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Milford is a First State must-see The bucolic small town of Milford, Del., has a population of 8,500 and is located in the southern part of the state, about 30 minutes from Dover and 90 minutes from the BaltimoreWashington area. Milford was first settled by Henry Bowan in 1680. A hundred years later, the Rev. Sydenham Thorne built the first dam across the river to generate power for his gristmill and, later, a sawmill. Milford’s downtown, with its mix of architectural styles, dates to the mid-18th century. Starting in the 1700s and lasting more than 200 years, shipbuilding

along the Mispillion River was big business. Milford was a rich town, with six shipbuilding companies turning out hundreds of four-masted ships that sailed to ports all over the world. Importing and exporting businesses soon sprang up downtown, along with stores and shops. The shipbuilding heyday ended in the 1920s, as white oak trees became scarce. Today, many of Milford’s historic downtown buildings house art galleries, restaurants, shops, and museums. The town has become a major cultural center set in a beautiful area of rolling hills and meadows.

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The Mispillion Art League is made up of 285 local artisans. On display are works in oils, acrylics, pastels, collages, and watercolors, as well as digital and traditional photography pieces. In a restored 1930s warehouse, visitors will find artist Rosemary Connelly’s studio, Live Cheap and Make Art. The brick walls are covered with Connelly’s beautiful watercolors depicting area farms and places in Italy, where she and her husband lived for several years. A recent addition to the downtown arts scene is Gallery 37: A Destination for Artful Living. Owner Marcia Reed is a retired art teacher pursuing her dream of bringing fine art and unique home decorations to the community. The Milford Art Stroll is a selfguided tour made up of three routes: visual art, public and performance art, and food and bed-and-breakfasts. Included in the third route are Verde Cooking School and the Towers Bed & Breakfast. Insider Tip: Get a sugar jolt by stopping at Sugar Bee’s Boutique for some chocolate truffles.

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You’ll find unusual boat art along the River Walk in Milford, Del.

The Milford Museum is a stunning early-1900s Georgian brick building that hosts exhibits explaining Milford’s history. On view until November is Dry Spell: The Prohibition Experience in Milford, which explores the town’s Prohibition days and looks at how the brewing industry has changed today in the area. The museum’s Walking Tour

Guide of Milford publication provides a self-guided tour that denotes historic buildings around town. The Parson Thorne Mansion, built in 1735, was the home of the town’s founder, the Rev. Sydenham Thorne. Originally built in the Georgian style of architecture, after many renovations it is now Victorian Gothic. Tours are given May to October. For those who appreciate dance, the Diamond Dance Company will give a ballet performance of Tale of the Little Mermaid, transforming Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, on April 25. And, on April 25–26, the First State Dance Academy performs Pirates of the Caribbean Ballet, based on the movie, at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover. Throughout the year, the Second Street Players present live performances of comedy and drama at the Riverfront Theater. Next up, in April, is Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Dining and lodging There is a wide range of dining options in Milford. Fresh homemade pastries, sandwiches, and specialty coffees are available at Dolce Bakery. The Georgia House offers crab soup or rockfish. And, the menu at Abbott’s Grill runs from burgers to prime rib. Two 18th-century architectural gems offering cozy lodgings are the Causey Mansion, a 1763 Greek Revival-Georgian style home, and the Towers Bed & Breakfast, a 1783 Gothic mansion.

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1. Dolce Bakery & Café — In the heart of the historic shopping district and a great place to be a local for a while. 36 N. Walnut St., 302-422-5760, www.DolceBakery.com. 2. Milford Museum — New “Milford Prohibition” exhibition, free admission. 121 S. Walnut St., 302-424-1080, www.MilfordMuseum.org. 3. Gallery 37 — A destination for artful living. 8 S. Walnut St., 302-265-2318, www.MarciaReedPainting.com. 4. Mispillion Art League — Local artists’ cooperative gallery. 5 N. Walnut St., 302-430-7646, www.MispillionArts.com.

5. Mispillion River Brewing — Tours, tastings and live music in Cheers-like atmosphere. 255 Mullet Run St., 302-491-6623, www.MispillionRiverBrewing.com. 6. Abbott’s Grill — Award winning farm-to-fork fresh ingredients, local brews, live music. 249 N.E. Front St., 302-491-6736, www.AbbottsGrillDe.com. 7. Live Cheap and Make Art — Paintings, prints and classes. 39 N. Walnut St., Suite 105, 302-359-5534, www.LiveCheapMakeArt.com. 8. Verde Italian Cooking School — Cooking classes where the instructor shows the entire menu preparation step by step. 10 S.W. Front St., 302-424-1114, www.VerdeCook.com.

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It’s believed that the ability to contemplate mortality presents a profound difference between humans and other animals. In adolescent years this survival instinct may mean not racing a bicycle too fast or, hopefully, avoiding irresponsible driving or drugs. Fast forward to middle age and the concerns shift to things like cholesterol, exercise, and diet. Why this drive to survive? Well, avoiding pain and suffering plays into it, as does the fear of what happens next. But, I think the biggest draw is not wanting to get caught with no more time and a long list of desires that are unmet. Those desires could be things such as wanting to see a child develop, hoping to fall in love, or simply hoping to see and do more things. Most other goals distill down, becoming the means to reach the previously mentioned goals. While few of us are likely to enjoy the level of discovery of a Christopher Columbus, we can experience, say, the Galapogos Islands. On a more realistic level, perhaps a night of first-rate jazz at the Berks Jazz Festival can regale you along with the experience of a bed-and-breakfast and a new wine to sample. The meter starts to run from the moment you’re born and never lets up. Making matters worse, the list of what you’d like to see, do, and accomplish seems to continuously grow. Myself? I’ve been to about 80 countries and 40 states. I’ve seen the

ruins of the Roman Forum and other European wonders and sailed the Caribbean countless times. I’ve enjoyed a Vermont wedding in Norman Rockwell’s front yard, hot air ballooning over Napa Valley, and countless trips to the small towns of the Mid-Atlantic. Many of you have read my travel stories. But my “to-do/to-see” list keeps growing: Machu Picchu, the Egyptian pyramids, the Grand Canyon, windsurfing, overnight port visits on the Chesapeake Bay, a Poconos lakeside summer getaway, four-wheeling, Mount Rushmore. The list is huge, but the wallet and open calendar dates don’t quite match it. So, what do you do when resources are limited? You maximize what you have to work with, and the best way to do that is through is research and planning. For you, that’s great because Recreation News has tons of stories every month, and updates on our website, Facebook, Twitter, email, and social media every day. Meanwhile, the research continues to grow my to-do list to record lengths. Have some ideas of your own? Please, share them with us online, on Facebook, and every way you can. We are all in this together. Let’s make the most of it!

On our cover Paintings such as this one titled “A Return to Peace” by Keith Rocco portray the scene at Appomattox when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 ~ Publisher’s Note 4 ~ Editor’s Note 5 ~ Thunder in the Valley 6 ~ Travel Line 8 ~ Civil War’s final days 10 ~ Following Booth’s escape 11 ~ Fayetteville marks Civil War role 12 ~ Sleep in Lexington’s historic luxury 14 ~ Follow Nelson’s trails 15 ~ New exhibits at Hampton museums 16 ~ Loving nature on the Eastern Shore 18 ~ Try the new Newport News marathon 19 ~ Calendar of Events 22 ~ Mid-Atlantic fishing 26 ~ Making maple syrup 27 ~ Super Bowl of Geocaching 28 ~ Adventures in Taste 29 ~ Wine Doctor 30 ~ Cruise Corner

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This spring, learn how the Civil War ended

The great national nightmare was coming to an end 150 years ago, but there’s probably a lot you don’t know about what happened in March and April of 1865. As we wind down our coverage of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial observance, Recreation News takes a look at the circumstances that led to Robert E. Lee’s fateful meeting with Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. In this issue you can check out places you can see and events you can attend that mark the surrender at Appomattox.

But, as is often the case, that’s only part of the story. Our Travel Line columnist looks south to the events in North Carolina that were taking place as two Union and two Confederate armies sought to join there. You’ll find out how the blockade runners managed to keep operating, what may be the largest reenactment of the observance, and about the largest single surrender of Confederate troops. Of course, the end of the war was followed closely by the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and we look at two events that relate to the escape and pursuit of John Wilkes Booth. The Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Md., played a role in the assassination and sponsors Booth manhunt tours each spring. Booth was cornered and killed in Caroline County, Va., and the county is hosting a full weekend of activities and tours that we describe. Recreation News has long provided quarterly Civil War sections recognizing the wealth of related attractions and experiences in the Mid-Atlantic from Manassas to Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox. We will continue our regular March, June, September, and December sections. But the story goes beyond ceremonies and reenactments. One of the major reasons that Civil War sites are still being preserved today is the Civil War Trust, which continues to work with in-

dividuals and governments to purchase land on which battles were fought and protect it from development. Now, the trust is assuming an even larger role at the request of the National Park Service. It will also work to preserve additional Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites. You can learn more about the trust at civilwartrust.org.

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Thunder in the Valley brings riders to Johnstown in June For Larry Malec, there’s not a bad road in or out of Johnstown. As one of the motorcycle enthusiasts who drives the back country roads in this community — located 70 miles east of Pittsburgh — Malec is amply familiar with the scenery and the good stops in the countryside. So, it’s a perfect fit that Malec is one of the local volunteers who welcomes the hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists who visit Johnstown each year for the annual Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally, being held this year June 25–28. “There’s a ride for every kind of taste,” Malec said. Johnstown, about a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., is located in a river valley, surrounded by high hills that frame the downtown. Its riverfront location was necessary for early commerce, but also made it susceptible to flooding — perhaps most notably when the infamous Great Flood of 1889 claimed 2,000 lives.

Beyond the flood While the community has honored its past with a museum that commemorates the tragedy, Johnstown has also embraced tourism and outdoor activities. That’s one reason local tourism officials created Thunder in the Valley in 1998 as a way to draw even more tourists to the area. “We needed to come up with ways to entice visi-

tors to our community,” said Olivia Bragdon, who promotes the area. It’s been growing ever since and is now “our signature event,” according to Bragdon. “It is what our community is known for.” Thunder in the Valley draws more than 100,000 visitors each year, doubling the community’s size. Visitors are drawn to the open country roads and free activities held throughout the rally. There’s no cost to attend Thunder in the Valley, although some club rides do charge a nominal fee. Johnstown and the surrounding towns embrace the rally, holding events including free concerts, pride rides, and demonstrations. “Most people who come, come back,” Malec said. “This is a very family-friendly event.” Malec and other volunteers from the Greater Johnstown Touring Club help staff a welcome booth in the city’s downtown that serves as the kickoff point for the event. Riders receive a program book that gives detailed maps for ride destinations. There are also four stages with live music, from oldies rock to jazz, and a number of motorcycle manufacturers set up displays.

