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A river trip into history from Parkersburg to Blennerhassett island
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West Virginia top to bottom • Civil War section • River life in three Pennsylvania counties • Maryland Watermen Heritage Tours • A milestone anniversary at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford
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Brandywine Valley in bloom America’s Garden Capital is gorgeous this time of year
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southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, is so generously peppered with public gardens it’s been dubbed “America’s Garden Capital.” And no wonder. Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia is the oldest-surviving garden in the United States. While there is something to savor all year long, these gardens create a lush getaway in summer. “That’s when gardens have the most to offer, from blooms to programs,” says Erin McKeon, of Chanticleer in Wayne, Pa.
Where the du Ponts once roamed Credit for many of area’s public gardens goes to the du Pont family, starting with Éleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours, the French chemist who in 1801 founded the DuPont Company on the banks of the Brandywine River in Wilmington. Now known as Hagley Museum and Library, the 235-acre site details the history of the gunpowder works. However, the family’s first home, Eleuthe-
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At 10:00am on a sunny morning, about 20 guests stood outside the visitors’ center at Winterthur Museum and Gardens. They were patiently waiting for the tram that would transport them to the 175-room mansion and adjoining galleries. But as the tram climbed the slopes, it was nature’s adornments that caught the visitors’ eyes. On this day the “March Bank” was at its peak, displaying millions of blue scilla and glory-of-the-snow. Winterthur isn’t the only attraction that puts on a display. The Brandywine Valley, which straddles
Hagley, the earliest du Pont estate, is one of the many public garden attractions in the Brandywine Valley.
rian Mills, and its French gardens are also attractions — as are the park-like grounds, wildflowers, azaleas, dogwoods, and shade trees. On Wednesdays, from June 5 to Aug. 27, Hagley hosts Bike and Hike evenings, 5:00pm-8:00pm. “We’re also a Blue Star Museum and encourage military personnel and their families to take advantage of the program,” said Hagley’s Meg Marcozzi. About 10 minutes away, Nemours Mansion and Gardens is the former home of Alfred I. du Pont. The 300-acre estate, which includes a grand Chateau-like mansion, features French formal gardens that showcase exquisite settings and sculpture. Winterthur Museum and Gardens is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont, who collected the best of the American decorative arts. He was also an avid horticulturalist who favored natural-looking designs and striking color combinations. The property is resplendent with meadows, forests, and plenty of paths. Children will love the Enchanted Woods, a 3-acre plot in the gardens, where you might spot a fairy or two. There’s also a children’s garden at Longwood Gardens, started by Pierre S. du Pont on the small farm he bought in 1906. Spend the day strolling the 1,050-acre property, situated between Chadds Ford and Kennett Square, Pa. View the Italian Water Garden, Flower Garden Walk, Peirce’s Woods — eight outdoor “rooms” of distinct woodland habitats — and the conservatory, home to everything from roses to cacti to seasonal blooms. This month, Longwood will debut the 86-acre Meadow Garden, which includes walking trails and a restored farmhouse. continued on page 23
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You never know what you’re gonna get
Forrest Gump was told by his mother, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Travel is much the same way, and those little surprises are often in the details. Recently, my wife had a conference to attend in Los Angeles. I thought it would be great to go along. We could spend some time seeing the Hollywood sign, the stars on the sidewalk at the Chinese Theatre, palm trees, Beverly Hills, and all the other sights that capture tourists’ imaginations and a little bit of their wallets, too. We met up one night with a cousin of mine, and on another night with an old college roommate. Each lived within an hour of where we were staying. How much nicer it was to be shown the sights by natives. I learned a lot from my cousin — bits of useful knowledge such as freeways are free, expressways are express routes between major destinations, highways are elevated, etc. It’s amazing that on the East Coast, those are interchangeable words. How much more sense their literal adherence to language makes. It’s a series of small nuggets of information that are now in the permanent
file. Leave it to the engineer to explain these things to me. When with my old roommate, we toured through Hollywood and he showed us sculptures in front of the art museum. When we were ready to drive away, I asked him about the tar pits that are in the area, a curiosity leftover from my childhood days of watching The Flintstones. He responded, “There’s one on your left on the next block.” I thought they would be a drive outside of town, but there they were, right where he said they’d be. I thought they were all near Brea, Calif., and there are a lot of them there. “Brea,” it turns out, is Spanish for “tar.” Next thing I knew, my wife was Googling “tar pits” and we found a ton of information. Sure, we saw the sights we hoped to see, and they were in many ways just as expected. But the memories included the unexpected surprises, too. A better understanding of history and geology of the tar pits broadened our horizons. And better yet, we learned that Californians are not just zany people who chant around crystals to fight colds.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 ~ America’s Garden Capital
33 ~ Summersville’s lake life
5 ~ Publisher’s Note
34 ~ Get Tuckr’d
6 ~ Travel Line
36 ~ Petersburg under siege
8 ~ Editor’s Note 10 ~ Old is new in Lexington 12 ~ A special D-Day anniversary 13 ~ A Bath Co. primer 14 ~ Cruise Corner 16 ~ Family Travel 17 ~ Chesapeake summer fun
42 ~ Southern Maryland trails 44 ~ Watermen Heritage Tours 46 ~ Battle of Second Kernstown 47 ~ Calendar of Events
18 ~ Historic Triangle
50 ~ Crucial Monocacy
20 ~ Tackling the Shenandoah
54 ~ Columbia ~ Montour outdoors
22 ~ Art and music in Floyd
55 ~ Clinton on the river
24 ~ Cape Charles summer festivals 29 ~ West Virginia top to bottom 32 ~ Explore Martinsburg’s museums
56 ~ Along the Monongahela 59 ~ Culture 59 ~ Style 60 ~ Adventures in Taste 61 ~ Wine Doctor 63 ~ Classified
They have logic, too. Highways are high. Freeways are free. With travel, you never know what you’re gonna get. But it’s always tasty, just like a box of chocolates.
On our cover The Island Belle heads to Blennerhassett Island, taking visitors on a trip back in time. (Parkersburg Tourism)
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Mobile, Ala., has more than 300 years OF history to share From the towering Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, you can see a constant parade of activity along the Mobile River, which flows into the huge bay before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. Itâ€™s a busy scene in Mobile, Ala., filled with loaded barges and tugboats, trains, a modern convention center, and locals and visitors strolling around city parks. And now under construction on the waterfront â€” and scheduled to open later this year â€” is GulfQuest: National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, an exciting interactive museum that promises to put Mobile back on the world map. Carol Timblin
A portion of Fort Conde serves as part of the History Museum of Mobile.
Meanwhile, thereâ€™s a lot to be learned at 5 Rivers Delta Center in nearby Spanish Fort. For more than 300 years Mobile has made history. In 1702, Pierre Le Moyne and his younger brother Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Beinville stepped on the marshy shores of what is now Mobile, where Native Americans had fished and hunted for centuries. The elder brother continued his journey west and established New Orleans, leaving JeanBaptiste in charge of the colony that served as the capital of French Louisiana for a time. In 1703, the French celebrated Americaâ€™s first Mardi Gras â€” an annual tradition that is a way of life for many Mobilians, as portrayed in the elaborate costumes, robes, and crowns in the Mobile Carnival Museum. (Did you know Mobileâ€™s Mardi Gras is a family event and the favorite throw is a moon pie?) A portion of Historic Fort Conde (circa 1720) has been rebuilt and operates as part of the History Museum of Mobile. The fort and the museum, housed in the Southern Market/Old City Hall, tell the story of the cityâ€™s colorful past as it unfolded under French, British, Spanish, Confederate, and American rule. (The War of 1812 had a tremendous impact on Mobile, as did the Civil Warâ€™s Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, a victory for Union Rear Adm. David Farragut.) Visitors may also tour the Conde-Charlotte Museum House, Mobileâ€™s first courthouse and jail before it became a private home. Built of handmade bricks and stucco, the oldest part of the house dates to 1822. Other tour homes of note are the 1860 Italianate Richards DAR House Museum and the 1855 BraggMitchell Mansion in Spring Hill. There are also several homes in the Oakleigh Historic Complex â€” the 1833 James Roper house, the 1850 CoxDeasy Cottage, and the 1860s Cook House and Gardens. While youâ€™re exploring the city, also take note
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of its historical churches and cemeteries, and buildings such as the Battle House Hotel. The Mobile area also has designated trails to explore. Of special interest is the Oyster Trail, marked by larger-than-life oyster shells that are made of porcelain and tell a story. And, the sheer space occupied by Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 65 acres in nearby Theodore, is mindboggling. On the day of our visit the azaleas were at peak bloom and the museum home, with its fine antiques and furnishings, lived up to its deserved place in A&Eâ€™s Americaâ€™s Castles series. All these places provide a glimpse of the gracious living enjoyed by Mobilians since early times. Not only do residents live in great houses, they also enjoy great food, as we discovered at several of the cityâ€™s acclaimed restaurants. We found the best oysters at Wintzellâ€™s Oyster House, which has been in operation for more than 75 years; the best barbecue at Moeâ€™s Original Bar B Que; the best lunch at Martha Rutledge Catering; and the best gourmet dining at Kitchen on George. (mobilebay. org or 800-5-MOBILE)
Around the Mid-Atlantic History comes alive June 21-22 when Calvert County, Md., remembers its role in the War of 1812 with a â€œStar Spangled Celebrationâ€? at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard. The event will feature period costumes, troop drills, cannon firing, encampments, music, dancing, games, craft demonstrations, food, and appearances by Francis Scott Key and Dolley Madison. The two-day battle between the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla and the British was the largest naval engagement in Marylandâ€™s history. Visitors will also have a chance to see War of 1812 artifacts at the park, an archaeology exhibit on the battles at the Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, and an exhibit on the Patuxent Riverâ€™s role in the war at Calvert Marine Museum. Tall ships Kalmar Nyckel, the Pride of Baltimore II, Sultana, and the Dove will be open for tours on June 21, 9:00-11:00am. Historic Sunset Cruises will depart from the museum on June 14, July 19, Aug. 9, and Sept. 6. (choosecalvert.comâ€™1812 or jefpat.org) Leonardtown in St. Maryâ€™s County, Md., will stage â€œRaiders & Invadersâ€? events the weekend of June 6-8. Visitors can enjoy â€œ1812: The Tide of War Concert Project,â€? a collaboration between musician Gary Rue and historian Don Shomette, and â€œWar of 1812 Revisitedâ€ŚThrough the Artistâ€™s Eyes,â€? featuring works by regional artists at North End Gallery. In addition, there will be music, storytelling, traditional circus acts, street theater, childrenâ€™s art activities, period vendors, demonstrations, exhibits, lectures, boats, food, and drinks. A Raiders & Invaders Passport serves as a mini guide to the weekend and provides free admission to a participating passport site, plus a chance to win $1,000. (raidersandinvaders.com) Chateau Morrisette Winery, located at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 171.5 near Floyd, Va., has a plethora of summer events that are sure to please discriminating travelers, from music festivals to winemakerâ€™s dinners to a masquerade ball. Black continued on page 16
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Summer fun means old favorites and brand new discoveries
The summer travel season swings into high gear this month and this issue of Recreation News is packed with loads of ideas. You’ll find some favorite locations like the Canaan Valley and Martinsburg in West Virginia; Lexington, the Shenandoah River, and the Historic Triangle in Virginia; Gettysburg and the Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania; and Ocean City and Southern Maryland in the Old Line State. We also introduce some new destinations to explore. Find out what’s in Virginia’s Bath County aside from the Omni Homestead Resort, and why there’s music and more in Floyd County. Check out Parkersburg, with some of West Virginia’s
most unusual history, and Summersville Lake, with the state’s only lighthouse. We’ll show you concerts on a floating stage in Lock Haven, Pa., and watermen heritage tours on land and water in Maryland. The Civil War’s sesquicentennial continues with major events that dramatize how the war would slowly start to wind toward its conclusion at Appomattox. We’ll look at the siege of Petersburg, how action at Monocacy saved Washington, and the largest all-cavalry engagement of the war. We’ve done the work with writers scattered across the Mid-Atlantic. They’ve found insider tips to help you get more out of your trip and recommendations for local dining and accommodations, too. All you need to do is read on, pick your favorites, and gather the family for a road trip!
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June 29 – 30, 2014 County -wide www.heritagemontgomery.org This two day, free-of-charge, county-wide festival offers visitors an opportunity to sample numerous sites representing the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County.
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Old is new again in Lexington and Rockbridge County Marvin Bond
The historic Col Alto Mansion is part of the unusual Hampton Col Alto in Lexington and gives visitors additional room choices.
You can hear the clipclop of Shana Layman’s horses in the background as she guides the carriage through the streets of Lexington, Va., and weaves the story of the town’s history into anecdotes and interesting facts. Once you’ve seen the lay of the land from the carriage, take a walk down Main Street to enjoy the shops and restaurants that make up a culinary scene that makes the trip worthwhile. Main Street also offers numerous examples of how what is old can be made new again. The venerable Southern Inn, victim of a fire in recent years, returned to its time-honored location even better than before. The Sheridan Livery Inn and Restaurant occupy what was opened in 1887 as
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John Sheridan’s stable and carriage service. Look closely and you can see some tell-tale architectural details that remain since the accommodation opened in 1997. Early this summer, another Main Street landmark will begin life anew as an upscale hostelry. The Robert E. Lee Hotel building, which had served as long-term housing in recent years, will include 39 guest rooms and suites offering Old World charm with a dose of Southern hospitality, according to the hotel’s Sean Taylor. The historic property will offer amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, premium cable television, and even a video game console in each room. The hotel will also feature a lounge, coffee shop, and a restaurant with a 100 percent Italian wine list. Two additional historic properties on Main Street are opening as lodging this summer under the overall name “The Georges,” referencing George Washington and George Marshall. The Alexander Withrow House, dating to 1793, has five rooms and Haywoods, a piano bar serving small plates. The McCampbell Inn, dating to 1809, will open later this summer and offer 13 rooms and a full-service restaurant across the street from the Alexander Withrow House. “You can feel the history when you walk into these buildings,” said general manager Thomas Burke. “You can even see evidence of when they lowered Main Street in 1850. We want to promote the Lexington experience, including the local food and the wonderful history.”
Off Main Street The Hampton Inn Col Alto isn’t on Main Street, but it combines an 1827 manor house and modern hotel. The centerpiece is the stately Col Alto mansion, where former Virginia Gov. James McDowell entertained dignitaries. Stay in one of the 10 period guest rooms, each with its own personality and terry cloth robes, wine service, and in-room breakfast, or choose a modern motel room, perhaps overlooking the pool. Both include HDTV and free high-speed Internet access. Perched on a knoll in Lexington’s historic district, the property is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums. (hampton-inn.com/hi/ lexington-historic) Outside Lexington, the famous Natural Bridge of Virginia is also beginning a new phase as it transitions from private ownership (a status that dates back to Thomas Jefferson’s purchase from the English king) to a state park. The Natural Bridge Hotel remains open and offers a number of packages including family activities, river adventures, and military family specials that start at $79 per night and include discounted activities. (naturalbridgeva.com) The Victorian Carpenter Gothic-style Hummingbird Inn was built in 1780 and expanded in 1853 and offers five charming guest rooms, a stone fireplace, gardens, and a great view of passing CSX trains from the front veranda. It’s close to Lexington, Staunton, and Hot Springs. (hummingbirdinn. com) Osceola Mill in the northern part of Rockbridge County is an 1849 water-powered mill-turned-inn
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with mill-themed lodging and fine dining on Saturdays and Sundays. Guests enjoy a candlelight breakfast and the nature paths and nearby waterfalls. (osceolamill.com)
Enjoy the attractions After you relax in one of the areaâ€™s historic lodgings, immerse yourself
in the townâ€™s historic attractions. Tour the only home Stonewall Jackson ever owned. Walk in Robert E. Leeâ€™s footsteps through the chapel he built on the Washington and Lee University campus to his preserved presidential office in the basement. Learn about the connections between the Washington and Lee
families whose names the institution bears. Steps away is the Virginia Military Institute, where cadets parade during the school year. Even in summer you can visit the VMI Museum, with its recently opened exhibits that are fascinating even if you have no connection to VMI. And across the
parade ground, the George Marshall Museum honors the great American leader who helped guide the Allies through WWII and helped restore Europe following the war.
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Honoring the 70th anniversary of D-Day at Bedford’s memorial Marvin Bond
The memorial’s water and beach feature recalls the perilous landing.
Every day at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., is a reminder of one of the greatest feats of “The Greatest Generation.” But the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6 will be especially meaningful, as it brings survivors of the largest amphibious military invasion in world history together, possibly for their last major reunion. A 1940s theme will carry throughout the day, including the afternoon and evening musical events featuring the war-era songs of Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The spectacular memorial,
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seated on hillside land given for it by the City of Bedford, honors hometown soldiers and all Allied Forces members who lost their lives that fateful day. The little town of Bedford lost more fighting men per capita that day than any other community. In just 15 minutes, 19 of the 30 “Bedford Boys” lost their lives on D-Day. Names of known American and Allied Forces casualties are inscribed on a semicircular wall in an English garden with space for those who have yet to be discovered. No one knows the true number of D-Day casualties. The operation’s survivors, many now in their 90s, will stand shoulderto-shoulder again at the memorial during recognition ceremonies. Wreaths will be laid, sculpture will be dedicated, veterans will be recognized, an honor guard and military band will perform, and the memorial will host dignitaries from France and the United Kingdom.
tack on German troops; you can get a chilling view of the landing from a landing craft. Other sculptures have fascinating histories related to their creations and dedications. Around the time Thomas Jefferson built his retreat home, Poplar Forest, in this gorgeous part of Virginia, Bedford was called Liberty. Insider tip: The Bedford Welcome Center and Poplar Forest sell combination tickets for admission to both the D-Day Memorial and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. There’s no want for pleasure options in this area with its five wineries, chocolatiers, creative restaurants, art galleries, and music haunts. Less than 15 minutes from Bedford and the D-Day Memorial, the commanding twin hills of the Peaks of Otter along the Blue Ridge Parkway beckon outdoor lovers to enjoy the bounty of nature. From the Operation Overlord Victory Arch at the National D-Day Memorial, you can see the Peaks of Symbolism throughout Otter in the distance. Opposite is the the memorial hometown for which the “Bedford Boys” gave their lives. Flanked by the Blue Ridge MounBedford D-Day veteran Ray Stetains and the community of Bedford, phens, who died only recently, the National D-Day Memorial is a wrote this verse about losing his twin tableau of symbolism, with realisbrother on D-Day at Omaha Beach: tic sculptural depictions starting in “I’ll never forget that morning, England, crossing the channel to It was, the sixth day of June. France, and then, on to victory. The I said farewell to brother, key elements of the tableau include Didn’t think it would be so soon.” the statues and busts representing His poem ends by warning others, the military leadership. To represent “if you have a twin brother, don’t go England, the colors of the patriotic to battle with him.” patch are planted in an English A sculpture honoring the founder flower garden. The water and beach of the National D-Day Memorial, John feature illustrates the struggles of Robert Slaughter, will be dedicated the Normandy beach landing and aton June 6. A 1940s-themed parade on June 7 will include the red 1925 fire engine usually seen in the Bedford Welcome Center, along with WWII-themed floats, military vehicles, tanks, and antique cars. Peaks of Otter Lodge offers a D-Day Memorial package that includes lodging, breakfast, tickets to the memorial, and a discount at Peaks of 800.676.8203 visitsmithmountainlake.com Otter Winery.
