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March 2017


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Try two wine experiences in Maryland’s mother county Not many years after the first European settlers landed in what would ultimately become Maryland, Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore, told his son and Maryland Gov. Charles Calvert that it was wine time. He said that 200 to 300 acres of land should be set aside for vineyards, and in 1662, he backed up his proposal with the shipment of vine grafts. They didn’t take. Ten years later, Lord Baltimore tried again, this time sending what were probably French grapevines. A second failure ensued. But some 350 years later, two wineries in St. Mary’s County provide a wide range of wines to enthusiasts, at the same time offering pleasurable agritourism experiences to the most discriminating oenophiles.

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For those seeking an up-close-and-personal experience in winemaking, the Port of Leonardtown Winery provides the opportunity not only to observe the process while enjoying samples in the tasting room, but to mingle with hands-on winemaker Lauren Zimmerman. As the only cooperative winery in the state, Port of Leonardtown draws on 12 Southern Maryland vineyards that grow more than 25 grape varieties. Fifty tons of fruit result in an annual production of 4,500 cases of wine. Southern Maryland’s climate is milder than in other parts of the state, Zimmerman noted. As such, she has particularly good results with two grapes: chambourcin and albarino, both of which are resistant to mildew. Some 20 different wine labels are currently available in the tasting room, the windows of which provide a view into the internal workings of the winemaking operation. Insider tip: Located in a repurposed historic commercial building on the grounds of the Port of Leonardtown Public Park, the winery has a yearround patio and live music on the weekends. “I guarantee that everyone will find a wine to their taste here,” Zimmerman said, “from a fruity wine for beginners to a big, bold, dry red wine that will satisfy the wine connoisseur.” For those seeking tranquility among the vines, Jubilee Farm in Leonardtown features 139 bucolic acres




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Make March the time to sit back, sip and savor St. Mary’s County’s own wines. Visit Port of Leonardtown Winery in historic Leonardtown and Slack Winery in scenic South County; both offer special events, tastings, hotel packages and more all month. 2 recreation news I march 2017 I

where guests are invited to “get lost in the vineyards, wander shore’s end, and visit the chickens and the kale.” It is also where Slack Wines are made. Under the watchful eye of winemaker Tucker Grube-O’Brien, 6 acres are planted in four varieties of grapes (cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, sangiovese, and barbera). Slack offers six different labels, all wines that pair well with seafood, for a total annual production of 1,000 cases.

Accommodations, too For those who cannot pull themselves away, a stay at the bed-and-breakfast inn at the sister property of Woodlawn Farm is an appealing option. Located in Ridge, the historic mansion, built on Maryland’s first estate, provides guests an opportunity to further enjoy Slack Wines in gracious accommodations with unparalleled waterfront views. Explore on foot or by tractor, bicycle, or kayak. “Picnics,” Grube-Tucker said, “are encouraged.” Both young winemakers are planning special releases to celebrate “The Wines of March”: Red Lot 15, a “big, bold, full-bodied red” from Port of Leonardtown, and a sparkling white from Slack.

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Walkable West Chester offers a getaway beyond the ordinary The borough of West Chester touts a history of hospitality, welcoming its first visitors back in the 1760s when Phineas Eachus was licensed to build a tavern in the area. It continues in that tradition today. Shoppers, history buffs, foodies, and art enthusiasts will all find something enchanting in this walkable little town.

Stay in a historic renovated theater Conveniently located within walking distance of dozens of shops and eateries, the family-owned and -operated Hotel Warner offers comfortable and elegant accommodations. The structure dates back to 1930 and once served the community as an impressive art decostyle theater. Its over-the-top grandeur gave rise to rumors that it was intended for West Chester, N.Y., and ended up in West Chester, Pa. If you’re just passing through, you can peek inside the lobby to see the floor-to-ceiling photo that features the theater as it once was and the grand staircase that has been preserved from a bygone era.

Shop until you drop The area features approximately 75 retail shops and boutiques offering everything from chocolates to jewelry, gifts, art, and items for the home.


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Apparel is available at every price point. A custom clothier meets the needs of the sharp-dressed man and high-end boutiques offer goods for fashion-forward women. There also are vintage and thrift shops, and everything in between. Insider tip: Be sure to stop by Eclat Chocolate, located at 24 W. High St., where you’ll find “The Best Chocolates in America,” according to Bon Appetit. Master chocolatier Christopher Curtin honed his skills at some of the finest chocolate houses in the world. Be sure to try the delicately flavored chocolate lavender truffles.

Soak in the history History buffs will enjoy exploring the Chester County Historical Society on North High Street. Collections span 300 years and include a research library of rare documents, photographs, and newspapers and seven galleries of exhibitions. Through December, guests can view the artwork of Adrian Martinez, who brings history to life with his exhibit, The Visionary World of Humphry Marshall, 1750-1800. The talented artist, who hails from Washington, D.C., tells the story of Chester County’s native son, Humphry Marshall. “A stonemason, farmer, astronomer, chemist, and botanist — Marshall was known as a ‘curious

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man,’ as were Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson,” said Martinez. To learn about the plethora of buildings in town that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, consider booking a walking tour. Malcolm Johnstone, a local historian and director of the West Chester Business Improvement District, is enthusiastic about the history and architecture of the region and provides tours on appointment. (

Restaurants rule West Chester is known for the assortment of restaurants which line the streets and appeal to a wide range of tastes and budgets. Relatively new on the food scene is the Restaurant 51 Tap and Spirit, which opened just last year in a renovated firehouse. The eatery offers approximately 24 beers on tap and features an interesting wall-sized mural depicting Prohibition-era beer dumping. Insider tip: Order the combination lamb/beef burger or the Reuben sandwich at the Iron Hill Brewery — neither will disappoint.

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Nine Ways to explore the craft beverages of Nelson County Nelson County, Va., may be best known as the home of Wintergreen Resort, for its vast outdoor recreational opportunities and access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail, or for its wineries. But, today, the county, which is 150 miles from Washington, D.C., is also home to a burgeoning industry of craft breweries, distilleries, and cideries. One reason for the trend is that the water is sublime and the mountains offer protection from climate extremes. Many of the businesses use locally grown ingredients. Each offers its own core brands and seasonal products, enticing visitors with tasting rooms, beer gardens, tours, restaurants, live music, events, wedding venues, and stunning scenery. A common link is the passion the crafters have for what they do. Start your exploration at the Nelson County Visitor Center in Lovingston, where you’ll find brochures and directions. Nelson 151 and the Brew Ridge Trail feature many sites.

Breweries on tap The Blue Mountain Brewery, which opened in 2007, was a pioneer in Virginia’s craft beer industry. The craft beer movement took off after a 2012 law allowing retail sales of beer on brewery premises. Among other “firsts,” Blue Mountain introduced the rural brewery model of growing some

ingredients on-site to remind people that beer is an agricultural product. “We started the revolution ... now everyone is doing it. That’s awesome,” said the brewery’s Taylor Smack. The brewery has a 650-person restaurant capacity with indoor and outdoor seating. It has expanded to include the Blue Mountain Barrel House, where you can see the production operation and trellised hop yard, and the renovated South Street Brewery in Charlottesville. Another large operation is the Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows. The complex includes indoor and outdoor bars and dining, a “shanty” featuring spirits and cigars, a breakfast café in a former train depot, and a distillery and lodging in the works. Families and dogs are welcome at the Wild Wolf Brewing Company, which has an outdoor beer garden with a waterfall and fish ponds. Mother-son duo Mary and Danny Wolf oversee a restaurant in a former schoolhouse, sports bar, brewing facility, pavilion, event center formed from old tobacco barns, and hop yard weeded by chickens and ducks. At Wood Ridge Farm Brewery, admire the view from porch rocking chairs or the tap house skillfully crafted by Barry Wood from timber on his historic family farm. His operation is self-sufficient in

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cultivating everything “from the dirt to the glass.” “You can watch the ingredients grow from your bar stool,” said brewer Chris Firey.

Enjoy spirits and cider The county’s distilleries range in size. At Woods Mill Distillery, the atmosphere is casual. Visit the cozy tasting area and ask distiller Jim Taggert questions directly. He’ll explain the science in the production area and seek feedback on products in development. Taggert’s partner’s wife, Nancy Fletcher, offers a woman’s touch with potpourri she created for the gift shop from botanicals in the still. Distiller Christine Riggleman operates Silverback Distillery, while her husband, Denver, runs for governor. “They call me the ‘Hooch Mama,’” she joked. A chainsaw-carved silverback gorilla greets you at the door of the facility, which uses geothermal technology and has three bars. Gareth Moore’s Virginia Distillery Company is so new that its single-malt spirits are currently aging in barrels. Sample cocktails, tour the whiskey museum, and have your picture taken by the double copper stills. For $10,000, you can join the Cask Society and purchase your own barrel of whiskey. Learn the merits of hard cider in Blue Toad continued on page 5

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Re-thinking life, not just retirement

It happens again and again. This time, we are sitting on a white sand Jamaican beach, cocktails in hand, bellies full from a romantic dinner at the resort, waves lapping at the shoreline. We are relaxed and feeling exactly the way we hoped as we planned the vacation. What could be wrong? In a sense, nothing. We have a great dialogue reflecting on our life, and we’re thinking, “We could live our lives here.” We reflect on the “gogo-go” nature of our lives back home and fantasize about always benefiting from good weather, relaxing, and not going full throttle. Of course, there are logistics. Could we do some work here for income? Could we sell our assets and buy something here? Would we grow bored of this? Then, the reflections revert back to our life back home. Perhaps it’s not about place, and instead it’s about process. Can we dial back on the hardcharging work schedule? Do we have “things” that cause us more stress than pleasure? Can we, in fact, find more relaxation at home? Is retirement something we can start easing into a step at a time? Why does it take a vacation to bring about this analysis? The answer is simple, yet complex. It is about place; at least the beginning of the process is. Just changing your surroundings creates an atmosphere where all the senses are stimulated: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. It’s logical to see how taking in all that new data from the senses can also put

the brain in a mode to process new thoughts. The stage is set. It’s sort of the proverbial “it’s hard to see the picture when you are in the frame.” This valuable insight opportunity afforded by a getaway isn’t just for those approaching retirement; it can be of value reflecting on smaller issues several times a year. Corporate psychology seems to know this well. How many retreats and planning sessions are deliberately done off-site? Tons! And these off-site sessions tend to be among the most successful ones. It makes sense to remove oneself from distractions in order to focus on other things. While a getaway like ours celebrating a 10-year wedding anniversary in Jamaica would be an obvious time for reflection, all getaways serve a similar value. If you want a fuller, more satisfying, more productive life, you must step away from your day-to-day life from time to time to reflect, relax, and get clarity of vision. Vacation time isn’t “time off” from work or life, it’s time invested in better perspectives for better work and life. I believe a work life of 46 to 48 weeks a year is far more productive than one that stretches 51 to 52 weeks. Similarly, your best life at home requires some time away from home. Be more complete and take a vacation!

On our cover The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is just one of many museums, scenic excursions, model train layouts, and other railroad-related experiences in the MidAtlantic. (Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania)


2 ~ St. Mary’s County wine 3 ~ Walkable West Chester 4 ~ Nelson County craft beverages 5 ~ Publisher’s Note 6 ~ Travel Line 6 ~ Culture 7 ~ Editor’s Note 8 ~ Southern Delaware 15 ~ Fredericksburg battles 16 ~ American Civil War Museum 16 ~ Martinsburg in the Civil War 18 ~ Mid-Atlantic rail adventure 24 ~ Calendar of Events 28 ~ Mid-Atlantic Fishing 32 ~ Hampton celebrates NASA 33 ~ Newport News salutes Ella 33 ~ Eastern Shore Artisan Trail 35 ~ Adventures in Taste 36 ~ Caribbean Corner 36 ~ Family Travel 38 ~ Wine Doctor 38 ~ Music Festival

Nelson County continued from page 4 Cidery’s tasting room, which overlooks a cider barn and lawn picture-perfect for weddings. Owner Todd Rath also runs the Rockfish Valley Inn. A boardwalk leads to Bold Rock Cidery, where you’re rewarded with a vaulted-ceiling tasting room, cider museum, and exquisite view.

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New American Revolution Museum is among spring events in Virginia The new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Va., will have its official grand opening celebration March 23–April 4. The museum will offer a national perspective, conveying a sense of the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage. The introductory film “Liberty Fever,” narrated by an early 19th-century storyteller, will draw visitors into the world of Revolutionary America, setting the stage for indoor gallery and outdoor living-history experiences. The 22,000-square-foot permanent galleries will engage visitors in the tumultuous Revolution through period artifacts and immersive environments, dioramas, interactive exhibits, and short films, including an experiential theater that transports visitors to the Siege of Yorktown with wind, smoke, and the thunder of cannon fire. Among the close to 500 artifacts on exhibit will be a Declaration of Independence broadside dating to July 1776, a June 1776 Philadelphia printing of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, a coronation portrait of King George III from the studio of Allan Ramsay, an early life portrait of an African enslaved in the 13 British colonies, and a rare early southern American long rifle. Five major themes will be presented in the galleries:

■ “The British Empire and America” examines the geography, demography, culture, and economy of America prior to the Revolution and the political relationship with Britain. ■ “The Changing Relationship – Britain and North America” chronicles the growing rift between the American colonies and Britain. ■ “Revolution” traces the war from the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 to victory at Yorktown in 1781 and the aftermath. ■ “The New Nation” outlines the challenges faced by the United States in the 1780s, culminating with the creation of the Constitution as a framework for the future. ■ “The American People” explores the emergence of a new national identity — influenced by immigration, internal migration, and demographic, political, and social changes — following the Revolution. The outdoor exhibit will feature a living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. (

Flowers, gardens, and beer The Orchid Extravaganza, featuring more than 4,500 exquisite orchids, is on display through the end of March at Longwood Gardens’ conservatory, Peirce-du Pont House, and visitor center in Kennett Square, Pa. (

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Approximately 250 private homes, gardens, and historical sites across the state of Virginia will be open to visitors during the 84th annual Historic Garden Week, April 22–29. More than 26,000 visitors are expected to attend “America’s Largest Open House,” which features tours organized and hosted by 47 member clubs. Details on the schedule, tickets, official guidebook, and descriptions of 30 different tours are available at vagardenweek. org. The event began in 1927 when the Garden Club of Virginia volunteers hosted a flower show to save trees planted by President Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Beer lovers throughout D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina will have the opportunity to sample some of Virginia’s finest craft beers, thanks to an unusual partnership led by Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Virginia’s largest brewer invited five other craft brewers to produce unique products for a special Adventure Pack that will be released from April through June this year. The 12-packs will include beers from Devils Backbone, Parkway Brewing Company, Ocelot Brewing Company, Mad Fox Brewing Company, O’Connor Brewing Company, and Three Notch’d Brewing Company.

