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June 2016

Volume 34/Number 6


Paddling the waters of the Mid-Atlantic


A Three-Night Getaway on Scenic Route 39


The Civil War comes to Maryland and Pennsylvania • Somerset County water trails • The Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway • Martinsburg’s ODDFest • Sophisticated Fauquier County • Museums of Southern Delaware • Celebrate the Fourth in the Historic Triangle

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Cape May-Lewes Ferry relieves traffic woes A quiet, not-so-secret way to travel sanely between Washington, D.C., and New York City involves a delightful ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Operating since 1964, the ferry system connects Lewes, Del., with Cape May, N.J., giving vehicle passengers a welcome relief from the traffic stress of I-95. Operating 365 days of the year, including major holidays, the ferry is a delightful experience for warm-weather passengers who are often treated to memorable sightings of whales, dolphins, and assorted birds making annual migrations along the Atlantic flyway. The ferry is a favorite with a wide variety of travelers from international tourists to RV users exploring the East Coast. It’s also a favorite for participants in the annual spring Police Unity Tour bicycle journey in honor of fallen brethren. Throughout the year, it’s common to travel with ever-young snowbirds, as well as school and Scout groups competing in various sporting events on both sides of the bay. “The ferry is a great travel choice for anyone who prefers breathing in fresh air and admiring stunning sunsets while still moving toward their destination,” said the ferry’s Rhona Bronson. In a recent survey of travelers, the words used most often to describe the on-board experience were “relaxing” and “great,” followed closely by “enjoyable,” “wonderful,” “awesome,” and just plain “fun.” The Cape May-Lewes Ferry prides itself in having passengers report they feel like they’re on vacation well before they’ve arrived at final destinations. “Many families say the kids look forward to the ferry ride as the true beginning of any beach vacation either at the Jersey Shore or Delaware beaches,” Bronson added. Reservations are rec-

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Dads and driving vacations It was an iconic American scene: dad in the driver’s seat with the family in the car, all headed out on a driving vacation. If you’re of a certain age, you undoubtedly have a similar memory, whether your trip was to the beach, the mountains, to visit family, or to head out for the road trip of a lifetime. My father was a minister and we lived some distance from family. That meant we spent a good bit of time on the road visiting them. But there were other road trips as well, including one crosscountry journey to California and back. It was the summer of 1962; the interstate system was still in its infancy and air travel was more of a luxury than the necessity it seems to be today. We had planned the month-long trip with an aunt, uncle, and cousin. Dad had purchased a new car and even had those newfangled seat belts installed. Our excitement grew as the departure date neared, but I knew Dad’s excitement was at a peak when he read his last sermon to the congregation. I’d never heard him read a sermon verbatim in my life! That vacation, more than a half-century ago, still stands out in my mind and the minds of my cousin and my aunt, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. We can still recall moments and activities from the trip that make us feel closer to my parents and my uncle who are no longer with us. I can think of nothing that bridges the generation gap or provides more lasting memories than the travel experiences we share with those we love. In the fast-paced world we inhabit today, when


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Americans leave substantial amounts of vacation time unused and trip planning is often just a few minutes on a website, I heartily recommend taking stock of that iconic American scene. Put dad in the driver’s seat. Pile everybody else in the car. Find your road trip, whether it’s a day trip to go tubing, a weekend getaway to a theme park, or a vacation at the beach or a mountain lake. Or, start planning now for that road trip of a lifetime. Recreation News and are great resources to help with that planning. Each month we uncover new destinations, events, and itineraries for you to check out. Most get you out of the urban/suburban sphere in which most of us live and expose us to something different. In virtually every issue you have your choice of a variety of activities and locales. Dad would have approved. Dad’s been gone six years this month (he almost made it to 100), but I can still see him at the wheel, pointing out Grandfather Mountain as we traveled in western North Carolina or paying the toll on the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike. Somehow, it keeps him closer. Not to say that mom can’t do the driving today, but, hey, it’s Father’s Day, right?

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Life’s travels are like a box of chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get,” said Forrest Gump, quoting wisdom from his mother in the iconic movie bearing the character’s name. While these words resonate well on so many topics, I reflect on the traveler’s view of this. My life’s travels seem to revolve around my monthly publishing cycle, which builds to a crescendo around the 20th of each month when the print edition goes to press, so my vacations typically fall between the 20th and 30th on any given month. On one such vacation, we were visiting the land of my paternal heritage, Estonia, a small nation on the Baltic Sea in northern Europe. Because the country is too small for a sizeable international airport, we flew into Helsinki, Finland, where we would take a 90-minute ferry ride across the Baltic Sea to Estonia. Being a land of harsh winters, we determined it best to visit Estonia during the summer months and we landed in Helsinki on June 21. Excited to see a new nation and new capital city, we were startled to see it was almost a ghost town. Where the heck was everyone on this absolutely gorgeous

early summer day? As he was taking us from the airport to the ferry, our cabbie explained that it was the summer solstice, a holiday where all the citizens flee to countryside cabins to enjoy the first day of summer — and the longest day of the year — in natural splendor. Even better, it happened to fall on a Saturday. I recall early geography lessons with the extremes of the North Pole and South Pole going from 24 hours of sun to 24 hours of darkness back and forth every six months, while the tropics remain constant year-round on sunrise and sunset times. Of course, everyone else is somewhere in between. This was pretty far north, right near the Arctic Circle and, wow, it was pretty extreme. You easily had sufficient light to say cut your lawn at 1:00 in the morning if you wanted and really didn’t need headlights on vehicles at any time. It seemed to hover around early dusk for a long time through the night. It made evening quite enjoyable, but falling asleep really required some room-darkening shades. Sure, the trip delivered on the promises we had hoped for: a connection to my heritage, visual beauty, historical interest, and cultural discovery. But you never know what else will cross your path through luck and serendipity when you travel, like experiencing the majesty of the solstice not far from the Arctic Circle. Yes, travel, like a box of chocolates, is predictably delicious, and when you bite into it, it’s often a pleasant surprise. Are you ready to enjoy your next bite?

TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 ~ Take the ferry 4 ~ Editor’s Note 5 ~ Publisher’s Note 6 ~ Travel Line 8 ~ Somerset’s water trails 10 ~ Mid-Atlantic water adventures 12 ~ St. Mary’s lighthouses and history 14 ~ Cruise Corner 14 ~ Garrett County family fun 16 ~ Chambersburg’s burning 18 ~ Harford County’s Civil War past 19 ~ Pennsylvania overview 20 ~ Martinsburg’s ODDFest 22 ~ Morgantown festivals 24 ~ Calendar of events 28 ~ Route 39’s majestic drive 30 ~ Summer fun in Wytheville 32 ~ A Colonial Fourth 33 ~ Sophisticated Fauquier County 34 ~ Explore Sussex County 35 ~ Family Travel 36 ~ Adventures in Taste 37 ~ Wine Doctor 38 ~ Music Festivals 38 ~ Culture

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Switzerland’s 750-mile Grand Train Tour beckons this year The long-awaited Gotthard Base Tunnel officially opens in Switzerland this month, followed by several months of security and technical tests before regular train service is fully operational by the end of the year. Under construction for more than 17 years and considered Switzerland’s “construction of the century,” the tunnel extends 57 kilometers (35 miles) at a maximum depth of 2,300 meters (7,545 feet), which makes it the longest and deepest tunnel on earth. Trains will zip through the tunnel in 20 minutes at speeds of up to 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour between Zurich on the German border to Ticino on the Italian border, cutting travel time across Switzerland and, indeed, across Europe. This engineering marvel is the feature of a special exhibit that runs through Oct. 23 at the Swiss Museum of Transport in the beautiful village of Lucerne. The country’s most popular museum tells the history of mobility and communication via exhibits, interactive stations, films, and simulations. The completion of the tunnel does not mean an end to the popular Gotthard railway route, which began in 1882 when rail travel was fairly new to Switzerland. Travelers will still have the option of traveling over the old route, which climbs from 470 to 1,100 meters, crosses 205 bridges, and passes through a series of tunnels. The new tunnel will give passengers more travel options — via the new faster route, the slower old route, or a combination of both in one trip. To see most of Switzerland’s beautiful landscape, buy tickets for the 1,280-kilometer (750mile) Grand Train Tour, which travels over eight connecting train routes and takes you to UNESCO World Heritage sites, medieval villages, glacier lakes, scenic alpine mountains, open air museums, and some of the world’s greatest engineering projects (bridges, viaducts, and historic castles). On

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Train news around the Mid-Atlantic You can get to almost anywhere in North America from Washington’s Union Station via Amtrak, which also operates high-speed Acela trains that connect Washington and New York City in less than three hours. There are north-south trains that make train travel possible from New England to Florida and east-west trains via Chicago that reach all the way to the West Coast. Amtrak offers a number of special travel packages that center around some of the nation’s most visited areas, including national parks. ( The 100th birthday of the National Park Service is being celebrated with weekly events through October at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pa. ( Among the multiple offerings are train excursions from Tobyhanna to the highest railroad station on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad main line on June 4, July 12, Aug. 27, and Oct. 9. A Father’s Day buffet and train excursion from Lackawanna to Moscow takes

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place June 19, and a Founder’s Day celebration featuring historic displays, a car show, and train excursion at Delaware Water Gap will be held June 25. Railfest 2016 is planned for Sept. 3–4, and a fall excursion over the Pocono Plateau leaves from East Stroudsburg on Oct. 8. ( Closer to the D.C. area, you can celebrate at the annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival on June 4, 10:00am–3:00pm. It’s a family-friendly celebration of the area’s rich railroad history that features train memorabilia, specialty vendors, live performances, and train rides. You can take scenic train rides to Clifton on June 4 and special rides aboard the Virginia Transportation Museum’s historic J611 to Front Royal on June 4 and 5. (

July Fourth Celebrations With Independence Day just a month away, it’s not too early to make plans. If you’re looking for a huge full-day celebration that includes a parade, a concert, and spectacular fireworks in the Washington area, the National Mall is the place to be, and make sure to arrive early. The parade starts at Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street at 11:45am. “A Capitol Fourth Concert,” featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and several pop artists, takes place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, 8:00–9:30pm, with admission beginning at 3:00pm. Festivities conclude with the fireworks show at dark. In addition to the National Mall, you can also see the fireworks from the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., special areas of the Potomac River on the Virginia side, and the Air Force Memorial on the Columbia Pike. Also on July Fourth, special family programs at the National Archives celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 10:00am–5:30pm. A Red, White, and Blue Celebration is planned at Mount Vernon that includes daytime fireworks, a naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a special wreath-laying ceremony, a patriotic concert by the National Concert Band of America, free birthday cake while it lasts, and a visit from “Gen. and Mrs. Washington,” plus a wheat harvesting demonstration at the Pioneer Farmer site. The Washingtons will be available for photos throughout the day. Nearby Alexandria, Va., combines its birthday and Fourth of July celebration with a special event in Oronoco Bay Park. Colonial Williamsburg celebrates the holiday with live entertainment, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, performances by the Fifes and Drums, an open-air performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and fireworks, 5:00–9:20pm. In Maryland, Baltimore celebrates Independence Day with music and fireworks, visible from several areas of the city, including Federal Hill, Fells Point, and Harbor East. Annapolis offers a parade, music by the Naval Academy’s Concert Band, and fireworks, best seen from the City Dock. Ocean City has a free concert and fireworks in two locations, North Division Street and Northside Park. Carol Timblin welcomes travel news at ctimblin@





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Paddle through Somerset County’s three water trails They came in low: two Canada geese, in echelon, beating their way in from Tangier Sound.