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A refreshing change of pace in Virginiaâ€™s County of Bath Itâ€™s the personal touch that makes a visit to Bath County in western Virginia so memorable. From the innkeepers to the shop owners to the restaurant employees, itâ€™s the warmth of the residents you remember. And visitors who initially may have been unfamiliar with the county except for its celebrated Omni Homestead Resort tend to return again and again for the regionâ€™s diverse and surprising offerings. The County of Bath, as it brands itself, lives up its name, as people have traveled there for 250 years to â€œtake the watersâ€? of the natural mineral springs, which are said to be healing. The stress of city life peels away as you drive the winding roads past walls of trees, meadows with grazing cattle, and the spectacular mountain scenery of the Alleghany Highlands. With no stoplights and little traffic, the county â€” four hours from Washington â€” is a favorite with motorcyclists and car clubs. Insider tip: Get directions from the visitor center or at your lodgings since GPS and cellphone service can be unreliable. More than half of the 540-square-mile county is protected by national and state forests and The Nature Conservancy. The pristine wilderness is a recreational paradise for camping, hiking, boating, mountain biking, horseback riding, birding, hunting, and fishing (especially for trout, which thrive in the cold waters). â€œThe early explorers saw endless mountains and we can come here today and have that exact same view,â€? marvels Marek Smith of The Nature Conservancy, which highly values the areaâ€™s biodiversity and seeks to preserve its forest habitat. Migratory songbirds, deer, foxes, bobcats, raccoons, wild turkeys, and black bears are among the wildlife that roams freely. With so much rural landscape and an absence of street lights, you can get reacquainted with the stars. And the scenery and charming venues make
the county a magnet for weddings. The villages of Hot Springs and Warm Springs (the county seat) are two of the more populated areas in the county of 4,700 residents. Theyâ€™re the kind of places where the waitress at the Country CafĂŠ, a local favorite, already knows what the regulars will order when they walk in. â€œThe nice thing about living in Hot Springs is that when you donâ€™t know what you are doing, someone else does,â€? is the favorite joke of Jo Windham, who runs Vine Cottage Inn with her husband, Jonah. Itâ€™s one of several bed-and-breakfasts in the county.
The great outdoors The county has major outdoor recreational draws for all seasons. Lake Moomaw, created by the Gathright Dam, has a marina with boat rentals, a beach, hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, and fishing in the well-stocked waters. Take the narrow gravel road at Richardsonâ€™s Gorge for a particularly scenic drive.
You can camp or stay in an original CCC cabin at Douthat State Park, which has a large lake, boat ramp, fishing pier, beach, amphitheater, and wildlife interpretation center. The Nature Conservancyâ€™s 9,000-acre Warm Springs Mountain Preserve is its largest preserve in Virginia. You can get a beautiful view from the Dan Ingalls Overlook. The Omni Homestead Resort and several bedand-breakfasts offer numerous recreational activities, and outfitters and fishing guides are available in the county to support outdoor recreation with gear and knowledge. Visitor centers in Hot Springs and near The Jefferson Pools can help with itineraries for scenic drives. continued on page 16
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Dutch Wonderland With rides geared toward kids of all ages, a visit to Dutch Wonderland, outside Lancaster, Pa., can be a fun adventure for the whole family. For many children, Dutch Wonderland is their first introduction to an amusement park, as either a family daytrip or a full weekend getaway. The 48-acre park has more than 35 rides, a water play
area, and live shows to experience throughout the day. The “exciting” new addition this year is Exploration Island, which opens Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26. According to the park’s Ashlee Hurley, it will feature more than 20 life-like dinosaurs, a fossil dig site, gondola cruise and the newly relocated and lengthened turnpike ride. Hurley recommends that first-time visitors look at the attractions and shows page online to see what rides their children can experience, based on age and height. Insider tip: Summertime visitors should pack swimsuits and swim diapers, so they can experience Duke’s Lagoon water play area. “This water zone is perfect for families with little ones, as there is no standing water. Geysers, bubblers, water slides and other water features promise hours of entertainment for little ones while adults relax in nearby chairs. If you want to ensure that your family has a shady spot, consider renting one of their family cabanas for the day,” Hurley said. Another recommendation is to try to experience the live entertainment shows during your visit, which can be a nice break from the excitement of going on the rides. Hurley suggests making time for one of the dive shows. A weekday visit can avoid the crowds. The best deal on admission is either a two-day flex ticket (visit any two days of the summer season; they do not have to be consecutive days) or a Dutch Wonderland Season Pass. Purchasing a souvenir cup provides the best deal on drinks with unlimited 99cent refills during the 2014 summer season. There are lots of lodging options in the area. Visit padutchcountry.com for a full listing with packages and deals.
Duke’s Lagoon is perfect for small children because there is no standing water.
TRAVEL LINE continued from page 6 Dog Rhythm & Vine Festivals are planned for July 5, featuring national recording artist Paul Thorn; Aug. 9, with two groups, Railroad Earth and The Mastersons; and Sept. 13, with two other groups, Mountain Heart and The Greencards. In addition, there’s free music in the courtyard every Sunday afternoon, June through October. (thedogs.com)
Special Packages Kids 12 and under stay, play, and eat free when accompanied by an adult paying a special rate of $39 per person, per night (double occupancy) at Williamsburg Woodlands. Couples Getaway Packages at the Williamsburg Lodge are $139 per person, per day (double occupancy). Both packages begin June 13 and end Aug. 28. Also available through Aug. 28 are the Revolutionary War Experience, America’s Historic Triangle, and Bounce Packages. (colonialwilliamsburg.com) New York’s Park Central Hotel is offering a History Hunters’ special package in partnership with the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, the city’s oldest museum and the country’s second oldest museum. The museum is the reposi-
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tory of more than 40,000 artifacts, but the hotel has a significant historical collection, too, featured in a special brochure. The hotel owns a life mask of John James Audubon; a wisteria table lamp by Tiffany Studios; a footlocker that belonged to Col. William H. Paine, a Union officer during the Civil War; Guiseppe Guidicini’s George Washington Taking the Oath, and other treasures. Packages start at $239 and include a ticket to the museum, a breakfast voucher, and a signature “historical” cocktail. (parkcentralny.com/specials) To commemorate its 50th year, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, owner of 11 U.S. parks, is staging an 18-month celebration with new interactive experiences, shows, pathway performances, up-close encounters with animals, and SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” prizes. The Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla., and Williamsburg, Va., offer a mix of new extreme thrill rides, unique entertainment, and events, while SeaWorld’s Aquatica waterparks feature new attractions in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego. All three SeaWorld Parks are showing “Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night,” a new nighttime show. (seaworld.com/celebration). Carol Timblin welcomes travel news at ctimblin@ gmail.com.
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Learn about the music, dance, and culture of China and Kenya at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June 24-29 and July 2-6 on the National Mall ... Tour a number of “off-the-mall” museums, such as the Woodrow Wilson House, Dumbarton House, and the Phillips Collection, during the Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend the first full weekend in June (dkmuseums.com) . . . Enjoy the sounds of military band concerts on weekday evenings through the summer on the West Front steps of the U.S. Capitol (aoc.gov).
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Imagination Bethesda is a free children’s street festival celebrating children in the arts. This year’s event is being held June 7, 10:00am-3:00pm, in downtown Bethesda, Md. The festivities feature a full day of music and dance performances, as well as a wide variety of hands-on arts and crafts activities and jugglers, balloonists, and face painters. (bethesda.org)
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Bath continued from page 13 A sparkling cultural jewel in the small county is the Garth Newel Music Center, entering its 41st season. Christopher Williams oversees a schedule of 60 chamber music concerts a year, held inside the converted barn of an estate. The center features a quartet of resident musicians, gourmet meals, and special events. The center will change it up with a Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival scheduled for June 13-15.
From alpacas and antiques to music and minerals Not all of the area’s wildlife roams freely. You can visit with 96 adorable fuzzy-haired alpacas — all have names and different personalities — at the Diamond Triple C Ranch and buy items made from alpaca wool and other exotic yarns The Warm Springs Art District includes the Warm Springs Gallery and the Gallery at Seven Oaks which offer fine art and crafts. Artisans such as Alix and Bryan McGraw create unique jewelry from fine gemstones at McGraw Minerals (see the “gem bear” in the basement), while Ron Shifflett sells his custom furniture at Warm Springs Mountain Woodworks. In Millboro, P. Matthew Cauley makes rustic furnishings from salvaged wood at Skunk & Owl Designs and Cheryl Thompson fashions one-of-a-kind designs at Tender Heart Quilts. There’s no mall in the county, but specialty shops in unique locations include Old Ashwood School Antiques in a 1908 schoolhouse; Springhouse Antiques in a former country store; and Ashwood Station, which sells collectibles in a former service station. The Warm Springs Market has homegrown and Made in Virginia items. The Bath County Historical Society in Warm Springs has a small museum with local and military items and a research library for genealogists. After a day of activities, Linda Wesley’s signature hot stone massages at Warm Spirit Spa in Warm Springs puts you in a mellow state. After all, it’s the personal touch you remember about the County of Bath.
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Chesapeake summer fun June is the ideal time to visit Chesapeake, Va., because thereâ€™s something for everyone to enjoy. For the outdoor enthusiast and nature lover, there is the KayaXpedition; for those seeking the unexpected, thereâ€™s a real live rodeo and the Anime Mid-Atlantic Festival; and, for the romantic or the culturally inclined, thereâ€™s Shakespeare in the Grove. Water runs through Chesapeake, bringing yachts up the Intracoastal Waterway and providing lots of fun for paddlers, too. Rich in maritime heritage, the cityâ€™s historic waterways draw kayakers, paddle boarders, and canoeists of all skill levels to enjoy the unique combination of nature and history that Chesapeake offers. The KayaXpedition, June 21-22, celebrates that tradition. Events take place throughout the weekend at Great Bridge Lock Park, Oak Grove Lake Park, the Hyatt Greenbrier, and Northwest River Parks. A race kicks off the lively festival at Great Bridge Lock Park to support active service members and veterans. Over at Oak Grove Lake Park, you can learn techniques for paddling and get hands-on skills training for different types of boating. In the evening, after a day of exercise, take in the REEL Paddling Film Festival and be inspired to explore rivers, lakes, and oceans. Throughout the day on Sunday, courses are available for novices as well as those seeking advanced techniques. (kayaxpedition.com) If you prefer cowboy boots to canoes, check out
the Khedive Annual Rodeo, June 13-14. The Shrine to bring your own food and drink, concessions are hosts this annual professional championship rodeo available. (tcc.edu) sanctioned by the Southern Rodeo Association. With 22 miles of fresh and salt waterways, the Watch calf roping, bucking horses, barrel racGreat Dismal Swamp, bird watching, and wildlife ing, bull riding, and the rodeo clowns. There are along the Northwest River Park and Campground, plenty of food and beverages, and children have as well as family-friendly events and festivals a special play area. Tickets are $15 for adults and throughout the year, Chesapeake is full of choices. $10 for children ages 5-12. Purchase them at the Khedive Shrine Center. (visitchesapeake.com/ For more information event) Anime Mid-Atlantic, June 13-15 at the ChesaChesapeake Tourism: visitchesapeake.com peake Conference Chesapeake Tourism Center, is an annual Japanese animation and culture convention that includes guest speakers, cultural events, music, and concerts. (animemidatlantic.com) Take in the work of the Bard for free at Shakespeare in the Grove, June 25-29, at the Tidewater Community College Chesapeake campusâ€™ outdoor stage. This year, enjoy The Tempest. Bring your blankets, folding chairs, picnic basket, and bevKayaking is popular on Chesapeakeâ€™s waterways where the erages. If you donâ€™t want KayXpedition takes place June 21-22.
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Where America began and independence was secured Virginia’s Historic Triangle is a great family vacation adventure Nowhere in the Old Dominion is spring’s renewal more poignantly seen and felt than in Virginia’s Historic Triangle and neighboring Chippokes Plantation State Park. Renewal surfaces not only in the 90-plus acres of gardens and green spaces at Colonial Williamsburg, but also at the nearby, not-to-be-missed historic sites, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. The events of spring 1610, in fact, literally saved the first permanent English colonists in the Americas, who had arrived at Jamestown three springs prior on May 13, 1607. You can board the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery — the three ships at Jamestown Settlement’s wharf — and learn from 17th-century seamen-interpreters the details of the arduous Atlantic Ocean journey from England. A further chapter in the story — which you learn at indoor as well as outdoor exhibits at the livinghistory museum — involves the starving time of winter 1609-1610, after which colonists prepared to abandon their settlement. This action followed the deaths of many of their number from starvation and disease, as well as a period of warfare with the Powhatan Indians. Literally at the last minute, when settlers were starting to sail back to England in the spring of 1610, a fresh group of English settlers arrived in search of wealth. They brought with them supplies and a second, stronger charter issued by King James I. This led the way to a renewed spirit and work ethic at the settlement, including the beginning of a number of small industries. You experience these and other diverse 17thcentury themes at Jamestown Settlement through daily hands-on activities. This month, explore how clothing from leather to linen was made in “Fash-
well as outdoor exhibits. But it’s not all history — grab the kids, blankets, chairs, and your dancing shoes for “Shagging on the Riverwalk,” Yorktown’s free musical event celebrating “the shag” dance along the York River on Thursday evenings in June and July. On July 4-6, the Victory Center’s galleries celebrate the holiday with an exhibit of a rare broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence.
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The Jamestown-Surry Ferry gets you from the Historic Triangle to Surry County, home of Chippokes State Park. ion in Colonial Virginia.” A combination ticket ($20.50 adults, $10.25 ages 6-12) provides admission to the Settlement and to the Yorktown Victory Center, located in Yorktown, at the other end of the Colonial Parkway. Next to the battlefield where allied American and French forces won the decisive battle of the American Revolution in 1781, you visit the Yorktown Victory Center. It chronicles the entire Revolutionary period, from colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation, also through indoor as
If your idea of celebrating personal independence is experiencing summer’s great outdoors, Chippokes Plantation State Park along the James River’s south side is the perfect place. The sprawling 1,945-acre park environment, which offers myriad recreational and historical activities, comprises one of the nation’s oldest working farms, dating to 1617. You’ll see green soybean fields lilt in the breeze at this time of year. If you have a keen eye for shark’s teeth, you might find one after a rain washes sand down from the cliff’s layers of shells above the beach, at the park’s edge. Directly across the river from the plantation lies Jamestown Island, settled a decade prior to the establishment of Chippokes. Spend the night in one of four unique cabins, all with central air, in the middle of a cornfield, or at a campsite ($30-$33 nightly). Ride your horse around the edges of fields on horse trails established in 2000 by the Friends of Chippokes Plantation. Choose among daily offerings that include interpretive programs at the park’s antebellum
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The Historic Jamestowne site — owned and operated through a public-private partnership between Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service — is situated adjacent to state-operated Jamestown Settlement and offers activities and demonstrations such as glassblowing. A visit to the National Park Service-operated historic Yorktown Battlefield is a must-see after visiting the state-operated Victory Center. The two NPS sites are open free on Aug. 25, which is the National Park Service’s birthday. (nps.gov/ jame, nps.gov/yonb)
mansion and elsewhere on site, an Olympic-sized pool, two playgrounds, visitor center (don’t miss the 1941 Packard automobile), gift shop, and picnicking, biking, and hiking. Be sure to leave time to see the antique farm equipment and exhibits at the Farm and Forestry Museum. Surry County is renowned for curing hams, growing peanuts, and harvesting lumber, most notably Virginia pines. Not surprisingly, the familyfriendly Pork, Pine, and Peanut Festi-
val on Chippokes’ grounds the third full weekend of July (July 19- 20) is in its 39th year as the park’s biggest annual event ($5 per person, children 12 and under are free).
Learn more Chippokes Plantation State Park: dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/ chippokes-plantation Colonial Williamsburg: colonialwilliamsburg.org Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center: 888-593-4682, historyisfun.org Marvin Bond
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The Williamsburg Farmers Market offers goodies, produce, and plants on Saturdays, 8:00am-noon.
~ ’ ~ earning never felt so good. With the help of our historians, The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers you healing therapies that emerged throughout the ages. From 17th-century Native American practices to 21st-century modern therapeutic skin care, each century will leave you rejuvenated. And the best part, no homework. Stay and make some history. Book one of our hotels at 1-855-484-7776 or at colonialwilliamsburg.com. Explore the nation’s beginnings at Jamestown where America’s first permanent English colony site is preserved at Historic Jamestowne, and Jamestown Settlement living-history museum provides a glimpse of 1607 life.
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of this meticulously restored 18th-century colonial capital city, Colonial Williamsburg, where patriots ignited the cause for freedom and laid the groundwork for creation of this great nation.
At Yorktown, discover the lives of people who witnessed the Revolution at Yorktown Victory Center living-history museum, and walk the ground where America’s independence was won in 1781 at Yorktown Battlefield.