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If pottery is your cup of tea, one place to sample the wares is in Franklin County, Pa. John Bell, a 19th-century potter, is the most wellknown name associated with pottery-making in the area. The potter’s shop burned down in 1899, but, thanks to the gift of a Bell descendant, the Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro, Pa., has the nation’s largest private collection of Bell pottery and molds on display. ( Bell blended European and American styles in redware and stoneware. One item of particular interest is the shop’s rooster weathervane, which survived the fire and

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What’s luck got to do with it? We’ve all experienced those serendipitous moments in life when we stumbled onto the solution to a problem or “the stars aligned” to create just the right moment for something special to happen. Ask any really successful person and they’ll tell you luck played a role in their accomplishments. With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I suppose “the luck of the Irish” started me thinking about the role luck plays in our travel experiences. For you, it may have been the luck of choosing a travel agent who had special knowledge about the trip you wanted to take, or the good fortune of finding an especially good deal online just before it expired. We’ve often found great events and experiences quite by accident in our travels.


Like some other newlyweds, I’m sure, we met another couple on our honeymoon who had married on the same day and time, and now we’ve been friends for 42 years. There was the member of the artistic Wyeth family who gave amazing insights into an exhibit at the Brandywine Valley Museum. The general manager of a winery happened to be in his tasting room and led an amazing tastSpend an afternoon cycling ing and wine education experience. And, even a along winding country roads waitress in a St. Croix restaurant who was from our or exploring scenic, forested hometown made a great connection. paths at Tuckahoe State Park. The list goes on with local festivals and people we’ve encountered in totally unplanned ways, all of which enriched our travel experience. All this begs the question: “How important is planning, anyway?” Can we depend on luck to

create the best travel experience? Obviously, the answer is no. Luck can certainly enhance travel experiences if you are open to the unplanned, but your time and the cost of travel make planning essential for anything more than a day trip. We have more tools to help us plan today than ever before, with the Internet and social media adding layers of information on top of traditional printed materials such as brochures, visitor guides, maps, newspapers, and magazines. The amount of information can be overwhelming, including hundreds of reviews of even small attractions and accommodations. Today, aggregator websites exist to combine and filter information

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Top 12 reasons to love and visit Southern Delaware

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With the Delaware Bay, 26 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches, and the welcoming smalltown charm of coastal and river towns, there are plenty of activities and attractions to explore in Southern Delaware. With so much happening in Sussex County, the southernmost of the state’s three counties, you’ll find yourself actually doing things, rather than wasting time standing in lines. Enjoy every minute of your vacation and experience each of these 12 reasons to visit Southern Delaware:

1. Enjoy beaches and water sports Delaware beaches have consistently ranked first for water quality among the 30 coastal states in the U.S. Whether it’s Dewey Beach with its live entertainment scene, skim-boarding, and water sports; Rehoboth Beach, with its milelong boardwalk, shopping, and surf; or Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island’s Quiet Resorts that are so great for families — you’ll enjoy soft sand and sparkling water. Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, parasailing, and standup paddle boarding provide even more ways to enjoy the water.

fishing, camping, and trails, including the new scenic Gordons Pond Trail.

4. Try a cycling adventures Southern Delaware’s flat terrain and numerous nature trails make it an ideal place for pedal time and rank it as the third best state for cycling.

5. Experience 40 annual festivals The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Lewes Tulip Festival, Great Delaware Kite Festival, Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers Festival, Nanticoke Riverfest, and Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival are joined by numerous food festivals, including the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival, the Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach Bacon Fest, and the Apple Scrapple Festival — just a few of the 40-plus festivals held each year.

6. Savor the “Culinary Coast”

The Southern Delaware Lighthouse Trail has 10 lighthouses located in Fenwick Island, Rehoboth Beach, historic Lewes, and the Delaware Breakwater.

Try the famous Eating Rehoboth tours, sample the fresh cuisine of the local farmers markets, and enjoy the creations of local chefs, including James Beard nominees and winners. Also, make sure to also visit the two wineries and several breweries, including the famous Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton. Sign up for local cooking classes, too.

3. Commune with nature

7. Revel in history

2. Explore lighthouses

Check out the trails, nature centers, and waterways of Southern Delaware, especially Cape Henlopen State Park. It’s the crown jewel of Sussex County, with bay and ocean beaches,

It’s no surprise that the southernmost county in The First State is packed with historical sites. Pick your pleasure from historic maritime Lewes to Milton, Georgetown, or Milford.

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8. Visit museums

Museum lovers will find an array of museum itineraries. Tour through 26 museums highlighting maritime history, Native American history, natural history, Americana, military history, railroads, and aviation. The varied locales — each as fascinating as the exhibits they house — include a train station, a caboose, a World War II bunker, a firehouse, a mansion, a barn, a renovated ice house, and historic homes.

9. Discover the arts Southern Delaware has a host of offerings from artists and performers in various studios and galleries, plus performing arts. Don’t miss one of the great performances at Clear Space Theatre.

10. Load up on tax-free shopping What more needs to be said? Enjoy shopping tax-free, and go wild in the local boutiques, antique stores, and outlets throughout the area.

11. Stay like a local Southern Delaware’s great variety of accommodations — campgrounds, bed-and-breakfasts, budget to luxury hotels, and pet-friendly venues — can suit every need.

12. Make unforgettable memories with family Boardwalks, speedways, water parks, paintball, parasailing, boat excursions and rentals, and mini golf rate high among any energetic family’s to-sees and to-dos while in Southern Delaware.

Boardwalk suites in Bethany Beach Looking for the charm of Bethany Beach and want the modern style of a fully equipped hotel? Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, completed in 2015, is the answer. You’ll find 112 suites to greet you with soothing natural elements, luxury, and a pristine location on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. A wealth of amenities include blazingly fast and free

Wi-Fi that reaches to the ocean, private balconies with gorgeous oceanfront views, a spa, a superb restaurant and bar, a free daily breakfast, an indoor/outdoor salt water pool, a fitness center, and a business center. And, all that is on top of the best sand and surf and within walking distance to great shopping and dining. Feel free to check out Trip Ad-

visor, Expedia, Google, Booking. com,, HotelPlanner. com, Yelp, and Travelocity, where the hotel ranks in the top 10 percent in every category. Immediately on arrival, you know you’ve made the right selection. The location is right on the boardwalk and you park your car for free and leave it. Everything is an easy walk from the hotel. The

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Spring festivals draw visitors to Lewes Lewes is a great Southern Delaware resort town filled with charm and history. The best time to visit is during one of the many festivals. One favorite is the annual Lewes Tulip Celebration, April 6–15. Celebrate the beginning of spring with more than 10,000 tulips blooming in downtown Lewes, plus lots of themed events and entertainment happening all weekend. The tulip planting locations, as well as Lewes’ historic landmarks, will be included on the

Tiptoe to The Tulips map and the Tiptoe to The Tulips Trolley Tours. The tours are coordinated with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and are led by docents from the Lewes Historical Society. Another favorite for the whole family is the Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park on April 14. Events begin with an Easter egg hunt, followed by the kite competitions in several continued on page 14

Just when spring fever hits, Southern Delaware kicks into gear, and locals come out to experience the best the area has to offer without summer crowds. A local insider tip is to take a trip on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, operating on reduced Winter Fare rates through March 31. The ferry schedule bumps up from four to six departures most weekends in March. It’s a great time for birders to spot gannets

and spring migratory birds. Passengers are equally likely to spot returning whales and dolphins headed north. Many people get on the boat mid-morning, take a ride to Cape May, and drive for lunch and boutique shopping on Washington Street in the heart of town. They catch an early afternoon ferry back for an evening in Delaware. continued on page 15

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The Bellmoor for business or pleasure Smack in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, the Bellmoor Inn & Spa provides the warmth and comfort of a quaint bed-and-breakfast combined with the charm of a seaside cottage home and the amenities of a posh, elegant hotel. Rated the number one hotel in Rehoboth, it’s a peaceful and tranquil oasis just two blocks from the ocean, boardwalk, and nightlife. Modern amenities include not one, but two pools (one adults-only),

plus a hot tub. Enjoy treatments at the luxurious full-service spa on site, or work out at the wellappointed fitness center. Start your day with a complimentary made-to-order full hot breakfast and, later, enjoy afternoon refreshments with cookies and tea. The tech-savvy will appreciate free premium wireless Internet access, a 24-hour business Brick H otel

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The Brick Hotel, in the heart of historic Georgetown on the circle, offers a place to stay and a fantastic meal during your getaway.

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The Bellmoor has Old World charm and rich woods to give a warm, cozy feeling.

The Brick Hotel is a mainstay on the circle in Georgetown, where it has stood since 1836 and was first known as the Union Hotel. It was a landmark in the heart of the small downtown and served as a bank from the 1950s until the late 1990s. The building was slated to be demolished until a campaign was launched to save the National Historic Registry property from its impending fate. Owners Lynn and

Ed Lester purchased the property in 2007, and began a restoration process that was completed within a year. The restored property opened in late 2008 as The Brick Hotel on the Circle. The inn has breathed new life into the downtown area, offering a restaurant and tavern, three private dining rooms, a roof top deck, and lovely side garden. continued on page 14

Enjoy all the history that Georgetown has to offer

14 guest rooms • 181 year old National Historic Landmark building Award winning restaurant on-site • 20 miles to Delaware’s coastal resort towns All guest rooms are tastefully furnished with a fine blend of the old and the new. Enjoy amenities such as welcome snacks, heated towl racks, 24/7 coffee, continental breakfast, a complimentary wine pairing and more.

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Victorian style at The Boardwalk Plaza Who doesn’t love the beach? And, Rehoboth Beach is among the best. Why not stay at a hotel right on the boardwalk? The Boardwalk Plaza has 84 rooms and most are oceanfront or ocean-view, with balconies where the salt air cleanses and the sun’s warmth embraces. Choose from rooms with king or queen poster beds, suites, efficiencies, and an adults-only concierge level. From the moment you step under the antique wrought-iron canopy and enter the lobby with its Victorian antiques, the Boardwalk Plaza’s staff stands ready to offer you exceptional service. The Boardwalk Plaza has been a Four Diamond-award winner for 25 years. The restaurant, appropriately named Victoria’s, carries on

BETHANY SUITES continued from page 9 ocean views. No wonder Trip Advisor, Facebook, and the Rehoboth Foodie all give rave reviews. You’ll have trouble deciding which of the lively coastal dishes — combined with

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the tradition of old-world elegance combined accommodations enhanced with genteel extras with a location right on the boardwalk and three such as evening turndown service, the daily levels of seating, so everyone gets the nice newspaper, morning coffee in the garden (deview. pending on the season), a later checkout time, There’s also an outdoor patio for the warmer and use of the private rooftop sundeck and spa. months. If you just want cocktails and light fare, Consider the banquet facility for the perfect try the Plaza Pub — the walnut bar and cozy beach wedding reception rehearsal dinner or leather chairs offer comfort and elegance. meeting space for conferences. Try the heated soaking pool, the fitness Check out the package deals online at room, yoga (seasonally), children’s activities, or call 302-227-7169. afternoon tea, or listen to piano tunes by Jeff Irwin. Outdoors, of course, there’s the ocean and sandy beach to enjoy with the hotel’s complimentary beach towel service. The rooms are decorated in Victorian style with real and reproduction antiques to give that cozy feel. On the modern comfort side of things, enjoy fast T-1 Internet, flat-screen TVs, in-room coffee, a stocked refreshment center, and DVD players. Some rooms even have whirlpool baths. For adults traveling without children, The Boardwalk Plaza sits right on the boardwalk in the keyed-access concierge level offers Rehoboth Beach.

farm-sourced ingredients — will tantalize your tummy. Each morning you’ll find a complimentary hot (oatmeal, eggs, bacon, potatoes, sausage, waffles, French toast) and cold (bagels, muffins, yogurt, cereal, fruits) breakfast buffet. Your bright and airy room has a coastal décor with hardwood floors, extremely comfortable beds with positional halogen reading lights, large closets, a full kitchen (including sink, dishwasher, refrigerator, utensils, cookware, and dishes), large flat-screen LCD TVs with Netflix integration, a comfortable living room area with a table, and lots of outlets for charging phones and computer devices. The bathrooms are huge and equipped with everything you desire including high-pressure shower heads. Outdoors, enjoy your own private balcony overlooking the boardwalk and

ocean. Even the air-conditioning system merits a compliment, as it is super quiet and instantly responsive. On the top floor, you’ll find the hotel’s large saltwater pool, which sits beneath a retractable roof and is heated for winter swimming. It’s also great for rainy day fun. Also topside is a well-equipped, well-ventilated fitness center. Bethany Beach Ocean Suites is becoming discovered. Summer begins booking the minute it becomes available, typically 50 weeks from arrival date. Book now and note that Marriott Brand offers its loyal rewards customers extra perks for its members. Meeting planners, consider the hotel’s 4,400 square feet of space where groups of up to 200 can be accommodated. Call Bethany Beach Ocean Suites at 302-5393200 or visit

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Beaches are just the beginning. We invite you to explore a place we call home. Experience the warmth of our friends and neighbors. Taste our multitudes of flavors. Get lost around the heart of our community, The Circle. You’ll see what we mean when we say: Georgetown, Delaware. Well Rounded.

Join us for these upcoming events. * Easter Egg Hunt – April 15 * Pet Expo – April * Decadent Dessert Mixer – May 17 * Farmers Market – May 17–September * BBQ Cook-off – July 8 * Art Crawl & Farmer & Foodie Festival – July 29 * Farm to Table – August 16 * Wings & Wheels – October 6 & 7 * Christmas Parade – December 7 Visit us at or call 302-856-1544.