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migrators, heading north toward their arctic nesting grounds. For the pair of kayakers paddling the Monie Bay Water Trail, the powerful birds passed right at eye level, close enough to hear the wind through their pinions. The Monie Water Trail is one of three established water trail complexes that make Maryland’s Somerset County a singular destination for flatwater paddlers and wilderness explorers. For discovering the Chesapeake Bay’s treasured wetlands, peoplepowered craft offer an opportunity for close encounters. Somerset’s water trails carry beginners and experts alike past mounded muskrat hutches, legions of periwinkles climbing the spartina grass, foxes hunting the high ground, and flights of birds, both native and migrators. Fish break the calm surface of winding “guts” and “leads,” and diamondback terrapins, back from near extinction, lay their eggs in the mudbanks and bask on half-submerged logs. Monie is Somerset’s newest water trail system. The three trails launch into Dames Quarter Creek near Deal, and enter a stretching expanse of wetlands. The 2.3-mile Fanney’s Gut Trail and the 2.7-mile Dames Quarter Creek Trail are suitable for all skill levels, while the 8.64-mile Marsh Gut and Bay Point Trail can challenge intermediate and advanced paddlers,

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Around Janes Island Janes Island State Park, near Crisfield, has two distinct areas: a developed mainland section and an island section accessible only by boat. Paddlers visiting Janes Island have more than 2,900 acres of saltmarsh, more than 30 miles of water trails, and miles of isolated, pristine beaches to explore. The American Canoe Association has named the six paddle trails around and through Janes Island to their inaugural list of North America’s best paddle trails. All park trails have established GPS waypoints and aluminum trail marker signs covered with a highly reflective film. All routes begin at the park’s boat launching area where two launching platforms ease entries and exits. “This is a place for beginners,” said park ranger Sarah Richwine. “The Yellow Trail is a 45-minute paddle to a sandy beach on Tangier Sound. There are no unsafe conditions, and there are not many places where you will feel that secluded.” Most of the park’s water trails are protected from wind and current, and provide model conditions for both experienced and novice paddlers. Three primitive backcountry campsites, located along the trails, enable paddlers to experience an overnight expedition into a world


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still ruled by the weather, the tides, and the wildlife. The park also rents solo and tandem kayaks and canoes from late April through October, weather permitting. Nine miles out into Tangier Sound, Smith Island preserves a traditional watermen’s community and more than 8,000 acres of tidal marshlands, punctuated by myriad creeks and passages ideal for paddling. Seven marked trails connect the three villages and penetrate into some of the island’s most pristine marshes. Though the island currently does not have any rental canoes or kayaks, the island freight boats will carry private craft for an additional cost. Newcomers to Somerset’s water trails can benefit from paddling with a local guide service. Eileen Cross’ Rockcreek Kayak Tours can outfit paddlers with boats and gear and lead the way into the wild marshes of Dames Quarter Creek or the Monie Bay Component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Cross tailors her tours to the guests’ interests and abilities. From half-day beginners’ trips to extended adventures, Rockcreek can provide lunches and, on the proper tides, a stop at an isolated sandy beach. ( The Dames Quarter wetlands are as rich in history as they are in wildlife. The winding waterways skirt the ghosts of the long-gone skipjack fleets, gathered to dredge oysters, and pass the tumbledown ruins of onetime thriving settlements. Using the human-powered craft adds a unique dimension to visiting one of the Chesapeake’s wildest regions.

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Find your perfect river experience Choosing a whitewater rafting destination? Prefer to paddle in calmer waters or laze along in a tube for your adventure? Knowing a bit about the rivers in the region can help you decide where to dip your paddle. The Mid-Atlantic region offer a great combination of challenging rapids and flat, slow-moving rivers that drain into the Chesapeake Bay. Many outfitters along the rivers also offer other outdoor adventure activities like zip lines, canopy tours, aerial adventure parks, stand up paddle boards, mountain biking, and fishing. Multi-day river camping is increasingly popular, with outfitters providing varying levels of gear and guides.

Southern West Virginia The New River provides plenty of excitement for whitewater enthusiasts with several Class II–III rapids. The New River begins in western North Carolina and flows through Virginia into West Virginia. Through its journey in Virginia, the river flows through spectacular, untamed mountain scenery complete with craggy

rock cliffs and magnificent gorges. Even though fall is the season for standard dam releases, the lower New River and the Gauley River are even more robust in the spring and summertime. West Virginia’s New River Gorge is worth the visit itself. Also in West Virginia: the Greenbrier River, a tributary of the New River, and one of the longest freeflowing rivers in the east.

Northern West Virginia The Cheat River Canyon is a spring run, and the whole canyon was just purchased by the Nature Conservancy. “The only truly good way to see the canyon is from a boat,” said Wendy Hart, owner of Cheat River Outfitters. But, go for the canyon run before the end of June, she said, since summer water levels are often too low to navigate the route. In the summer, try the Cheat Narrows run instead.

Front Royal Canoe. The river is good for beginners, featuring Class I–III rapids, and best times are from April through August. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the South Fork of the Shenandoah, a 28-mile stretch that showcases the Shenandoah Valley, offering views of the Massanutten Mountains and the peaks of Shenandoah National Park. Paddlers can launch at Bixler’s Ferry Bridge, then go for 13 miles to a sandy beach near the Class II High Cliff Rapids.

Maryland The Potomac and the Patuxent are possibly the closest rivers to

the Washington area, and there are good places to find waterfront cabins, as well as tent and RV camping sites. Watch the sun set on the Patuxent from the boardwalk in Solomons Island. You can also canoe the C&O Canal, and tent camping is permitted at Swains Lock in Potomac, Md. Insider tip: Beware of canoeing on the Potomac River too close to Great Falls; heed the signs that warn paddlers to take out. In the Deep Creek Lake area, Adventure Sports Center International is an Olympic-standard white water rafting and canoe/kayak slalom center located on the mountaintop

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above the Wisp Ski Resort. With releases from Deep Creek Lake, the Upper Yough in Friendsville provides Class V whitewater all summer long. Maryland’s waterways range from wild and scenic whitewater rivers to placid reservoirs, to pounding ocean waves, to secluded tidal creeks on the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. “With all of those different types of waterways, the recreational options are almost endless: surf, boogie board, windsurf, stand up paddleboard, fish, crab, clam, swim, sail, cruise, or paddle” said Connie Yingling, of the Maryland tourism office.

Pennsylvania The Susquehanna — and its tributary, the Juniata

— are comparatively quiet rivers, but do have sections featuring Class III-plus whitewater, particularly in York County. Rocks State Park is worth a visit; try a hike along the Camp Echo Trail. These rivers are good entrylevel experiences for rafters, and also offer fine canoeing. The Susquehanna Water Trail stretches 53 miles from the Mason-Dixon Line to Harrisburg. Much of this route is largely undeveloped and wild, and there are 22 primitive campsites on 20 islands along this stretch. Don’t forget about the Lehigh River, advises Nancy Pilecki, who helps plan rafting excursions with Whitewater Challengers.

“Water releases happen on the Lehigh starting in May and continuing to October,” she said. Want a quick tubing fix? Try Pequea Creek for a one-hour tubing float which alternates between very calm sections to more rapid areas.

Delaware With its beaches and tidal wetlands, Southern Delaware offers a combination appeal well represented by outfitters like Delaware Board Sports, which specializes in paddle boards, but also rents kayaks and offers windsurfing lessons. In the northern part of the state, try canoeing, kayaking, or tubing down the historic Brandywine River.


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There are plenty of great kayaking opportunities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

It’s easier than it used to be to plan your paddling adventures. The past five years, more than ever before, have brought new water trails and the development of existing ones. Water trails are usually supported through a combination of local, state, and federal funds and can be found throughout the Mid-Atlantic, from the mountains to the seashore. They’re essentially mapped routes made available, online and in print material, for waterbound adventurers. Some water trails are local gems tied to a single section of a river while one of the biggest — the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service — stretches for 3,000 miles across Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and D.C. (


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Lighthouses, parks, and history in St. Mary’s County, Md. Southern Maryland’s St. Mary’s County is home to a treasure trove of attractions. Check out St. Clement’s Island Museum, located on the Potomac River overlooking the place where Lord Baltimore’s first settlers landed in the New World on March 25, 1634. The museum concentrates on Maryland’s earliest history, the region’s watermen, and Potomac River heritage. Visitors to the museum learn the story of Maryland’s founding and trace the route of the first brave colonists who made the risky crossing of the ocean in two tiny wooden ships — The Ark, a 360-ton ship, and The Dove, a mere 60 tons. Learn about the political landscape of the 16th and 17th centuries. George Calvert wanted to found a colony based on religious tolerance, not just for Catholics, but all religions. On arrival, these new Colonists would each receive 100 acres of land per adult, and 50 acres for each child. On board were 17 Catholic men, three Jesuit priests, one Jew,

just a small number of women, and about 140 others who were mostly Protestant. On Nov. 23, 1633, the two ships sailed from England. Almost four months later they landed on an island they named for St. Clement, the patron saint of sailors. The Catholics had celebrated the feast of St. Clement on the day of their departure from England. ( recreate/museums) St. Clement’s Island, now a Maryland state park, is open to the public for hiking, picnicking (with public picnic tables), and bird watching. A 40-foot-tall cross on the island serves as a memorial to the first Colonists who sought religious tolerance. Also at the location are The Blackistone Lighthouse, a dory boat exhibit, and an authentic one-room Charlotte Hall schoolhouse from about 1820. All areas are handicapped-accessible and there are many special events and programs throughout the year. During boating season, a water

taxi shuttles visitors back and forth, and for those with their own craft, docking is available as well. Insider tip: Don’t miss the Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival on July 11. Only 800 seats are available and they sell out every year. Also in the area is the Piney Point Lighthouse, which was built in 1836 and is now one of only four lighthouses remaining on the Potomac River. Visit the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park and learn about the history of the lighthouse, as well as the U-1105 Black Panther Shipwreck Preserve and the

Potomac River’s maritime history. Enjoy a guided tour of the lighthouse and the keeper’s quarters. View the collection of four historic wooden vessels including a 67-foot skipjack, an 84-foot bugeye, a period-specific log canoe, and a genuine Potomac River dory boat. The exhibits help you to understand a waterman’s life of working the waters of the Potomac for crabs, fish, and oysters.

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You need to escape, but not too far away! Check out this month’s events in Carroll County! ART IN THE PARK June 4 |10 am-4 pm Westminster City Hall Grounds

NEW WINDSOR HOME & GARDEN TOUR June 11 | 1 pm-5 pm Various sites throughout Historic New Windsor

CARROLL COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKET 45TH ANNIVERSARY June 18 | 8 am-1 pm Carroll County Ag Center Westminster

Go to our website to discover driving tours throughout our scenic county…the Barn Quilt Trail, the Wine Trail, or our Civil War Driving Tour. Stop in one of our quaint towns for a bite to eat and unique shopping.

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Lights! Camera! (Boat) Action! What is it about lighthouses that capture our imaginations? Standing stalwart against the test of sea, time, wind, and weather, these beacons have guided mariners since the dawn of seafaring. Lighthouses are a reflection of days gone by.

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Many of their functions have been replaced by modern technologies that fail to possess the romantic charms of lighthouses. There’s a wide variety of architecture, as well as geographical locations, associated with lighthouses. Many are said to be haunted, which only serves to increase our fascination with them and stimulate our imagination. The Chesapeake Bay abounds with lighthouses. And the best way to see those lighthouses is by boat. There is no better way to gain a deeper ap-

preciation of the bay and its lighthouses than via a tour with Captain Mike Richards and his company, Chesapeake Lights, aboard his ship Sharps Island. Based in beautiful and quaint Tilghman Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Captain Mike provides extraordinary trips. continued on page 15

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Garrett County offers family fun My wife and I have always loved Western Maryland. Only a threehour drive from Washington and Baltimore, Garrett County is an ideal weekend getaway. In the winter, there is skiing and playing in the snow at Wisp Mountain Resort. And in the spring, summer, and fall, there are so many things to do and see that

it’s impossible to pack everything into only one trip. For fun on the water, the 3,900acre Deep Creek Lake is a boater’s paradise. Kayak and canoe excursions and rentals are available. There are pontoon boat tours, continued on page 15

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Activities from rafting to kayaking are available on the Adventure Sports Center International course.

CRUISE CORNER continued from page 14 In addition to breathtaking views only available from the water, he narrates the trip with fascinating bay history, local insights, and explanations of the bay’s sensitive and beautiful eco-system. A wide variety of cruising options are available: Sunset Pursuit An hour-and-a-half boat trip around Tilghman Island, this tour provides a close-up look at Sharps Island Lighthouse, returning as the sun sets over the bay. It’s only $40 per adult and half price for children under 12, plus tax and gratuity. Insider tip: Bring a nice bottle of wine to enjoy. Passage to “5� Visit five historic lighthouses: Sharps Island, Bloody Point, Thomas Point, Sandy Point, and Baltimore Lighthouse — all of which can be seen in detail by boat. Enjoy fantastic photo ops and a narrative history of every light. Cost is $80 per adult, plus tax and gratuity, and just half price for children under 12.