Popular rides “We have pamphlets and brochures that detail all you can see in the area,” Malec said. Some popular rides include a club ride that travels to the Flight 93 Memorial, about 40 miles

from Johnstown. It’s there, in Shanksville, where passengers on a fourth plane hijacked by terrorists sacrificed themselves on Sept. 11, 2001, crashing it into a field to prevent harm coming to others. The Quecreek Mine Memorial — the site of a miraculous mine rescue — is also another popular destination. But, perhaps the biggest must-ride attraction is the Johnstown Inclined Plane, which carries riders up a steep hill that frames the town. Insider tip: Johnstown’s incline, the world’s steepest, takes visitors up more than 1,000 feet for a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. And, yes, motorcycles can ride up in the incline’s cars. “Johnstown is known for its incline,” Bragdon said. “You can ride your bike to the top, visit restaurants, tour the area, and ride back down.” One of the biggest appeals for riders is the welcome they receive from the community, Malec said. Thunder in the Valley has become an institution in the area, and an event the locals look forward to each year. Plus, there’s great camaraderie among the riders. “Everyone has a common interest and bond,” he said. “Whether you are a hard-core rider, or you ride for fun on the weekends, we all have something in common.”

For more information Johnstown Tourism: visitjohnstownpa.com

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North Carolina explores its role in the Civil War with exhibitions Though North Carolina had fewer plantations and fewer slaves than any other southern state when the Civil War broke out in 1861, the Tar Heel State sent more men to war and sustained more losses. (The North Carolina troops were especially valiant during Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.) The last southern state to secede from the Union, North Carolina suffered not only many human losses, but great losses of property during the war. Union troops seized New Bern on the coast during the first year of the war and controlled it until the surrender in 1865. However, Confederate forces were able to hold on to Fort Fisher until January 1865. Called “The Gibraltar of the South,” the fort protected the Port of Wilmington, thus enabling blockade runners to keep military supplies and weapons from foreign countries flowing into Wilmington for distribution to other parts of the South during most of the war. After Union Gen. William T. Sherman presented the city of Savannah, Ga., to President Lincoln as a Christmas present in December 1864, his troops marched north through South Carolina and into North Carolina in early 1865. During Sherman’s occupation of Fayetteville, March 11–14, 1865, his troops burned textile mills and the newspaper office and upon their departure destroyed the city’s arsenal, housing what remained of the Confederacy’s military arms. After

the Union army defeated the Confederates at the Battles at Averasboro (March 14) and Bentonville (March 21–22), Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to Sherman at a farm called Bennett Place near Durham, N.C., on April 26, 1865. In early January, descendants of Union and Confederate soldiers who fought at Fort Fisher met at the site to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 and 1865 battles, with storytelling, historical lectures, tours, music, and reenactors. Visitors can learn more about the Civil War in the Wilmington area by taking a Civil War Cruise with Chris Fonveille, a noted historian and author, aboard The Wilmington on March 22 or April 26. (Wilmington Water Tours, 910-338-3134 or wilmingtonandbeaches.com) Fayetteville’s Transportation and Local History Museum is hosting Cumberland County Goes to War through the end the year. The exhibit features artifacts, pictures, documents, and educational panels that explore the county’s war experience on the battlefield and the home front. The North Carolina Civil War History Center, to be built on the site of the former Fayetteville Arsenal, will be the first museum in the nation to address the difficult topics of the Civil War and Reconstruction from the perspective of a single state and its people. (nccivilwarcenter.org) North Carolina’s largest Civil War reenactment

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The exhibit adapts the recent successful one held at the Winterthur du Pont estate in Wilmington, Del., to the Biltmore estate of the Vanderbilts. Exhibit themes include the Evolution of Fashion, Nuances of Etiquette, the Changing Roles of Women, and the Life of Service Staff. According to ExploreAsheville.com, “The wave of social change in the early 1900s had a large impact on the Vanderbilts and their servants, and new stories will be shared about George W. Vanderbilt, his wife Edith, and their daughter Cornelia, who lived in the 250-room house.� While in Asheville, you might want to check out the lively food scene. The city is home to more than 250 independent restaurants, more than 20 breweries, 14 farmers markets, three craft hard cideries, two craft sake breweries, two honey bars/boutiques, two creative doughnut shops, and two new locations for bean-to-bar local

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The last 10 days of the war: Richmond to Appomattox If anything marked Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s demeanor in the spring of 1865, it was his determination to stretch Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army, which was entrenched around Petersburg, Va., to the breaking point. Here, for 10 months, the Blue and the Gray had battled to no conclusion. Yet, after his initial June 1864 assaults and his epic, but disastrous, Battle of the Crater on July 30, Grant began a war of attrition, seeking to isolate the Confederates before him, cut their railroad supply lines, and ultimately wear down their will to war. Four days after Lee’s final offensive of the war — a desperate attack on Fort Stedman meant to split Grant’s army in half and gain time for Lee’s army to join Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston’s men in North Carolina — Grant again seized the initiative. Marching against Lee’s western flank, he aimed to seize the Boydton Plank Road and ultimately sever the South Side Railroad. Two days of steady rain slowed the advance, but on March 31, Union Gen. Philip Sheridan’s cavalry drove toward the strategic intersection of Five Forks. Lee had already dispatched Confederate Gen. George Pickett to this very spot with orders to “hold Five Forks at all hazards.” And for 24 hours, Pickett, who had finished last in his West Point class and is best known for that fateful Gettysburg charge

that bears his name, had done just that, driving Sheridan’s riders back to Dinwiddie Court House.

Confederate ‘Waterloo’ But late during the afternoon of April 1, a reinforced Sheridan hit Pickett’s dug-in Confederates, collapsing their line in chaos and capturing nearly a third of Pickett’s 10,000-man force. As Confederate cavalry commander Thomas Munford would remember, Five Forks became the “Waterloo of the Confederacy.” Lee immediately telegraphed Confederate President Jefferson Davis: “I think it is absolutely necessary that we should abandon our position tonight.” The Union’s breakthrough on April 2 — centered in and around today’s Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier — drove Confederate forces back from Hatcher’s Run and along the Boyden Plank Road where Confederate Gen. A. P. Hill would be killed trying to rally his troops. Lee’s abandonment of Petersburg made Richmond untenable. Davis and his cabinet evacuated the Confederate capital with as many government records as possible, heading west on the Richmond & Danville Railroad while looters scoured the city, igniting fires.

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With a day’s lead over Grant, Lee ordered his army to gather at Amelia Court House to resupply. But arriving there, the Confederates would find only trains with ammunition. Forced to scavenge for food, Lee’s men lost their one-day marching advantage on their Union pursuers, retreating westward at night to stay ahead of the enemy. The next day, Sheridan’s cavalry drove into a gap between two of Lee’s corps, forcing the Confederates into battle at Sailor’s Creek. Outnumbered and flanked on two sides, Confederate forces surrendered en masse. After losing more than one-fifth of his army, Lee would exclaim, “My God! Has the army been dissolved?” That evening, he would tell a Davis’ courier, “A few more Sailor’s Creeks and it will all be over.” Hearing the news from Sheridan, Grant wrote President Lincoln from Burkeville: “If the thing is pressed I think that Lee will surrender.” On reading this, Lincoln wired back, “Let the thing be pressed.” At Farmville, Lee finally received some good news: His men had successfully defended strategic High Bridge, an enormous elevated railroad trestle 4 miles east of Farmville. The next morning, Lee’s ravenous remnants arrived in Farmville to find 40,000 rations of bread and 80,000 meal rations aboard train cars in the depot. But Grant was closing in, approaching Farmville

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now from two fronts. Marching his men 3 miles north, Lee dug in around Cumberland Church to protect his wagon train. Subsequent Union attacks failed to break Lee’s line, but did keep the southerners at bay, forcing them again to continue their retreat into the night. Aiming to get the army to Campbell Court House, just east of Lynchburg, Lee planned to halt for more rations and supplies at Appomattox Station. But, Grant’s way west gave him an 8-mile advantage over Lee, and on the evening of the April 8, Gen. George Custer’s Union cavalry galloped into Appomattox Station, seizing three long trains from Lynchburg bearing more than 300,000 ra-

tions. Attacking later that evening, Custer’s cavalrymen captured more than two dozen Confederate cannon and a thousand prisoners. Learning that Union cavalry had him blocked, Lee pondered a breakout attack at dawn on April 9 to clear the way to Lynchburg. But just as his cavalry seemed poised to drive the Federal horsemen from their front, blue-clad infantry emerged from the western woods and sealed the Confederate army’s fate. Resplendent in a new uniform, Lee realized his options had vanished. “There is nothing left for me to do but to go and see General Grant, and I would rather die a thousand deaths.”

d EVENTS MARKING THE WAR’S CONCLUSION

New exhibits, tours, reenactments, and other activities will take place from Richmond and Petersburg to Appomattox, March 20–April 12, marking the events leading to Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. On March 28, you can experience the last major battle of the war in Virginia during the reenactment at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Historical Park, in addition to participating in other activities at the park. (virginiastateparks.gov) On March 29, reenactors will march to High Bridge and proceed to Farmville for rations as they did in 1865. Take a guided tour of the trail and Confederate earthworks. (virginiastateparks.gov) On April 2–4, The Future of Richmond’s Past, a consortium of cultural and history institutions, marks the final days before the fall of Richmond with a series of special events, exhibits, and reenactments that will commemorate the burning of the city, emancipation, and occupation by Union forces. Admission to the sites is free and shuttles operate between them. Among the locations are Virginia Capitol Square, Museum and White House of the Confederacy, and Historic Tredegar. From April 8–12, the American Civil War Museum in Appomattox offers extended hours, 10:00am-8:00pm, and will host a series of reenactment events and scholarly talks. Meet nationally known Civil War authors at morning coffees, attend a reception at a Civil War plantation home (tickets required), and hear local schoolchildren in concert. (moc.org) To learn more about the events currently planned for the Appomattox area, including living history and real-time ceremonies in various locations such as the National Park Service sites, visit appomattoxcountyva.gov and click on “Civil War 150.”

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Battle of Waynesboro commemoration Living history and reenactments commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Waynesboro, Va., Feb. 28 and March 1, 9:00am–4:00pm each day (reenactment at 1:00pm each day). Shuttle buses make hourly runs from Constitution Park. (Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, 540-943-3943) A special “On This Day” tour, March 2, is a car caravan to important battle sites on the exact date of the battle. Tour begins at the Plumb House, which was at the center of the fighting, 1021 W. Main St. in Waynesboro. (Terry Heder, 540-740-4545)

Lincoln funeral train The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Md., will commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in the museum’s Roundhouse on April 18–19. Events will include scheduled reenactments of Lincoln’s funeral cortege and placing of the coffin in the center of the museum’s Roundhouse. Visitors will be able to “view” the martyred president in an authentic reproduction of his casket. Civil War soldier and civilian re-enactors will participate in the solemn ceremonies and researched authentic funeral music will be provided by the Federal City Brass Band. The museum’s 1863 locomotive, Thatcher Perkins, will accompany the ceremony and be decorated exactly like the Lincoln funeral train. Each ceremony will be narrated by noted author and guest curator Daniel Carroll Toomey. While living history is available throughout both days, the formal narrated commemoration takes place at 11:30am each day.

