7:00pm Thursday, Jan. 28, vs. Nuggets, 7:00pm
The Wizards play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-661-5050 or visit nba.com/wizards.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT HOME
Through Jan. 8. Large-scale paintings and sculptural hybrids by 37 contemporary artists from 15 countries appear in this exhibition, organized by Miami’s Rubell Family Collection. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202783-5000, nmwa.org
ECHOES FROM JAPAN’S GOLDEN AGE Through Jan. 15. The BMA presents an exquisite selection of late 19thand mid-20th-century kimonos and obis that have never been shown before. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
JOHN WATERS’ KIDDIE FLAMINGOS Through Jan. 22. The 74-minute video shown on a continuous loop in the Black Box gallery features adorable kids wearing wigs and suggestions of the original costumes as they evoke the legendary performances of Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, and others. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
Sunday, Jan. 1, vs. Senators, 7:30pm Tuesday, Jan. 3, vs. Maple Leafs, 7:00pm Thursday, Jan. 5, vs. Blue Jackets, 7:00pm Wednesday, Jan. 11, vs. Penguins, 8:00pm Friday, Jan. 13, vs. Blackhawks, 7:00pm Sunday, Jan. 15, vs. Flyers, 12:30pm Monday, Jan. 23, vs. Hurricanes, 7:00pm
THE ART OF JOHN SLOAN
The Capitals play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-397-SEAT or visit capitals.nhl.com.
BALTIMORE BLAST AT HOME Saturday, Jan. 7, vs. Sidekicks, 7:05pm Saturday, Jan. 14, vs. Heat, 7:05pm Sunday, Jan. 29, vs. Ambush, 4:05pm
STUART DAVIS: IN FULL SWING Through March 5. Carefully selected from the full range of Davis’ career, some 100 of his most important, visually complex, jazz-inspired compositions will be on view. The National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, nga.gov
FRONT ROOM: GUERRILLA GIRLS
FOUR SEASONS BY PHILIP HAAS
Jan. 8, 3:00–5:00pm. In this one-woman show, Em Allison speaks to what it means to love oneself and how hard that task can be. Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 804-355-2001, firehousetheatre.org
AS YOU LIKE IT
Jan. 27, 8:00pm. The Five Irish Tenors fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair, and operatic style to bring you a unique concert experience. Diamonstein Concert Hall, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, Va. 757-594-8752, fergusoncenter.org
Through Feb. 26. This focus exhibition presents works from her series Haunted Philadelphia, inspired by eerie historical sites in her hometown, and We Are Tiger Dragon People, her visual explorations of the culture in China’s Yunnan Province, her ancestors’ homeland. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, nwhm.org
I LOVE YOU IN SPITE OF
Jan. 13, 8:00pm. D’Amore Duo. Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 703-385-7858, fairfaxarts.org
VOICES OF IRELAND
POP-UPS BY COLETTE FU
Jan. 6–7. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, where every night everybody’s having the time of their lives. 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, Va. 757-594-8752, fergusoncenter.org
OLD TOWN HALL PERFORMANCE SERIES
Jan. 22, 2:30–4:00pm. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents a patchwork of Vivaldi’s most beloved works as its musicians take the spotlight and illuminate these masterpieces. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach, Va. 757-385-2787, sandlercenter.org
Through Feb. 20. Assembles more than 120 paintings, drawings, and prints in once-in-a-lifetime combinations to trace the route Johns traveled in relation to Munch’s work. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum
Through March 12. This group of anonymous women artists have produced, over the course of 30 years, a body of work that includes posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film, and culture at large. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443573-1700, artbma.org
Jan. 21, 8:00pm. Set in 1940s Egypt, this deliciously dangerous murder mystery is one of Dame Agatha Christie’s most popular tales. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va. 888-945-2468, hyltoncenter.org
THE FOUR SEASONS
JASPER JOHNS AND EDVARD MUNCH
Through Jan. 28. Explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his famous depictions of New York City, his lively views of Gloucester, Mass., and his fascinating studies of Santa Fe, N.M. The Delaware Museum of Art, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Del. 302-571-9590, delart.org Through Jan. 29. More than 90 paintings and drawings by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) show the French modern master’s enduring influence on one of the greatest post-war American painters. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
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Through March 31. The lush foliage, colorful blooms, and vegetation native to each of the seasons are spectacularly transformed into larger-than-life, three-dimensional portrait busts for this special exhibition. Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. hillwoodmuseum.org