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There’s adventure all around the Shenandoah River The fun begins immediately. After pushing off from the banks of the Shenandoah River, it’s time to paddle hard. Steer the canoe into the flow of the Compton Rapids. The swift whitewater bounces the boat like a bucking bronco. The Class II rapid is unusual on the generally placid Shenandoah. Another dip in the rapids and water splashes up on both sides knocking the canoe slightly off course. Keep paddling to stay straight as the last of the small rapid spits the boat up and out into a gorgeous stretch of flat, calm water. Up ahead a bald eagle soars above a shear, rocky cliff, with trees sprouting from the top of the cliff face. The four-hour-long Seekfords Landing canoe excursion is one of the most popular trips at the
Downriver Canoe Company, between Front Royal and Luray, Va. After the very exciting beginning, most of the rest of the 12-mile journey is serene. Great blue herons wade along the river’s edge in shallow waters, alighting to the sky as the canoe approaches. Cutting deep into the valley along the Massanutten Ridge, the river affords stunning views of the verdant green forested mountains the entire trip. Partway down the waterway, a sharp 18-inch drop off, called the Sudden Ledge, seems to come out of nowhere for a small spike of adrenaline. All around is a birder’s paradise. There are osprey, ducks, geese, woodpeckers, hawks, American kestrels and Baltimore orioles. River otters can be spotted playing in the water. And, the nearby
woods bring deer, mink, and, as Down River Canoe owner John Gibson notes, the occasional black bear and even a mountain lion. The Shenandoah twists like a slow snake towards the take out point at Downriver’s shop. On the way, there is an opportunity to enter the halfmile-long Old Mill Race, the man-made cut of a long gone mill. The water runs fast through the narrow channel for another shot of speed. Most of the trips at Downriver work the same. All are unguided. Paddlers meet at the shop and are shuttled upriver to a put-in spot to paddle the canoe, raft, or kayak back to the shop. Canoe rentals are recommended for beginners. Experienced boaters may wish to rent a kayak. And the rafts work best when water levels are high. As much as 40 percent of the land on the west bank of the river is national forest so there are plenty of spots to beach the boats for a picnic break. The company also features a variety of longer and shorter trips from threemile, one-hour paddles to two-day trips and • Fireworks at custom voyages lastdusk ing three or more days. The full-day Masanutten • Robbie Hike and Float is another Limon Band favorite and includes a 12-mile hike followed • Fun activities by 12 miles on the river. for the whole Don’t worry — you don’t family have to portage the boats. After you hike up to and along the mountain ridge from the shop, 1982 Fairway Dr. you descend back down Basye, VA 22810 to the put-in. Then it’s 800-821-1444 only a simple cell phone call to have the boats delivered.
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Rafting on the generally placid Shenandoah River can be great family fun for less experienced groups.
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beer garden, wine from Cross Keys Vineyard, and a Hoop Dance experience. This year, there will also be a Massanutten Spa tent that will feature seated chair massages and five-minute polish changes. Fireworks bring each festival to a close at 10:00pm. Tickets to each festival are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. For tickets and information, see the events section at massresort.com.
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And if you donâ€™t feel like paddling, go tubing. Tubing trips run about three hours and are generally on stretches of the river devoid of other boat traffic, making for a lazy day of sun and fun drifting with the current. Rent an extra tube to haul a loaded cooler. The float tubes feature cup holders to stow your favorite beverages. Two other outfitters offer trips along this part of the river. Front Royal Outdoors features river trips, and has added an expanded line of rental fishing kayaks to its canoe, kayak, raft, and tube fleet. Also new for the season are stand-up paddleboards. And, with Front Royal, you can choose from a vacation home, cottage, or cabin for lodging, all on a bluff overlooking the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Shenandoah River Outfitters also provides trips, as well as lodging with three sets of log cabins at varying degrees of isolation, plus the Bella Vista Mountain Cottage. For campers, thereâ€™s a 25-site wooded campground. Allstar Lodging manages about 100 privately owned cabins and luxury vacation home rentals throughout the area and can arrange activities including river trips for guests.
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Art, music, dining among summer delights in Floyd, Va. After one day in Floyd, I’m hooked. Here’s a place that fills every hour — and countless shopping bags — with delights. “The bluegrass is fine. The danc-
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The $5 Friday Night Jamboree is a fixture at the Floyd Country Store.
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The little Virginia Blue Ridge town has earned a huge reputation for music. Floyd Country Store is beloved for its $5 Friday Night Jamboree — where I flat-footed with dozens of dancers as bluegrass and old-time bands played — and free weekend concerts, open mics, and jam sessions. There’s plenty more in this Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail town, with performers filling restaurants, parks, and streets with song. Recently, Wildwood Farms and General Store added free weekend concerts to its calendar, which also includes monthly antique car “Cruise-Ins.” This eclectic spirit springs eternal in Floyd. You can sample the equally diverse art scene along the Floyd Artisan Trail on June 13-15, where you’ll find dozens of open studios, demonstrations, and parties. Agricultural producers and musicians also participate in the event. Trail maps, available around town, list contact information so you can arrange studio visits whenever you are in the area. Every day, evidence of Floyd’s
deep and diverse talent pool fills galleries, community-proud restaurants, and the Jacksonville Center for the Arts. Located just beyond downtown, the center’s rotating exhibits showcase established and emerging artists. At Troika, located downtown in The Station artisan center, I admired ceramics by potters of the 16 Hands collective, textile and handmade paper marvels, and handcrafted lamps. Overseeing the shop that afternoon was jewelry artist Anne Armistead. “Something about Floyd attracts people from all walks of life. It’s magical,” said Armistead. Fellow shopper and glass artist Elizabeth Mears said that after visiting from Fairfax, Va., with her husband, Michael, a string-instrument crafter, the couple wanted to move here. Many Floyd residents left big cities to live in town or in the countryside. No wonder so many vacationers told me they return every year. Indeed, visitors are welcomed not as outsiders but as participants, said Pat Sharkey, an artist who has de-
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veloped Floyd County sustainability, cultural, and tourism initiatives. There are so many wonderful small businesses, artists, farmers, musicians, and others with a passion for creative expression and quality that has been passed down for generations. Where else can you find live music from old-time and bluegrass to conga drums, psychedelic, and electronica? Or, so many craftspeople, from quilters and blacksmiths to food artisans and visionary folk artists?
Culinary creativity, too Floydâ€™s creativity shines in its food, too. Thereâ€™s delectable tapas, salads, and drinks at Oddfellas Cantina and brick-oven pizzas and craft beer at Dogtown Roadhouse. Zesty Italian fare and new breakfast items are featured at Mickey Gâ€™s, while comfort food â€” and pie â€” are on the menu at Floyd Country Storeâ€™s Jingle Tap Cafe and historic Pine Tavern. And, local, roasted-on-site Red Rooster coffee, along with fresh-baked treats, can
Brandywine continued from page 4 The Longwood Wine and Jazz Festival on June 7 is an annual event that combines the smooth notes of jazz with fine wine in an exceptionally beautiful setting. Mt. Cuba Center was the vision of Pamela Cunningham Copeland, who once lived in the mansion with husband Lammot du Pont Copeland. The center studies, preserves, and educates others about plants from the Piedmont, which runs from New Jersey to Alabama. There are more than 1,900 plant species, varieties, and cultivars on the 650-acre property. This year, the center is offering a season pass as well as garden tours.
Art and the garden A garden is often a work of art, and thatâ€™s certainly true on the grounds of the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa., which celebrates the works of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth. The museum, part of the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, is surrounded by preserved land, part of the Brandywine Conservancyâ€™s 59,000 acres. â€œYou can see the landscape that inspired three generations of the Wyeth family, as well as their art and the studios of N.C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth,â€? says the museumâ€™s Hillary Holland. Tours of the studio and the nearby Kuerner Farm run all summer. From June 7 to Aug. 10, the museum will feature the exhibit â€œLure of the Brandywine: A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration.â€? Artistic expression is also part of Chanticleer, once the estate of Adolph Rosengarten. Opened as a public garden in 1993, Chanticleer has a mile-long path that winds through the 35
be found at Black Water Loft, a quirky, arty space that overlooks the bustling downtown. Newcomers include the Artistâ€™s Table, with its breezy terrace atop Harvest Moon gourmet market. Chef Richard Perry opened two eateries at the Cross Creek Complex: Fat Spoon Cafe, which gives a southern twist to farm-to-table ingredients, and Longfin Grill, a mobile kitchen serving Asian and Caribbean barbecue street food. Floyd is rich in antiques, home accents, lovable gifts, and clothing. Green Label Organic just opened a retail outlet for its fair-trade organic cotton clothing, conscious gifts, and crafts, while WinterSun sells hand-painted fair-trade clothing. The Hotel Floyd offers accommodations in a modern property built with the latest green technology and sustainable materials. Guests are right in the enjoyable downtown area with all its music and fun. Drive a few minutes south of town along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Chateau Morrisette. Its worldclass winery and tasting room reside in one of
Americaâ€™s largest salvaged-timber buildings; its fine restaurant next door boasts a lovely new terrace overlooking the mountains. Winery events include free Sunday Sounds concerts through October. Other area donâ€™t-miss events include Virginiaâ€™s Blue Ridge Music Festival, a classical showcase held June 7-8; Chantilly Farmâ€™s weekend concert, film, and auto events; and FloydFestâ€™s July 23-27 extravaganza of music spanning alternative to Appalachian to African. Saturday mornings through October, Floydâ€™s Farmers Market offers fresh produce, herbs, flowers, and live music at the Community Pavilion, which on Friday evenings houses the Floyd Artisan Market.
acres and the â€œpleasure gardens,â€? which feature native and exotic plants. Donâ€™t miss the stone â€œfurniture,â€? Asian woods, and Ruin and Gravel Garden.
stown, Pa., has a 55-acre arboretum, meadows, a pond, and stream. Welkinweirâ€™s website has a quote from Paul Licht, garden director of University of California Berkley Botanical Garden, which applies to any of Brandywine Valleyâ€™s horticultural gems: â€œA picture may be worth a thousand words, but seeing a living plant is worth far more.â€? Nevertheless, donâ€™t forget your camera and check the Brandywine Valley website for details on gardens, events, dining, and accommodations.
For the love of trees By definition, an arboretum is a collection of trees. Yet most also include botanical gardens. Tyler Arboretumâ€™s 650 acres in Media, Pa., for instance, showcase rare plants, ancient trees, and native plants. Tyler has a 1,400-square-foot butterfly house filled with graceful inhabitants, 17 miles of hiking trails, and a meadow maze. Kids and adults will both enjoy the eclectic collection of tree houses. Jenkins Arboretum and Garden, tucked in a residential area in Devon, Pa., is a horticultural oasis with rhododendrons and azalea from around the world. Itâ€™s a short drive from Valley Forge National Military Park. Welkinweir, the Rodebaugh familyâ€™s former 197-acre estate in Pott-
For more information Floyd Co. Tourism: floydcova.org/visitors Floyd Artisan Trail: floydartisantrail.org Hotel Floyd: hotelfloyd.com
For more information Brandywine Valley attractions: brandywinevalley.com.
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flower aficionado, youâ€™ll find much to delight your senses as you wander the magnificent gardens of the Brandywine Valley. See why we are â€œAmericaâ€™s Garden Capitalâ€? and enjoy our ever-blooming calendar of events.
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Cape Charles has tall ships, clams, and art this summer Situated along the unspoiled coast of the Chesapeake Bay on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Cape Charles is the ideal spot for enjoying a day on the beach, shopping and dining in the downtown area, and spending the night at one of the inviting and diverse accommodations. Folks can easily spend a long weekend here, touring the town on a rented street-legal golf cart and taking leisurely strolls along Kings Creek Marina. If that weren’t enough to draw visitors to this charming coastal town, Cape Charles is hosting some spectacular events this summer. June is the perfect time to be near the water, and more than 7,000 visitors come to town to see the tall ships at Cape Charles, June 14–15. Guests will have a chance to explore the decks and meet
costumed crew members of impressive tall ships: the Kalmar Nyckel, the official tall ship of Delaware, and the Lynx, a 122-foot interpretation of the American privateer built in 1812. Along with deck tours, guests will be able to book three-hour excursions on the Chesapeake Bay on these two ships on June 12–13, before the festival. During festival dates, sunset tours will be available. Another ship, the schooner Serenity from Yorktown, will offer Captain Mayhem’s Pirate Adventure Sails for children on Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, those on land can enjoy delectable food and beverages, arts, crafts, and collectibles, and live music and entertainment. Joan Prescott, who promotes the event, says it is most enjoyable because it’s held in a small town, allowing people to have an intimate experience with the ships — and the Tall Ships at Cape Charles fact that people can get out on the bay. “It’s an old-fashioned, family-friendly experience,” she says. The Clam Slam held Aug. 1–3 at Cape Charles is a great way to enjoy the bounty of local seafood. This growing event celebrates the Eastern Shore as one of the largest producers of clams in the United States. Attendees can enjoy events throughout the weekend, including a steamed clam-eating contest, the annual Shriners parade, a corn hole tournament, Smith Island skiff races, a crab pot cork race and the fourth running of the Cape Charles Boat Docking Contest. Each day of the event features live music, arts and craft vendors, and an assortment of festival food. On Saturday, rides will be availThe Lynx is an interpretation of the American privateers able, as well as fireworks in the eveactive during the War of 1812. ning.
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Two weeks for the arts Catch some spectacular performances during Harbor for the Arts, happening Aug. 1–17. The event features two weeks of free, live entertainment in public spaces. Performances will be happening daily, and the weekends will be especially packed with fun. Last year’s Harbor for the Arts showcased 35 events in just 14 days including street parties, dramatic pieces, folk music, plein air painting, and other activities throughout town. “It was enormously successful,” says Mary Ann Roehm, who promotes the event. This year, each day of the two weeks will carry a different theme. Some of these are film night, cabaret night, jazz night, and local talent night with a comedy workshop and event called “I Played the Palace at The Historic Palace Theater.” Performances to look forward to include a gypsy band called Le Hotclub; jazz singer L’Tanya Mari; Andrew McKnight and Beyond Boarders; the United States Air Force Jazz Band; and local flutist, guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader Jim Newsom. Another act worth checking out is John Hardy, a single actor playing 16 roles on a simple set of just two chairs, a table, and two benches. Along with performances, the event will bring a variety of workshops designed to integrate with one another and build a community of artists who liven the town. The core program is Experimental Film Virginia, focusing on the intersection of sound, movement, and location on the screen, and it’s ideal for sound designers, choreographers, directors, filmmakers, visual artists, dancers, musicians, and composers. This second annual event is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts presented to Arts Enter Cape Charles in partnership with the Town of Cape Charles, Citizens for Central Park, and the Cape Charles Business Association. While you’re visiting this summer, book a tee time at Bay Creek Golf Club, featuring Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer signature courses running along the bay and Old Plantation Creek, and rich with beauty and challenge. Plan to stay the night at Bay Creek, or take advantage of the town’s other lovely accommodation options, from the welcoming bed and breakfasts to the nearby Sunset Beach Inn and Grille, boasting an enjoyable pool area, bicycles for exploring nearby nature trails, enticing food from Sunset Grille (with free live weekend and holiday entertainment), and of course, some of the best sunsets on the Eastern Shore. Book the Spring Early Bird Special through June 30 to receive 15 percent off of a two nights’ stay or 20 percent off of a three nights’ stay. Last year Sunset Beach added 40 new RV spaces to provide spaces for both short- and long-term rental. Amenities include water and sewer hookups, cable TV, electricity, internet, seasonal pool, and the sites are pet friendly. During the summer, we have free live entertainment every Saturday, Sunday, and all holidays at the Sunset Grille.
Before you go Harbor for the Arts: harborforthearts.com Tall ships info: tallshipscapecharles.com
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Rhythms, rails, and resorts: W.Va. has its own soundtrack There’s something about the fast pace and rhythms of old-time Appalachian music that is joyful and uplifting. The sounds stay with you long after a trip to some of West Virginia’s classic music venues. At the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton, prominent fiddler Jake Krack and the band Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters kept a foot-tapping audience enthralled recently. The renovated opera house, whose heyday was just before WWI, hosts more than a dozen shows a year featuring traditional music and bluegrass. The award-winning Krack, 29, who began to learn fiddle playing from his elders at age 5, works to pass on the cultural legacy of old-time music to the next generation through the Allegheny Echoes summer music workshops, giving instruction in fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, singing, and creative writing. The Pocahontas County Opera House is the heart of the Mountain Music Trail, which spans five counties near the scenic Highway 219 corridor in eastern West Virginia, including Pocahontas, Monroe, Greenbrier, Randolph, and Tucker counties. The trail has many venues and festivals promoting the music, dance, and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain region. Among them is Augusta Heritage Center at Davis & Elkins College, which also has summer workshops and a festival coming up Aug. 9-11.
A “spirits” trail Besides the music trail, West Virginia Tourism also is developing a “spirits” trail, where you can tour facilities and sample libations at places like Smooth Ambler Spirits, a small craft distillery in Greenbrier County. The business makes bourbon whiskey, vodka, and gin using local ingredients. “Drinking whiskey is like tasting history,” says the distillery’s John Little. “It brings you back to a time when things were different.” You can sip wine on a rocking chair around the fireplace at Lambert’s Winery in Lewis County. The family-owned winery, built of native stone, holds popular Wednesday wine-andpizza nights, and hosts many weddings on its covered patio. Heston Farm Winery and Pinchgut Distillery in Marion County, where the wines include a buckwheat flavor, has a restaurant, music on Saturday nights, and occasional outdoor concerts. Jade, the winery’s unofficial “greeter,” was a bomb-sniffing dog in Iraq. Mountain State Brewing Co. has a brewpub and restaurant in Morgantown, where you can choose among a variety of beers. If you want to
stretch the meaning of “spirits,” storyteller Jason Burns gives free tours at West Virginia University, also in Morgantown, weaving in ghostly tales with campus history. The hometown of comedian Don Knotts, Morgantown also has the 1924 Metropolitan Theatre, which hosted stars like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in its vaudeville heyday. Today it is home to musical productions by West Virginia Public Theatre. There’s also great rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest. Bands of rock cliffs line the Cheat River Gorge and provide numerous overlooks. The main overlook furnishes a panorama of the gorge and distant horizons. A maze of enormous boulders and cliffs fascinates hikers, and the trails are especially lovely in June when the rhododendron and mountain laurel are in bloom. The Morgantown area also has plenty of whitewater to challenge rafters on the Cheat River. The July 4th weekend brings a USA Women’s Softball team exhibition game on July 3, followed by free Colt Ford concerts on July 4 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm at Triple S Harley-Davidson. Fireworks celebrate the holiday after the second concert. Insider tip: You can take advantage of special room rates with the MOREgantown JoyRides promotion by visiting moreadventuredeals.com. You’ll also have a chance to win a free weekend. The MountainFest Motorcycle Rally rolls into the Morgantown area July 23-27 with lots of rides, big name musical entertainment, thrill shows, ride-ins, and plenty of other activities.