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Museum provides ‘Full Story’ of assassination conspiracy The Mary Surratt House, described as a clandestine Confederate safe house during the Civil War, was home to the first woman ever executed by the federal government. The crime for which she was convicted: conspiring with John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. While it was Surratt’s Washington, D.C., boarding house where she allegedly became involved in the plot to first kidnap and then kill Lincoln, it was her tavern and home in Maryland where Booth found hidden weapons and field glasses as he escaped following the assassination of the president. Her son, John Surratt, had been a friend of Booth and a Confederate courier and spy. Today, the National Historic Register-listed house is open for tours led by costumed interpreters Wednesdays through Sundays for a modest admission of only $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and free for children. A special exhibition, The Full Story: Maryland, the Surratts and the Crime of the Century, is now open. Surratt’s son had become involved with Booth and his gang. Before and during the Civil War, the

Surratts’ Maryland home was a center for much community activity, and an underground network of Confederates who lived in Southern Maryland frequented the Surratt tavern. As it turned out, the man who saved Mary Surratt financially ended up sending her to the gallows.

Convicted, but was she guilty? When Mary Surratt moved to Washington, she rented the tavern to a former policeman, John Lloyd, who became a state witness and testified at her military trial about her requests to “get the shooting irons ready” when she visited the farm on the afternoon of the assassination. Her son had shown Lloyd a hiding place for the ammo and supplies used by the conspirators after a failed kidnap attempt in March 1865. Mary Surratt was convicted and hanged for her role along with three men; other cohorts of Booth were imprisoned. Debate still rages about whether key characters in the story — Surratt and Dr. Samuel Mudd — were truly guilty. continued on page 13

Where 19th-century culture mingles with the ghosts of the Lincoln assassination story. 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735 Phone: 301-868-1121 www.surrattmuseum.org

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See his hiding places and learn how Lincoln’s assassin died

Register now to attend the Capture of Lincoln’s Assassin Sesquicentennial events April 24,25,26, 2015 VisitCaroline.com/Tourism 804-633-3492

For the first time ever, the Virginia locality where Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth was captured and killed will host a tour of the sites where Booth met his end. Kathy Beard, who promotes Caroline County, says the three-day tour is a crowning historical experience that follows the Rappahannock Valley Garden Tour featuring Caroline County homes. Five area historic properties are open for Virginia Garden Week on the local tour April 21. The sesquicentennial Booth capture event runs April 24–26. Caroline County hopes to use the money raised from marking the sesquicentennial of the capture of Lincoln’s murderer to preserve key historic items. Beard is excited that the funds will be used to preserve the Civil War-themed paintings in the Sidney E. King Arts Center, a cultural spot named for the prolific Caroline County artist who created more than 200 Civil War scenes for the National Park Service. Proceeds from the tour also will benefit the American History Museum in Port Royal, which has among its collection a self-portrait of John Wilkes Booth. The tour winds its way along Booth’s Virginia escape route, visiting his hiding spots and featuring the Rappahannock River town of Port Royal, with its aristocratic Virginia portraiture gallery and its Museum of American History. Participants will see the location of the famed Star Hotel, where Confederate soldier William Jett was captured in Bowling Green. A walking tour will be followed by a tasting of local and regional wines and a special reception at the Sidney E. King Arts Center. Dr. Terry Alford, a Lincoln scholar and consultant for the Steven Spiel-

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berg film Lincoln will speak at the Caroline County Visitor Center following the reception. Alford’s longawaited book, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, will be released in April. Also during the tour, National Park Service representatives and the Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile will be on hand to enhance the Civil War learning experience. On the last day of the tour, one of the most soughtafter Lincoln impersonators, Michael Krebs, together with Mary Todd Lincoln impersonator Debra Ann Miller, will portray the president and first lady. Both actors have appeared in motion pictures, at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., and at National Park Service events in Washington, D.C. In a riveting end to the event, Krebs will portray President Lincoln’s dream of unity for the nation. Breakfast, lunch, and dinners are included in the full $175 weekend price. Separate event pricing is also available. Discounts are available at several lodging establishments. Caroline County is old Virginia in miniature, with small-town museums and birthplaces of founding fathers replete with foaling places for thoroughbred horses such as Triple Crown winner Secretariat. In the visitor center you will even encounter the skeletal form of a 14,000-year-old whale excavated at a nearby quarry.

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Fayetteville marks its Civil War role with special observances As the sesquicentennial of the Civil War draws to a close, Fayetteville, N.C., plans observances recognizing its role in the conflict. For most of the war, Fayetteville’s major role was supplying arms and ammunition made at the Fayetteville Arsenal. It wasn’t until mid-March 1865, when Sherman’s March to the Sea turned north and arrived in North Carolina, that the city saw any fighting. After skirmishes outside the city, Sherman entered Fayetteville on March 11. Following another brief fight around the Market House, Confederate troops abandoned the town. When Sherman continued north a few days later, he ordered the arsenal destroyed. Confederate and Union armies fought again on March 14–15 near Fayetteville at the Battle of Averasboro. Greatly outnumbered, 8,000 rebels delayed 30,000 Federals long enough for other Confederate troops to gather at Bentonville, where the last battle of the war in the east was fought on March 19–21. It was a futile effort. On April 9, the Confederates surrendered. History lovers can retrace the action via a selfdrive Civil War Trail. It includes roadside historical markers at important locations and stops by several homes and battlefields. Many of the buildings along the trail, particularly the homes, are closed to the public. Several that are open plan

special events and exhibits for the observance. The Museum of Cape Fear Historical Complex presents a fascinating picture of life in the area before, during, and after the war. Outside, the foundations and ruins of the arsenal invite exploration with interpretive panels showing photos of the arsenal’s operation during the war. Another special exhibit centered on Sherman’s sojourn in Fayetteville is at the downtown Market House on the evening of March 27.

Learn about the occupation At the Fayetteville Transportation and Local History Museum, visitors experience Sherman’s occupation through narratives and artifacts. One of the artifacts is the “Lilly Tray,” a silver tray taken from Fair Oaks Plantation house that was used for target practice by Sherman’s troops. The museum is hosting two guided bus tours through the area’s Civil War heritage sites. The March 7 tour explores the general Civil War history. A second tour on June 20 visits the Averasboro and Bentonville battlefields. Reservations are required and space is limited. There’s a nominal fee. The museum will also host a tour of the site of a battle at Monroe’s Crossroads on March 10, exactly 150 years after the engagement on what is now Fort Bragg. Registration is required. And,

there will be a tour of Fayetteville’s oldest cemetery, Cross Creek Number 1, on May 10. Many Confederate graves and the state’s oldest Confederate monument are in the cemetery. Call the museum at 910-433-1457 for reservations for the bus tours and information about the cemetery visit.

Battle commemoration On March 14, the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Averasboro Commemoration will be held at the battlefield. No reenactment is planned. Instead, it will be largely ceremonial, but the schedule includes battlefield tours, speakers, and displays of artifacts important to the battle. A map room inside the battlefield museum shows the progress of the fighting and the confusion, chaos, and desperation surrounding the troop movements during the final days of the war. Nearby, the Chicora Cemetery has the remains of the 56 Confederates who died in the battle. (averasboro.com) The Living History Event marking the battle continues all weekend at Arsenal Park in Fayetteville. Members of the 17th New York Veterans and Volunteer/Palmetto Sharpshooters reenactment continued on page 13

In Fayetteville, the 1st military site you should visit is the Airborne & Special Operations museum. As for the other 40, keep reading.

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The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is one of the most highly-regarded museums this side of the Smithsonian. But why stop there? Fort Bragg and the Communities of Cumberland County are home to dozens of historical military sites that people fly from all over to see. There’s NC Veterans Park, the JFK Special Warfare Museum, the Averasboro Battlefield and Museum, as well as a number of military-themed trails. It’s all part of a big historic military adventure that you won’t forget anytime soon. for more info

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Sleep in historic luxury in Lexington’s landmarks If you think of small town main streets as a bit on the sleepy side, you haven’t been to Lexington, Va., lately. The town in the southern Shenandoah Valley celebrates is distinctive heritage in some intriguing ways. In 2014, two new lodging options opened in historic Main Street structures and also added imaginative dining to the already exciting local restaurant scene. Our recent visit included the Robert E. Lee Hotel and its Rocca Restaurant, as well as the various options at The Georges, including its restaurant and piano bar, Haywood’s. Outside of town, we took a behind-the-scenes look at another

recently renovated historic hostelry, Maple Hall Inn. In each case, caring renovations were made to well-loved local landmarks, producing exciting results. The stately Robert E. Lee opened as a six-story hotel in 1926, but was renovated and reopened in September 2014 after years of serving as longterm housing. Our room included a separate sitting room and large bath with two-person jetted tub and separate marble rain shower. The Rocca Restaurant featured an Italian menu under the direction of chef Michael Hinrichs, as well as a second-floor terrace with outside dining.

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The hotel began a periodic dinner theater show the weekend of our stay that drew an appreciative crowd. “This all chalks up to what we envision as the captivating Lexington experience,” said general manager Sean Taylor. (roberteleehotel.com) Another historic renovation dates back much farther. The Georges occupies two structures on Main Street and is named for two “Georges” with Lexington connections: George Washington, for whom Washington & Lee University is named, and George Marshall, the Virginia Military Institute graduate who led America’s military in WWII and later served as secretary of state. “The Washington building is one of the two oldest in Lexington and dates to 1789, when Washington was president,” said general manager Bob Moulder. Inside are five individually decorated 21st-century suites, complete with the latest luxuries and amenities. Just as impressive is the ground floor restaurant and piano bar, Haywood’s, which was doing a brisk business on a Sunday evening in January. Chef Chris Jack provides imaginative small plates, as well as meals, in a convivial atmosphere that Lexington is adopting as its own. Across the street is the Marshall building, which dates to 1809 and where the 13 guest rooms and suites echo the individuality and luxury of the Washington building and porches invite guests outside. On the ground

floor is TAPS, the inn’s bar and dining area where an included gourmet breakfast is served. A cozy double fireplace joins the two spaces. (thegeorges.com) A host of interesting shops and fine and casual dining establishments line Main Street, including the venerable Southern Inn, which reopened in its familiar location in 2011 after a disastrous fire. All make Lexington’s Main Street anything but sleepy.