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Stay and play at Baywood Greens “The most beautiful golf course in Sussex County” is perhaps the single most-used phrase describing Baywood Greens. With more than 200,000 flowers, shrubs, and trees and 27 acres of lakes, it’s no wonder this title is often used. It’s also called the “Augusta of the North.” There are nine wood-side greens and nine waterside greens, with eight timbered bridges and two tunnels that connect it all together. This scenic year-round golf resort with bent grass greens was built in 1998 by architects


Ault, Clarks & Associates, and is located in Long Neck Delaware in Sussex County. You’ll love the “island fairway” on the 14th hole. After the game, check out the Baywood Clubhouse Restaurant, dine on the veranda, and enjoy the stunning views of the 18th hole. Also, consider the clubhouse for your next event. It is an award-winning venue that sets a new standard in romantic elegance, continued on page 15


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on the Delmarva Peninsula. Described as the Augusta of the North, at Baywood Greens you will experience the meticulously manicured woodside and waterside nines with eight timbered Described the 27 “Augusta theman North,” at Baywood you will and experience bridgesas and acresofof made ponds,Greens two tunnels over 200,000 the meticulously manicured woodside and waterside nines with eight timbered flowers, plants, shrubs and trees. “Last year I played Aviara in California and at bridges 27 acresitofwas man-made ponds, course two tunnels andever over 200,000 the timeand I thought the prettiest I had played,flowers, but this is better,” plants, shrubs and trees. year I played Aviarawho in California at the time I Greens. said a golfer from“Last Minnesota recently playedand at Baywood thought it was the prettiest course I had ever played, but this is better,” said a

Baywood also features spectacular clubhouse, golfer fromGreens Minnesota recently who a played at Baywood Greens. extensive practice facility, restaurant, new homes in a beautiful community and acres of pristine woods, gardens clubhouse, and lakes. Baywood Greens also features a spectacular extensive practice facility, restaurant, new homes in a beautiful community and acres of pristine Head Golf Professional: Anthony Hollerback, woods, gardens and lakes.

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The clubhouse at Baywood Greens is fantastic for dining and meetings, or simply enjoying the views.

12367 EAGLE’S NEST ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 410-213-7277 EAGLESLANDINGGOLF.COM Eagle's Landing Golf Course is a beautiful seaside golfing paradise with a sweepingvista of land, water and sky. Located just minutes from Ocean City, Eagle's Landing Golf Course overlooks the serene Sinepuxent Bay and the unspoiled beauty of Assateague Island National Seashore.

Find a place to enjoy at the beach this year When making your vacation plans for 2017, consider visiting a destination not too far from home and full of surprises — Coastal Delaware. From Fenwick Island to the beaches of the Delaware Bay, quaint seaside towns adorn the Atlantic coastline. The historic seaside and inland villages will make your vacation even more unique.

Stay. Driving along the coast, you will discover incredible Nantucket-style ocean-

front and bay-front homes.Eagle's Did you know you living. Incredibly designed and furnished, Landing boasts the most scenic and challenging golf course on the have the option to stay on one of these amazing Delaware rentals Eastern Shore. In 1996, Golf DigestCoastal rated Eagle's Landing 45th in the tophave 75 been the homes accommodations? Add to your family’s vacamost affordable public courses in America. Eagle's Landing is also the first certfied audoboncoastal-style cooperative sanctuary in Maryland. Eagle's Landing offers superbcontinued on page 15 tion memories by experiencing conditions. The facility also features a hospitable staff and a variety of links style and marsh land holes with Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens. Eagle’s Landing’s signature hole is “The Beast of the East,” a challenging par-4 known as the one of the toughest and scenic finishing holes in golf.

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age categories. The adult competitions will begin at 2:00pm, interspersed with professional stunt kite flying demonstrations. Kite flyers are judged by age and the type of kite they are flying (homemade or store-bought). There are many contests: Open Individual Ballet (free flight performance accompanied by music which the entrant provides), Individual Precision (compulsory figures including “The Square,” “The Mount,” and “Ladder Down” judged on technical execution), Most Senior Flyer, Youngest Flyer, Flyer Furthest From Home, Smallest Kite, and Largest Kite. The Highest Kite Award category is open to all ages. Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy and Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites and food vendors, a face painter, and community organizations set up surrounding the field. The Spring Sidewalk Sale, May 5–7, brings everyone out in a great spring tradition. The annual British Car Show will be held this year May 6 at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal. Check out more than 100 of these car classics from English brands including Triumph, MG, Austin Healy, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, and more. For more information, call 877-465-3937 or visit

center, and free charging stations for electric vehicles. The Bellmoor is more than just your room. You’ll love to use the many elegant common areas, including a library with fireplace, sun room, breakfast sun room, and a beautiful serene and secluded garden courtyard. For those who want to take their stay to a higher level, consider booking the Club Suites. Accessible only by private elevator key and available exclusively to guests 25 years and older, these suites have their own club library with fireplace and complimentary beverages and snacks. Each suite is generously sized and features its own gas fireplace, hydrotherapy jet tub, and private balcony. These niceties are within a short walk to the beach, fabulous restaurants, live music, and lots of great shops. You can park your car on site and never have to drive or hunt for parking once you are there. Simply put, the Bellmoor blends the best of all worlds: convenience, charm, elegance, location, and amenities. Check them out at or call 302227-5800 and make plans to begin your Southern Delaware getaway at the ideal location. Be sure to check out the specials and spa packages.

The brick hotel continued from page 11 The restaurant offers classic American cuisine in an atmosphere of casual elegance. With a varied menu, and economical nightly dinner features, the restaurant is a regular gathering place for guests from near and far. There are 14 guest rooms. Nine are located in the historic section, including Calvert’s Sanctuary — the suite. There are also five deluxe king rooms, which were added on the second floor during the renovation and are located right across from the Rooftop Garden Terrace. The Brick Hotel on the Circle is conveniently located in the heart of Sussex County, Del. Delaware’s beaches are less than 20 miles away, and there are several local breweries, distilleries, and wineries in close proximity to The Brick. Guests enjoy returning to the tranquility of Georgetown during the busy season, and appreciate the intimacy and charm of the historic Brick Hotel. Where else are you going to find a quaint place centrally located to enjoy first-class accommodations and a casual finer dining restaurant all rolled into one? It’s all right here. Call 302-855-5800 or visit

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Favorite family day trips are to Naval Air Station Wildwood, New Jersey’s Air and Space Museum, or the Cape May County Zoo (rated fifth-best in the U.S.). Adults sometimes prefer the Cape May Brewery or one of the three

wineries, all within a short drive from the Cape May terminal. Many day-trippers never get off the ferry or leave the terminal. These adventurers take a round-trip cruise, as foot passengers, just to get a whiff of fresh bay breezes after the long winter. Some bring a brown bag lunch on board or pick up a bite at the onboard galley, while many

get off in New Jersey, watch their ferry depart, and happily wait for the next boat back while enjoying a burger at the indoor pub. Sunset cruises that bring people back on the last boat from Cape May are a fun way to end a relaxing day. Reservations are recommended, and can be made at or by calling 800-643-3779.

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offering smart detail and nature-inspired décor. Luxurious but understated, the clubhouse features grand sweeping staircases that lead to the ballroom, with its warm, cream-paneled walls, and picture-perfect views. Visit and check out the online packages: “Dine and Drive” — On Sunday through Thursday afternoons, play 18 holes of golf and then enjoy dinner in the Baywood Clubhouse Restaurant, all for $115 per person. “Nine and Dine” — On Sunday through Thursday afternoons, make your tee time after 2:30pm, play nine holes, and then enjoy dinner in the Baywood Clubhouse Restaurant, all for $85 per person. “Stay and Play” — Stay at one of Baywood Greens’ brand new vacation rentals and relax in luxury in between rounds, just a short a golf car ride to the clubhouse, restaurant, driving range, and pro shop. Play golf at Southern Delaware’s best courses, including Baywood Greens, Heritage Shores, Bayside Resort Golf Club, and The Rookery (North and South). For more information, visit the website or call 888-8442254.

away from home for many generations, year after year.

Dine. Coastal Delaware vacation itineraries always host extraordinary opportunities. Southern Delaware is one of the East Coast’s culinary destinations, so make sure to dine at one of the many award-winning restaurants, or sample cheer at one of the seven breweries. It is no surprise that many chefs and business owners have gained recognition as award winners or nominees from the coveted James Beard Foundation.

Discover. Don’t forget about tax-free shopping. There are always treasures to be found at world-class outlet centers, boutiques, and an-

tique stores. Delaware is the land of tax-free shopping. Beyond the pristine shoreline, Coastal Delaware is renowned for its Native American history, early American settlements, shipwreck museums, and historical societies. You can put education in your vacation, year-round.

Play. Adventure tourism is on the rise in this Mid-Atlantic resort region. Kayak along the inland bays or rivers. Standup paddle along the Atlantic Ocean or Delaware Bay. No need to bring your own equipment. You’ll find experienced outfitters to guide you along the way or, if you are prone to adventures, rentals are available from Fenwick Island to Broadkill Beach along the Delaware Bay. For more information, visit

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Choose how to tour four famous Fredericksburg area battle sites “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” said philosopher George Santayana. This is just one reason why the National Park Service is dedicated to preserving and protecting the land where pivotal battles of the Civil War took place. Over the course of 18 months, the Union army staged three major campaigns across the rivers near Fredericksburg, Va. The battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House amassed more than 105,000 casualties.

Fredericksburg The Battle of Fredericksburg took place Dec. 11–15, 1862, and included the first urban warfare for United States forces. Today, guests can traverse the “Sunken Road at Fredericksburg” to get a sense of the battle. John Hennessy, chief historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, describes it as “the most-used walking trail, fully interpreted by wayside exhibits, house sites, and the famous monument to Richard Kirkland, a Confederate soldier known for his humanitarian acts during the war.” During the Fredericksburg Campaign, a Georgian-style mansion known as Chatham served as

a Union headquarters, hospital, and soup kitchen. Today, visitors can tour the home, which contains five rooms of exhibits and serves as the park headquarters. Films provide information on the history of the mansion and the civilian war experience, and guests can also view a preserved portion of the original walls where soldiers left graffiti.

Chancellorsville The fighting continued May 1–5, 1863, in Chancellorsville. Start at the visitor center on Plank Road in Spotsylvania to watch a film before taking the trail that leads to interpretive signs and a monument to Stonewall Jackson, who lost his life to friendly fire during the battle. Elsewhere, visitors can walk ruins of Catherine Furnace, which are all that is left of the Civil Warperiod iron-making facility. The Chancellorsville History Trail winds through the north end of the battlefield, covering more than 4 miles.

The Wilderness Best known as the first clash between Grant and Lee, this battle took place May 5–6, 1864. For two days, the armies fought not only each other, but also the dense woods and underbrush known as “The Wilderness.” The area is home to Ellwood Manor, built

around 1790. The home served as a headquarters and is open to the public during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Spotsylvania Court House From the Wilderness, the fighting moved to Spotsylvania Courthouse, May 8–21, 1864. Today, visitors can traverse the trail at the Bloody Angle and learn more about the war’s most intense hand-to-hand close combat. There, they can view the rolling landscape and the gentle mounds that remain of trenches once dug by soldiers during combat. “The trail is not only popular and well interpreted, but to my mind, is one of the most compelling landscapes on the continent,” said Hennessy.

Custom tours For those who prefer a more customized experience, Hallowed Ground Tours offers tours lasting 2 1/2 hours and longer. Historian Scott Walker tailors his excursions to both individual and group interests. Personal, in-car, or bus step-on service is available for in-depth tours highlighting local history from the area’s Colonial past through the Civil War era and beyond. continued on page 17 I march 2017 I recreation news 15

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American Civil War Museum pulls back curtain on new plans The American Civil War Museum in Richmond is building for the future. A new facility facing the mighty James River will join the other attractions operated by the museum, including Historic Tredegar, the White House and Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, and the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox. From a hill where visitors can walk through ruins of the South’s largest munitions factory, the museum will share stories about the Civil War many have never explored. While the new facility is being built, the other attractions remain open. “We have involved many of the top Civil War scholars in America for interpretive advice,” said the museum’s director, Christy Coleman. Filled with thought-provoking exhibits, videos, and walls of quotes, the present American Civil War Center at Tredegar will remain open in 2017 and 2018. The center, like the new museum, is just steps from the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, which does a “great job of telling the Richmond Civil War story,” said Coleman.

The White House of the Confederacy, north of the river and nearer the state capitol, is also broadening its experience. Visitors will learn about life beyond the years when Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived there. The nonprofit entity also manages the Museum of the Confederacy at Appomattox.

Old and new Richmond The ruins of Tredegar are something of a metaphor for old versus new Richmond. Today, the James River across from Tredegar is the most active spot in downtown Richmond. Here, people celebrate Richmond’s vitality with music festivals, living history, and even private parties. Thanks to a new footbridge, thousands enjoy jogging and cycling and outdoor enthusiasts love kayaking and rafting through white water in view of the downtown skyline. Boats run up and down the Kanawha Canal envisioned by George Washington and captains tell stories that include more than a passing reference to the huge slave trade that occurred here.

The new facility will tell these stories and more. Coleman speaks of the valor of African-Americans who earned the Congressional Medal just outside of Richmond fighting to preserve the Union. She said, “We’ve heard about African-American soldiers used as pawns in the war, but we need to tell the stories of leadership and valor.” The new museum will do more than exhibit guns and uniforms — it will address difficult questions about our social, economic, and political heritage that remain unanswered. It will also use theater to help people connect. “The past is present” is a motto of the museum. Insider tip: Visit the current center and you’ll find issues Americans are still debating, such as international trade tariffs. Its final wall is plastered with sticky notes from visitors nationwide. One visitor said this about freedom: “We have a long way to go, but we have come very far. That should give us hope to keep moving forward.”

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Exploring little-known Civil War history in Martinsburg There is more to the Civil War than just the major battles. Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and the other large actions attract much attention, but to really understand the war’s impact on the nation’s people, you must look beyond those historic clashes.

Martinsburg, W.Va., did not see any turningpoint battles; rather, the Civil War caused a nearly constant flux of troops from both the Union and the Confederacy. Located literally on the border between North and South, the town was on the advance and retreat routes used by both armies. “Martinsburg was a northern town in a Confederate county,” explained Mark Jordan, who promotes the area. “The town had a northern lean because the railroads were here. We have a unique Civil War history, as the town changed hands as many as 37 times.”