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From pepperoni rolls to rail adventures Marion County, known for its pepperoni rolls and native daughter, gymnast Mary Lou Retton, is home to Prickett’s Fort State Park. Originally built in 1774 as a refuge fort on the frontier of Virginia, it was reconstructed in 1976, and today, costumed interpreters recreate 18th-century lifestyles and demonstrate colonial crafts. Hiking, birding, and adventurous river boating take advantage of the area’s mountains and waterways. Lewis County is home to Appalachian Glass in Weston, the last survivor of 30 glass factories that used to be in the area. You can see a glassblowing demonstration and visit the gift shop which sells ornaments, animals, and friendship balls. The area is also the site of Confederate Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson’s boyhood home and the Stonewall Jackson Lake and State Park, where the resort features Adirondack-style lodges, a spa, and a marina. Insider tip: For an unusual tour, try the TransAllegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston. The giant structure has a fascinating history and plenty of paranormal activity. In Pocahontas County, the Cass Railroad State West Va. Tourism
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Martinsburg’s museums offer a variety of experiences Martinsburg, W.Va., may not be as big as nearby Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C., but it offers eight museums that provide visitors with significantly different experiences. Six of the eight museums are now open on weekends “A town this size is very fortunate to have this many museums, and now most of our museums are open the same hours on the weekend. We have a lot of history that people have not been able to enjoy because the museums were open at different hours or not at all [on the weekend],” said Laura Gassler, who promotes the area. The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau contributed money so the museums could offer stipends to volunteers allowing the museums to remain open weekends from 11:00am-4:00pm, May to October. Martinsburg’s museums include Morgan Cabin, west of town near Bunker Hill, built by the first English settler in West Virginia, Morgan
Morgan. Morgan built the cabin in the 1700s. His son, Zackquill Morgan, built his own home across the street. (Zackquill founded Morgantown, the home of West Virginia University.) Morgan Cabin was rebuilt in 1976 using many of the original logs. The Adam Stephen House, home of the founder of Martinsburg, has the Triple Brick Museum and tunnels on the same property. The house is a restored limestone building dating to 1780.
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Civil War museums Perhaps the most imposing of the museums is the B&O Roundhouse. The roundhouse changed hands more than 30 times during the Civil War. In an 1861 raid, Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s troops destroyed 42 locomotives, 386 train cars, 36 miles of track, and 17 bridges. The continued on page 38
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Summersville, W.Va., boasts ‘A Day in Every Direction’ Wait a minute ... West Virginia has a lighthouse? West Virginia? For all you doubters, climb the 122 steps to the top of the Summersville Lake Lighthouse — not surprisingly the only functional lighthouse in the state — and gaze out at your rock climbing, scuba diving, kayaking, jet skiing, whitewater rafting, ziplining playground. “The lighthouse is the coolest treehouse you’ll ever play in,” said Steve Keblesh, lighthouse keeper. And it’s not for guiding boats, he added, “it’s an aeronautical aid to navigation for airplanes that come in across the lake.” You can even stay in the shadow of the lighthouse at the campground or in cabins, or opt for nearby hotels that range from reasonable to ritzy. At the center of it all: the Summersville Lake, the largest clearwater lake in the state. But it’s not all about the lake, as Marianne Taylor, who promotes the area, makes plain when she eloquently rattles off an entire five-
day itinerary for you, almost without pausing for breath: “You can stay a day at the lake, fishing, then have dinner at one of our restaurants. The next day, walk some trails or go biking or hiking. Remember, there are picnic spots all along the way. Then, don’t forget to visit the lighthouse. And then there’s Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park and whitewater rafting.” She also reminds travelers to visit the Henry Patterson House, which was caught between opposing armies during the Battle of Carnifex Ferry. “We also have a nine-hole golf course, and a winery and distillery here.” It all bears out the tourism agency’s new tagline, “Summersville: A Day in Every Direction.” Before you know it, Taylor has mapped out four wonderful days. The fifth day, she said, take a short trip over to see the New River Gorge Bridge. And don’t forget to take souvenirs home from one of the many gift or antique shops.
Hike, wine, and dine After hiking trails ranging from easy strolls to technical climbs, recharge at Summersville’s own local winery and at independently owned restaurants in town. Plan your trip sooner rather than later if you want to sample the small-batch bourbon at Kirkwood Winery. “We only bottled 675 bottles, and it’s just about gone,” says Brenda Morris, who will greet you and let you know what’s new for your tasting pleasure, including new strawberry rhubarb and spiced apple wines. Feeling more adventurous? Try the corn liquor. “Yes, that’s moonshine,” said Morris. “We distill that here, too.” After a bourbon or wine break, dine at the Long Point Grille and Bar, where owner continued on page 39
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Get outside and enjoy Tucker Countyâ€™s natural beauty Unusual weather patterns bring West Virginiaâ€™s Canaan Valley about 150 inches of snow each year. But, the traffic patterns made the trip from the Washington, D.C., area, take more than three hours. Now, a dual-lane highway cuts an hour from the trip and brings the year-round attractions much closer and the trip more enjoyable. Both of the valleyâ€™s ski resorts offer yearround activities. When the snow melts at Timberline, you can ride the chair lifts to the top with your mountain bike and pick a trail to challenge. Thereâ€™s also a new zip line to try. If youâ€™d rather paddle, make a date with Blackwater Outdoor Adventures to hit the Cheat River for some rafting, kayaking, canoeing, or lazy tubing. Canaan Valley Resort State Park offers an 18hole golf course, as well as a nature center that is the hub for outdoor activities. The center provides guided hikes for all ages, and maps and guide books for hiking and biking the extensive
trails on your own. Many of the parkâ€™s trails link to hundreds of miles of other trails in the 1 million-acre Monongahela National Forest. Ride the chair lift to get your bike to the top of the mountain or just to take in the scenery. The resort also has a climbing wall and Eurobungy, paintball, clay shooting, and geocaching. The 160-room lodge was renovated in 2013. Blackwater Falls State Park is one of the most visited sites in West Virginia. The dark-hued waters of the Blackwater River plunge five stories and then tumble through an eight-mile-long gorge. The park offers a 54-room lodge, cabins, and camping as well as a nature center, 20 miles of hiking trails, boating at Pendleton Lake, and catch-and-release fishing in the Blackwater River. Black Bear Resort offers cozy pedestal cabins as well as deluxe homes, and guests can enjoy a lodge area, miniature golf, tennis, a fitness trial,
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swimming pool, and fishing pond onsite. The towns of Thomas and Davis are great locations for antiquing and browsing through small shops and outfittersâ€™ stores that carry everything you need to enjoy the outdoors.
View from a horse Mountain Trail Rides offers a different family experience at its attractions. Kim Bonner Bennettâ€™s family has roots that run deep in both the agricultural and tourism heritage of the Canaan Valley. Her grandparents offered horseback riding and other activities on their farm and eventually at Blackwater Falls State Park, too. After a 20-year career of her own, Bennett returned home and followed in the footsteps of her grandparents and parents, taking charge of the new generation family business, Mountain Trail Rides. While trail rides on horseback are the initial
draw and cater to less experienced adults and children, there is much more to do. Hand-led pony rides are available for younger children
and a petting zoo allows visitors to pet and play with a variety of friendly farm animals. Louie the Llama is a favorite at the petting zoo.
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â€œWe take pride in creating a warm, friendly atmosphere and a feeling that this is your place, too,â€? says Bennett. An old-time water sluice allows visitors to â€œpanâ€? for gemstones and fossils and the Adventure Cave is a place where visitors may search for different rocks, minerals, gems, and fossils from all over the world. â€œThe Adventure Cave is extremely popular with children,â€? says Bennett. Despite the other attractions, horseback riding is still the main focus of business at Mountain Trail Rides. Rides ranging in length from one hour to five hours are available year-round, with regular daily schedules maintained spring through fall and winter rides given by advance reservation. Sleigh rides are also available during winter months. â€œOur horses are just wonderful,â€? says Bennett, â€œand the trail system weâ€™ve created through the nearby meadows and woods provides spectacular views of Canaan Valley. Horseback riding is a great activity for families to do together.â€? In 2012, the Mountain Trail Rides family also returned to its very old roots at Blackwater Falls State Park. At the Farm Discovery Center, visitors can use an antique corn sheller, then a
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Parkersburg mixes sternwheeler cruising with historical intrigue Almost two miles of flowing Ohio River separates Parkersburg, W.Va., from Blennerhassett Island. As Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park’s Island Belle sternwheeler paddles toward the island — and history from the 1790s — visitors can gaze backward at Fort Boreman on the eastern bank. Built by Union troops during the Civil War to protect the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad terminal at Parkersburg, Fort Boreman was named for West Virginia’s first governor, Parkersburg citizen Arthur Boreman. Now, a bluff-top park allows visitors to wander along Civil War trenches, a reconstructed fortification, and trails that yield spectacular views of Parkersburg and the river. The Palladian-style mansion built by Harman Blennerhassett had already burned to the ground before the Civil War. But the state reconstruction of the manor also resurrected interest in the mysterious Blennerhassett family. Was the wealthy Irish aristocrat naïve or truly deceitful when, in 1805, he agreed to house a potentially treasonous military encampment on his island estate? Blennerhassett was an edgy fellow — he was ostracized in Ireland for marrying his young niece as well as for lambasting the British government. No one knew his motives for supporting former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr in a reputed plot to form a new empire out of the western states. As the Island Belle heads down the Ohio, zigzagging when Capt. Gary Kitchen lets children take the wheel, passengers can see more clearly what the Blennerhassett family lost when their estate was seized and its contents auctioned off. Blennerhassett and Burr were eventually acquitted, but their reputations and fortunes were destroyed. The Blennerhassetts never returned to their island paradise.
The reconstructed Blennerhassett Mansion offers insights into Harman Blennerhassett’s role in Aaron Burr’s plot to form a new empire from the western states.
Blennerhassett Island State Park celebrates the Blennerhassett’s happy years of music and parties, when the throngs of guests strolling over the Oriental rugs included France’s future King Charles X. The house has been re-created with period accuracy and contains some Blennerhassett furnishings. Costumed guides dazzle visitors with the particulars of the mansion’s decorating and hospitality. “Notice the silver door knobs — they’re really silver,” says docent Joyce Moler. Beyond the mansion, the island offers horsedrawn wagon rides. It’s a rare day when you don’t spot a raccoon, a turkey, or deer wandering the lawns. The 1802 Putnam-House was barged to the western end of the island when the last Putnam died. On weekends, a host points out peg joinery and horsehair plaster construction through windows cut into the home’s interior walls. Open May through October, the park features brunches hosted by a Margaret Blennerhassett impersonator, musical events, and candlelight dinners. On First Friday nights, the Island Belle offers dinner cruises before Point Park concerts. The Parkersburg area features the largest array of sternwheeler cruises within a half-day drive of Washington, D.C. Valley Gem Sternwheeler, across the river in Marietta, Ohio, sends out paddlewheel ships on narrated sightseeing trips, as well as dinner, lunch, and brunch cruises. One trip cruises through some of the nation’s last hand-operated locks on the Muskingum River tributary.
History on land Parkersburg boasts the Mountain State’s largest historic district, the 126 Victorian homes of Julia-Ann Square built by many of the locals rich from the oil boom. A walking tour brochure contains detailed information on dozens of the houses, including architectural style and biographical notes on the owners (one woman was reputed to have been Jack London’s mistress; another resident managed the Barnum & Bailey Circus). Parkersburg’s other historical attractions include Henderson Hall, a mansion built on an oilrich farm beside three Indian mounds. To learn about the importance of oil to this region, look for the rusty pumpjack downtown — behind it is the Oil and Gas Museum. Exhibits offer insight into the region’s early oil boom, similar to that in Pennsylvania, as well as the effects of the Civil War on the Parkersburg area. Confederate soldiers enraged citizens in 1863 by burning a nearby oil field at Mineral Wells in an inferno that lasted days. Oilmen financed the Wheeling Conventions, where West Virginia statehood was conceived.
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Visitors intrigued by the Blennerhassett story should take in the Blennerhassett Museum downtown, which features three floors explaining the history of the area. Artifacts range from Indian tools dating from 9000 B.C. to oil paintings, a portable still, and a birch-bark book of Margaret Blennerhassett’s poetry. Insider tip: For chocolate aficionados, Holl’s Swiss Chocolatier is a gem. Founded 28 years ago, Holl’s has visitors making Internet orders to feed their new addiction. The showroom also markets wines and coffees that pair well with chocolate.
Local jewel The jewel of downtown Parkersburg is the historic Blennerhassett Hotel, dripping with Old World ambiance in its 91 rooms and in its upscale Spats restaurant, where the food is heavenly and saturated with flavor. Blennerhassett’s culinary classes cover such topics as the five “mother” sauces, pasta-making, and brunches. Where can you eat Polish kielbasa, Jamaican jerk chicken, and legendary American hot dogs, all within steps of one another? Besides a diversity of food, Parkersburg’s free Mid-Ohio MultiCultural Festival, June 20-22, is known for music. Reggae, Latin, Mexican, German folk, Celtic, and American roots music share the stage with Native American and Middle Eastern dancers.
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Parkersburg offers outdoor recreation galore, including boating, fishing, and hiking along the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail. The multi-use trail passes through 13 tunnels and an eponymous park. North Bend State Park offers “Intro to Adventure” day-long clinics in mountain biking and kayaking the first weekend of each month, $30 per clinic or $50 for both. “The best mountain biking venue is Mountwood Park — on the WV Mountain Bike race series,” says Mark Lewis, who promotes the area. The county-owned park’s 30 miles of singletrack trails are considered among the best of the eastern United States’ single-park mountain biking destinations. Meticulously designed and maintained according to International Mountain Bicycling Association standards, these trails have a high fun factor.
Leave your worries behind with a visit to Greater Parkersburg, West Virginia. Experience the allure, intrigue and grandeur of Blennerhassett Island State Park. Learn of the fascinating birth of the oil and gas industry, meticulously retold at the Oil and Gas Museum. Take in the breathtaking natural beauty of North Bend State Park, or follow the winding path of the North Bend Rail Trail.
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the world today. “The roundhouse had not been opened before. Now it’s staffed by retired B&O personnel who actually worked in the building,” said Gassler. Visitors also can stop by the home of
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the infamous Confederate spy Belle Boyd, a building that also houses the area visitors’ center. Boyd showed her independent streak when, at 11 years old, she rode a horse into the house during her parents’ dinner party. Dillon Farm on Route 9 between Martinsburg and Hedgesville is a private museum, which received an endowment so future generations could see what farming is like. Wheat is still planted on the farm and antique farm equipment is used to harvest it. For the youngsters, there’s the For the Kids, by George! Children’s Museum. It’s a fun and educational look at George Washington’s connections to the area. It’s hands-on and interactive. Housed in the original Martinsburg train station, the 6,400-square-foot museum space is divided into four sections, all of which can be explored independently or with a guide following different trails.
There is a working railroad exhibit, as well as a Lego room where the cityscape of Martinsburg has been recreated using the building blocks. There also are trays Legos available for kids to try their hand at construction. The two museums not open on weekends — the Berkeley County Archives and the Sumner-Ramer Heritage Archives — are both located in public buildings closed on weekends. The Berkeley County Archives document the history of the town. The Sumner-Ramer Heritage Archives have visual representations of the early beginnings of education for African-Americans in the county. “Our museums are now open almost 1,400 more hours than they have been in the past,” Gassler said. Don’t let the weekends go to waste. Plan a getaway to Martinsburg this summer.
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Learn primitive skills at MountainCraft As dawn breaks over West Virginia, the kitchen is already in full swing preparing breakfast at the MountainCraft gathering, and a mandolin has started to play at one of the campsites. Over three days, Sept. 5-7, 300 people will gather at the North American Bushcraft School for primitive skills and music. Saturday night will feature award-winning old-time musicians Brad and Ken Kolodner, who will also offer banjo lessons during the day on Saturday. Classes will include things like making a gourd banjo, native flutes from bamboo, hand-drill fire-making, edible and medicinal plants, natural basket-making, iron forging, primitive archery and many more. It’s a three-day festival of primitive skills, old-time music, and community. In the evenings, a bonfire will highlight music jams, dancing, and creativity of all sorts. There are a dozen or so of these types of gatherings along the East Coast of the U.S. during the year. Attendees often leave with a deep sense of community and purpose. The gatherings emphasize sustainable, slow
living through the adoption of a more homegrown lifestyle. Regulars at these gatherings, folks like the elder, Snow Bear, sometimes call the practice “re-wilding.” For him, it’s not about disaster preparation, though that often brings people to the gatherings. It’s about building community and living well. Whether your interest is a specific skill like primitive bow and arrow construction, old-time music, or simply the re-wilding philosophy, the MountainCraft gathering has you covered. One of the organizers of MountainCraft described her introduction to primitive skills: “At first, the gathering seemed like summer camp! I made a spoon, and learned to timber frame a cabin, and I played a lot of music and made some great friends. Later, though, the gathering took on greater meaning to me. It serves as a reminder to me of what life can be, and what I strive to create every day. It’s not a rejection of modernity, it is about creating an enjoyable and meaningful life.” For more information, call 910-685-5705.
Summersville continued from page 33 LaVerne Key heats up a woodfire brick oven, and recommends, well, everything. “I hate to say it because it’s my place, but everything here is really good,” she said. “We’ve got homemade barbeque, steaks, salmon, specialty pizzas, and calzones.” Another meal option is Maloney’s Pub. Owner Aaron Maloney’s love for the town — and accompanying stories — will give you an appreciation for the character of Summersville. For both visitors and residents, he recommends the steak sandwich — grilled ribeye with provolone cheese, red peppers, and onions. If by now you aren’t so hungry you need a snack, you can start planning a trip by sending an email via the tourism website and you’ll receive a coupon for a free T-shirt. The shirt features a collage of several different Summersville attractions and says, of course, “A Day in Every Direction.”
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grinder, to grind corn before feeding it to the resident chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks. Guests can also use a demonstration cow to get the milking experience and see a host of antique farm implements. “At the Blackwater facility we try to convey information about animals and agriculture which is not common knowledge,” says Bennett. This year, Bennett will also be offering horseback riding at Timberline, aiming for more experienced riders who are looking for longer rides. “But we’ll still offer a one-hour ride there as well,” she said.
Park offers train rides up steep grades and a quilt trail takes you past large quilt blocks displayed on barns. At the Elkins railroad depot, you can climb aboard the Durban & Greenbrier Valley Railroad for several different scenic rail adventures. Take a steam locomotive alongside a mountain river, travel deep inside a mountain, or negotiate the two sharpest mainline railroad curves in the country. Robert Van Camp, creator and producer of Great Scenic Railway Journeys on PBS, which has featured these excursions, was among guests recently at the RailYard Restaurant, housed in a vintage train car at the depot. In Marlinton, the 4th Avenue Gallery artisan co-op has fine art, pottery, quilts, and furniture. Step back in time at the 100-year-old C.J. Richardson store, which has its original floors and shelving, as well as items as obscure as a ramp hoe and log roller. The store’s motto: “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” The crown jewel of Greenbrier County may be The Greenbrier, a luxurious, 710-room resort that grew up around its rejuvenating sulphur springs. Built in 1913, the hotel has at-
‘Get Tuckr’d’ getaway When you combine the horseback riding with the hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, and golf, Tucker County has to offer, you have a summer getaway that can satisfy just about anyone and leave your entire group “Tuckr’d.” You can even win a “Get Tuckr’d Getaway” this summer. To register, call 800-782-2775 or visit gettuckered.com.