More off Main Street A third renovation outside of Lexington reopened the Maple Hall Inn, an 1850 Antebellum brick mansion with two additional structures, pool, tennis courts, pond, and walking trail on 7 acres. The original home on the property dates to 1828 and now houses suites. A 20th-century structure, built to look like the others, faces the pond and is ideal for families. There are two pet-friendly suites, as well. The stately white-columned front of the inn leads into the second floor. The 1850 Restaurant is on the ground floor along with accessible guestrooms. “The same family owned the property until 1984, so the houses are well documented and include the amazing original mantels and moldings,” said general manager Heidi Weimer, who has five-star resort experience. “Guests have a full breakfast in our beautiful 1850 dining room or on the terrace and the full restaurant will again offer dinner beginning in the spring.” When retired Air Force and Ameri-

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Maple Hall Inn offers gracious accommodations and genuine Southern Hospitality. Twenty-three guest rooms are tastefully decorated with period antiques but offer modern luxuries like Egyptian sheets and free WiFi. The best breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley is included with your room. The seven-acre property includes walking trails, springfed pond, tennis court, and in-ground heated pool. Guests also receive a free carriage ride through historic Lexington April-October. 3111 N. Lee Highway | Lexington, Virginia 24450 Take Exit 195 from I-81, then north on Hwy 11, 200 yards on the left Email: stay@maplehalllex.com

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can Airlines pilot Philip Clayton and his wife purchased Maple Hall in 2013, all antique furnishings and original artwork were included, lending an even more authentic feel to the experience. (maplehalllex.com) Also outside of town, just west of the scenic Goshen Pass, the Hummingbird House Bed and Breakfast welcomes visitors with sweeping wraparound porches and views. The home was first built in 1780 as a one-room structure that is now the rustic den. It was expanded in 1853 by the Teeter family to the Carpenter Gothic style house you see today. Mr. Teeter had invented the roller window shade and reaped the financial rewards of his invention. The Hummingbird House boasts five guestrooms, including one where Eleanor Roosevelt stayed while on an inspection trip for her husband. The inn offers a variety of packages and specials, including a discount for active duty military personnel. (hummingbirdinn.com) Back in Lexington’s historic district, though not on Main Street, the Hampton Inn Col Alto includes the 10 Manor House rooms in the 1827 Col Alto mansion and a 76-room contemporary Hampton Inn on 7 acres. The centerpiece is the stately Col Alto mansion,

where former Virginia Gov. James McDowell entertained dignitaries. Stay in one of the 10 period guest rooms, each with its own personality and terry cloth robes, wine service, and in-room breakfast. The rooms are named for local heroes such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, both of whom are buried in Lexington. Or, choose a modern hotel room, perhaps overlooking the pool. Both include HDTV and free high-speed Internet access. Perched on a knoll, the property is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, galleries, colleges, and museums. (hampton-inn.com/hi/lexington-historic) Southeast of Lexington is Virginia’s famous Natural Bridge, where an inn or hotel has been located since 1833. Renovations to much of the current hotel, built after a 1963 fire destroyed its predecessor, are complete. The Virginia-made furniture continues to be refinished and returned to the rooms. The hotel offers special military discounts. (naturalbridgeva.com)

More to do Lexington’s great attractions are just steps from Main Street, including the Stonewall Jackson House, VMI Museum, George Marshall Foundation,

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Since opening its brewpub in Nelson County in 2008, Devils Backbone has established itself as a leader in the Virginia craft-brewing industry. Some of its spreading fame undoubtedly comes from through-hikers along the Appalachian Trail that runs not far from the Nelson County location. “We get about 1,000 through-hikers coming in for a meal and drink each year,” said Heidi Crandall, who promotes the brewery. From its beginnings as brew pub, Devils Backbone has grown into the largest brewery in Virginia, thanks to an expansive brewery and taproom that opened in Lexington in 2011. The “Outpost,” as the facility is called, continues to expand and expects to produce 75,000 barrels of product in 2015 according to brewer Cory Maggard, who showed us the computer-controlled process with its gleaming stainless steel tanks as well as the bottling, canning, and keg lines. The various Devils Backbone brews are distributed in Virginia, Washington, and Maryland, but that, too, is expected to expand this year. The taproom at the Lexington brewery is open until 8:00pm most nights and is a good place to try a sample flight of available beers or a glass of a particular favorite. The beer is also available to carry home. Back in Nelson County, Devils Backbone plans to open a distillery this summer. — jane and marvin bond

and the cemetery where Stonewall Jackson is buried. The Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington & Lee University reopens this spring after renovations and includes the burial place of Robert E. Lee and members of the Lee and Washington families, as well as a museum that explores the ties of the two great leaders to the institution. New to the scene is The Reeves

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Museum continued from page 10 Mudd set Booth’s broken leg when the assassin appeared at his Southern Maryland home. His home opens for tours in Waldorf, Md., late March to November. The Surratt House Museum has run manhunt tours following Booth’s escape route since 1977. (It took 12 days to hunt down and finally kill Booth in April 1865.) A special conference and tour is planned March 20–22. There are special tours and events in Washington and Maryland. The Smithsonian, for example, will show the coach that President and Mrs. Lincoln took to Ford’s Theatre the night of his death. Ford’s Theatre will host a matinee stage production. The Surratt House is operated by

Fayetteville continued from page 11 groups will encamp. Visitors can explore the camp and learn more about the Union occupation of Fayetteville and life of the soldiers on both sides through demonstrations. (ncdcr.gov/ ncmcf) The weekend’s last official event is a presentation by author Wade Sokolosky at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre on March 16. In the Path of Sherman’s March tells the story of the soldiers, civilians, and slaves and the fate of Fayetteville and the surrounding farms and towns as the Union army marched into the city and destroyed the arsenal.

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Learn more Surratt House Museum: surrattmuseum.org Many residents of the area kept diaries, and The Fayetteville Observer newspaper chronicled the war and life in Fayetteville. (The newspaper was so strong in its support of the Confederacy that Sherman destroyed its offices and printing plant.) All winter and spring, the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page is posting excerpts from the diaries, letters, and newspaper stories that were written on that date 150 years ago. You can follow the history “as it develops” on Twitter @FACVB. That’s also where additions to the schedule of events will be posted.

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Stay in the historic 1827 Col Alto Manor House and unwind with a glass of wine delivered to your room, or venture out to nearby vineyards for tastings. Walking distance to shopping, dining, colleges, and attractions. Col Alto also features modern hotel rooms with all amenities, free wifi, fitness center, hot breakfast, outdoor pool and hot tub.

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Tasting, tunes, trekking, and terrific times in Nelson County Less than three hours south of Washington, D.C., Nelson County, Va., makes the perfect spring getaway. With 10 wineries, four breweries, a cidery, and four distilleries up or on the horizon, this rural district offers more varieties of local bever-

ages per square mile than almost any other U.S. county. Despite the growth of the craft beverage industry, Nelson remains a beautiful rural spot whose country roads spool out mile after mile of gorgeous country views. And the sound track isn’t bad either

— new music venues are popping up like mushrooms after a rain.

Music to your ears The blog sites are all abuzz about the new music festival coming to the beautiful 4,800-acre Oak Ridge Farm, site of the September Lockn’ Festival that draws 30,000 music fans to Arrington, Va. The April 18 Blue Ridge Bowl will feature The Tedeschi Trucks Band, a blues rock band that took the 2012 Grammy for its album, Revelator. Camping and RV parking are available on site at the historic plantation estate. If you miss this one, mark your calendar for Sept. 10–13, when Tedeschi Trucks returns with The Doobie Brothers, Widespread Panic, and others at the 2015 Lockn’ Festival.

Mood-boosting hikes In spring, Nelson County’s waterfalls — the famed Crabtree and White Rock falls off the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Falls near Loving-

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ton — tumble off the mountains absolutely musical with snowmelt. County tourism director Maureen Kelley says the falls are the most spectacular during the last week of March. Crabtree Falls, rumbling over a cliff along an Appalachian Trail spur, ranks as the tallest waterfall in the East. Actually a series of five falls dropping a total of more than 1,200 feet, Crabtree is accessed by a heart-pumping 2.2-mile-round-trip hike. Spy Rock would be a good encore after Crabtree Falls, just a few miles up Route 56. The spectacular 360-degree views take in the whole “Religious Range”: The Priest, Little Priest, Friar, Little Friar, and Cardinal peaks. Spy Rock is about a 2-mile walk from the Montebello Fish Hatchery. Ready to come down out of the hills? The relatively flat Blue Ridge Railway Trail gives cyclists, horseback riders, and hikers a pretty run continued on page 17

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Museums highlight women in history with new exhibits Two museums in Hampton, Va., are highlighting more than 350 years of contributions by women with special exhibits during 2015.

Telling the truth The Truth About Women: Myth and Reality, an exhibit running through Aug. 9 at the Hampton History Museum, fills the second-floor gallery with pictures, memorabilia, clothing, a timeline, and stories covering cen-

turies of women from every walk of life. These women helped shape not only the City of Hampton, but the history of the nation as well. Of the many women featured in the exhibit, one is Cockacoaeske, who wielded her influence as queen of the Pamunkey Indian tribe as far back as 1656. Dorothea Dix, who went above and beyond the call of duty as head of Army nurses at Fort Monroe during the Civil War,

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has a place in the exhibit, too. And, also noted is Katherine Johnson, a research mathematician at Hampton’s Langley Research Center who played a major role in the moon landing in 1969. Her navigational calculations were so accurate that she was called “a computer when computers wore skirts.” “We want to explore some areas that haven’t been represented in the telling of history,” said the museum’s Seamus McGrann. “To look at events of people that were here that impacted the nation’s history.” One of the special items on display in the exhibit is an original letter from Eleanor Roosevelt, written in 1960 to a student in Hampton. In the note, she wrote, “I think it is quite likely that at some time in the future

women may become President of the United States.” The museum’s first floor features nine permanent galleries beginning with a replica portion of an Indian longhouse, continuing through various galleries that tell the history of Hampton, right alongside the history of the United States. The final gallery features a lovely white wedding dress worn by Miss Keith Hatchett, of Hampton, in 1944. The story of the dress captures the theme of The Truth About Women beautifully. At the height of WWII, when fine fabric was rare, Hatchett’s mother was given a cast-off silk parachute from Langley Field. She cut off the continued on page 17

The role of women, both well-known and much less known, is the focus of the Hampton History Museum’s exhibit.