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Located on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Martinsburg was an important transportation hub. However, beginning with the Battle of Falling Waters in 1861, the town saw almost constant skirmishing and daily cavalry actions. The railroad itself became a point of conflict, with Confederate forces destroying rolling stock and bridges at the war’s outset and Union forces struggling to keep the trains rolling. Later that same year, Confederate forces tried to destroy Dam No. 5 on the Potomac River and the locks of the C&O Canal. Because of Martinsburg’s Union sympathies, the town voted not to secede with the rest of Virginia, and the county eventually sent troops to both armies. On Aug. 5, 1863, Berkeley County voted overwhelmingly to join the newly formed state of West Virginia, a decision that was not completely ratified until 1871. Martinsburg offers an opportunity to explore a

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little-known and infrequently regarded facet of the Civil War. The actions around Martinsburg and in Berkeley County have not received the same historical regard reserved for better known clashes. Only rarely can a Civil War site present information about the impact of almost constant, lowlevel warfare on the civilian population. Nearby Bunker Hill saw action 17 times; Darkesville nearly a dozen times. Soldiers fought and died in Martinsburg on nearly two dozen occasions. In just one day in 1864, the town changed hands three times. Throughout all of this mayhem, life went on for the townspeople. Martinsburg was also the home of Belle Boyd, a notorious Southern spy who used her considerable charisma to cajole information from Union soldiers. She would then pass that information to the Confederate army. Her charm, wit, and determination served her well as a spy, but did not keep her out of Union prisons. Today, the Berkeley County Historical Society maintains Belle Boyd’s house as a museum. A visit to the B&O Roundhouse also opens a window onto wartime Martinsburg, although the present structure is not the original. Follow the Civil War Trail through Martinsburg and surrounding Berkeley County. Pick up your free copy of Between the Lines, the Story of the Civil War in Berkeley County at the visitor center. The informative brochure presents the region’s history along with period illustrations and a map of Civil continued on page 17


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

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Tracking the Mid-Atlantic’s family railroad experiences The Mid-Atlantic is rich with opportunities to ride the rails — both literally and figuratively. You can travel on the historic first mile of commercial track, see one of the world’s largest model train layouts, check out the trolleys of bygone days, and visit the museums that preserve our railroad heritage. There are also scenic railroad excursions available in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of railroad adventures. Here are some opportunities within a few hours of the Washington-Baltimore area.

SCENIC EXCURSION TRAINS Everett Railroad Hollidaysburg, Pa. 814-696-EVRR A recently restored 1923 steam engine powers most excursions along the 23-mile system, including an Easter “EGGspress” event April 8, 9, and 15. Other special event and basic excursions are available during the season.

Ma & Pa Railroad Airville, Pa. 717-927-9565

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The Ma & Pa Railroad’s motorcar experience southwest of York, Pa., is a bit different than the usual steam train excursion.

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All AboArd! Childhood Memories Big or small we love them all. Explore York at Steam Into History, Ma & Pa Railroad Preservation Society, Stewartstown Railroad Company and Strasburg Rail Road.

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Historic buildings in the Heritage Village and train rides along the old Maryland and Pennsylvania line, June through Labor Day, are only part of the story. There are plenty of special events like a World War I encampment in June, a World War II weekend in August,

Now open to the public! April 27-29 and October 19-21.

Milling Weekend, fall leaf excursions, and the special Christmas City Express. It’s all just 50 minutes from Baltimore.

Mountain Rail Adventures West Virginia 866-779-4828 Catch a ride on both Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad and the Cass Scenic Railroad with a single “Wild Heart of West Virginia” ticket from historic depots in Elkins, Durbin, and Cass. Chose from excursions or shorter sightseeing trips, dinner trains, holiday adventures, and special events beginning in April. You can even spend the night in the Durbin Rocket’s Castaway Caboose.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad Romney, W.Va. You’ll see eagles on 90 percent of the excursions through a pristine mountain valley known as the eastern home of the bald eagle. Experience “The Trough,” a spectacular valley through which the south branch of the Potomac River runs with water so clear you can see the fish below. An all-day excursion into Petersburg is also available.

Steam Into History New Freedom, Pa. 717-942-2370 Ride to Glen Rock or Hanover Junction behind a re-creation of the locomotive that took Abraham Lincoln to Gettysburg or a more modern diesel engine. The season runs March through December with weekend runs in April and May. Mid-week trains run June and July, with a heavy schedule in October. There is en-

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad Titusville, Pa. A standard three-hour trip on the OC&TRR makes a 26-mile round trip from Titusville down Oil Creek valley to the south tip of Oil Creek State Park near Rouseville and returns. Stops include stations in Titusville, Drake Well Museum, Petroleum Centre, and Rynd Farm. On your trip, the only operating Railway Postal Office in the country doubles as a great spot to mail postcards or obtain snacks and souvenirs. The Caboose Motel in Titusville features accommodations in 21 caboose cars, April 28 through mid-October.

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The Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona, Pa., includes exhibits that show the lives and importance of workers on the Pennsylvania Railroad.




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tertainment on most every run with musicians or living historians. Cowboys and Civil War reenactors can even storm the train.

Strasburg Railroad Ronks, Pa. 866-725-9666 Take the 45-minute ride on the oldest continuously operated short-line railroad in America. Journey through the Amish countryside on a variety of accommodations. Easter bunny trains run April 14, 15, and 16. There are also three “Day Out With Thomas” events: June 17–25, Sept. 16–24, and Nov. 17–19. The season begins March 11 and runs daily through October, with special event trains in November and December.

Tioga Central Railroad Wellsboro, Pa. 570-724-0990

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Cumberland, Md. 240-920-6273 Special “Bunny Hop” trains April 1, 2, 8, 9, and 15 include a stop for an egg hunt. Despite a landslide, excursion trains will keep a schedule, departing from Cumberland and passing notable landmarks including the Narrows, Helmstetter’s Curve, and Brush Tunnel. Operations to Frostburg will resume when the area of the landslide has been stabilized.

Wilmington and Western Railroad Wilmington, Del. 302-998-1930 The Wilmington and Western operates both steam and early diesel locomotives traveling from the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain as Delaware’s operating railroad museum. Bunny

trains are set for April 9, 14, and 15, and the schedule grows into July and features special trains in October, November, and December.

MUSEUMS WITH EXCURSIONS B&O Railroad Museum Baltimore, Md. 410-752-2490 Housed at the birthplace of American commercial railroading, Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Museum offers a roundhouse and rail yard with historic trains such as the Tom Thumb and the locomotive that pulled President Lincoln’s funeral train. There are exhibits and lots of activities and events for children. You can ride on the Mile One Express, journeying along the historic first mile of track heading out of Baltimore. Rides are offered Thursday through Sunday, April through December. “Day Out With Thomas” events are April 28–30 and May 5–7.

Billing itself as Pennsylvania’s most scenic railroad, the Tioga Central runs a 34-mile route Thursday through Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October. Dinner trains and ice cream social trains are among the special events offered.

Walkersville Southern Railroad Walkersville, Md. 301-898-0899 Travel over track originally built in 1871. The season opens with Easter bunny trains April 8, 9, and 15 and regular Saturday runs May through September, with Saturday and Sunday excursions in October. Round trip is about 70 minutes. Special events include Jesse James Days, superhero trains, mystery dinner trains, and Santa trains in November and December.

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The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania includes vignettes that show how the equipment was used as part of its vast indoor and outdoor collection.


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Visit the depot, passenger shed, and tower where Bowie began and see the artifacts and exhibits. Home to the National Railroad Historical Society Research Library. Great trainspotting along the Amtrak Northeast Corridor line. Near shops and eateries in Historic Old Bowie.

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Steamtown National Historic Site Scranton, Pa. 570-340-5200 The only national park site dedicated to the history of steam railroading offers self-guided tours of history, roundhouse, and technology museums and a digital theater presenting an 18-minute movie. You can also take a daily ranger-led walking tour. Short excursion rides are available April through December, including a daily schedule in July and August.

Virginia Museum of Transportation Roanoke, Va. 540-342-5670 Situated alongside Roanoke’s working tracks, the museum’s Rail Yard is home to historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, and other rail equipment, including the only surviving Norfolk and Western steam locomotives. Inside are model trains and hands-on exhibits, including an expanded gallery showing the contributions of African-Americans to railroad history. The J611, an extraordinary piece of history as one of the last steam engines built for the last commercial railroad to use steam power, will offer excursions this spring April 8–May 29.

RAILROAD MUSEUMS Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Strasburg, Pa. 717-687-8628 The vast indoor collection of locomotives and passenger, mail, and freight cars is amazing and the collection continues outside with a 5-1/2-acre yard centered around an operational 1928 turntable. The collection represents 18 different Pennsylvania railroads and is supplemented by permanent and special exhibits throughout the facility. You can climb

into a locomotive cab simulator built from a real Norfolk Southern diesel cab, view a brief video, and operate the throttle, brakes, and horn to guide the train from Lancaster to Harrisburg. A combination ticket that includes the Strasburg Railroad excursion is available. The museum hosts a “Rails & Ales” event April 8 that includes craft beer, food trucks, and music inside the main exhibit hall.

rail shop complex. The Railroaders Memorial Museum celebrates the contributions of railroaders and their families to American life and the Industrial Revolution with exhibits that show how the Pennsylvania Railroad workers’ families lived and the impact of World War II.

Train 202 Engine and Museum Hagerstown, Md. 301-739-8393 The museum features artifacts such as signs, signals, tools, and other railroad equipment as well as eight cabooses, an 1885 pump car, and 1875 velocipede. The crown jewel of the collection is Steam Engine 202, which carried passengers and baggage from Baltimore to Hagerstown from 1912–1953. It is the only Western Maryland road-type steam locomotive in existence. Open April through October on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bowie Train Station and Museum Bowie, Md. 301-809-3089 Huntington City (now Bowie) grew up around the depot and today’s museum includes a passenger shed, tower, artifacts, and the National Railroad Historical Society Research Library. There are permanent exhibits and artifacts, including a Chessie System caboose. Perhaps the best thing about the location is the trainspotting as Amtrak trains speed by.

Railroaders Memorial Museum Altoona, Pa. 814-946-0834 By 1945, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s facilities at Altoona had become the world’s largest

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There are two films shown each hour, and there is an online “call board” where you can check on family members who may have worked on the railroad. Visitors can also visit Horseshoe Curve, an engineering marvel which

opened in 1854, and see some of the 50 trains that use the tracks daily. A visitor center has exhibits on engineering and constructing the curve. The funicular, an incline plane, takes you from the visitor center up to the train tracks.

O. Winston Link Museum Roanoke, Va. The museum exhibits more than 300 photographs by Link, who documented the last days of steam on the Norfolk and Western Railroad. It also features a film, plus changing exhibits by other photographers. Open daily, it is located in the Roanoke Valley Visitors Center.

TROLLEY MUSEUMS National Capital Trolley Museum Colesville, Md. 301-384-6088

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Operating weekends yearround, the museum offers rides on some of its collection of historic Washington, D.C., American, and international trolleys. See much of the collection in Streetcar Hall. You’ll also see exhibits on the development that followed streetcar lines out from Washington and electric innovations fostered by streetcars, plus films are shown in the theater.

Rockhill Trolley Museum Rockhill Furnace, Pa. 610-428-7200, 814-447-9576 The season runs Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day through October, with special events beginning with the “Easter Bunny Trolley” on April 8. There’s an international collection of trolleys, dating to the late 19th century, plus work vehicles such as snow sweepers. An all-day adult ride ticket is $8.

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• The visitor center details the challenges, design and construction of the World Famous Horseshoe Curve • Come see the newly cleared view shed • Ride the funicular or walk the steps to the top • Picnic tables at the top allow leisurely train watching

• Visit the newly constructed roundhouse • Three full floors of interactive exhibits • Relax and enjoy two historic films in the theater • Visit our gift shop for one of a kind souvenirs

Electric City Trolley Museum Scranton, Pa. 570-963-6590 The trolley museum is open daily on the grounds of the Steamtown National Historic Site. Excursion rides are also offered April 29–Oct. 29, Thursdays through Sundays. The route parallels Roaring Brook, passes historic iron furnaces, and goes through the Crown Avenue Tunnel, one of the longest inter-urban tunnels ever built. There are numerous historic trolleys, many used in the excursions, on display.

Baltimore Streetcar Museum Baltimore, Md. The museum is open Sundays, April through December, and Saturdays, June through October. Most of the dozen trolleys are used for the rides offered at the museum.

MODEL RAILROAD ATTRACTIONS Choo Choo Barn Strasburg, Pa. 717-687-7911 Open daily March through Dec. 19, the 1,700-square-foot attraction offers 22 operating trains and 150 hand-built animated figures and vehicles, including a barn raising, baseball game, and fire scene. The Groff family began opening their basement to neighbors and school groups in the 1950s. In 1961, the hobby turned into a parttime business in a former town maintenance building and other shops were added beginning in the 1980s.

There’s so much for the train lover in your family to see and do in Frederick County! Celebrate Brunswick’s rich history during Brunswick Railroad Days or visit their Heritage Museum throughout the year; tour the Roads and Rails museum in Downtown Frederick or take a train ride on the Walkersville Southern Railroad.



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Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum Hagerstown, Md. 301-739-4665

tains one of the most extensive toy train collections in the world, dating from the mid-1800s to the present. You’ll also see trains that children pushed, pulled, or rode upon.

Two floors of toy train layouts are available Fridays through Sundays. There’s an HO-scale roundhouse, an O-scale layout, and trains kids can operate, as well as artifacts and photographs. Outside are two cabooses, locomotives, and a streetcar.

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National Toy Train Museum Strasburg, Pa. 717-687-8976

Marshall Steam Museum Yorklin, Del. 302-239-2385

Said to be the fourth-largest model train layout in the world, the attraction has plenty of buttons for kids to push to operate the trains. It’s open Thursdays through Sundays.

Though not open for regular public tours, the monthly Steamin’ Days at the Auburn Heights Preserve provide great family entertainment on the first Sunday of the month, May through November. Train Day on May 7 is devoted primarily to all things train. At the museum, you see the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley Steam cars, the Auburn Heights mansion, and 1930s Lionel model train layouts. Enjoy rides on the 1/8scale Auburn Valley Railroad and in select antique steam-, electric-, and gas-powered cars.