Garrett continued from page 14 fishing trips, and water skiing and wakeboarding lessons. Or, try stand up paddle boarding along the banks of this extensive mountain lake. Next, challenge the whitewater at Adventure Sports Center International — the world’s only mountain-top artificial whitewater course. Pumps generating a flow of up to 250,000 gallons per minute and hydraulically operated flaps tune the water to run from Class II to Class IV along the circular, one-third-mile course. The center offers guided two-hour rafting trips, single-person inflatable kayak (“duckie�) instruction and rentals, and whitewater kayaking classes. You can also attempt the course on a river board, riding through the torrents of water on basically a boogie board, face first, through the rapids. Off the water, adventures continue at ASCI with rock-climbing classes on 60-foot-high cliffs, and mountain biking and hiking within the Fox Run Recreation Area. The county features state parks with miles and miles of hiking trails in serene and verdant forested mountains.

Wisp Resort’s varied offerings

Northern Chesapeake Lighthouse Expedition Our favorite, this is an all-day trip visiting 10 light structures. Experience the pristine Eastern Shore and the changing heavy industrial area of Sparrows Point. A stop for lunch at Tolchester Beach is included. Cost is $175 per adult, plus tax and gratuity, and just half price for children under 12. Southern Chesapeake Lighthouse Expedition This is a two-day trip covering 13 lighthouses and structures. Lunch on historic Tangier Island offers choices of four restaurants and a museum tour. Then, spend the night in the quaint town of Onancock, Va., which has a number of fine restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts. This trip is a mid- to high-level adventure experience. It has been described as the “best lighthouse experience on Chesapeake Bayâ€? by seasoned lighthouse visitors. Cost is $280 per adult, plus tax and gratuity, and just half price for children under 12. Plan ahead and book your slot now. You’ll be creating an experience that you just can wait to tell your friends about. Call 410-886-2215 for more information and to book your adventure. Brakes may be used to control velocity through the twisting turns. But, for maximum fun, don’t touch those brakes! Wisp also now boasts three aerial adventure parks. For those looking to enjoy the treasures of the county at a slower pace, the charming town of Oakland is a great place to unwind with cafĂŠs, antique shops, boutiques, and a wine bar. You can simply enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous scenery while playing golf. Wisp Resort has two courses — the Fantasy Valley Course, which is ranked one of the “Top 100 Must Play Courses in the Mid- Atlantic,â€? and the Lodestone Course designed by top golfer Irwin Hale.

We strongly recommend that while in the area you find out about all the other options from Talbot County Tourism. ( It is an incredibly beautiful location that begs to be explored: Towns large and small are full of shopping, dining, art galleries, museums, and fascinating architecture, while there also are many recreational adventures, including kayaking, boating, biking, and nature preserves. Bon voyage!

The Thomas Point lighthouse is the most recognizable lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay and was manned until 1986. No matter what your budget, Garrett County can accommodate with discounted family hotel packages at Wisp, camp sites and RV areas, rental cabins, and a variety of bed-and-breakfast locations. A wide array of mountain and lakeside houses and condos also are available to rent.

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A town’s destruction and rebirth is commemorated Ghost whispers seem to float on the air in and around Franklin County’s historic Chambersburg, Pa. They linger on the steps of the town’s courthouse, around its clock tower, town square, and stone quarry, and alongside the ubiquitous remembrance markers up and down its streets. The spirits of Yankee and Confederate soldiers, as well as abolitionists, though never seen, are nonetheless palpable in some form throughout this town, where the Civil War is burned into its public consciousness.

Each year on the third Saturday of July, the citizens of Chambersburg commemorate the ransoming and burning of their town by Confederate troops on July 30, 1864, and its subsequent rebirth. The compelling, 45-minute drama is performed on the steps of the original stone courthouse that was set ablaze, unfolding the 150-year-old story in chilling detail. The momentous re-creation utilizes special lighting and atmospheric effects that simulate the fire inside the structure, as well as the smoke bellowing from its rooftop. The scene becomes a living and breathing stage for the primary actors involved. Scores of extras, dressed as Confederate troops, infiltrate the audience in the square demanding money. The realism of the moment hits home as many of the bystanders reach into their pockets. (All ransom money collected is donated to Franklin County Habitat for Humanity.) “When people think of the Civil War and Pennsylvania, they think of Gettysburg,” said David

Shuey. He portrays Confederate Gen. John McCausland, who acted on the orders of Gen. Jubal Early. “But Chambersburg was invaded three times during the course of the entire war.” However, in July 1864, Early insisted that citizens turn over $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in Yankee currency or else the town would be set on fire. The stalwart townspeople would not meet the demands and the consequences were devastating. Some 500 mostly wooden structures were destroyed and approximately 2,000 people made homeless. The exterior of the courthouse remained intact, its tall columns standing defiantly against the invaders’ wrath. “I have stood (there) in McCausland’s footsteps and I have tried to portray him earnestly and honestly,” Shuey said. “There are moments when I get chills.”

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Confederate Gen. John McCausland ordered Chambersburg to be burned when the town refused to pay a ransom.

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Allee said “sounds like an episode of Three’s ComTotem Pole Playhouse, located in Pennsylvapany.” nia’s Caledonia State Park and equidistant from the Closing out the season in full Broadway mode is historic towns of Gettysburg and Chambersburg, the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to celebrates its 66th summer season with a stellar the Forum. lineup of productions that will excite theatergoers A fast-paced, “yuk-a-second” visit to ancient of every age and taste. Rome will bring the audience face-to-face with deThe season opens with the premier of Six Dance lightful young lovers and Toga-wearing, unforgetLessons in Six Weeks, one of two scheduled comtable characters. This comedy stage classic, which edy firsts. starred Zero Mostel in the movie version, runs July Running May 27–June 12, the production stars 2–Aug. 14. Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Swit, of TV’s Ticket prices in this well-designed, 385-seat popular M*A*S*H series, as a feisty retiree who theater cost between $15 and $20 per show. hires a young dance instructor to give her lessons. “When I compare what I spent to see two shows The couple bonds to the steps of the tango, waltz, on Broadway this past weekend, and I look at their and other intricate dances. quality compared with Totem Pole (productions), It will literally be a night of “dancing with the you’re not going to see a difference except for stars.” ticket price,” said Allee. “We are very pleased The nostalgic musical Forever Plaid returns by that the ticket prices have stayed the same over popular demand in an all-new production running the past two years.” ( June 17–July 3. Four present-day students from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music are featured as the harmonic quartet in the style of such popular 1950s groups as the Four Freshman and the Hi-Los. The “70-somethings” in the audience will thrill to such tunes as “Moments to Remember” and “Three Coins in the Fountain,” and the classic plot will enthrall millennials, too. One Slight Hitch, running July 8–24, is a hilarious new PG-13 comedy directed by comedian Louis Black. What can possibly go wrong on the day of a bride’s backyard wedding when the soon-to-be groom comes face-to-face Totem Pole Playhouse with his intended bride’s uninvited old flame? Only everything, in what Totem Loretta Swit of the TV series M*A*S*H will open the Pole’s marketing director Stephanie season at the Totem Pole Playhouse.

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that begins on July 15 with the 1864 Civil War Ball held in the nearby town of Greencastle, which was also once occupied by Confederate troops. On July 16, the fun shifts back to Chambersburg and Old Market Day. This all-day street festival features hundreds of vendors, as well as food and live entertainment. Later in the day, the town presents historic walking tours and exhibits along with book signings,

prizes, giveaways, an old-fashioned photo booth, and an “A Capella & Unplugged” contest. As the darkness nears, it is 1864 once more and the story of the town’s burning and rebirth commences over the now-hushed atmosphere. “I like presenting the Chambersburg side of the story,” said historical actor John Shindledecker, who portrays J. McDowell Sharp, a town father who attempts to negotiate with McCausland. “I’d like

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people to know (these events) are not only a part of the great Civil War story, but also part of our heritage to keep that story alive — to show people that war is just a big waste and everybody suffers.”

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Award-winning actress, LoreƩa Swit (M*A*S*H) and L.A. OvaƟon Award winner, David Engel, star in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, a touching and human comedy about a formidable reƟred woman who hires an acerbic dance instructor in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. A comedy with music and dance, the play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance.

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hether your interest is in the causes for Confederacy, the struggle for Union or the fight for Freedom, you’ll find it at The American Civil War Museum. In Richmond and Appomattox.


June 25-Live at 7pm at The Capitol Theatre July 16- Finalists perform on The Courthouse steps before 1864

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See Gilmore’s Raid and the home of John Wilkes Booth You might think of Harford County, Md., as an area you pass through on I-95. If you’re historically minded, you might think of Founding Fathers following the same general route toward Philadelphia or New York. Or, you might know about local lighthouse keeper John O’Neil’s heroics during the War of 1812. Chances are that you don’t know about Confederate Maj. Harry Gilmore’s raid into Harford County on July 11, 1864, or that the family home of John Wilkes Booth is in Bel Air. As Gen. Jubal Early advanced into Maryland with the objective of threatening Washington in July 1864, his troops drove Union cavalry from Westminster and pursued

Union forces to the Hunt Valley area north of Baltimore. From there, a force from the 1st and 2nd Maryland Cavalry under Gilmore headed into Harford County to disrupt Union railroads. On July 11, Gilmore and his men raided the general store at Jerusalem Mill, where they captured supplies and horses. Later, they captured two trains and took one of the passengers, Union Gen. William Franklin, prisoner. Gilmore’s cavalry rejoined Early’s main force and returned to Virginia. You can see the action come to life again June 4–5 at Jerusalem Mill Village as reenactors stage a Federal Dress Parade, raid the Jerusalem




Follow in Union and Confederate soldiers’ footsteps on our Civil War Trails, visit the final resting place of over 700 soldiers at Mount Olivet Cemetery or stop by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to learn the story of care and compassion in the wake of battle. Experience the history of the Civil War and find great restaurants, wineries, breweries, specialty shops and more along the way in Frederick County, Maryland. • (800) 999-3613

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store, attack Magnolia Station, and re-create the incident at the Ishmael Day house during which a Confederate sergeant was shot and killed by Day, the only casualty of the raid. Saturday visitors can meet Gen. Jubal Early, who ordered the raid, and visit camps and the village’s historic buildings both days. A traveling magician will also provide entertainment and there will be demonstrations of hand cranking ice cream, blacksmithing, and baking in a beehive oven. Today, Jerusalem Mill Village, which began with a mill in 1772 and expanded into a small Quaker village, is the best preserved Colonial mill village in Maryland. It offers year-round living history on weekends and an outdoor concert series, June through August. On Sunday afternoons, interpreters demonstrate woodworking, hearth and open-fire cooking, gardening, and other daily activities from the past. (

The Booth connection Tudor Hall offers tours of the property of the famous acting family that included President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. The 45-minute tours, on two Sundays each month from April through November, often have special guests who talk about specific aspects of the family. Tudor Hall is a Gothic revival cottage built as a country retreat by Junius Brutus Booth, an English stage actor and the father of John Wilkes Booth and Edwin Booth, who were also Shakespearean actors. Junius

Booth died before the home was completed and Edwin lived there briefly, but John Wilkes Booth, his mother, another brother, and two sisters lived at Tudor Hall from 1852– 1856. (spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot. com)

Music and more Steppingstone Museum, which preserves the rural and farm life of Harford County’s roots, also presents a summer Brews and Blues Festival on July 23, 1:00–8:00pm. The festival features live music, food trucks, and local beer and wine. Presale tickets are $25. Providing the entertainment are Blue Jay Slim & the Tone Blasters (1:00–3:00pm), Markey Blue (3:30–5:30pm), and Zydeco-a-Go-Go (6:00–8:00pm). (steppingstone Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton also hosts outdoor concerts on Sunday evenings, June 19 through Aug. 7. Held 6:00–8:00pm in the Great Bowl of the 22-acre gardens, tickets are available at the door. Bands range from classic rock to Cajun to blues to steel drums. The world-famous garden attraction celebrates its 45th anniversary with an exhibition of nature-themed sculptures by Matthew Harris in the Wildflower Meadow. In addition to the topiary gardens, the manor house is a treasure, renovated and expanded by Harvey Ladew. To accommodate an antique partners’ desk, he built the Oval Library, which is considered one of the most beautiful rooms in America. (

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Pursue your happiness in Pennsylvania this summer Summer in Pennsylvania means family vacations to Gettysburg’s historic battlefields, boating on Raystown Lake, and sightseeing in the bustling downtowns of Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. Recently, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office launched a new slogan and challenge to travelers — “Pennsylvania. Pursue Your Happiness.” This mantra captures the spirit of the Keystone State, echoing the famous call to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” from the Declaration of Independence, penned in Philadelphia in 1776. The new slogan says that in Pennsylvania, a vacation or getaway is an active, self-styled adventure — a pursuit. Where should you begin? Explore a sampling from 11 new “Happy Day” road trips to discover off-the-beaten path stops and onlyin-Pennsylvania attractions. Pack a bag or two as miles of smiles await you in Pennsylvania!