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Virginia’s Eastern Shore is the natural choice for visiting “You’ll love our nature” is the tagline of the tourism folks on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and there’s plenty of nature to love. Virginia’s portion of the Delmarva Peninsula stretches from the Chincoteague area on the north to its southern tip at Cape Charles. “Ours is the longest stretch of wild coastline on the East Coast,” said Kerry Allison, who promotes the area. A variety of outfitters can help you explore a barrier island or choose from a host of eco-tours. (esvatourism.org) Chincoteague is one of the MidAtlantic’s great beach towns, but unlike many highly developed resorts it retains a definite small town flavor surrounded by the 1,400-acre Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague National Seashore with its famous wild ponies. You can lose yourself in the maritime forest, marsh, and 10 miles of beach. The Tom’s Cove area offers picnic areas and a bathhouse. Insider tip: Take a kayak and scope out the scenery from the

Seventy miles of pristine, undeveloped Barrier Islands, the longest wild coast on America’s East Coast.

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water or join a boat tour to explore around the island and spot the ponies. (chincoteague.com)

History and nature together Chincoteage celebrates a World War II Heritage Weekend March 26-29 with an updated exhibit at the Museum of Chincoteague, Chincoteague and WWII: Home Front–Front Line, that examines islanders’ experiences at home and abroad. There will also be panel discussions sharing those experiences, children’s Victory Garden activities, and 1940s entertainment. (chincoteague museum.com/programs) A bit to the south, the Nature Conservancy operates Brownsville Preserve, an historic farm owned by a single family from 1652 to 1978. It’s now managed as a bird habitat you can explore on a boardwalk and trails. History and nature go hand in hand in this area, which was first settled in 1615, a few scant years after Jamestown and half a decade before

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the Mayflower landed. America’s oldest continual court records are located here and small museums preserving the local culture of the farmer and the waterman dot the landscape. On the southern end of the peninsula, the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge also combines history and nature in its 1,393 acres. The site was long used as a coastal defense position, and 16-inch guns were installed in bunkers during World War II to protect the naval facilities and shipyards in Hampton Roads. While those guns are gone, you can still see the bunkers and a 16-inch gun that was aboard the USS Missouri during the Japanese surrender in September 1945. But the real attraction is the birds. The tip of the Eastern Shore acts as a funnel for migratory birds heading south so visitors during the fall mi-

gration see more birds in a smaller area. Special interpretive events are offered on International Migratory Bird Day on May 9 and during the Birding and Wildlife Festival the first weekend in October. Another favorite time to visit is during the Monarch Butterfly migration that begins near the end of September. Visitors can drive, bike, or hike a trail in the refuge any time to spot wildlife or butterflies, or use the scopes stationed at the large viewing windows in the visitors center. While fishing is prohibited in the refuge, the Wise Point Boat Ramp offers access to the waters of Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic. (fws.gov/ refuge/eastern_shore_of_virginia) Nearby Kiptopeake State Park offers a beach on the bay, boat launch, fishing pier, and 5 miles of walking and biking trails. There are camping facilities, six-

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bedroom lodges, and a yurt to rent. The RV campground will reopen in early May following renovations. (dcr.virginia.gov/ state-parks/kiptopeake) Sunset Beach Inn is a convenient headquarters for exploring nature on the southern Eastern Shore. The inn offers 64 hotel rooms, plus eight suites and an expanded, upgraded RV park with Wi-Fi and other amenities. The property includes one of the shore’s largest private beaches and the popular Sunset Grille, where the sunset views are amazing. Insider tip: Summertime weekends are full of fun with live entertainment at the Sunset Grille and boaters anchoring off the beach. Kayak rentals are available onsite from South East Expeditions, which leads a variety of ecotours and even a tour to Chatham Vineyards from locations around the Eastern Shore. (sunsetbeachresortva.com)

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has a complete map on its website. (dgif.virginia.gov) The bridge-tunnel is not only an engineering marvel linking the Eastern Shore to the mainland at Virginia Beach, it is also an eco-adventure itself. One of the manmade islands includes a 625-foot, accessible fishing pier, but the island is also a prime place to observe the waterfowl and migratory birds. “There are also birding programs available to groups that open the other islands for nominal fees,” said the facility’s Paige Addison. “The Virginia Originals Gift Shop even sells bait and rents fishing gear if you want to stop and try your luck!” (cbbt.com/fishing) Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

There’s golf, too If enjoying nature for you involves golf clubs instead of bikes or binoculars, Bay Creek Resort offers two great courses, a Jack Nicklaus and an Arnold Palmer, that challenge your skill amid gorgeous views and thousands of roses. Check out the seasonal packages. The Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Trail connects locations throughout the area, beginning and ending at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Museums continued from page 15 ropes and fitted the circle of silk at the waist, thus creating a unique wedding dress for her daughter and perfectly following the wartime slogan of the day, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

Elizabeth Catlett: A Celebration of 100 Years The Hampton University Museum is celebrating the 100th birthday of award-winning artist Elizabeth Catlett, who died in 2012, by highlighting 49 of her prints in a special exhibit through Nov. 14. Included in the exhibit are 24 prints never previously shown at the museum, as well as sculptures on display in the permanent gallery. Catlett is best known for creating pieces that blend art and social consciousness, particularly celebrating AfricanAmerican and Mexican working-class women. “It is a delight to pull works from the Hampton University Museum collection and especially the expressive and brilliant works of Elizabeth Catlett,” said museum curator Dr. Vanessa Thaxton-Ward. “I always respected her as an artist and

Anglers can fish from a pier along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. an individual, but developing the label copy and looking closer at her works to curate this exhibition has made an even deeper impression on me.” Along with the Catlett exhibit, a separate room highlights the works of students who were at Hampton Institute in 1943 and were influenced by Catlett and her husband, Charles White, both teachers there. These student-artists have now become respected artists in their own right. Hampton University’s museum is said to be the oldest African-American museum in the United States and one of the oldest museums in Virginia. It contains more than 10,000 African, Native American, and Asian objects, as well as African-American fine arts.

Learn more Hampton History Museum: hampton.gov/historymuseum Hampton University Museum: museum.hamptonu.edu Hampton Tourism: visithampton.com

Nelson continued from page 14 of the Piney River Valley. Extending 4-1/2 miles between the hamlets of Piney River and Rose Mill, the gravel trail follows the path of the longest-running commercially successful short-line railway in the nation. If you’re a birdwatcher, you’ll appreciate the warblers, vireos, tanagers, and orioles that take a rest stop here during their spring migration.

Happy trails Not far away, the Devils Backbone Brewery compound gives evidence Nelson County’s beer scene is thriving. The 200-seat, full-menu restaurant is adding a large beer garden and features entertainment all weekend. And, they’re not stopping with beer. Devils Backbone is adding a distillery, slated for an early summer opening. Premium vodka, gin, whiskey, and bourbon are also the fare at Silverback Distillery. Another Nelson County beverage that is filling glasses and visitors’ need for a homegrown, crisp taste is hard cider. Bold Rock Hard Cider, near Wintergreen Resort, has a new tasting and dining area with outstanding views to complement the sipping. Winding one’s way between these establishments and the array of other breweries, wineries, and distilleries is no problem, thanks to Nelson County’s beverage trails. For designer beers, the Brew Ridge Trail (brewridgetrail.com) is the road most taken. Or, mix it up on the Red, White & Brew Tour of wineries, breweries, distilleries, and the cidery or the Nelson 151 Trail.

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Runners experience attractions and history in Newport News When visiting D.C., the best way to get around is the Metro. San Francisco tourists prefer cable cars. In New York, it’s the subway or a taxi. Guests who visit Newport News, Va., this March, however, will discover that the best way to tour the sights and sounds of the city is by foot. On March 15, the city of Newport News will host the first-ever marathon to be held on Virginia’s penin-

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The marathon begins and ends at the Victory Arch in Newport News.

sula. The Newport News One City Marathon, presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, will celebrate the uniqueness of the city and foster a foundation for health and wellness for everyone involved. “It’s an opportunity to incentivize folks to really think about their health and how we can get involved from a small step of granite,” says Telly C. Whitfield of the city manager’s office. City manager James M. Bourey, an avid runner, aims to pull all residents together in a galvanizing way to celebrate the diversity and the different geographic locations that make Newport News unique. Participants in this Boston Marathon-qualifier run will start in Newport News Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. They will then journey the 26-mile marathon route alongside the James River, through the campus of Christopher Newport University, past the Virginia War Museum, Mariners’ Museum, and Newport News Shipbuilding, and through historic Hilton Village.

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The run culminates with a community festival, One City, One Celebration, to be held at Victory Landing Park. The 8:00am–4:00pm celebration, which is free and open to the public, will feature live music, strolling entertainers, a kids’ zone, local exhibitors, on-site nautical demonstrations, and festival fare.

Alternative runs and activities Not up for running a full marathon? There are plenty of other options to be active and involved. Teams of two to four can join together to complete the Newport News One City Marathon Relay, following the same course as the full marathon and including three exchange points along the way. Those journeying the Maritime 8K can tour shipbuilding history, beginning their route downtown where the roots of Newport News Shipbuilding were established. And, runners of any age can participate in the Nautical Mile, dashing through the streets of Newport News. All the runs end appropriately at the Victory Arch, a city monument that serves as a memorial to those who served in the American military during periods of war. In the days leading up to the marathon, March 13–14, Newport News Marriott at City Center will host a Health and Wellness Expo. Expo at-

tendees can participate in a variety of activities, from giveaways to free health screenings, and see products including footwear, equipment, and accessories. The Kids’ Corner will focus on encouraging healthy eating habits and active lifestyles, and a variety of guest speakers will share fascinating information on staying fit and being healthy. Other associated events include the One City Marathon Concert on March 13 at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, the Southeast Community Field Day on March 14 at King-Lincoln Park, and a pre-race pasta dinner on March 14 at Newport News Marriott at City Center. Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon race director, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and accomplished athlete, will speak at the dinner, providing insight and encouragement from his personal life and career. Whether you’re running the full race, participating in one of the condensed runs, or cheering from the sidelines, the Newport News One City Marathon and its related events are an excellent way to observe health and wellness and celebrate the distinct character of the city.