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tracted many famous guests, and public tours that include the secret Cold War bunker are “wildly popular,” according to Greenbrier historian Robert Conte. Even more popular are the biking, hiking, walking, and horseback riding along the 78mile Greenbrier River Trail. The town of Lewisburg features eclectic, locally owned shops and restaurants as well as its own Carnegie Hall, one of only four remaining in the world. More modern than the Greenbrier, but already an iconic symbol of Southern West Virginia, is the New River Gorge Bridge which spans one of the earth’s oldest rivers. Fayette County, home of the bridge and much of the scenic gorge, is also home to outfitters and adventure opportunities ranging from rafting the rapids to canopy tours to walking across the bridge on a 24-inch catwalk. Charleston, on the Kanawha River, has an architecturally stunning state capitol, the West Virginia Culture Center and State Museum, and the Capitol Market, featuring West Virginia-made items. The Mountain State is calling with music, spirits, and more this summer.
Learn more West Virginia Tourism: 800-225-5982, wvtourism.com
A Greater Parkersburg, WV Getaway for Two! • 2 Tickets to Blennerhassett Island Historical Park (includes sternwheel ride, mansion and wagon tours) • Two Nights for 2 at Comfort Inn • Gift card for 2 lunches at Third St. Deli • Dinner for 2 at Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant • $20 Gift Certificate to Mulberry Lane Country Store • A 1-pound Box of Holl’s Chocolates • Two books on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
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Maryland Summer Getaways
Ocean City summer fun Everybody heads to Ocean City for the sandy beach and boardwalk treats, but there’s a lot going on throughout the summer besides bodysurfing and amusement rides. June 6 — Family bonfire on the beach at 130th St. Sundays, through Aug. 31 — OC Beach Lights. Eight-minute shows featuring a five-storey inflatable sphere with a visual laser, lighting, special effects, video, and audio production at 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30pm. June 13-15 — Wine in the Park. The second annual “Wine in the Park” at Northside Park features wineries from the East Coast and several vendors offering an array of international cuisine. There will also be arts and craft vendors, several microbrewed beers for purchase, and live entertainment. ($25) Noon-8:00pm. June 14-15 — OC Air Show. The Ocean City Air Show will be visible along the entire length of the boardwalk. Spectators can see the show free of charge. 1:00pm-4:00pm. June 14-15 — Art’s Alive. Ocean City’s biggest and best fine art show offers fine art for sale around a beautiful lagoon in picturesque Northside Park. Visit 100 artists, lunch at the Artists’ Café, and enjoy live music while your children enjoy free art activities. June 26-19 — DEW Tour. This professional action sports tour involving BMX, skateboarding, and surfing brings 100 of the world’s best athletes to Ocean City’s beach near the Inlet. July 4-13 — Greek Festival. Traditional Greek fare and vendors at the convention center July 7-Aug. 26, Mondays and Tuesdays — Beach fireworks at 10:00pm. Aug. 17-28 — Ocean City Hotel Week returns
with its money-saving options. The Sunday-Thursday night promotion provides 15 percent savings for three-night stays, 20 percent savings for fournight stays, and 25 percent savings for five-night stays. Check out ocmotels.com for details.
Learn more Ocean City Tourism: ococean.com
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Explore Southern Maryland’s trails with a new guidebook Summer has arrived, and the weekend ahead is a blank canvas… a clean white page waiting to be filled with friends, food, and adventures. You could take your sweetheart for a romantic stay at a gorgeous B&B overlooking the water, or take the kids to meet the critters and romp in
the hay at a local agritourism farm. It would be fun to play with clay in a private pottery studio or check out the area’s first outdoor gallery garden. Or perhaps you’ll roam the shoreline looking for shark’s teeth, stroll the boardwalk in a lively beach town, visit a museum, and then treat
your taste buds to a gourmet meal. Summer weekends are priceless, so make the next one a masterpiece — the Southern Maryland Trails: Earth, Art, Imagination guidebook will show you how. The guidebook, originally launched in 2005 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission to promote the area’s culture and heritage, features everything handmade, homegrown, and authentically Southern Maryland. The book provides insider information on where to find the best art galleries and studios, wineries, lodgings, farms, eateries, and places of natural beauty. All the sites in the book are arranged geographically along the three main trails — the Barnwood and Beach Glass Loop, the Heron’s Flight, and the Fossils and Farmscapes Ramble — and you’ll find detailed descriptions, driving directions, maps, contact info, tips, and page after page of photos.
New this year The newly released fifth edition has some fun new additions. You’ll find four new farms, several of which offer some very specialized classes
The Inn at Newport, built around 1900, is a charming bed and breakfast.
Spend the day in 1944 aboard the
World War II Liberty Ship JOHN W. BROWN The six hour day cruise features: continental breakfast, buffet lunch, music of the 40’s, period entertainment & flybys of wartime aircraft (conditions permitting). Tour museum spaces, crew quarters, bridge & much more. View the magnificent 140-ton triple-expansion steam engine as it powers the ship through the water.
2014 Cruises On the Chesapeake Bay June 14, September 6 & October 4 Special Rates for the May 24 cruise
Tickets are $140 ea Group rates available Order your tickets online at: www.ssjohnwbrown.org For information call: 410-558-0164 Last day to order tickets is 14 days before the cruise. Conditions and penalties apply to cancellations
Join us for a Family Fun Weekend in Fells Point July 3rd to 6th Tour the ship, Movie, Concert & Variety Show on the Fells Point Pier Project Liberty Ship is a Baltimore based, all volunteer, nonprofit organization
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and training on topics such as beekeeping, cultivating and using herbs, and artisanal cheese making. There are four new galleries, including the area’s first outdoor garden gallery, and six new art studios, including a studio inside a genuine log cabin, a pyrography (wood burning) artist, and a sculptor who creates using driftwood. There’s an arts-and-crafts boutique inside a vintage mill and a nothing-but-local specialty shop inside a restored post office. You’ll find five new eateries, eight new special attractions, and a new vineyard and winery. The book also has added four new lodgings, including a turnof-the-century inn tucked away in the village of Newport and a unique sweep of beach houses equipped to accommodate large gatherings. For long-time friends of the trails, perhaps it’s time to re-visit some of your favorite sites along the way. In the din of the average work week, have you forgotten about that quiet café from your very first trails trip years ago, or that out-of-the-way beach park with the perfect picnic spot? It’s time to make some new memories. So, before another weekend slips away, plan right now to sample the scenic beauty, unique cuisine, and original art the region has to offer. Connect with the many charming and colorful people who are the heart of Southern Maryland — the chefs, farmers, innkeepers, vintners, and shop keepers who own and operate these sites.
September 6, 2014
Noon - 6 PM Garrett County Fairgrounds
Join us in the breathtaking mountain setting of Western Maryland for our 10th annual event! Local & Regional Artisans Over 200 Maryland, National & International Wines for Tasting & Purchase. Silent Auction, Live Entertainment, Kid’s Activities, Food & Fun! Weekend Lodging Packages
Find a guidebook The Southern Maryland Trails guidebook is available free at partner sites and designated distribution sites throughout Southern Maryland. You can also find a listing and more trails information at somdtrails.com. To learn more about the preservation and stewardship programs of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, visit smadc.com.
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Take a tour of the Chesapeake Bay with a real waterman Catch crabs, learn history, see the bay in a whole new way Reed Hellman
Capt. Phil Langley helps visitors learn to tong for oysters.
Capt. Phil Langley is a paradox: a walking contradiction. He is totally committed to preserving the Chesapeake Bay watermanâ€™s traditional way of life, yet he projects a clear vision for the bayâ€™s future. A working fishing and charter captain, Langley is also one of more than a dozen Chesapeake watermen conducting heritage and ecotourism experiences. Watermen Heritage Tours, a partnership between the Chesapeake Conservancy, Coastal Heritage Alliance, Maryland Watermenâ€™s Association, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, created a program to teach the insights and skills that can keep watermen on the water and supplement their incomes in a related new business. Watermen Heritage Tours
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offer up-close opportunities for everyone to viscerally understand how people make their living from the Chesapeake. Tours on the water range from tonging for oysters and crabbing adventures with trotlines and crab pots, to scenic kayak tours, to photography trips, sunset sails, and traditional skipjack charters. Land-based tours offer opportunities to learn about other aspects of the watermanâ€™s trade including the softshell crab industry, oyster seeding, and even traditional cooking. A map at watermenheritagetours. org shows where the tours are located along both sides of the Chesapeake Bay. Many tours can be customized to accommodate participantsâ€™ various interests and ages. More than entertaining, these authentic experiences help preserve a culture. Participating watermen have the insiderâ€™s perspective of the bay and how to make a living in a very demanding but delicate environment. Recent declines in catches have led many watermen to consider diversifying. â€œI take people out on a crabbing heritage tour and help them catch a couple dozen crabs the traditional way,â€? said Langley. â€œI also want another option for watermen, rather than having to catch an ever-growing quota of crabs or fish. That puts a lot of pressure on the Chesapeake Bay resource.â€?
Lighthouses and crabs aboard the Lisa Aboard the Lisa, a classic baybuilt, Coast Guard-certified workboat, Langley conducted 15 heritage tours last year, sharing his world with more than 150 people. Each trip begins in a dockside pavilion, with a brief rundown of the cruise destination and activities. He explains the traditional watermanâ€™s methods, their impact on the bayâ€™s ecology, and the industryâ€™s future. On the nearby pier, guests can try using traditional oyster tongs to claw and hoist the bivalves from the creek bed. Langleyâ€™s son, Cole, then backs the boat away from the dock and deftly navigates the narrow, twisting channel. Out on the open water, Cole points the Lisa toward the Point No Point lighthouse, two miles offshore. Langley uses the opportunity to talk about the history of Chesapeake Bay lighthouses and how they function.
From the Point No Point, Cole turns the Lisa south for the six-mile run to Point Lookout at the mouth of the Potomac River, Marylandâ€™s southernmost point of land. Langley explains that Point Lookout had been a beach resort but became a government hospital and the Civil Warâ€™s largest prisoner of war camp. The Point Lookout Lighthouse has achieved a reputation as one of this nationâ€™s most haunted lighthouses, perhaps inhabited by the spirits of Confederate prisoners who died in the camp. Unexplained sightings and noises within the structure were first recorded in the 1940s and 50s. Dr. Hans Holzer, a renowned parapsychologist from New York, visited the house in 1980 and remarked that â€œthis place is haunted as hell.â€? In 1998, The Learning Channel included Point Lookout in its popular documentary Haunted Lighthouses. Cole turns the Lisa back north and stops on the way into the mouth of St. Jeromes Creek so that Langley and his guests can pull some of his â€œ50 or soâ€? crab traps. Shaking out the catch, willing hands re-bait the traps and pitch them back over the side. The newly caught crabs can serve as the main course at a traditional meal back at the shore-side pavilion. The heritage tour program offers on-the-water and on-land tours that highlight the lives of the watermen, their communities, and the Chesapeakeâ€™s history. You can get a better understanding of the Bristish invasion of Southern Maryland in 1814 if you take a three-hour tour from Solomons Island with Bunkyâ€™s Charters that includes a visit to St. Leonards Creek, site of the largest naval engagement in Maryland history. Much of the scenery along the Patuxent River part of the cruise is little changed from the summer of 1814 when Commodore Joshua Barneyâ€™s flotilla challenged the mighty British Navy. Langley and the other participating watermen are very aware of the changes that have taken place on the bay. â€œWe canâ€™t keep treating the Chesapeake Bay as a commodity,â€? he says. â€œSuccess with the heritage tours does not depend on how many bushels you catch.â€?
For more information Watermen Heritage Tours: watermenheritagetours.org
A WEEKEND OF FANTASTIC FAMILY FUN
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SUNDAY 2 Friday and Saturday in Historic Leonardtown. Sunday, itâ€™s an entire peninsula of fun. Find it all just a short drive south of D.C. and Baltimore in St. Maryâ€™s County
FIRST FRIDAY IN LEONARDTOWN +2+,K Art Openings
Rum & Wine Tastings
SATURDAY IN LEONARDTOWN
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FREE Admission! Activities Include: Continuous Music on Multiple Stages Period Demonstrators Hands-on Action Historic Boats Invasion Route Excursions 1812 Street Theater Circus Performers Childrenâ€™s Entertainment 1812 Exhibits Tavern Tent Food Vendors And donâ€™t missâ€Ś The British Invasion Tribute Concert Saturday Evening!
1812 Living History Event at Sotterley Plantation
SUNDAY IN ST. MARYâ€™S Use the Passport for free admission to historic sites and attractions.
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Kernstown 1864: The Confederate victory that ended in defeat National Park Service
Gen. Jubal Early led Confederate forces to victory at the Second Battle of Kearnstown. National Park Service
Gen. George Crook led Union forces in the battle to be reenacted July 19-20.
We’ve all heard the time-honored adage on how “history repeats itself.” Indeed, one of the fascinating aspects of revisiting the past is discovering how closely one epic event may mirror that of another...up to a point. Consider the Battle of Kernstown, just south of Winchester, Va. No, not the first Battle of Kernstown, fought — and lost — by Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson on March 23, 1862, and regarded as the opening engagement of Jackson’s now legendary Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Instead, move on to July 1864. Jackson is gone, having crossed over the river the year before after being fatally wounded at Chancellorsville by his own men. Now, Gen. Jubal Early commands the Confederates, fighting to drive the Federals under Gen. George Crook from Virginia’s strategic valley. And on July 24, as the American Civil War enters its fourth year, Old Jube will succeed, routing Crook’s bluecoats back through Winchester and on toward the Potomac, stepping into Stonewall’s boots as it seemed, and heeding Jackson’s warning that if this valley is lost, Virginia is lost. Indeed, comparing Jackson’s Kernstown to Early’s Kernstown reveals several curious similarities. Both were fought on a Sunday. And both are considered opening engagements of notable military campaigns. Yet in both cases, the battle’s initial victor would ultimately lose the campaign. Despite a severe repulse at Kernstown in March of 1862, Jackson’s Confederates marched on to defeat four separate Union armies in five battles over 11 weeks, dramatically undermining the Union war effort against Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. Early’s stunning victory at Kernstown two years later would permit his troops to enter Pennsylvania, burning downtown Chambersburg in retaliation for Union Gen. David Hunter’s earlier Valley depredations. But, but more importantly, the victory would force Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to detach Gen. Phil Sheridan, his most aggressive commander, from the Petersburg siege lines to confront Early with overwhelming force.
Civil War 150th Commemorations C Second Battle of Kernstown: July 19-20 Third Battle of Winchester: Sept 19-20 Battle of Cedar Creek: Oct 18-19
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On July 19-20, during the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Second Battle of Kernstown, visit the Pritchard-Grim Farm and Battlefield Visitor Center, located in the heart of the Kernstown Battlefield. Also, tour the Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, which will be on site all weekend. For more vivid sights — and sounds — witness living history from the guns of the 10th West Virginia, two Confederate cavalry units, and sharpshooters from the 31st Georgia, all augmented by stunning artillery demonstrations. On Sunday, relax to live Civil War-era music played by the memory-making Shenandoah Valley Minstrels. Twice daily, period fashion shows on the steps of the Pritchard House will grab your fancy, with tours of the 1854 home commencing every hour, 10:00am-4:00pm. Walking tours of the Kernstown Battlefield will be held throughout the morning and afternoon each day, beginning at the visitor center.
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Insider tip: For a truly memorable souvenir of your day at Kernstown, secure your tintype image on the battlefield via a period photographer who will be on site. For a more detailed, revealing account of what happened on this ground 150 years ago, sign up for Saturday’s guided motor coach tour, featuring author/historian Scott C. Patchan and guest host Roderick Gainer, the U.S. Army historian at Arlington National Cemetery. Beginning with visits to Stephenson’s Depot, Rutherford’s Farm, Hupp’s Hill, and Opequon Church, the tour will conclude with a vivid recounting of the actual fighting on the very ground it happened. But register in advance, as seats are limited.