Pittsburgh and Its Countryside As Pittsburgh as celebrates its 200th anniversary, it continues to receive recognition from top travel publications. Standing tall amid the wooded countryside and three winding rivers is Pittsburgh’s downtown, packed with opportunities for everything from biking and boating to brew pubs and ballet. Take the historic Duquesne Incline or Monon-

gahela Incline to the top of Mount Washington for one of the best views in America.

Pennsylvania Wilds Known as some of the darkest skies on the eastern seaboard, Cherry Springs State Park’s skies are a haven for astronomers and dreamers alike. Watch for the wild things, including 1,000 elk, owls, fox, and white-tailed deer. Don’t miss the Pine Creek Gorge; whether by bike, foot, or horseback, it is Pennsylvania’s grandest canyon.

Upstate PA The majestic Endless Mountains and the Susquehanna River define the landscape. You’ll find bustling towns like Scranton and WilkesBarre, with quaint main streets and old steel mills that have sprung up into museums. Nothing complements a journey better than a pint of beer; the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville is America’s oldest. The tame Delaware River invites a quiet paddle or lazy float on an inner tube.

canoeing. Add three gigantic waterparks, first-class skiing, and worldclass resorts, and the result is the Pocono Mountains.

Lehigh Valley Set amid gentle hills and green countryside and boasting eight wineries, the Lehigh Valley is home to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, and offers a diverse array of memorable things to do. Visit Martin Guitar Factory to see the 300 steps it takes to make the perfect guitar. Don’t miss ArtsQuest, a unique arts and culture venue built on the former site of Bethlehem Steel.

Philadelphia and Its Countryside The nation’s first World Heritage City and named the best U.S. destination to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet, the city hosts the Democratic National Convention in July. The Please Touch Museum lets the kids’ curiosity run wild, while Sesame

Place offers all their favorite characters. The Mercer Museum showcases Moravian tile in a castle and the Brandywine River Museum showcases renowned local artist Andrew Wyeth.

Dutch Country Roads Shop Amish Country and the bustling Lancaster arts scene with its dozens of charming galleries and shops. Eat your way through Hershey’s sweet family fun and the farm-to-fork dining scene, hike the Appalachian Trail or the Gettysburg battlefield. Families can watch birds of prey migrate at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary near Reading, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey. Factory tours abound in York, showcasing everything from potato chips to violins.

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Pocono Mountains You’ll notice a dramatic change in scenery as you cross under the Lehigh Tunnel and into the Pocono Mountains. In this endless outdoor playground, you’ll find steep mountains with cloud-covered peaks great for hiking, biking, fishing, and

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ODDFest: Berkeley County celebrates ‘odd’ in a good way

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Check out the buffalo at Orr’s Farm Market during ODDFest.


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Berkeley County, W.Va., has proven to be “odd” enough for a second ODDFest event, June 25–26, presenting a wide assortment of activities to visitors who like the unusual. Despite lots of rain last year, ODDFest was so popular it may become an annual event, said Laura Gassler, who promotes the county. About 15 businesses throughout Berkeley County will welcome visitors. “Since most of the event will take place indoors, weather won’t be a problem,” Gassler said. “ODDFest showcases a lot of businesses all on the same weekend. We had a lot of visitors last year from all over.” ODDFest hours are 10:00am–4:00pm, but Gassler said hours for individual activities may vary, according to the different businesses involved with the event. Just about a 90-minute trip from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas brings you face-to-face with ODDFest. You can take a step back to the Old West and visit buffalo at Orr’s Farm Market in Martinsburg for free. “We’ve had three baby buffalos born in the last two-day period,” said Katy Orr-Dove, the market’s retail manager. “We expect another three or four more.

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“We have about 20 buffaloes. We had quite an influx of people come to see them at the last ODDFest. Many people have never seen buffaloes before. We’re excited to participate again.” Orr’s will also have items such as produce and hanging baskets for sale. In addition, there will be a free live bluegrass festival, featuring Ernie Bradley and the Grassy Ridge. The Lions Club will be on hand, providing refreshments. Orr’s hours are 8:00am–6:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am–4:00pm on Sunday. If climbing up a rock wall indoors is more to your liking, you can tackle one at Climbing New Heights, an indoor climbing gym and outdoor guide service in Martinsburg. “This is our first time being involved with ODDFest,” said Brance Keesecker, the owner of Climbing New Heights. “We’re unique to the area.” Keesecker will be having three indoor rock climbing competitions: children ages 6 to 12, 1:00pm– 2:30pm; teens ages 13 to 17, 3:00pm– 4:30pm; and adults 18 and older, 5:00pm–7:00pm. It costs $10 to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each group. A cookout and live music will be part of the fun.

ODDFest for a second year are Martinsburg’s Yes, M.A.M. Nail Salon and Candle Shop. Yes, M.A.M. is running a guessing game called, “What’s that smell?” The participant who guesses all scents correctly will win a prize. The store is open 10:00am–3:00pm Saturday. The North American Bushcraft School in Hedgesville will be teaching survival skills during ODDFest. Participants can learn about useful and poisonous plants on a free edible and medicinal plant walk, 9:00– 11:30am. There will also be a fiber class, 1:00–4:30pm, where you can learn how to make cord from plant material. The class is $5 for adults, and kids 12 and younger are free. Spooks will be around again with the Haunted History and Legends Walking Tours. These tours, which will also be held on June 24, will visit the historical downtown Martinsburg district. The price is $12 per person. Other ODDFest activities can be found at The idea for ODDFest came after Gassler approached author Jeanne Mozier, of Berkeley Springs, for a book signing last year. Mozier’s Way Out in West Virginia, released in 2013, is referred to as a guide to the oddities and wonders of the Mountain State.

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Look for these upcoming events in May! June 3 – August 5: Fridays @ Five Summer Concert Series Every Friday at the Town Square

June 4: Smart Caches of Berkeley County Geocache Trail Lunch 12PM Historic B&O Roundhouse, Martinsburg, WV

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From biking to baseball: Things to do in Morgantown this summer Minor league baseball, motorcycles, and music — what more could a person want? And you can find it all in Morgantown, W.Va., this summer. The Mid-Atlantic boasts many minor league stadiums, but the Monongalia County Ballpark won two “Best Baseball Park” awards last year. “It’s a great place to spend a day or an evening outside, unwinding and being entertained,” said West Virginia Black Bears general manager Matthew Drayer. “And, you can’t beat the scenic view of downtown Morgantown.” The team plays its first home game on June 19 — the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day in Mountaineer Country. After winning the league championship last year during its inaugural season, this Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated team is gearing up to have another stellar year. “We’re ready to take this momentum into year number two,” said Drayer, adding that he’s very excited to see the Pirates’ top draft picks for the team. “We’ve got a lot of fun events planned, from fireworks every Friday night to special Star Wars and Ghostbusters jersey nights.” (westvirginia

Family and faith festival If you prefer an even more interactive way to get outdoors, you should start prepping now for SoulFuel WV, a faith- and family-oriented festival that, in addition to regional and national musical acts, includes the Insane Inflatables 5K obstacle race. “It’s going to be phenomenal,” said the event’s Susan Alston Johnson of the festival that takes place July 22–24 at Mylan Park. “Participants get to race through gigantic inflatables that might include anything from a 118-foot-long slide to a 70-foot-long madhouse where they have to weave through tunnels. It’s just going to be crazy, bouncy fun.” Insider Tip: If you’d like to participate in the Insane Inflatables race at SoulFuel WV, you have to register online; no tickets to this part of the event will be sold at the door. The 5K is just one part of the weekend event, which was conceived by local pastors and com-

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Musical entertainers at this year’s MountainFest include Montgomery Gentry, Buckcherry, and KIX. munity volunteers from the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Everyone wanted to do something inspirational for the area,” said Alston Johnson of the festival that will include Christian musical artists Colton Dixon, Crowder, Martha Munizzi, Trip Lee, and Mary Mary. “We’re hoping to have about 10,000 people show up — when they hear about it, people tell us they’ve been praying for something like this for years.” (

MountainFest brings bikers and more Now in its 12th year, MountainFest will take place July 27–31 at Mylan Park and at satellite sites around the Morgantown area. “There’s so much happening this year, including motorcycle stunt shows, bike builder shows, concerts, a poker run, a parade of bikes, midget wrestlers, a vendor mall, a custom bike builders’ showcase, and the Girls of Thunder model search,” said MountainFest’s Shauna Davis, who

added that the festival attracts 50,000-plus people each year. “People can choose to attend as much or as little of the event as they want by purchasing a day pass or an event pass,” she continued. “And there’s camping on-site, as well as hotels throughout the area.” Musical headliners at MountainFest this year include Montgomery Gentry, Buckcherry, KIX, Aaron Lewis, and Ray Scott, but there’s an even bigger attraction that brings in bikers, roughly 60 percent of whom return each year. “The riding in this area is second to none,” said Davis. “And since we’re within a six-hour ride of the majority of the nation’s population, you can even do it as a day trip, though we encourage you to stay longer. The community here welcomes bikers and visitors with open arms.” (wvmountainfest. com)

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The Monongalia County Ballpark won two “Best Baseball Park” awards last year, when the West Virginia Black Bears won their minor league championship.

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HERNDON FESTIVAL June 2–4. The festival features big name entertainment on three stages, a carnival, fireworks, children’s hands-on art area, arts and crafts show, business expo, 10K/5K race and fitness expo, and an enticing array of top-quality food vendors. Downtown Herndon, 777 Lynn St., Herndon, Va. 703-787-7300, GARRETT COUNTY CELTIC FESTIVAL June 3–4. Enjoy Celtic bands, herding collies, dancing, bagpipes, and Scottish and Irish traditional fare. Friendsville Community Park, Friendsville, Md. 240-398-8488,

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FREDERICK FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS June 3–5. A juried fine arts festival is held along Carroll Creek in the heart of historic downtown Frederick, Md. 301-662-4190,

June 14 - Flag Day June 19 - Father’s Day

BLACKBEARD PIRATE FESTIVAL June 3–5. Immerse yourself in the early 1700s in Hampton with live entertainment, a pirate encampment, children’s activities, sea battles, and fireworks. 710 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Va. 757-727-8311,


FATHER’S DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL June 18–19. Celebrate Father’s Day with live jazz music, wine tastings, food, and artisan gifts. Elk Run Vineyards, 15113 Liberty Road, Mount Airy, Md. 240-285-3346, FATHER’S DAY AT MOUNT VERNON June 18–19, 9:00am–5:00pm. “Gen. Washington” greets visitors and poses for photographs on Father’s Day weekend. Demonstrations by costumed distillers take visitors through the historic process of whiskey-making in the reconstructed 18th-century distillery. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. 703-780-2000, GMBC FATHER’S DAY 5K June 19. The event will consist of a 5K and 1-mile fun walk; benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. GBMC Campus, South Chapman Building, Towson, Md. 443-864-4246,


DANCEAFRICA, DC Through June 5. Featuring some of the best African dance companies in the D.C. metropolitan area, this festival has master classes, an African marketplace, and free performances. Indoor events, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE; outdoor events, The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St. NE, Washington, D.C. CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL Through June 16. The Cape May Music Festival offers something for every musical taste. In addition to Irish and brass band music, classical music lovers will delight with the return of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the New York Chamber Ensemble, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players. Cape May, N.J. PAINT ANNAPOLIS June 1–12. Peek over the shoulders of artists from around the world capturing the beauty of light and shadow on canvas. Streets and countryside of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Md. 410-268-4566, ANNAPOLIS GREEK FESTIVAL June 2–5. Enjoy Greek dance performances, sample Greek cuisine, savor Greek music, and tour the beautiful Greek Orthodox church. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis, Md. 410-573-2072,

Take a ride on real trolleys weekends Memorial Day through October! May 28 & 29 — Opening Day June 4 — Aughwick Tractor Club & Animal Rescue Day June 11 — P&W Day including the Liberty Liner! June 18 & 19 — Father’s Day Weekend July 16 — PCC & LRV Electric Rail Day July 30 — Homecoming Aug. 13 — Johnstown Car Day Sept. 3 & 4 — Snow Cone and Soft Pretzel Day Fall/Winter events — check website or call 814-447-9576 Rockhill Furnace, PA

