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July 2015

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north carolina I jane and marvin bond

Exhibit focuses on Main Street around the world Take the large-scale work of 100 renowned phoDe Perlinghi hopes the event is already helping tographers from two dozen countries, add empty to revitalize downtown Wilson. downtown storefront windows, and you have the “I live near downtown and walk my dog along makings for the unusual outdoor exhibition that is Nash Street daily. I am meeting both locals and drawing both locals and visitors to Nash Street in visitors who are drawn to these images.” Wilson, N.C. He noted that he’s met visitors from South Africa Jerome De Perlinghi, an internationally known and California who were traveling by train and photographer, settled in Wilson four years ago and spent layovers walking through the downtown almost immediately began taking photos of people exhibition. (Wilson is accessible by Amtrak and is downtown as a project. He conceived the idea of just off I-95.) an exhibition/photo festival that interpreted main streets around the world. continued on page 35 “I contacted 10 photographers at first and it Elie Gardner just spread from there,” he said. “Nash Street is our main street here in Wilson, but a main street can be anything from Sixth Avenue in New York to a dirt road in many countries.” Each of the 100 photographers, equally divided among men and women, submitted one image for the exhibition. Through Sept. 7, six city blocks of Wilson’s Nash Street will continue to be a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs depicting people on main streets that are crowded, deserted, ravaged by poverty, and that celebrate a sense of community. It’s the global sense of community that main streets historically stood for that the exhibition’s organizers hope to reA main street can be a dusty road in many countries. vive.

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editor’s note I marvin bond

Good traveling companions are a great blessing to us all

The way things come full circle has always held some fascination for me, and that all came back vividly as spring began to give way to summer on the calendar. On the publisher’s page, you’ll find a wonderful tribute by Karl Teel to his mother, who passed away in early June. Karl has great memories of family travel with his parents, including family re-

union cruises with his mother in recent years. Karl’s mother was a lively lady who looked forward to the cruise — which would end up being her last — where she would see her new greatgrandson and enjoy other far-flung members of her family. Good traveling companions are a great blessing; an even greater blessing when they share the same family experience that you do. Those family memories are precious and become the glue that seals relationships and the subject of family conversations for years to come. In our lives, Jane and I have been blessed with daughters and sons-in-law who are also great traveling companions and a grandson who has already experienced the thrill of discovering new destinations. We also welcomed a new grandchild last month who, I hope, will be another great traveling companion in the years ahead. As I held Lucy for the first time, I was already thinking of places I wanted to show her and experiences to share. Such is the prerogative of a grandfather. Indeed, multi-generation family travel is widely recognized today as an important part of the tourism market. For me, it boils down to simply enjoying those closest to us in new surroundings and sharing sights, sounds, and destinations both familiar and brand new. Here at Recreation News, life came full circle

again as Karl’s family said goodbye to a favorite fellow traveler and both the Teel and Bond clans welcomed new future travelers. It is my fervent hope that you find traveling companions with whom you can share experiences from day trips to once-in-a-lifetime vacations. The discoveries on the road are all the sweeter when shared by those who appreciate both them and each other.

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publisher’s note I karl teel

Inspiration from a mother’s love of travel succumb to the restrictive nature that would envelope any nation that fell to the Soviet Union. So, we made it to America, and have never taken for granted our freedom to travel. Travel can be celebratory in nature. How happy it made my mother to travel halfway across the country to see and hold her first great-grandchild in her arms. Reunions virtually always involve travel and are times of joyful celebration as well. As time marches on, families evolve and change as some members pass away and new members are born. My mother became ill earlier in the year and needed major heart surgery. But what did she reflect upon during recovery? She absolutely couldn’t wait until late spring for a family reunion cruise where members of the family from thousands of miles away would all converge for a week of fun and fellowship. The opportunity to see her precious great-grandchild, Oliver, was icing on the cake. Her fear was she wouldn’t recover in time for the cruise or may not recover at all. But, as she took stock of life, its value, and what she really wanted to do, it all boiled down to making the trip so she could see her loved ones. As we are in America, and her son is in the business, if she could bring the health, it would happen. And it did.

America. Independence. Fireworks. Three separate words that, placed together, conjure an image and feeling. We celebrate our independence on July Fourth with traditions including fireworks, cookouts, family gatherings, and taking time to reflect and celebrate. Independence and freedom is a big deal for us as Americans. We have freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the freedom to pursue lines of work and pleasure, and the freedom to travel where we want to go and when we want to go, providing we have the means. This, of course, enables a lot of family gatherings and festivities, which strikes home for me. My family fled Estonia in World War II rather than

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Historic Coastal Virginia dishes up unique travel experiences Ride a Segway around Yorktown. Travel by kayak to a winery on the Eastern Shore. Get up close and personal with the animals at Busch Gardens. See how the Rockefellers lived in Williamsburg. Learn how costumes are made at the Jamestown Settlement. Search for ancient fossils at York River State Park. If you think you have seen everything there is to see in the Historic Triangle, think again. Our visit began in Colonial Williamsburg on Mother’s Day weekend, a time when the historic area was practically deserted. On a Saturday evening stroll we happened upon a free organ concert at Bruton Parish Church, which dates to 1715. We also enjoyed the historical interpreters at the House of Burgesses, the Governor’s Palace, and the various shops in the village. At R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse we listened to lively, heated conversations about troubles in the “Revolutionary City” and sampled a delicious dark chocolate drink. We ate lunch at Chowning’s Tavern and dinner at The King’s Arms. Both establishments offer 18th-century menus and live musical entertainment. We also sampled locally made beverages at the Williamsburg Winery and the AleWerks Brewing Company. It was a rare treat to visit Bassett Hall, where philanthropists John and Abby Rockefeller lived and entertained when they were in town. The Rockefellers began the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg during the 1930s — a tradition that continues

today. Abby Rockefeller’s folk art collection is featured in the museum that bears her name. Another great place to visit is the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, home to more than 5,000 works of art from around the world. We also spent time getting to know the well-trained Percheron horses, border collies, black-faced sheep, birds, reptiles, and a porcupine at Busch Gardens. The park’s newest thrill coaster is Tempesto, which runs at 63 mph and features a complete inversion at 154 feet. At the Jamestown Settlement we took a behind-the-scenes tour of the costume shop and saw a few of the designers’ beautiful creations, including the gown that Pocahontas wore at the English Court. We also visited the Jamestown Rediscovery Research Center and archaeology site, where Dr. William Kelso and his team have unearthed more than 2 million artifacts over the past 20 years. It is no wonder the site has been deemed one of the top archaeology finds in the world. We found the village of Yorktown to be delightful. Located on the York River, it has historic buildings, quaint shops, and restaurants. Segway tours are the newest way to experience the Yorktown Battlefield, where Gen. George Washington and the French Allies claimed victory over the British on Oct. 19, 1781. Don’t miss the towering Yorktown Victory Monument, filled with the names of fallen soldiers. The Yorktown Independence Day Celebra-

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tion, July 4–5, will feature military drills, artillery displays, a parade down Water Street, musical entertainment, and fireworks. Elsewhere in Virginia’s Tidewater, we found the best way to see Historic Portsmouth is a walking tour led by Col. William Crawford, who founded the city in 1752. Other options are a self-guided walking tour or horsedrawn carriage. Olde Towne has a huge collection of historic homes and a number of great museums, including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and Children’s Museum of Virginia. Historic Hampton, 400 years old and going strong, is home to the Virginia Air & Space Museum, Hampton History Museum, a 1920s operating carousel, and Fort Monroe National Monument. On the final day of our trip we traveled across the 23-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, a peninsula surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay on the west side and the Atlantic on the east. Captain Rick Kellam, of Broadwater Bay Ecotours, shared his vast knowledge of the shore and a history of the state’s thriving seafood industry, from old oyster-shucking days to modern times. He also shucked a few raw oysters for us and served them on the spot. In the afternoon, Southeast Expeditions provided an enjoyable kayak trip to Chatham Vineyards on Church Creek for a wine tasting. The newly bottled 2014 Steel Chardonnay is a wonderful compliment to the local seafood.

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Wintergreen Resort and the 20th anniversary of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, scheduled for July 8–Aug. 2. This year’s theme is “Cheers! Toast 20 Years of Music in the Mountains.” Opening night on July 8 will feature a “Surprise Birthday Party” concert, showcasing memorable festival performances of the past 20 years performed by national and international artists. Wintergreen Festival Orchestra’s performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on the last weekend will celebrate and embody the spirit of the festival’s journey over the past two decades. The festival also will serve as the venue for 20 world premieres, including Daron Hagen’s score for a

performance of Charlie Chaplin’s 1915 movie, The Tramp. There’s something for everyone who attends the festival: solo concerts to chamber music, wine tastings to cooking classes, and post-concert patio parties to “Wild Wednesdays.” (wintergreenperformingarts.org)

New exhibit at Newseum The Newseum’s “Reporting Vietnam,” on display through Sept. 12, marks the 50th anniversary of America’s first televised war. The exhibit explores how journalists brought news about the Vietnam War to a divided nation via photos, news footage, music, artifacts, newspapers, and magazines. Contributing support for the exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation in memory of 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon, whose legendary war reporting during five decades started in Vietnam. Showing in the museum’s Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater is Reporting Vietnam: Eyewitness to War, an original documentary about the press coverage in Vietnam. Also showing are two other original films that explore the protest movement at home and how television changed the way Americans received news from the battlefield. “The Vietnam War polarized the nation and led Americans to question the legitimacy of authority everywhere,” said Peter Prichard, Newseum chairman and CEO. “The exhibit captures the essence of a complex moment in American history, transporting visitors back to a time when peace, love, and understanding were the goal, but not always the reality.”

Other travel news Disneyland Resort in California is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer with three new nighttime spectaculars: “Paint the Night” (celebrating Disneyland’s electrical parade heritage), “Disneyland Forever” (a fireworks spectacular), and “World of Color: Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” (a new presentation of the “World of Color” spectacular in Disney California Adventure). Game of Thrones fans looking for Westeros adventures this summer might check out blog.goeuro.co.uk/ game-of-thrones-travel-guide for a guide to filming locations in Europe. Carol Timblin welcomes travel news at ctimblin@gmail.com.


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Down home on the farm means great agricultural family fun The Mid-Atlantic region is chock-full of opportunities to enjoy the cream of the crop and fruits of your labor. In addition to popular pick-your-own spots and farmers markets, plenty of land tenders now offer live entertainment, organized tours, and other activities on their farms. For seasonal hours and activities, be sure to check websites.

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MARYLAND Carroll County Farm Museum 500 S. Center St. Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880, carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org The farm museum shows life in early America with an original 1700s log barn, smokehouse, broom shop, saddlery, springhouse, wagon shed, firehouse, one-room schoolhouse, farmhouse, and a general store. Costumed guides explain the workings of everything here.

Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum 12985 Frederick Road West Friendship, Md. 410-489-2345, farmheritage.org/museum Learn how to plow with a mule-led team, see antique tractors and threshing machines in action, enjoy libations while listening to bluegrass music, see a wild-west show, and tour the museum. Misty Meadow Farm Creamery 14325 Misty Meadow Road Smithsburg, Md. 301-824-2112, mistymeadowsfarmcreamery.com Popular with local school groups, this family farm operation has added a creamery, country store with child-focused items, and pre-scheduled tours to teach conservation techniques in farming. Visitors can see the dairy, take a wagon tour around the farm, and enjoy a taste of homemade cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and bottled milk. Old Maryland Farm 301 Watkins Park Drive Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770, pgparks.com Old Maryland Farm is part of the popular Prince George’s County Watkins Regional Park. Little ones enjoy learning about chickens, ducks, llamas, sheep, and ponies, and birthday partyers can take a hayride. A short walk from the farm is a popular miniature train ride and an antique carousel.