For more information Newport News Tourism: newport-news.org One City Marathon: onecitymarathon.com


BEER, BOURBON, AND BBQ FESTIVAL March 13–14. A great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin.’ Enjoy more than 60 beers, 40 bourbons, lots of barbeque, and live music. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 410-878-9900, beerandbourbon.com ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL March 17–29. Presenting more than 150 films selected to provide fresh perspectives on environmental issues facing our planet. Various locations throughout Washington, D.C. Check website for films, locations, and times. dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

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ART OF THE BELLY March 19–22. The festival’s mission is to help educate, promote, and expand the awareness of the art form belly dance, and other types of dance, as means to facilitate heath and wellness. 118th Street on the Ocean, Ocean City, Md. 443-317-3123, artofthebelly.com BETHESDA FILM FEST March 20–21. The festival will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers. 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md. 301-215-6660, ext. 142, bethesda.org SPRING SEA GLASS FESTIVAL March 20–22. Vendors from all over will show their wares. Admission is free. 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, Md. 410-604-2100, visitqueenannes.com

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL March 14. This family-friendly parade and Shamrock Festival celebration hosts marchers and vendors from all over the country. Roanoke, Va. 540342-2028, downtownroanoke.org

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL March 20–April 12. The festival features a range of spectacular events. Participate in the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks, and cultural events. Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE March 14. Everyone loves to be Irish at Ocean City’s famous parade. Features marching units, floats, and local celebrities. 61st Street to 45th Street, Ocean City, Md. 410-289-2800, ococean.com

OYSTER ROAST AND SOCK BURNING March 21, noon–5:00pm. Festivities include the burning of the socks, live music, and the chance to show your oyster-shucking prowess. 723 Second St., Annapolis, Md. 410-295-0104, amaritime.org

ST. PATTY’S DAY AT VERAMAR VINEYARD March 14, noon–5:00pm. There is a rumor afoot, based on sightings of Leprechauns at the winery, that there will be great Irish fun at Veramar Vineyard. 905 Quarry Road, Berryville, Va. 540-955-5510, veramar.com

SPRING ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIRE March 21–22. Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 540-548-5555, fredericksburgexpocenter.com

EASTPORT GREEN BEER RACES March 14, noon–8:00pm. The public is invited to attend the family- and pet-friendly event that includes great food, live music, plenty of Irish food, and green beer. Eastport Democratic Club, 525 State St., Eastport, Annapolis, Md. 410-980-8832, greenbeerraces.com

HOWARD COUNTY BEER WEEK March 21–29. Hosted by more than 14 restaurants, pubs, retailers, and fans who call Howard County home. 4910 Waterloo Road, Ellicott City, Md. 410-461-4748, howardcountybeerweek.com

MARYLAND DAY CELEBRATION March 20–22. Local cultural and heritage sites offer special activities and tours. Sites throughout the Four Rivers Heritage Area of Maryland. 410222-1805, marylandday.org

WEDDING FAIR March 22, noon–3:00pm. Specialists in food, photography, fashion, and all things nuptial will be on hand to guide you through the quintessential Historic Inns Annapolis wedding experience. The Governor Calvert House, Annapolis, Md. 410-216-6326, alchemidesign.ticketleap.com/annapolisweddingfair

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS MID-ATLANTIC QUILT FESTIVAL Through March 1. The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is a compilation of quilting, fiber arts, and wearable arts. It’s the perfect place for quilt enthusiasts and textile artists to meet, shop, learn, and explore their art. Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 757-315-1610, quiltfest.com RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Through March 1. More than 120 international cutting-edge films, plus industry panels, live musical performances, red carpet awards, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into Virginia. Richmond, Va. rvafilmfestival.com WASHINGTON ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR March 6–7. Visitors can touch, discover, and purchase rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, and more, while experiencing the thrill of the hunt. Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Va. 202-363-4999, wabf.com CHOCOLATE AND CANDY FESTIVAL March 7. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Sample chocolate in every form. 37 N. Main St., Bel Air, Md. 443-945-7465, downtownbelair.com RAINFOREST TO CANDY SHOP March 7, 1:00–2:00pm. Investigate raw ingredients in some of your favorite sweets, and pick a favorite from chocolate samples. Familyfriendly nature program for ages 5 and older with registered adult. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring REAL ALE AND BBQ FESTIVAL March 7, noon–4:00pm. Heavy Seas hosts this all-you-care-to-taste beer and barbecue affair at the actual brewery with live music. 4615 Hollins Ferry Road, Baltimore, Md. 800-830-3976. triggeragency.com REHOBOTH BEACH CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL March 7, 11:00am–1:00pm. This year will feature only professional entries in seven categories: Brownie, Cake, Candy, Cookie, Pie, Other, and Showpiece. Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del. downtownrehoboth.com BARREL TASTING March 7, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Tour the winemaking facility, taste new vintages from the tank and barrel rooms, and enjoy a wine and antipasto reception. 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, Md. 301-8315889, lingnaorewines.com TOUR DE TANKS Saturdays and Sundays, March 7–29, noon–5:00pm. One passport is valid for all wineries on all weekends in March for tastings and special goodies. masondixonwinetrail.com LUNAFEST March 8, 3:00pm. A traveling film festival with films made for women and by women. 1101 Camden Ave., Salisbury, Md. 410-749-8111, lifecrisiscenter.org

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL March 26–29. St. John’s College Francis Key Auditorium (March 26); Maryland Hall Auditorium (March 29); Maryland Hall gym (March 27– 29); St. Anne’s Parish Hall (March 27–28), Annapolis, Md. 410-263-3444, annapolisfilmfestival.com

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MONSTER JAM Through March 1. The biggest and best lineup of world-famous Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, and more competitive action. Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Md. monsterjam.com MARYLAND HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Through March 8. The show features hundreds of home improvement exhibits, beautiful landscaped gardens, a craft show, orchid show (Week 2 only), and free seminars. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 410-863-1180 ext. 11, mdhomeandgarden.com PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW Through March 8. Beyond acres of exhibits, the show offers additional attractions, such as live culinary demonstrations and a place to get crafty. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 215-988-8800, theflowershow.com WASHINGTON TRAVEL SHOW March 7–8. It is the place where travelers congregate annually to dream, plan, and book their next vacations. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. travelshows.com/washingtondc CAPITAL BOAT SHOW March 13–15. Numerous boat models to shop from, as well as lots of products and services to check during the show. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va. 804-337-6479, gsevents.com SPRING HOME AND GARDEN SHOW March 13–15. Hundreds of vendors under one roof with all the answers and ways to save money. Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 540-548-5555, fredericksburgexpocenter.com VIRGINIA RV SHOW March 13–15. Great deals on motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels. Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 804-243-8847, gsevents.com BRIDAL SHOW March 14. Plan your wedding at a Chesapeake Bay waterfront destination. See the new Waters Edge wedding site. Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, Md. chesapeakebeachresortspa.com QUILT EXPO March 14–15, 10:00am–5:00pm. Features quilts and quilted items for sale, a silent auction, an expanded vendors’ mall, and a number of handmade items for sale. Decker Sports and Recreation Center, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Md. 443-253-3905, baltimorequilters.com

SPRING BRIDAL SHOWCASE March 22, noon–4:00pm. Enjoy delicious food from the area’s finest caterers. Discover the latest in wedding apparel. 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, Md. 301-258-6425, gaithersburgmd.gov PEEP SHOW March 27–April 6. Display of wacky marshmallow masterpieces created by local artists, businesses, and community groups. Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, Md. 410-848-7272, carrollcountyartscouncil.org

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES INTRO TO GEOCOACHING March 8, 2:00–4:00pm. The fast-growing sport that’s akin to a modernday treasure hunt. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Drive, Baltimore, Md. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org 5K AND FUN RUN March 14. The race will be held at the Betty Queen Center and will feature a combination of trail paths and a road course. 522 Industrial Drvie, Louisa, Va. 540-967-4420, lcprt.info

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Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE March 1, 7:00pm. Emerging and established performers and composers from more than 20 countries. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600, kennedy-center.org ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR March 2, 7:30–9:30pm. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, D.C. eventbrite.com ALL-BAROQUE CONCERT March 8, 3:00–5:00pm. Concertmaster Nicholas Currie, cellist Tim Anderson, and harpsichordist Don Horneff. McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. 410-596-1022, mcdaniel.edu/cmoth

Popular/Other VATSALA MEHRA March 7, 8:00–10:00pm. Known as the “Ghazal Queen,” this celebrated Suif Indian singer has been honored in her home country for her Sufi songs and valuable contributions to India’s musical tradition. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. wolftrap.org

Theater BOEING BOEING Through March 1. A romantic comedy by Marc Camoletti. The Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, Md. 301-258-6394, gaithersburgmd.gov MARY STUART Through March 8. Peter Oswald’s bold new translation of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart breathes life into a Tudor world flush with subterfuge and revenge and ruled by two extraordinary women. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-4600, folger.edu/theatre GHOSTS Through March 8. Mrs. Alving has kept the sins of her late husband a secret for her entire life. But soon the ghosts of the past catch up to her when her only son arrives back home with a deadly illness, looking for answers. Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, Md. 410-7522208, everymantheatre.org THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Through March 22. This quintessential comedy of manners by Oscar Wilde features some of the funniest lines ever written. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. chesapeakeshakespeare.com CHICAGO March 3–8. One show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. The Hippodrome Theatre at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, Md. 410-837-7400, france-merrickpac.com COSI FAN TUTTE March 13, 8:00pm. A fully staged production, with sets, costumes, and orchestra, of the Mozart masterpiece, Cosi Fan Tutte, a comic tale of love tested by deception and seduction. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-267-8135, marylandhall.org BLITHE SPIRIT March 17–29. Angela Lansbury reprises her comedic Broadway role at the National Theatre. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. thenationaldc.com

Dance RICHMOND BALLET March 4, 7:30pm. The State Ballet of Virginia presents a full-length program from the company’s repertoire. Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 443-961-5376, pvcc.edu/performingarts ADULT DROP-IN DANCE CLASSES The Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-371-9656, danceinstitute.org DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30–11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. fridaynightdance.org

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Exhibits Featured Exhibitions DECODING THE RENAISSANCE Through March 1. This exhibition features the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. folger.edu FRONT ROOM: DARIO ROBLETO Through March 29. This exhibition features Robleto’s Setlists for a Setting Sun, a body of poetic sculptures, prints, and cut-paper works that weave together the histories of recorded light and sound. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org

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JAMIE WYETH Through April 5. A major retrospective exhibition of artist Jamie Wyeth will examine his distinctive approach to realism over the course of six decades, from his earliest portraits to the present. Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org ON PAPER: ALTERNATE REALITIES Through April 12. This exhibition presents 26 prints never before on view by a diverse group of artists who are playfully exaggerating and reimaging the visual language of popular culture — religious stories, myths, and folk tales — to consider larger issues of class, gender, and politics. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, artbma.org

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PICTURING MARY Through April 12. The exhibition brings together master works from major museums, churches, and private collections in Europe and the United States. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, nmwa.org

A JOURNEY FROM MATHEMATICS TO SHAKESPEARE Through May 10. The exhibition explores the intersection of art and science that defined a significant component of modern art at the beginning of the 20th century. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-387-2151, phillipscollection.org CONCEPTUAL FORMS AND MATHEMATICAL MODELS Through May 10. This exhibition features five photographs and three sculptures by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-387-2151, phillipscollection.org FELIX BRACQUEMOND: IMPRESSIONIST INNOVATOR Through Oct. 4. A selection of more than 80 works on paper and tableware objects, among them his most imaginative portraits, landscapes, and groundbreaking reinterpretations of the traditions of French art and decorative arts. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-3401400, vmfa.museum THE ROBERT FELLER AND RUTH FELLER COLLECTION March 2–June 12. Highlights of this exhibition include Robert Feller’s notebook on samples taken in Florence where he worked with conservators responding to the flood of 1966, several examples of hand-painted color samples, and several editions of important artist manuals and instruction books. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 202-7374215, nga.gov ANTICIPATION March 4–29. Katherine Blakeslee paints mysterious scenes from around the world — the sea, the land, and, in some works, immovable mountains juxtaposed with hundreds of starlings turning together in an airborne dance. Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-463-0203, foundrygallery.com