A CELEBRATION OF OUR MILITARY June 3–5. Three days of national touring artists’ concerts, military expos, and displays. This year’s concert line-up includes Chris Young with Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, Sam Hunt and Canaan Smith, and Big and Rich featuring Cowboy Troy. Fifth Street and Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-4867744, SPRING ART FEST ON THE GREEN June 3–5. An annual outdoor event where Great Falls Studios artists show and sell their artwork. Great Falls Village Centre Green, Great Falls, Va. BETHESDA STREET FESTIVAL June 4. A children’s street festival celebrating children and the arts; musical performances and professional children’s entertainers will light up the stage. Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, Md. 301-215-6660, BEACH GOES BLUE June 4, 8:00am–dark. Music on the bandstand, 5K run/walk, “Find Amelia” contest, blue drinks and eats, after dark blue beach glow, and night light flight. Rehoboth and Dewey Beach, Del. 302-227-6446, JEEP JAM June 4. Huge obstacle course for novices and intermediates, as well as music, food, and childrens’ activities. 4808 South Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, Va. 540-434-0005, STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL June 4. Fresh strawberries, games, pony rides, entertainment, silent auction, food, crafts and antique vendors, and strawberry shortcake. Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department Grounds, Sykesville, Md. 410-795-9174 WINE AND JAZZ FESTIVAL June 4. This popular event combines wines from some of the area’s finest wineries with the sound of jazz artists performing live on multiple stages throughout Longwood Gardens from midday into the evening. Wilmington, Del. WINE, ART, AND FOOD FESTIVAL June 4–5. There will be hundreds of wines available for tasting. Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Park, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Md. 800-830-3976, AMERICAN INDIAN POW-WOW June 4–5. Gates open at 11:00am daily and the Grand Entry parade of nations starts at noon daily. The public will be able to visit with craft demonstrators and a large contingent of Native American dancers. 2400 Fairgrounds Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 252-532-0821 VINTAGE VIRGINIA WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL June 4–5, 11:00am–6:00pm. Featuring the commonwealth’s best wine, food, and music during a fun-filled festival at Bull Run Park Special Events Center. 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Va. 888-823-3787, GREEK FESTIVAL June 7–11, 11:00am–11:00pm. The festival features ethnic music, dancers dressed in traditional garb, an array of crafts, and authentic Greek cuisine. Wilmington, Del. POTOMAC RIVER FESTIVAL June 8–11. Food and merchandise vendors will be set up on both sides of the boardwalk all weekend. Firemen’s parade and Miss Colonial Beach Pageant on Friday. Enjoy the grand parade and pet parade on Saturday. Boat parade and vendors on Sunday. 500 Washington Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 804-214-6880, WHISKEY REBELLION COMMEMORATION June 10–11. f you like your history served with a twist, join the rebellion. A weekend of boutique whiskeys, craft beer, high-end cigars, and George Washington sightings. Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St., Cumberland, Md. 301-777-7200,

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CELEBRATE FAIRFAX June 10–12. Showcases live concerts on nine stages, ExxonMobil Children’s Avenue, a petting zoo, the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, carnival rides, and great festival foods. 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Va. 703-324-3247, BANTAM JEEP HERITAGE FESTIVAL June 10–12. The festival offers activities Jeep owners can do with their vehicles, as well as exhibits, clinics, vendors, and attractions that all ages will enjoy. Butler County, Pa. 724-2564050, ARTREACH FESTIVAL June 11. A free community arts festival. Enjoy live music by regional performing artists, and try hands-on arts activities. Meet a variety of artists and watch while they demonstrate their crafts. Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia, Md. 410-313-2787, ST. MARY’S COUNTY CRAB FESTIVAL June 11. Plenty of steamed hard crabs, soft crabs, crab cakes, crab soups, and other seafood dishes are available for purchase. 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, Md. 301-475-8384, STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL June 11, 10:00am–4:00pm. Event features craft vendors, demonstrations of traditional crafts and skills, entertainment for the entire family, and delicious strawberry treats. Historic BensonHammond House, 7101 Aviation Blvd., Linthicum, Md. 410-6261437, FESTA ITALIANA OF FREDERICK June 11. An Italian heritage festival benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County. Rose Hill Manor Park and Children’s Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. 301-788-2836, BREW AND BOURBON CLASSIC June 11. The Brew and Bourbon Classic is a fun-filled afternoon of beer tasting, bourbon sipping, and pulse-pounding thoroughbred racing. Pimlico Race Course, Hayward and Winner avenues, Baltimore, Md. 800-830-3976, HAVRE DE GRACE PIRATE FEST June 11–12. Pirate demonstrations of living and swashbuckling skills. Music, food, and activities for the whole family. Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House, 817 Conesto St., Havre de Grace, Md. 732-861-4681, SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL June 12, 3:00–5:00pm. Music from all eras in orchestral, choral, solo, and chamber music settings. 1191 Park Road, Harrisonburg, Va. 540-432-4582, YOGA FESTIVAL June 12, 10:00am–5:00pm. Free admission. Features activities for the whole family, including live music, healing demonstrations, food samples, and soothing therapies such as reiki, chiropractic, massage, and yoga. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston, Va. 703-860-9642, ST. ANTHONY’S ITALIAN FESTIVAL June 12–19. The festival is filled with classical music, opera, live Italian and contemporary music, string bands, strolling musicians, dancing, craft demonstrations, and artisans selling their wares, plus carnival rides. Wilmington, Del. BOARDWALK ART SHOW AND FESTIVAL June 16–19. This four-day festival features fine art, great shopping, and live entertainment for the entire family. 17th through 32nd streets, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-425-0000, HAMPTON ROADS PRIDEFEST June 17–18. PrideFest attracts thousands of visitors and brings together local residents, families, community leaders, civic organizations, and businesses to rally for and celebrate equality. 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Va. 757-664-6620, ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL June 17–19. Wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other Chesapeake Bay-related boats. Arts at Navy Point Juried Artist Show, as well as vendors, family activities, boat rides, food, and drink. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-2916 BALTIMORE WINE FEST June 18. Enjoy 140-plus wines from all over the world. The Baltimore Wine Fest will also feature gourmet eats, live music, shopping, and a family zone. Canton Waterfront Park, Baltimore, Md. 410-409-7123, PENNSYLVANIA CIDER FESTIVAL June 25. Live music, an artisan market, food trucks, and Pennsylvania cider as well as samples, seminars, pairings, and tasting tips. Hauser Estate Winery, Orrtanna, Pa. CRAB AND BEER FESTIVAL June 25. An all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with more than 30,000 crabs and lots of beer. Inner Harbor, Pratt and Light streets, Baltimore, Md. 410-878-9900,


ODDFEST June 25–26. Car shows, survival skills, wine tasting, ghost tours, motorcycles, bridal show, and secret tunnels. Martinsburg, W.Va.


HEAR THE BEAT HORSE SHOW June 6. Blue Ridge Horse Force sanctioned horse show featuring a variety of classes. Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Va. 540-464-2950,

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES GERMANTOWN WALK June 4, start between 8:00 and 11:00am, finish by 2:00pm. Start and finish at IHOP Restaurant, 20009 Century Blvd., Germantown, Md. 301-926-0915, OUTDOOR MOVIES AT CITY PARK June 10–22. Free outdoor movies in the City Park band shell. Movies begin shortly after dusk. 501 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 301-739-8577 LIFE’S A BEACH TRIATHALON Encourages people to “catch the new wave of triathlon,” with its unique take on a sport most people often associate with grueling training regimes and expensive, high-tech equipment. 100 First St. S, Hampton, Va. 727-422-1956, APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS SAILING CLUB Year-round. Offers day-sailing events and seminars in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., and sailing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. Membership free. 410-394-9483, CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. 703751-3971, FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164, MOUNTAIN CLUB OF MARYLAND Leads weekly day hikes, overnight backpack hikes, bike and canoe trips, cabin, car, and tent camping, and the maintenance of trails. POTOMAC APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB Leads weekly hikes and work trips in greater Washington, D.C., area. Contact PATC for more information. 703-242-0965, patc. net QUANTICO ORIENTEERING CLUB Hosts map and compass activities most weekends in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Suitable for all ages and skill levels; free beginner instruction. WASHINGTON AREA ROADSKATERS Year-round; check website for dates and times. Skaters leave from the White House, Washington, D.C. WANDERBIRDS HIKING CLUB Sundays. Various hikes and locations in Virginia. 703-242-0315,

Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral CITY OF FAIRFAX BAND June 3, 10, 17, 7:00pm. Old Town Plaza, Fairfax, Va. 703-3852712, NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL June 5–18. Two weeks of classical concerts — soloists, chamber, and full orchestra — plus hundreds of open free rehearsals. Affordable, adventurous performances. Washington College and other venues, Chestertown, Md. 410-778-1177, MARYLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA June 24–25. A dazzling variety of programs, from the grand musical treasures of the Masterworks Series to the joyful offerings of the MSO Pops. Wisp Resort, 296 Marsh Hill Road, McHenry, Md. 301-387-3082,

Popular/Other WESTERN MARYLAND BLUES FEST June 2–5. Four jam-packed, jumpin’ days filled with music from national, regional, and local performers. Hagerstown, Md. 301739-8577, CHRIS YOUNG June 4, 7:00pm. Chris Young is one of country music’s hottest acts and plays a powerhouse show packed with hits. Waterside Pavilion, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. BEYONCE June 10. M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., Baltimore, Md. 888-880-2990, BRET MICHAELS June 15. Rams Head on Stage-Annapolis, 33 West St., Annapolis, Md. 410-268-4545, TIDES AND TUNES SUMMER CONCERTS June 16–Aug. 18. Free beachside concerts. Rain or shine. Food and drink available. Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis, Md. 410-295-0104, TOBY KEITH June 17. The legendary performer, songwriter, philanthropist, and patriot performs his greatest hits live. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ FESTIVAL June 21–25. This open air festival presents a mix of traditional jazz performances punctuated by fusion, funk, blues, and rock. Rodney Square, Wilmington, Del. BIG BARREL COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL June 24–26. Featuring Brad Paisley, Sam Hunt, and Eric Church. The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del. HAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL June 24–26. The festival attracts the nation’s top blues, soul, pop, and jazz performers. Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 757-838-4203, CAPITAL FRINGE MUSIC FESTIVAL June 25–26. A two-day outdoor music festival that will feature bands on one stage under the Baldacchino. Old City Farm and Guild, 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 410-638-6901 | fax: 410-638-6902 Mailing Address: 1607 Sailaway Circle, Baltimore MD 21221

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Theater MIDLIFE June 1–26. World premiere by Ben Hoover. As the threat of aging and eventual disintegration starts to overcome Beck, her life begins to slither into an otherworldly fantasia in this ethereal thriller. Single Carrot Theatre, Baltimore, Md. 443-844-9253, THE WEDDING SINGER Thursdays–Sundays, June 2–18, plus June 15, 8:30pm. Based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler. Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise St., Annapolis, Md. 410-268-9212, EL PASO BLUE June 2–26. Directed by José Carrasquillo, the production is performed in English only. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-234-7174, COLLIDEOSCOPE June 3–5. A musical set in a mysterious location, in which music, drama, and dance collide. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md. OTHELLO June 3–12. Bring a picnic dinner, sample a selection of local libations, and experience the magic of Shakespeare’s verse. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, Va. 434-525-1806 ROMEO AND JULIET June 10–19. A fascinating outdoor version of the classic tale in which the audience moves from location to location with the cast. PFI Historic Park, Ellicott City, Md. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE June 17–19. Shakespeare in the Park production. The University Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, Md. 240-520-0443,

Dance SLEEPING BEAUTY June 18–19. Ballet Chesapeake performs the classic tale. 100 Heighe St., Bel Air, Md. 410-877-0777, SUNDAY BALLROOM DANCE One Sunday each month, 4:00–6:00pm. Dance instructors teach specific dances, followed by an open dance session where participants can practice what they’ve learned or refine steps. Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas, Va. ADULT DROP-IN DANCE CLASSES The Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-371-9656, DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30–11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.


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CONCERT IN THE GARDEN June 28, 6:00–8:00pm. A musical evening in the gardens with The Fender Benders, performing classic rock ‘n’ roll from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173

The Flying Circus is a 45 minute drive from the Capital Beltway. It is located 14 miles south of Warrenton or 22 miles north of Fredericksburg off Rt. 17 on Rt. 644 near Bealeton. Watch for the Flying Circus signs.