Ways for Families to Get Away Together! The perfect outdoor family adventure starts with a refreshing whitewater rafting trip or a zip line ride through the West Virginia treetops. Wind down with a pleasant bike ride on the rail trail and dine alfresco by the mighty Monongahela River. More family memories are made in Greater MOREgantown!

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Oxon Hill Farm 6411 Oxon Hill Road Oxon Hill, Md. 301-839-1176, nps.gov/oxhi A National Park Service site and once an 1812era plantation, Oxon Hill shows willing farm hands how to do the daily work of an early American farm. Visitors can milk cows, feed chickens, gather eggs, and churn butter.

VIRGINIA Back Home on the Farm 2915 Willow Run Road Harrisonburg, Va. 540-442-6493, backhome-onthefarm.com Open from mid-June through mid-August, these farmers want to share their love of the land and their animals with anyone who wants to visit. They want you to call before you come. A butterfly conservatory and a fully restored antique carousel are two unique features on the farm. Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 W. Ox Road Herndon, Va. 703-437-9101, fairfaxcounty.gov/parks The park is named after the original rural community that existed long before the creation of Washington Dulles International Airport. You’ll find many antique tractors, a blacksmith’s forge, a smokehouse, a dairy, and a kitchen garden. In addition to wagon rides and farmyard animals, there’s a country store with local produce and homemade baked goods.


Great Country Farm and Bluemont Vineyard 18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Va. 540-554-2073, greatcountryfarms.com In addition to the farm fun of a wagon ride, see a classic corn bin and play with a giant chess set. Gem mining can also be part of a day on Great Country Farm. Visit the Roosteraunt concession stand on weekends for barbecue, freshly baked pies, cider donuts, and ice cream. Kids love finding their way through giant mazes, slipping down enormous slides, making friends with the farm animals, swinging, and catching and releasing fish. A glass of wine at the Bluemont Vineyard, owned by the same family, can be had right next door.

The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns 261 Caverns Road Shenandoah Caverns, Va. 888-4CAVERN, shenandoahcaverns.com Located just off exit 269 of I-81, Yellow Barn is on the grounds of Shenandoah Caverns and includes a working beehive that visitors can watch through plexiglass. The Yellow Barn also features restored antique farm wagons, carriages, and a 25foot tobacco press, among other memorabilia of rural life. Regular country music concerts are part of the scene.

PENNSYLVANIA Amish Farm and House 2395 Covered Bridge Drive Lancaster, Pa. 717-394-6185, amishfarmandhouse.com This 15-acre site demonstrates Amish life with tours of a farmhouse, a tobacco-stripping room, a blacksmith forge, a smokehouse, and farm animals. The playground has a “scooter run” and an Amish teacher leads children in games. You can also sign up for a 90-minute narrated driving tour of Lancaster County.

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Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum 21668 Heritage Farm Lane Sterling, Va. 571-258-3800, heritagefarmmuseum.org Explore a general store and grandma’s preWWI kitchen, and be a farmer for the day on the children’s farm. Travel through time to meet 10 generations of county residents who left their mark on the land. Numerous events throughout the year. Back Home on the Farm

Posey Thisisit Llama Farm 754 Harrisville Road Toms Brook, Va. 540-436-3517, poseythisisitllamas.com This 27-acre farm in the northern Shenandoah Valley invites visits with the llamas and demonstrates wool dyeing at select times during July and August. Wool-producing sheep also are on the farm, along with their wool, yarn, and wool products. Ticonderoga Farms 26469 Ticonderoga Road Chantilly, Va. 703-327-4424, ticonderoga.com Part of the National Botanic Garden, Ticonderoga Farms offers amazing farm fun with cow train rides, slides, a jumping pillow, special festivals, a tot lot, and an animal petting area. Located in Fairfax County, Ticonderoga has the longest swinging bridge in Virginia. Popular events include the Fig Festival in the summer and the Fall Festival, which includes hayrides and pumpkin picking.

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Staunton, as you like it: From Shakespeare to concerts to history Laugh, cry, swoon, and be enchanted at the Blackfriars Playhouse in downtown Staunton, Va.,

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birth. The summer/fall season is under way, with winter and spring offerings on the horizon. Besides theater, there are many other incentives to visit the picturesque Shenandoah Valley town, including music festivals, history, wineries, and walking tours. Insider tip: For Washington, D.C., area residents, Staunton is a 150-mile drive or an easy ride via Amtrak (especially good for a winter getaway). The train station is just blocks from the theater. If you stay for a weekend, you can see several of the revolving plays. Several hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in Staunton have lodging-and-theater packages. Among them are the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Frederick House, a small European-style boutique hotel with several buildings. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage — a replica of Shakespeare’s wife’s Tudor birthplace house, complete with thatched roof and rooms named for Romeo and Juliet — offers escorted winery, brewery, or Civil War tours for guests. The American Shakespeare Center operates Blackfriars Playhouse, which is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s London indoor theater. The two-story wooden structure has lighting, staging, and seating conditions that replicate those of Shakespeare’s time. The current season, which runs through Nov. 29, includes the epic love story Antony and Cleopatra, the magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the comedy-drama The Winter’s Tale, and the thrilling Shakespeare’s Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1). The holiday season, Dec. 1–Jan. 3, offers Julius Caesar and The Life of King Henry the Fifth, as well as some non-Shakespeare plays, including A Christmas Carol, The Santaland Diaries, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

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Three special musical events are offered this summer in Staunton. The Blues and Brews Festival moves to downtown Staunton for its Aug. 8 edition. The event features local and regional bands, food, and local beers. The festival runs 1:00-9:00pm and attracts several thousand music and beer lovers. The Frontier Culture Museum is launching an American Roots Music Series, with the theme “Bluegrass on the Pavilion.� Mini-concerts will take place from 5:00 to 7:00pm on alternating Sundays in August. Featured will be several favorite Washington-area bands: Bud’s Collective on Aug. 2, East of Monroe on Aug 16, and Commonwealth Bluegrass Band on Aug. 30. Tickets include admission to the museum. Food and wine also will be available. The outdoor living-history museum showcases the origins of early frontier settlers with dwellings and outbuildings such as an English manor house and German and Irish farms relocated from those countries. There are also African and American frontier buildings to explore. The museum holds many special events throughout the year. Upcoming is the Frontier Folk-Ways Festival, Sept. 19–20. A summer staple for 18 years, the Staunton


restaurants also offer discounts to festival attendees.

Visiting Staunton Staunton, designated as one of the “Best Small Towns in America” by Smithsonian magazine, has a very walkable downtown with more than 100 unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. For an overview, Staunton Guided Tours, run by a mother-daughter team, gives downtown and area tours by foot, trolley, van, or car. Just around the corner from the American Shakespeare Center, take a break at Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, which combines a natural and organic store with a café serving amazing breakfasts, wraps, and sandwiches as well as gourmet coffee, juices, and smoothies. You can see a glass-blowing demonstration and shop for fascinating artisan glass products at Sunspots Studios, or learn about Woodrow Wilson at his birthplace and presidential library.

Enjoy the views and the hospitality of John and Shelby Higgs at Barren Ridge Vineyards. The couple cleared an overgrown apple orchard and planted grapevines that produce award-winning wines. They preserved an 1890s apple barn, turning it into a modern winery and tasting room. Take in Staunton — as you like it!

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Music Festival offers 10 days of concerts, lectures, and workshops at various downtown venues, Aug. 14–23. More than 60 musicians from the United States and Europe will perform nearly 30 concerts of chamber and vocal music from the Renaissance to the present. Among the composers represented are Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Liszt, Dvoàk, and Bernstein. The final concert is a complete performance of Bach’s St. John Passion, with soloists, chamber chorus, and period instruments at Trinity Episcopal Church. Blackfriars Playhouse and the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace are other festival venues. Free concerts are offered daily at noon, with ticketed events each evening. The evening shows include pre-concert talks by musicians, composers, and music historians. Lodging and festival ticket packages are available at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Frederick House. Several

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Tucked up in the northwest corner of Virginia, the charming town of Winchester is a delightful get-away-from-it-all destination only 90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. The town is steeped in fascinating history â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly that of the Revolutionary War and Civil War â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but also offers fun stuff including bluegrass and jazz bands, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s museum and splash pad, ghost walks, a tap house, 60 places to shop, and 35 restaurants. And, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all within walking distance of downtown. A good place to enjoy Winchesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospitality is the George Washington Hotel in Old Town. Built in 1924, it was totally renovated and reopened in 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a friendly, cozy hotel, but also beautiful and elegant,â&#x20AC;? said the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Suzie Smith. There are numerous original elements in the building and lots of interesting memorabilia on display, plus a unique Roman bathstyle pool. A walk along the two-block Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall offers more than a dozen eateries, ranging from a 1949-era grill and several coffee shops to Italian, Mexican, Cajun, and Thai restaurants. For something different, choose from 50 burgers and 50 beers at the recently opened 50/50 Tap House on Cork Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the main things I wanted to achieve was to bring in unusual beers people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have

access to in other places,â&#x20AC;? said Jason Connolly, the owner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The meat is fresh â&#x20AC;&#x201D; brisket, chuck, and short ribs ground together.â&#x20AC;? With burgers such as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fat Elvis,â&#x20AC;? which features peanut butter, bacon, and bananas, Connolly said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to have fun with our menu.â&#x20AC;?

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play! The Bright Box Theater has a relaxed, fun atmosphere. It hosts shows with talented comedians and musicians on Thursdays and Fridays. You can choose from three nightly ghost walks with Ghost Tours of Old Town guides who wear 19th-century costumes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do this to educate people on history and the paranormal,â&#x20AC;? said owner Jean Woolsey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My specialty is Civil War ghosts.â&#x20AC;? Her group also offers family-friendly scavenger hunts around the town. The younger generation might opt for fun at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum on Cork Street. Its hands-on, STEM-oriented exhibits are topped off by Winchesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first rooftop garden, which is comprised of plants native to Virginia. And, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the free Splash Pad on the mall (with adjacent bathrooms) for cooling off on a hot day.

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There are a number of interesting museums in town, but a special exhibit of artwork by renowned artist Mort Kunstler at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is well worth a visit. More than 80 pieces of Kunstlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work are on display through Aug. 2. He is well-known for his meticulously researched paintings of the American Civil War, but he has also done numerous movie posters, advertising, and even the famous Jaws cover for MAD The first retrospective exhibition exploring the career of magazine. renowned artist and illustrator Mort KĂźnstler, The Art of

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;George Washington really started his political career here,â&#x20AC;? said Jennifer Bell, who promotes downtown Winchester. A visit to


George Washington’s Office Museum shows you the influence he had on the town. Built around 1744, this original building is filled with interesting history and even holds a lock of Washington’s hair, cut in 1797. The handsome, newly opened George’s Food & Spirits Restaurant at The George Washington Hotel features a quote by our first president on the wall: “I consider the most enviable of all titles the character of an honest man.” If George found this lovely town to be of such value and so worthy of his time and efforts, you are guaranteed to fall in love with wonderful Winchester, too.

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d ALSO IN FREDERICK COUNTY South of Winchester on historic U.S. Route 11 and just off I-81, the Middletown area is home to two historic dwellings dating to 1797. Belle Grove Plantation was originally the home of President James Madison’s sister, but was also at the center of the Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek. Today, you can tour the home and hear stories from docents and rangers from the surrounding National Park Service site. Special summer events at Belle Grove include Art in the Barn on Aug. 15, featuring art and bluegrass music in the 1918 Bank Barn, accompanied by beer, wine, and appetizers.