The museum opens April 1 with new layouts and the schedule increases to daily for June, July, and August. The museum re-creates a family train room, but on a much larger scale with operating layouts in different gauges. It con-

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HOLIDAYS ANNAPOLIS IRISH WEEKEND March 4–5. This two-day weekend celebration includes the famous Sunday Irish parade and good old-fashioned Saturday night Hooley. Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, West Gate Circle, Annapolis, Md. 410-2800445, ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE March 11. Marching units, floats, and local celebrities. Coastal Highway from 58th to 44th streets, Ocean City, Md. 410-289-2800, ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL March 11, 11:00am–5:00pm. This major regional event enlivens Roanoke with a parade and family-fun Shamrock Festival. Downtown Roanoke, Va. ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE March 11. Dozens of units march in the parade, including Celtic dancers, bagpipers, clowns, and fire trucks. Enjoy live entertainment after the parade. Gaithersburg, Md. 301-258-6350,


5K IRISH JIG JOG March 11. This 3.1-mile race is for walkers, joggers, competitive and non-competitive runners, dog-walkers, and stroller pushers (no bikes please). Stony Ridge Park, 50 Bernheisel Bridge Road, Carlisle, Pa. 717766-1657,



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ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE March 11. Come to Pell Gardens after the parade for prizes and music. Chesapeake City, Md. 410-920-7018, SHAMROCK MARATHON WEEKEND March 18–19. The weekend includes the marathon, half marathon, 8K, final mile for elementary students, and a 26.2-yard Leprechaun Dash for the youngest members of the family. A post-race party on each day will feature live music, delicious Murphy’s Irish stew, and plenty of Yuengling beverages. Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, Va. 757-412-1056


RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Through March 5. More than 120 films from 20 countries to view and 65 bands to hear in the related music event, plus other events for filmmakers and fans. Various locations in Richmond, Va. WHISKYFEST March 2. The evening offers the opportunity to sample more than 300 whiskeys from around the world. In addition to tasting, attendees will hear from a wide array of industry experts during educational seminars conducted throughout the event. Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. MAPLE SYRUP DEMONSTRATIONS March 10–11, 17–18. Park staff will explain the syrup-making process and history. Kids can enjoy free games, stories, and crafts. Everyone can warm themselves beside a roaring fire while listening to live music. Cunningham Falls State Park, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, Md. 301-271-7574, SPRING CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR March 11. North County High School PTSA will host a one-of-a-kind sale and shopping event. Free admission and parking. 10 E. First Ave., Glen Burnie, Md. 443-790-1655, HIGHLAND COUNTY MAPLE FESTIVAL March 11–12, 18–19. Arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, and sugar camp tours during Virginia’s largest maple festival. Highland County, Va. ANNAPOLIS OYSTER ROAST March 18, noon–4:00pm. Taste the creations of 12 different restaurants and vote for best oyster dish. Festivities include shucking and cooking demonstrations, an oyster-shucking contest, and exhibits highlighting the area’s unique maritime heritage and the role oysters play in maintaining the health of the bay. Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Eastport, Annapolis, Md. 410-295-0104,

FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW March 11–12. The show’s theme this year is “Bring Back the Butterflies.” 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Md. 240-500-2577, YORK RESTAURANT WEEK Through March 4. Visit the restaurant you’ve always wanted to try and return once again to the neighborhood spot you’ve loved for years. Participating restaurants throughout York, Pa. FREDERICK RESTAURANT WEEK March 6–12. A seven-day promotion that features the unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick and the surrounding area. Participating restaurants will offer diners multi-course meals. Frederick, Md. 301-600-4023, CULPEPER RESTAURANT WEEK March 6–12. With specially priced menu options, it’s a great excuse to revisit old favorites or try something new. Culpeper, Va. SUFFOLK RESTAURANT WEEK March 18–25. During this culinary encore, participating eateries offer chef-created delicacies and simple three-course, price-fixed menus. Suffolk, Va. NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESTAURANT WEEK March 20–27. The Greater Reston, Loudoun, Arlington, and Prince William chambers of commerce participate in this week-long dining experience.

TATTOO ARTS FESTIVAL March 3–5. During the event, interested attendees have the option to speak with tattoo artists and have the work performed on-site. Features hundreds of tattoo artists, tons of vendors, and live music and shows all weekend. Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 757-315-1610,

CHERRY BLOSSOMS AND SPRING FLOWERS WALK March 11–May 9. Start at 7:00am and finish by 6:00pm. Walk during daylight hours only. Start/finish point is at Starbucks Coffee, 4611-E Sangamore Road, Bethesda, Md. 301-946-5496,

FREDERICKSBURG RV SHOW March 3–5. There will be hundreds of RVs on display, from popups to luxury motor coaches, representing almost 50 brands in all price ranges. Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 540-548-5555,

GEM AND MINERAL SHOW March 4–5. The show features educational exhibits, a roster of fine dealers of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry and lapidary supplies, door prizes, a fossil/mineral symposium, demonstrations of gem cutting and polishing, and a children’s table. University of Delaware, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, Del. 302-234-4488,

LIGHT CITY BALTIMORE March 31–April 8. Featuring seven nights of free, family-friendly attractions, including 28 large-scale original works of light art, plus more than 50 concerts, 100 performances, and six innovation conferences dedicated to sparking social change. Baltimore, Md. campaign/light-city-baltimore




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MORNING BIRD WALKS March 10 and April 14, 8:30–10:00am. The early bird gets the most sightings. Join a naturalist for this early morning bird walk on the second Friday of the month starting in March. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Md. 410-887-1815

FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK March 22–26. This event brings readers and writers together for a fiveday celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. Various venues in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Va. 434-924-3296,

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL March 30–April 2. The excitement of this four-day festival returns, featuring narrative and documentary films in all genres. Citywide, Annapolis, Md. 410-280-0445,

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 23. The show features some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet. 500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, Md. 410-548-4911,

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 2, 7:00–10:00pm. Every game will showcase incredible ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and hilarious comedy. 295 Massie Road, Charlottesville, Va. 434-243-4960,

MILITARY COLLECTIBLES SHOW March 4, 9:00am–4:00pm. Historic militaria for show, sale, and trade, featuring items from the Civil War to present, including World War I and II. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 1514 Route 28N, Brookville, Pa. 814849-0077,

FAMILY DAY March 25. Surprises and fun for the whole family. Enjoy free admission, art projects, scavenger hunts, and special discounts. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg, Pa. 724-8371500,

WEDDING SHOWCASE March 18, 2:00–5:00pm. Experience a magnificent afternoon planning your wedding at Maryland’s favorite waterfront resort. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach, Md. 866-312-5596,


NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL March 20–April 16. Four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Washington, D.C. 202-6388374,

VIRGINIA HORSE FESTIVAL March 24–26. The best clinicians and trainers, clinics, demonstrations, and seminars; great shopping for apparel and horse feed and care products; and pro rodeo and canine agility shows. The Meadow Event Park, 13191 Dawn Blvd., Doswell, Va. 804-994-2800,

SPRING HOME SHOW March 17–19. Features the latest trends in home and garden design and advice from the area’s top home-related professionals. Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 540-548-5555,

MARYLAND SPRING HOME AND GARDEN SHOW March 4–12. Landscaped gardens brimming with bold and beautiful flowers and trees will fill the Maryland State Fairgrounds. “Spring Around the World” is this year’s theme. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Md. 410-528-5400,


Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral UMD REPERTOIRE ORCHESTRA March 1. A unique all-campus orchestra that is open to music majors, non-music majors, and members of the University of Maryland community. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 301-405-2787, MOZART’S MASTERPIECES March 4, 8:00pm. Acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns for her second concert with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra this season and for a music residency called “Bach Packing to School” with Fairfax County Schools students. GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax, Va. DRUMLINE LIVE March 6, 7:30pm. Features a cast of 35 percussionists, musicians, and dancers. The performers in this amplified experience honed their talent with years of training in marching band programs across the United States. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100,

PRO SPORTS WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT HOME Friday, March 3, vs. Toronto, 7:00pm Sunday, March 5, vs. Orlando, 5:00pm Wednesday, March 15, vs. Dallas, 7:00pm Friday, March 17, vs. Chicago, 7:00pm Wednesday, March 22, vs. Atlanta, 7:00pm Friday, March 24, vs. Brooklyn, 7:00pm Sunday, March 29, vs. Houston, 12:30pm

The Wizards play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-661-5050 or visit

WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT HOME Thursday, March 2, vs. New Jersey, 7:00pm Saturday, March 4, vs. Philadelphia, 7:30pm Monday, March 6, vs. Dallas, 7:30pm Tuesday, March 14, vs. Minnesota, 7:00pm Thursday, March 16, vs. Nashville, 7:00pm Tuesday, March 21, vs. Calgary, 7:00pm Thursday, March 23, vs. Columbus, 7:00pm Saturday, March 25, vs. Arizona, 7:00pm

The Capitals play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-397-SEAT or visit


Sunday, March 4, vs. Kansas City, 7:00pm Saturday, March 18, vs. Columbus, 7:00pm D.C. United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. More information: 202-587-5000, I march 2017 I recreation news 25

WOODBRIDGE FLUTE CHOIR March 12. The concert will include several original pieces for flute choir. Free admission. Greenwich Presbyterian Church, 15305 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville, Va. ROANOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA March 12, 3:00–5:00pm. The RSO returns to Blacksburg with a rich masterworks program that traverses musical landscapes near and far. Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, Va. 540-231-5300, CONCERT OF TASTE March 12. The theme for this year is “Music Rocks the Soul” and will feature the best restaurants in Annapolis, including new and old favorites. Annapolis, Md. THE TEN TENORS March 13, 8:00pm. Arias, classical arrangements, rock, and pop hits that span the ages get the “tenorial” treatment when the Australian vocal ensemble takes the stage. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100, BENJIE PORECKI TRIO March 17. The trio pays homage to jazz as one of the true American art forms, playing classic jazz standards with fire and intensity. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, THE FOUR SEASONS OF VIVALDI AND PIAZZOLLA March 25, 7:30pm. The performance will include a reading of the sonnets, as well as a multimedia presentation accompanying the performance that includes photos, moving images, and Vivaldi’s own words that he wrote into the music. Rosslyn Spectrum, Rosslyn, Va. 703-6857590,

Popular/Other EVYIAN March 16. Combining world roots, post-minimalism, and jazz to create powerful, eclectic songs. Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100,

Theater AS YOU LIKE IT Through March 5. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, in association with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, RICHARD III Through March 5. Shakespeare’s chronicle of the Wars of the Roses concludes with the story of Richard III. The story is set during World War I. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. MRS. MILLER DOES HER THING Daily (except Mondays) through March 26. Mrs. Miller can’t sing — but don’t tell her that. Based on the real life story of Elva Miller, this touching and funny portrait of the devoted, warbling songstress whose operatic, off-key singing became an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s. Signature Theatre, Arlington, Va. THE SELECT THE SUN ALSO RISES Through April 2. The third in a trilogy of literary adaptations along with Gatz (The Great Gatsby) and The Sound and the Fury. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW, Washington, D.C. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD March 2–5. Based on the novel by Harper Lee, this live play will provide both an entertaining and educational experience for audiences. Kepler Theatre at Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, Md. 301-3029784, MURDER MYSTERY DINNER SHOW March 4. A great night of fun and intrigue. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach, Md. 866-312-5596, PIPPIN March 7–12. Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats, and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. The Playhouse on Rodney Square, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. GYPSY March 10–26. The ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success, while secretly yearning for her own. Clear Space Theatre Company, 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Exhibits Featured Exhibitions SHAKESPEARE FIRST FOLIO Ongoing. Always on display at the Folger, the 1623 First Folio includes almost all of Shakespeare’s plays. It is also our only source for 18 of them, including Macbeth, The Tempest, and As You Like It, which would otherwise have been lost. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, COLORS OF LIFE Through March 3. This visual and impactful body of work shares some of our nation’s capital outside of the usual tourist areas. Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas, Va. 703-330-2787,

STUART DAVIS: IN FULL SWING Through March 5. Carefully selected from the full range of Davis’s career, some 100 of his most important, visually complex, jazz-inspired compositions will be on view. The National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, RICK MALMGREN: RETROSPECTIVE Through March 7. Rick Malmgren’s 40-year career and work are explored in this retrospective. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-263-5544, GUERRILLA GIRLS Through March 12. This group of anonymous women artists have produced, over the course of 30 years, a body of work that includes posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film, and culture at large. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, FOUR SEASONS BY PHILIP HAAS Through March 31. The lush foliage, colorful blooms, and vegetation native to each of the seasons are spectacularly transformed into largerthan-life, 3-D portrait busts for this special exhibition. Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 500 YEARS OF TREASURES FROM OXFORD Through April 30. A selection of 50 manuscripts and early printed books, ranging in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries, is being brought to America for the first time. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, ON PAPER: FINDING FORM Through April 30. This exhibition celebrates one of the strengths of the BMA’s collection: contemporary drawings that combine an interest in pure, refined geometric form with a desire to use materials expressively. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443573-1700, SYNE LANGUAGE Through April 30. Together the artists represent an alternative and contemporary vision to the traditional realism of the Delaware Valley. Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., Dover, Del. TAMAR GUIMARÃES AND KASPER AKHØ Through June 11. The 14-minute black-and-white film is a meditative look at the mediums who communicate with the dead and engage in psychic healing practices. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART Through June 18. Each artist offers pointedly political perspectives on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, ANCIENT TAPESTRIES Through July 30. This intimate exhibition celebrates the 40-year career of Maryland artist Louise B. Wheatley. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, SHANGHAI PASSAGES Through Oct. 3. Unique to Shanghai, longtang are a type of community, started in the late-19th century, in which the traditional Chinese courtyard home is adapted to the urban townhouse format. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, WOODBLOCK PRINTS Through Oct. 3. Created by Kawase Hasui between 1924 and 1953, the works displayed here, which depict scenes of mountains and hills across Japan, represent the country’s yet-untouched austerity, serenity, and beauty. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804340-1400, A SEA OF SHARKS FROM A TO Z Through December. The exhibit is based on the book by Ray Troll and features the author’s whimsical fishy paintings of both living and extinct species of shark. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different type of shark. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, REMEMBERING AUSCHWITZ March 5–May 29. Four interrelated exhibits explore the concept of memory and commemoration by focusing on a town that became synonymous with the Holocaust. Stories of the local community of Holocaust survivors are included. Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, Md. 410-732-6400,

History CIVIL WAR NURSE CORNELIA HANCOCK March 4, 2:30pm. Researcher and historian Carolyn Ivanoff will discuss the incredible life and times of Cornelia Hancock, marking Women’s History Month. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-695-1864, ext. 1002 MILITARY THROUGH THE AGES March 18–19. Re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons, and military tactics evolved over the centuries from the Middle Ages through modern times. Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Va. 888-593-4682, AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM AT YORKTOWN March 23–April 4. The new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown opens, featuring an introductory film, timeline, immersive exhibition galleries, and living-history experiences that show the epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage. Yorktown, Va. 888-593-4682, LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND March 24–26. Special activities include costumed interpreters representing early Maryland history and opportunities for visitors to try their hand making rope and chopping wood. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater, Md. 419-222-1919,