For more information Kernstown Battlefield Association: kernstownbattle.org Winchester Tourism: visitwinchesterva.com
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Civil War Briefs Grand Caverns Heritage Day
Grand Caverns near Grottoes, Va., honors the sesquicentennial with Heritage Day on June 7, 9:00am-4:00pm. Activities will include Civil War encampments, a visit from Virginia’s Civil War HistoryMobile, and a panel display called “An American Turning Point.” Living history exhibits such as soap making, old machinery, and apple butter boiling will take place throughout the day, as well as demonstrations by crafters. There is no charge for daytime activities. Discounted regular caverns tours will be available throughout the day. A candlelight tour and authentic ballroom dance will be held inside the caverns in the evening. (grandcaverns.com)
Trevilian Station Louisa County, Va., marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Trevilian Station with a reenactment weekend, June 21-22. Originally fought June 11-12, 1864, the battle was the largest all-cavalry engagement of the Civil War, involving more than 15,000 horse soldiers. Hundreds of cavalry horses, mounted reenactors, infantry, and sutlers will participate and there will be actual working Civil War telegraphy and field hospital demonstrations. The weekend includes living history talks, tours, entertainment, and demonstrations. Children will enjoy Civil War-era dancing and games. There also will be a grand parade of horsedrawn carriages on both days, and food and drink will be available all weekend. The Battle of Cold Harbor, originally fought in early June 1864 near Richmond, will also be reenacted during the weekend. (trevbattleva.com)
BELTWAY BBQ SHOWDOWN June 7, noon-7:00pm. Food demonstrations, Buck-A-Bone ribs, People’s Choice Sauce contest, live music, and beer and wine garden. Tucker Road Athletic Complex, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington, Md. pgparks.com FREDERICK FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS June 7-8. More than 100 regional artists display and sell their work in this juried two-day festival. Live music and food. Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick, Md. 301-662-4190, frederickartscouncil.org
ST. ANTHONY’S ITALIAN FESTIVAL June 8-15. Enjoy classical music and opera, live Italian and contemporary music, string bands, strolling minstrels, and traditional dance; artisans from Italy; carnival rides and games; and food. Wilmington, Del. stanthonysfestival.com
June 14 Flag Day June 15 Father’s Day
VIRGINIA BLUES AND JAZZ FESTIVAL June 13-15. Garth Newel Music Center, Hot Springs, Va. 877558-1689, vabluesfest.org
FLAG DAY CELEBRATION June 14, 11:00am-2:00pm. The Maryland Air Museum offers visitors an up-close visit to the museum’s outdoor flight line of airplanes as they climb into the pilot’s seat. Martin State Airport, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122, mdairmuseum.org MANASSAS WINE AND JAZZ FESTIVAL June 15, noon-7:00pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax on the pavilion lawn in Old Town Manassas with a bottle of wine and lunch from the gourmet food concessions, while listening to live jazz performances. Manassas Museum Lawn, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas, Va. visitmanassas.org
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
HERNDON FESTIVAL Through June 1. The festival features big name entertainment on three stages, a carnival, fireworks, children’s hands-on art area, and arts and crafts show. Downtown Herndon, Va. herndonfestival.net BLACKBEARD PIRATE FESTIVAL Through June 1. Interact with Blackbeard (personified by firstperson interpreter Ben Cherry) and more than 100 other authentically costumed pirate re-enactors as they run rampant on the streets of America’s oldest continuous English-speaking settlement. Downtown Hampton, Va. 757-727-1102, blackbeardfestival.com CAPITAL PRIDE Through June 8. The event brings together national and local LGBT organizations with more than 50 diverse educational and entertainment events. The highlights include a street festival and parade. The parade begins at 22nd St. and P St., NW, Washington, D.C. capitalpride.org CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL Through June 12. Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music, jazz, brass band, and Irish music, and Bach’s Lunches. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org RAVENS BEACH BASH WEEKEND June 1. Fans join Ravens players, coaches, cheerleaders, Playmakers, Poe, talent from 98Rock, and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend. Clarion Resort Hotel, 10100 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. 410-524-3535, clarionoc.com WILMINGTON GREEK FESTIVAL June 3-7, 11:00am-11:00pm. This event features authentic Greek food, homemade desserts, a regionally renowned orchestra, and the Terpsechorian Youth Folk dance group. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Wilmington, Del. greekfestde.com BEER, BOURBON, AND BBQ FESTIVAL June 6-7. The name speaks for itself. Lots of beer, bourbon, and barbecue. 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, Md. 877-6285427, nationalharbor.com CELEBRATE FAIRFAX June 6-8, 6:00-7:00pm. The 25-acre site is magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of more than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, crafters, and interactive activities. 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, Va. 703-324-3247, celebratefairfax.com NORFOLK HARBORFEST June 6-8. Includes tall ships and the Parade of Sails; the largest fireworks show on the East Coast; local, regional, and national entertainment; family activities; unique and unusual performances; and water activities. Waterside Dr., Norfolk, Va. 757441-2345, festevents.org SOURCE FESTIVAL June 6-29. An annual performing arts festival dedicated to showcasing new work from across the nation. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C. sourcefestival.org
MARYLAND TRADITIONS FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL June 14. A free celebration for all ages with music stages featuring jazz, doo-wop, West African dance and drum, gospel, and Irish, plus art making with the masters and headliner Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes. 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Md. 410-276-1651, msac.org TALL SHIPS AT CAPE CHARLES June 14-15, 9:00am-5:00pm. The tall ships will open their decks for public tours. Enjoy delectable food, refreshing beverages, and arts, crafts, and collectibles vendors, as well as music and entertainment by local performers. Cape Charles, Va. tallships capecharles.com DUPONT CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ FESTIVAL June 18-21. The free festival brings some of the most exciting jazz entertainers to the stage for a mix of traditional jazz performances punctuated by fusion funk, blues, and rock. Wilmington, Del. cliffordbrownjazzfest.com FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL June 19-22. Check website to view lineup and show times. Dover Speedway grounds, 1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, Del. 312-253-6545, fireflyfestival.com CHESAPEAKE CRAB AND BEER FESTIVAL June 21, 11:00am-3:00pm and 5:00-9:00pm. Thousands of crabs, lots of beer, arts and crafts, music, and family fun. Westshore Park, Baltimore, Md. 800-830-3976, mdcrabfest.com ALEXANDRIA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL June 21, noon-7:00pm. A lively showcase of local food and wine with a full day of entertainment including music, arts and craft exhibits, and children activities. John Carlyle Square, 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, Va. alexandriafoodandwine.com FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL June 21. Attendees will be sampling local wines alongside an assortment of cheeses, meats, fruits, and other “foodie” delights; live music. Hagerstown, Md. valleywinefest.com SAFEWAY BARBECUE BATTLE June 21-22. Barbecue and grilled taste treats of all kinds from around the country, two days of non-stop musical and family entertainment, cooking demonstrations by top national barbecue chefs, and America’s only National Barbecue Cooking Championship. Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. bbqdc.com SUMMER BREWFEST June 21-22, noon. More than 60 breweries will feature their best American-style beers. Entertainment includes live music and children’s activities such as face painting, air-brush tattooing, moon bounces, and rock climbing. Morven Park, 41793 Tutt Ln., Leesburg, Va. novabrewfest.com PAINT ANNAPOLIS June 23-28. A four-day juried plein air painting competition that draws artists and art enthusiasts from across the country. 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Md. 410-268-4566, mdfedart.com ORANGE COUNTY FAIR June 24-26. Old Gordonsville Road Fairgrounds, Orange County, Va. 540-661-5393, orangecountyvafair.com D.C. JAZZ FESTIVAL June 24-29. Features more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, D.C. Check website for participating venues. dcjazzfest.org
SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL June 25-29, July 2-6. Open daily 11:00am-5:30pm. Includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and discussions of cultural issues. National Mall, between 7th and 14th Sts., Washington, D.C. festival.si.edu CHINCOTEAGUE FIREMAN’S CARNIVAL June 27-28; July 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; and July 28-Aug. 2. Rides, food, fun. Carnival leads up to the world famous Pony Swim and Auction. Chincoteague, Va. chincoteaguechamber.com HAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL June 27-29. The nation’s top blues, soul, pop, and jazz performers. Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Dr., Hampton, Va. 757838-4203, hamptonjazzfestival.com VICTORIAN FAMILY FAIR June 28, 10:00am-4:00pm. The day features live musical performances, crafts, collectibles, living history characters, children’s activities, and refreshments. Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org. MID-ATLANTIC SEA GLASS FESTIVAL June 28-29. Features more than 70 sea glass artists, joined by other coastal artists, including decoy carvers and waterfowl artists. Also, enjoy live music. Lewes Historic Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, Del. 302-645-7670, historiclewes.org LITTLE LEVELS HERITAGE FAIR June 27-29. Hillsboro, W.Va. 800-336-7009, naturesmtnplayground.com/mtnevents
CHEVELLE SHOW June 27-28. Largest gathering of 1964-72 Chevelles and El Caminos on the East Coast; music and food. Walnut St., North East, Md. 410-287-5801, mdchevelleclub.com
NORTHERN VIRGINIA TOUR DE CURE June 1. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to stop diabetes. Reston Town Center, 1818 Discovery St., Reston, Va. 202-331-8303 ext. 4537, main. diabetes.org/site/tr/tourdecure AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION CYCLING CLASSIC June 7-8. The weekend’s festivities consist of various events for cycling professionals, amateurs, and spectators. June 7 at Clarendon Metro Stop and June 8 at 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington, Va. 202-966-0346, cyclingclassic.org HOO-HA CROSS COUNTRY RACE June 7-8. Check website for schedule. Massanutten’s Western Slope, Keezletown, Va. massresort.com LIFE’S A BEACH TRIATHALON June 14. The beach swim is 200 yards of “almost anything goes,” with racers allowed to use boogie boards, swim fins, mask and snorkels, water wings, and almost anything else to help them feel comfortable and have fun. 100 First St. S, Hampton, Va. 727422-1956, lifesabeachtriathlon.com
OLD-FASHIONED JULY 4TH PICNIC/CELEBRATION/FIREWORKS Friday,
July 4, 2014 Celebration starts at 11:00 a.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Westminster, MD and Kitchen Saver
• Artisan Demonstrations • Mule-Drawn Wagon Rides • Museum Tours • Uncle Sam with his Monkey, “Django” • Old-fashioned Children’s Games • Featuring the “Beach Bumz Band” and “Standard Delivery Combo” • Food & Crafts for sale • Hand Magic • Caricature Artist • Moon Bounce • Balloon Sculpture Admission from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: $5.00 perperson/ $10.00 per family Admission from 5:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Fireworks time: The Kiwanis club of Westminster will collect $5.00 a carload.
500 S. Center Street, Westminster, MD www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org • 410-386-3880 • 1-800-654-4645
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DISNEYâ€™S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST June 6-8. Belle and her enchanted entourage prove love conquers all in this family-favorite musical with an Oscar-winning score featuring â€œSomething Thereâ€? and â€œIf I Canâ€™t Love Her.â€? Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900, wolftrap.org
CAPITAL JAZZ FEST June 6-8. A showcase of live contemporary jazz music in America. 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia,Â Md. 410-715-5550, merriweathermusic.com
THE BFG June 25-Aug. 10. Integrates puppetry, rich visuals, and imaginative storytelling as Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant go on a magical journey to save the children of England. Imagination Stage, Â 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md. imaginationstage.org
ELTON JOHN June 12, 8:00pm. Elton John will be bringing his decades-thick book of hits to Farm Bureau Live this summer for a June 12 concert. 3550 Cellar Door Way, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-368-3000 CONCERT IN THE GARDEN June 25. A live musical evening in the gardens with Andrew Acosta and the new Old-Time String Band. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173, fairfaxcounty.gov/ parks/greenspring
Theater THE THREEPENNY OPERA Through June 1. Bertolt BrechtÂ andÂ Kurt Weillâ€™sÂ cutting and enduring critique of capitalism and corruption. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va. 571-527-1860, signaturetheatre.org WEST SIDE STORY June 3-8. West Side StoryÂ tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. thenationaldc.com
BLACK BOX: CAMILLE HENROT Through June 15. The first museum in the United States to present French artist Camille Henrotâ€™s Grosse Fatigue, an energetic and poetic 13-minute video on the creation of the world. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org CHARM CITY FILM FESTIVAL June 1 and 29. Creative Alliance presents six award-winning films from the U.S., Taiwan, Germany, Africa, and India that have premiered at the most renowned national and international LGBT film festivals. 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Md. 410-2761651, creativealliance.org AFI SILVERDOCS FILM FESTIVAL June 18-22. 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring,Â Md. 301-495-6720, afi.com/afidocs
Dance DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30-11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. fridaynightdance.org
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89th Annual Chincoteague, Virginia
CARNIVAL June 27, 28; July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 28 Raffle for boat, pony penning pkg, & NYC trip
(closed Sundays - Fireworks: 10pm, July 4
Fri., June 6 vs. Athletics, 7:05pm Sat., June 7 vs. Athletics, 7:15pm Sun., June 8 vs. Athletics, 1:35pm Mon., June 9 vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Tue., June 10 vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Wed., June 11 vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Thu., June 12 vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm Fri., June 13 vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm Sat., June 14 vs. Blue Jays, 4:05pm Sun., June 15 vs. Blue Jays, 1:35pm Mon., June 23 vs. White Sox, 7:05pm Tue., June 24 vs. White Sox, 7:05pm Wed., June 25 vs. Indians, 7:05pm Fri., June 27 vs. Rays, 7:05pm Sat., June 28 vs. Rays, 4:05pm Sun., June 29 vs. Rays, 1:35pm Mon., June 30 vs. Rangers, 7:05pm
Pony Roundup & Swim Wednesday, July 30, ponies swim on slack tide between 7am-1pm (approx.) Updated time of Pony Swim to be announced at the Carnival Grounds; Tuesday evening, July 29 Thursday, July 31 (8am-noon) Auction of Ponies
Information: (757) 336-6161
2015 Pony Swim: July 29, 2015 - Pony Auction: July 30, 2015
The Orioles play home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 West Camden St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Call 888-848-BIRD or visit baltimore.orioles. mlb.com.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT HOME Sun., June 1 vs. Rangers, 1:35pm Tue., June 3 vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Wed., June 4 vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Thu., June 5 vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Tue., June 17 vs. Astros, 7:05pm Wed., June 18 vs. Astros, 7:05pm Thu., June 19 vs. Braves, 7:05pm Fri., June 20 vs. Braves, 7:05pm Sat., June 21 vs. Braves, 7:15pm Sun., June 22 vs. Braves, 1:35pm Mon., June 30 vs. Rockies, 7:05pm
The Nationals play home games at Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC 20003. Call 202-397-SEAT (7328) or visit washington. nationals.mlb.com.
DC UNITED AT HOME
Sat., June 7 vs. Columbus, 7:00pm Sat., June 28 vs. Seattle, 7:00pm DC United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC 20003. Call 202-587-5000 or visit dcunited.com.
Featured Exhibitions GARRY WINOGRAND Through June 8. Revealing the full breadth of his art for the first time, Garry WinograndÂ brings together some 190 of the artistâ€™s most iconic images â€” many never before exhibited or reproduced. The National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh Sts. at Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, nga.gov GRAVITYâ€™S EDGE Through June 15. Spanning the period 1959-1978 and featuring works by canonical East Coast Color Field painters. The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave. and Seventh St., SW, Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, hirshhorn.si.edu FRONT ROOM: STERLING RUBY Through June 15. An exhibition of provocative soft sculptures by acclaimed artist Sterling Ruby. The Baltimore Museum or Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org PHOTOS, REAL AND IMAGINARY Through June 18. This special three-artist photography collection will highlight the unique views of the three top Northern Virginia photographers: Don Allen, David Rafalko, and JoAnn Woods.Â Liberty Tax Art Gallery, 8558-E Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va. 703268-5230, libertytax.com JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Through June 22. Held by the Berkeley Arts Council Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va. berkeleyartswv.org
THE WASHINGTON BALLET Call for performances and times. 3515 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 202-362-3606, washingtonballet.org
TRACY MORGAN June 6, 9:00pm. The hilarious comedian-actor-writer-producer who honed his comedic chops and achieved fame onÂ Saturday Night Live. Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, Del. 302-674-4600, doverdowns.com
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A new gang of dinosaurs is coming to the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Va., this summer. DINOS LIVE!, for the first time, brings the lifelike creations of Billings Productions, North Americaâ€™s leading producer of animatronic dinosaurs, to the museum, May 24-Sept. 1. Tremble at a growling Tyrannosaurus rex; watch an Edmontosaurus mother tend her brood; see Euoplocephalus, built like a military tank and weighing three tons; and view Styracosarus, one of the most spectacular of the horned reptiles. The dinosaur that highlights the link between non-avian dinosaurs and birds is the Citipati, whose spectacular head crest is similar to that of a modern cassowary. Each animatronic dinosaur is powered by a pneumatic system and fitted with its own electronic â€œbrainâ€? to activate and control fluid movements and prehistoric sounds. The frames are covered with detailed foam rubber skin to simulate their lifelike appearance with bony horns, sharp claws, and blade-like teeth. Also new this summer is Fossil Find, a tented outdoor dinosaur excavation area. Amateur paleontologists can search through a mound of fossilfilled sediment and then take home real fossils. Step back in time 65 million years with DINOS LIVE! Learn and appreciate the worldâ€™s prehistoric past and uncover its lessons for our planetâ€™s future. Through Labor Day, the museum is open 9:00am-5:00pm daily. Adult admission is $17, children ages 3-12 are $13. (thevlm.org)
MODERN GERMAN PRINTS AND DRAWINGS Through June 29. The exhibition explores themes of human life and passion, the place of man in nature, and the urbanization of society. The National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh Sts. at Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, nga.gov
KINGSLEY SCHOOLHOUSE FREE TOURS June 28, noon-4:00pm. Enjoy free interpretive tours of this historic 19th-century one-room schoolhouse. Come learn what school was like in Montgomery County back in the 1920s. Little Bennett Regional Park Kingsley Parking Area, Clarksburg Rd., Clarksburg, Md. historyintheparks.org
BEAUTY IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE Through July 27. The exhibition explores contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum
OAKLEY CABIN MUSEUM AND PARK FREE TOURS June 28, noon-4:00pm. Guided tours, living history demonstrations, crafts, and activities for children will be available. Enjoy tours of the historic cabin and learn about the African-American experience after the Civil War. Oakley Cabin African-American Museum and Park, 3610 Brookeville Rd., Olney, Md. historyintheparks.org
RALPH FASANELLA: LEST WE FORGET Through Aug. 3. Brings together 19 of the artist’s most significant paintings and eight sketches on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Sts., NW, Washington, D.C. americanart.si.edu ARCHITECTURAL BOOKS Through Aug. 17. Some books survey a variety of architectural works, while others focus on a specific building. National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh Sts. at Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C .202-737-4215, nga.gov A REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT Through Oct. More than 30 vivid paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture present an overview of the revolutionary art movement that flourished in Germany. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, artbma.org RYAN MCGINNESS: STUDIO VISIT Through Oct. 19. The exhibit will explore this contemporary artist’s creative process for his 2009 painting “Art History Is Not Linear.” The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum BASEBALL AND BECOMING AN AMERICAN Through Oct. 26. Features more than 130 original objects, including game-worn uniforms, game-used objects, correspondence, newspaper accounts, board games, awards, baseball cards, signed baseballs, Jewish ritual objects, and ballpark giveaways. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E., Philadelphia, Pa. 215-923-3811, nmajh. org PTEROSAURS: FLIGHT IN THE AGE OF DINOSAURS Through Jan. 4. Highlights the latest research by museum scientists and leading paleontologists around the world and features rare pterosaur fossils and casts from Italy, Germany, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., New York, N.Y. 212-769-5100, amnh.org VIDEO ART EXHIBITION June 6-Oct. 12. The first museum exhibition to focus on women’s impact on the field of video art. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. nmwa.org FRONT ROOM: SETH ADELSBERGER June 29-Nov. 2. A variety of luminescent and textured paintings from Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger demonstrates the artist’s innovative approaches to painting over the past five years. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
History FASHION IN COLONIAL VIRGINIA June 1-30. From leather to linen, explore how clothing of the period was fashioned during an interpretive theme month with hands-on activities. Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Va., and The Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Va. 757-253-4838, historyisfun.org RAIDERS AND INVADERS WAR OF 1812 WEEKEND June 6-8. Music, street theater, boat excursions, vendors, demonstrations, food, brews, and fun along the waterfront. Washington St., Leonardtown, Md. 301-475-4200, ext. 1404, raidersandinvaders.com D-DAY PARADE June 7, 10:00pm-noon. Antique cars, bands, veterans, living historians, and more will parade through town. East Main and Bridge Sts., Bedford, Va. 540-586-3329, dday.org THE 1812 FAIR AND REENACTMENT June 21-22. Step back in time to experience life during the War of 1812. This two-day spectacular features battle reenactments, living history, music, dance, vendors, and food. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, Md. 410-586-8501, jefpat.org
HERITAGE DAYS AT THE HARPER 1870S HOMESTEAD June 28-29, 10:00am-4:00pm. Experience how one family lived in the post-emancipation period by raising chickens, grinding their own grain, and living off of the environment. Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Md. historyintheparks.org A WALK IN FATHER HENSON’S FOOTSTEPS June 29, noon-4:00pm. Retrace the footsteps of the Rev. Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Walk the grounds where Henson toiled as a slave on the Isaac Riley Plantation. Josiah Henson Park, 11420 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda, Md. historyintheparks.org OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, pgparks.com MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Rt. 197 and Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376
Lectures/Workshops/Classes FREE AVIATION LECTURE SERIES June 2, 7:00pm. Presenter Rick Davis will talk about his Martin Marlin (P5M) aircraft deployment in the Cold War. Lockheed Martin Auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd., Middle River, Md. 410682-6122 WOMEN OF CIVIL WAR RICHMOND WALKING TOUR June 14, 10:30am-noon. Stroll through the heart of the Confederate capital and hear the stories of Richmond women, from daring spies and devoted nurses to star-crossed lovers and captivating socialites. American Civil War Museum, Richmond, Va. 855-649-1861, ext. 121, moc.org WOMEN AT WAR June 22, 1:00pm. Join a costumed historical interpreter in exploring the means and motivations of women who disguised themselves as men in order to fight alongside their brothersin-arms. American Civil War Museum, Richmond, Va. moc.org 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 Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, artbma.org SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880, carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org
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TOURS CAPE MAY, NJ 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. 410-675-6750, preservationsociety.com NIKE-AJAX MISSILE SITE N-75 WALKING TOUR Through Nov. The program begins with a short presentation followed by a walking tour of this site which contains the original barracks, mess hall, administration and recreation building, officer/non-commissioned officer family housing, fueling area, and underground missile magazines. Isle of Wight, Va. 757-3570115, historicisleofwight.com WALKING THROUGH TIME TOUR June 7 and 21, July 12 and 26, Aug. 9 and 23, and Sep. 13. Learn about the life and personalities of the City of Fairfax in this 90-minute guided walking tour through the Old Town Fairfax National Register Historic District. Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, Fairfax, Va. 703-385-8414, historicfairfax.org SUITLAND BOG TOURS June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sep. 13, 10:00am-2:00pm. This bog is now a unique wetland within the Washington Metropolitan Area. Suitland, Md. 301-627-7755, pgparks.com GUIDED TOUR OF BROWN’S ISLAND June 14, noon. Museum educator Sean Kane will lead a walk over to Brown’s Island, a small island near Tredegar that played a significant role during the Civil War as the location of the Confederate States Laboratory. American Civil War Museum, Richmond, Va. moc.org LEWES GARDEN TOUR June 21. Private and public gardens in and around Lewes, Del. leweschamber.com
O THER REHOBOTH BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK June 1-6. Check website for participating restaurants in Rehoboth, Del. downtownrehoboth.com KIDS’ FISHING DAY June 7, 8:30am-noon. Fishing demonstrations and instructions for ages 15 and under. National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, Md. 301-497-5887, fws.gov/northeast/patuxent LEARN TO FLY DAY June 7, 10:00am-3:00pm. See airplanes, helicopters, and gliders up close; enjoy lunch at Airways Inn Restaurant; and get information on learning to fly. 310 Aviation Way, Frederick, Md. 301695-2000, aopa.org CLEAN THE BAY DAY June 7, 9:00am-noon. Individuals, groups, and organizations help to cleanup Chesapeake’s waterways. 1224 Progressive Dr., Suite 200, Chesapeake, Va. 757-382-6411 DEW TOUR June 26-29. This event is a professional action sports tour involving BMX, skateboarding, and surfing. At the Boardwalk and Wicomico St. Pier, Ocean City, Md. 800-626-2326, ococean.com/ events/dew-tour
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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GUIDED HIKES June 28, 9:00am-1:00pm. Hikers learn about various techniques that “freedom seekers” used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way north to freedom. Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring, Md. historyintheparks. org
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Commemorating the crucial Battle of Monocacy this July Climactic Frederick, Md., fight saved the nation’s capital National Park Service
Visitors to Frederick, Md., this July shouldn’t be surprised to hear the boom of a cannon or to get a tap on the shoulder from a Confederate soldier seeking ransom money. It’s all part of the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Monocacy, and you can become a part of history by joining in the area’s many related events.