The Belle Grove Wine Festival is Sept. 12, 11:00am-6:00pm and includes tastings from regional vineyards as well as local food, chef demonstrations, and music. Also dating to 1797 is the Wayside Inn, purported to be America’s oldest continuously operated inn. It has entertained travelers since its opening and offers 22 rooms with private baths as well as a restaurant and tavern. New owners George and Becky Reeves provide welcoming hospitality in the historic setting that is filled with antiques. They are knowledgeable about the area and help guests find the Shenandoah Valley treasures located nearby.

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The Virginia Living Museum’s “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” has visitors hopping to the Newport News attraction to see more than 70 frogs from across the globe. The frogs aren’t all of the forest-green hue. In addition to brilliant green, there are gold, bright blue, and dazzling red specimens — an exotic array of colors. Some live in lush rainforests and others in parched deserts — in this display they are all showcased in detailed habitats with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Visitors hear their noisy croaks, yaps, chirps, whoops, snores, and whistles. Interactive games and displays explore frogs’ biology and natural history, the roles they play in human cultures, their importance to ecosystems, and the perils they face in a changing environment. You can check out the skeleton of the

world’s largest frog and learn how the frog’s skeleton allows it to out-jump Olympic athletes. Hark back to biology class with a virtual dissection that doesn’t hurt any frogs. The musically inclined can create a chorus by pushing buttons to activate recorded frog calls. The exhibits test your frog knowledge on subjects from basic to bizarre. Bring your camera to capture the vivid colors. Non-flash photography is permitted. If you never thought frogs were worth a photo, this exhibition will change your mind. Created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Pennsylvania, the exhibit will remain on display through Sept. 7 and is open daily 9:00am–5:00pm with extended hours until 8:00pm on Thursdays through Aug. 27. (thevlm.org)

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Celebrate summer with history, sailing, music, and charm Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something special about the month of July that makes us feel honored to be Americans. It could be the fireworks lighting up the night sky, the sound of patriotic melodies filling the air, or the sea of red, white, and blue waving gallantly on our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flag. In Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Triangle, that patriotic fervor is especially captivating during July. Perhaps nowhere outside of Philadelphia can you savor Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest for freedom more than Yorktown, home to the site where British Gen. Charles Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington and his French allies to end the Revolutionary War. Visiting the quaint but charming town is like stepping back in time, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been rejuvenated in

ways guests can appreciate. Eighteenth-century homes and revolutionary battlefields are interspersed with eclectic shops and delightful dining experiences, many of which offer prestigious views of the York River. Take an afternoon to discover the area via bicycle, guided Segway tour, or free trolley. To get a true understanding of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beginnings, head to Jamestown Settlement where you can go aboard replicas of the three ships that brought colonists to the New World and explore re-creations of settlements where the colonists lived, as well as a Powhatan village. (historyisfun. org/jamestown-settlement) Explore the Revolutionary period at the Yorktown Victory Center, where you can join in musket drills with Revolutionary War soldiers and comb cotton on a Revolution-era farm. The center is currently being transformed to include expansive permanent exhibition galleries as part of the upand-coming American Revolution Museum at Yor-

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ktown, scheduled to open in late 2016. The Victory Center remains in daily operation. (historyisfun. org/yorktown-victory-center) Insider tip: Summer fun on the East Coast is best paired with water views, so cruise over to Yorktownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waterfront, known as Riverwalk Landing, and explore beyond the sand on a kayak or standup paddleboard, or see if the fish are biting.

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If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inclined to journey even farther beyond the shore, hop on the Alliance for a daytime or sunset sail. This 105-foot, three-masted schooner sails from Riverwalk Landing Pier, allowing passengers a true experience of what it was like to sail during the time that Captain John Smith explored the same waters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a breeze, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sailing the ship,â&#x20AC;? said Captain Greg Lohse, who owns the Alliance as well as the two-masted Serenity with his wife, Laura. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole idea is to get people to slow down a little bit,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the pace that people had 200, 300 years ago, when the early settlers came here.â&#x20AC;? During the relaxing two-hour cruise, you learn fascinating details about surrounding attractions, along with Revolutionary War history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scenic, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun,â&#x20AC;? Lohse said. In addition to viewing the Augustine Moore House, where the surrender of the Siege of Yorktown took place, and the Yorktown Battlefield, you may see diamondback and lagerhead turtles, osprey, dolphins, fish, and blue crabs. Snacks, water, soda, beer, and wine are available for purchase 764A below in the schoonerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s galley, and if the crowd is feeling festive, Lohse will fire the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s can8)+3)/-.7:<?716+4=,-;"  A non. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a Pi4 6 7 ! â&#x20AC;˘<_W6QOP\[I\\PM1VVI\;\ZI\NWZL0ITT  rate Cruise available for 

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ebration is an all-day experience, beginning with a Salute to the States behind the courthouse and the reading of the Declaration of Independence on the courthouse steps. Join in the excitement of a Colonial Faire with tomahawk throwing, cannons, drills, games, and crafts. Later in the evening, the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will perform, followed by a Salute to the Nation tribute to our armed forces. The fanfare concludes with a spectacular display of fireworks. (colonialwilliamsburg. com) Like Yorktown, Williamsburg teems with activity throughout the summer. At the end of historic Duke of Gloucester Street, wander Merchants Square’s modern-day shops and restaurants. Don’t miss the treats at Wythe Candy and Gourmet, including the handmade fudge, freshly dipped caramel apples, and the region’s largest selection of candy. The daily

chocolate bar giveaway (buy three and get one free, with 200 to choose from) is popular — and why not? — but there are many other specials to check out as well. On Saturdays, the farmers market sets up in the square, featuring fresh produce, plants, and palate-pleasing creations. During Yorktown’s Fourth of July festivities, you can soak up the history of our country’s beginnings with a parade, band concert, and fireworks over the York River. Throughout the month you can kick up your heels for the free Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series, Thursdays, 6:30– 9:30 p.m., on the waterfront. (visityorktown.org) This month, take a moment to let the music of the fifes and drums resonate, let the magic of fireworks excite as they did when you were a child, and wave your flag proudly and dearly.

Agritourism continued from page 9 Cherry Crest Adventure Farm 150 Cherry Hill Road Ronks, Pa. 717-687-6843, cherrycrestfarm.com This country fair-themed park and education center features farm animals, a beehive observation area, and a baby chick hatchery. There are a host of farm-related attractions and activities. Edible treats keep hungry kids happy. The Strasburg Railroad even makes a stop here. Fields of Adventure 64 Tree Lane Aspers, Pa. 888-677-0093, fieldsofadventure.com Summertime fun includes a ton of attractions, from a zip line to a tile maze. Also, pick your own popcorn, take a wagon ride, and enjoy many other activities. In the fall, there’s a giant corn maze, pumpkin bowling, and plenty more seasonal fun.

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creamery sells farm-fresh homemade ice cream, ice cream pies, homemade fudge, and other regional favorites. Check the website for special events listings. Lavender Fields 18864 Cool Spring Road Milton, Del. 302-684-1514, lavenderfieldsde.com Visit in July to see nearly 3,000 lavender plants in bloom. Homemade soaps are popular in the shop here. In addition, enjoy a walk through a labyrinth, modeled after one in the Chartres Cathedral in France, that offers a half-mile meditative journey.

WEST VIRGINIA Farm Discovery Center 1003 Blackwater Lodge Road Davis, W.Va. 304-259-5611, mountaintrailrides. com/farmdiscovery.html Located inside Blackwater Falls State Park, the center introduces visitors to farm activities, such as milking a mechanical cow, and features exhibits of agricultural implements. The center seeks to educate new generations about where food comes from and the agricultural heritage of the region. Horseback riding, a petting zoo, and adventure cave are nearby.

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You can enjoy fall and spring self-guided driving tours of agricultural attractions in Loudoun County, Va., just minutes west of Dulles Airport. Download a brochure and pick and choose from the different locations and activities listed. Area farms and wineries participate with special events. The tours are the third weeks of October and May each year. (loudounfarms.org)

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Reunion cruising makes memories Like all great events in life, family reunions require planning, but they are well worth it. Family reunions bring us together from all points of the earth, and from all generations. They create memories, solidify families, and carry on traditions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of the important stuff in life. But, there can be the headaches, as well. Who will host it? Where and when will it be? Who handles the expenses, the planning, and the myriad details? We found the ideal solution in a family reunion cruise. Why a reunion cruise? We simply couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a better alternative when we weighed all the factors. No one person has to lay out a deposit for the whole group. Everyone needs a vacation and usually has it budgeted anyway. Even if the expense may be more than one normally might budget, a cruise is a special event â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an appropriate way to celebrate an anniversary, graduation, or special accomplishment, and spending a little extra may be in order. On our reunion cruise, we had nine cabins and 17 people. In addition to the reunion aspect, we had a college graduation, three birthdays, and a post-hospitalization to celebrate. And, on a cruise, there is something for every

budget. Cabins on a cruise can go for as little as $299. On our cruise, an upper-level balcony represented the higher end at about $1,500. Many levels of price and luxury in between satisfied the retiree, the young family with a new baby, the early-20s server, and the more established adults. Keep in mind, the price included all the food we could eat in a week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and we mean good food! When you factor in the cost of groceries alone for a party of that size, it becomes apparent that a cruise is a wise choice. Like any reunion, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a single universally acceptable time window. We picked a date when the kids just got out of school and began the process about six to 12 months in advance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plenty of time to juggle work schedules, save, and plan.

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combined with a state-of-the-art sound system, is great for watching feature-length movies, music videos, and port previews, all while enjoying the comfort of a lounge chair, hot tub seat, or the multi-level pool area (complete with food and beverages). We love lounging on the peaceful Serenity Deck, an adults-only sun deck on the 15th floor with hot tubs, bar, shaded areas, padded chaise lounges, jumbo wicker clamshell cabanas, and hammocks big enough for two. The entertainment is fantastic every night, with a live band playing great music for dancing. Breeze has a huge water park, with plenty of seating surrounding it for parents, and loads of other activities to participate in, as well as Camp Carnival and “Hasbro the Game Show.” George Lopez’s Punchliner Comedy Club was standing room only for both the family-friendly and the adults-only shows. Insider tip: Get in line around 30 minutes early if you want to have a seat. Karaoke or singing along with the piano man is always an option,

while dancing the night away in the Liquid Nightclub or trying your luck in the casino also offer great times. If you are looking for fun for the entire family, check out the Thrill Theater, a theme park 4-D interactive movie experience. Another great place to hang out is the fifth-floor Ocean Plaza, an indoor/outdoor space that has additional bars and cafes, an entertainment area and dance floor, and, outside, a lanai full of additional chaise lounges and a cantilever whirlpool on each side of the ship. The ship has many excellent restaurants and a huge variety of food choices, including Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina Mexican, Indian Tandoori (some of the best we’ve ever had), Lido Pizzeria and Grille (really good pizza and open 24 hours a day), the Mongolian Wok, and more. For a top-of-the-line culinary experience, try 555 Fahrenheit Steak House (it does carry an upcharge) or the fresh Bonsai Sushi. The Cucino del Capitano (also has a small up-

charge) offers a delicious authentic Italian dining experience so good our future son-in-law had to have it two nights in a row. Staying in touch and figuring out who is where on the ship and making plans is now easier than ever. Download the new Carnival HUB app available on the Breeze. Insider tip: Download the app while in port in Miami where the Internet speed is much faster than while you are at sea. The app works perfectly on an iPhone or Android phone. We found it invaluable, using the free chat function to meet up with other members in our group regardless of where they were on the ship. It

also had the schedule of shows and events, hours for every bar and restaurant, menus, and a ship map. You could even check the status of your sail and sign account. By the end of the trip, bonds that would carry the family forward another generation were formed and firmed up. History was shared and memories created. Countless comments along the lines of “best vacation ever” or “I really love my family” lead to a host of plans for future get-togethers. Are you ready to make you family reunion cruise a reality? Ask any of the travel agents on this page, visit carnival.com, or call 800-Carnival. Bon voyage!