ON PAPER: FINDING FORM Through April 30. This exhibition celebrates one of the strengths of the BMA’s collection: contemporary drawings that combine an interest in pure, refined geometric form with a desire to use materials expressively. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART Through June 18. Each artist offers pointedly political perspectives on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
THEORY AND PRACTICE Jan. 6–31. Philip Lindsey and Wilson College Art students exhibit. Washington County Arts Council Inc., 34 S. Potomac St., Suite 100, Hagerstown, Md. 301-791-3132, washingtoncountyarts.com
RICK MALMGREN: RETROSPECTIVE Jan. 7–March 7. Rick Malmgren’s 40-year career and work are explored in this retrospective. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-263-5544, marylandhall.org
LONGTANG PHOTOGRAPHS Jan. 7–Oct. 3. Unique to Shanghai, longtang is a type of community started in the late-19th century, in which the traditional Chinese courtyard home is adapted to the urban townhouse format. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum
History CAPE MAY IN WORLD WAR I Jan. 14, 1:00pm. Learn about the role of Cape May in World War I during this PowerPoint presentation by MAC education director Robert Heinly that celebrates the centennial of the war. Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Ave., Cape May, N.J. 609-224-6032, capemaymac.org
ROBERT E. LEE’S BIRTHDAY Jan. 14 and 19, 9:30am–4:00pm. On both days there will be free gate admission and free visits to the Great House where Robert E. Lee was born in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, Va. 804-493-8038
THE LAST SHOT OF THE CIVIL WAR Jan. 28, 2:00–4:00pm. Local author William Connery will tell the story of the Confederate Navy’s last ship, the CSS Shenandoah. There also will be a book sale and signing of Civil War books. Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Va. 703-591-0560
Lectures/Workshops/Classes HEARTH COOKING WORKSHOP Jan. 14, 11:00am–2:00pm. A small group of participants will use Colonial-era cooking methods to prepare a hearty dinner in Banneker’s Cabin. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410-887-1081
SUMMER FLOWERING BULBS Jan. 29, 1:30–2:30pm. Garden designer and nurseryman Jenks Farmer shares creative design ideas combining summer bulbs, like crinum, and perennials to add “wow” to your summer garden. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173, fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring
O THER MATHALIVE! Through Jan. 8. Forty immersive activities create fun experiences that bring to life the real math behind the things kids love most — video games, sports, design, music, entertainment, space, and robotics. The Virginia Air and Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Va. vasc.org
1K BEER AND WINE WALKS Jan. 21, 2:00–6:00pm. Pass the start line and sip samples of up to 20 wines or beers along the race course at the “hydration stations” throughout the Crystal City Shops and the Art Underground. Arlington, Va. 703-412-9430
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FARM TOY SHOW January 21 | 9 am-3 pm WINTER INDOOR FLEA MARKET January 28 | 8 am-2 pm Carroll County Ag Center Westminster
WESTMINSTER COIN & CURRENCY SHOW January 29 | 9 am-4 pm Westminster Fire Department
OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS January 29 | 3 pm Carroll Arts Center Westminster
RAINBOW FISH February 10 7 PM
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Take a gastronomic day trip to Franklin County, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s Franklin County offers an ideal gastronomic destination. Fewer than two hours from Baltimore and Washington, its distinctive culinary culture combines Pennsylvania German, Scots-Irish, and burgeoning Hispanic flavors. Straddling the Cumberland Valley, the county has also chosen to retain its traditional agricultural focus, resulting in a broad palate of fresh produce, dairy, and other farm products supporting a host of specialty vendors. Trickling Springs Creamery, east of Chambersburg on Route 30, has the look of an old-fashioned country creamery and ice cream parlor, but manager Joe Miller explained their market stretches from Florida to Connecticut and west to Ohio, consuming 575,000 pounds of milk every week. “We buy quality milk from local farmers,” he said. “We offer a certified organic line of products and non-GMO. We have 29 organic farms within a two-hour radius. We even offer our milk in returnable glass bottles.” Along with milk, cream, and cheese, Trickling Springs has a local reputation for award-winning ice cream, with flavors such as buttered sweet corn and sweet potato pie pushing ice cream’s frontiers. Whispering Brook Cheese Haus, in Hampton Township’s pastoral countryside, offers another kind of dairy operation. Cheesemaker Ed Brech-
vill makes a dozen kinds of all-natural cheddar cheeses. He uses whole milk from local dairies and ages all of his cheeses at least 60 days. He specializes in cheddars and his “... animals are naturally pastured and don’t use any growth hormones.”