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HARRIET TUBMAN: MOVE OR DIE March 25, 2:00pm. Actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand will perform a presentation as Tubman, followed by a question-and-answer session. Briley-Strand also will bring an exhibit, The Portals Through Time, about Tubman’s life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and later in Auburn, N.Y. Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Va. 703-591-6728

Lectures/Workshops/Classes DINOSAURS IN MARYLAND March 3, 7:00–9:00pm. Guest speaker Dr. Peter Kranz is a paleontologist and noted expert on Maryland’s dinosaurs. He has worked with museums, universities, and scientists throughout the world and has collected fossils on every continent in the northern hemisphere. Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-887-2503 LANDSCAPE REJUVENATION March 4, 10:00–11:00am. Horticulturist Karen Rexrode leads you through the fundamental principles of garden design to help you visualize and then realize a beautiful, well-planned landscape. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173, GUNPOWDER GIRLS March 11, 1:00–3:15pm. Award-winning author Tanya Anderson discusses her book revealing the true stories of three Civil War tragedies. After the talk, there will be a 45-minute tour of Brown’s Island, site of the Confederate States Laboratory where many “gunpowder girls” worked and died during the war. Historic Tredegar, Richmond, Va. VEGETABLE GARDENING IN THE HOME LANDSCAPE March 15. Learn about preparing a vegetable garden for spring planting and eventual summer dining. 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570, 4,000 YEARS OF WOMEN IN SCIENCE March 17, 7:00–8:00pm. Help celebrate Women’s History Month with a look at 4,000 years of women in science by Dr. Sethanne Howard, an astronomer whose avocation is the history of women in science. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410-887-1081, FALL CONTAINERS March 25, 10:30–11:30am. Washington Gardener editor/publisher Kathy Jentz shares tips on how you can grow beautiful garden containers. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703642-5173, ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443573-1700, GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, STAINED-GLASS CLASS Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410313-8860, TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410386-3880,


BACKSTAIRS/UPSTAIRS March 11, 11:00am and 1:00pm. For guests to go behind the scenes, enter rooms not seen on a regular tour, and view the notable collections. Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Md. 800-681-0850,

O THER ROANOKE RAIL YARD DAWGS March 17–18, 24–25, 7:05pm. The new Southern Professional Hockey League team plays. Berglund Center, Roanoke, Va. APPRAISAL EVENT March 25, 10:00am–12:30pm. What is it worth? This is the perfect opportunity to discover whether you have a truly valuable treasure, or just a nice keepsake that only has value to you. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Va. 703-273-6090.

FREE IN D.C. March is Women’s History Month. Among local sites of interest are the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which has free admission the first Sunday of the month, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, currently featuring an exhibition on fashion. ( ... The DC Environmental Film Festival is March 14–26. Many screenings are free, but reservations are required. ( ... The National Cherry Blossom Festival is March 20–April 16. Parades and daily cultural events at the Tidal Basin are among the highlights. — gwen woolf

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Fishing opportunities abound in West Virginia Mid-Atlantic anglers find West Virginia to be the wilderness nearby. Called the “Mountain State,” West Virginia offers more than 20,000 miles of streams and more than 100 public fishing lakes. From family vacations to expeditions through isolated backcountry, the state has a venue and experience for freshwater anglers of all ages and skill levels. West Virginia offers year-round fishing, including an open-season for trout, catch-and-release and fly-fishing-only streams, shoreline fishing, boat launching, and facilities for physically challenged people throughout the state. Species include native brook trout in headwater streams in the Monongahela National Forest and rainbow trout in more than 120 stocked streams. The public fishing lakes hold stocked populations of good-sized rainbows, browns, brookies, and West Virginia golden rainbows. Smallmouth bass stalk the larger rivers, and anglers also take native and stocked trophy muskies, many over 40 inches. As a part of West Virginia’s “panhandle,” Hardy County serves as an entry point to the mountain waters that help make the state’s reputation as a prime angling destination.

The South Branch of the Potomac River, home to fiercely fighting smallmouths, flows through the county in a fertile valley several miles wide. The river’s South Fork also provides excellent fishing, as does the Lost River and Cacapon. The Lost River quite literally disappears underground, only to reappear as the Cacapon. To either side of “the Valley,” rugged mountains with plenty of timber foster numerous other streams and small water. Thousands of years ago, the South Branch gouged a passage through the mountains, from end to end rather than across the range. This narrow, 7-mile gorge, called “The Trough,” has rock walls several hundred feet high. Transiting The Trough can be an exciting adventure in itself. Many of West Virginia’s state and federal parks, forests, and wildlife management areas are located on lakes, rivers, and streams. That wide variety of venues and species makes Hardy County and the rest of the Mountain State an ideal location for freshwater fishing. For more information about fishing in West Virginia, call 800-CALL-WVA or visit

Harman’s Cabins Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins offers nightly log cabin rentals with nearly 2 miles of trophy trout fishing at your doorstep. All fishing is strictly catch and release and fly fishing is encouraged. Harman’s offers a full-service fly shop on-site, along with professional guide service with advance reservations. Located on the banks of the North

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Summersville Lake The fish are jumping at Summersville Lake! Rent a jon boat and try your luck for dinner tonight. You are sure to hook a fish on the lake’s 2,800 acres of water, which are surrounded by 60 miles of shoreline. Reel in large- and small-mouth bass, walleye, panfish, catfish, and trout — they’re all stocked in the spring and fall. Fishing guides with expert tips, including keys to some really good fishing in the early morning and late at night, are available. The West Virginia BASS Federation hosts fishing tournaments in late summer and fall. Enjoy a fun-filled day in every di-

rection — swimming, boating, scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, and biking. You will also enjoy exploring Civil War history at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, or climbing the steps to the top of the Summersville Lake Retreat Lighthouse. Spend a morning on the golf course or playing miniature golf at Mountain Lake Campground; in the afternoon, head over to Kirkwood Winery and then do some souvenir shopping. You’ll find accommodations and restaurants to fit any budget. Visit where you can order your free visitors guide.

Mid-Atlantic Fishing 2017 Fish Blue Ridge Long known for an abundance of scenic beauty and a variety of outdoor recreation, Southwest Virginia also offers a memorable angling experience for fishing enthusiasts of all ages. Showcasing 18 premier fishing locations in a four-county area (Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe), the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail brings together some of the most interesting locations for successful fishing experiences that Virginia has to offer. With the backdrop of the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, anglers can experience the serene relaxation that the sport is known for. From small creeks to large lakes and rivers, you’ll find a variety of fishing opportunities available for all skill levels of anglers. Smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, musky, many types of trout, and other species can all be found in the waters of Southwest Virginia. Those who enjoy fly

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fishing will be especially pleased with the opportunities found in these waters. Hundreds of thousands of acres of state and national parks, forests, and nature preserves are just waiting to be discovered and explored. Locations that are especially popular with anglers include the multiple state parks around found in the region, such as Grayson Highlands, Hungry Mother, and New River Trail, which offer a variety of water activities. The North Fork and the South Fork of the Holston River are premier fly fishing locations. The New River has several access points, and anglers have been known to pull citation catches from these waters. Each county also has several lakes that offer quiet seclusion for your fishing experience. Combine these locations with a limitless selection of authentic and distinctive things to see and do and

you have a memorable getaway for the entire family. While offering the remote seclusion of a rural location, the area is conveniently located to both I-81 and I-77. Interesting small towns that give a glimpse into the heritage and culture of this distinctive part of Appalachia are easily accessible. Rooted in history as old as this nation, these small communities offer a surprising selection of accommodations, culinary and dining venues, and the arts. Music is the backbone of the Southwest Virginia experience, with a strong presence in the form of concerts, jams, and festivals throughout the year. The towns of Marion and Wytheville make excellent hubs to begin your visit to the region. The fish are waiting. Start your next fishing getaway in Southwest Virginia. For more information regarding how to plan your next memorable angling getaway, visit the trail website at

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Nestled in Virginia’s Western Highlands, the County of Bath is home to outstanding recreation and fishing in the George Washington National Forest, Douthat State Park, Lake Moomaw, Dominion Back Creek, and the Cowpasture and Jackson rivers. With stunning vistas, dark starlit skies, clear, cold streams, and a wide range of recreational opportunities, visitors can expect to see white tail deer, wild turkey, black bear, and other animals in the vast woodlands. Known for fly fishing, the county’s streams and most lakes are stocked with brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Anglers also catch large and small mouth bass, bluegill, crappies, and catfish. Fishing is permitted in the National Forest, the Walton Tract of the Cowpasture River, the Jackson River North of Lake Moomaw, and the 3-mile Hidden Valley (Poor Farm to Muddy Run) stretch of the Jackson River. Otherwise, fishing on the Cowpasture River and the Jackson River are by landowner permission only. Make your dreams come true by checking out the possibilities at

The South River Fly Fishing Expo is April 22–23 at Constitution Park, on the South River in Waynesboro, Va. Admission is only $10 for adults and kids under 16 are free. Guest presenters for 2017 include: Pat Cohen, owner of RUSuperfly and wellknown master fly tier Captain Chris Newsome, Virginia’s only fulltime saltwater fly fishing guide Captain Matt Miles, of Matt Miles Fly Fishing; Virginia musky, smallmouth, and striper Join us for beginner lessons, fly tying demos, casting tips, great food, and local craft beers. The South River Fly Fishing Expo is founded on the idea that we should strive to maintain and improve the habitat and access on our fisheries for all to enjoy. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the South River Fly Fishing Expo will be used for habitat and conservation projects that will improve the fishery on the South River. (

Smith Mountain Lake, located in the newly designated Virginia Mountains Region, is an amazing area with shoreline covering Bedford, Franklin, and Pittsylvania counties. What’s not to love about a clear glistening lake with 580 miles of shoreline, four breathtaking seasons of color in a moderate climate, Blue Ridge Mountain views, and a location central to the metropolitan areas of Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Martinsville? Smith Mountain Lake provides the perfect setting for every interest and lifestyle, be it wall-towall activities or just plain quiet and relaxing. Join the fishing and fun all year long. History and wine anytime. Fish. Boat. Golf. Dine. Shop. Stay. For a free visitors guide, call 540-721-1203 or go to

Year-round appeal. History & Wine anytime. Fish. Boat. Golf. Dine. Shop. Stay. Make your memories at Smith Mountain Lake.

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utdoor enthusiasts know of an unspoiled mountain paradise just west of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The only thing more abundant than the birds,wildlife and fish are the stars that come out each night. Opportunities to hike, bike and paddle – like the mountain views – go on forever.

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Mid-Atlantic Fishing 2017 Fish Chesapeake With 22 miles of both fresh and salt waterways, including the Intracoastal Waterway, stocked lakes, and even opportunities for kayak fishing, the biggest problem for anglers in Chesapeake, Va., is deciding where to fish next. And, it’s not just fishing to idle away the time. Chesapeake is one of the top trophy speckled trout fisheries in the country, and the only one on the East Coast. It boasts some of the highest numbers of saltwater gamefish citations in the commonwealth. Giant speckled trout that weigh from 8 to 10 pounds lazily patrol the Elizabeth River as they wait for an irresistible insect to land on the water. Unfortunately for them, that bug is often a skillfully tied artificial lure. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department works to make fishing available and fun for everyone — newcomers wetting a line for the first time, families building memories together, dedicated anglers with boats equipped with state-of-the-art fish finders, or kayakers who paddle to favorite fishing spots unreachable any other way. One of the most popular fishing spots is Northwest

River Park and Campground. As part of the statewide Urban Trout Fishing Program, Lake Lesa is stocked with more than 2,500 rainbow and brown trout throughout the fall and winter. “It’s a really great place to introduce newcomers to fishing,” said chief ranger Dave Dickerson. “It’s not a very large lake, so you have a good chance of catching something. The fish we stock are all keeper size, although some people like to ‘catch and release.’ You can fish from the bank, and you don’t need a lot of equipment.” Nearby bait and tackle shops rent or sell what you will need, including tackle and rods, and rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats. The lake is equally as popular with motor boaters who drop lines for crappie, catfish, bass, and bluegill. The boat ramp at Elizabeth River Park is one of the busiest in Coastal Virginia. While licenses are required for fishing everywhere else, the park’s ADA-compliant pier is a “license-free zone.” It’s a whole different experience at Lake Drummond in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife

Refuge. The second-largest natural freshwater lake in Virginia, it has a population of crappie, perch, and bullhead catfish, among other species. But, the real attraction here is the bowfish, a survivor from prehistoric times that has both gills and primitive lungs. With an average size of about 5 pounds, it’s not very large, but it’s known as a fierce fighter that will battle hard. Kayak fishing is increasingly popular, particularly along the Intracoastal Waterway, where the ocean saltwater and river freshwater blend, creating deep water canals and dozens of “fishin’ holes.” Unlike fishing from a fixed spot on the riverbank or lake side, kayakers can easily move to new locations and explore tributaries inaccessible to boaters. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department’s website has individual listings of each park, a list of boat ramps, information on which fish live where, licensing information, and links to a lot more information. ( — fran severn

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All year round, Chesapeake is alive with festivals and events of every kind. And this spring is no exception. Our beloved Historic Garden Week offers breathtaking tours of homes and gardens. The guided bird walks at Northwest River Park and the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival provide some of the best birdwatching in the country. And our guided Skywatch through Northwest River Park affords rich insights into the solar system – complete with the occasional owl sighting. From food and wine to walks and runs; from concerts and picnics to farmers’ markets and fireworks; Chesapeake is where life’s best moments happen every day. So join us. And make your weekend an event. Go to for details and a full calendar of events.

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Hampton celebrates NASA heritage This year, the City of Hampton, Va., marks two special anniversaries. On July 9, 1917, Hampton became the birthplace of NASA. The first laboratories of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Langley — later called NASA — brought world-class engineers to Hampton to begin work that would result in America’s vast space program. The Virginia Air & Space Center, NASA’s official visitor center, celebrates its own 25th anniversary this year.