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Historic monuments salute our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first president While no other U.S. monument to George Washington is as tall or impressive as the 555-foot-high obelisk located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., two are actu-

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Baltimore’s monument renovated The “middle sister,” Baltimore’s Washington Monument, began with the laying of a cornerstone on July 4, 1815. The top of the column boasts a sculpture of George Washington that commemorates the resignation of his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army before Congress as it met in the Annapolis State House in 1783. “The discovery of the monument’s cornerstone during the recent $5.5 million restoration, and its contents, suggest that to those who laid (it)… the monument was also a symbol of American national independence,” noted Lance Humphries, of the Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy. The renovated monument will be rededicated on its bicentennial, July 4, 2015, with a family-fun festival featuring hands-on crafts, old-fashioned games, live music, and picnic-style food concessions.

Oldest monument leads to plenty of activities Still, the “oldest sister” of this monumental triad is Washington County’s offering, which endures with dignity to this day. Early on the morning of July 4, 1827, the citizens of Boonsboro, Md., gathered at the town square. With the American Flag to lead them and a fife and drum corps to accompany their robust marching, a group 500-strong headed up the mountain to a designated spot and began, stone by stone, to erect their tribute to the father of our country.

Upon completion of the task, the stone tower, on it 54-foot circular base, stood a proud 30-feet high. Visitors to the historic tower in Washington Monument State Park are in for a satisfying outdoor adventure. “When you hike the half mile from the parking area to the monument, you will be walking on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the first scenic trail in the country,” said Dan Spedden, who promotes Washington County. On the site, there is a museum featuring historic artifacts relating to the Washington Monument as well as to the Civil War’s Battle of South Mountain. Insider tip: Backpackers and trail hikers are accommodated free at nearby Dahlgren Campground. The quaint and historic South Mountain Inn was once the estate of Adm. John A. Dahlgren and today it is one of the oldest, continually operated public houses on the National Road. South of this site is Crystal Grottos, the only commercially operated natural cavern in Maryland, which this year opened a new section of the cavern and installed LED lighting to enhance the experience. The town of Boonsboro remains a delightful place to explore while staying a night or two at Inn BoonsBoro, a small luxury hotel owned by writer Nora Roberts and located on the very same square where citizens gathered almost 200 years ago. Big Cork Vineyards is in nearby Rothersville. The area is also home to Antietam National Battlefield and Fort Frederick, a French and Indian War-era stone fort. “You could put a whole vacation together here (with) history, baseball, auto racing, outdoor adventure, shopping, and dining — we’ve got a lot to offer,” Spedden said.

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The light in a healthy hemlock forest is much different than in any other forest — diffused and velvety soft with no harsh edges. The forest feels dark, cool, and dense. An insect infestation has killed many of Pennsylvania’s hemlock forests, reducing them to sickly shadows of what they once were. The primary exception is the Allegheny National Forest, where they are still very healthy. Wandering the wondrous groves of healthy giant hemlocks is one of the best reasons to come to this colossal (and only) national forest in Pennsylvania. Among those trees are some of the most amazing rock formations of boulders, ledges, and outcrops and some brand new trails to lead you on your exploration. Check out the boulder formations known as Marilla Rocks in the Marilla Reservoir Trail System. The Marilla Rocks Trail is a 2-mile loop that leads to the gigantic rock formations in this remote woodland setting. You can also follow the Marilla Bridges Trail with its wooden covered bridge. The grand-daddy of all the trails is the North Country Trail, the longest trail in the United States. A local favorite two- to three-day backpacking trip is to follow Bullis Hollow Trail to Tracy Ridge, north into the Allegany State Park, connecting to the Black Snake Trail and ending back at Marilla. Trail guides and downloadable trail maps can be found at visitanf.com.

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Exploring on two wheels Walking is the slowest, most absorbing way to soak in all the beauty of the north woods, but cycling is another great way to experience the forest. The Kinzua Valley Trail along the banks of Kinzua Creek follows the path of the old Valley Railroad through forest and marshland. It is developed by the Kinzua Valley Trail Club, originates at the Westline Trailhead, and extends westward. Parts of the trail are grass covered and feel more like single track, with a rolling, curving bed, making it much more interesting than the average rail trail. For 7 miles, the trail winds alongside deep swimming holes and cool sheltering hemlocks whose braches dip low into the stream. There are frog ponds full of cattails and dead snags that look as if moose should be grazing in the shallows. The remaining 15 miles to the Red Bridge Recreational Area on the Allegheny Reservoir is presently being constructed and, by this fall, will extend the trail a total of 22 miles. A brand new visitors center is under way at Kinzua Bridge State Park, home of the Kinzua Sky Walk. The sky walk is built on six of the original Kinzua Viaduct towers, which, when built in 1882, supported the highest and longest viaduct in the word. Re-created as a skywalk with a partial glass overlook at the end, it offers pedestrians who visit a birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye view of the Kinzua Gorge and the wreckage of the 11 fallen towers toppled by a tornado in 2003. A new trail leads visitors to the bottom of the gorge. At Kinuza, you can truly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk the tracks across the sky.â&#x20AC;?

Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-rated accommodations. Voted No. 1 in Pennsylvania by TripAdvisor in the category of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bed & Breakfasts/Inns,â&#x20AC;? the Mansion District Inn, located in Smethport, Pa., welcomes visitors to experience the elegance of days gone by with all the modern amenities of today. Ozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homestay, a renovated farm located in Shinglehouse, was voted No. 1 in the category of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unique Places to Stayâ&#x20AC;? in Pennsylvania. While in the area, check out CJ Spirits in Kane, northwestern Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first craft distillery, creating spirits using fresh local ingredients and

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All aboard for a rail adventure in scenic West Virginia mountains Perhaps nowhere in the country has a state embraced its scenic railroad opportunities as in West Virginia. When you combine the mountain scenery with a railroad heritage based on timber and coal, you get a ready-made experience that appeals to young and old alike. In 2015, it’s easier than ever to take advantage of the various railroading opportunities, thanks to West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures. Summer and fall are ideal times to take advantage of the different trips with summer’s green forests and the

vibrant fall foliage for visitors to enjoy. Mountain Rail Adventures (mountainrailwv. com) operates historic steam-driven locomotives and vintage diesel-powered passenger trains. You board the train you select at a historic depot in Elkins, Durbin, or Cass from April through December. Most of the trips include on-board food service options. “The trips are great ways for families to connect,” said Gail Hyer, who promotes Pocahontas County. “Kids love riding on trains and you see Steve Shaluta

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Choose your ride Visit the Mountain Rail Adventures website to check out videos and schedules for daylong or shorter scenic trips or special events. The New Tygert Flyer takes you from Elkins to the High Falls of Cheat through hardwood forests, mountain streams, and meadows of wildflowers. Also departing from Elkins, the Cheat Mountain Salamander, a 1920s vintage locomotive, takes passengers on a great wilderness excursion. The trips depart Thursdays through Sundays. The Durbin Rocket is a steam-driven locomotive that kids love. It departs the Durbin Depot Thursdays through Sundays for a trip along the Greenbrier River. You can choose between open or closed cars.

New this year, the Cass Scenic Railroad joins with the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad to offer a “Wild Heart of West Virginia” package, a combined ride on two trains with a single ticket. You ride both the Cass and Cheat Mountain Salamander excursions, with overnight options in Elkins or Cass. Or, you can still opt to re-live the lumber heritage of the Cass Scenic Railroad alone, with a two-hour Whittaker Station ride or the popular mountaintop excursion to Bald Knob. There are many special options and events available via the website. Stay overnight in the Castaway Caboose or take an evening Mountain Explorer Dinner Train. Or, give the youngsters a special holiday treat with a Polar Express train ride.

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AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION AT MOUNT VERNON July 4. Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreath-laying ceremony, and free birthday cake for all. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. 703-780-200, mountvernon.org

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YORKTOWN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION July 4, 9:00am–10:00pm. Begins with patriotic parade on Water Street. Evening activities feature a bell-ringing ceremony, live musical entertainment, and spectacular fireworks on the York River. 331 Water St., Yorktown, Va. 757-890-3500, visityorktown. org

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SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL July 1–5. Experience these unique connections through cooking and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, ritual and celebratory processions, and discussions. Outdoors on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, festival.si.edu

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION July 4. Demolition derby, flea market, food vendors, and fireworks. Mack Park, 700 Carter Ave., Indiana, Pa. 724-397-9719

EXPERIMENTAL FILM VIRGINIA July 1–12. The environment and structure of EFV is designed to trigger new perspectives in the creative process of screenbased work for artists who work in visual, time-based media: sound designers, choreographers, directors, filmmakers, visual artists, dancers, musicians, composers, and digital arts. Cape Charles, Va. experimentalfilmvirginia.com

BIG BAND NIGHT AND FIREWORKS July 4. An evening of music, dancing, and fireworks along the Miles River. Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, Md. 410-7452916, cbmm.org

SUMMER JAM FESTIVAL July 2, 5:30–10:00pm. A true party with live bands, kids’ activities, expansive beer garden, delicious foods, and a showstopping fireworks display to finish up the night. Massanutten Resort, 1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville, Va. 540-289-9441, massresort.com

ANNAPOLIS 4TH OF JULY PARADE July 4, 6:30pm. The festivities kick off with an old-fashioned community parade. The night wraps up with fireworks over Annapolis Harbor starting around 9:15 p.m. Downtown Annapolis, Md. 410-263-7997, annapolis.gov

MIDDLETOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT CARNIVAL July 6–11. Come out and meet the fine folks of Middletown Fire Department. The carnival will feature great food and fun for all. Fire Station 7, Middletown, Md. 301-371-6258, middletownvfd.org

VALLEY FOURTH July 4, 8:00am–9:30pm. Great food, music, and entertainment attract thousands of people to downtown Harrisonburg for a full day of events, including the annual Grillin’ at the Pavilion Cook-off Competition. Harrisonburg, Va. downtownharrisonburg.org

SUMMER SIZZLIN’ NIGHTS SERIES July 8–25. With a different concert act each night, there’s always something to keep you entertained. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va. signature-theatre.org

WASHINGTON INDEPENDENCE DAY July 4, 11:45am and 8:00pm. Washington’s Independence Day parade on Constitution Avenue is followed by A Capitol Fourth concert and fireworks on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn. pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth BALTIMORE JULY 4TH FESTIVITIES July 4, noon–10:00pm. Music and entertainment at the Inner Harbor ending with fireworks at 9:30pm. Baltimore, Md. baltimore.org/events

AT&T SUMMER BREWFEST July 10, 5:00–9:00pm. Sample a wide variety of summer beers from a selection of local, regional, national, and international breweries. This is the perfect way to celebrate the end of the work week with an extended happy hour and great music at the Fountain. Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Va. 757-441-2345, festevents.org

CONCERT AND FIREWORKS July 4. Enjoy a free concert at 8:00pm followed by fireworks at 9:30pm. The beach at North Division Street, Ocean City, Md. 410-289-2800, ococean.com

ANNAPOLIS IRISH FESTIVAL July 10–11. Enjoy traditional Celtic music and Irish rock bands on three different stages, along with workshops and exhibits. Try some delicious Irish beef stew and other Irish favorites. Little Leprechaun Land provides pony rides, face painting, and other free activities for the kids. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 General’s Highway, Crownsville, Md. 410-980-7971, annapolisirishfestival.com

LIBERTY CELEBRATION July 4–5. Observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence. Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Va. 757-887-1776, historyisfun.org