THE QUICKENING IMAGE Through April 12. David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein are both noted artists as well as active teachers. The exhibit presents their 20-year collaboration. 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, Md. 301739-5727, wcmfa.org

BLACK BOX: SHARON HAYES March 15–July 31. For this exhibition, the BMA is presenting a 38-minute Hayes video that debuted at the 2013 Venice Biennale and received a special mention from the Golden Lion award committee. The Baltimore Museum or Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org

OUTSIDE THE WALLS Through May. An interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. This hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum

THE ART OF THE FLOWER March 21–June 21. The exhibition explores the infusion of new spirit and meaning into the traditional genre of floral still-life painting in 19th-century France by Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum

AMERICAN SCHOOLGIRL EMBROIDERIES Through May. The exhibition features more than 20 samplers and silk embroideries made by American girls who attended schools in Maryland and other East Coast states during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org

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OUR TEXTILES, OUR STORIES March 21–Aug. 21. Featuring more than 100 pieces that span 3,000 years and five continents, this exhibition showcases the museum’s world-renowned historic collections and key loans of contemporary art textiles and fashion. The Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-667-0441, textilemuseum.org

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

O THER VIRGINIA’S YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS The YCC program is accepting crew applications for sessions to be held June 21 to July 11 and July 19 to Aug. 8. Various state parks in Virginia. 804-887-8933, dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/youth-conservation-corps. shtml CALVERT COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK Through March 1. Restaurants showcase creative cuisine and offer delicious deals. See website for participating restaurants in Calvert County, Md. 410-535-4583, choosecalvert.com ANNAPOLIS RESTAURANT WEEK Through March 1. Enjoy two-course fixed-price breakfasts for $12.95, two-course luncheons for $15.95, and three-course fixed-price dinners for $32.95. Participating restaurants in Historic and Greater Annapolis, Md. annapolisrestaurantweek.com

RSV LIVE: LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST March 30, 7:00pm. Recorded live in Stratford-upon-Avon by the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. folger.edu

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SUMMIT POINT RACING Park features three road-racing circuits used for amateur automobile, kart, and motorcycle racing, high-performance driver education, and emergency training for local and federal law enforcement. Summit Point Motorsports Park, Summit Point, W.Va. 304-725-8444, summitpoint-raceway.com

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SPEAKER SERIES March 2. Amy Nathan will discuss her book Yankee Doodle Gals, the fascinating story of the first women to fly U.S. military aircraft, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II. Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum, 701 Wilson Point Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-682-6122, mdairmuseum.org

TALBOT RESTAURANT WEEK March 22–28. Celebration of restaurants, chefs, and Talbot County, with a kickoff and closing events. Locations throughout Talbot County, Md. 410-770-8000, tourtalbot.org/event/talbot-restaurant-week

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A brand new guide to the greatest fly fishing spots in Southwest Virginia is available free for the asking. Your Guide to Great Fly Fishing in Southwest Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands provides detailed maps and descriptions of the best fly fishing waters in Wytheville and Wythe County, Smyth County, Grayson County, and Washington County. John Ross, author of the “TU Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams, on Whitetop Laurel” was instrumental in the development of this guide. He tells anglers that Southwest Virginia is “in the midst of what I believe is the best and most diverse freshwater fly fishing in the state.” Guide maps provide detail of these fishing locations including the types of fish available, primary and secondary routes to these locations, boating access, nearby trails, and campgrounds. Special Regulation Trout Waters, Put and Take Regulations, and Catch and Release waters are all identified. There is much more to see and do in Southwest Virginia, from live performances at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion or the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre in Wytheville, to great local restaurants, unique shopping, museums, wineries, and cozy small downtowns ripe for exploration. Choices of specialty lodging include the General Francis Marion Boutique Hotel in Marion and the newly opened Bolling Wilson Boutique Hotel in Wytheville. For more information, go to fishblueridge.com, or call 877-255-9928 or 877347-8307 to order your free copy of the guide.


Mid-Atlantic Fishing 2015 Chesapeake, Virginia Fishing — whether salt water or freshwater, on shore or offshore, Chesapeake, Va., has it. A great reason to fish in Chesapeake, according to James Waters, owner of Bob’s Fishing Hole: “Our (fishing) season never ends.” The city has 22 miles of fishing thanks to the Intracoastal Waterway which passes through the city. These deep-water canals, the Northwest River, and a variety of other spots make for a year-round sport in Chesapeake. The year-round aspect produces different types of fish — everything native to the area, Waters says. “There are plenty of places to fish in Chesapeake. There are lots of lakes here. There are places to put your boat in, or, if you are like me and not a boat person, there are lots of places to fish either from a pier or a bank,” says Gail Titus, owner of Gail’s Bait and Tackle for 24 years. Northwest River Park’s freshwater lake is stocked in the spring and anglers reel in bass, crappie, and catfish. Lake Drummond is the commonwealth’s second largest lake. Located in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, it has lower pH levels which produce bowfin, longnose gar, and crappie. Boaters can use the Elizabeth River Boat Landing and Park and can access the Intracoastal Waterway though Great Bridge Locks Park and Top Rack Marina. Charter captains can also take you on a trip to remember. Places such as Great Bridge Lock’s Point, located where the Albemarle and

Chesapeake Canal meets the southern branch of the Elizabeth River, provide ample opportunities for fishing from the banks of the area’s waterways. In June, fishing opportunities turn into festivals during the Family Fishing Rodeo and Grandparents Fishing Day at Northwest River State Park. Boat rental is available, as well as bank fishing. Chesapeake offers plenty of overnight accommodations and restaurants. (visitchesapeake.com)

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Mid-Atlantic Fishing 2015 Virginia State Parks Whether you want to take a kid fishing for the first time, fly-fish for trout, or get into some tournament action, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of Virginia’s 36 state parks. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Cumberland Gap, there is something for everyone when it comes to fishing Virginia State Parks. Boaters enjoy Kiptopeke and First Landing parks for access to the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. No boat? No worries. Kiptopeke has a lighted fishing pier and First Landing boasts almost a mile of bay beach. For some real excitement, book a kayak fishing trip with a local outfitter. If big lake fishing is more your style, both Staunton River and Occoneechee parks offer 24-hour access to John H. Kerr Reservoir (Buggs Island Lake). State parks are also located on Virginia’s other major impoundments, Lake Anna, Smith Mountain Lake, and Claytor Lake. All these parks have campgrounds and cabins, too. Smaller lakes don’t mean less fun (or smaller fish) and are perfect for budding anglers. Many parks offer kids’ fishing days or special kids’ fishing areas. Some even loan equipment, so you don’t need to make a big investment. For small lakes, check out Bear Creek Lake, Douthat, Fairy Stone, Holliday Lake, Hungry Mother, Pocahontas, Twin Lakes, and York River state parks. Several of these also have swim beaches or pools, as well as paddle boats and other watercraft rentals. In the western part of the state, fly-fishing for trout is available in creeks around Grayson Highlands, and in national forest lands around Hungry Mother, Douthat, Natural Tunnel, or Shenandoah River. Remember to check license requirements before you go. For more information about specific offerings and events, or to make overnight camping or cabin reservations, visit virginiastateparks.gov or call 800-933-PARK (7275).

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Crawford County, Pennsylvania Pymatuning Lake in Crawford County, Pa., is an incredibly productive 17,088-acre fishery for a variety of warm-water species. Walleyes, crappies, bluegills, and muskies have attracted anglers to the lake for decades. Channel catfish and yellow perch populations have exploded in recent years. The average size of largemouth bass has increased, too, thereby enticing tournament anglers to the lake. With its strong walleye population, Pymatuning draws crowds of ice fishermen during the winter. And, the exceptional Pymatuning crappie population is the reason the Pennsylvania Crappie Camp Outdoor Media Event is based at the lake each spring. Lately, Pymatuning has garnered national recognition. For 2014, Bassmaster magazine placed Pymatuning on the list of the 100 Best Bass Waters. Also in 2014, Fishhound.com named Pymatuning as one of the Top 50 Best Crappie Lakes, ranking it 22nd among all U.S. waters. Previously, Game & Fish magazine recognized Pymatuning as one of the Top Ten Family Friendly Fishing Lakes in the U.S. The recognition was based on shoreline fishing availability, ample launch ramps, swim beaches, rental cabins, camping facilities, and a two-story fish-viewing tank at the Linesville hatchery. Just 925 surface acres, Conneaut Lake, also in Crawford County, is the largest natural lake in the state. Conneaut is a powerhouse fishery for bass, northern pike, bluegills, and crappies, as well as holding current Pennsylvania state records for muskellunge (54 pounds, 3 ounces) and white bass (3 pounds, 15.7 ounces) With unlimited horsepower motors permitted, intense boating traffic during the summer discourages many anglers; most fishermen prefer fishing Conneaut before July 4 and after Labor Day. October and November are favorite months to hunt the big smallmouth bass on this clear-water lake. Ice fishing is popular here, too. Darl Black, of Blackwolfe Communications, is well known in Crawford and can provide fishing guide services.


Mid-Atlantic Fishing 2015 Waynesboro , Virginia In the heart of the scenic Shenandoah Valley, Waynesboro, Va., welcomes you to enjoy our abundant recreation and waterways this spring. Nestled between the exceptional views afforded by Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail, Waynesboro also boasts the South River. Whether you’re a flycaster or prefer a rod and reel, we aim to please. Our 15th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival on April 11–12 is largest outdoor fly fishing event in the country to offer on-stream instruction. Here, you’ll find a one-stop experience packed with anglers’ gear, expert advice, fishing guides, men’s and women’s casting classes, wine tasting, craft beer, and live music. Find more information and explore your next adventure at visitwaynesboro.net. Waynesboro, Va. — Where Good Fishing Comes Naturally!

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia Making your plans for a short getaway or extended vacation? Consider Smith Mountain Lake — “Jewel of the Blue Ridge.” Our area’s great natural beauty — from the waters and woods to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia — is the perfect destination for your very own style of fun. A short drive from Roanoke, Lynchburg, Rocky Mount, and even Greensboro, this incredible travel destination has just what you are looking for, for every age, stage, and interest. Smith Mountain Lake stretches 40 miles in length, with more than 500 miles of shoreline. Whether your interests are a great fishing excursion, a day at the beach, water sports, a round of golf, or you prefer hiking, biking, or rediscovering a bit of history, Smith Mountain Lake provides ample opportunities.