Hampton honors NASA The Hampton History Museum is presenting two special exhibits related to NASA. The History of NASA is a new exhibit chronicling the great contributions NASA has made to our lives. It opens March 10. Another recent exhibit, When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA’s Human Computers, explores the local history and women now featured in the hit movie Hidden Figures. Beginning in 1935, women known as Langley’s West Computers “were helping America dominate aeronautics,

space research, and computer technology,” said Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures. “They were carving out a place for themselves as female mathematicians who were also black.” The exhibit highlights Dorothy Vaughan, who led West Computing; Mary Jackson, a Hampton native; and Katherine Johnson, who was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Exploring flight Step inside the Virginia Air and Space Center and you’re surrounded by aircraft and spacecraft of every size. The center is chock-full of hands-on exhibits and simulators for both children and adults. A new IMAX film, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, offers a unique look at engineering. “We’re the official visitor center for Langley Research Center, and we’re here to bring the NASA message to visitors,” said the center’s Jessica Woodyard. “We’re the only place you can see all four of the space capsules in one room. We also have the actual Lunar Excursion Module Simulator used to train the

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astronauts before they went to the moon.”

Visiting Hampton “Hampton is an extraordinary city in the heart of Coastal Virginia,” said Ryan Downey, who promotes the area. “Our 400-year old settlement is multi-faceted: rich in Civil War history, African-American heritage, water recreation, and abundant shopping and dining opportunities,” Hampton offers a “Sea to the Stars” ticket that helps visitors explore many of Hampton’s attractions at one low price. Included are the Virginia Air and Space Center and an IMAX film, a ride on the antique wooden Hampton Carousel, admission to the Hampton History Museum, and a

cruise aboard Miss Hampton II. The cruise takes visitors on a three-hour tour of the area waterways and includes a stop at Civil War-era Fort Wool and a spin around the world’s largest Naval base in Norfolk. Among Hampton’s free attractions are Fort Monroe, the largest stone fortification ever built in the U.S., and its Casemate Museum, and St. John’s Church, established in 1610 and regarded as the oldest continuous English-speaking parish in the nation.

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In Newport News, Va., the Virginia Living Museum’s permanent outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail showcases 16 of the majestic animals that roamed earth for more 150 million years. You’ll see realistic one-third to full-size dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, ranging in size up to a 16-foot-tall Brachiosaurus. The trail includes a children’s play area and “dig pits” for amateur paleontologists. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to experience life in the age of the dinosaurs. The museum offers formal school programs that support STEM education in all grade levels, taught by a professional faculty of scientist/instructors. (


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Ella Fitzgerald centennial marked N ewport N ews honors native daughter with celebration You’ve heard of Ella Fitzgerald, the “queen of jazz,” but did you know she was born in Newport News, Va.? Fitzgerald, who had an extraordinary 60-year career singing with the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, County Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman, started life in Newport News on April 25, 1917. Her birthplace on Marshall Avenue is no longer there, but the city’s Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center a few blocks away continues to celebrate her legacy. A year-long Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration is under way, with major events planned in April. Fitzgerald lived only a short time in Newport News. Her parents separated after her birth, and Fitzgerald and her mother moved to Yonkers, N.Y. Fitzgerald got her start at the age of 17 singing at the Apollo Club in Harlem, and went on to sell 40 million albums and win 13 Grammy Awards. She was especially known for her collaborations with songwriters Ellington, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, and for her mastery of scat singing, using her voice to imitate musical instruments. She performed around the world and appeared on many television programs, including “The Ed Sullivan Show.” In 1987, she received the National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan. The legendary songstress died in 1996 at the age of 79 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The city didn’t forget Newport News never forgot its native daughter. The city renamed 24th Street “Ella Fitzgerald Way” and erected a marker in her honor. The Downing-Gross Center dedicated its 276-seat theater in her name. The city started an annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival in 1997 in partnership with Christopher

Newport University, and many important artists, such as Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole, have performed over the years. This year’s festival, April 19–22, takes on particular sparkle with the centennial. Events at the cultural center include a children’s celebration, “Ella’s Birthday Party,” on April 19, and “Ella Is My Major,” a tribute by local college bands, featuring C.C. Sunchild, on April 20. Actress-singer-songwriter Rhonda Ross, daughter of singer Diana Ross, takes the stage April 21, and jazz and gospel singer Lizz Wright will perform the concert finale April 22. Details and tickets are available at The center, which started celebrating the centennial last year with plays and concerts, has a major art exhibition inspired by Fitzgerald’s songs, “In Ella’s Lifetime: 100 Artists for Ella,” through May. For the centennial, the city turned the former Toby Keith restaurant at 711 Thimble Shoals Blvd. in City Center into a “pop-up jazz club” called Ella’s Place, suggestive of the Cotton Club of the 1930s and ’40s. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra Jazz Ensemble will perform Fitzgerald songs there March 10. Additional tributes in the works include a public mural dedicated to Fitzgerald, and a bronze bust donated by the Library of Congress. Other local festivals this year also will give a special nod to Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald’s legacy lives on through the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, which supports arts and music education. Its website,, has in-

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Virginia’s Eastern Shore Artisan Trail offers variety Seagulls, solitude, and sunlight on water all lend themselves to a place where artistic expression is alive and well. Virginia’s Eastern Shore Artisan Trail features 120 artists and businesses spread along the 70-mile coastal peninsula. Creativity along the trail runs the gamut, from painters, carvers, and photographers, to ice cream makers, restaurateurs, jewelry designers, and a shepherdess who creates with wool she has spun herself. The unique surroundings of this place, which

Ella Fitzgerald continued from page 33 “I just think she is a phenomenal inspiration, especially to young girls,” said the Downing-Gross Center’s Joanne L. Palmeira. Fitzgerald’s many accomplishments, said Palmeira, illustrate “what you set your mind to, you can do.”

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seems lost in time, have influenced artisans such as Kurt Lewin. He and his wife, Sally, are owners of Windsor House in Capeville, where he builds quality furniture and accessories from felled tree to finished product. “The first time I built a Windsor chair, I kind of got hooked on it” Lewin said. “And, we even ended up getting a saw mill.”

that this is a living gallery that embraces the arts in an organic way.” Jack Richardson paints in a studio attached to his Onancock gallery, which displays not only his work, but that of a number of other artists. As he dabbed paint onto a canvas he was working on, he said, “I enjoy sharing my work. We want visitors to know that what we do here is real.”

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Some artisans on the trail exhibit their work in downtown areas. The At Altitude Gallery, owned by pilot and photographer Gordon Campbell and wife, Christine, offers stunning original aerial photography printed on metal panels. The studio-shop is located in a beautiful historic building in Cape Charles, where the Campbells share half the space with Moonrise Jewelry. There, Meredith Restein designs original pieces, including her signature piece, a cuff bracelet fashioned from Icelandic fish skin in a variety of appealing colors and textures. In the next block, Lemon Tree Gallery features the work of a number of artists. It offers classes and events that include visitors, and the gallery encourages an appreciation for a variety of arts. Owner Clelia Sheppard said, “We pride ourselves

A number of the trail’s artisans have studios and workshops in their homes, and are open by appointment (contact info is on the website). Karyn Belknap owns Ten Good Sheep in Onancock, where you can watch her spin wool and explain her craft right in her living room. “Visiting in home studios offers visitors an opportunity to see the nuts and bolts and inspiration and, sometimes, mess that’s involved in the creative process” Belknap said. “The visitor gets an authentic experience and deeper understanding of what it takes to make the art that they’re touching.” Carole Pierson, a Dutch painter whose home studio is tucked away in a picturesque cove in Cape Charles, welcomes visitors to see her artwork; just call first. “I truly love to paint,” Pierson said. “I feel like I eat, smell, and breathe art, and I love to share my love for it with others.

Variety along the trail Along with artists, shops, farms, and bed-and-breakfast lodging, trail members include such places as the Island Creamery in Chincoteague, which creates frozen desserts from local products daily, and the Great Machipongo Clam Shack in Nassawadox, serving delicious fresh seafood and produce and offering an expansive seafood market. Those who are part of the Eastern Shore Artisan Trail have a passionate, generous spirit that offers visitors a rich experience, draws them into this warm community, and grounds them in this special place.

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A gastronomic road trip through Talbot County Maryland’s Talbot County has long been the home of two disparate cultures. Watermen and farmers worked the waters and land, while wealthy businessmen and politicians sought Talbot’s bounty for recreation and retirement. Combining the two cultures created a unique spectrum of gastronomic opportunities and makes for an intriguing culinary road trip, On the county’s northern border, the Old Wye Mill in Wye Mills celebrates Talbot’s traditional foodways. The oldest working mill in Maryland dates from 1682 and still uses a waterwheel to turn heavy millstones that grind a variety of grains. Millers explain the milling process and visitors can purchase freshly ground corn meal, stone-ground whole wheat, and gluten-free buckwheat to make fantastic, nutty-flavored pancakes. South from Wye Mills along the Ocean Highway, Councell Farms also celebrates Talbot’s agricultural heritage. Eleven generations of the family have farmed and sold their produce along the highway. To serve the burgeoning agritourism market, Councell added an ice cream parlor and the “Field of Fun,” a children’s play area of benignly repurposed farm and agriculture-related objects. For a taste of the Eastern Shore’s maritime history, turn west down the mantis-shaped Bay Hundred peninsula to St. Michaels. Once a sleepy boat-building and fishing village, the town was “discovered” and now, along with galleries, shops, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, hosts several essential stops on any gastronomic tour. Olivins is not the typical olive oil and vinegar specialty shop. Along with 100 balsamic vinegars, 40 extra virgin olive oils, and high-end syrups, relishes, and condiments, the tasting room is staffed by knowledgeable guides. Flamingo Flats, across Talbot Street from Olivins, is one of the nation’s “oldest purveyors of hot sauces.” The “tasting bar” offers an extensive selection of more than 2,500 varieties of sauces, con-

CULTURE continued from page 6 now has a place of honor in the visitor center that is housed in a Victorian period barn. The pottery exhibit also contains examples of everyday and decorative pottery from potters in the Cumberland and Shenandoah valleys. You also can tour the property’s farmstead and restored outbuildings. The museum at 1010 E. Main St. reopens for the season April 22. Waynesboro is a hub for modern potters and other artists. A program called Destination ARTS, sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, has situated galleries in former vacant storefronts to stimulate downtown business. Gallery 50 at 50 W. Main St., and 42 West Arts Co-op at 42 W. Main St., are two of the galleries that feature pottery for sale. ( Another is Nicodemus Center for Ceramic

diments, spices, and pickles. Flamingo Flats also stocks its own brands of salsas and seasonings and products from other local, small-batch producers. One of St. Michael’s newer gastronomic additions, Lyon Distilling Company is a “small-batch, craft distillery” producing several rums and liquors. Ben Lyon, the distiller, also makes a Traditional Maryland rye whiskey and “Beersky,” putting beer through the traditional distillation process to produce a whiskey. Tilghman Island, at the “outboard” end of the Bay Hundred, still hosts a working fleet of crabbing, fishing, and oystering boats. Tilghman also recently added tourism to its resume. The sunset view from nearby Black Walnut Point, followed by a night in the Lazyjack Inn opens a window onto a tidewater culture that dates back to Maryland’s origins. At Two If By Sea, chef Henry Miller incorporates local fare into his recipes and was voted “Best Breakfast on the Eastern Shore” for four years by What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine. Miller makes his own jams, jellies, pies, and pastries, and also gives cooking classes.

Easton’s varied food scene Easton is Talbot’s county seat, largest city, and home to several top-level restaurants. Out of the Fire Cafe continually receives accolades, as does Scossa Restaurant. But, Easton has more than just fine dining. The Gluten Free Bakery Girl, in Easton Market Square, is the Eastern Shore’s only gluten-free baker, making everything from breads to wedding cakes. Tricia King’s wide selection of cookies, brownies, cakes, and tarts taste as good as conventional baked goods, but will not affect people allergic to wheat gluten. The best cream of crab soup in Talbot County may come from the Easton Antiques and Art Gallery, not a restaurant or seafood store. Shore Boys cream of crab soup can set a benchmark for taste, quality, and richness. “We produce 1,000 pints each week,” said owner John Dodson. “It’s all natural with lots of crab meat. We distribute to 75 regional groceries.” Also in Easton, The BBQ Joint dishes up classic barbecue appetizers, sandwiches, and platters. The meats are all-natural and free of any growth hormones or antibiotics, and smoked for 13 hours on hickory. Along with the proteins, all side dishes and desserts are house-made, and the barbecue is presented with a choice of five sauces and four rubs. Across the Tred Avon River, Oxford is home to the venerable Robert Morris Inn. For more than three centuries, the inn has been serving meals and welcoming travelers. Along with the traditional fine Chesapeake menu, chef Mark Salter also conducts cooking classes and specialty dinners, including a mixology dinner and a coffee dinner.

For dessert, Scottish Highlands Creamery has earned a reputation for innovation, creativity, and excellent ice cream. Thanks to the passion of Victor Barlow, a transplanted Scotsman, the creamery offers a staggering 600 flavors to try.

CORN PUDDING Courtesy of Councell Farms 1/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 6 eggs 2 cups whipping cream 1/2 cup melted butter 6 cups fresh corn Mix together the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, whipping cream, and butter. Add dry ingredients and stir well. Pour mixture into a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish and bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until set and golden brown. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit or email questions and comments to rhway2go@

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Anniversary paradise found at Sandals South Coast Jamaica “One love, one heart,” Bob Marley once sang. To us, he might have been describing our 10th anniversary in Jamaica. But, which resort would suit best? There seem to be quite a few all-inclusive resorts on the island and frequent rebranding changes the players a lot. We researched and selected Sandals South Coast, formerly Sandals Whitehouse, and could not have been more pleased. Location, location, location. The classic real estate mantra fits here. Situated on the south side of Jamaica, where you can see both sunrises and sunsets, the resort sits by itself away from the hustle and bustle of other resorts and the related crowds, noise, traffic, and onslaught of vendors. It’s an oasis of 50 acres surrounded by nature preserves, a natural habitat and nesting ground for sea turtles, and more than 350 species of birds. The staff appreciates and supports the community and environment. For example, sea turtles, returning to their birthplace, lay their eggs on the property and the on-site naturalist provides measures to prevent poachers and mongoose from stealing the eggs, helping the baby turtles hatchlings make it back to the cerulean blue sea. The Sandals Foundation is involved in the local community, helping to promote education and positive influences in the community and the environment.