RED WING ROOTS FESTIVAL July 10–12. The Shenandoah Valley’s premiere family-friendly music festival. Forty bands, four stages, and three full days of good times. Join the fun and bring the whole family. Natural Chimneys Park, 94 Natural Chimneys Lane, Mt. Solon, Va. redwingroots.com ALEXANDRIA LIVE MUSIC WEEK July 10–19. Ten days of live music at more than 30 restaurants and venues. Acts range from jazz to bluegrass, folk rock to country, and more. Venues throughout Alexandria, Va. livemusicweek.com

GREAT AMERICAN PICNIC & FIREWORKS July 4, 5:00–10:00pm. Relax on the lawn and enjoy the sound of live entertainment and food along the beautiful Downtown Norfolk, Va., Waterfront. Town Point Park, Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Va. 757-441-2345, festevents.org

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POTOMAC JAZZ AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL July 11. Enjoy live jazz artists and an array of seafood delicacies on the riverside lawn on the Potomac. 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, Md. 301-769-2222, stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums SHARKFEST July 11. Live sharks, activities, and films. Also, live performances by Rockoceros, with rock music for children. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, Md. 410-3262042, calvertmarinemuseum.com AMERICAN INDIAN POW-WOW July 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. Highlights the American Indian culture. There will be arts, crafts, singing, dancing, storytelling, and Native American food. 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, Md. 252532-0821, howardcountyfair.com ONE CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL July 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. The parade starts at noon at 900 E. 33rd St. and travels along Alameda Street to St. Lo Drive. The festival continues at Lake Clifton Park until 10:00pm. Features entertainment, food, and crafts. 2401 N. Rose St., Baltimore, Md. 202-726-8221, dccaribbeancarnival.org MADISON COUNTY FAIR July 15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18. This family-oriented fair features entertainment, carnival rides, contests, exhibits, and a wide assortment of food vendors. Madison County Fairgrounds, 1015 Fairgrounds Road, Madison, Va. 540-948-7073, madisoncountyfairva.com ARTSCAPE July 17â&#x20AC;&#x201C;19. Artscape is Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest free arts festival, attracting 400,000 attendees over three days. Artscape features fine artists, fashion designers, and craftspeople, as well as visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography, and family events. Baltimore, Md. artscape.org CECIL COUNTY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL July 18. Enjoy a day of Cecil County and Maryland wines, tastings, local foods, crafters, artists, and live music. North East Community Park, North East, Md. 800-CECIL-95, cecilwinefest.com PRINCESS FOR A DAY July 18, 1:00amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2:00pm. Become a princess for a day and enjoy an ice cream social at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. Princess Parade at 1:00pm; meet Virginia dairy princesses. heritagefarmmuseum.org WV ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL 5K July 18. The ultimate 5K fun run â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a nighttime race with glow paint, foam machines, and a live DJ dance party. 340 W. Main St., Clarksburg, W.Va. glowintheparkrun.com/clarksburg2015 REGGAE WINE, MUSIC, AND ART FESTIVAL July 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;19, 11:00amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:00pm. Relax on the lawn and enjoy the sounds of the islands. There will be wine sampling, tours, and wonderful vendors with art, crafts, and great food. 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, Md. 301-831-5889, linganorewines.com GREAT WV TRAIN RACE July 19. Watch steam and diesel locomotives vie for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most Powerful Mountain-Climbing Trainâ&#x20AC;? in West Virginia. Picnic and live entertainment. Bring a blanket. 315 Railroad Ave., Elkins, W.Va. 866-697-6028, mtn-rail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY AGRICULTURAL EXPO July 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;26. County fair livestock shows, rodeos, tractor pulls, good food, and great fun. 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, Md. 301-791-1404, agexpoandfair.org OTAKON CONVENTION July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;26. Join thousands of anime, manga, and all facets of Asian pop culture fans. 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-4681624, otakon.com SOMERSET COUNTY FAIR July 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;26. Old-fashioned family fun. Livestock shows, a greased pig contest, fire company barrel bust, and more. 11828 Crisfield Lane, Princess Anne, Md. 410-422-2950, somersetcountyfair.org SEAFOOD AND ARTS FESTIVAL July 25, 10:00amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:00pm. Held at the Indian River Marina, this festival spotlights local artists and features a variety of seafood dishes in a family atmosphere with fun for everyone. 39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach, Del. destateparks.com/marinas NATURE AND ARTS FESTIVAL July 25, 9:00amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:00pm. There will be many activities and programs aimed especially at children, making the festival a great outing for the whole family. The main stage will feature musical performances. MYO Park, Route 147, Millersburg, Pa. 717-6923699, nedsmithcenter.org PENNSYLVANIA GUILD FINE CRAFT FAIR July 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;26. Described as an indoor shopping experience, the show features an unparalleled collection of beautiful items, all of which are handmade in America. Find one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture, and fine furniture. Wilmington, Del. www.pacrafts.org

NOW SHOWING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW July 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 1. One of the largest shows in the area dedicated to just photography for beginners and professionals alike, capturing people, places, and nature. 405 Main St., Stevensville, Md. 410-643-7424, kifa.us PLEIN AIR EASTON July 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;19. The largest and most prestigious juried plein air painting competition in the United States. Avalon Foundation, Easton, Md. 410-822-7297, pleinaireaston.com SPORTS CARD AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW July 26, 10:00amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:00pm. More than 50 tables of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest dealers. Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark, Del. 302-983-2636, a2zshows1.com PRESIDENTIAL PASO FINO HORSE SHOW Aug. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;23. With its lively but controlled spirit, natural gait, presence, and responsive attitude, the Paso Fino is, indeed, a rare and desirable equine partner. Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Va. Â 540-464-2950, horsecenter.org

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES GLOW RUN RVA July 11, 7:00â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:00pm. See the beauty of Maymont in a whole new light, or glow, during this non-timed 3-mile run/walk for families and people of all ages who love glow sticks, laid-back fun, and Maymont. 1700 Hampton St., Richmond, Va. 804-3587166, maymount.org FOSSIL FIELD EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS July 18, Aug. 15, Sep. 19, Oct. 24. The program begins at the Cove Point Lighthouse at 9:00am with a trained guide who will help participants learn how to find and identify fossils. Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, ext. 41, calvertmarinemuseum.com/215/fossil-field-experience THAT DAM RACE 5K July 25. A very challenging race with many different terrains, including road, trail, and historic cobblestone, as well as the unique opportunity to run across the top of the Sutton Dam. Braxton County, W.Va. braxtonwv.org APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. amc-dc.org BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS SAILING CLUB Year-round. Offers day-sailing events and seminars in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., and sailing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. Membership free. 410-394-9483, mdsailing.com CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. 703751-3971, centerhikingclub.org

WASHINGTON AREA ROADSKATERS Year-round; check website for dates and times. Skaters leave from White House, Washington, D.C. meetup.com/washingtonarea-roadskaters WANDERBIRDS HIKING CLUB Sundays. Various hikes and locations in Virginia. 703-242-0315, wanderbirds.org

MUSIC Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral SHE DID IT HER WAY: WOMEN OF THE RAT PACK July 2. This concert features music made famous by dynamic and legendary women vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Billie Holliday. Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, Md. 703-298-4453, ocmdconventioncenter.com/performing-arts-center CASTLETON FESTIVAL July 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 2. More than 24 classical performances over five weekends at Castleton Farms. The series also includes bluegrass and jazz performances. Castleton, Va. castletonfestival.org CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS July 5, 2:00pm. A free outdoor concert by the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Canaan Valley Ski Area side. 230 Main Lodge Road, Davis, W.Va. 800-622-4121, canaanresort.com BEETHOVENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SYMPHONY NO. 5 July 11, 8:00pm. A dramatic finale to the Wolf Trap debut of an award-winning international violinistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance of Bruch. Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900, wolftrap.org BAND LEADER NASAR ABADEY July 19, 4:00â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:00pm. Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St., Alexandria, Va. 703 549-1334, meadechurch.org JOHN LAMKIN â&#x20AC;&#x153;FAVORITESâ&#x20AC;? QUINTET July 25, 6:00â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:00pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy an evening of jazz in the park. Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410-887-1081

Popular/Other SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Wednesday nights, through Aug. 12, 7:00â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:00pm. Wine and beer will be available for sale during the concerts. 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, Md. 410-939-4800, hdgmaritimemuseum.org BARENAKED LADIES July 3. Joined by special guests the Violent Femmes and Colin Hay, of Men At Work. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com AFTER HOURS CONCERT July 3, Aug. 7, 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:00pm. Beach music, dancing, and food vendors in Withers Park. 200 Withers Park, Wytheville, Va. 276223-3378, downtownwytheville.com

FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164, ava.org/clubs/freestate 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. mcomd.org POTOMAC APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB Leads weekly hikes and work trips in greater Washington, D.C., area. 703-242-0965, patc.net 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. qocweb.org

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VANS WARPED TOUR July 8. A platform for music, athletes, and lifestyles to co-mingle and thrive in an atmosphere dedicated to fans of punk, alternative, hip-hop, pop punk, electronica, alternative rock, emo, and hardcore. Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater, 3550 Cellar Door Way, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-åç368-3000 BLUES FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION July 10–11. Two days of blues in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sedalia Center, 1108 Sedalia School Road, Big Island, Va., sedaliacenter.org DAVE MATTHEWS BAND July 11. Farm Bureau Live. 3550 Cellar Door Way, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-368-3000, livenation.com/venues/14474/farm-bureaulive-at-virginia-beach LADEW GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES July 19. Featuring Fake Flowers Real Dirt. 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com AARON NEVILLE DUO July 24. Aaron Neville is an international ambassador of New Orleans rhythm and blues, though his soaring falsetto sounds at home in many styles. 33 West St., Annapolis, Md. 410-268-4545, ramsheadonstage.com MUSIC AT THE MARINA July 25 and Aug. 9, 7:00–8:30pm. Bring a blanket and picnic basket and enjoy sweet music in the great outdoors beside the historic Potomac River. 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Va. 703-730-8205, virginiastateparks.gov

Theater PETER PAN Through July 12. This production combines intimate theaterin-the-round, overhead surround computer-generated imagery projection, actors in 40-feet in the air in dazzling flying sequences, and whimsical puppets. The Threesixty Theatre, 1971 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, Va. 877-407-8497, peterpan360.com THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Through July 19, Thursdays-Sundays. Tke in the fun of Shakespeare under the stars as the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to the ruins at the PFI Park in Ellicott City, Md. chesapeakeshakespeare.com DELAWARE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL July 17–Aug. 2. This year’s featured production is Taming of the Shrew. Rockwood Park, Wilmington, Del. delshakes.org

PRO SPORTS BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT HOME Tuesday, July 1, vs. Texas, 7:05pm Wednesday, July 2, vs. Texas, 7:05pm Friday, July 10, vs. Washington, 7:05pm Saturday, July 11, vs. Washington, 7:15pm Sunday, July 12, vs. Washington, 1:35pm Monday, July 27, vs. Milwaukee, 7:05pm Tuesday, July 28, vs. Milwaukee, 7:05pm Wednesday, July 29, vs. Milwaukee, 7:05pm Thursday, July 30, vs. Detroit, 7:05pm Friday, July 31, vs. Detroit, 7:05pm