In the city Franklin County’s largest city, Chambersburg, boasts an active downtown encompassing a mix of new and third-generation family businesses, and a taste for public artworks. Olympia Candies, on Main Street, is a classic, family-owned candy shop, specializing in such delicacies as handmade truffles, hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, kettle-cooked caramel, and even chocolate-covered bacon. The pastries at C&C Coffee can abet any sweet tooth, and the coffee is freshly roasted and carefully brewed. The folks at Roy Pitz Brewing Company craft a different potation. “There is a tradition of beer making in this area,” said brewmaster Ryan Richards. “We have the best clean, limestone water.” Jim’s Farmers Market, on Grant Street, serves as an interface between the town and surrounding farms. Market manager Paul Clemmer calls it “... an old world market. Much is directly from the producers, and many things are made and baked right at the market.” Jim’s is very country and homey, not at all hyped or flashy. More than 25 vendors crowd this one-time railroad roundhouse, offering fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, confections, health and beauty products, and a host of snacks, munchies, and other goodies. Market specialties include country ham sandwiches, fresh baked garlic pretzels (a Paul Clemmer favorite), seasonal pies and pastries, and roast beef served on a hoagie roll that will melt in your mouth. Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. stands as Franklin County’s culinary giant. Known for its signature potato rolls, Martin’s makes the country’s No. 1 branded roll in the U.S. The Franklin County plant employs 650 people and turns out 350 rolls each minute. Julie Martin, part of the family’s third generation in the business, enjoys telling visitors how her
grandparents started the bakery in a converted garage. They then drove their products to farmers markets by removing the back seat from their family car. Insider tip: Franklin County’s Annual IceFest, Jan. 26–29, offers an excellent opportunity to explore the region. Held in downtown Chambersburg, the festival has a reputation for exciting culinary events, along with food and art vendors on the town square throughout the weekend.
Franklin Fresh Recipe: Seedy Bread Courtesy of Janet Pollard, Franklin County Convention and Visitors Bureau (explorefranklincountypa.com) 2 1/2 cups warm water (105 F to 115 F) 2 tablespoons honey 1 envelope dry yeast 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 3/4 cup toasted mix of sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ 1/2 cup olive oil 2 teaspoons sea salt 2 1/2 cups (about) bread flour Mix warm water and honey in large bowl. Sprinkle yeast over, let stand until foamy. Add whole wheat flour, seeds (reserving 1/4 cup), wheat germ, oil, and salt. Mix well and form dough. Add bread flour as necessary to create a smooth elastic dough. Knead 5 to 7 minutes. Cover dough and let rest 15 minutes. Knead additional 5 minutes and put into an oiled bowl and top with a capful of olive oil. Let rise about 1 hour. Turn out and divide into two loaves and place in loaf pans. Let rise 45 minutes. Drizzle olive oil on top of loaves and divide remaining 1/4 cup of seeds between loaves. Bake at 375 F for 30 to 40 minutes. Loaf will be golden and sound hollow when tapped. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit reedhellmanwordsmith.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Museum’s Fabergé collection sparkles The intricately crafted boxes, picture frames, bowls, flowers, jewelry, cane handles, animal figures, and religious icons, many made of gold or silver and gilded with diamonds and other gemstones, are wonders to behold. Inside a circular domed gallery, the pièces de résistance — five spectacular Russian imperial Easter eggs — are shown individually in glass cases, allowing closeup viewing from all angles. After four years of international travel, the famed Fabergé collection — tinged with romance and tragedy — has returned home to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
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To showcase the Fabergé and other Russian decorative items — the largest public collection outside of Russia — the museum has redesigned and expanded five galleries. Overall, 280 objects are on display. “Our Fabergé and Russian decorative arts collection is a longtime visitor favorite,” explains VMFA director Alex Nyerges. While beautiful and opulent, the Fabergé collection has a sad history. The objects were created for Russia’s royal Romanov family and other continued on page 13
wine doctor I edward finstein