It also has a system for you to donate at the start of your stay to leave a positive legacy. Insider tip: The resort lies on a protected long curve of beach, some of the best in the Caribbean, and every single one of the 360 rooms or suites faces the ocean, regardless of category level. The resort consists of four main areas: the Piazza, the main dining and entertainment area with multiple pools, restaurants, shops, watersports, conference hall/ballroom, and beach; the Italian Riviera, closest to all the activities and restaurants and sporting an enormous hot tub; the more relaxed and quiet Dutch Riviera; and the French Riviera, with its high-energy water volleyball pool area. Each area has distinctive architecture. With 16 different room categories in the three areas, you are sure to find something to fit your taste and budget. And, with the robust loyalty program, you may be able to enjoy a few upgrades such as Club Sandals, or your own butler. (Imagine having your butler check you in, unpack your clothes, make dinner reservations, and fetch your cocktails so you don’t have to miss a minute of the fun and relaxation.) Even without a butler, you’ll find very friendly staff, all there to cheerfully help in a manner that has roots in formal British colonial influences com-

bined with that laid-back vibe that makes travelers want to return to this paradise. It’s a paradise that is easy to get to, so you can escape from the winter cold and snow and enjoy warm, sunny days with perfect breezes, delicious food, tropical-inspired drinks, and locally sourced fresh fruit.

Plenty of dining options Dining options are numerous, with several venues offering indoor and outdoor dining options. Only one requires reservations; butler suites and Club Sandals guests have the option to reserve a table in all locations. Resort casual dress code is the norm. Insider tip: Arrive early for dinner, before 6:30pm, if you’re not staying in butler accommodations; otherwise there may be a wait. There are five-star gourmet chefs from the areas where cuisine hails from. These restaurants include: Jasmine’s Asian Cuisine, with its Filipino chef; Giuseppe’s authentic Italian fare; Eleanor’s Caribbean cuisine, including breakfast and dinner a la carte; Bayside’s open air buffet dining venue; Bluefield’s light fare of salads, burgers, and fresh fish; Neptune’s Mediterranean cuisine with seafood; and Sushi in the Sand’s Japanese sushi. continued on page 37

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‘Exploring the Rails’ is a great outing for families with kids If you have little railroaders who are in love with Thomas the Tank Engine, you won’t want to miss Thomas and Friends: Exploring the Rails at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore. The exhibit opened in January and will be at this fun museum until March 21. The exhibit encourages kids to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math — or STEM — through play, while interacting with their favorite Thomas the Tank Engine characters. Youngsters can climb into the cab and explore the inner workings of Thomas’ engine. They can flip levers, make the engine whistle, and investigate other moveable parts, as well as work with others to get Percy moving by loading coal and filling his tank with water. An Island of Sodor wooden railway table lets kids construct their own tracks and use their imaginations. Children can do some role playing, too, with ticket-taking windows sized for kids and conductors’ outfits to play in. Adults and older children who loved Thomas and his friends will also enjoy looking at an exhibit about the history of the much-loved books and characters. Admission to the exhibit is included with Port

Discovery general admission tickets, which are $14.95 for adults and children 2 and older and free for museum members. While you are there, enjoy some time at the museum, which is ranked among the top five children’s museums in the U.S. The museum offers thee fun-filled floors of interactive educational exhibits for children up to age 10, and lives out its motto, “Play With a Purpose.” ( For families with mini-engineers who long to ride the rails for real, there are some other options in the area: The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore is offering “Day Out With Thomas” programs, April 28–30 and May 5–7. Train rides aboard the Mile One Express are normally offered Thursdays through Sundays, April through December. The train ride schedule is Thursday and Friday at 11:30am, Saturday at 11:30am and 2:00pm, and Sunday at 1:00pm. This large museum includes a working roundhouse and railroad enthusiasts can see turntable demonstrations on select dates. Pirate Days and many other special events are offered. (

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Steam into history aboard the Northern Central Railway in New Freedom, Pa. Choose from a one-hour or 2 1/2-hour ride. All rides have a narrator who talks about history and the countryside outside your window. There are performers, musicians and living historians on the trains every weekend. Chug along the same tracks that carried Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in a passenger coach pulled by the William H. Simpson No. 17, a replica of the 1860s steam locomotive that carried Lincoln to deliver the Gettysburg Address. ( The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village in Airville, Pa., offers train rides, as well as a village and buildings to explore, including a general store that dates to 1899. Rides are regularly offered in June and run through Labor Day. There are a number of special events throughout the year, including World War I encampment days in June and a World War II encampment in August. “It’s a great place for kids and grandparents,” said the railroad’s Craig Sansonetti. continued on page 39

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continued from page 36 Off the main dining area options include Café de Paris, a French pastry shop serving Blue Mountain Coffee and specialty coffees 5:30am–11:00pm. It also serves lunch, dinner, and a late-night buffet 10:30pm to 5:30am. The Jerk Shack, right on the beach, was recently updated to include tables and serves authentic Jamaican dishes such as jerk chicken and pork. Insider tip: Try a candlelight dinner on the beach and plan it around the sunset. It’s very romantic and a professional photographer will capture the moments for you. While top-shelf cocktails are available in at least six locations, our favorite was Latitudes, an overwater bar, perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail while watching the sunset. You can lounge around in the huge hammocks surrounding the bar. There are also a couple of swim-up bars for those days when you are hanging out by the pool. In addition to the five pools, there are tons of activities. The main pool has organized activities throughout the day including trivia games and exercise options. On the beach, enjoy free sailing, wind surfing, water skiing, and paddle boards. Scuba gear is available or you can become PADIcertified while on vacation. Snorkeling excursions, reef tours, glass-bottom boat rides, and catamaran cruises with food, drinks, and a stop at Pelican Island are free if you book an upgrade to a butler suite. If you are prone

Are you ready to take a pause during your action-packed day and switch gears to experience some pampering? Try the Red Lane Spa, a tranquil oasis of relaxation. The menu of services and options is large, including an oceanfront couple’s massage. Try some shopping for high-end jewelry or meander through the gift shop that has everything you need while staying on resort including local artisan crafts, jewelry, resort wear, and souvenirs. Consider a photo session with the professionals to capture your memories. There are several unobtrusive photographers on staff to take candid shots while you are sailing, hanging out at the pool, or enjoying time on the beach. Sandals has made it easy for guests to view and choose a pack-

age or individual photos, which can be purchased as prints or on DVD. The resort also provides waterfront weddings complete with a wedding coordinator. The wedding chapel is very romantic. It is over the water with panoramic ocean views and a glass floor. Sandals weddings, with several packages to choose from, are also known as “weddingmoons,” since the honeymoon is combined with your destination wedding. The event can be large or small, daytime or sunset. Coming soon, Sandals South Coast will have over-the-water suites with clear floors and butler service, similar to those in the exotic Pacific islands of Bora Bora, Fiji, or the Maldives. The experience will be so much closer now and perfect for a honeymoon, vow renewal, or the love-filled holiday of a lifetime. Want to know more? Visit or contact Cruise & Land Travel, the Sandal’s experts, at 888-434-6544 or Enjoy!

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You can have fun matching wine to favorite music and movies Most of us really enjoy kicking back with a decent glass of vino and listening to some music or watching a movie. Did you know that certain wine styles and varietals go better with specific music and movies than others? Matching wine to music involves two main elements: structure and mood/emotion. Matching the overall structure or individual components of a wine to the structure of a musical piece should pull them together. More importantly, I believe it’s how a piece of music makes you feel, evoking certain emotions or moods, that best reflects which wine will work well. Structurally speaking, you can match a wine’s components and qualities to certain styles of music or instruments. Bright, deeply colored wine works best with lively music, while garnet or older-looking ones match country. Delicate aromas or flavors in wine call for softer music, and aggressive, bolder notes cry out for louder. Flower and red fruit nuances play nicely with lively tunes that include strings or horns. Dark fruit implies bolder sounds, including bass, or deeper brass such as trombone and tuba. Oaky wines require percussive



music, and earthy, minerality leans toward keyboards. Light-bodied and lower-alcohol vinos mesh with light, airy instrumentation, such as acoustic guitars and strings. Medium-bodied and medium alcohol in a wine requires more bottom end, to include deeper vocals, bass, and electric guitar. Fullbodied and higher-alcohol wines dance nicely with progressive music, including experimental, avantgarde, and hip-hop. Soft, ripe tannins are what are needed for female vocals, whereas aggressive, hard tannins lean toward male vocals. Low or average acidity shines with folk. High acid with heavy rock or metal is the musical ticket.

Wine and music genres More generally, one can match wine to specific music genres. For country music, give zinfandel a go. Classic rock needs a full, dry red, such as cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, or nebbiolo. Classical is all about Champagne or red Bordeaux. If you like indie or alternative styles of music, riesling is your answer. And, you’ve got to love pinot noir or merlot with jazz. Rap and hip-hop followers, vie for sauvignon blanc or orange wine.

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All you folk lovers out there will dig semillon or riesling. Electro-pop? Check out a light red, such as gamay or Beaujolais. A full, dry white like chardonnay, or aromatic sweeter white such as moscato, works wonders with pop. Latin fans will want to get down with a spicy red; maybe shiraz or syrah. Bubbly or red Burgundy does well with opera, while chenin blanc or Vouvray delivers with funk. And, if rhythm and blues is your thing, then tempranillo is the answer.

Specific varieties and movies When it comes to matching wine to movies, it’s all about matching the character of the wine to the overall mood of the movie. However, if a movie focuses on a specific grape variety like pinot noir in Sideways, then match that wine. Otherwise, for an adventure movie, try a light, crisp white, such as sauvignon blanc or riesling. Action movies call for a mediumbodied red like merlot. Biographies need a medium-dry white, such as chenin blanc. A light, crisp white, like a pinot grigio, works well with comedies; a medium-bodied red such as cabernet franc does it for dramas. Historical epics play nice with fortified

samples, including port and sherry. If horror is your sweet spot, then cabernet sauvignon will sooth. Kung fu lovers should have an exotic, aromatic white — try gewurztraminer or torrontes. Musicals sing with bubbly, and love stories embrace pinot noir. If romantic comedy tickles you, then a light red, such as gamay or Beaujolais, or full, dry white — maybe chardonnay — will do it. Dig those spaghetti westerns? Medium-bodied, Italian reds, including sangiovese and Chianti, are magnifico. For straight-up westerns, it’s got to be zinfandel. Science fiction geeks will transform with zinfandel, and war movies make peace with fortified styles, such as port or sherry. For thrillers and mysteries, a light, crisp white — riesling, sauvignon blanc, or muscadet — will solve it. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2017. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, award-winning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. For more information, visit,,, docs-grapevine.html, or .facebook. com/edwarddocfinstein?fref=ts.

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Berks Jazz Fest is Tuning Up for 2017 Three superstar artists will take the stage opening night March 31 at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pa. Saxophonist Gerald Albright, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin, and guitarist/ vocalist Jonathan Butler will headline the 27th version of the event. The annual 10-day event draws some 35,000 fans from the MidAtlantic states, as well as from across the country and world, to the southeastern Pennsylvania town in Berks County, a 140-mile drive from Washington D.C. “People come from D.C. because of the marquee artists we have appearing in a wide array of genres,” said the festival’s Michael Zielinski. “We have 50 major concerts, plus all sorts of jazz in smaller venues. We produce special shows just for the

festival. Fans love the accessibility of our artists.” In a change this year, the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading hotel will become the festival hub, with 29 major events. The new SOUTH Jazz Parlor at Berks, which is being staged specifically at the hotel for the festival, will host 13 concerts. “SOUTH will mimic the look of the iconic SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Parlor in Philadelphia,” according to Zielinski. Other festival highlights include contemporary jazz band Fourplay, which had to cancel last year due to family illness. Also appearing will be the funk group Snarky Puppy. The Reading Buccaneers, the county’s championship drum and bugle corps, will receive the 2017 continued on page 39





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MUSIC FESTIVAL continued from page 38 Pagoda Award for Excellence in the Arts for 60 years of superior performances. Buccaneers’ alumnus Al Chez will perform with his group, The Brothers of Funk Big Band. Seven pre-fest Berks Jazz Fest Nights will be held between March 15 and March 25. Branford Marsalis with Kurt Elling will perform in a postfestival event April 19. Ticketmaster ( has a special online site for Jazz Fest tickets. The festival website ( has the complete schedule, profiles on all the artists, and a list of accommodations. For more on what the Reading area has to offer, visit visitpaamericana. com. Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, which has grown steadily since its beginnings as a weekend event in 1991, is presented by the Berks Arts Council. In addition, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts will hold a juried exhibition, “The Art of Jazz,” March 27–April 27.

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Studies at 13 S. Church St. Here, 35 guild members can come into the large building to pursue their art at any time of the day or night. Both seasoned potters and beginners working in various styles participate. “The energy in this studio is amazing,” said the center’s Mary Ashe-Mahr in a website video. There are many demonstrations with live music, workshops, and classes. The retail shop that sells their work is a favorite for gift-seekers. It is open Friday through Sunday. The center also has a presence at the Penn State-Mont Alto campus in the General Studies building. ( Another place to shop for pottery by local artists is The Foundry in Chambersburg. Artists from the Cumberland Valley have banded together in a co-op to display their works at 100 S. Main St., Thursday through Saturday. (

Watercolors and books Two major art exhibitions are on tap in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. The Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a landmark exhibition March 1 tracing the growth of

interest in watercolor painting in America from the 1860s to the 20th century. American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent brings together more than 170 works from public and private collections. It is the museum’s most comprehensive loan exhibition in more than 40 years. The works, which focus on art by Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, include landscapes, still lifes, genre scenes, illustrations, and designs for ceramics and stained glass. The exhibition runs through May 14. ( The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington has opened an exhibition called 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford, which displays 500 manuscripts and early printed books from the 10th to the 17th centuries. The works, many of which have never been publicly displayed, are making their first appearance in America. The collection hails from the library of Corpus Christi College of the University of Oxford, England. Among highlights are an illuminated copy of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Middle English, and books on astrology and astronomy, including the medieval zodiac; Galileo’s first observation of the moon by telescope; and Sir Isaac Newton’s observations of Halley’s comet. The exhibition runs through April 30. (

FAMILY TRAVEL continued from page 36 Tour the general store and listen to the oldfashioned player piano, go geocaching, visit the grain elevator and other agricultural buildings, and check out the original caboose. ( The Walkersville Southern Railroad is north of Frederick, Md., and offers train rides on weekends from May through October. The railroad runs special “Bunny Trains” in April for Easter. Dates are April 8, 9, and 15. For adults ages 18 and up, this railway offers the “Hand on Throttle” experience for $100. It lets you ride in the locomotive with the engineer. The railway also offers Jesse James Day, Fathers Day cab rides, and other activities. ( I march 2017 I recreation news 39


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