The Orioles play home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore, Md. Call 888-848-BIRD or visit baltimore.orioles.mlb. com.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT HOME Friday, July 3, vs. San Francisco, 6:05am Saturday, July 4, vs. San Francisco, 11:05am Sunday, July 5, vs. San Francisco, 1:35pm Monday, July 6, vs. Cincinnati, 7:05pm Tuesday, July 7, vs. Cincinnati, 7:05pm Wednesday, July 8, vs. Cincinnati, 7:05pm Friday, July 17, vs. LA Dodgers, 7:05pm Saturday, July 18, vs. L.A Dodgers, 4:05pm Sunday, July 19, vs. LA Dodgers, 1:35pm Monday, July 20, vs. NY Mets, 7:05pm Tuesday, July 21, vs. NY Mets, 7:05pm Wednesday, July 22, vs. NY Mets, 7:05pm

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

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Dance ADULT DROP-IN DANCE CLASSES The Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-371-9656, danceinstitute.org DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30–11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. fridaynightdance.org THE WASHINGTON BALLET Call for performances and times. 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-362-3606, washingtonballet.org

Exhibits Featured Exhibitions DELAWARE AND THE WAR OF 1812 Ongoing. Designed to raise awareness of the important role that the state played as the front line in the defense of the economically vital Delaware Valley, the exhibit utilizes maps, illustrations, and artifacts from the state’s collections to examine the history of the war within Delaware and its surrounding waters. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302-736-7400, history.delaware.gov DESTRUCTION AND PROTECTION OF ITALIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE Through July. This photographic exhibition illustrates the Italian people’s struggle to protect their cultural patrimony from the ravages of war. The President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-387-4062, woodrowwilsonhouse.org HORACE PIPPIN: THE WAY I SEE IT Through July 19. The exhibition will look closely at Pippin as an artist with a remarkable singular vision who stood outside the mainstream art world, upholding his own aesthetic sensibility while also engaging in the larger social issues. Brandywine Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, Pa. brandywine.org SONDHEIM ARTSCAPE PRIZE Through Aug. 9. The annual prize and exhibition shines a light on talented artists living in the Baltimore region, awarding $25,000 to the winning artist selected by a panel of jurors. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org OUR TEXTILES, OUR STORIES Through Aug. 21. Featuring more than 100 pieces that span 3,000 years and five continents, this exhibition showcases The Textile Museum’s world-renowned historic collections and key loans of contemporary art textiles and fashion. 2320 S St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-667-0441, textilemuseum.org SHIPS, CLOCKS & STARS: THE QUEST FOR LONGITUDE Through Aug. 23. This landmark exhibition tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude at sea, helping to solve the problem of navigation and saving seafarers from terrible fates, including shipwreck and starvation. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-5444600, folger.edu POINTED PENS: SELECTED CARTOONS Through Aug. 23. This exhibition features a fascinating collection of more than 30 works created between 1880 and 1945, selected from the museum’s rich collection of American illustration. Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, Pa. brandywine.org DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM: FORTY YEARS OF FIRSTS Through Aug. 30. An exhibition highlighting the many accomplishments of African-Americans and other minorities who defied stereotypes, and gravity itself, to pursue their passion and pave the way for future generations of artists. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. rflewismuseum.org ROUGH STONE TO LIVING MARBLE Through Aug. 30. An exhibition exploring the workshop of 19thcentury sculptor William Henry Rinehart, a Maryland-born artist whose works were among William T. Walters’ earliest acquisitions. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org ARTISTIC JOURNEY OF YASUO KUNIYOSHI Through Aug. 30. The exhibition traces Kuniyoshi’s career though 66 of his finest paintings and drawings, chosen from leading public and private collections in America and Japan. The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW, Washington, D.C. americanart.si.edu POSEY QUILT, EARLY 19TH CENTURY Through Sept. 7. An early 19th-century American pieced quilt made of silk dress fabrics from a variety of early American women and Posey family members. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-337-2288, dumbartonhouse.org

Sunday, July 26, vs. Philadelphia, 5:00pm D.C. United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-587-5000 or visit dcunited.com.

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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION Through Sept. 13. This explores how 20th-century photographers captured the immediate and the transitory, distilling key narratives into evocative images of the American experience. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202387-2151, phillipscollection.org WOMEN TO WATCH 2015 Through Sep. 13. This exhibition explores the relationships between women, art, and nature, examining contemporary women artists’ complex views and inventive treatments related to the theme of nature. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-7835000, nmwa.org FRONT ROOM: SARA VANDERBEEK Through September. Featuring sculpture and photography, the installation is inspired by VanDerBeek’s research on the BMA’s collection. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org ON PAPER: SPIN, CRINKLE, PLUCK Through September. This exhibition showcases eight prints and drawings whose images are the result of a specific action or intention rather than a depiction of the action. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, artbma.org FELIX BRACQUEMOND: IMPRESSIONIST INNOVATOR Through Oct. 4. A selection of more than 80 works on paper and tableware objects, among them his most imaginative portraits, landscapes, and groundbreaking reinterpretations of the traditions of French art and decorative arts. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum BEARD WARS Through Nov. 30. This photography exhibition faces off portraits of Civil War generals against those of league members. The Valentine, Richmond, Va. 804-649-0711, thevalentine.org BARBARA JABLIN AND CHESTNUT STREET STUDIO ARTISTS July 1–31. Art Barn at The Hatchery, 125 Kemp Lane, Easton, Md. hatcheryartbarn.com EYE OF THE BEHOLDER July 18–Aug. 8. Exhibition of original 2-D and 3-D artwork made with found objects. This Maryland Federation of Art exhibition at Circle Gallery is juried by Harriet W. Lesser, curator of Strathmore. 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Md. 410-268-4566, mdfedart.com

History GETTYSBURG BATTLE REENACTMENT July 3–5. Events include military field demonstrations, living history, and battle reenactments. Gettysburg, Pa. 800-514-3849, gettysburgreenactment.com SAVING MONTICELLO July 5, 1:00pm. Marc Leepson, author of Saving Monticello, will discuss U.S. Navy Commodore Uriah Levy and the Levy family’s remarkable role in saving the home of Thomas Jefferson. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW, Washington, D.C. nmajmh.org 1864: THE BURNING July 18, 6:00–10:00pm. Staged from the steps of the Franklin County courthouse, the backdrop for an amazing light show re-creating the burning of Chambersburg which is truly authentic looking. Visitors can continue the celebration with more music, a little art, and some friendly and fun competitions at Illuminate. Chambersburg, Pa. 866-646-8060, explorefranklincountypa.com CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT AND LIVING HISTORY July 18–19. Formation and weapons inspections, tactical drills, lectures, and battle. Tours of the historic Shriver Homestead and Grist Mill. Union Mills Homestead, Westminster, Md. 410-8482288, unionmills.org CIVIL WAR DAYS July 25–26. Witness cavalry and musket drills, tour the camp, take wagon rides, and talk to civilian and military reenactors. Kids can participate in hands-on activities and play some historic games. Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster, Pa. 717-5690401, landisvalleymuseum.org OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, pgparks.com MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376

Lectures/Workshops/Classes BREECHES BUOY RESCUE DRILL Aug. 15, Aug. 29. Demonstration includes firing the Lyle gun, a small cannon, and a rescue from the “wreck pole.” Indian River Life Saving Station, Dewey Beach, Del. visitsoutherndelaware.com STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, mataboutyou.com


ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma. org GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drie, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-5479000, thewalters.org TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880, carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org

TOURS HISTORIC BREWERIES GUIDED TOUR AND TASTING July 11, 10:00am–12:30pm. The tour includes a Portner Brewhouse beer sampling and culminates at one of Alexandria’s current Hops Stops. Old Town Alexandria, Va. visitalexandriava.com/summer CAPE MAY, N.J. Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-6756750, preservationsociety.com

O THER SOUND AND LIGHT AT LONGWOOD GARDENS July 1–Oct. 31, Wednesdays-Saturdays. “Nightscape: A Lights and Sound Experience” uses Longwood Gardens as a backdrop for a magical overlay of video and sound. Kennett Square, Pa. longwoodgardens.org/nightscape

MARYLAND BATTLE OF THE BEAST July 1–Sept. 30. Full fledged rodeo, bull riding, and barrel racing. Bleacher seating, so bring a blanket for comfort. Fun for the entire family. 10530 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge, Md. 301-898-9841, jbarwranch.com ALL-AMERICAN WINE AND FOOD PAIRING July 7–31. This month, wines will be paired with American delights. Enjoy a plate of American crafted sweets, cheeses, and meats. 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, Md. 301-8315889, linganorewines.com

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DOWNTOWN INDIANA TASTE AND TOUR July 16. Participating restaurants will showcase specialty foods, introduce themselves to members of the community, and recognize current customers for their patronage. Downtown Indiana, Pa. 724-463-6110, downtownindiana.org BUTTERFLY CELEBRATION July 18, 2:00–4:00pm. Celebrate these beautiful “flying flowers” with face fainting, insect hunts, crafts, and more. Join a citizens’ science effort to identify and inventory butterfly and moth species. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, Md. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org BALTIMORE COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK July 31–Aug. 15. Check website for participating restaurants throughout Baltimore County, Md. baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com CHUGGINGTON: A TRAINTASTIC ADVENTURE July 31–Aug. 2. Brings the hit children’s television series to life as young participants become “trainees” and work to earn recognition through a series of exciting and educational challenges based on the show. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410752-2490, borail.org

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The sun, sand, and sea are the common characteristics of Delmarva’s beaches from Lewes to Ocean City, but the resort towns that dot the coast are all distinct from each other. Lewes, founded in 1631 by the Dutch, offers historic charm in its downtown district. The Lewes Historical Society complex is featuring “Brewing in Delaware: 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery” in the Ellegood House. Dogfish Head has a new themed inn in Lewes, and its brewery, which offers tours, is in nearby Milton; the pub is located in nearby Rehoboth Beach. Because Lewes sits at Cape Henlopen, visitors benefit from Lewes Beach on the Delaware Bay and Cape Henlopen State Park, which fronts the ocean. The bay beach offers stellar views of the lighthouses located off shore. In the park, don’t miss the opportunity to climb a World War II fire tower and peruse the guns and barracks in the Fort Miles area. Lewes is also home to the Delaware terminal of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry service, which runs between the town and Cape May, N.J. Outlet stores line Route 1, which links Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, the largest of Delaware’s beach resorts. Tucked in Henlopen Acres, the Rehoboth Art League is known for its exhibits, its classes, and its tree-studded campus. The art league holds its 66th Annual Cottage Tour of Art, July 7–8, and its 42nd annual Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show, Aug. 8–9 and 15–16. Dewey Beach has long been known as a party town, and this summer, it welcomes the new Dewey Beer

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Company, a brewpub with sliding garage doorlike walls that allow customers to sip samples while enjoying sea breezes. The town also is becoming more gentrified, as evidenced by the Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, now in its second season. Over the Indian River Bridge are the so-called “Quiet Resorts,” Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. These are ideal places for nature-lovers, who should check out Delaware State Seashore Park, Fenwick Island State Park, and Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area. Feel free to wander inland on Route 26 to enjoy dining at DiFebo’s, a local icon, and Off the Hook. Down in Fenwick, the main hub for activity is Harpoon Hanna’s, which has outdoor and indoor dining, a marina, and live music.

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There’s a seamless flow between Fenwick and Ocean City, Md., to the south, which is decidedly bigger and more developed than the Delaware resorts, making it a mecca for those who like nonstop activity. New this year to Jolly Roger Amusement Parks is the Cyclone, a five-story, figure-8 go-kart track. For more cultural pursuits, visit the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Center for the Arts, both located in the two-year-old building on 94th Street. The 7,500-square-foot two-story structure offers gallery space, classrooms, a pottery studio, artists’ studios, and a multifunction space. Ocean City’s Plein Air, scheduled for Aug. 6–9, invites up to 50 artists to paint around Ocean City. Art lovers can purchase paintings during the entire weekend at the “Wet Paint Sale,” so named because the art is so fresh. Works painted during the plein air competition will be exhibited at the Ocean City Center. The event also includes a quick-draw competition on Sunday morning on the boardwalk, during which artists paint against the clock. There are tons of accommodations in Ocean City, but few Great have the full schedule of entertainment that package Dunes Manor Hotel offor family fers. There, you can reunions! enjoy a ghostly Haunted Ocean City dinner on Tuesdays, see a dinner theater production or take a vineyard tour on Wednesdays, and visit a craft brewery on Thursdays. Saturdays and Two consecutive nights of accommodations (Sun.-Thurs.), Sundays, enjoy music on complete with breakfast at Peaky’s rooftop restaurant and 1 free round of mini golf for up to 4 people. the deck.