The battle that saved Washington, D.C.
Gen. Lew Wallace faced Confederate Gen. Jubal Early at Monocacy.
The July 9, 1864, Battle of Monocacy was the climatic outcome of Confederate Gen. Jubal Early’s raid on Maryland. This final invasion of the north was the Confederates’ attempt to distract Union forces and march toward a largely unguarded Washington, D.C. “The Confederates didn’t think they
were going to meet with any resistance. They were greatly surprised,” says Jeremy Murphy, chief ranger at Monocacy National Battlefield. On the beautiful farmland just outside Frederick, Union Gen. Lew Wallace anticipated the threat and marshaled his forces, slowing Early down until troops around the capital could be reinforced. Meanwhile, as Early’s troops passed through, they demanded — and received — ransom money from Frederick and surrounding towns.
Remembering at Monocacy Monocacy National Battlefield will kick off its commemoration activities on July 5, with programs for all ages, most of them free, happening through July 13. “This is going to be much bigger than anything we’ve ever done here,” Murphy says. At the visitor center, folks will find a Youth Activity Tent; Battle Orientation talks; and infantry, artillery, and cavalry demonstrations. Visitors will also have the opportunity to mingle with living historians and, on July 9, can choose from a variety of real-time battlefield hikes. The story of the conflict will come alive in programs throughout the battlefield, including at the Worthington House Cellar, where a six-year-old boy peeked through a window to witness the battle, and Gambrill Mill, which went from mill to makeshift field hospital in a matter of hours.
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Reenactors fire artillery pieces.
Huzzah for the home front Just two miles from the battlefield,
downtown Frederick visitors can expect to travel back in time for a glimpse of life on the home front in 1864. Liz Shatto, who promotes the area’s Civil War connections, suggests starting with “Huzzah for Liberty!” at the Museum of Frederick County History. “The exhibit is a great complement to the Civil War history, and the actual ransom document will be on display,” she says. The ransom will be the theme of “Frederick Ransomed! 1864: The Final Invasion,” taking place on July 5 from 3:00-9:00pm on Patrick, Market, and Church streets. Shatto says, “We’ll have lots going on, including a brass band and re-enactors who will be seeking help raising the ransom.” The history museum offers the Civil War Mayhem Walking Tour on June 28 and July 26 at 7:00pm. On the walk you’ll discover what it was like to live in Frederick during the chaos of the Civil War, when loyalties were questioned and lives were on the line. While in Frederick, check out the National Museum of Civil War Medicine on East Patrick Street for one of the nation’s foremost exhibits of period medical care. Insider tip: Brewer’s Alley, on North Market Street, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will be premiering the latest Civil War brew, available at Brewer’s Alley on July 5, and bottled on July 8. The new brew, aptly named Ransom, is a Gose beer and described as “tart and refreshing.”
Other activities Hagerstown, Md., marks its own
Saved by ransom from the Confederate
torch 150 years ago, just before “the battle that saved Washington,” you can visit the historic towns of Middletown and Frederick, plus Monocacy National Battlefield.
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ransom experience on July 4 at the Hagerstown archeology programs, and talks on Gen. Lew Wallace and emancipation. Fairgrounds with a full size replica of the CSS Hunley submarine, living history, and museum artifacts. It’s all followed by the city’s annual July 4th For more information celebration and fireworks. Frederick Co. Tourism: Also over the July 4th weekend, Harpers Ferry visitfrederick.org/civil-war-150th National Historical Park marks its role in the preHeart of the Civil War: lude of the Battle of Monocacy and in helping to heartofthecivilwar.org delay Jubal Early’s 1864 march on Washington. Monocacy National Battlefield: nps.gov/mono Activities include living history, ranger programs, and family/youth activities. The following weekend, July 12-13, Rose Hill Manor Park in Frederick hosts living history encampments, demonstrations, artillery, sutlers, hands-on activities for children, and manor tours. Middletown also commemorates its ransom on July 12 from 10:00am5:00pm with a living history ransom program, walking tours, new interpretive exhibits, period music, dancing, docentled carriage rides, and local food and wine. The end of slavery in Maryland will be comDeer Creek Fiddlers’ Convention Taneytown Wine and Jazz Festival memorated July 12-13 Carroll County Farm Museum Taneytown Memorial Park at Monocacy National Westminster Taneytown Battlefield, with U.S. ColJune 14 | 9:30am–8:30pm June 21 | 11:00am–4:00pm ored Troops living histo800-272-1933 | www.CarrollCountyTourism.org rians, musical concerts,
Carroll County offers an experience at every turn
Calvert County War of 1812 Bicentennial
There’s always something new to see and do in Calvert County, Maryland.
Don’t miss these upcoming events.
Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of St. Leonard Creek, June, 1814
Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22, 2014 Tall Ship Invasion
14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, Maryland www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
Participating Tall Ships
• Kalmar Nyckel, Wilmington, DE • Sultana, Chestertown, MD
• Pride of Baltimore II, Baltimore, MD • The Dove, St. Mary’s City, MD
1812 Fair and Re-enactment
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, Maryland 410-586-8501 www.jefpat.org
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Children’s Day on the Farm www.jefpat.org
North Beach House & Garden Club Tour and Art Show www.northbeach.org
Southern Maryland Sun & Music Festival www.somdsunmusicfest.org
Nature’s ARTcade www.calvertparks.org
Patuxent River Wade-In www.jefpat.org
Chili in the Garden and Tobacco Trail Antique Auto Meet www.annmariegarden.org
Eat•Drink•Go Local North Beach www.northbeachmd.org
End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival www.endhunger.org
Fireworks over the Bay www.chesapeake-beach.md.us
Solomons Fourth of July Celebration www.solomonsmaryland.com
Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge Regatta www.solomonsmaryland.com
Calvert Marine Museum
Free Open Ship Tours Saturday, 9-11 a.m. Public Sails! Wednesday-Sunday
FREE Event: Battle Re-enactments, Living History, Period Sports, Dance, Music, Lectures, Sutlers, Food, Drink, Crafters, Military Encampments, and so much more!
Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
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This event is a joint project of the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce and has been financed in part with state funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
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Step right into the 19th century in Petersburg and Va.’s Retreat You may know that Petersburg, Va., just south of Richmond, endured the longest military siege ever on American soil. A quote from Leverette Bradley, a Union soldier with the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, says a lot: “I would not believe before I came here that man was capable of enduring so much.”
Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was determined to destroy the rail lines that supplied the Confederacy, and five of those significant railroads converged in Petersburg. In 1864, Grant moved to tie a noose around Petersburg to starve Richmond, the Confederate capital. This was the beginning the Siege of Petersburg. During the siege,
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this commercially important Virginia town was pummeled by artillery and rifle fire for nearly 10 months. Plaques on many buildings indicate they were hit by artillery during the siege. (Southside Railway Depot, built in 1858, amazingly still looks today like it does in Civil War-era photographs.) The Siege Museum, created in 1972, originally was built as a commodities exchange and was a symbol of Petersburg’s commercial success. The museum’s focus is on the civilian experience in Petersburg during the Civil War. Exhibits help visitors understand what the constant bombardment meant for those civilians. Old Towne Petersburg is so compact and well preserved that it’s easy to grasp the hardship its residents suffered. Centre Hill Museum is a 19th-century mansion that displays how 1 percent of the population lived. Visitors should note the three styles of architecture, original millwork, and period antiques and artifacts. Blandford Church, erected in 1735 as a colonial parish church on the city’s highest, is one of seven churches in the nation where every window is a work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Every year on June 9, the church’s Ladies Memorial Association conducts a service commemorating the Battle of the Old Men and Young Boys who, on June 9, 1864, successfully defended the city during the first Union Army attack. The Petersburg Visitors Center is located in the Historic Farmers Bank, the state’s oldest bank that was actually built as a bank. From here, visitors can take a walking tour that makes Petersburg’s historic buildings and characters come alive. A part of the city is known as Pocahontas, for it was once Powhattan Indian land. The largest community of free blacks lived here prior to the Civil War, too. After touring, visitors can duck into an eatery, such as Parsley & Moran, right next door to the Oak Antique Mall, or the Blue Willow Tea Room. At Penniston’s Alley Antiques, adjacent to the Blue Willow Tea Room, there is a Petersburg Collection of Beyer’s Choice Carolers, handblown German ornaments, and other unique items. Modern-day “reconstructionists” have seized a once tornadoravaged Old Town Petersburg and rebuilt it into a thriving arts community filled with galleries, music venues, Where 19th-century culture mingles with the ghosts and restaurants. This of the Lincoln assassination story. vibrant scene includes the Petersburg Area Art 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735 League galleries and is Phone: 301-868-1121 contained within about www.surrattmuseum.org 10 blocks of almost
exclusively red brick buildings that survived the Civil War siege.
Visit the battlefields The Petersburg National Battlefield operates units east and west of here. On July 30, rangers will mark the Battle of the Crater with special talks and military demonstrations. The National Park Service’s Five Forks Battlefield, west of Petersbsurg in Dinwiddie County, and the privately owned Pamplin Park and Museum of the Civil War Soldier, tell compelling stories of the breakthrough that led to the war’s end. Pamplin Park, which holds a Civil War Discovery Camp on June 21, shows a real family’s antebellum plantation life. Will Greene, executive director, said that “Pamplin’s property includes some of the best preserved earthworks anywhere.” The high-tech exhibits at the museum offer sights and sounds of battle and personal diary accounts of soldiers. A new exhibit depicts the experience of a wounded soldier.
in southside Virginia in 1864. The Virginia’s Retreat partnership provides helpful driving tour information through farmland and small towns along the trail. The Battle of Staunton Bridge, where once again the “old men and young boys” of the community defeated Union cavalry, will be commemo-
rated at the state battlefield park, June 21-22, near the Charlotte County home of American Revolution firebrand Patrick Henry.
Learn more Virginia’s Retreat: varetreat.com
History and more The groundbreaking Lee’s Retreat: Petersburg to Appomattox Civil War Trail spurred 13 localities in the commonwealth to form “Virginia’s Retreat.” This partnership promotes the area’s remarkable history, as well as its outdoor recreation opportunities on lakes, rivers, and state parks; its cycling, kayaking, and race-car driving events; and its arts, music, and local festivals. Coming up are the Wine and Roses Festival on June 7 at the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens and the Virginia Cantaloupe Festival on June 13 in Halifax. The Wilson-Kautz Civil War Trail highlights the Union cavalry raids that disrupted railroad depots
The Siege Museum focuses on the impact of the siege on the civilian population and was originally the commodities exchange.
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Outdoor recreation abounds in the Columbia-Montour region Enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, and camping adventures Columbia and Montour counties in central Pennsylvania partner to provide some of the best recreation activities in the entire Keystone State. Great weather means it’s a great time to head to the area for horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, and camping along the Susquehanna River. Both counties are easily accessible from I-80 and are located about 160 miles, or approximately three hours, northwest of Baltimore.
Horseback adventures You’ll definitely savor the horseback adventures offered by Brace’s Stables, located near Benton. Personable Katie Brace grew up around horses and traces her history back to a long line of horse enthusiasts. Brace and her crew make sure every level of equestrian from novice to experienced riders feel right at home on her welltrained, gentle horses. Participants receive instruction before the rides and additional Brace’s Stables provides adventures on land while Susquehanna River Adventures gets you on the water in the Columbia-Montour region.
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Sentimental Journey Fly-in brings aviation history to life Concerts and theater also summer highlights in Clinton County From 1937 to 1984, the city of Lock Haven, Pa., was an employment hub for people of the surrounding areas because of the Piper Aircraft Corporation. While Piper Cubs are no longer manufactured there, the Sentimental Journey event brings a bit of local history back to the area. “The Piper Aircraft Corporation,” says Peter Lopes, who promotes Clinton County, “was known as ‘the Henry Ford of aviation history’ and the manufactured plane was known as ‘the plane that taught the world to fly.’ Two out of three aviators learned to fly in Piper aircraft. They were easy to operate and cheap to own.” Aviation history will be brought back to life June 17-21 for the 29th Annual Sentimental Journey flyin. Last year, more than 350 pilots from around the globe flew their cherished Piper Cub aircraft — and others bearing names such as Cherokee, Aztec, Cheyenne, Comanche, Navajo, and Pawnee — over the
skies of Lock Haven. Filling the sky with shades of yellow, these aviation enthusiasts later showed off their aircraft for public viewing at the William T. Piper Memorial Airport field. A daily Flightplan pass is available for $8 per adult and $4 for ages 13-17. Activities include seminars, displays, fly-bys, live bands, tours, and a corn roast. (sentimentaljourneyfly-in.com)
Piper Aviation Museum Onsite in the former Piper Aircraft engineering building, the Piper Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Piper Aircraft. “The relics and people who worked here (at Piper) are what we at the museum wish to preserve,” says former Piper engineer, John Bryerton. “The facility includes a searchable, research aviation library.” Vintage airplanes command your attention once inside the vast museum layout. There are many static
and archival history displays, as well as interactive displays such as the flight simulator that allows you to practice taking-off in and landing your own Piper plane. The museum is open daily. Admission is $6 per adult and $3 for ages 7-15. (pipermuseum.com)
Concerts on the river The west branch of the Susquehanna River flows mightily through the city of Lock Haven. Along the top of the levee built to protect the city from flooding, a 2.25mile river walk provides a fun, active way to run, walk, or meander from Lock Haven University to the Piper Airport. Along the way an amphitheater provides seating for the Concerts on the River series every Sunday evening at 6:30pm during the summer. Boats and canoes also dot the water to listen to the concerts from the floating stage.
Summer theater Millbrook Playhouse is a barn theater that has operated as a professional summer stock theater since 1963. The playhouse has staged hundreds of plays in this climatecontrolled setting. This summer, the family-friendly The Wizard of Oz kicks off the season on June 12-15 and 18-22 featuring the songs Over the Rainbow and Munchkinland. Happy Days, a New Musical, based on the ABC-TV series set in 1959 Milwaukee, features Richie, Fonzie, varsity sweaters, hula hoops, and jukeboxes. It plays June 27-29 and July 2-6. Later summer shows include Little Shop of Horrors, Biloxi Blues, and Rounding Third. (millbrook playhouse.org)
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All-ages fun to be had along the Monongahela River Greene County is tucked into the extreme southwest corner of Pennsylvania and, throughout its existence, has been defined by its natural beauty. Located south of Pittsburgh, and bordered on two sides by West Virginia, Greene County has the rolling topography of the Appalachian Mountains and quiet solitude for those looking to escape the hustle of urban life. And that’s exactly the appeal Greene County tourism officials are looking to bank on. A consortium of Greene County communities located along the Monongahela River are trying to tie tourism to this major waterway. The Monongahela — or “Mon” as the locals call it — flows north to Pittsburgh joining with the Allegheny River to form the Ohio River. The Mon also forms the eastern border of Greene County. Along with acting as a natural outdoor recreation magnet, the Monongahela River has defined the communities along its banks for generations. Boroughs like Greensboro and Rices Landing have historic ties to the river. “It focuses the river as a recreational destination,” said Elizabeth Menhart, who promotes the county.