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Exhibits Resources and Institutions Directory AMERICAN CIVIL WAR CENTER AT HISTORIC TREDEGAR 490 Tredegar St., Richmond, Va. 804-788-6480, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AT THE KATZEN ARTS CENTER Ward Circle, at Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues, Washington, D.C. 202-885-1300, AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, Md. 410-244-1900, THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY AT EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404 or 800-2754278, CARROLL ARTS CENTER TEVIS GALLERY 91 Main St., Westminster, Md.


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


SHAKESPEARE GALLERY Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, SURRATT HOUSE MUSEUM TOURS Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Md., 301-868-1121, THE TEXTILE MUSEUM 701 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-994-5200, museum.gwu. edu TUDOR PLACE HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDEN 1644 31st St., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202-965-0400, ext. 109, VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000,

Featured Exhibitions DELAWARE AND THE WAR OF 1812 Ongoing. Designed to raise awareness of the important role that the state played as the front line in the defense of the economically vital Delaware Valley, the exhibit utilizes maps, illustrations, and artifacts from the state’s collections to examine the history of the war within Delaware and its surrounding waters. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302736-7400, THE TSAR’S PAINTER Through June 12. In the dramatically lit setting, exquisite objects and details from the painting will be brought to life through groupings of 17th-century objects of boyar life. Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-686-5807, GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING Through June 12. A stunning array of more than 40 paintings from the New York Historical Society’s collection by renowned Hudson River School artists. The Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-388-2700,

NATURE’S PALETTE Through June 26. The exhibition brings together some of the area’s top water media floral and landscape painters in one of the most admired public gardens in the region. Green Spring Garden’s Horticultural Center and Historic House, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173, MATISSE PRINTS AND DRAWINGS Through July 3. Approximately 20 prints and drawings demonstrate the continuing legacy of the BMA’s relationship with the Matisse family. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, AMERICA’S SHAKESPEARE Through July 24. Using a fascinating selection of rare letters, costumes, books, and more, the exhibit shows how Shakespeare’s words and ideas weave through our national story from print to radio, television, film, and digital media. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202544-7077, THREE CENTURIES OF AMERICAN PRINTS Through July 24. This first comprehensive exhibition of American prints to encompass three centuries highlights some 160 works from the gallery’s collection, from John Simon’s Four Indian Kings (1710) to Kara Walker’s no world (2010). National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, SNOWY LANDSCAPES Through Aug. 3. Prints drawn from the more than 500 works donated by René and Carolyn Balcer include Japanese landmarks such as the Heian Shrine in Kyoto, Mount Fuji near Tokyo, and the rural area in Yoshida. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS INTERPRET DIASPORA Through Sept. 4. In this juried and invitational exhibition, 44 artists share personal and universal stories of migration — from historic events that scattered communities across continents to today’s accounts of migrants and refugees adapting to a new homeland. The Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-994-5200,

THE ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL Through June 12. See 100 major works by the iconic artist, plus more than 300 covers he did for The Saturday Evening Post. Taubman Museum of Art, 110 Salem Ave. SE, Roanoke, Va.

BROOMBERG & CHANARIN Through Sept. 11. Large-scale photographs show bullets that collided and fused midair during the Civil War along with highprecision prisms — the sort made in Germany during World War II that enabled scopes on firearms and the ability to kill an enemy from a great distance. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,

ART QUILTS Through June 19. These intricate art quilts include examples of works by the foremost proponent of the art quilt, Michael James, whose stunning Metamorphosis plays with color transitions and the transformation of space. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,

WINE AND SPIRITS IN DELAWARE Through Dec. 31. The exhibit utilizes graphics as well as historical objects from the collections of the state of Delaware to tell the story of Delaware’s wine and spirits trade from the time of European settlement to the present day. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302-645-1148,

VIRGINIA 360° Through June 19. Combining Thomas Schiff’s passion for photography and his love of architecture, the works on display in this exhibition provide a fresh new perspective for these notable Virginia landmarks. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400,

THE NEW WORLD DISCOVERS ASIA Through Jan. 8. The first large-scale Pan-American exhibition to examine the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the Colonial Americas. Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 302-888-4803,

BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT HOME Wednesday, June 1, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Thursday, June 2, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Friday, June 3, vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Saturday, June 4, vs. Yankees, 7:15pm Sunday, June 5, vs. Yankees, 1:35pm Monday, June 6, vs. Royals, 7:05pm Tuesday, June 7, vs. Royals, 7:05pm Wednesday, June 8, vs. Royals, 7:05pm Friday, June 17, vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm Saturday, June 18, vs. Blue Jays, 4:05pm Sunday, June 19, vs. Blue Jays, 1:35pm Tuesday, June 21, vs. Padres, 7:05pm Wednesday, June 33, vs. Padres, 7:05pm Friday, June 24, vs. Rays, 7:05pm Saturday, June 25, vs. Rays, 7:05pm Sunday, June 26, vs. Rays, 1:35pm

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT HOME Friday, June 10, vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Saturday, June 11, vs. Phillies, 12:05pm Sunday, June 12, vs. Phillies, 4:05pm Monday, June 13, vs. Cubs, 7:05pm Tuesday, June 14, vs. Cubs, 7:05pm Wednesday, June 15, vs. Cubs, 4:05pm Monday, June 27, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Tuesday, June 28, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Wednesday, June 29, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Thursday, June 30, vs. Reds, 7:05pm

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THE CAPRICIOUS LINE June 25–Sept. 18. These drawings reflect the diverse issues Edward Koren addressed, ranging from parenting to man’s relationship with nature, during his career at The New Yorker. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Del. 302-295-2212,

History CANAL BOAT EXCURSIONS June–October. Come aboard the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction packet boat, to experience what it was once like to travel up and down this preserved waterway. Cruise on the historic canal at a mule’s pace and experience rising and falling 8 feet in a lock. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, Potomac, Md. 301-7673714, MARYLAND CAMPAIGN 1862 June 1–Aug. 31. Join leading historians, Antietam Battlefield guides, NPS volunteer interpreters, and living history presenters discussing the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War. Part of the Summer Lecture Series. Jacob Rohrbach Inn, Sharpsburg, Md. 301432-5079, WORLD WAR II WEEKEND June 3–5. A gathering of war birds with vintage aircraft, WWII reenactments, military vendors, and a host of activities. See the progress of MAAM’s rare Northrop P-61 restoration. Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, 11 Museum Drive, Reading, Pa. 610-372-7333, ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY June 6, 11:00am–5:00pm. There will be a ceremony at 11:00am, followed by the reading of the names of the 2,499 American D-Day fatalities throughout the afternoon. National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, Va. 540586-3329 OPEN COCKPIT DAY June 11, 11:00am–3:00pm. Visitors can climb into the cockpits of planes on the flight line, five of which flew in the Vietnam War. Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, Md. COLONIAL MARKET FAIR June 11–12. Travel back in time to life in the 18th century and enjoy an interactive visit with costumed crafters, tradesman, sutlers, and musicians. Lots of hands-on activities. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Oella, Md. 410-887-1081

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JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION June 18. Free, family-friendly event. A 5K run/walk starts at 8:00am; parade at 9:30am. Opening ceremonies begin at noon followed by African dancers, face painting, food, gospel singing, monuments, vendors, and a jazz concert. John G. Lancaster Park, Lexington Park, Md. 240-216-7286, HUNTER’S RAID JUNE 1864 June 18, 10:00am–4:00pm.Visitors to the encampment will have the opportunity to listen to multiple points of view surrounding “Hunter’s Raid,” including those of fictional families, Confederate soldiers fighting a “delaying action,” and Gen. David Hunter’s Union forces on their way to attack Lynchburg. Peaks of Otter Lodge, 85554 Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford, Va. 866-3879905 THE BRITISH INVASION, 1781 June 18–19. Relive the turbulent days of the American Revolution when war came to Virginia and British soldiers captured the mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson. West Lawn at Monticello, Charlottesville, Va.

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SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000,

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

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TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880,

COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET June 4, 8:00am–1:00pm. Includes food and a bake sale; held rain or shine. Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Road, Vienna, Va. 703-281-4411,

TOURS FLOYD ARTISAN TRAIL June 10–12. Enjoy an array of special events and demonstrations among artisan studios, galleries and shops, farms and farm markets, and restaurants and lodging sites. Floyd, Va. 540-7452784, CAPE MAY, N.J. Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278,

WOMEN SPANNING THE GLOBE CONFERENCE June 8. Speakers discuss “Leading Like a Women” and #Sharing the Load. There is time to “lean in” for questions/ideas to and from international leaders. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, Md. 410-576-0022, PATUXENT RIVER WADE-IN June 12, 1:00–4:00pm. Check the quality of the Patuxent River at the wade-in and enjoy food, music, and exhibits. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, Md. VIETNAM VETERAN SALUTE June 18–19, 10:00am. One ticket covers entire weekend and admission to all ceremonies, display areas, and concerts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Md.

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Saturday, July 2, 12:00 a.m. - Clash at Fairfield—Cavalry Battle 5:00 p.m. - East Cemetery Hill—The Push is on Sunday, July 3, 11:00 a.m. - Custer Attacks Stuart—Cavalry Battle 2:30 p.m. - Cushing’s Brave Stand—Segment of Pickett's Charge For Tickets & Event Information

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continued from page 19 region you’ll find covered bridges in Bedford and the legendary Nittany Lion in State College. Altoona’s Horseshoe Curve is one of the state’s engineering marvels, while the Johnstown Incline is the steepest in the world. In Bellefonte, you’ll find more than 400 Victorian structures. Raystown Lake, at 8,300 acres, is a cool spot to go for a dip. Explore the adventure at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park.

Valleys of the Susquehanna This region features the funky, historic towns surrounding small colleges, antique shops off the beaten path, and romantic covered bridges. The waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park are the backdrop for a great hike. At Knoebels Amusement Resort you’ll get a quick adrenaline rush on the roller coasters and enjoy the famous Grand Carousel.

Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region Presque Isle, recently voted the best freshwater beach in the U.S. by USA Today, is perfect for everything from lying on the beach to big water boating. But there’s more — hit the links and then rest in luxury in Mercer County or search for wildlife in Hell’s Hollow.

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In the Laurel Highlands, the roaring Youghiogheny River draws you in, whether you’re gazing down from the rail trail or riding along its rapids. These mountains host architectural marvels, amusement parks, and art museums — in addition to world-class hiking on the Great Allegheny Passage. Find full itineraries for each Happy Day road trip at

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Take a majestic drive on Route 39 Conservancy’s 9,000-acre Warm Springs Mountain Preserve shares a 13-mile border with the George Washington National Forest. “This is one of the most globally significant forest biomes in the world,” said Marek Smith, of the Nature Conservancy’s Allegheny Highlands Program. “It stands as one of the largest and most ecologically significant private forests in the central Appalachians.” Beyond the conservancy’s Dan Ingalls Overlook, Route 39 descends into Warm Springs. As Lexington is steeped in history, Warm Springs is steeped in culture. The Garth Newel Music Center, a venue for a resident chamber music quartet, classical and jazz presentations, and a variety musical and dining events, is one of the centerpieces.

Winding 136 miles from Lexington, Va., west over the Allegheny Mountains, to Summersville, W.Va., the Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway — Route 39 — combines sumptuous accommodations, natural hot springs, and a wealth of traditions and cultural attractions with hundreds of thousands of acres of public wildlands. Lexington, the byway’s eastern gateway, is steeped in history, but has successfully updated itself while maintaining its charming Greek revival and Queen Anne architecture. Civil War history abounds, and visiting the notable sites from behind a team of Lexington Carriage Company horses adds to the ambiance. “We try to show what makes Lexington unique in a fun way and make visitors love it the way we do,” said Shana Layman, as she hitched her horses for the first tour of the day. Route 39 is a truly majestic drive. Hardwood forests blanket the steep slopes and rare mountain flowers flourish among the boulders. Hunters, anglers, and photographers find many opportunities along the Maury River. The town of Goshen can be a good first night’s stop. There, the Hummingbird Inn offers classic bedand-breakfast accommodations, plus the added attraction of active train tracks just beyond the front drive. Abutting the byway, the Nature

Historic accommodations After a day in the mountains, dining at Warm Spring’s Waterwheel Restaurant at the Inn at Gristmill Square can also be a cultural experience. Tables are nestled into the historic grist mill’s workings and the rustic surroundings serve as an informal counterpoint to the elegant cuisine and well-stocked wine cellar. Hiking the mountain ridges can be strenuous, but a soak in a naturally warmed spring can be both relaxing



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and therapeutic. The Jefferson Pools began as a spa resort in the 1750s and maintain a constant 98.5 degrees. The nearby Omni Homestead Resort is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year with special activities and timeless elegance. Marlinton, the Pocahontas County, W.Va., county seat, is also home to the 50-year-old Pioneer Days celebration, July 6–10, which features two parades, bluegrass music, food, authentic mountain arts and craft demonstrations, and an antique car show. The annual Autumn Harvest Festival of West Virginia includes the RoadKill Cook-off, which pays homage to traditional mountain culture with a strong dash of tongue-incheek humor. The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in nearby Huntersville, could be one of the friendliest lodgings along the byway. Guests find it nearly impossible not to fall a little in love with the lodging, owner Jeannie Dunham, and her two friendly dogs. The Appalachian Byway Geocache Challenge offers yet another way to explore scenic Route 39. Find six of the nine caches along the route and

answer the questions correctly to win a special commemorative coin, available at the visitor centers along the way. Beyond Marlinton, the Highlands Scenic Highway — Route 150 — can provide a 28-mile, high-elevation alternate route, climbing to 4,545 feet as it crosses Black Mountain and rejoins Route 39 at the Cranberry Glades Nature Center. The byway ends in Summersville, where Summersville Lake and the Gauley River National Recreation Area draw crowds of boaters and whitewater enthusiasts. Summersville, West Virginia’s largest lake, boasts 60 miles of shoreline and activities ranging from scuba diving to technical rock climbing. The lake marks its 50th anniversary this year. The recreational opportunities along the Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway, combined with the region’s culture, history, and natural splendor, make this a road trip that ably satisfies a wide range of interests.