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Know the beach like an insider when you visit Delmarva The Delmarva Peninsula continues to stretch south below Ocean City, Md., its barrier islands mostly uninhabited. Among the best known and most visited are Assateague, its 37 miles of shoreline split between Maryland and Virginia, and Chincoteague, the Virginia gateway to its larger sister island. Assateague offers vast beaches that offer good opportunities for finding seashells.

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Cape Charles insider Rent a golf cart in town and take in the gingerbread ornamentation on Victorian homes and view Sears Roebuck mail order homes, too. Cape Charles has a mile-long beach on the Chesapeake Bay that is ideal for kids, but there are beach party events to entertain adults, too. The Harbor for the Arts Festival is Aug. 7–16, with free, live entertainment in public spaces such as the beach, Town Harbor, Central Park, and the Palace Theatre, among others. You can enjoy jazz, funk, soul, afro-fusion, and other genres. Facing west makes Cape Charles a great place

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Perhaps best known for the wild ponies that roam its sandy stretches, Assateague is both a national seashore and a Maryland state park and is a vital resting spot for migratory birds. The best way to see the wild ponies is with an experienced guide on one of the several kayak or boat tours. You can climb the famous Assateague Lighthouse Friday through Sunday from Easter weekend to Thanksgiving weekend for a fee. Camping is available only on the Maryland side of Assateague and mosquito repellant is highly recommended. An over-sand annual vehicle permit is available, but specific safety equipment is required. Chincoteague is probably best known for the annual Pony Swim (this year on July 29) when local volunteer firemen round up new foals and their mothers on Assateague and swim them across the channel to Chincoteague for a fundraising auction. The famous Chincoteague oysters are celebrated at the annual Oyster Festival in Tom’s Cove Park (this year on Oct. 10).

seum near the bridge to Assateague also tells the story of the island’s oysters and watermen, as well as the unique role the island played in the Civil War. Two area attractions are not far from the island. NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility holds the launching facility now being used by the space agency. You can view launches and tour the visitors center. The Delmarva Discovery Center in nearby Pocomoke City, Md., features exhibits on Delmarva heritage as well as nature exhibits such as a beaver lodge, a cypress swamp, touch tanks, and a large aquarium. At the southern tip of Delmarva, the old railroad and ferry town of Cape Charles, Va., now boasts the Bay Creek Golf Resort, with both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus courses. The Cape Charles Museum provides insight into how Cape Charles came to be in the 1880s.



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The Mid-Atlantic’s commercial show caves offer educational tours, a constant temperature in the mid-50s to cool you on a hot summer day, and a host of additional entertainment options. And, that’s in addition to the fascinating formations and distinctive colors. Some caverns also offer adventure cave experiences, but check for reservation requirements. The region’s caverns offer gift shops that range from country chic to 1950s kitsch. Each cavern’s experience is reasonably priced and fun for the whole family. Tours generally last about an hour, but check websites for specific tour hours that might vary seasonally. Most caverns’ websites also have discounted admission offers, but not all are open year-round. Remember to take a jacket and good walking shoes!

PENNSYLVANIA Coral Caverns, Manns Choice 814-977-9570 Bedford County’s Coral Caverns includes its namesake formation, a towering fossil wall containing the fossil remains of coral and other sea creatures that lived in the Great Inland Sea millions of years ago. Open weekends, mid-May through October.

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Crystal Cave Park, Kutztown 610-683-6765, crystalcavepa.com This was the first commercial cave in Pennsylvania. At its free museum, you’ll see artifacts and an Omnibus that was used to transport early tourists, as well as an Amish buggy. You can also pan for gems, play miniature golf, walk the nature trail, and enjoy the ice cream parlor and café during July and August. Historic lantern tours will be offered at Halloween with reservations. Indian Caverns, Spruce Creek 814-632-7578, indiancaverns.com The tour features Native American history and artifacts and a room with naturally phosphorescent calcite formations. You’ll see the largest sheet of flowstone in the Northeast. Primitive campgrounds have been added, and the cave offers three-hour photo tours for amateur and professional photographers. Indian Echo Caverns, Hummelstown 717-566-8131, indianechocaverns.com There’s a 45-minute tour complete with legends of the Susquehannock Indians and the Pennsylvania Hermit, William Wilson. See calcite formations and underground lakes. Outside, pan for gemstones, visit the petting zoo, and see real Texas longhorn cattle. It’s all close to Hershey’s attractions and is open all year.

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Laurel Caverns, Hopwood 800-515-4150, laurelcaverns.com This is Pennsylvania’s largest cavern; various caving and rappelling activities are offered, in addition to a guided tour. You can pan for fossils and gemstones or play mini-golf on the Kavern putt course with holes that reflect unique aspects of the cave.

show caves in Pennsylvania, because its tour is by boat. For a separate fee, you can see the African Adventure Museum and also take a 90-minute guided wildlife tour that includes North American animals such as the cave’s icon, the cougar. Kids and adults can also enjoy panning for gems and bison or longhorn burgers in the café.

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Lincoln Caverns, Huntingdon 814-643-0268, lincolncaverns.com Located near Raystown Lake, the attraction offers a tour of Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks and is offering flashlight adventures and photography tours on select dates this summer with advance reservations. You can pan for gemstones and take a walk on the nature trail, as well.

Woodward Cave, Woodward 814-349-9800, woodwardcave.com The property offers a tour of its cave formations and has a 13-acre campground and cabin rentals. Among the five underground rooms are the Hall of Statues, a 200-foot-long underground room that includes a 14-foot stalagmite, and the Ballroom, actually used for square dances and banquets.

Endless Caverns, New Market 540-896-2283, endlesscaverns.com The caverns feature miniature pools, draperies, and columns, and it’s true that no end has been found to the cave. Endless also offers a campground and RV park above ground and is open until Oct. 31.

Lost River Caverns, Hellertown 610-838-8767, lostcave.com The tour is a walking one, but you do see a part of the Lost River in the cave. You also can enjoy the Gilman Museum’s artifacts and antique guns and the rock shop with new minerals, fossils, and fluorescents. There’s also a nature trail and gem mining.

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Dixie Caverns, Salem 540-380-2085, dixiecaverns.com Located near Roanoke, this is the southernmost Mid-Atlantic cavern, and its tour takes you up into the mountain and down into its depths. Above ground, there is year-round camping, a rock and mineral shop, and an antiques mall. Open all year.

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Crystal Grottoes, Boonsboro 240-217-7623, crystalgrottoescaverns.com The cave is about an hour from Washington and Baltimore and claims to have more formations per square foot than any other known cave. A new section of cave is open this year and LED lighting was installed throughout. The third-generation owner says he learned the tour script from his grandfather when he was six years old. Camping is available.

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Take a ride on the C&O Canal to experience days gone by From 1831 to 1924, the C&O Canal moved people and cargo to and from the Washington, D.C., area. Even the stone used to build the Smithsonian Castle along the National Mall arrived by canal boat. In the 1930s, much-needed restoration work was performed on the canal by the Civilian Conservation Corps, but its troubles weren’t over. Supreme Court Justice William Douglas led a hike in 1954 to call attention to the need to preserve the area and prevent it from being turned into a highway. In 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deNational Park Service

clared it a national monument. And, in 1971, it became a national historic park. Today, the entire 184.5-mile towpath is open to visitors for hiking, biking, and other adventures. One of those adventures, perfect for families, is taking a ride on the canal in a boat pulled by mules. Canal boat excursions recalling the canal’s 19th-century heydays are available at Great Falls, Md. Visitors can travel on the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction of the packet boats that once traveled up and down this preserved waterway. The ride takes you on the historic canal at a mule’s pace and allows you to experience rising and falling 8 feet in a lock. Dressed in period clothing, National Park Service employees tell the tales of what life was like for the families who lived

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Caverns continued from page 31 Grand Caverns, Grottoes 888-430-CAVE, grandcaverns.com This is said to be the oldest U.S. show cave, and on your tour you’ll see Civil War-era graffiti and unusual shield formations. The park also offers hiking and biking trails, miniature golf, and an Olympic-sized pool. You can take an adventure tour of a wild cave with reservations July 3 and 25, Aug. 8 and 29, Sept. 12 and 26, and Oct. 10. There’s a bluegrass festival Sept. 10–15. Open all year. Luray Caverns, Luray 540-743-6551, luraycaverns.com Luray is known as the largest cavern in the East. Its tour includes massive columns and music from the famous “stalacpipe” organ. Admission includes the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, the new Luray Valley Museum and gem sluice, and Toy Town Junction’s massive collection of toys and trains. A garden maze attraction is extra, as is the Rope Adventure Park with three levels of rope challenges. Open all year. Natural Bridge Caverns, Natural Bridge 800-533-1410, naturalbridgeva.com This is the deepest cavern in the East, is relatively young for a cave, and is one of the region’s most “active” caves. The tour takes you 34-stories

See young artists and performers at the World Children’s Festival, June 30–July 4, on the Ellipse in front of the White House (worldchildrensfestival. org) ... Check out the newly renovated first-floor exhibits on innovation during the July 1 grand opening at the National Museum of American History (americanhistory.si.edu) ... Join in Fourth of July festivities, beginning with the Independence Day parade at 11:45am on Constitution Avenue (july4thparade.com). Then, attend A Capitol Fourth concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and pop artists at 8:00pm on the U.S. Capitol’s west lawn, followed by fireworks. (pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth) — gwen woolf deep into the earth to see straws, flowstone cascades, draperies, and pools. The Natural Bridge, Monocan Indian Village, and other activities are on the property, as is the Natural Bridge Hotel. Shenandoah Caverns, Shenandoah Caverns 888-4CAVERN, shenandoahcaverns.com The caverns are handicapped accessible, with an elevator and no steps along the tour of 17 underground rooms. A combination ticket gets you into an exhibit of holiday department store windows, a parade float hall of fame, The Yellow Barn’s country-themed exhibits, and the Virginia Wine Shop. The Shenandoah Jamboree entertains Aug. 1, Oct 3, and Nov. 21. Open all year. Skyline Caverns, Front Royal 800-296-4545, skylinecaverns.com Located at the north entrance to Skyline Drive and the closest to Washington, D.C., the caverns include rare anthodites and three streams, as well as the Rainbow Waterfall and an award-winning lighting system. You can take a miniature train ride or navigate the Mirror Maze for an additional fee. A half-mile nature trail is free. Open all year.