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Jumping off for river adventures The riverside communities are also great jumping-off points for river adventures, with outfitters, boat launches, Communities along the Monongahela River in Greene County tie tourism to the river they share.
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Gettysburg Festival packs more activities into fewer days Seventh season retains popular activities The Gettysburg Festival is changing it up a bit as it returns for its seventh season, June 11-15, in the historical Pennsylvania town. While the festival will be shorter than prior versions, it still packs 50 live performances on seven stages and seven art shows into the five-day run. And that doesnâ€™t include the culinary arts, youth, and fringe events. Musical acts include rock, bluegrass, classical, brass, and country, with singer/songwriter Eric Paslay headlining Thursday. The Secret Garden (The Musical) will be presented several times during the festival. The Blues BBQ returns with delicious â€˜cue and all the fixinâ€™s, followed by the roots/ blues music of Nate Myers and Octavia. While most venues are on the campus of Gettysburg College, Sunday brings Stephen Lang and his one-man show Beyond Glory to the stage of the
historic Majestic Theatre. Land, a stage and screen star, presents the stories of eight different Medal of Honor recipients from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering first-hand accounts of valor which resulted in the nationâ€™s highest military award. Insider tip: This would make a great Fatherâ€™s Day gift. Fine art, photography, and plein air exhibits and activities dot the streets and galleries of Gettysburg. The popular History Meets the Arts event brings festival-goers face to face with 40 painters, sculptors, artisans, and award-winning authors. The event features original paintings, sculpture, contemporary-made 18th-century period accoutrements, author and artist presentations and signings, and music.
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help along the way. Choose from guided corral rides to wilderness rides and horseback camping parties. Pony rides are available for children. Braceâ€™s trail rides include the approximately one-hour, four-mile Creek Ride, where riders take a leisurely trip to Fishing Creek and back enjoying a shaded tour of the beautiful riparian countryside. Thereâ€™s also a Mountain Ride that uses an old logging trail and a switchback trail to gently climb the nearby mountainside. The mountain tour passes through sylvan forests with various breaks to observe breathtaking vistas. A third ride, the Falls Ride, is a six-mile exciting trail ride that travels part way up the mountain to picturesque Sullivan Falls. Insider tip: When you go, be sure to dress for the weather and wear
Family-owned Susquehanna River Adventures based along the Susquehanna River in Bloomsburg provides river adventures. Owner Chris Ehmer and his family have 40 years of experience on the river. Ehmer has more than 40 acres of privately owned island property for camping and fishing in the middle of the river. The private seasonal campsites allow guests a bit more leeway than most government or public campgrounds. Visitors can bring their own equipment or rent gear from Susquehanna River Adventures. The Susquehanna River and the islands are home to bald eagles, beavers, deer, otters, wild turkeys, and many other Pennsylvania wildlife species. The island sites are close to civilization, but also provide wilderness opportunities for outdoor adventurers. â€œWe have one of the most unique
The Edible Art Tour makes use of all five art venues on the Gettysburg College campus to present mouth-watering culinary creations by the areaâ€™s leading chefs and popular restaurants. Thereâ€™s also a Victorian Tea at Beech Springs Farm served in a beautifully restored 1867 barn by living historians. Sixty lucky guests will be treated to three teas and a delicious five-course meal along with a lighthearted look at just how seriously the Victorians took their tea. There are also a variety of youth art exhibitions and activities. The Fringe Festival features arts, Civil War encampments, and a host of additional activities. Tickets and information are available at gettysburgfestival.org
kayak experiences on the Susquehanna River,â€? Ehmer said. â€œOur private islands and our personal catering to the visitorsâ€™ every need makes our adventure a one-of-a-kind experience.â€? Susquehanna River Adventuresâ€™ guided river tours operate rain or shine during late spring, summer, and early fall. The outfitter transports your gear to the island campsites. This eliminates the possibility of an unexpected dump in the river that results in wet gear. A dip in the river is refreshing, but wet equipment will ruin an otherwise perfect outing.
Insider tip: If you go during spring or fall, avoid wearing cotton garments. Cotton absorbs moisture and in turn chills the body. Dress in layers with wicking undergarments, a middle layer of fleece, and an outer garment that will block the wind and keep out rain.
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Rockin’ in Delaware at Dover’s Firefly Music Festival The rock band Foo Fighters, the hip hop group Outkast, and folk rock singer Jack Johnson will headline the Firefly Music Festival, June 19-22 in Dover, Del. The festival, just in its third year, has grown so popular that it added an extra day this year to the schedule. Imagine Dragons, the Lumineers, Beck, Weezer, and Third Eye Blind are among the more than 100 artists and bands that will entertain. Some groups are returning from past years, including Girl Talk, Grouplove, Twenty-One Pilots, Big Gigantic, and the White Panda. “We have a large indie/rock-centric presence, but also offer a very well-rounded lineup,” according to Jordan Diehl of Red Frog Events, a Chicago-based production company that puts on the festival. Last year, some 65,000 fans from all over the country and world
attended the event, with the highest concentration from East Coast cities, including Baltimore and Washington.
Why is Firefly so special? Besides booking acts that fans want to see, Diehl says it’s the festival setting that is so compelling. The event is held at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, a 90mile drive from Washington. The Woodlands is a 154-acre property adjacent to the NASCAR track. “The festival is surrounded on all sides by woods, green grass, and lush trees, which all make for an ideal setting for watching your favorite artist,” says Diehl. There are seven outdoor stages, including the Porch Stage, a pavilion.
A blanket on the grass is among seating options for enjoying the music. The name “Firefly” was chosen as the festival name because it conjures up a vision of “a perfect, epic summer night spent outside with a group of friends,” says Diehl. Beyond the music, there are many other on-site activities, she says. “There are Hammock Hangouts, where you can take a break to relax among the woods; The Brewery, where you can sample Dogfish Head brews while watching live sports; and the Arcade, where you can play vintage video games for free.” Dogfish Head Brewery, a festival partner, created a special brew for the festival, called Firefly Ale. There are lots of food and beverage options available, ranging from traditional festival food to vegan and gluten-free options, plus a farmers market, according to Diehl.
The Woodlands has camping facilities for tents and campers, plus offers “Glamorous Camping”--tents with amenities provided by the staff, she says. Camping and ticket packages are available. Lodgings also can be found at several hotels in the area. Tickets are available only through the festival’s website, fireflyfestival. com, where you can also find Treehouse sessions, videos that introduce listeners to new and upcoming music performed by Firefly artists.
European traders for more than 5,000 years. Starting on the banks of the Monongahela at Greensboro, the trail runs west to the West Virginia line. Boaters — even the human-powered kind — can take advantage of several public boat launches on the Monongahela River, including in Greensboro and Rices Landing. For Bill McCormick, who owns a bed and breakfast along the Monongahela, the river is a destination in its own right. McCormick’s Captain’s Watch Inn has a canoe and kayak available for guests, and every year the hotel hosts kayak clubs who want a comfortable destination after a day out on the water. “We also just like to set out on the porch and watch the river go by,” he said. The two homes that make up the Captain’s Watch property were built in the 1850s by the owner of the Greensboro Pottery Company. McCormick, who acquired the property in 2000, has restored much of the original charm. “Folks want to get off the beaten path,” he said. “You go back in time when you come here.” “You can bring the whole family for activities in Greene County,” Minhart said. “It is all-ages fun. We have beautiful scenery, and we are a great place for people looking to get out in the country.”
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restaurants, and hotels. The Mon also ties communities together, and the River Town Program initiative helps brand the region as a destination, said Ryan Belski, mayor of Rices Landing. “We tried to combine the communities in our promotional efforts to emphasize their common strengths,” said Belski, who is also the organizer of the two-day Riverfest, to be held June 14-15, that features music, vendors, games, and fireworks. RiverFest is just one of the events and festivals that can be used as the starting point for a weekend getaway. The Rain Day Celebration takes place July 29 in Waynesburg. The county also hosts two county fairs — true community staples in many rural communities — along with a week-long celebration of bituminous coal, the black rock that was a foundation of Greene County industry. The summer events wind down in late August with Art on the Mon, hosted by the Nathanael Greene Historical Foundation. Regardless of the event or activity, Greene County is a great place for families to get away and experience some country quiet or an active weekend, Menhart said. The Warrior Trail follows paths used by Native American and early
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Footloose in West Virginia Two theaters in Elkins offer song-and-dance variety shows
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Performers entertain with music and comedy at the American Mountain Theater.
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How to be a bathing beauty Itâ€™s bathing suit weather! Many of us dread buying that new swimsuit. Unless youâ€™re a size 2, you see yourself as having figure flaws. Nevertheless, there are some dropdead-gorgeous and eye-catching new bathing suits this season. The trick to purchasing a new swimsuit that youâ€™ll love is to find the right look for your body type. By learning some ways to move the eye away from figure flaws, your best attributes can be shown off. You can create a different body image just by making the right choice in swimsuits. Women with pear-shaped bodies need to draw attention away from their hips. Show off body parts that are more attractive and accentuate the top part of the body. If necessary, use some padding. Wear bold colors on the top and dark ones on the bottom. If you have the opposite problem, wear a skirted or boy-shorts bottom. Choose a suit with a print down the center and black panels on the sides. If you are top heavy, youâ€™ll want to balance out your figure. Fuller-cut
bottoms, such as boy shorts or skirts, can achieve this goal. Make sure you have good support on top. If you are the same size on top and bottom, the trick is to create a waist. Choose thicker straps and a deep Vneck top. Wear higher cut swimsuits to make your legs look longer. Cyâ€™s Swimwear in Catonsville, Md., is a great place to buy a new suit. Owner Marvin Meyer works with his daughters, Shelley Dobbs and Karen Miller. Theyâ€™ve been in business for 74 years and are patient and skillful when helping customers find the right suit. (cysswim.com) â€œWe specialize in providing good swimsuits that hold up well in chemically treated water. We work with our customers to find the most flattering fits for all body types,â€? explains Miller. Cyâ€™s has all the current trends in swimsuits, including bright colors, flowery patterns, vivid prints, and the more traditional blue and black suits. Swimsuits with skirts, shorts, and high-cut briefs provide you with a sure-fire good fit.
Branson may be in Missouri, but its family-friendly style of entertainment is alive and well in West Virginia. Two theaters in Elkins, W.Va. â€” a 200-mile drive from Washington â€” offer variety shows packed with live music and comedy. The American Mountain Theater, now in its eighth season, features the Sexton family, most of whom are related either by blood or marriage. Kenny Sexton is the amiable MC with the Southern drawl. Cast members come out to the lobby after performances to greet patrons. The talented musicians and singers perform all kinds of music, from rock â€™nâ€™ roll to country to gospel to patriotic. The band is supplemented with the Sexton Trio, soloists, and comic impersonators. Elvis, the Beach Boys, Tina Turner, and Michael Jackson are among the bewigged performers who may turn up. More than 200 shows a year are performed in the 527-seat auditorium between April and December. Besides the premier two-hour show, there are a â€œHistory of American Musicâ€? show, a Southern Gospel and Bluegrass concert series, and Christmas Extravaganza. The theater has a concession area, and a gift shop offering apparel, souvenirs, CDs, and DVDs. The theater
offers a variety of vacation packages, ranging from dinner and a show, to weekend and day trip itineraries, including lodgings, dinners at historic venues, and scenic train rides. The theater especially caters to motorcoach tours. The Gandy Dancer Theatre, which opened in 2011, includes dinner with the two-hour show. Patrons sit at long tables for plated meals before settling in for an enjoyable, high-energy mix of music, songs, and dance. The band features a variety of musical genres, including country, gospel, pop, and patriotic, and spotlights tunes from the 1950s to today. Comedy bits add to the fun. Murder mystery dinners throughout the year are especially popular, as well as the â€œMountain Memories Christmas Show.â€? The 300-seat theater, which has a main floor and a balcony, is open April through December. Conferences and weddings also are held there.
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Proving that dining with the Navy can be a gourmet experience Reed Hellman
Navy culinary specialists demonstrate their prowess at a recent expo.
Today’s culinary question: Which U.S.-based chain of full-service eateries employs more than 7,300 culinary specialists, operates nearly 300 national and international locations, and serves more than 92 million meals a year on a food budget of $441 million? The United States Navy. More specifically, the United States Navy’s Naval Supply Systems Command, or NAVSUP. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., NAVSUP feeds Navy personnel on 155 surface ships, 76 submarines, 10 aircraft carriers, and 53 ashore galleys. While navies once subsisted largely on salt beef, salt pork, and ships biscuits, today’s sailors enjoy an exponentially improved menu prepared by carefully trained culinary specialists. “Nothing impacts sailors on a day-to-day basis more than the food they eat,” said Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, who commands the whole operation. “Today’s Navy chefs are trained in more culinary skills than ever before, and as a result, our sailors can enjoy more from-scratch, home-style comfort foods and bakery products.” The recent Sea/Air/Space 2014 Exposition at National Harbor enabled NAVSUP to highlight its culinary specialists and gave the Navy’s top chefs a chance to show off their skills to the public. “Our culinary specialists are generally 17 to 22 year olds, some with a little experience,” said Cmdr. Danny King, who directs the Navy’s food service. “They go through a number of different levels of advanced culinary training. … The first four years is a trying test. The second term is better.”
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expo, NAVSUP brought several members of its culinary competition team to demonstrate their award-winning recipes. The 2014 Navy Culinary Arts Team — 17 sailors representing 15 afloat and shore commands — recently competed at the 39th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Ft. Lee, Va. The weeklong event, one of largest culinary competitions in North America, is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation and showcases the talents of military chefs from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Pan-fried red snapper with green pea risotto, warm spinach salad, glazed carrots, and pea puree hardly seem standard issue, but it is one of the meals that members of the team prepared and presented at the expo. “Our culinary specialists use the Armed Forces Recipe Card System that holds more than 2,000 recipes,” explained King. “It ensures tried and tested nutritional meals, capable of being prepared onboard a ship.” King emphasized that the training is transportable to civilian life. Spc. Ian Brown’s pan-seared salmon with a root vegetable medley and steamed greens, an example of the meals that he regularly serves to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would easily fit into an upscale restaurant’s menu. The filet was perfectly done and the earthiness of the root vegetables and greens contrasted well against the milder salmon. “Food (in the Navy) has gone through trends, the same as industry,” said King. “Reducing labor costs is one of those trends. We have come to find out that ‘scratch’ cooking is better and can save money. Plus, the sailors love it.”
U.S. Navy Recipe for Beef Stew Courtesy of the Naval Supply Systems Command 8 portions, 1 1/4 cup each 1 1/2 pounds beef for stewing, diced, raw 2 1/2 cups water 1 cup canned, diced tomatoes 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon thyme, ground or leaf 10 ounces or 2 1/2 cups carrots, fresh, sliced 4 ounces onions, fresh, quartered 2 1/2 cups potatoes, fresh, medium diced 5 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour 1/2 cup cold water Place beef, water, tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, and thyme in a four-quart stock pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer. Simmer for about 1 2/3 hours, or until beef is tender. Add carrots to beef mixture, cover, and continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Add celery, onions, and potatoes, and stir. Cover, bring back to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and water into a paste. Slowly pour paste, while stirring, into the simmering stew. Return stew to a simmer and cook for an additional five minutes. Reed Hellman is a professional writer from Alberton, Md. Visit his website at reedhellmanwordsmith. com, or email your questions and comments to email@example.com.
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Finger Lakes Wine Competition has entries from 20 countries All proceeds from annual event benefit nonprofit Camp Good Days The annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition took place March 29-30. Held in Rochester, N.Y., every spring, is the only wine competition in the world where all the proceeds go directly to one charity. That charity is Camp Good Days and Special Times, a non-profit group started more than 30 years ago. The organization provides camp for children and families from around the world who have been touched by cancer and other life threatening challenges. All folks involved with this competition (judges, organizers, volunteers, etc.) donate their time. Celebrating its 14th anniversary, this event tends to outdo itself every year on many levels. A record-breaking 3,756 wines from 20 different countries were entered. Products from all 50 states and six Canadian provinces were included. Some 77 of the world’s top judges from 16 countries swirled, sniffed, and tasted the entries. Numerous panels of four to five judges, made up of winemakers, journalists, wine educators, and wine retailers, plus guest judges, blind-tasted the entries and decided what score each wine would receive. Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded, as well as best of show. Any wine that was scored “gold” by each member of a particular panel on the first evaluation received a “double gold.” (For those who prefer scores based on 100, a gold is equivalent to a score of approximately 90-100, a silver is approximately 80-89, and a bronze is approximately 70-79.) Perhaps even more important than the judges themselves was the army of volunteers that categorized wines, opened bottles, served wine, and washed stemware. A more spectacular group of friendly, giving, charitable individuals would be impossible to come by.
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In the end, the judges’ results included 139 double gold, 283 gold, 1,465 silver, and 1,293 bronze. The best of show is judged after the competition is over. Here, specific judges, highly skilled with a particular style/grape, pick the best wine of its kind from the double gold medal winners. In other words, the very “best of the best” are singled out. The best of show Chardonnay went to Lafond Winery and Vineyards from California for the 2011. St. James Winery from Missouri took the trophy for best Riesling. Paul Hobbs Winery of California scooped best Cabernet Sauvignon for the 2011 and Debonne Vineyards from Ohio won for the 2013 Vidal Ice Wine. On May 3, the competition held its charitable gala wine auction and dinner to give out the awards. Once again this year, all judges were asked to bring two special bottles from their own cellars to be auctioned off as the “judges’ special collection.” With 14 years under its belt, this competition has reached a pinnacle beyond what anyone could have imagined. It keeps getting bigger and better. So much so, that it may have to be extended for an extra day in the future. Of course, any large event like this is only as good as the people working. The tireless efforts of Dave Male, Peter Parts, Ron Dougherty, Thomas King, and the amazing army of volunteers and judges should be commended. For more details on the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, visit fliwc.com. Donations to Camp Good Days in general are always welcome. (campgooddays.org) “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, award-winning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. Website: www.winedoctor.ca; Twitter: www.twitter.com/ drwineknow; blogspot: www.thewinedoctor.blogspot.com; Doc’s Grapevine: www.winedoctor.ca/docs-grapevine.html; Facebook: www.facebook. com/EdwardDocFinstein?fref=ts
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