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Wytheville’s big three: Camping, hiking, and mountain music Summer means camping, hiking, biking, and traditional mountain music in the ruggedly beautiful Southwest Virginia area around Wytheville, five hours south of Washington on I-81.

Big Walker Lookout’s BW Country Store draws folks up the mountain with “mile high” ice cream cones, the wares of 20 artisans, and free porch concerts weekend afternoons all summer and fall. Tunes emanat-

ing from this Crooked Road Music Trail site include bluegrass, Celtic, gospel, and old-time. The Lookout kicks it up a notch June 10 and 17 for Mountains of Music Homecoming, part of the Crooked Road Trail’s region-wide festival. Jim Lloyd, Wythe County’s well-known “strumming barber,” musician, and music historian, will break out instruments from his banjo museum to demonstrate various styles and songs at the Lookout both days. In addition to his famous Rural Retreat barber shop, Lloyd has performed at venues ranging from the

Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention to Nice, France. Visitors can stretch their legs climbing the 100-foot lookout tower. Those who prefer terra firma can catch their views along the short trail to Monster Rock Overlook behind the store. A family-operated attraction for 66 years, Big Walker Lookout is a great stop in the Wytheville area.

Outdoor fun at Crystal Springs From Big Walker Lookout, you can see another Southwest Virginia icon, Sand Mountain. This massive peak nestles protectively against the south

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View the Wytheville area from the Crystal Springs Recreation Area.

end of Wytheville like a mother animal. The town’s newest park, Crystal Springs Recreation Area, occupies the flanks of this mountain. Campers, hikers, and mountain bikers have 1,800 acres of territory to explore. Best of all, everything — even camping — is free. Three picnic areas, two pit-toilets, and five primitive campsites are scattered along the trail next to cascading Venrick Run. Wildflowers abound, especially bleeding hearts and violets, reports Deana Kelley, who promotes the area. Insider tip: Camping is free, but campers should register by calling the Wytheville Recreation Center at 276-223-3378. High Rocks’ 180-degree view from atop Sand Mountain is one of the best around. Not only are Big Walker Mountain and the purple ridges of West Virginia visible, the whole town is spread out below like a model train layout. The 4-1/2-mile trail to High Rocks is the most recent of the 13 miles of easy-to-moderate trails blazed by the town. Wytheville also developed several short interactive trails with brochures and signs featuring plants and critters in the area. Kids are encouraged to borrow TrackSacks from the recreation center to help with identification. Equipped with field guides, magnifying glasses, and other tools of identification, these backpacks are available to all.

Main, serving Virginia microbrews and Southerninspired dishes such as bacon-wrapped meatloaf and fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese. The rooms upstairs come with continental breakfasts in baskets delivered to each door every morning. A peek into the 30 guest rooms reveals the accommodations modern travelers expect: high-definition television, Keurig coffee makers, and even jeweled shower tiling. The rooftop patio, called The Roost, provides 360-degree views of

the surrounding mountains. Owners Farron and Bill Smith revived the National Historic Register hotel, as well as Virginia’s only birthplace museum of a first lady, Edith Bolling Wilson, across the street. From the hotel, you can saunter under Wytheville Office Supply’s giant pencil to explore antique shops, boutiques, and craft outlets nearby.

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The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, but you can get a feel for the Colonial-era celebration in Virginia’s Historic Triangle. The Liberty Celebration at the Yorktown Victory Center, July 3–4, includes a program at the recreated Revolution-period farm that highlights the sacrifices of Americans during the time, from individuals who signed the Declaration to farmers, Loyalists, women, and enslaved people. At the re-created Continental Army encampment, learn about the secret codes used during the war, watch a tactical drill, and take art in a wooden musket drill. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform at 2:30pm on July 3 and 11:00am on July 4. (historyisfun. org) In Yorktown itself, Independence Day celebrations include a parade at 9:00am, a 7:00pm bell-ringing ceremony, an 8:00pm military band concert, and fireworks at 9:15pm. In nearby Colonial Williamsburg, a Salute to the States militia muster begins at 10:00am and recognizes

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Explore Fauquier County’s secret sophistication Heading west from Washington, D.C., may mean leaving traffic and a more frenzied lifestyle behind, but it definitely doesn’t mean lowering your expectations. You’ll know when you hit Fauquier County because you can feel the changes. The fast pace of day-to-day life in the city seems to melt away. You see the beauty, charm, and wonder of Virginia’s country paradise and your options to enjoy them are many.

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three-tier outdoor pavilion and pond. Morais Vineyards’ facility reflects Old World architecture with modern amenities for major events. Naked Mountain Vineyard offers tours, tastings, and regular winemaker’s dinners while Pearlmund Cellars offers a wine tour and tasting on its farm dating to the 1740s. The Carter family is considered the first family of American wine and Virginia wine history runs deep at the Philip Carter Winery. It was Charles Carter who was awarded a gold medal by the London Society for the Encouragement of the Arts in 1762 for his American wine.

The Fauquier Wine Trail includes 27 wineries and may provide one of the most diverse experiences in the state. Arterra Wines and Hawkmoth Arts combines the owners’ passions for both creating art and making wine in one enterprise. A visit to Desert Rose Ranch and Winery takes you into the Old West with its décor, but the ranch is also a breeding and training facility for purebred Arabian horses. Fox Meadow sits at 1,700 feet of elevation and you can see as many as seven mountain ranges from the winery. Fauquier Co. Tourism Molon Lave Vineyard Fauquier County’s 27 wineries offer great features not one, but opportunities for enjoying wine in beautiful two tasting rooms with a settings.

Vint Hill Craft Winery lets you be the winemaker as you choose your level of participation in the process of crafting your own wine and label. Other wineries on the trail fill in the gaps of wine style and tasting experience. The Fifth Street Wine Festival in Old Town Warrenton is June 4. You can experiment with the art and science of winemaking at three sessions of the Virginia Wine Camp at Vineyard’s Crossing June 12–14, July 24–26, and Aug. 7–9.

wine in Fauquier County, and you’ll find them on display at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, June 6–12. For a more active display, check out the twilight polo matches at Great Meadows every Saturday evening, June through September. The nearby village of The Plains offers great shops, galleries, and restaurants. Whether you taste the wine, watch the horses, or venture into the park lands to hike or paddle, Fauquier will fascinate you and call you back.

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Western Sussex County has history and waterways to explore It’s hard to believe, driving through small towns and paddling along peaceful shorelines, but western Delaware was once a remote, dark, and forbidding place. In the early 1800s, western Sussex County, the southernmost of Delaware’s three counties, was home to the notorious Patty Cannon. “The Devil on the Nanticoke” headed a bloodthirsty gang of thieves, kidnappers, and murderers operating on the Delaware-Maryland border who often kidnapped free African-Americans and sold them into slavery. Stopping along the Nanticoke River in those days was perilous. Times have changed. With Patty Cannon long gone, the towns along the nearly unspoiled Nanticoke offer some not-to-be missed charm. Bethel, Seaford, and Laurel form a triangle with Route 13 along the eastern edge. Small but inviting, and

close enough to see in a day or a weekend, the area offers local history and natural scenery. Seaford, once famous for its DuPont nylon production, has remembered local lore at the everimaginative Seaford Museum, housed in an old post office. Look for artifacts from Nanticoke Indian history, memories of divided loyalties during the Revolutionary War, and tales of saints and sinners, including both Patty Cannon and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. Several life-size tableaux set this museum apart. One, a star-lit waterfront scene set at the turn of the 20th century, brings together all of the local businesses that plied their trades by the water’s edge, according to Jim Blackwell, the museum’s curator. “Our museum is designed to tell the story of our town,” he said. “It’s really the nation’s history. You see it through local eyes.” The Seaford Historical Society also operates the Italianate-style Gov. Ross Mansion and Plantation, where Ross family items, from clothing to toys, are displayed. A small log cabin near the house pays tribute to enslaved people who lived and worked here. (seafordhistorical

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The Bethel Maritime Museum recalls the town’s importance as a boat-building center with nautical displays and ship models.

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here, as well as homey things such as furniture, quilts, crockery, and a rare turkey breast corner cabinet. “We try to tell Laurel’s story at the Cook House,” said Norma Jean Fowler, the collections manager. The train station exhibits highlight the society’s collections, as well as work by local photographer Albert Waller and railroad history, Fowler said. ( Tiny Bethel was famous for its shipbuilding trade. Boat lovers will find the Bethel Maritime Museum intriguing for its nautical displays and ship models. The town features scenic streetscapes notable enough for the National Historic Register. When you’re so close to the water you really want a boat, and one option is the Woodland Ferry which crosses Broad Creek outside of Seaford. It’s one of the country’s oldest ferries, according to Captain Donald Deputy. “It’s been going on for over 200 years,” he said. The state-run ferry, which is free, can carry 50 passengers or six cars. Those who prefer a paddle will be interested in the new redevelopment plan along the Broad Creek in Laurel. The first step is a kayak ramp, which will open a paddling concession this summer, according to Ed Lewandowski, who is working on the project. It will be an important site of the Delmarva PadMore to do in Laurel dling Weekend, Sept. 30–Oct. 2, according to Jim Farther south on Route 13, Rapp, the organizer who also plans the Delmarva Laurel’s history is preserved Birding Weekend. Paddlers can bring a boat or in a 1910 train station and in rent one for one or more of the paddling trips. Regan 1816 Victorian house, both istration opens in June. ( run by the Laurel Historical Tying these treasures together is the Nanticoke Society. Heritage Byway, a 35-mile-long tour. One byway The Cook House exhibits stop is the 2,000-acre Trap Pond State Park, home bushel baskets manufactured to the northernmost stand of bald cypress trees in the nation. (nanticoke Award-Winning, Pet-Friendly,

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Uncovering family-friendly Civil War sites to visit this summer You’ve been to Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, Arlington House, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, but you can explore Civil War history throughout the Washington area. Many of the sites are great opportunities for kids to learn about the conflict, but also offer good recreational opportunities. Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln in Northwest D.C. No special invitations or Secret Service background checks are needed to visit President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home. For three summers, Lincoln and his family left the White House and encamped at this serene setting where the president also spent time talking with injured soldiers. ( At the cottage, Lincoln pondered some of his biggest decisions, including issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Tours offer insight into his life and times, and “Cottage Conversations” offer new interpretations through the voices of authors and historians. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children

and the facility is open seven days a week. The cottage is located on the grounds of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home and less than a mile from the USSAH National Cemetery. It was the first national cemetery created during the Civil War and the predecessor to Arlington National Cemetery.