SIGNATURE RED GRAPE VARIETIES HAIL FROM SPECIFIC LOCATIONS When it comes to red wine, there are certain grape varieties that are synonymous with particular countries. I’m talking about a variety that a country excels in and is known for. Sure, there are many other varieties that a country produces, but these are what puts them on the wine map of the world. Argentina, and specifically the Mendoza region of the country, does a great job with malbec. This traditional, not particularly long-lived, Bordeaux varietal is usually blended in with other grapes in France mainly because it is not warm enough there to properly ripen it to the point where it can play solo in a wine. However, in Argentina, longer hang time on the vine because of more heat units allows this variety to ripen and become concentrated enough to star in a uni-varietal vino, even with moderate aging potential. It creates dark, full wines with plumy, blackberry, black cherry, milk chocolate, violet notes. Argentina has truly made this baby its own. I don’t think there is a wine
drinker on the planet who is not familiar with shiraz from Australia. It’s the same grape as syrah in France, but Australia’s unique climate produces a sweeter more coffee, chocolaty version of the wine along with the same spicy, earthy, blackberry nuances. It’s a delightful “New World” version of the grape. Almost entirely indigenous to California comes zinfandel. Genetically, almost the same grape as primitivo in Italy, this somewhat jammy, raspberried, spicy, alcoholic red shines in the golden state. It has made quite a reputation for itself, not only in its original form, but also as a rosé (blush, white zinfandel). If you travel to South Africa and the Cape, you will see lots of pinotage. The genetically modified crossing of pinot noir and cinsault has become the hallmark of South Africa. With its unique aromas and flavors of cherry, smoke, earth, plum, and medicinal notes, it is a robust wine that does justice to hearty fare and game.
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Yet, rumors persisted through the years that 17-year-old Anastasia, the youngest daughter, had survived the massacre and was helped to escape by a sympathetic guard. The tale captured the public’s imagination and inspired books and movies. The remains of the Romanovs were reinterred in St. Petersburg, and the family was canonized as “passion bearers” in 2000 by the Russian Orthodox Church inside Russia.
and other aspects of its history, the museum has a new Fabergé website (faberge.vmha.museum) and mobile app.
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European nobility by a firm headed by Russian jeweler Karl Fabergé (1846-1920). Czar Nicholas II, who had been the Russian emperor since 1894, especially enjoyed delighting his wife, Alexandra, with the Easter eggs as gifts. (You may remember the czarina for her controversial association with another historical figure, Grigori Rasputin.) But Nicholas was forced to abdicate the throne in 1917 as the Russian Revolution unfolded, and the family was placed under house arrest. In the early hours of July 17, 1918, the czar, his wife, their five children, and four attendants were taken to a basement and brutally executed by the Bolsheviks. The bodies were secretly concealed in a pit beneath a dirt road. Fabergé fled to Switzerland, and many of the 150,000 beautiful objects his firm made were destroyed during the revolution. The fate of the doomed Romanovs continues to captivate the world. The remains of most of the victims were discovered in 1979 and subsequently exhumed and identified through DNA testing. In 2007, the bones of son Alexei and one of the daughters (believed to be either Anastasia or Maria) were found in a separate nearby grave.
Building the collection The story’s other thread is how the museum’s Fabergé collection came to be. Between 1933 and 1946, Lillian Thomas Pratt, an art collector and wife of General Motors executive John Lee Pratt, obtained almost 170 objects attributed to the Fabergé firm, plus hundreds of other Russian decorative arts. She bequeathed them to the Virginia Museum in 1947, and her gift comprises the bulk of the museum’s Russian holdings. With the recent renovation of the Fabergé galleries, interactive components have been added. Touch screens allow you to see how the imperial eggs were constructed and reveal the surprises in their interiors. Another fun digital device lets you design your own eggs. Insider tip: For those who want an in-depth look at the collection
Italian wine lovers rejoice — this country has two biggies. Pretty much all wine consumers know the merits of sangiovese, especially from Tuscany. As perhaps the most well-known and touted red variety that the country offers, it is found in such winners as brunello, vino nobile, and Chianti, and it’s hard to deny its beauty. Full of tart cherry, sweet leather, plum, violet, and red berry, it’s absolutely dynamite with all types of cuisine, especially Italian. Then, there’s nebbiolo, especially from Piedmonte, that is the heart and soul of such classics as Barolo and Barbaresco. Wines like these that smack of roses, truffles, cherries, leather, tar, and tobacco are legendary. Pinot noir is known as the “heartbreak grape” because it’s hard to grow, deletes nutrients from the soil, young vines don’t make great wine, and clonal selection is so important. Perhaps no other place on the planet
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