WEST VIRGINIA Lost World Caverns, Lewisburg 866-228-3778, lostworldcaverns.com An unusual self-guided tour allows you to spend as much or as little time as you like admiring the formations. The attraction also includes a natural history museum with the largest collection of dino-

and worked on the canal. “I recommend arriving 60 to 90 minutes before the ride, as it can be crowded,” said ranger Carl Lenartson. Public boat excursions are available Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm. Confirm the boat ride for your visit by calling 301767-3714, as special circumstances may affect the schedule. The price is $8 for adults (ages 16 to 61), $6 for seniors (ages 62 and older), and $5 for children (ages 4 to 15). Children ages 3 and younger ride free. In addition to the boat fee, there is an entrance fee to the park of $5 per vehicle. Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, although groups of 10 or more can make advance reservations. The Charles F. Mercer’s capacity is 60 people. The boat programs last approximately one hour. The Charles F. Mercer operates from the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. (nps.gov/choh)

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Weekday mornings in July, families can enjoy special performances at Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. Located in Vienna, Va., the wooden outdoor amphitheater is surrounded by trees and is a wonderful way to introduce children to artistic performances, ranging from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling. Each show is about an hour long. Bring a picnic to enjoy before or after the show. (wolftrap.org) saur and fossil replicas in West Virginia. There are four-hour wild cave tours as well. Open all year. Organ Cave, Organ Cave 304-645-7600, organcave.com This is said to be the second-largest cave in the eastern U.S., and its history involves Thomas Jefferson and the Civil War. You can choose the 90-minute walking tour, a Civil War tour, or, with advance reservation, one of the guided adventure tours. Open all year. Seneca Caverns, Riverton 800-239-7647, senecacaverns.com West Virginia’s largest cave was discovered by the Seneca Indians. It features dramatic flowstone formations. There is a separate guided stratosphere adventure caving experience for which you bring your own lights, as well as a caveXplore option that teaches basic caving. You can mine for gemstones or enjoy the on-site family restaurant, all in the beautiful setting of Seneca Rocks. Smoke Hole Caverns, Cabins 800-828-8478, smokehole.com There’s a cavern tour that includes gravitydefying helectites and the world’s longest ribbon stalactite. You’ll also find a variety of cabins, camping, “Moonshine Mining,” and what may be West Virginia’s largest gift shop. The caverns were used by Native Americans, Civil War soldiers, and even moonshiners. Kids can pan for gemstones or fossils and there’s a “fish and keep” pond. Open all year.

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music festival I gwen woolf

Listen to the music: Lockn’ Festival to rock Nelson County A massive crowd is expected to converge on Virginia farmland for four days in September for the 2015

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dition, some performers will appear on multiple days or in unique artist collaborations. Festivities take place Sept. 10–13 at the historic Oak Ridge Farm and the adjacent Lockn’ Farm in Arrington, Nelson County, south of Charlottesville. The site is off U.S. Route 29, just south of Lovingston, and is a 150-mile drive from Washington, D.C. Headliners at this third-annual festival include Phil Lesh & Friends with special guest Carlos Santana, along with Warren Haynes, Barry Sless, Rob Barraco, and John Molo; Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters; and the Doobie Incident, featuring the String Cheese Incident and the Doobie Brothers. “Mad Dogs & Englishmen,” a tribute to Joe Cocker, will feature the Tedechi Trucks Band with special guests Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Chris Robinson, and Doyle Bramhall II. In addition, Jorma and Jack will celebrate 50 years of Jefferson Airplane. Also among the 16 bands scheduled to perform will be Billy & the Kids, Widespread Panic, Govt. Mule, Little Feat, Slightly Stoopid, the Jayhawks, and Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel.

A new concert venue this year is an outdoor amphitheater on Lockn’ Farm called the Blue Ridge Bowl. Tent, RV, and family camping sites are available, plus there are lodging possibilities in Nelson County, Wintergreen Resort, and hotels in the surrounding area, including Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. Visitors are encouraged to bring bicycles to get around the festival site or take advantage of miles of bike trails. In addition, there will be disc golf, yoga, artisans, and locally sourced food and beverage vendors, including craft beer. A group of nonprofit organizations will be available on “Participation Row.” There’s even SoberLockn’— meeting and camping sites for non-drinkers. Ample accommodations are also available in nearby Lynchburg. A variety of ticket packages are available through the website locknfestival.com.

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Exhibits of a different nature One of Wilson’s favorite native sons, Vollis Simpson, was a highly regarded folk artist who constructed monumental scale whirligigs. The welded and painted structures re-

volve, spin, and reflect to create an amazing effect. A downtown Whirligig Park now contains 10 of Simpson’s restored creations, with a total of 31 expected when the restorations are completed. Simpson’s whirligigs can also be seen at museums or outdoor locations in Atlanta, Baltimore, California, New York, London, Can-

ada, and Russia. Wilson also offers three public gardens that make a summer visit enjoyable. The Wilson Rose Garden includes 1,100 rose plants ranging from historic garden varieties to modern hybrids, and it also features Simpson whirligigs. The public library rose garden contains 120

plants that bloom from mid-April until November. The city’s botanical garden includes a tree collection, as well as bird, butterfly, and display gardens. All of the gardens are free and open to the public.

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publisher’s note continued from page 5 heart, I took pleasure in knowing her final wish was granted in the last weeks of her life and I will cling to that memory. In fact, so many of my cherished memories of my beloved mother involve travel: our reunion cruise, our tour of Europe, family vacations to Maine as a youth, discovering Amish country, touring the museums in D.C., seeing the majesty of Luray Caverns and Skyline Drive, motoring about the Chesapeake Bay, seeing Williamsburg, Vermont getaways, visiting the beaches — the list seems endless. I dedicate this issue to the late Alice Teel, the woman who birthed me, raised me, and gave me a love of travel and writing. Her life shall carry on through the actions and hearts of her surviving family members, and I will, among other things, carry on her love of travel and continue to explore the world and spread the virtues of travel to all who will listen, until I see her again at my final destination.

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a kitchen garden yields tasty recipes for the Hellmans table that end, but the family is not unanimous on their edibility, so demand is smaller. The garden’s shady end has lettuce — lots of different kinds — planted in square-foot patches, each a week apart. We eat a lot of salads, and progressive planting, out of the glaring sun’s heat, ensures fresh lettuces all season long. I tend to oversow the seeds, then thin the crowded early plants and use the culls for microgreens. Spinach and mustard greens have also worked at that end. String beans give a good return. They work well in my kitchen and I can successfully prepare or preserve them in many ways. Planting the seeds along simple chicken-wire trellises gives them something to climb and makes harvesting easy. Those trellises can also support sugar snap and other edible-podded peas, all planted progressively over several weeks. With the plethora of fresh produce available at local farm markets, it might be silly to grow my own. Consequently, I focus on varieties that I can’t usually buy. I also only plant vegetables that are easy to grow, that I know my family likes to eat, and that I can quickly convert into welcomed meals. I have learned what grows well in my garden and what my family likes to eat. Those two factors dictate the inventory and led to developing recipes that work in har-

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Four factors key to creating a great restaurant wine list When dining out, wine is a great accompaniment to any meal, but deciding what to order can be stressful and intimidating. A wine list doesn’t have to read like a doctoral thesis to be good. The four key factors to what makes a list really good are compatibility, diversity, consumer friendliness, and pricing. Let’s start with compatibility: The selection of wine should match the overall character and palate of the food offered. If the food is generally spicy, then appropriate wines that play to that style should be on the list. I’m truly a believer that any ethnic restaurant should focus on wines from the country that the food represents. In other words, Italian wine for an Italian restaurant, French wine for a French restaurant, Spanish wine for a Spanish eatery, etc. What better wine to match the cuisine than those from that country created for that particular food? The same applies to a regional restaurant — it should offer regional wines. Next up is diversity, and — within the realm of the style of food offered — the list should contain both red and white wine, and rosé and bubbly if applicable. It also should utilize different varietals and styles. An Italian eatery, for example, could have varietals and styles from different parts of Italy to pair with specific dishes from specific regions. If the

restaurant doesn’t have an ethnic theme, different varietals and styles from around the world would work, again keeping the food character in mind.

Consider the consumer Consumer friendliness is a biggie when it comes to wine lists. Hundreds of selections will only overwhelm the consumer. It’s simply not necessary. It should be easy to read, with dark lettering against a lighter background. Long-winded tasting notes, if presented, will only bore the diner. Simple and, sometimes funny, work best. Remember, the consumer is there to dine, not to study a document. Although you don’t see it very often, some half bottles on the list would be a nice addition, as not everyone wants to consume a whole bottle. As a wine instructor, I always think there should be an educational aspect to any wine list. That’s where “wine-by-the-glass” selections are a good idea. It allows diners to broaden their palates and experience by sampling different wines without having to buy a whole bottle. Perhaps a featured wine/varietal from a specific country or region, changed regularly, could be a wonderful addendum to any wine list, allowing the consumer to try something new at a special price. Even some menu suggestions next to specific wines on the list reduce the intimidation factor for the consumer.

Finally, there is the pricing issue. I’m talking about the mark-ups used by every restaurant on the planet to varying degrees. Although there are numerous methods of marking up wine, the bottom line here is to keep them reasonable. If wines are purchased from a local monopoly, the consumer generally knows what the retail value of the wine is. If a wine your customer normally buys is three and four times the known retail cost, he’s not going to be pleased. He may order once, but next time may opt for a beer or cocktail, or be so ticked that he never returns to that restaurant. I advise all my restaurant clients to keep their mark-ups down, resulting in happier diners who may often order a second bottle — and return for future dinners. A carefully thought-out wine list is a bonus for any restaurant. More time and effort should be put into them. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2015. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, awardwinning author, TV/radio host, wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. For more information, visit winedoctor.ca, twitter.com/drwineknow, thewinedoctor.blogspot. com, winedoctor.ca/docs-grapevine.html, or facebook.com/EdwardDocFinstein?fref=ts

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Cultural delights abound in creative Charlottesville, Va. Whether it’s music, dance, or art, culture flourishes in Charlottesville, Va., a 115-mile drive from Washington, D.C. The Ash Lawn Opera Festival, July 10–Aug. 8, will feature Madama Butterfly and My Fair Lady. Formerly held in the boxwood garden at Ash Lawn-Highland, President James Monroe’s home in the area, the summer festival has moved indoors in recent years to the historic Paramount Theater on the Charlottesville Pedestrian Mall. The opera company’s Kevin O’Halloran sees progress as the festival heads into its 38th season. “The quality of the music has improved greatly,” he said, citing the influence of artistic director Michelle Krisel. He said organizers have “taken a beloved community-based arts organization and helped it grow to the next level to become a very fine regional professional opera company.” Last year, the opera company had its first yearround season, featuring American works.

(ashlawnopera.com) The Charlottesville Ballet keeps the local dance world on its toes with a professional company of 20 dancers who hail from around the country and abroad. One troupe member, Omari Contaste, a recent graduate of Maryland’s Goucher College, was among the principal dancers in a grand performance last month of Arthur Honegger’s King David with the Oratorio Society of Virginia. “I need to express what I feel when I hear the music,” Contaste said about his motivation to dance. The company looks forward to a Veterans Day event in November and performances of The Nutcracker in December. The ballet’s Dance Academy’s approach is unusual in that it promotes dance for all ages, shapes, and sizes. “Our whole mission is to elevate ballet through health and wellness,” said the ballet group’s Emily

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Visual arts, too The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia isn’t just for students and faculty. The museum welcomes the public to see its holdings, which include more than 13,000 objects, ranging in age from ancient times to the present. Highlights include American and European paintings, photography, works on paper, African art, and American Indian art. Some of the wellknown artists represented in the collection include Albrecht Dürer, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, Eugène Delacroix, James McNeil Whistler, and Andy Warhol. The museum has changing exhibitions on two floors. The museum’s Object Study Gallery offers visitors a close-up view of 140 objects, such as Chinese bronzes, ancient Mediterranean coins, pre-Columbian ceramics, African masks, American Indian beadwork, and Australian Aboriginal carved sculptures. The museum also provides online access to selected works in its collection. (virginia.edu/art museum) Insider tip: The museum is on Rugby Road. Parking is reserved, so ask the museum’s front desk for a permit when you arrive. For an extra treat, visit the Fine Arts Library and the Fine Arts Cafe next door. Charlottesville Ballet

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