South of Winchester Explore a Virginia battlefield where both North and South declared victory. In 1862, Confederate Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson relied on faulty intelligence and marched toward Winchester with 3,400 men. He was surprised at Kernstown by Col. Nathan Kimball and 8,500 Union troops. The Union forces turned Jackson’s left flank and forced him to retreat, causing the charismatic leader to log his only defeat — ever — at the first Battle of Kernstown. Concerned about Confederate activity so close to Washington, D.C., President Abraham Lincoln retained more troops in the area and refused to

send 30,000 men south to support Gen. George B. McClellan. A second battle was fought on the same ground in 1864 and won by the Confederacy. Today, you can visit the Kernstown Battlefield on the Pritchard-Grim Farm and stroll along the stone wall recorded in battlefield reports. Explore the walking trails on the battlefield and tour the 1854 Prichard House, where farmers Samuel and Helen Pritchard and their children huddled in their cellar during both battles. ( The visitor center is staffed on the weekends by volunteers from mid-May through October. Saturday hours are 10:00am–4:00pm. Sunday hours begin at 11:00am. Admission is free. Walking tours of the house and battlefield are offered on alternating Saturdays.

Monocacy and Antietam See where the Union lost a battle but saved the capital city near Frederick, Md., and visit the site continued on page 39 I advertorial The free ticket club “Nothing in life is free” is the old saying that we all heard from our parents growing up. “But, sometimes things are almost free,” says Jim Gillette, the president and founder of SeatStir is an online seat-filling service that has been helping venues fill their empty seats for almost four years in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. “The idea is really simple,” says Gillette. “Venues don’t always sell out and an empty seat gets them nothing. By giving us the opportunity to put a warm body in an otherwise vacant spot, they are creating new customers, (and) getting additional revenue from parking, merchandise sales, drinks and food.” Broadway theaters in New York City and televised award shows in Los Angeles have used seat-filler programs for de-

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Meals with a mission: Exploring The New Invasivore Movement My venerable Oxford English Dictionary defines “-vore” as coming from the suffix “–vorous” and meaning “devouring or eating.” Most folks know what a carnivore eats, and they’re pretty familiar with what an herbivore or an omnivore consumes. Most foodies can discourse on the locovore movement. One of the newest terms to figuratively and literally cross our palates is “invasivore,” which means to eat an invasive species because it’s good for the environment — and many exotics actually taste good. Humans have displayed a remarkable facility for picking up hitchhikers from around the world and bringing them home: witness starlings, or the northern snakehead, which is currently munching its way down the Potomac River. We have also shown incredible ingenuity and thoroughness in consuming entire species, such as the

passenger pigeon, bison, and sturgeon (although the last two are making well-assisted comebacks). The idea of eating invasives seems to use one of our bad habits to counteract another. The Urban Dictionary defines “invasivore” as “… someone who eats invasive species … both for culinary enjoyment and to help control outbreaks of invasive species in native environments.” This idea becomes more palatable when you consider that the Global Invasive Species Programme claims that the United States alone pays approximately $120 billion annually on efforts to manage more than 800 invasive species populations. Worldwide, that spending increases to $1.4 trillion. Proponents of dining on exotics point to the lionfish, a highly predacious environmental homewrecker that invaded the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast a dozen years ago and

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began eating the reefs bare. Beneath an array of venomous spines, lionfish carry fillets of buttery, flaky meat perfect for ceviche or sushi. As chefs began serving lionfish, often as an alternative to lobster, populations of the fish dropped. With lionfish selling for more than $16 a pound, demand often outruns the supply. The theory behind the invasivores’ battle cry — “If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em!” — is indeed very seductive. But, at best, it’s just one tactic, not a comprehensive strategy aimed at eliminating the invaders. “Eating invasive species is not a silver bullet,” said Laura Huffman, of the Nature Conservancy’s Texas office. But it can still be “a way to get people engaged in the topic and in the solution.” Invasivorism can even potentially backfire. If an invasive becomes popular, people could actually work to increase its numbers. As noted in Take Part, a citizens’ action website, “… mounting consumer demand can create the incentive to introduce (an exotic species) into new places. This

has happened with feral hogs. While the beasts are notorious for their bulldozer-like ability to obliterate a landscape, they are prized by hunters for their meat. Because hunters continue to keep them stocked, the hogs, initially from Russia, now roam 39 states.” Locally, Congressional Seafood Company, housed in the Maryland Food Center, has mounted a campaign to promote eating flathead catfish and blue catfish, two species invading the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources discourages catch-and-release of the catfish, asking anglers to keep and kill any that they catch. Cooked into “cat cakes,” the fish is tasty and enjoyable to eat. This month, I offer an easy recipe for people wishing to dabble their toes in invasivorism.

WILTED DANDELION SALAD 1 bunch fresh dandelion greens, washed, stems removed 2 green onions, chopped 2 hardboiled eggs, chopped 5 slices bacon 2 teaspoons flour 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar In a medium-sized pan, cook the bacon until it is browned and crispy. Remove the bacon strips from the pan, leaving only the drippings. Slowly whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the vinegar to the pan, whisking constantly. Whisk in the sugar. Put the dandelion greens into the pan and toss the leaves with the dressing until they wilt slightly. Remove the salad from the pan and garnish with chopped onions, eggs, and crumbled bacon. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit his website at reedhellmanwordsmith. com or email your questions and comments to rhway2go@yahoo. com.

wine doctor I edward finstein

Two mutated grapes offer unexpected tastes to try Genetic mutations happen a lot in life. On a cellular level, genes can change or morph into something else, taking an otherwise normal, predictable entity and altering its character. Sometimes, it’s a natural crossing of several different things. We see this phenomenon in medical science, biology, and even in wine grapes. Such is the case with two grape varieties: “chardonnay musqué” and “Caberlot.” Regular chardonnay, for the most part, tastes pretty much the same whether it’s produced in a cool or warm climate. Notes of apple, pear, flint, white peach, and mineral are common and, if oaktreated, then additional elements of vanilla, butterscotch, fig, nuts, and smoke are added. The musqué clone is different. Sure, it is typically reminiscent of the grape, but it takes on an added perfumey, musky note that is indigenous to the muscat grape, thus, its name. This mutation smacks of tropical fruit, honeysuckle, orange blossom, and spice. More often than not, off-dry in sweetness and medium-bodied, this version of chardonnay is indeed a crowd-pleaser. Apparently discovered by a French farmer by accident a couple hundred years ago, it began being propagated separately from the rest of the chardonnay. This clone of chardonnay tends to work best in cool climates where the aromatic character of the grape is maintained and intensified. Warmer

climates like California, Australia, Chile, and Argentina, for example, would simply cook these elements away. That’s why cool viticultural regions of the world like the northern and eastern U.S., Canada, and some northern European countries can produce decent examples. Some wineries blend this clone with other varietals, such as pinot gris or riesling. Most chardonnay works well with or without oak treatment. However, I believe this clone shows better without oak, as it tends to mask its muskiness. Because of musqué’s floral, perfumey nuances, food matches for it are slightly different. To a lesser degree, it can be treated somewhat like other aromatic varietals such as gewurztraminer, muscat, and even riesling. It makes a great aperitif before a meal, or a delightful digestive afterward. Check it out with less sweet, fruit-based desserts, nuts and cheeses like Gruyere and Brie, milder exotic cuisine such as Indian, Thai, and Mexican, or even lightly spicy dishes like chili and ceviche. It’s also yummy with melon and prosciutto, fish and seafood entrees such as fried mackerel and crab cakes, or lentils adorned with lemon and fresh herbs.

net franc and merlot. One would think that a crossing of two popular red grape varieties would be widely propagated, but this is not the case. It is grown exclusively at Podere Il Carnasciale in Tuscany. It was first identified in an abandoned vineyard in the late 1960s in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. Only about 3,000 bottles of this wine, wearing the IGT (table wine with a geographical description) denomination, are produced yearly. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor,” 2016. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, awardwinning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. For more information, visit,, thewinedoctor.,, or

‘Caberlot’ is another example Then there’s “Caberlot.” This is a rare black grape, believed to be a natural crossing of caber-

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Getting into the spirit of the West Virginia SoulFuel Festival A group of business people, pastors, representatives of the visitors bureau, and others in Morgantown, W.Va., put their heads together recently and came to a conclusion. “Everyone thought it was time to bring some inspiration to the area,” says Susan Alston Johnson, who is promoting the festival. The result is the first-ever “SoulFuel WV” inspirational music and family festival, July 22–24, which is being presented by the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau and produced by Alston Group Inc.

Five nationally known stars in the world of contemporary Christian music will perform on multiple stages in Morgantown. Christian music can include many styles, including pop, rock, folk, reggae, hip-hop, and heavy metal. The festival lineup includes Mary Mary, a chart-topping sister-duo who have won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award, and a BET Award; Crowder, a multiple Dove Award winner; Martha Munizzi, a Dove and Stellar Award winner and Grammy and Soul Train Award

nominee; and American Idol Season 11 Top 10 finalist Colton Dixon. Biographies and videos of the awardwinning artists are available on the festival’s website, Entertainment also includes regional bands, adult and children’s ecumenical chorales, a dance troupe, a talent show, retail and food vendors, workshops, and a 5K inflatables course. Friday and Saturday performances will be at Mylan Park and the Sunday show will be at the Ruby McClain Amphitheater. Part of the proceeds from the

event will go to the Chestnut Mountain Ranch, a residential program for boys in crisis. Tickets are available through the website and are $42.99 for adults and $32.49 for ages 10 to 20. Organizers expect 10,000 attendees at what will become an annual event.

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festival, but has the feel of a community street fair,” according to Meagan Butkus, of Celebrate Fairfax Inc., the sponsoring organization. “We have a lot going on.” Live concerts on eight stages, 300 exhibitors, food and beverage vendors, interactive children’s activities, karaoke, fireworks, carnival rides, and even diving dogs highlight the festival, which honors Fairfax County and its many communities. An animal petting zoo is as close as the suburban Washington, D.C., locality will come to its agricultural past, generally the focus of traditional county fairs. This is the 35th year for the modern festival, which takes place on 25 acres at the Fairfax County Government Center, located at 12000 Government Center Parkway. The event draws up to 80,000 visitors during its three-day run. Three nationally known rock ’n’ roll bands will be headliners this year. Performing on Friday will be the Plain White T’s, known for pop, punk, and melody. The band’s platinum-selling singles include the mega-hit “Hey There Delilah” and its most recent album is American Nights. The B-52s, called the “World’s Greatest Party Band” for its dance-rock sounds, will be featured on Saturday. The band, which has sold more than 20 million albums, is known for such tunes as “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire,” “Private Idaho,” “Channel Z,” “Love Shack,” and “Roam.” Living Colour will bring its creative fusion of free jazz, funk, hard rock, and heavy metal on Sunday. The band’s debut album, Vivid, featured the hits “Glamour Boys” and “Cult of Personality” — the latter earned a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Among other musical features are local and regional bands, a karaoke championship competition, and a fun-to-watch “Silent Disco,” where you wear wireless headsets and dance to the music of one of three on-site DJs playing simultaneously. The festival will have more than 60 carnival rides, games, and attractions. A 5K race is sched-

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uled, and a DockDogs event will feature canines participating in aquatics competitions. Plus, there will be a giant maze, a pop-up playground, a scavenger hunt, and nightly fireworks. Youngsters will enjoy Innovation Health Children’s Avenue, where there will be free hands-on learning events, a train ride, a robot pavilion, a kids’ stage, a kids’ midway, a moon bounce, firetrucks and police cars, and animal petting zoos. In addition to numerous retail vendors, there will be 40 food vendors, with options ranging from Peruvian to barbeque to Mediterranean. Wineries, breweries, and cideries also will be on hand. Free shuttles to the festival are available at Fair Lakes Circle and Fair Oaks Shopping Center. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12, with senior citizen and military discounts. Carnival rides cost extra. Advance discounted tickets are available through and at Northern Virginia Wegmans stores.

See what’s bloomin’ Those who like national parks, plants, and art can combine their pleasures in an exhibit called “Flora of the National Parks” at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington. The exhibit in the Conservatory West Gallery celebrates this year’s 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. A lecture series accompanies the exhibit, which runs through Oct. 2. The beauty of the flora at more than 400 national park sites across the nation is highlighted through paintings, photography, illustrations, and other styles by various artists. Plants are listed both by their common and Latin names. Among representatives of our region are: Virginia creeper and flowering dogwood at Manassas National Battlefield Yellow lady’s slipper and large-flowered trillium at Shenandoah National Park continued on page 39





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CULTURE continued from page 38 Crimson-eyed rose mallow at Colonial National Historical Park Gray’s lily and mountain magnolia on the Blue Ridge Parkway Paw paw at Great Falls National Park Birdfoot violet at C&O Canal Jack-in-the-pulpit at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Common persimmon at Antietam National Battlefield Rhododendron at Great Smoky Mountain National Park Elsewhere, there are plants such as: Arctic gentian at Denali National



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