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Allegheny National Forest Region The Allegheny National Forest Region, located in northwestern Pennsylvania, offers the angler a wide variety of fishing opportunities from native brook trout to trophy fishing for muskie, pike, and walleye in the Allegheny Reservoir. The Allegheny Reservoir, a 12,000-acre impoundment on the Allegheny River, is the largest reservoir in the national forest. Cabins at Willow Bay provide access to both stream and reservoir fishing. Reservations and boat rentals: 814-368-4158, alleghenysite.com. Glendorn, an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge located in Bradford, Pa., offers world class fly-fishing for beginners through advanced, drift boat adventures, trout fishing, casting lessons, and steelhead excursions on Lake Erie. (glendorn.com) These are just two of the many fishing possibilities awaiting you in the region. To order a free Visitors Guide & Map, which includes a map of McKean County waterways, call 800-473-9730 or check out visitANF.com.

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45th Maple Syrup Festival offers up a sweet time On the second and third weekends in March, Cunningham Falls State Park serves up the chance to savor delicious Maryland-made syrup, along with a taste of old-time rural life during the Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks Inc. 45th annual Maple Syrup Festival. During the festival, visitors can soak up live music, sugaring demonstrations, fresh mountain air, and all the syrup they can hold. It all happens at the scenic William Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park on March 14, 15, 21, and 22, 9:30am–2:30pm each day. Just off Route 15, the park is 15 miles from Frederick and a pleasant drive from Baltimore or Washington, D.C. (301271-7574) “It’s a great coming-out event for springtime,� says Rick Canter, of the Friends group. “It’s family-friendly, with a kids’ crafts/games tent, a bluegrass band, a one-man band that caters to children, maple-sugaring demonstrations, and maple syrup vendors.� The mouth-watering centerpiece of the festival is a classic pancake breakfast where the wafting aroma of hot-off-the-griddle pancakes will be accompanied by the enticing sizzle of frying sausages. Choose your favorite breakfast beverage from

coffee, tea, milk, soda, hot chocolate, and orange juice. Hot dogs also will be offered. Visitors can dine indoors, or, if the weather allows, choose to eat outdoors by the lake. The annual breakfast has a reputation that brings folks from far and wide. Park manager Mark Spurrier says, “I think sometimes people say they come to show their kids the maple-sugaring process, but really they come for the sausage.�

Maryland mountain traditions After you’re fortified by the delicious breakfast, check out the sugaring demonstration, held every hour, 10:00am–2:00pm, for a fun look at the traditional sap-to-syrup process. “A lot of folks around here made maple syrup back in the day,� says Spurrier. “We show you how they did it. We start boiling a batch of sap first thing in the morning, and during the day it boils down into syrup.� Sign language interpreters are available on Sundays. Spurrier says attending the Maple Syrup Festival has become a long-standing tradition for some families. “You see people come every year with their

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cific soldier for clues. The Washington County Agricultural Education Center has 55 acres and is the home of the Rural Heritage Museum. There will be exhibits, geocaching learning sessions, vendors, and food. We’ll also have a special kid zone with games and entertain for the kids,” said Eggleston. Eggleston said geocaching is a great mix of technology and the outdoors. “Kids today love their technology. It’s hard to get them to put their phones down. With geocaching, they can use their phones to find geocaches outdoors,” he said.    Eggleston said GeoWoodstock XIII has something else going for it. Insider tip: Boonsboro is at the center of a 20mile circle of areas to go geocaching, including caches in Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and the Washington County GeoTrail, launched in September 2013 with more than 35 sites. To date, there have been more than 17,000 “finds” on that trail. Visitors can experience the rich history of the area, including the Civil War battlefields at South Mountain and Antietam. Washington Monument State Park is the site of the first public monument to George Washington and Fort Frederick is a French and Indian War-era stone fort. The Chesapeake

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The “Super Bowl” of geocaching will take place on May 23 in Boonsboro, Md., just a 1-1/2-hour drive from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas. The Washington County Agricultural Education Center will be the site of GeoWoodstock XIII, an all-day event for thousands of geocachers from beginners to experienced treasure hunters. It’s considered the annual convention for geocachers and it’s free. The Maryland Geocaching Society is partnering with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the event. Tim Eggleston, who’s promoting GeoWoodstock XIII, has been involved with geocaching since 2008. “The Maryland Geocaching Society has worked for years to bring GeoWoodstock to Washington County. Because our location is so close to so many large population areas and our area is filled with so much history, we are expecting one of the largest GeoWoodstocks ever,” Eggleston said.  To attend GeoWoodstock XIII, participants must register at geowoodstock.com/gws13.

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Fearless peanut butter is — almost — finger-licking good I made up a batch of peanut butter last night. I find that my homemade stuff tastes better, and if I get a good deal on the peanuts, it costs much less than store-bought. By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” must be at least 90 percent peanuts. A good peanut butter recipe does not have much more than roasted peanuts, peanut oil, salt, and sweetener. It’s easy to make superb peanut butter, but be prepared for one minor inconvenience: The oil tends to separate out and needs to be stirred in before eating. I initially learned about this while trekking to an abandoned mining town in the middle of Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Our standard practice when hiking those isolated mountain trails was to ensure that all of our gear was scrubbed clean and free of any food smells that might attract bears. We all took every precaution to avoid enticing hungry wildlife — all of us except for one member of our group, on her first trek into the Alaskan interior.

Meeting Fearless In the aftermath, we found out that, despite our warnings, this woman had stashed a container of homemade peanut butter into a side pocket of her backpack. Compounding the felony, each time she wanted a snack, she used her finger to stir the ingredients together, then wiped her finger on a towel, also kept handy in her pack.

After reaching the old mining town, we camped in the only spot that was flat, had easy water, and wasn’t out on a glacier. However, we didn’t know about Fearless, the scoundrel black bear living in an alder thicket just above the trail. Just at dusk, Fearless slammed out of the drizzlesoaked gloom and went straight for one particular backpack. I bounced a rock off of him, momentarily distracting him, while my partner cleared away our emergency stash of firecrackers and pitched a whole mat under the bear’s chin. The spastic explosions chased him past the tents, but he circled up the treeless slope above us, and rushed down from the side. We lofted another mat of fire crackers and the beast pulled up short, glaring. At that exact moment — we could actually see it happen — Fearless smelled our food cache. In the lowering darkness, we could just see Fearless point like a bird dog, then scuttle across the slope to bat at the heavy slabs of rock we had levered onto the top of our food bags.

freeze-dried dinner sacks, tooth-punctured cooking gear, and a trail of debris leading up to Fearless’ alder thicket. He had trashed our cook kits, a week’s worth of food for four people, and our plans to explore the head of the glacier. Standing in my kitchen at home last night, adding the oil into that newly ground batch of peanut paste, I was all set to use my finger to mix, but then remembered Fearless.

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1 pound shelled, skinned, and roasted peanuts 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1-1/2 teaspoons honey 1-1/2 tablespoons peanut oil Place the peanuts, salt, and honey into a food processor for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue to process while slowly drizzling in the oil. Process 2 more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Adjust the consistency, salt, and honey. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

“As long as he gets our food stash, he’ll leave us in peace,” my partner sighed. I did sleep that night, but awoke every couple of hours to the sound of Fearless tipping more stones off the cache and rummaging for another food bag. By daylight, nothing was left but some eviscerated

Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit his website at www.reedhellmanwordsmith. com or e-mail your questions and comments to rhway2go@yahoo.com.

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France’s Rhone Valley reds really shine Some of my favorite big, bold, red wines come from the Rhone Valley in southeast France. This is the home of syrah and syrah-blended wines, and there are some great ones. The Rhone River runs for approximately 125 miles from Lyon in the north to Avignon in the south. Vineyards here date back to the Roman times. The valley is divided into two distinct areas: the Northern Rhone and the Southern Rhone. Both areas produce red and white wines. The whites are a blend of numerous varieties, however, when one thinks of the Rhone, it’s the reds that really shine. Northern Rhone reds are comprised of mainly syrah grapes, while the Southern Rhone reds are consistently blended with several varieties. Grenache tends to dominate the blend, with the addition mostly of syrah, mourvedre, and cincault. Occasionally, other varietals, including whites, are part of the mix in both areas. The river in the Northern Rhone region has very steep walls with vineyards surrounding it. A famous wind called the “Mistral” blows aggressively through the entire valley, but is mostly noted here in the north because of the topography. There are some noted appellations for reds from this area.

Big reds Cote-Rotie is a big wine with lots of power and flavor. Aromatic notes of raspberry, violet, smoky bacon, pepper, blackberry, and leather are common and it needs a lot of time in the bottle to develop. Saint-Joseph wines are generally lighter and easier drinking. Cornas, which are big and long-lived like Cote-Rotie, have rich blackberry flavors and lots of tannin. On the right bank of the Northern Rhone lies perhaps this region’s most renown red, Hermitage. Chock-full of blackberry, herbs, and spices, it is full-bodied, tannic, long-lived, and certainly one the finest reds in the world. Straddling it just to the south is

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its cousin Crozes-Hermitage. Less concentrated and elegant than Hermitage, it represents a good value. In the Southern Rhone, the river valley opens up a bit more and is not as steep. It’s also warmer here. There is Lirac, whose reds are softer and rounder. Then, there is Cotes du Rhone Villages. This larger sub-region is made up of numerous villages that are allowed to wear their name on the label, although the appellation on the bottle simply states the generic Cotes du Rhone Villages. There are many good quality, inexpensive reds here. Several of the villages have been upgraded to their own appellations, such as Gigondas, whose wine is chunky and dense, but a good value. Finally, in the deep south, there is perhaps the most well-known of all Rhone reds, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. These are massive, chewy, dense reds that are very long-lived. Aside from the aforementioned main red appellations, there are numerous small, up-and-coming areas that produce faster maturing reds at a fraction of the cost. Coteaux du Tricastin, Cotes du Vivarais, Cotes du Ventoux, Cotes du Luberon, and Costieres de Nimes are prime examples of such areas. In your search for any reds from this entire region, you may find many in your local wine shops simply labeled “Cotes du Rhone.” Even though they don’t say it, they are usually from the south and made of a blend of numerous grapes. If you enjoy full-flavored, spicy red wines, you’ll love those from the Rhone. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2015. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, award-winning author, TV/ radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine and consultant. Visit him at his website (winedoctor.ca), on Twitter (twitter. com/drwineknow), where he blogs (thewinedoctor.blogspot.com), at Doc’s Grapevine (winedoctor.ca/docs-grapevine.html, or on Facebook (facebook. com/EdwardDocFinstein?fref=ts).

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